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do scorpions play dead?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by snappleWhiteTea, Aug 5, 2010.

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    seems like my foresty scorpions play dead a little sometimes, and today one was really dead looking (all stiff) so i picked it up and it ran up my hand.
  2. When I had some Liocheles Australasiae they do tend to play dead when disturbed. You can literally flip them over, and they wont move for a few seconds.
  3. Anubis77

    Anubis77 Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I kept a trio of Mesobuthus martensii a few years ago that I often thought were dead. A few Vaejovids I've kept did it too.
  4. yeah thats what mine have done before, then out of no where they bolt.
  5. yup L.waigiensis and l.australasiae
    when they do you can flip them over and they wont move unless you keep pushing them :)
  6. Michiel

    Michiel Arachnoking Old Timer

    Yes, several species are know to 'play dead', or catalepsy as it is named officially. Babycurus jacksoni, Odonturus dentatus, Lychas burdoi and Chaerilus rectimanus also show this interesting behaviour.
  7. Trexer

    Trexer Arachnoknight

    Wow i hope my emp was really dead then, cause i threw her in the bin lol. She hadn't moved for like 4 days and i was moving her around etc when i took her out and she was lifeless. She didn't smell though.
  8. NevularScorpion

    NevularScorpion Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    cool thread I learn something new about scorps again :)
  9. gromgrom

    gromgrom Arachnoprince


    IME, most smaller scorpions will do this, which i prefer to tarantula slings, which bolt and are gone in the blink of an eye!

    i've had B. Jacksoni do it, even adult V. Spinigerus, H. Trilineus, S. Meansesis, etc. its a defensive mechanism.
  10. kinda like hog nose snakes or possums?
  11. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i only for sure count stuff as dead dead when it is stinky or crunchy

    and even then, part of an animal can be dead and part alive... i had a dead head centipede that could still walk around. eventually it's head started to stink and it could only walk in reverse. the tail end still acted like a centipede even when the head got to stinking... the tail would strike at me when i stimulated it :)
  12. AzJohn

    AzJohn Arachnoking Old Timer

    The kind of frightening thing is when some extremely venomous species play dead. Both Tityus silvestris and T bastosi play dead very well.
  13. Michiel

    Michiel Arachnoking Old Timer

    Tityus tamayoi ( avery small species, smaller than T.silvestris and T.bastosi) also exhibits catalepsy. Last saturday I was feeding the scorps and found a T.tamayoi lying on a piece of bark, with the metasoma almost completely stretched. So I was like :Oh no, dam#ed etc etc and picked the scorp up with my forceps, it didn't move when dangling in the air, but when I layed it back on the substrate, it came to life and ran under the cork like greased lightning. So yes, this can be tricky! So, even when very venomous specimens look dead, keep working with forceps! Just to be safe.
  14. :wicked: Man I hate that. 1 of the 3I LQ's do it to me all the time. I had just had 1 of the 3 actually die, as in it was just pieces the day before. I went down to check the others the next day and thought dang another one. I poked it with the tongs, flipped it over, blew on it, and slightly moved the sand and got nothing. If it hadn't molted a week before I wouldn't have touched it. Generally if I maneuver the container to shift the sand they will move. Figured ok it died too and went to tail it to put it in a smaller cup till it fell apart. Soon as I grabbed the tail it darted off. I liked to jump out my skin even though I knew scorpions did that...