Why is my emperor scorpion green?

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Arachnopeon
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I went on vacation a week ago and when I left he was black, like he should be. While I was on my trip my friend told me that he had turned a vey noticeable dark, almost swampy green. He still looks healthy and has no mites, and he's still quick, but also calm when I pick him up.

What could have caused this colour change?
 

TheHolyToast

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I think all Emps have a green hue to them. It just depends on the angle or lighting, you look at them or something.
 

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Arachnopeon
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He doesn't look very bloated...

Here is a picture of him under a regular light :



Does it look like a natural colour? I've never seen one like this before.
 

cacoseraph

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that color is from the UV in sunlight flourescing the scorpion a little bit. i think it is a rather neat effect
 

groovyspider

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He doesn't look very bloated...

Here is a picture of him under a regular light :



Does it look like a natural colour? I've never seen one like this before.[/
HA looks like gumby found a nice scorpion XD
 

Obelisk

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They flouresce if exposed to UV rays. It could be from an aquarium light or even from a small amount of direct sunlight.
 

Jorpion

Arachnobaron
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This is completely normal. As everyone said, it's due to lighting. All of my adults emps look this way.
 

dairy

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Not to belabor the point but definitely not getting ready for a molt. You have a mature emp there - it will never molt again. If it starts to look fat it's exactly that - fat :)

If you really want to see a green scorp get a black light. The florescence from the sun doesn't even compare to what they look like under a black light. On that note, extended exposure is harmful. It's alright to use a black light to find a scorp or take pictures etc but don't leave it on him.

One of my old scorps under a black light
 

Cnorris

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It's amazing that the effect is noticeable in bright sunlight. I've had mine a year and cleaned it out yesterday and saw that it was the same colour. I had assumed it was something to do with it being in a burrow for months. He was very aggressive as well. Glad it's nothing to worry abut.
 
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