Asian Forest Scorpion

Scientific Name: Heterometrus longimanus
Native to: India, Indonesia, & Malaysia
Maximum Length: 3.5in – 5in
Life Span: 7 years


Asian Forest Scorpions are a very common scorpion kept as a pet and are found in Asian Tropical forests. They are more aggressive than the emperor scorpion. It is recommended they be housed alone due to their aggressive nature. Asian Forest Scorpions will become defensive and protect themselves with their pincers when they feel threatened. The venom of an Asian forest scorpion’s sting is mild.

Care tips


Provide your scorpion with a ten-gallon aquarium or terrarium.


Mulch or sphagnum based products such as Zilla’s Jungle Mix Or Zoo Meds Forest floor should be used and be 3-4 inches deep.


You should provide your scorpion’s habitat with a shallow water dish as well as a hiding area. They primarily live on the surface under rocks and logs, but do occasionally burrow. Rocks, logs, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. Moss or dried leaves can be added for floor cover.

Temperature and Lighting

The enclosure should maintain a temperature of 75 to 85° F with a humidity 78 to 82%. You should also provide an under-tank heat pad on one side of the tank.


Should consist of insects including crickets, mealworms or wax worms


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