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Emperor for sale at local petco ! read

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by stephen sav, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. stephen sav

    stephen sav Arachnopeon

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    So i have an emp and my friend who works at petco said they recently got one in.
    I went and look at it it was hiding but from what i could see the tail didn't have a reddish tint but everything else looked like an emperor, the price was $70. My question is is this a real emperor or a Red clawe? Would petco mislabeled something because it says "African Emperor" it looks like an Emperor, jet black but the tail wasn't red so thats the only thing throwing me off! Also I thought they were banned how would petco have one? thank you !
     
  2. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    Could be an H. spinifer?
     
  3. stephen sav

    stephen sav Arachnopeon

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    no its claws are shaped like an emperors its def not hetrometrus. i think it is an emperor i\'m going to buy it
     
  4. Scorpionluva

    Scorpionluva Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

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    You Should take a pic of it and post it here. Petco is known for their " emperor" sales and almost every time its a heterometrus species. Not always but most of the time just because the claws are shaped like an emp doesnt mean its an emp. Need many more specific shots to truly ID it. Could possibly be P dictator also
     
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  5. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    Don't H. swammerdami have bigger claws like P. imperator? I dunno, I'm still learning.
     
  6. stephen sav

    stephen sav Arachnopeon

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    I just bought it! what you think
     
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  7. Scorpionluva

    Scorpionluva Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

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    @Collin Clary @Galapoheros would be the best 1's to ID this but im sure theyll need better pics to determine if its a true emperor
    The telson is red so at 1st glance i woulda thought it is an emperor but im by no means an expert on either genera
     
  8. TheScorpionMan

    TheScorpionMan Arachnoknight

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    It does have those round claws and red on the telson. I'm no expert either but it does look like a pandinus sp.
     
  9. stephen sav

    stephen sav Arachnopeon

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    yea i think so too he looks similiar to my other emp. im surprised petco had one
     
  10. Scorpionluva

    Scorpionluva Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

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    If they fought right away and it is a pandinus species then most likely the 1 you picked up today is P dictator and they probably cant be kept together
     
  11. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    OR...the "Emperor" he had before is actually P. dictator and this one is the REAL P. imperator.

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  12. Scorpionluva

    Scorpionluva Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

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    Possible but unlikely petco had the real emperor since they are on CITES ...unless it was sold to petco by a private seller who had no idea what they really sell for now
     
  13. Chuck131

    Chuck131 Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Yes it is true, Emperor Scorpions can now be bought again in the United States as long as they are captive bread here in the United States. I just found out about it today. Saw my first one for sale also at a Petco store and yes it had the red tipped stinger. I asked about it and the employee, that was very knowledgeable, informed me that it was a captive bread African Emperor and that they just got it in.
    The price was $79.95 US but they are running a half price sale right now that would make $40.00 Us. Hurray Emperors are back. :):):)
     
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  14. stephen sav

    stephen sav Arachnopeon

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    yea thats what i paid, nice.
     
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  15. Chuck131

    Chuck131 Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Glad you were able to buy that one they are going to sell fast, way to go.;)
     
  16. Danalemp1216

    Danalemp1216 Arachnosquire

    I doubt Petco is sourcing captive bred inverts and selling the adults
     
  17. Nicole

    Nicole Arachnosquire Old Timer

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    They are 100% captive bred emperors from a large colony built after the imports stopped coming. Up until recently they were only getting spare males, but now juveniles of both sexes are in the stores.
     
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  18. Danalemp1216

    Danalemp1216 Arachnosquire

    Cool, I had no idea
     
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  19. Scorpusvonpork

    Scorpusvonpork Arachnosquire

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    Nice to see that fat and healthy emp!
     
  20. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Emp for sure. I asked Petco if they would buy any of my CB imperators but they said "no". I guess they want some kind of documentation, I didn't ask for more info, just didn't think about it at the time.