My desert hairy is too fat?...

RoseT

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Ok Im new to the Scorp world but I did hear and read that they will eat wild, and can die from overeating...Now Ive been feeding this guy once a week for about a month, and I dont think it has ever pooped...Is this a sign of premolt or what?...It looks like it about to blow up...Any advice will be helpful, thanks!


 

John Bokma

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You're keeping this species wrong IMO (substrate). Yes, looks very fat, but some juveniles can look like that when they are about to molt and based on the looks it's a juvenile. (But I have no experience with this sp.).
 

RoseT

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wrong substrate?, its calcium sand....I thought, heard, read its the best substrate...its not a tropical sp otherwise i would have it on coco fiber like my ts...anyway, thanks for your input...anyone else?.
 

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I think he means you should be keeping it on a compacted sand/soil mix so the scorp can burrow/dig.....which is fine, but I always kept my DHs on playsand with low-to-the-ground hides and they were fine.
 

AzJohn

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Looks like it's going to molt. I've heard calcisand gets real sticky when it gets wet. It might be a big issue at some point if it starts to stick to your scorpion. I use a mix of sand/peat moss of about 50/50. The peat gives the borrow a better way to support itself. You can also use excivator sand, which is vey common to the clay I find this species in.
 

RoseT

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yeah, ive notice a bit of sand stuck to the scorps stinger due to the juices that come out of the crickets when punctured...Im gonna try mixing it...thanks.
 

Michiel

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It is going to molt, so it is supposed to look that way...

Those popular books :rolleyes:

I have been keeping and breeding scorpions for 18 years and never had one die from overeating (also because they are not overfed I must say)....
 

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Ok Im new to the Scorp world but I did hear and read that they will eat wild, and can die from overeating...Now Ive been feeding this guy once a week for about a month, and I dont think it has ever pooped...Is this a sign of premolt or what?...It looks like it about to blow up...Any advice will be helpful, thanks!


I believe it is just a myth that scorpions will eat until they die. They can eat a lot but will stop to digest when sated.
 

Falk

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Not normal if she isnt gravid, in the wild they need the slim body so they can hide in tight areas.
 

RoseT

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does it look gravid?, can you tell if it is or not?...I mean theres a chance it could be gravid if it was wild caught...that would be pretty dope....
 

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- That's premolt and completely normal.
- You should use a fine sand mixed with excavator clay, so it can burrow.
- Scorpions cannot eat themselves to death. It's a myth. They'll stop eating if they're full. Being overfed as adults will shorten their overall lifespan, but that isn't an adult.
 

AzJohn

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does it look gravid?, can you tell if it is or not?...I mean theres a chance it could be gravid if it was wild caught...that would be pretty dope....
If the scorpion was gravid you would see embryos through the skin. Especially with a scorpion that has such a translusent skin as your Hadrurus does. I posted a picture of a gravid Centruroides I collected. You can see the little blobs under the skin. She produced a brood a month or so after the picture was taken. Not the best picture. Sorry

John
 

RoseT

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ah i see......Ok Ok got to get rid of that calci then, hopefully its not too late and it has a bad molt because of it...What if just straight up use fine dry coco husk?....I know its a desert sp but has anyone tried this?..Im assuming as long as it stays dry and i control the humidity level (now that it is in premolt) it should work?...
 

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Come on people, use some common sense.....have any of you saying that scorp shouldn't look like that even kept scorpions before? When a scorp is young and growing, they will often look gorged right before a molt. And being that Hadrurus get 5-6" long, I think its safe to say the above scorp is definitely not gravid.

A wise man once said "Its better to keep your mouth closed and let everyone think of you as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
 

RoseT

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Come on people, use some common sense.....have any of you saying that scorp shouldn't look like that even kept scorpions before? When a scorp is young and growing, they will often look gorged right before a molt. And being that Hadrurus get 5-6" long, I think its safe to say the above scorp is definitely not gravid.

A wise man once said "Its better to keep your mouth closed and let everyone think of you as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
lol I didnt even realize that...The important thing is that I get the right info so I can care for it in the correct manner. Im not like all these other people that swear they know what they are doing then find out the hard way with a death.
Thanks for all your input hes now i dried coc fiber because that is the only thing available at this time.
 

Beardo

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You can get playsand at Home Depot, Wal Mart and other places for cheap. I used it for all my desert scorps with great success.
 

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I know its been said on here multiple times.

Alot of people keep there Desert hairy's too danm dry.

Im not from AZ but it can snow and rain there too.

If you dont keep the humidity up in its burrows then it will most likely die in its molt.
You can also add a humid hide into its tank.
I use a plastic container with a hole cut in the side for a doorway.
I lightly mist inside daily and place it back into the tank.
Then it can pick where it wants to be.

Keeping H.Ariz. Is tricky. GL.
 
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