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Jul. 19th, 2006 @ 05:56 pm
zapjaste
Hey you guys and gals! I am new here. Yesterday there was a scorpion on my ceiling. My boyfriend got it into a jar, we put Saran Wrap and a rubber band over it, and named him Earl. Earl is chillind out on one of our shelves.

I live in Tempe, Arizona which is in the Phoenix area. I'm originally from the midwest [Chicago area] and had never seen a scorpion before, save for maybe at the zoo or in a pet shop although I honestly don't remember.

I've been doing a bit of reading online about scorpions but can't for the life of me seem to figure out what species my new little friend, Earl is. I was hoping some of you enthusiasts could help me out. ^_^

There is a picture of Earl right here: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y227/zapjaste/DSC01865.jpg

He is a couple of inches long, oh and I am not even sure if it is a he yet! I might have to rename him/her.

I read that scorpions don't have to eat much and they can slow their metabolism down really low. But then on a scorpions as pets website it said to feed them insects but I assume that website was talking about those huge ass scorpions.

So I would appreciate any help you could give me! And so would Earl. ;) I put a little black insect thingy in there for him today. I found it in the bathroom. Earl doesn't seem to be paying any mind to the bug. Hmm.

Any information on environment, what I should put in his jar, or if I should just let him go. That would make me sad because even though I was initially freaked out, I've grown fond of Earl and have started talking to him. Haha we've only had him less than 24 hours.

Anyway thanks for reading. =D

Oh edited to add: Those white bits in the jar are plaster from the ceiling. Not crack rocks. Haha.
Current Mood: energeticenergetic

Unexpected Surprise Jul. 11th, 2006 @ 06:35 pm
virusq
Hi.

A bark scorpion decided it wanted to eat dinner and watch television with my boyfriend and me, a few weeks back, so I scooped her up in a jar with intentions of releasing her at an opportune time.

It's a little complicated. The house isn't sealed well and we leave lights on all the time. I know that if I let her go outside she'll either A) come right back in or B) go into either house next door, which are both full of small, curious children.

I've fed her a fly and a cricket over the past few weeks (no over feeding -- I've kept tarantulas...) and ... well, last night she popped. I am now the unexpected owner of approximately 15 bark scorpions.

Does anyone know if they will take them at zoos or petshops? I can't keep one, let alone all of them. (I have respiratory issues.)

Help?
Current Mood: anxiousanxious

Bark Scorpion Blow-out Mar. 20th, 2006 @ 10:39 pm
vwsandcoffee
i've gotta make some shelf spaceCollapse )

Welcome to birthing season 2006!! Feb. 27th, 2006 @ 10:34 pm
vwsandcoffee
In the last week, i've seen too many scorpions pop with babies
started with a Mesobuthus martensii at a shop i frequent
then at least 3 Pandinus imperators at a show this weekend...

now
i come home to 2 Centruroides exilicauda with scorplings (one of the females is a Gertshi morph)
and my C. gracilis popped at least 45 scorplings, and is currently mating again!!!

just two picsCollapse )

All i'm waiting on now is the other half dozen C. exilicauda, both of my Tityus serrulatus, and my Mesobuthus martensii to pop as well!
Current Mood: geeky

Feb. 4th, 2006 @ 12:12 am
aphasia_scars
My ex has had an emperor scorpion since early June and I don't think he's caring for it properly. After reading some information, I know he's not. He has Cornelius in a very small enclosure, I think it's less than ten gallons. He's using red and blue sand as substrate and has a cactus in there. He's using two old heating pads for heat ( I don't think they're actually in the tank with him, either ). He has one of those clay hermit crab things for Cornelius to hide in and a very small glass cup for water. I'm not sure how often he puts them in there, but he feeds him crickets and grasshoppers caught from the yard. Is that safe for him to eat? I know I can't feed my turtles caught things due to pesticides and what not.

How do you sex a scorpion? I'm not sure if Cornelius is male or Josh was just told that he is or he assumed such. I'm pretty sure the heating pads are meant for humans, at least one of them. Is a heating pad a good source of heat, or should he have a lamp during the day and something else at night? What's the best substrate to use and how often should it be replaced? How do you handle a scorpion? I can't imagine it's comfortable for them to be picked up by the tail, so do you just stick your hand in there and let it crawl up on you? What are signs that it's considering striking you? How bad does a scorpion sting hurt? I'd imagine it's worse than getting stung by a hornet. Do store bought scorpions still have venom and how do you treat that? Do they sting repeatedly or just once?
Aside from fish, I find it necessary to handle pets at least semi-frequently, otherwise they're less likely to be comfortable around you and want to hurt you. I don't want to cuddle with Cornelius, but I don't want to fear him.

Should he be getting any sort of vitamin supplements? What sort of plants can be kept in the tank? Do scorpions like to climb? Do they jump?

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» Please critique my website!
Hi Folks, I wanted to let you all know that my website is now up and running again and has been moved to a new address.

http://www.entomology.umn.edu/cues/tenczar/

If you get a moment, please have a look and email me with any comments or suggestions. I've been staring so long at my pc that a pair of fresh eyes would do some good. I'm looking for:
-typos
-broken links
-misinformation (especially under "captive conditions")
-anything red on green, green on red, etc. that someone colorblind might have trouble with
-any measurements not in metric units (I've converted the entire page to metric for obvious reasons)
-innapropriate language, such as the terms "aggressive" (keep in mind that when I started putting together the website, it was several years ago and I was less knowledgeable)
-anything else that seems off

Also, if you have any good links that I can include, let me know.

I'm also wondering if you think a frames layout would be more appropriate for this site.

Thanks!!!
Emily

Coming soon are Babycurus, Vaejovis, H. arizonensis, H. paucidens, and more!!!!
» Is this normal??
Hi I'm looking for a bit of help on this one, and I've also asked this question in another community. I was giving this scorpion today and I've only just recently started caring for arachnids. I bought a tarantula about two weeks ago and have since added another tarantula to that collection. This scorpion was given to me by a police officer friend of mine (cage and all, I haven't even had time to create the proper bedding for him) that had confiscated him out of a car in a drug bust. I'm concerened about the large gap in his back. He's eating well and seems to move around fine...I was just wondering if such gaps where normal or if they where part of the molting process in someway. I'm reading all I can about how to care for him and am hoping to give him a good home.

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» more pics
just cause i've posted pics the last two days... figured i'd keep them coming

today:
Serradigitus gertschi striatusCollapse )
» just because
Mesobuthus martensii - Chinese Armor-Tailed ScorpionCollapse )

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