Other common names: Desert Hairy Scorpion (species of Desert Hairy’s should be referred to by scientific name to prevent confusion as they are commonly all called the same name)
Scientific name: Hadrurus spadix
H. spadix is a burrowing scorpion native to the southern deserts of North America. This area includes Arizona, California, and Nevada. It is commonly found under rocks or logs in burrows that it digs itself.
Appearance / health:
This species is distinguished from the other Desert Hairy Scorpions by the black or dary grey color on their back. They are different from the H. Arizonensis because the H. spadix’s face is black, where as the H. Arizonensis is yellow. The body on the H. spadix is a pale yellow color, with the pinchers being a dark brown or reddish brown color. Adult size is around 4-5 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
This is a semi-aggressive scorpion, with low toxicity levels. Like all scorpions, it should not be handled unless necessary and even though it has low venom, some people may still need medical attention. This is a good species for beginners as it’s large and very active with less aggression levels.
This scorpion should be housed separately and will do fine in a 2-5 gallon tank or other similar enclosures. Floor space is more important than height. Baby and younger scorpions may live in clear plastic containers such as deli cups until they are large enough for their adult enclosure.
Temperatures must be kept between 85-90F with very low humidity levels around 30%. Substrate should be sand or sand mixed with potting soil, vermiculite, or peat. Before introducing the scorpion, moisten the substrate mixture and allow it to fully dry. This will pack down the substrate and will allow it to harden up which in turn makes it easy to burrow in. Keep the substrate between 4-6 inches. A water dish is not necessary as it will raise humidity, which is not good for this scorpion. Tank décor should be items that lay flat on the substrate such as rocks, wood, logs, and others.
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.
Kept a blacktop scorpion for a couple of years. Scorpions in general are very low maintenance once you've made the initial set up correctly, which includes fitting a nice glass tank for it with sand, and a couple of other props if you want so it can climb/hide on etc. you're done. They feed about once a week, mostly on insects. You'll want to keep it in a fairly warm environment, which would be at least in room temperature, but often a little more. Obviously I wouldn't keep it around little kids, since all scorpions as far as I know are poisonous. Like I said, they are very easy to maintain, so as long as you take the obvious precautions of handling it, you will enjoy this fascinating creature..
From LindsayAndersen Aug 15 2012 6:22AM
Blacktop Hairy Scorpion - Hadrurus spadix
The Blacktop Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus spadix) is a moderately venomous desert scorpion from North America. A mixture of peat and sand should be used for substrate, though sand should be the major component. The toxicity of its venom is usually deemed to be low, though its sting can be quite painful. I have found these to be very defensive and they will not hesitate to sting you if you get within its striking range. They have a painful sting that is almost intolerable and I would not recommend this species to beginners. This species should only be kept by expert keepers. They need their sand to be wet every three to four four days and a shallow water tray can also be provided. They do well on a diet of small to medium crickets. Overall i would not recommend this species to beginners and it is only suitable for advanced keepers..
From RobWedderburn Dec 31 2015 9:28AM
Scorpion - not the best pet
When the boys were in their late teens, a friend gave them a scorpion. I was not thrilled about the idea, but they insisted. This really was not our best bet. You couldn't handle him. He did very little. When younger children were around they wanted to pick him up so close supervision was needed to make sure they didn't try to open the tank. The boys lost interest and I ended up having to care for him. The tank set up also required a lot of particulars. I wouldn't really suggest a scorpion for a pet..
From AvitasMommy Dec 10 2012 9:01AM