Not a Tarantula…

Today I thought I would give you a little more information about my Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis). You’ve seen it before but only briefly in my Christmas present list.

At the moment it is only about 1.5 inches long, but this is the largest species of Scorpion in North America and can grow to around 5″ (14cm). It gets its common name from the brown hairs all over its body when its adult. They are distributed throughout the Sonara and Mohave deserts in Mexico and the US. They are a warm desert species and are made for dry conditions. Digging burrows that they hide in through the day then coming out to feed at night. Due to their adult size they can easily take down lizards, snakes and even other scorpions. It is a very active and extremely aggressive scorpion, it will happily sting when aggrevated, however that sting isn’t too strong and would only do harm if you are allergic. Much like a bee or wasp sting.

Being a desert scorpion this species prefers a sand substrate, around 4″ deep, floor space is more important that height in its enclosure as it is a very active species (all be it at night). They require high heat of 23 to 30° and almost no humidity, not even requiring a water bowl. They get all their moisture from their prey items, although I do have a very small shallow water bowl in mine as it doesn’t do them any harm either. Mine, being small, is fed on pinhead crickets (babies) and small dubia cockroaches, generally 2 a week. As it grows the prey items will get bigger as well.

I think thats about it, at the moment due to its size, trying to get videos of it feeding or doing anything interesting is fairly difficult. As it gets older and bigger I will definitely get some new pics to share with everyone.

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