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February Scorpion Hunting Bonanza in Scottsdale, AZ!!

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Jorpion, Feb 9, 2012.

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    I've been in Scottsdale, AZ for the past 4 days at a Sony PlayStation Gaming Conference for game publishers. Last night and tonight I decided to hike around the resort to hunt for scorpions with my CREE LED UV flashlight, not expecting to find anything. Well, after 3-4 hours of exploring the rocky outcrops near the hotel I found HUNDREDS of C. sculpturatus literally crawling all over. I collected about 80 (see the two pics from both days) and couldn't be ANY happier. I learned a few things about their habitat and behavior:

    - Night time temps were in the mid 60's to low 70's
    - Humidity was around 20-40%
    - 90% were found on the ground in piles of small rocks. They may be called "bark scorpions", but I noticed very few on branches and in trees... LOL
    - Almost all were clustered within a 1-2 square foot area (very communal in the wild!)
    - Interestingly, many that I found were 1i-2i juveniles! This means that many females must have popped in January.

    Let me know what you think!!!

    Jeff

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  2. Ludedor24

    Ludedor24 FangzTv Arachnosupporter

    NJ
    Congrats on your "brood" hahah
     
  3. Awesome!!!! What part of Scottsdale were you in?
     
  4. xhexdx

    xhexdx ArachnoGod Old Timer

    I think that is a beautiful sight, and I want some!
     
  5. Wow quite the easy hunting! Congrats!
     
  6. I was staying at the Fairmont Princess Resort. Located all these guys between the back of the hotel and the golf course! I found a bunch at green #4! I guess these C. sculps enjoyed the golf tournament earlier in the week ;) LOL

    Jeff
     
  7. snippy

    snippy Arachnobaron

    Why did you collect so many? Would less not have sufficed?

    Regards
    Finn
     
  8. BrettG

    BrettG Arachnoprince

    He should have taken more,those things are a frigging nusiance down here.It is not like they are low in numbers by ANY means.
     
  9. Do you think you'll sell them? My aunt lives 1 block away from there!
     
  10. xhexdx

    xhexdx ArachnoGod Old Timer

    I'd like to get some for a desert vivarium I'm working on. If anyone is willing to work with me on that, please PM me.
     
  11. Thanks for those observations! Those are useful, not only for this species, but also as a general example. Are you going to release some of them back into their natural environment, though?:)
     
  12. gromgrom

    gromgrom Arachnoprince

    I had to resort to giving my adults and babies away here. If they're bad in AZ, they certainly thrive in captivity. I'm down to 24 4-5i's
     
  13. Roblicious

    Roblicious Arachnodemon

    awesome man, i got a ton of them myself :D
     
  14. I'm very careful about not disrupting the local balance... What I collected was over an area the size of a soccer field. Additionally, for every one I took I left at least 10. There are millions upon millions all over the Phoenix area. I've been keeping this species for over 7 years now. They'll live much longer under my care than in the wild I assure you :)
     
  15. Feel free to send some of those guys up my way!
     
  16. axle37

    axle37 Arachnosquire

    that's quite the haul. are bark scorps very aggressive? and jw, what did you use to apprehend them?
     
  17. MrCrackerpants

    MrCrackerpants Arachnoprince

    tyi
    Bummer. I was just at that very resort. I should have done that.
     
  18. No they aren't too bad in general, but they all have their own personalities so some may be worse then others. Most use long tweezers and collection jars, tupper wear containers, ect....., and a black light if hunting at night.
     
  19. Good answer Keister
     
  20. voldemort

    voldemort Arachnoknight Old Timer

    wow, hope I can also have two breeding trios of those stinging beauties, you are one lucky man!!!
     
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