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 #771351


Tony7688
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 Need Help!!!

My scorpion has been digging a hole in the sand (In her enclosure) and for some reason sheís gotten very, very extremely aggresive! Why? I donít understand itís like sheís on her rag or something! As soon as you look through the glass (or put your hand anywhere near her she strikes and opens her pinchers al the way!!! The weird thing is she wasnít like this a few days ago. Any one know why?



05/04/06  04:19pm

 #771356


StoneSour
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 771351


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What species is it?



05/04/06  04:21pm

 #771558


Metz
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  Message To: StoneSour   In reference to Message Id: 771356


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Yep, thatís my question also.
As well, how often is it fed?



05/04/06  05:51pm

 #772037


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 771558


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sheís an emperor scorp. I feed her 4 crickets ever week



05/04/06  09:06pm

 #772115


StoneSour
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772037


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You have to get her off the sand. P. Imperators are a rain forest scorp. You should put her on a substrate of pet moss/potting soil mis pesticide free. They humidity should go no lower than 80%.



05/04/06  09:37pm

 #772132


StoneSour
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772037


 Need Help!!!

You need to get her off the sand ASAP. You need to give her a substrate of peat moss/potting soil mix pesticide free ofcourse. The humidity of the enclosure should go no lower than 80%.



05/04/06  09:42pm

 #772151


StoneSour
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772037


 Need Help!!!

You need to switch the sand with a peat moss/potting soil mix pesticide free. Emps are a tropical species, which require at least 80% humidity.



05/04/06  09:46pm

 #772161


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  Message To: StoneSour   In reference to Message Id: 772132


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Sorry about the double posts, it told me web site not responding.



05/04/06  09:48pm

 #772212


Tony7688
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  Message To: StoneSour   In reference to Message Id: 772161


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I know it happens, hey is bark ok?



05/04/06  10:12pm

 #772262


Metz
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772212


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Bark as a substrate, no. P. imperator are burrowing scorpions and they can not construct a safe, sturdy burrow out of bark or bark multch. You can use large pieces of bark as hides as long as it is from alder or aspen trees. You can not use *any* type of pine, cedar or other sap trees.



05/04/06  10:35pm

 #772279


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 772262


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oh ok, thanx!!!



05/04/06  10:40pm

 #772422


Metz
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772279


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Youíre welcome
Also, just to repeat what has already been said, peat moss or a mixture of peat and soil work ver well as a substrate. I use just peat for my emps because it holds moisture very well and is easy for them to burrow in. Oh, and since your scorpion is an emp, itís probably so grouchy because it isnít comfortable. Once you get the substrate changed out and get the humidity up, it should settle down.
Just so you know, incase you do use peat, wet it down first before you put it in the scorpionís container that way you donít get dust everywhere as that stuff can get pretty dry. You donít want it soggy though. It should only be damp enough that if you take a handful of it and squeeze it, water should not run out of it. (does that make sense?)



05/04/06  11:53pm

 #772440


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 772422


 Need Help!!!

Yes, thank you again!



05/05/06  12:05am

 #772866


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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772440


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Tony you seem to know nothing about emperor scorpions, yet you own them. And the same with some of you other people, "I didnít know emperor scorpions were rain forest species". Well on every care sheet it says that they are rain forest spices... Hereís Your Sigh! {and seem to post three diffrent posts every day}



05/05/06  11:08am

 #772963


Tony7688
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  Message To: BlackDrangonScales   In reference to Message Id: 772866


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Sorry, Iím just starting.



05/05/06  12:31pm

 #773076


Metz
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 772963


 Need Help!!!

Thereís no need to be rude. No one does things the same way and the important thing is that he came here and asked...thatís what matters. Yes, it is always advised that research be done prior to the purchase of any animal, be it a scorpion, snake or a kitten but that is not going to always happen. In addition, "research" can be a difficult and nerve wracking process in its self. The WWW is a wealth of information, however, that information is not always correct. Also, some people honestly do not know there are caresheets out there that tell how to raise and care for "bugs". Heís in one of the right places, is asking questions and is learning, just as you did and are still doing as am I and everyone else.



05/05/06  02:24pm

 #773083


Metz
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 773076


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Almost forgot. You might be suprised how many people new to the hobby think that "all" scorpions, tarantulas and centipedes are desert dwellers, including the pet stores that sell them. This thanks needs to go to Hollywood for their portrals of inverts being placed only in desert settings. Iíve seen countless movies that show emps racing accross the desert sand and yes, it disgusts me every time. People, by nature, assume that since scorpions are most often seen and deplicted in the deserts that, that is where they are from. Here we go back to the "research" thing...but even the caresheets here on RZ are horrid. I donít know about the scorpion care sheets because Iíve never looked at them but the spider care sheets scare me!!!!!!



05/05/06  02:29pm

 #773397


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 773083


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Thank you you for understanding me Metz. Itís true, hollywood does have a lot of movies with emp. scorps. running around the dessert! Thatís pretty dumb. Oh well and sorry if Iím asking too many questions!



05/05/06  05:20pm

 #773441


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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 773397


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Hey come on people. Stop being so harsh on the people that are new to the hobby. Remember that we were all new to the hobbie at one point in time. I know that I made mistakes when I first got into the hobby.



05/05/06  05:53pm

 #773492


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  Message To: StoneSour   In reference to Message Id: 773441


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Really, what kind of mistakes?



05/05/06  06:34pm

 #773504


StoneSour
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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 773492


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When I first got into scorps, that was when I was 12. I used bark as a substrate and only had branches in there for them to hide behind. I had 5 emps of different sizes in a 10 gallon tank. Needless to say they were highly stressed and as a result they turned to cannablism. I only had one single surviver out of the 5. I had them like that, because I was miss informed by the pet shop I purchased them from.



05/05/06  06:45pm

 #773525


Metz
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  Message To: StoneSour   In reference to Message Id: 773441


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Quote:

I know that I made mistakes when I first got into the hobby

HERE HERE!!! Heck, I still do, everyone makes mistakes, itís just that the longer youíre in the hobby the more "creative" those mistakes get! As we gain in our confidence of our ability to keep an eye on the situation, we venture into taking more risks and more responsibility. Two of the scorpions I have I knew NOTHING about other than "Parabuthis" and "Androctonus" are hots and need to be respected as such. I had read "a little" on them but never really took the time to really "research" them (yes, Iím lazy), however, that is NOT to say that I am a good example because that is probably the single worst thing a person can do. So then why on earth did I get two of the most dangerous scorps without knowing anything about them? Because my husband has experience with them and knew about them!
Iíve been known to spend a pretty penny on my critters (I spent $375 for a single tarantula síling) so believe me, when you get to a point that you are WILLING to invest that much money into a "bug", youíll defiently be doing your homework first because thatís NOT one you want to lose. Even at that, sometimes it still happens.
When people are new and just starting to take an interest in the hobby, there is a lot they donít know and often times feel completly overwhelmed with everything. All these crazy latin names that no one can pronounce, common names that donít do any good at helping to discribe the species, conflicting care sheet info. tons of suggestions, opinions, advice etc. being thrown at them a mile a minute, large, busy forums where you make a post and the next day itís already back on page 3, technical terms, anatomy...you name it, itís all a huge pill to try and swollow all at once and it DOES take time to learn and remember the zillion things that we need to know just to be able to properly care for, raise and give advice about the species we have, be that one or one hundred.
The invert hobby can feel like a mine field nestled right smack dab in the middle of a mud slide for new keepers/hobbyists......but we all get there with time and persistence.
When I first started in the hobby I felt like the perverbal chicken with my head (and feet) cut off. I didnít know where to go, what to do, who to talk to, what to ask or even how to ask it. I felt like I was a little fish in an ocean of sharks just waiting for me to come venturing close enough. That is why I always tell people new to the hobby or who are interested in it to READ, READ, READ!!!! Once you have read, ask questions, LOTS of questions and keep asking until you have it down firm in your brain. If the people/place you are seeking information from are being jerks, go find another place. Reading and asking questions are the only way to really learn besides trial and error.



05/05/06  06:58pm

 #773580


BlackDragonScales711
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 773525


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THANKS ALOT!!! Now I feel bad

lol, yea sorry



05/05/06  07:38pm

 #773591


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  Message To: BlackDragonScales711   In reference to Message Id: 773580


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Didnít mean to make you feel bad bud, just something that people, myself included, tend to forget sometimes, especially when youíve been surrounded by bugs for so long.



05/05/06  07:48pm

 #775029


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 773591


 Need Help!!!

Ok, I got potting some pesticide free potting soil (at least for now) thatís ok right?



05/06/06  11:59pm

 #775172


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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 775029


 Need Help!!!

Plain oleí potting soil will work for a couple months, but youíll have to change it out after about 4 to 6 months. Mixing it with peat moss would make for a better, longer lasting substrate.
Scorpionsí substrate generally does not need to be changed but once a year (unless excess molds or pest infestations occur).



05/07/06  03:24am

 #775559


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 775172


 Need Help!!!

cool, thankx, hey do scorpions ever throw up? have you seen it?



05/07/06  01:13pm

 #776123


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  Message To: Tony7688   In reference to Message Id: 775559


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I think so, when I watch my female eat the whole cricket then later when Iím rearranging the tank i find a ball of mushed up crickets.... so I guess so I know its not poop... But ask Metz Sheís the Einstein of the arachnid world.



05/07/06  08:05pm

 #776397


Metz
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  Message To: BlackDragonScales711   In reference to Message Id: 776123


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Iíve never heard of them throwing up, I donít know if itís even possible. The "ball of mashed up crickets" are simply the remains that the scorpion didnít eat. Some inverts, scorpions as well as tarantulas, will eat the entire prey, some will only eat the inside and leave the shell, while others will only eat half, etc.



05/07/06  11:01pm

 #776513


Tony7688
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  Message To: Metz   In reference to Message Id: 776397


 Need Help!!!

well I asked because last time (like 2 days ago) I noticed a white goo-like substance on the side of the container, I was curiouse to know what it was ans so I touched it with my finger and smelled it, it was kinda gooie and it smelled nasty too, so I donít know what it was.



05/08/06  01:00am
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