Flat Rock Scorpions Don’t do Schenker Solos Part 3

19 Jul

We recommend that you use a 10 gallon regular enclosure with a sliding screen lid as opposed to a 10 gallon breeder enclosure.  The breeder type enclosures allow for easier escapes since they are shorter, this makes the lids easy to reach for this long scorpion.  Scorpions are very adept at exploiting any weakness found in their enclosure.  This could be a small hole or even pushing the screen open of an unpinned lid.  They could do the same with a normal 10 gallon enclosure if it’s not decorated properly and the slate or branches within are placed near the top.

The first thing to tackle, when it comes to Flat Rock Scorpions Hadogenes troglodytes’ captive care is that of substrate.  To recreate the natural environment of this African scorpion that’s native to areas known as Bushveldts we need first to identify what a Bushveldt is.  Bushveldts are savanna areas which have soil types considered to be coarse and sandy.  In order to give the scorpion a feeling of home we mix 3 parts washed play sand to 1 part potting soil.  The potting soil allows for some humidity, that the scorpion requires for proper health conditions.  This humidity in the wild comes from the 4 to 8 months of rainfall common to the area[i].

[i] http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/at/at0717_full.html

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