What To Feed Your Pet Scorpion

Sampling the cricket du jour.
Sampling the cricket du jour.

Unfortunately, when your pet scorpion wants dinner, you just can't pop down to the corner shop and pick up a bag of Scorpion Chow. You can, however, go to a reputable pet shop and buy a bag of live feeder crickets.

Yup -- live food. Scorpions are carnivorous hunters and seek out live prey to sting and chomp. In the wild, scorpions eat bugs, including spiders. The largest of scorpions can even eat very small lizards. Grabbing the random bugs that crawl by your home and chucking them in to your pet scorpion is not recommended (unless in extreme situations). You don't know what that bug has been eating. That random beetle could be a junk food junkie. Your scorpion gets all of their nutrition from their prey, so the prey has to eat healthy in order to keep the scorpion healthy.

As a treat, you can offer your pet scorpion mealworms (which are also available from the pet store and sometimes fishing supply shops). Moths also seem to be a popular choice from the dessert cart.

Feed At Night

Most scorpions seem to be most active (and therefore hungry) at night. By feeding at night, you have the best chance of having your pet scorpion actually eat. Feed every other night.

Scorpions can be finicky eaters and tend to have very erratic feeding patterns. If you have a good eater, you are lucky. But even if you have a finicky eater, be consoled that the scorpion is at least acting normally.

Home For The Food

Your scorpion will probably only eat one or two scorpions every two days, so you need a place to keep the crickets. They can be kept in an old fish tank or the plastic equivelent. Expect a few to escape. When you buy crickets, you are best off getting at least a dozen at a time in order to be sure of enough food for your pet scorpion, even after a break out by a few crickets.

Keep some empty egg crates in the cricket tank and feed them cricket food. No, I'm not kidding. Cricket food is available at all fine pet stores and online specialty shops. This food is so nutritious that we could probably survive on it, although I haven't met anyone who has put this theory to the test. Some people feed chopped up fruits, vegetables and crushed dry dog food instead. Some even have their own specialty recipes made in their food processors.

Water Sign

In astrology, the sign of Scorpio was assigned as a water sign because our ancestors believed scorpions carried their own water supply in their bodies. Well, although they drink very little, scorpions do need to drink water.

A shallow dish with clean water should be kept in the cage at all times. If there are any plants, give them a squirt of water. What some people like to do is spray the inside sides of the scorpion's tank with water, simulating dewdrops, and the scorpion drinks that.

If your pet scorpion is really small or a juvenile, add pebbles to the shallow dish to prevent drowning.

Bon appetite!

Not for the squeamish. Film by Scorpk8.

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Whitney05 9 years ago from Georgia

Medium and larger pet scorpions, like the Emperior Scorpion can eat pinkie mice on occasion, as well.


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America

Very interesting...I never knew what they ate before this.


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Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Sorry I'm probably hurting your feelings but that really is not what I would call an ideal pet! What's happened to cute and cuddly pets?

great hub though

Zsuzsy


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RenaSherwood 9 years ago Author

Thanks for the information, Whitney.

Thanks for the kind words, Patty.

My feelings aren't hurt at all, Zsuzsy. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub. Scorpions are not the ideal pet for everyone, that's for sure! Cute and cuddly pets are still popular and I think always will be for that reason. For more reasons why scorpions can make good pets for some people, see http://hubpages.com/education/Do-Scorpions-Make-Go...


The Sodypop Kid 7 years ago

I agree with Fucking Scorpian. My teacher has a supply catelog and is willing to buy things reserved for schools or businesses.


scopo 7 years ago

my scorpian is very very small but i still love it!

and my star sign is scopio! lol!


Mouse 7 years ago

i don't know what to feed my pet scorpion! it doesn't eat moths, and i don't live near ANY pet shops. I've tried to feed it spiders, but its still won't eat them! my scoprion is very small. I never bought it, i caught it at a lake powell on a trip in utah. please can someone help me? my email is: mouse_roxx@yahoo.com. please someone help!


ScorpionLordfrommyspace 7 years ago

yo mouse well you could order insects online, or catch some in a area not treated with pesticides... hows your scorpion doing? here's my email let me know lutdabs1@yahoo.com


FABIAN 7 years ago

HI I WAS JUST BUSY WORKING AND FOUND A SCORPION IN ONE OF THE PACKETS WHAT DO I ?

P.S. I WANT TO KEEP IT


Brettbrad 7 years ago

hi, i have recently acquired a small scorpion from spain as a friend found it when unloading their boxes off a truck from being on holiday in spain. They were keeping it in a plastic bottle so i offered to keep it as i have a spare vivarium but no heating for the time being. The tank has a wood chip substrate and various logs for it to hide or burrow. It is positioned on top of my other vivarium so that some heat is being generated. I am going to by it some crickets and water gel stuff today. However, i still do not know what species it is and had no idea who to contact for info. Please help x


Bonkz 6 years ago

I have 64 empire scorpion an I have breed them for 6 years if. U need help my email is simon125@hotmail.co.uk thx


SNaILZ 6 years ago

Will my scorpion eat a hermit crab??


SNaILZ 6 years ago

Do u think I could put a tarantula in the tank with my scorpion??


Collin 6 years ago

Snails: no it won't eat a hermit crab and it might even hurt your scorp as for the terantula that would be setting up a battle that may result in two pet deaths :(


Zuzack 6 years ago

Wow! I didn't know that scorpions drink that little water!


recon 6 years ago

hi scorpion can eat other scorpion and lizards


recon 6 years ago

you now scorpion drink blood most a lot lol


mayank 6 years ago

i am from india mumbai and i want to buy a scorpian in mumbai so give me any adress or parcel me i will pay for it plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help out me


mayank 6 years ago

my number is 8080398457 plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me out


salem 6 years ago

Yea I got my lil home girl scorpion girl a few weeks ago one of the coolest pets I've had were still working out the handling part of our pet master relationship but other than that she's amazing I had two questions 1: I've been hearing conflicting storys about the effects of a black light I have one I don't wanna use it as part of the tank til I'm shure it won't kill sheiva (scorpions name) and 2: she keeps tryna get up the tank walls. Like I'll go to bed with her tryna climb up and when I wake up she's in the same spot clearly passed out is there anything I can do to like preoccupie her so she's like burrowing or exploring or something I kinda feel like my set ups inadequate and I don't want my pet to die so please email me at thomasgomes99@yahoo.com and let me know about the black light and what not any suggestions ons on environment


salem 6 years ago

Yea I got my lil home girl scorpion girl a few weeks ago one of the coolest pets I've had were still working out the handling part of our pet master relationship but other than that she's amazing I had two questions 1: I've been hearing conflicting storys about the effects of a black light I have one I don't wanna use it as part of the tank til I'm shure it won't kill sheiva (scorpions name) and 2: she keeps tryna get up the tank walls. Like I'll go to bed with her tryna climb up and when I wake up she's in the same spot clearly passed out is there anything I can do to like preoccupie her so she's like burrowing or exploring or something I kinda feel like my set ups inadequate and I don't want my pet to die so please email me at thomasgomes99@yahoo.com and let me know about the black light and what not any suggestions ons on environment


josh coghlan 6 years ago

I found a small scorpion in knocksville,tn and it was a gold down color , wanting to know what type it is


kerah 6 years ago

i have a pet scorpian so this is very helpful!


eddie 6 years ago

i had my egyptian sand scorpion for 2 years now and love it. it's the cheapest pet i've had...i want another species of scorpion, anyone know where i can buy one?


sam (scorpions name) 6 years ago

just go to a pet store


Josh 6 years ago

Pumped to get my Flat Rock Scorpion.

I've read lots of conflicting webpages regarding whether or not scorpions NEED live food. Could someone clear this up for me? Thanks.


danny boy  6 years ago

i just got an emperor scorpion the guy at the pet stor told me it was pregnant anyone have advice?


what do scorpions eat 5 years ago

some people tell me that the baby scorpions eat their onw mother , its tht true?...regards


jamie 5 years ago

no scorpions dont eat their own mother, they live on the mum's back for a while and then they get bigger and leave, that's when u separate them.

Josh since u posted that comment 3 months ago im sure u know by now they do only eat live food haha, they wont eat anything dead...they like a good live thing to kill themselves :P.

anyone who wants to add me and give advice about scorpions and chat my msn is: King_jamiecb@hotmail.com


Luis 5 years ago

"Home For The Food

Your scorpion will probably only eat one or two scorpions every two days" LOL is says my scorpion would probably eat one or two scorpions every two days HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA


day rate 5 years ago

will ym Hawaiian scorpion eat roaches?


bob 5 years ago

Your scorpion will probably only eat one or two scorpions? did you mean two crikets not two scorpions.


Casey Gregory 5 years ago

Weird seeing a comment about how a scorpion is not an "ideal pet" (which no one ever claim)

In a page dedicated to feeding your pet scorpion.

I guess some people need to be heard.

Great page.


ramis 5 years ago

I in love with my fat tail golden pet scorpion and i keep experimenting with feed. no doubt crikets are good, but if you higly venomous species like mine i bet you would enjoy their fight for survival with other spiders and mouths etc.


jewel 5 years ago

it so unpridictable


km 5 years ago

hi im km, im just ask if how to know the sex if male or female of scorpion?


TJ 5 years ago

Hey guys i Found a very small scorpion in my tv lounge the other day. he is about 3.5cm in total about 5 with stretched out tail. i just want to know how often i need to feed him. i understand i need to try give him live food like crickets or roaches but how much? from what i can tell its a bark scorpion. i would like to keep him but if i cant get enough information id rather take him to the pet shop and give him away. i don't want to cause him pain because of my lack of info. any help would be very muchly appreciated. very nice page by the way


jimmy 5 years ago

Hmmmm thanks for good information my l. quin. is not eating anything i think i should feed it at night


subodh 5 years ago

i am from india orissa and i want a pet emporer scorpion in orissa so give me any adress orparcel me i will pay for it plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me out my number is 9938544682


scholzy 5 years ago

my friend found a guatemalan highland scorpion in some bananas at work and gave it to me. Should I keep it or will i get arrested?


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Mike 3 years ago

thanx guys. Caught a Missouri bark scorpion and needed info. Very informative page. I live in the woods and am looking forward to putting a few spiders in with him and watch the action. He eats anything live I put in with him.


Sam 3 years ago

anyone who wants info on scorpions can email me at slipknot37@gmail.com I've kept literally 1000's of them. Best way to buy a scorpion is to find one! I found 7 in 30 minutes once. Go flipping rocks! you'll be guaranteed to find some!

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