LQ scorpling questions...

rustym3talh3ad

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so i ended up getting a large brood of scorplings from my Leiurus quinquestriatus about 8 months ago. now, i tried keeping them communal against better advice and i lost about 15 (of 55) before i separated them. they are now in their own 1.5oz plastic gerber baby food containers (which i keep all my small slings in). i have sold some to close friends and people i trust (and know are intelligent enough to manage such a scorpion). i ended up keeping 7 for myself.

ok now for the question....its been 7 months since these guys have left moms back, and i cant honestly see that any of them have molted. there has been no growth what so ever...and im not finding any molts in their containers at all. i also have lost 5 of the 7 which means im down to 2. two died mid molt (the only two to have molted so far), and the other 3 just up and passed for no apparent reason. what am i doing wrong here? i keep them on dry coco fiber with a small hide area and they get 1-10day pin head every 5-7 days. i mist down one tiny portion of the bedding/side of container once a week for them to drink. it seems like every week or so i see a new one dead...any advice or suggestions?
 

rustym3talh3ad

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no suggestions? i know people have kept these scorplings before with success, otherwise we would have no captive bred stock.
 

Envyizm

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Only advice I can give to you is to keep the heat pretty high (around 85) and start feeding them larger prey items than pinheads. I was feeding my 2i Lqs 1/8" crickets without any problem, so shortly after, I started feeding them larger prey items. Also, unrestricted ventilation plays a pretty significant role in the well being of this species.
 

rustym3talh3ad

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Only advice I can give to you is to keep the heat pretty high (around 85) and start feeding them larger prey items than pinheads. I was feeding my 2i Lqs 1/8" crickets without any problem, so shortly after, I started feeding them larger prey items. Also, unrestricted ventilation plays a pretty significant role in the well being of this species.
1/8" is what they eat. but like i said they havent grown at all. and really if i put any more ventilation on them i might as well just take the lid off lol. but thank you for the input...at least i know that im doing something right so far lol
 

Kaos

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What temperature do you keep them at? My L. quinquestriatus were usually I3-4 in 7 months, had 3 broods some years ago, kept at 85-95 degrees daytime and a night drop to 80. Fed 1-2 times a week and moistened a corner of the enclosure. Think i had 3 deaths in total and those looked smaller and weaker than the others.
 

Chrome69

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when growth isn't happening it's usually because of heating from my experience.
 

Jorpion

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I've been successfully keeping and breeding LQs for three years now and can attest that their growth rate is slower than most scorpions even when kept at warmer temps. I have two broods that are almost a year old and they're currently at 3i/4i stages. They're kept around 80-85 degrees during the day and around 70 at night. The substrate is an 80/20 mix of sand and coco fiber. I lightly mist each deli container once a week. Each gets fed 1-2 newborn B. lateralis every other week. My LQ scorplings are thriving and the adults continue to breed like rabbits on very little care. The best advice I can offer is to be patient.

Jeff
 

Kaos

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I've been successfully keeping and breeding LQs for three years now and can attest that their growth rate is slower than most scorpions even when kept at warmer temps. I have two broods that are almost a year old and they're currently at 3i/4i stages. They're kept around 80-85 degrees during the day and around 70 at night. The substrate is an 80/20 mix of sand and coco fiber. I lightly mist each deli container once a week. Each gets fed 1-2 newborn B. lateralis every other week. My LQ scorplings are thriving and the adults continue to breed like rabbits on very little care. The best advice I can offer is to be patient.

Jeff
You can up that temp with 10 degrees and they will grow faster ;)
 
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