Other common names: Arabian Deathstalker Scorpion; Death Stalker Scorpion; Palestine Yellow Scorpion; Israeli Desert Scorpion
Scientific name: Leiurus quinquestriatus
The Deathstalker is a burrowing scorpion from the Middle East and Northern Africa. They prefer the scrubland and desert areas and are found abundantly in Egypt. They are found in natural burrows or under rocks. Since other scorpions under the Leiurus are referred to as “deathstalkers” scientific names are usually used to refer to scorpions of this species.
Appearance / health:
This is a medium sized scorpion, reaching an adult size of 4-5 inches. Their body is a pale yellow color. Compared to other scorpion species, this is a slender, lightly built scorpion. It has slender legs, tail, and pinchers. The dark segment under the tip of the tail may not always be present or very faint, which may complicate identification.
Behavior / temperament:
Do not attempt to hold or interact with this scorpion at all! They have very potent venom and can kill a human or at least cause serious reactions such as convulsions, breathing problems, and numbness. No matter how “advanced” you are in keeping hot scorpions, there is always a risk of being stung. The Deathstalker scorpions are aggressive and will sting without hesitance.
Adults will live happily in a 2-5 gallon tank. Other containers may be used as along as they are similar in space with secure lids. Baby and younger scorpions may live in clear plastic containers or deli cups.
Temperatures for the Deathstalker should be between 70-80F with humidity levels of 65-70%. Substrate should be peat moss, vermiculite, potting soil, or a mix of these. Keep the substrate 3-5 inches deep as these scorpions will burrow. A shallow wide water dish may be added. Tank décor should be added that will allow this scorpion to hide. Bark, cork bark, rocks and other things may be used. The scorpion will hide under and will likely burrow under these items. Make sure the lid is secure!
Adult scorpions will feed readily on crickets but will eat other insects like cockroaches, grasshoppers and other large insects. They will also accept meal and super worms. Baby and younger scorpions may be offered pin head crickets, mini meal worms, and other small insects. Larger adult specimens can have an occasional pinkie mouse.
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"The DeathStalker scorpion didn't get it's name by being a tame, handlable creature. Oh no, it's the most venomous scorpion in the WORLD. It sports 2 large pinchers, which is deceiving as they are very weak. So this scorpion relies on it's deadly venom to instantly disable any prey it comes across. Death stalker's usually live up to 5 years, but cannot reproduce until the 6th year. This means many of these scorpions die virgins, and the rest usually only mate once. This scorpion is very dangerous, and if the sting is not treated quickly, can be fatal. This is not, by any means, a beginners pet. Even though they're easy to care for, this is for people who respect the danger's that come with owning such a powerful scorpion.."
From VapinOnCloud9 Mar 28 2015 3:02PM
"The name with these guys is not just meant to sound cheesily cool, nor is it meant to scare off the unknowledgeable. It is in fact a legitimate warning as these scorpions have a very potent venom that is also lethal in small doses. So essentially, you could very well be signing your morticians records every time you go into its habitat.<br><br> I can honestly say that I do not in any way recommend the ownership of these scorpions. The anti venom is harder to come by and it is also likely illegal to own these scorpions. As a result I would also like to remind you that should there be strict sanctions against these animals in your state or province, you are likely going to take a trip to the judge assuming you survive your trip you the ER. <br><br> In reality that is all i really have to say on this topic. You can look into their behavior in care videos, and I would sooner recommend that than actually owning one. There is frankly nothing as unsettling as realizing that it has escaped, and any step could be your last.."
From ManoftheNorth Apr 16 2014 8:18PM
"The Deathstalker Scorpion is a highly venomous scorpion from North Africa and the Middle East that is capable of killing a man. They are one of the most popular scorpions in the exotic pet trade but they are not suitable as pets and should only be kept in a professional environment. They are easy to keep and do not require much maintenance and attention. I have kept these in plastic containers (with rubber seals) with fine sand as a substrate with a few slates of rock and a shallow wide water bowl with positive results. I also put the scorpion on top of one of the rocks with the use of long tweezers and spray it with a fine mist of once every 4-5 days to make sure that is fully hydrated. No not keep this scorpion in a cage with high humidity levels. <br><br>I wouldn't recommend this species as a pet. I have kept this species and numerous species of scorpions and I know from experience that scorpions are the best escape artists out of all animals. The only way to safely keep these scorpions is by never touching the scorpion and only using a long set of tweezers to feed and pick up the scorpion. You also need a room that is 100 escape proof and has mesh on all possible exits to the room and a rubberized door frame with a seal that is so tight it is completely waterproof. Any lesser measures in the uphold of safety are likely to result in a lack of care which could result in a sting or losing the scorpion. Their containers should be sealed in a watertight container used for packing food and 100% escape proof. <br>regardless of the owner's level of experience. This is not a species that should be kept in households and should only be kept in professional facilities.."
From RobWedderburn Oct 29 2015 4:49AM