The Flat Rock Scorpion belongs to the Hemiscorpiidae family.
These scorpions are native to South Africa.
Size and Longevity :
These scorpions range from 6 to 7 inches long, and their average life is 6 to 8 years.
General Description :
The scorpion does well in captivity and is generally tame. Most often this species will give a slight pinch when disturbed and rarely ever stings. Like most scorpions, Flat Rock Scorpion are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and come out at night to eat.
Habitat and Cage :
Scorpions do not need much room because of their relatively small size. Flat Rock Scorpion gets along with other scorpions and can be housed together, but it is not recommended to have any more than 3 scorpions in one enclosure. A 2.5 to 20 gallon tank is sufficient housing depending on the amount of scorpions. Since scorpions are mostly terrestrial it is better to have more floor room than climbing room.
These scorpions like to burrow so a substrate consisting of 3 to 4 inches of sand and/or soil is recommended along with some moist peat moss for humidity control. The terrarium should be set up so that the temperature is between 75°F and 85°F with a humidity of 70 to 75%. Using a low wattage bulb will help maintain the temperature and humidity of the enclosure as well. There should be enough hiding places so that there is at least one for each scorpion in the enclosure (more than one hiding place is recommended). Not providing adequate hiding areas can lead to stress and fights which can cause health problems and a shorter life span.
A wide and shallow water dish is the optimal way to ensure the scorpion can get to the water it needs and has enough to survive. The water should be changed daily to keep it fresh and free of dirt and other toxic things that may build up over time.
Feeding and Handling :
Young scorpions feed off of pinhead (baby) crickets while adults feed off of adult crickets and other large insects. Adults will usually eat about 2 crickets a week. Scorpions will not eat dead insects, so any dead ones in the enclosure should be removed and discarded.
Although Flat Rock scorpions are rarely aggressive handling is not recommended without the proper equipment such as foam-covered tweezers, a cup, or some other means of picking it up without being stung. All scorpions are venomous, but is only deadly if the recipient is allergic to the venom. The sting is most often said to be just a little more painful than a bee sting.