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“Asian forest” molted into red claws?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Matttoadman, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    I received this “Asian Forest” for Father’s Day in 2017. This year (on Father’s Day) it finally molted. It is huge. Plus it has red claws. I assumed most black scorpions sold at the LPS as Asian would be of the Heterometrus. Are they any other red clawed black scorpions besides Pandinus cavimanus? I will try to get a better picture. This thing is no longer shy and will chase down male Dubias. I have even got to witness it sting the prey and eat it.
     

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  2. FrankiePinchinatti

    FrankiePinchinatti Arachnopeon Active Member

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    It does take quite a while for their color to completely darken after molting and during that time they will be more of a brownish red so that might be some of what you're seeing. Although it's been almost a month so I'd think the exoskeleton would have been all the way hardened and dark by now.
     
  3. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnobaron Active Member

    Can you get a better picture with the scorpion under more light? It is nigh on impossible to try and ID down to the species with a picture of just the chelae and chelicerae at an odd angle, especially when it comes to Heterometrus/Pandinus.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts
     
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  4. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnobaron Active Member

    Based on shape and structure it is deffinitely Heterometrus, they sometimes take ridiculous long time to get dark color back and they sometimes keep a bit of reddish on claws even after that.
     
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  5. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    I lightened this one. Black scorpion on damp coco fiber lol.
     

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  6. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    One thing I can say for sure. Compared to tarantulas....scorpions are much more entertaining..... (covers head)
     

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  7. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    This picture edited for light as well