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Scorpions (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) Paperback – 26 May 2000


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  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S. (26 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764112244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764112249
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,622,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pet owners manual for Scorpions

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
If you have just developed an interest in scorpions then this book may wet your appetite. It provides very basic guidance on keeping scorpions as "pets", i.e. environment, housing, feeding, etc. and some basic observations and anatomical information. Colour photographs are quite good. It identifies the more common varieties usually kept in captivity and includes some useful information on them. However, if you are looking for a particular species then this book may disappoint. A table of selected varieties of scorpion describing their attributes, including their relative risks, is fairly useful as a guide, ignoring the obvious (and potentially dangerously misleading) mistakes in the preceding paragraphs. This book is heavily slanted towards the American market and European readers may consequently be disappointed with it in general... A good starter reference but probably of little use to the experienced enthusiast.
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I have been keeping scorpions for over 10 years now, and in my opinion this is the best and most informative pet scorpion book available. It is jam packed full of helpful information that is useful for beginners as well as the more experienced keepers. The book also has many brilliant pictures of these beautiful animals.
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By Scorpion on 21 April 2012
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Great little book..very informative...also leaves any grey areas open for you to do more research instead of pushing its own views...would recommend :)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good book for the beginning arachnoculturist 19 Mar 2000
By Brent E. Hendrixson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rubio's book is one of the few focused on the captive husbandry of scorpions -- he gives great information on breeding, housing, and raising these magnificent animals. In addition, his photos are of excellent quality, surpassed by no other that I have seen published in similar books!
There were a few drawbacks though -- some of the venom toxicity tables are clearly inaccurate! Species such as Centruroides gracilis are relatively weak all across their range, not just southern Florida! In addition, species such as Buthus occitanus have a more potent venom than illustrated here! Also, Rubio should have had his photographs identified by experts in the field before being published! Many of the photos were mis-labeled -- for instance, there is a photo of Androctonus australis that is labeled as Leiurus quinquestriatus, and there is another photo labeled Leiurus that is probably a Buthacus sp. Finally, a few of the photos were clearly of dead specimens (ala Hadrurus arizonensis pallidus and Vaejovis flavus -- I think that was them)...
Looking through the "minor" problems, if you're looking for a book with good information on the captive rearing of scorps, this book is the competition!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
THE beginner's book 11 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A concise look at scorpion biology for the pet keeper. Has a good section on species commonly available (arranged in groups as easy, difficult and dangerous). Has a good overview of habitat requirements, but I wish it had more specifics in keeping the various species...this section is arranged in table form only. It only took me an hour to read it, and I wish it had gone into more detail in general.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
AT LAST! 5 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At last- the perfect book for the hobbyist! All the information you could possibly ask for at your fingertips. This book covers everything the novice needs to know, and more. How to purchase, house and feed your scorpion is just the beginning. And the species charts are worth the price of the book themselves. The photographs are gorgeous and the book is concise and extremely well written. Even the advanced enthusiast will love this book. This book's a winner!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
THE BOOK for those new to scorpions 7 Sep 2005
By Lucian Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Despite a few inaccuracies and errors described elsewhere by another reviewer, this book will offer anyone new to keeping scorpions or who is curious about these most remarkable of animals an easy to read offering covering many diverse aspects of scorpions.

For those interested in keeping scorpions in captivity with little or no experience, this book should be considered a must read (along with "The Biology of Scorpions" by Gary A. Polis), as it offers a great deal of general information and care and maintenance information in an easy to read format for layperson and advanced keeper alike.

I'd recommend this book (and have dozens of times) to anyone with even a passing interest in scorpions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
All you need to get started 19 July 2007
By Ecogoat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent starter book and also has more in-depth information than what is required for simple husbandry (e.g. the section on breeding has what appear to be good suggestions and lots of factlets). Although it may have some inaccuracies, it would seem that this book alone is sufficient to get one started in raising the suggested (beginner) scorpions - not that one shouldn't seek more information, but we just purchased a couple Emperor scorpions and so far, the book has covered everything we appear to need. Photos and diagrams are excellent!
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