Would this be suitable for a dune scorpion

Jamier65

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IMG_0223.JPG I would still need to put a heat pad on one side not sure if that would be okay or not.
 

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I would probably switch to a mixture of sand and excavator clay that is heavily packed. Provide a minimum of 5 inches as they enjoy burrowing (I believe)
 

Red Eunice

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Alright would you say that tank is big enough for a dune scorpion
Yes, its big enough.
H. arizonensis is a tunnel expert, digging out intricate tunnel systems, in a short time.
A mix of sand and excavator clay is what I have in my setups. Allow the mix to completely dry out before introducing your scorpion. Have a water dish available, I've seen mine drink on occasion.
They like it warm, desert species, 24°-29°C is a typical range. Personally, I don't use heat mats. If you have to use one, place on the end just above the substrate surface. Regulate the temperature w/h a thermostat to avoid overheating the enclosure.
Photo of a setup and an excavator clay kit. H.arizoensis#1.jpg Clay kit.jpg
 

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@Red Eunice negative side effect to introducing this species to its new rehouse before the substrate completely dries up? I just re did mine. im concerned maybe I put him in there too soon. he I hasn't attempted to start any burrows its been about 3 days, he just sits out in the open kinda lazy and sluggish, ( its pretty fat and pre molt looking) but not sure if him not burrowing is a sign of the substrate not dry enough for him to do so yet
 

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@Red Eunice negative side effect to introducing this species to its new rehouse before the substrate completely dries up? I just re did mine. im concerned maybe I put him in there too soon. he I hasn't attempted to start any burrows its been about 3 days, he just sits out in the open kinda lazy and sluggish, ( its pretty fat and pre molt looking) but not sure if him not burrowing is a sign of the substrate not dry enough for him to do so yet
@Collin Clary maybe you can chime in on this for me? anybody lol
 

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Yes, its big enough.
H. arizonensis is a tunnel expert, digging out intricate tunnel systems, in a short time.
A mix of sand and excavator clay is what I have in my setups. Allow the mix to completely dry out before introducing your scorpion. Have a water dish available, I've seen mine drink on occasion.
They like it warm, desert species, 24°-29°C is a typical range. Personally, I don't use heat mats. If you have to use one, place on the end just above the substrate surface. Regulate the temperature w/h a thermostat to avoid overheating the enclosure.
Photo of a setup and an excavator clay kit. View attachment 234123 View attachment 234124
what would be a good sand-clay ratio for digging?
 

Red Eunice

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@Red Eunice negative side effect to introducing this species to its new rehouse before the substrate completely dries up? I just re did mine. im concerned maybe I put him in there too soon. he I hasn't attempted to start any burrows its been about 3 days, he just sits out in the open kinda lazy and sluggish, ( its pretty fat and pre molt looking) but not sure if him not burrowing is a sign of the substrate not dry enough for him to do so yet
I really can't say, I've had mine about 6 months and the substrate was totally dry beforehand.
Perhaps offer a hide until the substrate dries out may help. Especially if its premolt, I believe these molt in the burrow and the hide will offer security. Idk, only suggestion I can offer.
 

Stugy

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Mine are 40/60 sand/clay mix. I'll reverse the ratio next time around.
thanks. I'll try that when I get home. I was dumb enough to use pure clay and my DHS hasn't been able to dig into it. I hope she'll like the newer substrate when I'm done.
 

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Here's what I just set mine up with. I have a bigger peice of bark he can use as a hide. But I tried using small prices and pre starting burrow for him to encourage him to start his own. But so far no luck maybe I'll just throw the hide back in
 

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This is why I despise common names.

@Jamier65 the common name "Dune Scorpion" refers to Smeringurus mesaensis. I am seeing advice in here for keeping a Giant Desert Hairy (Hadrurus arizonensis).

So my question is what are you actually getting @Jamier65 ?

@Red Eunice @ArachnoDrew If he is getting S. mesaensis then the set up will likely be altered somewhat.
 

Avicularia Kael

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Yes, its big enough.
H. arizonensis is a tunnel expert, digging out intricate tunnel systems, in a short time.
A mix of sand and excavator clay is what I have in my setups. Allow the mix to completely dry out before introducing your scorpion. Have a water dish available, I've seen mine drink on occasion.
They like it warm, desert species, 24°-29°C is a typical range. Personally, I don't use heat mats. If you have to use one, place on the end just above the substrate surface. Regulate the temperature w/h a thermostat to avoid overheating the enclosure.
Photo of a setup and an excavator clay kit. View attachment 234123 View attachment 234124
Dune scorpions are S. mesaensis. They also dig though.
 
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