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 How do i tell the difference?

Hello, I work at a pet store as a reptile specialist. However, reptiles seems to include scorpions. I am trying to learn as much as i can about them. We have an emperor scorpion, that is a female, that has been getting really fat, and i know that she has not been overfed. She is caged with a male. So; my question is: How do i know if it is pregnant or if she is just molting? I have read through some of the posts; and i see that many people confuse the two. Is there any way to know for sure without waiting for babies to pop out?
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12/01/06  05:36pm

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  Message To: IgMomma   In reference to Message Id: 1079658


 How do i tell the difference?

Sometimes the scorplings can be seen through the motherís body with a good flashlight held at the right angle, but that generally only works later in gestation.
Sometimes a gravid femaleís temperment will change. Sheíll start acting like a "typical" pregnant woman....being more moody, tempremental toward the male, etc.
Food intake *might* increase, but not necessaily. Often times the female will become more reclusive and stay in her hide/burrow and rarely come out.
Other than that, the best way to tell if a female is gravid is when you find a bunch of little white scorplings clinging to her back.

Just so you know, althrough you probably already do, scorpions are not reptiles, but I understand how the pet stores work and how they classify/catagorize things.



12/01/06  05:46pm

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  Message To: Dmetz   In reference to Message Id: 1079671


 How do i tell the difference?

yeah; i know they arent reptiles. But the íreptileí is really a herp department. It includes reptiles, arachnids, invertibraes (sp?) and amphibians. Since all my experience is in reptiles, i have been doing A LOT of research on everything else. Because i HATE IT when you go to a pet store, and the employee has no idea what they are talking about. So, i would like to know as much as i can about all the animals that i will get questions about. She is definatly hiding a lot. And quite grumpy! I will see if i can see anything when i get to work tomorrow.

p.s. if she is prego; what do i do? I have heard that she will eat her babies. What kind of habitat should she be in while she is gravid? and does she need any special supplements?



12/01/06  06:56pm

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  Message To: IgMomma   In reference to Message Id: 1079758


 How do i tell the difference?

The only things that you want to make sure she and the male have are:
Two hides for each scorpion
Plenty of substrate
LOTS of food
Warm, humid enviroment.
P. imperator are generally not aggressive toward each other or their offspring. The only time the mother will usually eat her babies is if there is insufficent food or if she feels that one or more of the babies are too weak to make it on their own.

You donít need to suppliment her food with anything. If you want to, or are able to, Iíd suggest feeding the crickets or whatever the inverts are fed, a nice juicy orange, tangerine, peach, or some other juicy fruit about an hour before feeding them to the inverts. That will help boost the moisture content of the prey item and will be a good, moisture rich meal for *all* of the inverts. Since inverts derive the vast majority of moisture they need from their food, so having moisture rich prey is always a bonus.
Now you donít want to give them the fruit (or berries, whatever) too early. When gut loading (because basically thatís what youíre doing) you donít want to do it too early or they will just poop out all that good stuff, hence why I say feed the prey about an hour or less before feeding them to the inverts. Do *not* feed the prey lettice or other green, leafy vegetables. They contain certain enzymes and whatnot that can be toxic to inverts.
You can feed the feeders bananas, apples, even raw potatoes, just not salad.

Oh, and just so youíll know, scorpionsí gestation periods can be up to a year or more, however, with not knowing when or if she mated, itís really just a wait and see kind of thing.

Oh yeah, and youíll want to make sure (at least as best as you can in a pet store enviroment) that she is not disturbed too much. No tapping on the glass, lifting her hide, things like that, and donít have any lights put on the container. Of course that rule goes for *all* inverts. They donít like light.
A gravid scorpion will not give birth if she doesnít feel secure and if she canít hold the scorplings any longer, she will have problems birthing them and it could cause problems for the mother.



12/01/06  07:15pm

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  Message To: Dmetz   In reference to Message Id: 1079774


 How do i tell the difference?

thank you very much!



12/01/06  11:38pm

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  Message To: IgMomma   In reference to Message Id: 1080090


 How do i tell the difference?

Youíre very welcome!
Good luck and remember, whenever you have questions, donít hesitate to ask. If you have questions about tarantulas, hop on over to the spider forum and post a message. I am generally over there more often than over here...but then again, tarantulas are my first love.



12/02/06  04:38pm


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