Other common names: Black Scorpion
Scientific name: Heterometrus longimanus
The Asian Forest Scorpion is a tropical scorpion found in rain forests of Southern Asia - from India to Indonesia. They are commonly found under logs and other natural debris.
The Asian Forest Scorpion is often confused with the Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus Imperator), as well as with its cousin, the Malaysian Forest Scorpion (Heterometrus spinifer). However, the Malaysian Forest Scorpion is significantly larger.
Appearance / health:
This is a larger species of scorpion; reaching up to 4-5 inches as adults. The overall body color is shiny black especially in certain angles of light. The pincers are thick and powerful, but the tail is long and thin.
Behavior / temperament:
The Asian Forest Scorpion is commonly used as a beginner scorpion for people who want to get into more aggressive scorpions. This scorpion is much more aggressive than the most commonly kept beginner scorpion; the Emperor Scorpion. Because of this, it should not be handled, as it will readily sting when it feels cornered or in danger.
Depending on how many are housed in a tank, the Asian Forest Scorpion can be housed in a 2-20 gallon tank. Baby and young scorpions can be housed in a temporary plastic deli cup or other similar containers until they reach adulthood.
Temperatures should be kept within a range of 75-85F. Humidity levels should be rather high, and kept between 75-80%. Substrate should be kept moist and should be peat moss, vermiculite, potting soil, or a combination. Substrate depth should be 3-5 inches as burrowing has been noted with this scorpion. They will drink from a wide shallow water dish. Tank décor should be items that will allow this scorpion to feel safe and hide especially if more than one is housed together. Cork bark, rocks, logs, wood and other things may be used.
Adults should get large crickets, cockroaches, super worms, and other large insects. Baby and younger scorpions should be offered pin head crickets, mini meal worms, and other small insects.
beginner scorpion, great species, Jet black appearance, moister environments
shelf pet, meaner attitude, aggressive behavior
hiding place, brutish eating methods, moist soil, large powerful claws
"I've owned my Asian Forest Scorpion (Mr.Pinches) for about a year now. After looking up caresheets I found that they are very easy to care for. As long as you give them somewhere to hide they are happy, "A happy Scorpion is one you don't see", and so it's safe to say Mr. Pinches is just about the best hider in hine n' seek ever. He doesn't come out very often and when he does it's the late evening hours.<br><br>That being said when it's feeding time he gets very defensive and it's funny to watch him throw his pincers up and take a mealworm down.<br><br>A scorpion with as much potency in it's stinger as a bee sting but a pinch that could give you a nasty wound, somthing not to be handled unless you are eith er a seasoned keeper or wearing thick leather gloves!."
From Gamescroller Feb 16 2016 3:55PM
"These scorpions are of the larger variety. They are very bulky and can even be fed a pinky mouse on occasion. These scorpions tend to be more defensive and don't like being handled unless done so from a younger age. They prefer moister environments and like to have a spray down of their habitat every now and then. This is one of the few scorpion varieties that seems to like having a larger source of water available. They are pretty cool to watch eat due to their overpowering and brutish eating methods. They rarely use their stingers as they have large powerful claws that do most of the work for them. I don't recommend them for handling but I do recommend them as a more visual scorpion pet.."
From DennisNJ May 10 2015 11:30PM
"Generally, I found owning a scorpion pretty boring. Ours would rustle around, eat crickets, and arch up when disturbed. They don't try to sting things normally, they just pinch them, so you don't even get to see any hot scorpion-stinging action. The only real awesome thing I ever saw him do was fight off a bunch of carpenter ants that had invaded our home (as well as Michael Jordan's cage). <br><br>I really don't think kids should have scorpions, even though I had one growing up. We actually found a dangerous tan one in the desert once and brought it home via airplane (his name was Charles Barkley) which was an AWFUL idea, but I digress. They are pretty dangerous animals, in my opinion. Don't get a kid a scorpion.."
From Audrey Bruce Jan 25 2013 5:28AM