Why do Giant Desert Hairies sting EVERYTHING?

Moakmeister

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Every time I see a feeding video of one of these scorpions, they sting whatever prey item they've been handed. Even if said prey item is a cricket smaller than one of their pincers, even if said cricket isn't struggling at all, they still sting it. Their pincers looks powerful, so what gives?
 

WeightedAbyss75

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They ARE pretty aggresive by nature. In the desert, thay would need to secure any prey they come across. May as well give it the sting a few times to make sure it won't get up and run away by chance ;)
 

ScorpSarah

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My desert hairy must be a weird one then. All he does is pinch the crickets head and consume it alive head first. He never seems to sting. :D But yes, the species tends to be very aggressive, I just have the abnormal one.
 

darkness975

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@WeightedAbyss75 @ScorpSarah

Hadrurus arizonensis
are not "aggressive." They are defensive.
My specimens usually sting their prey. But not always. Our captive specimens tend to eat more than their wild counterparts.
 

gromgrom

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I believe the general idea is that since they do not crush their prey with their claws to subdue them, a sting is just a failsafe. Plus, it's not just crickets they consume in the wild. They will readily eat other lizards and scorpions.
 
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