The Instigator
Chelicerae
Pro (for)
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18 Points
The Contender
JHP
Con (against)
Losing
0 Points

Scorpions are good pets in general.

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Chelicerae
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/19/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Chelicerae

Pro

The first round is for acceptance. I will be arguing that scorpions are good pets in general, and Con will be arguing that scorpions are not good pets in general.

Good- To be desired or approved of

Scorpions- A terrestrial arachnid (order Scorpiones)

Pet - an animal kept in confinement

General- not confined by specialization or careful limitation

First round is for acceptance. The debate will be back and forth arguments and counter-arguments (no semantics). Good luck!
JHP

Con

I accept your challenge. Best of luck.
Debate Round No. 1
Chelicerae

Pro

=Scorpions are generally not lethal=

The number of scorpion species on the planet is estimated to be around 1,752, and they are found in all continents except for Antartica [1]. The number of scorpion species that are able to to deliver lethal stings to humans is estimated to be 25 [1]. This means that only 1.42% of scorpion species are capable of killing a human being [3]. Since the number of lethal scorpion species is so low, it can be known that scorpions are generally not harmful.

The fear humans have for scorpions is like the fear we have for sharks and other 'monsters'. We think they're going to kill us, but in fact, we harm them a lot more than they harm us.

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=Scorpions are easy to take care of=

Scorpions are very easy to keep. After you have set up the terrarium for it, it's not a challenge to keep it well-fed and happy. All a scorpion needs is a ten gallon tank (minimum) and a hiding spot to hide under [1]. Scorpions do not require food that often. Most scorpions only need to be fed 1-2 times a week and 1-2 proper sized crickets each feeding [2]. A bag of crickets will cost $18.69 for 250 crickets [3]. When you take into consideration the fact that you can't feed a scorpion before molting or after molting, you will be buying cricket food very rarely.

Even if you forgot to feed your scorpion, some scorpions can survive without eating any food for a year [4]. Even the most irresponsible pet owner would be able to take care of one just fine.

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=Conclusion=

(1): Almost 99% of scorpion species are not lethal to humans.

(2): Scorpions are easy to take care of.

JHP

Con

JHP forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Chelicerae

Pro

Well, that's disappointing. Arguments extended.
JHP

Con

JHP forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Chelicerae

Pro

Arguments extended.
JHP

Con

JHP forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Chelicerae 4 years ago
Chelicerae
I see what you guys mean, but it's too late to change it.
Posted by Multi_Pyrocytophage 4 years ago
Multi_Pyrocytophage
I agree with Maikuru. The definition of pet is applicable to anything.
Posted by Maikuru 4 years ago
Maikuru
Where did you get that definition of pet? That works for literally every animal on earth. Change the definition to the standard "any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately" and I will accept.
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Reasons for voting decision: Obvious win is obvious. Good Job Pro
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Reasons for voting decision: FFS If your going to debate actually DEBATE, don't be irresponsible. Nice win pro