Scientific name: Centruroides sculpturatus
The Arizona Bark Scorpion is most commonly found in the USA. They range from the southeastern states of California, Arizona, Nevada, southern Utah, and New Mexico. They are also found in Mexico throughout Sonora and the Baja Peninsula. They are mostly found under rocks, bark, logs, and other items. They are also the most commonly found scorpions inside houses.
Appearance / health:
The size of the Arizona Bark Scorpion is about 2-4 inches. Color can vary between individual scorpions but are usually a tan, brown, or yellowish color. The pinchers are long and slender while their bodies are big and bulky. Their legs and tail are thin and slender.
Behavior / temperament:
This is a very skittish scorpion. They are also the most venomous scorpion species in the USA. Although reactions from the venom will vary between people, all stings should get medical attention. These scorpions can also be very fast when they need to be. May be used as a beginner species as long as the keeper uses extreme caution.
This scorpion is best kept communal. This means that you can have more than 1 together. If only keeping 1 scorpion, a 2-5 gallon tank is all that’s needed, but if housing more than 2 go up in tank size. For many scorpions being housed together, anything from a 10-20 gallon can be used. Babies and younger scorpions may be kept in clear plastic containers until large enough for the adult enclosure.
Temperatures should be between 75-85F with humidity levels of 50-60%. They do not burrow so they don’t need deep substrates. Substrate should be sand or a mix or potting soil and sand. Climbing space is more important to these scorpions, so tank décor should be added for climbing. Driftwood, logs, cork bark, rocks and other items may be used. A wide shallow water dish may be provided as well.
Adult Arizona Bark Scorpions should be offered crickets, cockroaches, super worms and other insects. Baby and younger scorpions should be offered pin head crickets, mini meal worms, and other small insects.
creepy fun, experienced keeper, unusual pets, little guys
small children, beginner scorpion, possibly dangerous Scorpions, sting
black light, convenient hiding places
intriguing but possibly dangerous
Scorpions make for unusual pets. You don't really want to hold them. They're not friendly. And they're dangerous if they escape.
If you're not feint of heart, though, these creatures can make for interesting pets. Bark scorpions are pretty small. The younger ones are also translucent, which can make spotting them difficult (I always used a black light to find them). They're very active, especially at night. It's a great deal of creepy fun to watch them stalk insects in a terrarium.
I wouldn't recommend any kind of scorpion to households with small children. Bark scorpions are super fast and can escape their enclosure never to be found again. Once on their own, they will hide beneath debris and crawl into convenient hiding places (like your shoes).
These scorpions get a bad rap because they're often the culprits when folks die from stings. This is mostly because bark scorpions are one of the more prolific scorpions in the Southwest, not because they're necessarily more aggressive. Their pinch is inconsequential and their sting (I've heard) is painful, but seldom fatal. As long as you know what you're getting into, these scorpions can make for very interesting pets..
From carisomalley Sep 12 2013 12:57AM
Friends with the Enemy
I'd like to preface this by saying that I absolutely love scorpions, as a species. The amount of time I have spent researching them for the sake of feeding my obsession is borderline stalker-ish. However. There are some things that are not meant to be kept as pets. If you acquire one of these guys from a pet store or something else, good on you. DO NOT take one out of the wild. Here is why.
I caught Hero when I lived in the desert. He was, as is to be expected, incredibly hostile and not at all happy with his predicament. Care for him was rather easy, considering I lived in the area where he was native. Finding ground, rocks, plants, and foods that he was familiar with was all too easy. For those of you who do not live in the area that your scorpion is native to (which, I would assume would be most people) - and, honestly, even those of you that do live in their native areas - it is CRUCIAL that you do some research on caring for this creature before you bring it into your home. While not exactly high-maintenance, there is a lot more to its habitat than sticking it in a cage and giving it bugs to eat. Just like any other animal, they have certain dietary and environmental requirements that must be met, or they will die. Getting a vet to tell you what's wrong with your scorpion is not exactly an easy thing to do, so try to get it right.
Anyway, he got over his initial cage-irritation fairly quickly. In fact, he almost seemed to like it after a while. He stopped trying to climb the wall (he was about six inches long, so getting out of the cage would have been easy had it not been lidded).
Things got weird when a tarantula was added to the tank. Now mind you, I had nothing to do with this decision. This was something that one of my roommate's friends had thought would be awesome to do: put them in the cage together and let them fight. I did, at the same time, have a pet tarantula (that I had also caught), so this fool thought that pitting them against each other would be amusing.
When I got home from work, not only had the two not engaged in a battle to the death, but they actually seemed to be coexisting quite nicely. They barely seemed to notice that the other was there, even when they walked right past each other. It wasn't as if they were avoiding their counterpart, but much more like they were - dare I say - friends.
For curiosity's sake (or, as I often say, for science), they were left in the cage together overnight. I was hesitant to do this, since a part of me felt it would be cruel. But they'd shown no signs of hostility all day, so I wanted to see how they would do in a more long-term engagement.
I expected to wake to find one of them dead (or nothing more than an exoskeleton), but much to my surprise the two were curled up together inside of the little shelter that Hero had dug beneath small rock in the dirt. I thought for sure that one of them was dead, but, when the live food was dropped into the cage, both of them came out to get their fill.
This was, sadly, the only amusing part of owning either of these creatures. Since they were found in the wild as adults, there was no way that either of them would tolerate being handled. Other than the fascination I had with their eating habits and watching them hunt (if it could even be called that in captivity), they were essentially just pet rocks. The cuddling never stopped, by the way. They remained the best of friends for some reason that only they understood. Both were released back where they were found (in relatively the same area) a few months after I had caught them, and they went their separate ways.
While neither gorgeous nor terribly exciting (unless you get off on watching something tear a bug's head off and eat its insides), Hero was at least able to quickly accept captivity and adapt to the new living circumstances surprisingly easily. Most of the appeal that people have in this creature is how neat they look under a black light. Yes, they glow. Yes, it's cool. But no, it's not enough reason to want to own one..
From EnolaMolloy Feb 19 2016 9:02AM
Arizona Bark Scorpion - Centruroides sculpturatus
The Arizona Bark Scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) is the most venomous scorpion species in the USA. All stings from this species should get medical attention as it possesses a highly toxic venom that should not be underestimated. They are also very fast and quick to escape. It is very important that this species is not kept in households as a sting from it could be lethal. It should therefore only be kept by expert keepers in a controlled and safe environment and in an isolated room apart from the house. They are relatively easy to feed. babies can be raised on pin-head crickets with the size of prey increasing in correlation to the size of the scorpion. They do well in semi arid habitats and should be misted every 2-3 days. This species is not for beginners and should only be kept by experienced keepers. This is not a pet..
From RobWedderburn Jan 1 2016 4:24AM