Oklahoma, United States
Posted Mar 18, 2014
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!