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Isometrus maculatus in the US hobby?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by pannaking22, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

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    Has Isometrus maculatus made it into the US hobby yet? I know you can technically find them in the US (Hawaii and a questionable Florida record), but I didn't know if there were people keeping them or not.
     
  2. brandontmyers

    brandontmyers Arachnoangel Old Timer

    They come and go through out the years. From my experience, the young are incredibly delicate and picky eaters. They mature in no time and can have babies within 8-10 months from when they themselves are born.
     
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  3. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    That's a lovely combo for young scorps lol. Definitely could explain why they aren't found more commonly.
     
  4. drapion

    drapion Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I use to keep them years ago and i have to agree with Brandon. The young are just way to fragile. Most 2nd instars wouldn't eat and eventually ended up dying and the ones that did would only get to around 4th instar then die. I had at least half a dozen broods from my wc pair and i didnt get a single one to survive to adult.
     
  5. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    What were you guys trying to feed the really young ones? I guess it's good that the adults are really productive then so you can have more chances to get the young past that really delicate stage.
     
  6. drapion

    drapion Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Flightless fruit flys, pinhead crickets, 2 kinds of roaches and spider slings. It really the only species ive had any trouble with. But i want to try them again. Ive been trying to get some but there hard to come by these days
     
  7. Extensionofgreen

    Extensionofgreen Arachnosquire

    Interestingly, the only food source in abundance, where I found my specimens, was isopods, ants, and tiny geckos. I would imagine that only hatchling geckos would be eaten and only by adult scorpions, but there was a surprising lack of the roaches and other insects I found under litter in areas I did not find scorpions. They may be ant eaters as smaller instars and for some reason specialize in ants or young isopods. Isopods would be less threatening than the ants, to the scorpion and were more widespread than the ants, but ants are more numerous, of course. I have not noted any scorpions under the dozens of rubble piles and debris where there was an ant colony under that particular rock/board,bark, etc.
     
  8. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoprince Active Member

    It will be interesting to learn what the trick is to raise the youngsters to adulthood.
     
  9. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    I have an adult pair coming this week. If I get slings I'm planning on feeding them Trichorhina tomentosa. If that doesn't seem to work I'll try to track down some small ants. There's a park nearby where they hypothetically wouldn't be spraying anything, so that'd be a decent starting point.
     
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