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PostSubject: Need Help identifying   11/1/2013, 2:07 pm

I live in Auburn California and found this little scorpion in the kitchen this morning. I was very surprised since I have lived in Northern California all my life and this is the first scorpion I have ever found. I need some help trying to identify it. The  scorpion is maybe an inch long, very small. Kids want to keep it as a pet. Can it be kept as a pet ?

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PostSubject: Re: Need Help identifying   11/1/2013, 6:27 pm

Looks like a Vaejovid to me. Not sure of species, as I don't have a key handy. From location, one of my guesses is Paruroctonus boreus.

You can definitely keep it as a pet, just give conditions similar to where you found it. It doesn't need a whole lot of space, but will probably want enough substrate for burrow or a good hide.

Edit: After looking at the chelae again, it's not Paruroctonus boreus. It's definitely a Vaejovid, though. Either Vaejovis sp. or Serradigitus sp.
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PostSubject: Re: Need Help identifying   11/15/2013, 6:32 am

Serradigitus gertschi, for sure, especially considering OP's locale.

This species prefers rocky cliffsides, and is generally only found on vertical surfaces, hiding within the cracks and crevices by day. Keep on the dry-side, and provide lots of vertical things to climb on- stacking flat stones in a manner that creates 1-inch crevices is a great way to make them feel at home.

They behave extremely similar to Centruroides (bark scorpions), even sharing the communal behavior; you can house hundreds of them in the same enclosure, with no fights or cannibalism breaking out. Most specimens found inside homes or away from cliffs are wandering males, of which have dispersed to search for females.
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