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Baby emperor scorpion

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Zevil, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. Zevil

    Zevil Arachnosquire

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    I'm a new scorpion keeper. Just bought a baby emperor scorpion about the size of my thumb nail excluding its tail. It came to me in a small container maybe about 10 times its size. Pretty small, with a thin layer of substrate. I did a research and realized they need deeper substrate. So I get a much bigger container with an inch of substrate, a bottle cap of water, cork bark flat for a hide, and a few moist sphagnum moss pieces. But after rehousing it into the bigger container, it kept trying to escape and running around. Is it not comfortable?

    The picture is from its old container. Also when can I tell its gender?
     

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  2. Nir Avraham

    Nir Avraham Arachnoknight Active Member

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    It’s still too small to be sure about 100% about the gender. DD660F37-1AB8-421F-B867-2F37C2E1012F.jpeg
     
  3. Zevil

    Zevil Arachnosquire

    Okay what about the enclosure setup?
     
  4. Nir Avraham

    Nir Avraham Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Use a larger enclosure for him. At least 3 cm of soil, and a hide (I recommend using cork bark). Keep the enclosure moist.
     
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  5. Zevil

    Zevil Arachnosquire

    What is the ideal feeding schedule? I have been feeding it daily and now it sort of losing appetite. And how to tell when it's about to moult? Is it similar to a tarantula?
     
  6. Outpost31Survivor

    Outpost31Survivor Arachnosquire Active Member

    Loss of appetite (or the scorpion is simply full) is a sign of a moult but also with an impending moult there will be inactivity and the scorpion will become very still statuesque even, basically you should know intuitively. The tail may lie prone too. Best to leave it alone and give as little disturbance as possible during this period. And give it a week for the exoskeleton to harden and it should have its shiny black lustre once again.
     
  7. Zevil

    Zevil Arachnosquire

    It doesn't turn upside down like a tarantula right? It is kinda still.
     
  8. Outpost31Survivor

    Outpost31Survivor Arachnosquire Active Member

    Scorpions may moult both right side up and upside down.
     
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  9. FrankiePinchinatti

    FrankiePinchinatti Arachnopeon Active Member

    No, scorpions just basically pop the hood and crawl out. Although apparently some genus like to hang onto vertical surfaces and let gravity help.
     
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