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PostSubject: Wild vs Captive   3/28/2014, 5:06 pm

So what are people's thoughts on wild scorpions vs captive breed?

My logical thoughts would be that wild caught scorpions in the trade, would be more shy/defensive/aggresive vs the captive raised ones.

The one scorpion I am getting is a wild caught/long term. So I am assuming the person has had it for a while now in captivity. So maybe it would be a little less skitish.

Any opinions / thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Wild vs Captive   3/29/2014, 9:38 am


Most of the problems from wild-caught specimens heavily side with parasites.

Some generations of captive-bred scorpions are actually known to become more aggressive/defensive than their original ancestors
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PostSubject: Re: Wild vs Captive   3/29/2014, 11:44 am

Tongue Flicker wrote:

Most of the problems from wild-caught specimens heavily side with parasites.

Some generations of captive-bred scorpions are actually known to become more aggressive/defensive than their original ancestors

I overlooked parasites. Its not that common in captive bred scorpions I guess. But there is still a chance for them even if captive bred. Depending on conditions and substrate decorations etc. Do feeder crickets also pose a threat for parasites?

I guess another negative for wild caught is not knowing the instar.
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PostSubject: Re: Wild vs Captive   3/30/2014, 5:06 am


Most feeder bugs are technically parasite free if you breed/farm them yourself. A dangerous toxin, aflatoxin is usually found in crickets that are fed moldy veggies & fruits so feed your feeders fresh always.

Well, mites are external parasites and will always be there regardless of a CB or a WC scorp, just waiting for a proper opportunity (i.e. excess moisture, half-eaten prey, unremoved and excess boluses).

Yes, unidentifiable instar also poses a problem unless you have first hand experience in seeing and identifying the instars via colors/sizes.
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