Cheloctonus genus of scorpion is
found in the north-eastern part of South Africa.
genus burrows, almost vertically down, in the open in
fairly hard sand.
Cheloctonus looks very similar
to Opistacanthus and contains 5 species.
They grow to a maximum
- Males have a tooth on the bottom finger of
- 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.
scorpions are used to open spaces, as long as some
form of cover exists.
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.
When it comes to feeding, I would say feeding once
every second week will suffice. Quantity will depend
on the size of the scorpion.
This is a very docile species and their
venom is mild causing slight pain if stung.
rather pinch than sting. The correct way to handle a
scorpion is ALWAYS use a long set of tweezers or
South Africa, it is illegal to capture and keep Cheloctonus species without a permit.