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Cheloctonus in captivity


GEO-LOCATION

The Cheloctonus genus of scorpion is found in the north-eastern part of South Africa.

HABITAT

This genus burrows, almost vertically down, in the open in fairly hard sand.

CHARACTERISTICS

Cheloctonus looks very similar to Opistacanthus and contains 5 species.
They grow to a maximum of 10cm.
 

SEXUAL DIMORPHISM

- Males have a tooth on the bottom finger of their pincers.
- Males are more slender than females.

KEEPING CHELOCTONUS IN CAPTIVITY

a) Cage setup

Cheloctonus would do great in a Tropical Setup or a Simple Setup with a sandy substrate and a piece of bark or a rock to hide under.


You can decide if you want simple fish tank sand and a few pieces of bark or rocks to hide under OR if you have a tank that is high enough, mix sand and water and let it go hard in the sun. Using 3 fingers push down into the hardened soil vertically, starting a burrow for the scorpion. You will find that the scorpion often continues to excavate the burrow.

b) Substrate

Clay.

c) Decor

These scorpions are used to open spaces, as long as some form of cover exists.

d) Temperature

High 20's - low 30's will suffice as a heat source (check the maximum temperature the heat pad achieves first). If it goes into high 30's then you might want to control the temperature via a thermostat. I would turn the heating on during the day and off at night. You can decide whether you want to keep the heating on permanently during winter or not.

e) Water source

For instar (baby) Cheloctonus scorpions you can simply (using a fine spray) spray water onto one side of the enclosure once a week. For adult Cheloctonus scorpions you can provide a small flat dish for water.

f) Feeding

When it comes to feeding, I would say feeding once every second week will suffice. Quantity will depend on the size of the scorpion.

g) Handling

This is a very docile species and their venom is mild causing slight pain if stung. They will rather pinch than sting. The correct way to handle a scorpion is ALWAYS use a long set of tweezers or forceps.

NOTES

In South Africa, it is illegal to capture and keep Cheloctonus species without a permit.