The Tanzanian Red Clawed Scorpion is similar in appearance to the Emperor Scorpion, however, they seem to be a little more aggressive and willing to sting.
The Tanzanian Red Clawed Scorpion has a typical scorpion appearance, similar to that of the Emperor Scorpion. They have a black body, the claws can be a strong red colouration or just have a tint of red depending on the area they have been collected. Some may also show a slight red tinge on their backs.
They are generally smaller than Emperor Scorpions, reaching a size around 9-12.5cm (3.5-5 inch). Tanzanian Red Clawed Scorpions do make an ideal beginner species, however, be aware that they have a tendency to sting on a regular basis compared to Emperors.
They are found living within humid rainforests of Tanzanian, Africa. They like to hide and may be found living under rocks, fallen logs or in shallow burrows.
The Tanzanian Red Clawed Scorpion can be kept in either a glass or plastic tank, the latter being a cheaper method - have a look at our available starter kits.
Provide a soil depth of at least 5-7.5cm (2-3 inch) with rocks, logs and half turned plant pots for hides throughout the enclosure. Provide a temperature between 24-28C (75-82F), this can drop slightly during the night. Two methods can be used to heat your enclosure - a red basking light or a heat mat, both should be connected to a thermostat for safety reasons. Heats mats are best placed on the side of the tank as the heat will not pass up through the deep substrate. Basking lights should be placed towards one side to provided a temperature gradient.
Humidly should be in the range of 75-80%, this can be maintained by lightly misting with water every other day. A small shallow water dish can also be added, if you have youngsters place cotton wool or small pebbled to prevent your scorpion drowning. Feed on small insects like crickets an locusts, other live foods can also be fed. Youngsters should be fed every 1-2 days whereas adults can be fed every 3-4 days.
We advise to house the Tanzanian Red Clawed Scorpion on their own, they can be cannibalistic.