Desert Hairy Scorpion

Hadrurus hirsutus


Husbandry Information


Cincinnati has used nail polish on roaches and scorpions for individual identification purposes


Housing Requirements


Diet Requirements


Veterinary Concerns


Notes on Enrichment & Training


Programmatic Information


Temperature Guidelines

See: Temperature and Transport: Welfare Implications for Ambassador Ectotherms from AASAG Newsletter, Dec. 2016



Tips on Presentation


Tips on Handling


Potential Messaging


Acquisition Information


Comments from the Rating System

  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: We show all arachnids in a clear box. No one handles them on program. Animal care staff packs them for program staff and volunteers.
  • Zoo America: We don’t hold our scorpions. They do well in observation boxes, though.

Natural History Information

Range and Habitat


Physical Description


Life Cycle




Threats and Conservation Status


Did you know…




Any Documents to attach, species spotlights, etc.

Contributors and Citations

  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Maryland Zoo
  • Zoo America