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PostSubject: Grosphus went into hiding!   1/16/2014, 6:07 pm

My G. grandidieri that I believe is preggo shut up her scrape under some cork bark. should I bother her at all and if so when should I? I am new to these critters so even basic info is appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Grosphus went into hiding!   1/17/2014, 5:51 am

Hello,

It's possible that it is gravid, or it might just be very fat and ready to molt.
The behavior mentioned could mean both.

I would leave it be for a while, it will take it's own time to molt, or give birth and if it ate good before this, I wouldn't worry. It's very normal scorpion behavior.


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PostSubject: Re: Grosphus went into hiding!   1/17/2014, 6:11 am

I kinda figured it was normal. most of my tarantulas do that sort of thing when molting. I think its already had its ultimate molt and its confirmed female ( pectine tooths don't lie Smile ) so my fingers are crossed. So maybe wait a week before getting nosey?
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PostSubject: Re: Grosphus went into hiding!   1/17/2014, 8:02 am

Wait a little longer let it come out, when it chooses too. If you are really worried I would wait a bit more then gently check and try and disturb it as less as possible.
But I would do that after the week of peace and quiet:)
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PostSubject: Re: Grosphus went into hiding!   1/17/2014, 1:15 pm

Blocking off entrances is totally normal behaviour for scrape/burrow living scorps and they know exactly what they are doing. No intervention is required and the scorp will re-emerge when it's ready.
Reasons can be moulting, parturition, incorrect or high/low limit range environmental conditions, constant disturbances from prey items when they are no longer hungry or simply frequent peripheral disturbances.
Scorps can remain hidden for days, weeks or months at a time.

Incidentally, a much surer way of sexing Grosphus spp is by the so called "basal middle lamella". This is simply an enlarged 1st pectinal tooth. If there isn't 2 of those (1 on each side) on the pectines then it's male.....check out google pics for some visual understanding.
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PostSubject: Re: Grosphus went into hiding!   1/17/2014, 10:03 pm

My last statement was about the pectine's... yes its a girl.... this species is easy to tell... I witnessed what looked like a breeding dance months ago then she got fat... fingers crossed... I could post pre and post (before hiding) pics of the same scorp if you all want to see. Thank you Den I will let you know what happens!!! I have seen the behavior in many animals just wanted input from hobbyists and I completely appreciate the replies...next tuesday I will take a peak! I will update then
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