Red Bird-Eating Scorpion

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I visited a local pet shop today to get some feeder mice, and to check out what new inverts they had in. As I was walking towards the spider shelf I saw the most amazing sign. It read:

Red Bird-Eating Scorpion
Caution: Deadly

I asked about it and the lady said that it came from South America and would reach 6". She also said that it would eat mice as an adult.

Starting to wonder what it was?

































Nothing but a cute little B jacksoni! {D

Im applying for a job at that shop, so I had to force myself not to laugh in the womans face. The scorp is sitting on hold behind their counter, until I can get there tomorrow and take the little guy home.
 

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After the whole it came from South America and that it grew to 6" I doubt that she would the the sex.
 

Brian S

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You wont be able to sex it until it matures. Then you go by the chela, bulbous=male and thin=female
 

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Did she say if it kicks urticating hairs or not?:p

Later, Tom
 

Mr. Mordax

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WANT . . . TO . . . EXPLODE!!! :mad:

I hope you get the job there, and I hope you start educating the staff as soon as you've got some weight to throw around.

PS, B. jacksoni rocks!! :D
 

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You wont be able to sex it until it matures. Then you go by the chela, bulbous=male and thin=female
Thanks for the info. Ill get you pictures as soon as I can. I really cant wait to bring it home, I love this species.
 

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oh noooo, not a bird eating scorpion!..lol.
that must be like the dreaded 18 ft rattlesnakes the rednecks in texas try to convince me they've seen.{D
 

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Skye, This might help you out ;). This is Babycurus gigas but it will be the same as B jax

Males have a bulbous chela (claw)


Females have a thinner chela like this female B gigas


While you're at it, you might want to read this article on the species. It is wise that you get a few others and try your hand at breeding them. Buthid scorps dont have the long lifespan as tarantulas
Babycurus jacksoni October, 2006 by Michiel
 

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This reminds me of the British girl I knew who asked if we still had Indian raids.

My mom informed her that, no, they just scalp us at the casinos. ;)

Good luck with the scorp, Sky! This species is so pretty, especially right after they molt. I call 'em the OSU scorpion sometimes because the university here has black and orange as the school colors. :D
 

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This reminds me of the British girl I knew who asked if we still had Indian raids.
Coming soon to a theatre near you. Do a search for "Caledonia, Ontario."

On a more related note, I would rather see a relatively benign scorpion listed as "deadly" than the opposite. If you do a search through the archives you will find some instances of "desert hairies" that pack a bit more punch (A.australis, L.quinquestriatus etc.). Also, I've found a juvenile A.australis labled as "Yellow sand scorpion. Hesitant to sting. Makes a great beginner scorpion."

Cheers,
Dave
 

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This store also had about ten C vittatus males packed into a tiny container, labled as Death Stalkers. I dont know if they collected them themselves, or if they were brought in by some entrepreneur and sold to them under that name. I informed the owner what they were, and she actually did change the label and drop the price.
 

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Ah ha! They're showing the capacity to learn! That's a good sign if you start working there . . .

(Sorry if I sound snarky -- I'm kind of fed-up with how vastly arthropod misinformation has spread.)
 

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well, it's good to hear that she were at least open minded and willing to listen. stupid and stubborn ppl drive others nuts. :cool:
 

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Ah ha! They're showing the capacity to learn! That's a good sign if you start working there . . .

(Sorry if I sound snarky -- I'm kind of fed-up with how vastly arthropod misinformation has spread.)
They really arent that bad about the inverts. Their birds and fish are cared for top notch, as that is where the owners main interest lies. My biggest problems with the place is that they sell puppies, and keep their reptiles in atrocious conditions. They had a ball python on sand, and it was being sold with the cage. So whoever buys it is going to think its supposed to live that way. I said something about it, but until I work there I will have no pull when it comes to reptiles.

Its a small place though, and they feel it anytime an animal dies, so I dont think it should be too hard to turn things around.
 

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You wont be able to sex it until it matures. Then you go by the chela, bulbous=male and thin=female


Brian,

I was under the impression that you can generally tell by the separation of the pectines? At least that's what Scott tells me.
 

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you can but looking pectines is such a hassle when you have such a sexually dymorph scorpion. But i suppose if you really wanted to find out right now you can just do a pectine check.
 
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