Other common names: Tanzanian Red Claw Scorpion
Scientific name: Pandinus cavimanus
The Red Claw Scorpion is a terrestrial species originating in Africa, especially Tanzania, Togo, and Ghana. They are found in the rain forests and like to hide under rocks, bark and other items on the landscape.
Appearance / health:
Red Claw Scorpions look a lot like the very similar Emperor Scorpion, although the Red Claw is a little smaller and has dark red claws. The legs of the Red Claw Scorpion can sometimes be red as well. In some individuals, the whole body may have a reddish over tone. As adults, these scorpions reach up to 4-5 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
Much like the Emperor Scorpion, Red Claw Scorpions tend to be calm and docile. They will not use their stinger unless threatened, and prefer to use their claws instead. Their venom is mild and in most people, it doesn’t cause and long lasting effects. However, everyone is different and this scorpion should always be handled with care.
A 5-10 gallon tank will be suitable for 1 adult. Baby and younger scorpions may live in clear deli cups or other clear plastic containers until they reach adult size and go into their permanent tanks. Floor space is more important than height, and they will also burrow.
Temperature should be kept between 75-80F with humidity levels of 75-80%. Substrate should be 3-5 inches deep and should be peat moss, vermiculite, potting soil, or a mix of these. A wide shallow water dish may be provided. Substrate should be kept moist to help with the humidity. Tank décor to add should be things like bark, rocks, small pieces of driftwood and others that will allow this scorpion to hide or burrow under.
Adults will readily take any large insects. This includes crickets, cockroaches, super worms, and others. Baby and younger scorpions may be offered pin head crickets, mini meal worms, and other small insects.
darkish red color, care requirements
rough temperament, probably do n't want to try and handle, low risk poison
ambush predators, tongs
Sort of Aggressive, but Very Pretty
So I should start out by saying that I'm terrified of arachnids for the most part. A former partner convinced me that us getting a scorpion would somehow help me get over my fear. Admittedly, it sort of worked, I'm not afraid of scorpions at all (but I wasn't really before either).
We had a red claw scorpion, which he took when we went our separate ways. While it maybe wasn't the best choice for beginners, it wasn't a bad choice either. I don't think anyone gets a scorpion expecting a cuddly pet.
It was fascinating to watch, when it was out of it's hide. I loved watching it hunt crickets or mealworms. Be aware that they are nocturnal, so don't expect to see them during the day.
They need higher humidity, but it's much easier to maintain in a small enclosure, so it's not as much of a pain as it is with larger snakes or lizards. If you mist daily and have good substrate you should be fine. You can also watch the scorpion drink when you mist, as they like to drink the droplets of water.
You can handle them, but they are a little more aggressive.
Very enjoyable, if you like to watch and not interact a lot with your animal..
From NomadMorgan Jul 2 2015 12:52PM
Raving over my Red Claw
So the rumoured defensive/aggressive Red Claw species...
It had spent 48 hours in the post so was understandably teasy when I unpacked it. Therefore, I dont count that behaviour, (arched back, sting ready, claws snipping the air).
The next day I discovered a better way to coax it onto my hand, (I also use this for my Emporer now too). Unlike my tarantulas, if you touch a scorpions back leg it will not walk forward onto your hand. Instead it spins around thinking its being attacked! This can lead to the scorpion spinning around from hand to hand getting stressed and associating me with this stress!
So, the breakthrough for me was to lay my hand flat behind the scorpion, coax it backwards with tongs. It happily walks backwards onto my hand and associates the tongs, (not my hand) as a threat.
The photo is after about 10 minutes of being on my hand trying to work out whether it was happy or not. See how chilled out it became? Tail flat to the side, back flat, claws limp. It was happy to sit like this for 30 minutes.
So my early conclusion is that this species is simply more afraid than the Emporer sp. and defends itself accordingly.
Early days though, we shall see....
From Markedman May 23 2014 4:05PM
Over the last 4 years I have bred nearly 3 scorpions (Fatalities often occur due to the breeds' temperament)
To get to the point; The red claw scorpion can be aggressive, yet worry not as the sting from its' stinger is no worse than a bee sting.
The only times this breed will use its stinger is for defense, so i recommend that novices not take this as their first scorpion breed.
For those who wish to breed this species, it is often a long and unsuccessful period. Because of their attitude they will often try to battle the female and this often results in death. When caring for this species do not use dark colored flooring inside the cage, as the coloration of red claws are a darkish red color and they will easily blend in.
Red claws are NOT harmful, despite their rough temperament they can show affection, with some of the more docile ones allowing slight petting.
Remember this part greatly however; If they feel threatened they will not hesitate to sting you (I have been stung multiple times for rough handling) but just remember they are not harmful and are nonpoisonous.
From AlexanderPaine May 1 2015 10:01AM