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Caring for Flat Rock Scorpions

Updated on April 25, 2008
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Whitney has raised and bred different species of geckos, snakes, lizards, tortoises and other exotics since 2003

Flat Rock Scorpion

The Flat Rock Scorpion is supposedly the longest scorpion in the world. Many keepers claim that they are the best scorpion species to keep as pets, making for a great pet for beginner, intermediate, and advanced keepers. Personally, if I were to get a pet scorpion, it would be the common Black Emperor Scorpion, but the Flat Rock Scorpion is an interesting choice, as well.

They are considered long-lived.

Flat Rock Scorpions have a flat body that allows them to fit in just about any crevice or crack.

The cool thing about the Flat Rock Scorpion is that they do come in a variety of colors. Many people think that depending on where the initial scorpion was caught, determines the coloring of it and its offspring.

Flat Rock Scorpions are fairly popular amongst enthusiasts. You can find them at some pet stores, private breeders, and many reptile expos.

Basic Care


Although the Flat Rock Scorpion seldom stings, they are still considered semi-aggressive and nervous, so you want to keep handling to a minimum.

Remember, just because they seldom sting, it doesn't mean that they won't pinch you. Some people claim to handle their Flat Rock Scorpions, but you really shouldn't (see below about scorpion venom).


Babies and juvenile Flat Rock Scorpions will eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects.

You can feed adults adult sized crickets, large insects, and occasionally pinkie mice.

Adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish. You can use Gatoraid tops or jar tops for smaller scorpions.

Full Grown Size:

They typically grow an average of 5.5 to 7.5 inches.

Housing Requirements

Enclosure Size:

You can house babies in plastic kritter keepers with lids. Adults should be housed in a minimum enclosure of a 5 to 1- gallon tank. Because they are terrestrial, you want to make sure that you have floor space versus height. Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.


75 to 85F

The best way to get the appropriate temperature is by using an under tank heater.


70 to 75%.


You want to put at least 3 to 4 inches of sand, peat moss, or potting soil (without vermiculite- the white balls) in the bottom of the enclosure. Some people recommend a minimum of 1 to 2 inches. You may want to consider using mostly play sand as the substrate, but adding a small area of peat moss or dirt.


You don't need to add any decoration or accessories to the enclosure. You may consider adding a few clean rocks or wood décor.

Scorpion Venom

Even though many people keep scorpions as pets, it doesn't mean that they do not have venom.

ALL scorpions have some amount of venom.

In regards to the Flat Rock Scorpion, most people aren't affected by their stings, but you may not be so lucky. Some people can be allergic to the venom, making it potentially dangerous to have them as pets, much less to handle them.

The affects of the scorpion's venom will vary per person, so you should consider all scorpions dangerous, and if you choose to have them as pets, you want to minimize handling.

You don't want to find out if you're allergic the hard way.


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      HairyCelt 8 years ago

      Hi All....

      Haogenes Spp are all excellent climbers - for their optimum care a stack of flat rocks or terracotta tiles should be provided with gaps between large enough for the beasties to snuggle into. Please ensure the slate / tiles are secured to each other to avoid making these li'l' critters flatter than they already are!

      A temp of around 80F is great, with a humidity between 50 and 75%.

      Water should be provided in a very shallow container at least once or twice a month - hey rarely drink, obtaining most of their moisture from their food.

      With regard to handling, put yourself in their position - they are a shy and retiring species. Would you like to be scooped up by something several thopusand times your size and poked and prodded?t's not really about what harm the animal can do to you but how much stress you may be putting on a creature in your care.

      Just my 50c worth...

      Happy creature caring


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      Justin 8 years ago

      I have a flat rock scorpion and this site helped me care for it the way i wanted to. I havnt gotten the nerve upp yet to pick him up..but all in all..awesome creature to watch and very easy to care for:) thanks for posting this site..

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      What kind of scorpions are they?

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      Derek Brown 8 years ago

      I have a two or three inch scorpion and I need some info.

      What do you insist on?

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      Martinez 9 years ago

      I'm planning on getting one in the near future, pretty excited because I've always wanted one for years. Thanks for the information!!

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      campbell 9 years ago

      Got one of these bad boys on tuesday, a juvenile female, watch out for juveniles they're pretty aggressive, other than that beautiful creatures i recommend emperor scorpions too, ive got a bunch of them also, great first time scorp.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Interesting hub. I know very little about these creatures. I am with Angela on pets. I think this would be good for children though.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      I think scorpions would be interesting to observe, and I guess that is why people like them as pets. But personally, I want a pet that I can hug and play with.

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      Ambrosia 9 years ago

      I live in Mexico and my chihuahua Zorro got bite by a scorpion last week and then he ate it. It took 5 days but yesterday he throw up the scorpion. If we wouldn't of got him to the vet and got 2 shots he would of died. I wouldn't want one for a pet.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome. Anytime. Good luck babysitting.

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      RavynSteel 9 years ago from North Wales

      That's the idea! We're also looking after his snake and cat, but as their snake is the sister of ours and the cat is...well, a cat...there's nothing new there! But a scorpion is a completely new experience, so thanks so much for this hub!

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Ha yea I wouldn't handle him too much. Scorpions can be an interesting pet, but they're more of a look at pet than a play with pet. Glad you're doing your research. I'm sure your friend will appreciate it, knowing is pet is in good hands.

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      RavynSteel 9 years ago from North Wales

      I knew you'd come through for me Whitney, Thanks! The reason I've requested this hub is because i'm going to be looking after my friend's flat-rock for a few weeks, and I was hoping to glean some prior information about them :-)

      Safe to say, I don't think i'll be handling Fred all that much...

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      All scorpions, from my understanding, are solitary creatures. You shouldn't house more than one in a tank. You shouldn't house them with anything else, either.

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      Gems4friends 9 years ago from Spokane, WA

      Oh, I think I'll stick with the dog and cat. :) Otherwise you did a very nice job covering this beastie.

      We had a leopard gecko once. I guess we're just not into lizards since it was really boring. Cute though.

      Questions for you: Are these scorps social at all? I mean, can you have more than one in the same tank? Can you have other crittters in there that will co-exists with the scorps?

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      You have taken Dangerous topic.. By seeing itself i get feared...