why the side?
Originally Posted by parabuthus
this results in an extremely durable burrowing environment which can last, literally, for years.
Have you successfully been able to breed them and get them through ecdysis with this setup?
Hi Bryan. It just seems odd to me that the substrate is created dry and tight for burrowing but without consideration for moisture soil. Mositure soil is very important for creating the correct microenvironment and I'm wondering how people get around this, or even if they do with some species. Scorpions burrow for a number of reasons, and one is to reach suitable moisture levels. Sealing off is a natural behaviour in xeric species and some do it for months at a time and in which time many will molt or parturate. I would have thought expecting this to happen in a completely dry subterranean environment would be expecting a bit much. Some species may be able to seal off in a small cell and create the necessary conditions through their own evaporative water loss and I feel this may be the case with at least one Australian species I know of. Similar to how some desert burrowing frogs will create a sealed subterranean cell through shedding of the skin. They absorb a lot of water prior to sealing off as some scorpions do. Similar adaptations to a dry environment from two very different taxa.Hmmm, i can see where you are going with this Mark.
It does seem as if most people concentrate on creating a consolidated soil so that the scorpion can dig good stable burrows. That theres a healthy temp and moisture gradient from the surface and down takes lesser presedence but if i'm reading you right you are suggesting that the ability to burrow is secondary to enviromental considerations.
Your sealed container technique to get your U.yaschenkoi through moult seems to supports this.