Emperor Scorpion care sheet

Housing: a glass terrarium of at least 300x300x300mm

Heating: ambient air temperature of 70-75oF

Diet: carnivorous diet of insects

Decoration: damp substrate to raise humidity levels

Emperor scorpions do well with a glass terrarium as their enclosure. This is because glass is great at allowing heat to escape ensuring that the enclosure stays cool enough. Other enclosures such as wooden vivariums are far too efficient at retaining heat.

The emperor scorpion's terrarium should be at least 300mm in length and 300mm in height. The emperor scorpion is going to grow to around 7-8" so they need a space large enough for them to move around in.


Emperor scorpions require a near constant air temperature of 70-75oF. This is best achieved by sticking a heatmat on one side of the glass enclosure. This heatmat is regulated using a thermostat to make sure the temperature stays constant.

As the glass is only being heated on one side this also creates a small temperature gradient within the enclosure allowing the scorpion to warm itself up or move away to cool down.


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Emperor scorpions should always be allowed at least 2'' of substrate to give them the opportunity to burrow or dig. We find the best substrate for these scorpions is a soil mix called spider life.

The scorpions vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants for a more natural look.Small natural wood ornaments look very effective and also provide further perches for the scorpion. Trailing plants are very good at disguising electrical wires and equipment, as well as providing cover for young scorpions.


Emperor scorpions are carnivorous and have a diet consisting of live insects. The core of the livefood diet should be high in protien and relatively easy to digest. We have found that brown crickets are the most readily accepted, but you can also use black crickets or locusts (hoppers).