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My first scorpion colony - Centruroides sculpturatus

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by crlovel, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

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    I picked up 15 Arizona bark scorpions some months back. Considering the distribution and varied habitat, I did not put them in a desert setup, but a wooded one. As babies need humidity, I put in a good deep substrate, varying between three inches and six or so inches, and tons of bark and hiding areas.

    The 20 gallon long tank is heated with two external stick-on heaters, one on the side, one on the bottom. Temperature is maintained at between 78 and 82, and humidity varies in the tank - 80 and up in the soil, 40 and up in the upper area. It all depends on when I last poured a bottle of water into the tank. The soil is kept moist at the lower levels - I want humidity for the young, and places for adults to go to escape it as needed.

    The sloped up back is filled with cork bark and tunnels, holding up the dirt. You can see behind one of them - plenty of hiding areas. The skull is a real deer skull, also offering hiding areas for the young. Plenty of leaf and bark litter also help maintain humidity while offering hides for young and prey. The pine cone to the side is like a condominium from Hell - it's filled with babies down in the leaves.

    Crickets are ALWAYS kept in the tank, to help prevent cannibalism. If I don't see crickets, I add some more tiny and small ones. Some of the crickets have grown to the point where they have laid eggs in the soil, as well. Crickets are fed as needed, Flukers orange, to prevent them from preying on baby scorpions, and to keep them healthy. There are also isopods in the tank, not sure which species, but they do their jobs.

    So far, I've had at least seven broods, that I've seen. Chances are, I've had a few I missed. My initial 15 has grown to a population somewhere between 75 and 100. I don't separate mothers with babies, but leave them to do their thing. Eventually, I expect to up my 20L to a 55 gallon setup.

    ETA: I periodically very carefully use an endocam and take a peek in the tunnels and hides. Attached are four pics I just took, showing two different mothers with broods, and a few randoms. At the moment, I have at least one other mother with a brood, also.
     

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  2. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Beautiful setup and a great way to keep everyone together! I assume those pieces of bark to the left give the larger individuals good molting spots? The little ones can molt basically anywhere in there. Really liking the idea of the pinecone, I may have to include one in future communal enclosures...
     
  3. Esherman81

    Esherman81 Arachnoknight Active Member

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    So pretty :) I always dream of a set up like that :)
     
  4. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoprince Active Member

    Great set up!
     
  5. sr20det510

    sr20det510 Arachnoknight

    Looks awesome.
    Must be fun checking out the scrips evert chancestors you get
     
  6. CWilson1351

    CWilson1351 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Great looking enclosure!
     
  7. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

  8. Inverts4life1

    Inverts4life1 Arachnopeon Active Member

    That looks fantastic, I'm really looking forward to when I finally get my Centruroides communal tanks going.......soon I keep telling myself...soon.
     
  9. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

    Another female with a brood of babies spotted, next to another obviously gravid female! This makes the eighth confirmed female to have a brood, but more likely the ninth or tenth, as I'm sure I've missed a few.

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    Also, I've heard multiple times how "desert species (tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes) don't drink." Untrue. The other photo attached shows one of my Arizona Bark Scorpions drinking from the soil. As soon as I "made it rain" in their tank, it rushed out of a hide for water. This was the only photo I took - all over the tank, other scorpions, adults and babies alike, exhibited similar behavior, emerging from hides and from under leaves to go to moist spots and drops on the leaves.

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  10. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

    Yes - there are cork bark hides and tunnels all over the terrarium. There are plenty of good warm humid spots for all of them to molt. The skulls (both real) also offer numerous hides for the babies. The adults can't fit in either of them.
     
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  11. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

    As rapidly as they are breeding, I'm already planning on upgrading my 20 long to a 55 gallon by the end of the year. I'm not sure how many are in the 20 right now - but with somewhere between eight and ten broods, all the babies, the adults, I think I've gone from 15 to possibly in the neighborhood of a 100 or so. I have not witnessed any cannibalism, except for one occasion in a fight over a cricket where one of the original adults was stung to death, nor have I witnessed any dead scorpions. That being said, the one that died in the food fight was eaten and gone within a few hours, and the isopods are also hard at work doing their thing. I have no way of telling how many are surviving. The ones I see, however, are thriving.
     
  12. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    What isopod species are you using?
     
  13. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

    Honestly, no idea, I found them in cultures at a herp show. They're a tiny tropical species. The baby scorpions seem to be enjoying them, too.