Uroplectes Otjimbinguensis, All you have is interesting to me

Selmartillery

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I have bought a fine baby Uroplectes Otjimbinguensis! he is hella cute and I did my research before getting it but sadly I really didnt find much on keeping them captive. I found many info on arachnology and read some papers written by specialists posted on a famous swiss zoology scientific journal.

I learned about the different biomes they live in to have the better chance to recreate it ! I know for a fact mine had its ancesters caught in Namibia in the north west mopane woodlands and in the west brandberg mountain which are two very different biomes. The mopane woodlands is almost constantly hot (drops at night around 15 degrees celcius on the colder nights and is usually between 25 and 35 during the day) gets rainy once in a while. In the brandberg mountain they are usually found between 1000 meters and 2000 meters altitude, during the day it can reach 40 degrees celcius on the hottest days and go as low as 2 degrees celcius on the colder nights. Per example today it was 30 during the hottest hours and drops to 7 degrees tonight (gets very veryblittle rain a year). On wednesday its going to drop even lower with only 3 degrees celcius. These scorps as I recall reading aren't burrowers but usually hide under rocks, tree barks etc.

So what I can say by all this data is they are very adaptable creatures that need hot temps during the day and can withstand cold temps at night. What I could not find though is their eating habits, I learned they hunt at night mostly but I have no idea if they do so when the temps drops low. I guess not but you never know !

So I set my lil guy on sand mixxed with coco fiber, I put some rocks with cracks for him to hide (secured obviously) and a bit of cork bark (which doesnt show on the picture I added it later). He seems fine, and is scouting his enclosure from time to time. During the day I keep his temps around 30 degrees celcius and I drop it at night at room temperature (around 21-23 degrees).

The thing is he seems active somewhat at dawn and dusk but isnt eating still. I put some fruit flies in there but I have no idea if he ate them of they just escaped from the holes of his tank. Being unsure I tried to give him a "nano" cricket tonight (room temperature for a few hours before feeding) which was unsucessful, he was more scared of it than interested and kept trying to flee and hide. I removed the cricket and started to write you.
Its been a week that he is in my care. Its my first scorp, I dont want to mess it up he's so cute. (I have 11 tarantulas and a few reptiles other than that)

If you have any advice Id be really really glad to hear them ! And if you have anything else to say regarding this awesome species feel free to share anecdotes, fun facts, just facts actually anything at all !
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ArachnoDrew

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I've successfully breed several different species of uroplectes. Otjimbiguenses definitely being one of the easiest. I keep them semi arid. Temps in the mid to upper 80°F

When gravid and gestation I've kept females around 90°F.

I mist and offer once every few weeks since they don't do well too dry.

They do well communally as adults. I kept all my uroplectes in small groups

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Selmartillery

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I've successfully breed several different species of uroplectes. Otjimbiguenses definitely being one of the easiest. I keep them semi arid. Temps in the mid to upper 80°F

When gravid and gestation I've kept females around 90°F.

I mist and offer once every few weeks since they don't do well too dry.

They do well communally as adults. I kept all my uroplectes in small groups

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Thanks mate ! What about feeding? and not eating ? Should I worry ?
 

ArachnoDrew

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Thanks mate ! What about feeding? and not eating ? Should I worry ?
Theyre pretty savage with feeding response. But they didn't do well against larger prey. Prey items were kept small either similar on body size or smaller. I used primarily red runners or sometimes baby crickets.
They always ate unless in pre molt
 

Selmartillery

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Theyre pretty savage with feeding response. But they didn't do well against larger prey. Prey items were kept small either similar on body size or smaller. I used primarily red runners or sometimes baby crickets.
They always ate unless in pre molt
Okay the he must be in premolt then ;) he is kinda fat but Ive seen pictures of scorps way fatter ^^ The cricket i have are all way smaller than his body so it shouldnt be a problem for him to get them. VideoCapture_20201026-142417.jpg VideoCapture_20201026-142303.jpg
 
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