Other common names: Red Thick Tailed Scorpion
Scientific name: Babycurus jacksoni
This species of scorpion is commonly found all over central and eastern Africa especially in Kenya, Cameroon, and Tanzania. It is primarily terrestrial but will dig under bark or rocks to make suitable hiding spots or climb trees if the drive to eat termites is enough.
Appearance / health:
At full grown size, this scorpion reaches about 4 inches. The typical coloration of these scorpions is usually a dark reddish brown color with orange bordering the overlapping scales (tergites). The B. jacksoni dark morph is a “chocolate” morph being primarily brown in color.
Behavior / temperament:
This is a hot species meaning that it can be deadly if stung by it. Some people will have different reactions while others may not be highly effected. The Buthid family has some highly dangerous family members and the B. jacksoni is no different. Like most scorpions, this is just a display pet and should not be handled. This scorpion is not for beginners and should only be kept by more advanced keepers. However, this is a good beginner species for getting into more advanced scorpions. They can be communal if a lot of hiding spots and food is offered. Cannibalism has been noted with keeping them together.
One adult can be kept in a medium sized Kritter Keeper or similar sized tanks. Which ever tank you prefer, a 2-5 gallon is enough for one adult. Baby and young scorpions may live in small Tupperware containers or large deli cups. Other small clear plastic containers will work too.
Temperatures for the B. jacksoni need to be around 72-82F with humidity levels of 65-75%. Substrate should be a mix of vermiculite, sand, and/or peat moss. Water should be provided in very shallow containers such as film bottle caps or soda bottle caps. Tank décor should be added that will allow this scorpion to hide under and burrow under. Cork bark, regular tree bark, and rocks and other items may be added.
Adult scorpions should be fed 1-2 times a week with a diet consisting of crickets, cockroaches, super worms, and other insects. Baby and younger scorpions should be fed pin head crickets, mini mealworms, and other small insects.
great starter, rusty red colors, excellent scorpion, favorite species, attractive species
hotter species, painful sting
"this is a very attractive species that doesnt grow to large sizes-averaging less than 3". they do pack a painful sting. they arent deadly but it hurts still. there rusty red colors make it easy for them to blend into bark and wood chips. this african species enjoys dark most areas and has been known to climb bark <br>."
From Spiderdan Feb 13 2010 10:19AM
"Rusty Tailed Scorpion or Babycurus jacksoni is a medium sized scorpion that reaches about 6-9cm long. They occur in East- to Middle-Africa and have been found in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are relatively easy to feed and can live happily on a diet of medium to large crickets. This species comes from temperate to tropical rainforest and need to be watered every two to three days. Caging must consist of a soil or peat medium as the substrate, a few pieces of bark to hide under and a shallow water tray to drink from. This species has a very potent venom and it should not be kept by beginners. This species is only suitable for highly experienced keepers and zoo exhibits.."
From RobWedderburn Dec 31 2015 8:58AM
"I like pets with fur. Never in my wildest imagination did I believe I'd ever have a scorpion of any variety in my home. Having sons completely through that idea the window.<br><br>I want to say negative things about the scorpion, however, I realize that my opinions are due in large part to Hollywood movie makers and don't have anything to do with the unnamed scorpion in my house. So, to be fair, my sons love their Rusty Thick Tailed Scorpion. (Call me crazy, but does that not sound like the name of a world destroying monster?)<br><br>I have to give the scorpion-let's call him Rusty-some credit. He has been very easy for my often lazy sons to care for and he has provided hours of entertainment for them and their creature loving friends. They enjoy finding crickets and meal worms to old Rusty.<br><br>I have heard discussions about our scorpion being a bit aggressive. I can assure you that if I witnessed any aggression, this scorpion would have been given away immediately. For now, I have to admit, he is a great source of entertainment for my sons and despite my phobias (thank you, Hollywood), we will keep him.."
From AvaWrites Jun 7 2014 10:39AM