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PostSubject: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:00 am

i have been taking care of a scorpion for about 6 months he is healthy eats plenty drinks plenty and is active i recently looked at him and noticed something sticking to his torso (not sure what its actually called) i dont know what it could be if anyone could help me i would greatly appreciate it
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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:07 am

Do you have pictures?
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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:14 am

i actually cant figure out how to post them
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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:19 am

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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:24 am

Do you mean the lighter colored feather/comb looking things?

Those are his pectines (sensory organs) and his genital operculum.

If this is not what you are referring to, try to post a larger pic.

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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:25 am

Your scorpion is just exploring right there. The two feather-like appendages are its pectines. They are very important for detecting mates, food, and other chemical trails. It looks like you need way more substrate. Your substrate also looks very dry and the scorpion would want at least 4 inches of substrate and you want the humidity to be around 80 percent.
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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:27 am

ditto

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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:30 am

I had more substrate he moves it to the other side of the tank and when its moist he sits on top of his home when i do his cage this way he seems to be content. i had never seen his pectines before thanks for letting me know what they are i appreciate it
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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:34 am

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I had more substrate he moves it to the other side of the tank and when its moist he sits on top of his home when i do his cage this way he seems to be content. i had never seen his pectines before thanks for letting me know what they are i appreciate it


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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:35 am

No problem.

I'm actually very glad you posted this, you've reminded me that we have to update the scorpion anatomy page...apparently the image links are dead.

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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 12:51 am

Scorpion19981000 wrote:
No problem.

I'm actually very glad you posted this, you've reminded me that we have to update the scorpion anatomy page...apparently the image links are dead.

I'm just glad he asked what they were instead of just going in and ripping them off and only then asking, after the damage was done.
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PostSubject: Re: new to taking care of scorpions    6/14/2013, 2:46 pm

^^^^ Lol ^^^^

On the substrate being too wet and him getting up on top of his home... The substrate may be TOO wet. It doesn't need to be completely saturated. Just wet to the touch. If it's pooling or dripping when you pick it up it's way too wet. That may be why he doesn't like it when you get it moist.
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