First Molting

Nodroj

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I came home from work today and saw my scorpion's old exoskeleton. I've been looking forward to this for a bit now. Now the timing may be unfortunate. A friend of mine is coming from out of town and we were both looking forward to seeing him take out some crickets. But now I'm curious as to how long, if at all, I should wait before feeding it again?
 

gromgrom

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I find it surprising how little info there is on molting, especially when mine were in premolt and i was doing the huge research thing. i'd wait a day or two personally.
 

John Bokma

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Few days, you can see when the exoskeleton is hardened out. You might feed it a pre-killed cricket though, but still it might be not interested in eating.
 

Suidakkra

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What scorpion do you have, if I may ask?

I know my P.imperators wont eat for a few days, sometimes up to a week after they harden. Mostly sit near their water dish and drink like there isnt a tomorrow. They are around the 4i range.

My H.arizonesis, will not eat either for a while after hardening.
 

Nodroj

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It's a Hottentotta caboverdensis. Very little info for it is a fairly new species.

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Also, it seems to have disappeared completely. I'm really hoping it's just buried itself. I checked under and around and even under his decoration, nothing. I think that while it's distracted, hopefully not escaped, I'll clean out the decoration.
 

llamastick

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It should be safe to feed it in 2-3 days, however, it likely won't accept the food. Usually takes about a week for them to be hungry again after a molt.
 

AzJohn

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It's a Hottentotta caboverdensis. Very little info for it is a fairly new species.

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Also, it seems to have disappeared completely. I'm really hoping it's just buried itself. I checked under and around and even under his decoration, nothing. I think that while it's distracted, hopefully not escaped, I'll clean out the decoration.
Try looking up H Hottentotta. They are considered the same species. The scorpion could very well be hiding in the decorations, so be carfull when cleaning up.

I find that very small scorpions will start feeding sooner than big ones will. A scorpion that has gone from 2i-3i can be fed a few days after. Larger ones wont take food as fast. Maybe a week.
 

Michiel

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you can download articles from the net, a full description and a paper about them being parthenogenetic....Check out, amongst others, the Scorpion Fauna website of Eric Ythier....
 
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