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My fiance and I recently acquired a very young scorpion(had its first moult quite recently) and after close observation, I noticed these little things sticking out and kind of "feeling" around, that definitely were not legs! So, after some research, I've come to the conclusion that it is the scorp's pectines. Of all the photos I've seen, I've never been able to see the pectines. Is this normal for a scorp this young and am I able to sex it?

We also don't know what species. The guy said a desert scorpion and that it's lethal. Hm. Not smart of him, eh? But we really didn't have a choice to say no! We wish to keep it and become experienced, but I would also like to know for sure what species it is. I'll have to get a few photos...

Also, how frequently do scorps moult? Thank you. :) I appreciate it.
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Date:January 23rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Pectines are visible at birth, though it is very hard to pry them from their mothers backs to take a look.

the name "desert scorpion" can mean just about anything. In the US it would likely refer to Smeringerus mesaensis. They're a very fast species with a very painful sting, but nothing serious beyond the pain.

A picture would definitely help ID your scorpion.

As for molting, that all depends on the species, proper husbandry, and frequency of feeding.

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Date:January 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! I wondered how people got photos of the pectines. Since I do not know the species for sure, I am not going to touch it!

Thanks for the help. It does help, and after about four days the scorpion has finally eaten! Which makes me thrilled, as I was afraid something was wrong.

I will try to get photos this weekend. :) At such a young age, do they exhibit the normal behavior of adults? This one doesn't seem to be fast, but he/she isn't very slow.
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Date:January 23rd, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
From which continent?
Piccys pls!
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Date:January 23rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I was told it is from Mexico. Who knows? I've never met this person, but supposedly he's been doing this for 10 or so years.

I will def. get pictures this weekend!
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Date:January 26th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I really hope my boyfriend marries me so I can go scorpion hunting in mexico. But wait....he would never do that with me. I guess I'll have to find someone else! Anyway post a pic when you get a chance. It could be a Centruroides exilicauda???? which is not deadly but has a nasty sting.
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