yup L.waigiensis and l.australasiaeseems like my foresty scorpions play dead a little sometimes, and today one was really dead looking (all stiff) so i picked it up and it ran up my hand.
seems like my foresty scorpions play dead a little sometimes, and today one was really dead looking (all stiff) so i picked it up and it ran up my hand.
+1Yes, several species are know to 'play dead', or catalepsy as it is named officially. Babycurus jacksoni, Odonturus dentatus, Lychas burdoi and Chaerilus rectimanus also show this interesting behaviour.
kinda like hog nose snakes or possums?+1
IME, most smaller scorpions will do this, which i prefer to tarantula slings, which bolt and are gone in the blink of an eye!
i've had B. Jacksoni do it, even adult V. Spinigerus, H. Trilineus, S. Meansesis, etc. its a defensive mechanism.
i only for sure count stuff as dead dead when it is stinky or crunchyWow i hope my emp was really dead then, cause i threw her in the bin lol. She hadn't moved for like 4 days and i was moving her around etc when i took her out and she was lifeless. She didn't smell though.
Tityus tamayoi ( avery small species, smaller than T.silvestris and T.bastosi) also exhibits catalepsy. Last saturday I was feeding the scorps and found a T.tamayoi lying on a piece of bark, with the metasoma almost completely stretched. So I was like :Oh no, dam#ed etc etc and picked the scorp up with my forceps, it didn't move when dangling in the air, but when I layed it back on the substrate, it came to life and ran under the cork like greased lightning. So yes, this can be tricky! So, even when very venomous specimens look dead, keep working with forceps! Just to be safe.The kind of frightening thing is when some extremely venomous species play dead. Both Tityus silvestris and T bastosi play dead very well.