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PostSubject: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/5/2013, 11:14 am

My Desert Hairy finally reemerged this morning from her winter dormancy. This is the first that I've seen of her in 6 months. She did exactly the same thing last year. Time to offer her a small bowl of water and some crickets.

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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/5/2013, 11:43 am

Beautiful specimen. Chubby girl.
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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/5/2013, 1:20 pm

I expected her to be slimmer after going 6 months without eating, but she was pretty plump back in December.
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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/5/2013, 9:32 pm

Looks great!!! Good to hear she's doing good!
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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/15/2013, 3:07 am

Do some scorpions need a winter dormancy? I heard it helps them live longer, which is a major plus for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/15/2013, 1:01 pm

Some species, like H. arizonensis, are known to go dormant during the winter but I don't know if it actually extends their life.  Some keepers see this behavior in their scorpions and others do not.  The trigger is not well understood but it's thought to be influenced by environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and photoperiod.  It's also suspected that a biological component may be involved.

The first winter I had my Haddy she blocked off her burrow entrances in December and I didn't see her for a week, then a month, then two months.  I would occasionally remove the cover I have on the side of her enclosure and peek in her burrow.  She would move slightly so I knew she was still alive.

I didn't change any of the conditions in her enclosure to induce this behavior.  I was a bit surprised by it but not alarmed.  I assumed she knew what she was doing so I turned off the heat lamp and left her undisturbed.  I figured that she would come out when she was ready.  In May, I started heating her enclosure once again and she finally emerged the first week of June.   When she did the same thing this December, it was pretty much expected.
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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/15/2013, 3:32 pm

You had the lamp off all winter? You live in the same area as me, so I wonder if mine will do this too.

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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/16/2013, 11:48 am

Yes, I provided no heat to her enclosure all winter and the room I have her in would drop to 65F at night.  This is much warmer than what she would experience in the wild, however.  During the winter, the Sonoran Desert drops into the 40's at night.
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PostSubject: Re: Haddy ends her winter dormancy   6/17/2013, 11:17 am

beautiful cheers
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