Other common names: Arizona Dune Scorpion; California Dune Scorpion; Giant Sand Scorpion; Mohave Desert Scorpion
Scientific name: Smeringurus mesaensis
The Dune Scorpion is a burrowing species which is native to sandy and rocky deserts in the southwestern United States.
Dune Scorpions are very skittish and are exceptionally quick, which makes them challenging captive scorpions.
Appearance / health:
Adult size of the Dune Scorpion is usually between 3-4 inches. The overall body color of this scorpion is a pale yellow that are almost white in some spots.
Behavior / temperament:
Dune Scorpions are extremely fast. They are so fast that they will often resort to running away rather than using their pinchers and stinger in defense. They will sting however, if provoked enough. Stings by this scorpion has been reported to feel like a hornet sting and will subside after a couple hours if keeping an ice pack on it. These are not recommended for beginners as they are fast and should only be handled and kept by more advanced keepers.
This scorpion should be housed alone to prevent any deaths or near fatal fights. A single adult can be housed in a 2-5 gallon tank or similar enclosures with more floor space than height. Baby and younger scorpions may live in temporary plastic containers such as deli cups or other similar containers.
This scorpion likes it hot. Temperatures should stay within a range of 80-90F with as little humidity as possible. They are originally from the desert and have very little moisture in their native environment. A single misting once a week or less will be okay, however. Substrate is best as sand or a sand mixture like sand/potting soil, vermiculite, peat, etc. Pack the substrate down hard so it will be suitable for burrowing. Depth should be 3-5 inches. Tank décor should be items that lay on the substrate to allow for burrowing such as rocks, wood, logs, bark, etc. A shallow water dish may be provided.
Adults should be fed crickets, cockroaches, super worms and other large insects. Baby and younger scorpions should be offered pin head crickets, meal worms, and other smaller insects.
hot needle sticking, bee sting
little guys, black light flashlight
"Dune scorpions are often found in Arizona. If you go outside, into the desert at night with a black light flashlight, you can find these little guys glowing all over. I've been stung 3 times (purposely, to experience it) and it feels like a red hot needle sticking in your skin. It's not much worse than a bee sting, honestly. Dune scorpions are a fun beginner's scorpion, and being stung isn't much of a threat. I used to handle mine all the time. I've even bred them. It's so cool to see mom carrying all her mini-scorpions on her back. I'd highly recommend these to anyone starting out in the scorpion hobby.."
From VapinOnCloud9 Mar 28 2015 3:08PM
"The Dune Scorpion Dune (Smeringurus mesaensis) is a species of desert scorpion that lives in open desert and sand dunes. They are avid burrowers and a light sand will make the perfect substrate for them. Their venom is moderate and about as painful as a hornet sting although I have not been stung by this species nor do I recommend trying it. This is a great species for intermediate to advanced keepers. They cannot be kept in communal tanks as not matter how big the tank is they will fight or eat each other. They live nicely on a diet of small to medium crickets and a shallow water bowl with a saturated sponge in it is a great way to provide them with water. A great display scorpion but not recommended for beginners.."
From RobWedderburn Dec 31 2015 9:55AM