Thursday, June 25, 2009

AJ's Emperor Scorpion

This is my son's newest addition to his home zoo. It is an Emperor Scorpion, also known as an Imperial Scorpion. It is currently about 3-4 inches long. It can get up to 6 inches long and live for about 8 years. It does have a sting, but it is no more dangerous than a bee sting. It is native to the tropical rainforests of West Africa. AJ generally has reptiles and amphibians in his collection, but has had a fascination with scorpions for a few years too. It is an Arachnid, but it is not a spider. He absolutely hates spiders. As much as he loves snakes and other things that I consider to be repulsive, he will avoid any size spider! He has already fed it a cricket to watch him eat. He will add it to his animal displays, but it must stay in a darker area, since UV light can cause it stress and even untimely death. I am tolerant of his animals since this is his passion and possible future profession. I am holding strong to my rule of no constrictor or venomous snakes!

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