A quick how-to question?

Jaffster

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I don't for one minute believe that my 3.5 inches long Scorpion is sexually mature.

I'm trying to find a general rule of thumb guide on how to determine a rough age and how to find which instar the said Scorpion is in.

I'm talking about a P.Imperator female here, from the tip of her pinchers to the end of her tail (if it were lied flat) I'd say she's around 4.5 inches, around 3.5 inches with the traditional measuring technique.

She eats like a pig, she hasn't 'fasted' yet, I've had her for over a month but I have no idea how old she is. There's no gaps between the plates on her shell, could she be sexually mature at this size?
 

Thaedion

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I'm trying to find a general rule of thumb guide on how to determine a rough age and how to find which instar the said Scorpion is in.

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A white or cream colored telson would indicate it's still a juvenile.
 

marcelo_987

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If I'd have to guess I'd say it's I5, I6, or I7. Since all scorpions don't grow the same (due to temp and food quantity) you can't really be too sure. I have an CB I6 (1 year, 27 days old) emp that's 3.5 inches, that's where I'm basing my guesses on.

Regards, Marcelo
 

tabor

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It's a shame scorpions aren't more like trees... what with their growth rings and all. It would be really helpful :eek:
 

Jaffster

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A white or cream colored telson would indicate it's still a juvenile.
The telson is definately a dark redish/brownish color.

So, if she's sexually mature at 3.5 inches, is putting her with a male a bad thing? Is she too small to conceive yet?
 
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