Other common names: Olive Keeled Flat Rock Scorpion
Scientific name: Hadogenes paucidens
Like all Flat Rock Scorpions, the Banded Flat Rock Scorpion is found all over parts of Southern Africa. Like their common name suggests, they are commonly found in rock crevices and tight fitting spots in rocky areas.
Appearance / health:
The Banded Flat Rock Scorpion is distinguished by the olive color bands on it’s back. The rest of the body is primarily a dark brown to dark reddish brown color. They have long skinny tails with big, thick, powerful pinchers. This scorpion will reach up to 7-8 inches as adults.
Behavior / temperament:
Most of the Flat Rock Scorpions are used as beginner species since they do not resort to stinging with their tails. They tend to be pretty docile but have been known to be nervous and skittish. Since they barely use their tails in defense, they resort to using their powerful claws and can leave a painful pinch.
This scorpion should be housed alone. A single adult will live it’s entire adult life in a 5-10 gallon tank comfortably. Baby and younger scorpions should be housed in temporary plastic deli cups, small critter keepers and other small clear containers.
Temperatures should stay within the range of 75-85F with humidity levels between 70-75%. Substrate is best as a sand and potting soil mix or sand and vermiculite mix. Keep substrate about 2-3 inches deep. A shallow water dish should be provided; jar lids and bottle caps work well. Tank décor should be items that will allow this scorpion ample hiding spots. Slate tiles or rocks can be used, cork bark, branches, and other things may also be provided.
Adults should get large crickets, cockroaches, super worms, and other large insects. Baby and younger scorpions should be offered pin head crickets, mini mealworms, and other small insects.
When the male is introduced to the female, the male will quickly grab the her pinchers and begin shaking (known as “juddering”). They will go through a short shoving match and during this, the male will produce a spermatophore on the substrate and will begin positioning the female over it. When the female gets on top of the spermatophore, she will grab it up with her genital opening, then the couple will separate and make a quick retreat usually in opposite directions.
easier novice scorpion, bright yellow stripes, pleasing color pattern, display, stunning beginner pet
I never thought myself as a scorpion person until the time a friend suggested that I try one as a pet! Before this trial, I had never kept a scorpion before. I also had a natural fear of scorpions (deep inside I still do). I learned to enjoy the rare beauty of the scorpion in my house. The Banded Flat Rock Scorpion is a very finicky eater- I did not have to worry about feeding him for a period of even three weeks. The scorpion is a rather friendly scorpion but I still fear touching him. In fact, I do not recommend anyone to handle the scorpion with bare hands. Instead, I use groves when I am picking him although my friend tells me that the scorpions venom is not deathly! Overall, I love this scorpion and I endorse it as the most friendly scorpion for a newbie (even those that fear scorpions like me)..
From Smartwilliam Feb 10 2016 2:42PM
Hadogenes Paucidens recommendation.
Pros: Hadogenes Paucidens (Or Olive Keeled Flat Rock) is a Scorpion with a stunning Black appearance with a touch of brown and bright yellow stripes along the top of its Exoskeleton. They are an easier Novice scorpion to keep than others considering that their main needs are sand (which can be acquired at a store such as Lowes, Walmart, or Home Depot) a wide shallow water dish, and rocks to hide under, they also require high humidity, and of course an aquarium. you can acquire rocks from just about anywhere that chemicals haven't been used, however you can also acquire slate rock for a low amount from a construction company. As with all scorpions, they are nervous when first approached to handle, however if they are on a rock you can easily get them to crawl onto your hand with little stress to the scorpion, they are great eaters as well.
Cons: All scorpions are nocturnal so there is a very low chance for them to be seen during the day, so unless you intend to stay up later than normal you may not see the scorpion. They always hide during the day, and also hide in different places alot of the time. These scorpions CAN NOT be kept communally unless they are given a LARGE aquarium (probably 20-30 gallon or so) and kept as a breeding pair with many hides and such, and they also must be fed well since these scorpions are territorial and will attack if hungry and provoked. Out of the scorpions I have observed from others and myself, this is one of the more nervous novice scorpion species, being that they are quick to hide rather than protect themselves. Also all scorpions are mainly shelf pets and should not be handled much due to causing unneeded stress.
Overall: The Olive Keeled Flat Rock (Hadogenes Paucidens) is a stunning beginner pet, but it requires slightly more maintenance than other species due to needing somewhat humid and hot temperatures, which may be harder for others to replicate, they are also one of the more nervous novice scorpions, that should be kept alone unless you are an experienced breeder.
From MiPHISTo Sep 9 2010 8:30PM