Hottentotta babies.

skinheaddave

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Well, apparently my efforts to convince my Hottentotta that it is September in Kenya have worked. I got home from work tonight to find over a dozen little Hottentotta polystictus on the back of their mother. Hopefuly I will be able to keep them alive.

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Dave
 

JacenBeers

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Get a camera and post come pics I wanna see what this looks like.
 

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I have a camera. I will snap some pics tommorow. I also have a couple other things I want to take pictures of, so I'll probably get the film developed soon. As soon as I do, you know I'll be posting them. In the meantime, enjoy my C.gracilis, as he appears in my current avatar.

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Dave
 

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That is cool Dave...how many babies did you get?

John
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skinheaddave

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Thanks everyone.

John,

It is hard to tell, because there is a lot of overlap and she is guarding them well with her metasoma. If I had to make a guess based on what I counted and how many seem to be hiding underneath, I'd say 20 or so. I snapped some pics just now, so I'll try to finish off the roll and get it developed this evening.

Cheers,
Dave

EDIT: In my efforts to finish the roll, I snapped a few shots of my new O.boehmi. All I can say is that if the term "obligatory hisser" were to be applied to a scorpion, this would be a good candidate.
 
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Theraphosa

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hey Dave,
how long does the babies stay with their mother?
 

skinheaddave

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With Buthidae, it is usualy a week or a bit less. I'll keep you updated on the progress, though.

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Dave
 

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Congrats Dave,
They were my first species that ever gave birth for me also. My female had 18 young and all made it up to about 3rd instar before I traded them off. Kinda wished I had kept a few, as they are neat.
 

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Dave are you going to be raising these or selling them. I think I would be interested in buying some later down the road.
 

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Jacen,

Raising them. To date, I have traded all my young. This was back in the day when I had my breeding adults and that was it. Now, with my ever-expanding collection, I am going to be keeping and raising all the young I produce (at least from most of my species -- the Opistophthalmus I may sell) so as to be able to establish a much larger breeding population. Don't worry, though, I'll be keeping good records of lineages.

If you want Hottentotta sp., you should check around locally. A lot of pet shops are getting them in as three-lined sands scorpions or some variation on the above. I got my first five from a dealer, but subsequently they have all come from pet stores.

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Dave
 

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I love Buthids! It is almost exactly three days since partuition and the young are already starting to thin out and become much more mobile on the mother's back.

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Dave
 

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Buthids are cool scorps...I just don't like the minimal life-spans...though if you are raising a self-sustaining colony it makes up for that.

My M.martensii began to leave the mothers back after about a week as well...wish I had kept some too. Hindsight 20/20

John
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Well, another disaster. It seems that moulting problems was the cause this time, as I have seperated a few and am anxiously awaiting to see if they can squirm out of the last bit of their last exoskeletons. Most are dead. Serves me right for going to sleep. :(

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Dave
 

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Dang dude that sucks!...Maybe you can try raising the humidity in the enclosure if its not too late. Maybe place a drop of water where the old exoskeleton is sticking?

John
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skinheaddave

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The ones I seperated out have elevated humidity etc. I had been trying to keep the humidity up in the main enclosure, but unfortunately I was stupid and was using regular "rainshower" which means I have to be not tied up with exams/sleep etc. to do it. Should have just thrown them in my wet rack.

Cheers,
Dave
 
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