Flinders Ranges Scorpion (Urodacus elongatus)
Scorpions are becoming and increasingly popular pet for those wanting something a little unusual or lacking space for a more traditional pet.
Flinders Range Scorpions are one of the largest species of Scorpion found in Australia. Males can grow up to 120mm and females up to 100mm. Females tend to have a robust body with a shorter tail. If cared for properly they can live up to 8-12 years.
It is important to have the correct housing for your Scorpion. They are best kept alone in a small terrarium with good ventilation. The substrate in your terrarium should be 100-150mm deep. You should spray your substrate but only to stop it from drying out completely, if your substrate is too damp this can increase the chance of fungal infection.
Your Scorpion will need a shallow water dish to reduce the chance of drowning. You can put gravel in the bottom of the dish or use a sponge in a water dish to allow your Scorpion to drink safely.
Scorpions thrive in an environment with a heat level between 20°C - 25°C. If using a heat pad it should only cover part of the terrarium, 1/3 of the enclosure is ideal.
Feeding your new pet is quiet easy. They should always have 1-2 crickets in their enclosure. Too many can annoy your scorpion so do not go overboard. Their food should be no larger than 1/3 of their body size.
So if you lack space or are wanting something a little different, don't overlook the Flinders Range Scorpion. These unusual creatures are easy to care for and make interesting pets for many years.