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2 scorpions died at the same time... need help

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by halo909090, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. halo909090

    halo909090 Arachnopeon

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    ok first one of my scorpions stopped moving yesturday and i had a feeling it was dying, today when i came from school i looked in its cage and its body was flat on the ground, i left it w/o touching it and after 5 hours it was in the exactly same position, so i picked it up and it wasnt movin at all, so i buried it, and i noticed the fat between the top and the bottom of the scorpion was like gone. and then my second scorpion is doing the same thing now, it stopped moving and isnt moving at all:wall:
     
  2. what kind of scorpions? how old? diet? are they wild caught? how are you keeping them? answer what you can and Im sure we can help you figure it out :D
     
  3. halo909090

    halo909090 Arachnopeon

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    They are emperor scorpions that i bought in petco
     
  4. okay well how long have you had them? and how are they housed?
     
  5. halo909090

    halo909090 Arachnopeon

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    ive had em about 4 months? i think and they live in a 10 gallon tank,
     
  6. zilch

    zilch Arachnosquire

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    i had 2 australis who died almost similiarly, hope you don't mind if i ask a question here lol :) its 3i australis (who ate alot, they're seriously stuffed) in small plastic containers with desert sand as substrate. one day i just found them upside down (backs facing upwards) and thought they were dead, but they were still moving. this happened for nearly 3 weeks then finally they died. anyone knows why? :confused:
     
  7. Zilch did you flip them over when they did this?
     
  8. zilch

    zilch Arachnosquire

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    yes i did. but they just fall backwards anyway, so i left them like that. i heard some australis molt that way, but only in rare cases.
     
  9. halo909090

    halo909090 Arachnopeon

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    did they die at almost the same time?
     
  10. yeah thats what I was gonna say, its possible after being disturbed they simply could not molt and died as a result.
     
  11. zilch

    zilch Arachnosquire

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    yes, one died before another..
     
  12. zilch

    zilch Arachnosquire

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    haha, thats what i thought initially, but i only flipped them over like 5 days later?
    i don't think they take THAT long to molt, do they? :confused:
     
  13. halo909090

    halo909090 Arachnopeon

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    im afraid that they have some kind of sickness that they both got it and died, and i am afraid that the sickness might affect me or my geckos:8o
     
  14. I would say chances are that they were just old.. or WC adults who had parasites. again.. how did you keep them though.. substrate ? temps? what did you feed them?


    and no they dont take 5 days to molt.. perhaps conditions just werent good I dont know.
     
  15. zilch

    zilch Arachnosquire

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    haha. unlikely i think, diseases/viruses which affect scorpions won't spread to reptiles and humans...

    more likely i think its humidity issues?
     
  16. halo909090

    halo909090 Arachnopeon

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    yes, i think tha too, i think the white sides of the scorpions dried up and they died, cause i saw a hole on its side and i saw the insides
     
  17. zilch

    zilch Arachnosquire

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    :eek: terrible way to die. but expect casualties keeping scorpions, i guess thats part of the hobby. the thing now is to lessen casualties by finding out how they kicked the bucket..lol
     
  18. if there was a hole in its side then the other one probably killed it
     
  19. halo909090, sorry to hear about your loss

    Here is what I think, with one of them dieing and the other more than likely going to die in the same 24 hour period, had to be something wrong with the tank conditions most likely. here is why I think that. I was looking back over some threads you posted 08/2006, and the pictures of the two emps there, I believe that are they the same ones that died on you here, had the wrong substrate, the crushed walnut shell (that's what it looked like) and the wood chips had to go, also the humidity was probably not up to required 80%'s it looked dry in there and that was a screen top that you were taking pictures of them on too, probably way too dry, and it did not look like there were any hides in the tank. I believe it was stress and dehydration.

    If the one is still alive which it sounded as it was, you'll need to put it in some sort of ICU, but I don't know anything about how to do that.

    Just my observations
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2007
  20. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer

    I agree with Thaedion. Ha, Arachnophilist was really squeezing hard for that sub info:) . That sure sounds like that's what happened, ..too dry and stressed(?). I use coco fiber and I throw some plexiglass squares on top of the screen to hold in some moisture. I also cover some with plastic wrap. Something to consider if you try it again. Might need some extra heat too if it's cool in the house.