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What Should I Feed My Pet Scorpion?

I've been an online writer for over 11 years. I've been interested in raising and caring for exotic pets for quite some time.

What do scorpions eat? Uncover the answer to this and other common questions here.

What do scorpions eat? Uncover the answer to this and other common questions here.

What Do Scorpions Eat?

Unfortunately, when your pet scorpion wants dinner, you just can't pop down to the corner shop and pick up a bag of scorpion chow. You can, however, go to a reputable pet shop and buy a bag of live feeder crickets.

Yep—live food. Scorpions are carnivorous hunters who seek out live prey to sting and chomp. In the wild, scorpions eat bugs, including spiders. The largest of scorpions can even eat very small lizards.

Is It Safe to Feed My Scorpion Bugs?

Grabbing the random bugs that crawl by your home and chucking them into your pet scorpion's habitat is not recommended (except for in extreme situations). You don't know what that bug has been eating! That random beetle could be a junk food junkie. Your scorpion gets all of its nutrition from its prey, so the prey has to eat healthy in order to keep the scorpion healthy.

Treats for Scorpions

As a treat, you can offer your pet scorpion mealworms (which are also available from the pet store and sometimes fishing supply shops). Moths also seem to be a popular choice from the dessert (or, desert) cart.

Scorpions feed on live bugs.

Scorpions feed on live bugs.

When to Feed a Scorpion

Most scorpions seem to be most active (and therefore hungry) at night. By feeding at night, you have the best chance of having your pet scorpion actually eat. Feed every other night.

Scorpions can be finicky eaters and tend to have very erratic feeding patterns. If you have a good eater, you are lucky. But even if you have a finicky eater, be consoled that the scorpion is at least acting normally.

How to Keep Crickets to Feed Scorpions

Your scorpion will probably only eat one or two crickets every two days, so you need a place to keep the extra crickets. They can be kept in an old fish tank or the plastic equivalent. Expect a few to escape. When you buy crickets, you are best off getting at least a dozen at a time in order to be sure of enough food for your pet scorpion, even after a break out by a few crickets.

Keep some empty egg crates in the cricket tank and feed them cricket food. No, I'm not kidding. Cricket food is available at all fine pet stores and online specialty shops. This food is so nutritious that we could probably survive on it, although I haven't met anyone who has put this theory to the test. Some people feed chopped-up fruits, vegetables, and crushed dry dog food instead. Some even have their own special recipes made in their food processors.

How to Provide Water to a Scorpion

A shallow dish with clean water should be kept in the cage at all times. If there are any plants, give them a squirt of water. What some people like to do is spray the inside sides of the scorpion's tank with water, simulating dewdrops, and the scorpion drinks that.

If your pet scorpion is really small or a juvenile, add pebbles to the shallow dish to prevent drowning.

Bon appétit!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


RenaSherwood (author) on October 31, 2007:

Thanks for the information, Whitney.

Thanks for the kind words, Patty.

My feelings aren't hurt at all, Zsuzsy. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub. Scorpions are not the ideal pet for everyone, that's for sure! Cute and cuddly pets are still popular and I think always will be for that reason. For more reasons why scorpions can make good pets for some people, see

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on October 30, 2007:

Sorry I'm probably hurting your feelings but that really is not what I would call an ideal pet! What's happened to cute and cuddly pets?

great hub though


Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 30, 2007:

Very interesting...I never knew what they ate before this.

Whitney from Georgia on October 30, 2007:

Medium and larger pet scorpions, like the Emperior Scorpion can eat pinkie mice on occasion, as well.