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Bothriurus Coriaceus Help

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Pilotoloto, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. Pilotoloto

    Pilotoloto Arachnopeon

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    Hi all, first post, so sorry in advance if this is a little long. A few days ago I got a small Chilean Dwarf Black Scorpion (Bothriurus Coriaceus). Based on what little info I was able to find online, They're from a relatively cool dry, dry area of Chile. I've been keeping it in a small Exo Terra Faunarium on about 2" of 100% Eco Earth at room temp. It's got a cork hide and a small water dish with at least a few drops available at all times, but other than that, I haven't added any more moisture. When I put it in it's new home, it explored pretty actively for a while before settling down under it's hide. The next day it started burrowing, and it's been underground ever since. Normally I wouldn't be worried, but two days ago it covered up the entrance to It's tunnel and started getting fat, even though I haven'y been able to feed it yet. It's main chamber is right against the side, so I covered that with paper, but I check every now and then to make sure it's ok. Is it getting ready to Molt? Is it possible that it's gravid? I took a picture, but the quality isn't very good. I put a small roach in to see if it would come out, and it did turn around and move towards the entrance, but not much else. Any help would be greatly Appreciated.
     

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  2. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoprince Active Member

    My experience with this species is they love to dig and stay underground. Give them about 4” of substrate semi moist.
     
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  3. Scorpionluva

    Scorpionluva Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

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    Could be ready to molt or possibly birth if it is Gravid
    Alot of Gravid females will block the entrance to their burrow to start birthing but it could just covered the entrance in the process of digging the burrow too
    In either case if it's refusing food - I wouldn't be alarmed if it doesn't eat right away or even a week or 2 later that's all normal behavior for either case
    Very cool little species in either case
    Hope she is Gravid and has a nice brood for ya :)
     
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  4. Pilotoloto

    Pilotoloto Arachnopeon

    Thanks! I'll add some more once she's a little more used to her surroundings.
     
  5. Pilotoloto

    Pilotoloto Arachnopeon

    Thanks, is there a way to tell gravid vs. Premolt? This is actually my first scorpion so...
     
  6. Scorpionluva

    Scorpionluva Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

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    It's really hard to tell from your pic but usually you will be able to see little babies moving around in her sides if she is Gravid and if it is just premolt the coloration of the scorp will become dull and hazy even though your pic is kinda hazy - her color looks vivid still so I'm gonna say she could possibly be Gravid
    An endoscope could help see the embryos in her sides if she is Gravid
     
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  7. Pilotoloto

    Pilotoloto Arachnopeon

    Thank you so much. It's hard to get a good picture, but when I add substrate in a few weeks I'll try to get a better one.
     
  8. I'll follow this thread since I recently got one too. Mine is on the lowest shelf in my bug room (coolest spot in there). Set up just like my centipedes but drier. So far she loves her broken flower pot hide best. Mine also looks fat, glossy and gravid. Where did you find yours?
     
  9. Here is my plump kid...
     

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  10. Pilotoloto

    Pilotoloto Arachnopeon

    They had them for Like $20 at the LLLreptile by my house, I think they have them online still too.