Scientific name: Centruroides vittatus
The Striped Bark Scorpion is commonly found throughout central USA and Mexico. This scorpion is most found in rocky areas where lots of crevices are available. They are also commonly found venturing into human establishments.
Appearance / health:
Much like the common name suggests, this scorpion has 2 thick stripes running from it’s head to the base of its tail. The body color is usually a yellowish brown color. Other color variations have been noted as well. The tip of the stinger is black. Full grown adult size is 2-3 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
This is a very nervous and skittish scorpion. Despite it’s nervous attitude, this is the most encountered scorpion in the USA, and is often found inside houses and other buildings. The venom of this species is not highly significant, but this scorpion, like all scorpions should be handled with care. Always get medical attention if stung.
Small communal groups may live together in a 5-10 gallon tank. Baby and young scorpions may live in clear plastic deli cups (alone) or other small plastic containers until they are large enough to be in the adult enclosure.
Temperature for this scorpion should stay between 80-85F with humidity levels of 50-60%. Substrate should be a peat/sand mix or a soil and sand mix. They do not burrow so substrate depth is not significant; 2-3 inches should be fine. Tank décor should be added on top of the substrate for suitable hiding areas. Bark, branches, wood, and other items may be used.
Adult scorpions will readily accept any large insects such as crickets, cockroaches, super worms and other large insects. Baby and younger scorpions should be offered pin head crickets, mini meal worms, and other insects that are appropriately sized.
Centruroides vittatus Striped Bark Scorpion
Being raised on a cattle ranch, we had scorpions as pets even if we didn't want them. The hot August month would force them to find cool shelter, and unfortunately that was our house.
These sneaky animals will hang on the ceiling, and drop on you in your sleep. So, it's always a good idea to scan the ceiling, walls, and bed for them before going to sleep.
Feeding him was a show. He like crickets, and was prone to play with his food.
I am not sure how long they were supposed to live, I think I caged him as an adult, because he didn't last but a few months. Yes, I put air holes in the jar. ;).
From Cyprus Sep 13 2014 5:10PM
There really isn't a good reason to keep a scorpion as a pet, except for the fact that they are just interesting. They aren't lovable, cuddly, or loyal. However, they are pretty cool.
Oklahoma is home to many of these creepy creatures, known as bark stripe scorpions. I didn't go out and catch Beetlejuice to keep as a pet, he was just one of many who came into the house whenever they felt like it.
Like any typical scorpion, he was irritable. But he was only about two inches long, and not equipped with a deadly sting (painful though!).
Beetlejuice was easy to keep. You can keep several of these tiny scorpions in a medium sized aquarium. So he was more than pampered having one all to himself. I just added some rocks, native soil, twigs, and other outdoorsy stuff so that he wouldn't forget where he came from. All he needed was a small, shallow dish of water and some bugs to feast on, and he was as happy as he was able to get.
Even though they aren't very interactive, scorpions can be a good choice. Especially in those places that don't allow dogs or cats. They can live in a small tank, and they don't make any noise or require much in the way of care(no grooming!. Do be careful if you decide to keep more than one. It is really disturbing to see a mama scorpion covered with 50 baby scorpions stuck all over her body!.
From JKinsey Mar 18 2014 2:11AM