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PostSubject: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/4/2013, 3:06 pm

My new Flat Rock scorpion has started lifting itself off the ground raising itself as high as it can go and staying this way for a large amount of time. I don't know what it is doing. When I got it they said it was going to malt soon so does that have anything to do with it? It is a female if that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/4/2013, 4:49 pm

Don't worry glass dancing is normal behavior it should become less and less common as it becomes used to it's enclosure. Welcome to the forum, can you describe your current set up?
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/4/2013, 6:23 pm

She isn't doing it on the glass, she is fully planted on the ground but raised up as far as it will go. The tank isn't hot its right around 75 to low 80's with the UVB bulb so I can't imagine its because of heat. It is in a exo-terra mini terrarium with a soft eco earth substrate. It gains its shelter from a half pipe log and has a small water dish with a sponge.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/4/2013, 7:06 pm

That is called stilting. It is done to regulate temperature.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/4/2013, 7:18 pm

Should I do anything or is it okay?
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/4/2013, 8:04 pm

It could mean it is either too hot or too cold, so just ensure the temperatures are correct.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/5/2013, 12:06 am

Luckily, your scorpion knows whats best for itself. It does it out of pure instinct. Your scorp will escape the heat or get closer if it needs to. I recommend turning it off every night, and back on in the morning, even if it's a red lamp. It will encourage natural behaviors.

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/5/2013, 4:56 am


or you maybe keeping the substrate moister than usual? the same thing that Ts usually do when they hate moist substrates
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   9/6/2013, 10:55 am

Regarding your setup, Flat Rock scorpions inhabit cracks and crevices in rock formations, thus the name. Your scorpion would feel much more at home in a stack of flat slate than a half log hide. You should also replace the UVB bulb with either a red bulb or an infrared (IR) heat bulb. Scorpions are highly sensitive to ultraviolet and prolonged exposure can be harmful. They are much less sensitive to red and infrared, and, in general, treat it as no light at all. Finally, remove the sponge from the water dish. If you need to make the dish shallower, add a layer of pebbles or gravel. Sponges are just a harbor for bacteria.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   10/14/2013, 2:12 am

Sounds to me that your scorpion is regulating its internal temperature as stated by ShredderEmp. This is normal behavior but I would try to lower your temp first then raise the heat inside the enclosure to avoid complications. Heat is more damaging then you adjusting it lower a few degrees. And observe frequently on the behavior when you adjust and when you see that they are comfortable in behavior then keep that your hallmark of temp.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   10/19/2013, 3:22 am

Are the claws lowered to the ground while she does this?
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   10/19/2013, 5:37 pm

Don't Hadogenes like higher temps? Like high 80's to low 90's or even warmer? That's what I have mine at and he seems to love it. I see him out all the time. If anything, he tries to get closer to the heat tape to bask.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   10/24/2013, 12:57 am

OT: jeez kevil you're collection sure did grow since the last time i visited haha
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion standing tall, *help*   10/24/2013, 5:25 am

Lol. It's expanded a bit, yeah. I liked menagerie. Got a female P. trans and LQ on the way, too, so it's gonna get much bigger!
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