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PostSubject: Baby Red Claw help   4/27/2014, 5:28 pm

Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum and new to scorpions in general. I recently picked up a Red Claw Scorpion, about two weeks ago. Just a baby. I've been doing as much research as I can but thought I'd get some opinions from people who have them. I haven't seen him eat anything yet and just burrows. I never see him out. The temp seems to stay around 70 and humidity around the same. Should I be worried at all? I understand he could be fasting to molt? I'm just not sure how often they molt when they're this young. I measured him when I first got him and he was about an inch, just the body.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks

Bob
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PostSubject: Re: Baby Red Claw help   4/28/2014, 6:14 am

Hello and welcome to the forum.

You're experiencing some of the most common worries new scorpion keepers have  Smile.  When you say you haven't seen it eat, have you noticed whether prey items have been disappearing? Or are they still wandering around the enclosure? If they're disappearing obviously your scorpion is eating, probably just at night time when it feels it is safest to be out to capture food. If it is not eating, 2 weeks is not a long time for a scorpion to go without food.

Burrowing is something this species will do a lot. They'll also more than likely spend the majority of their time in their burrows. Not leaving the burrow at all, and even sealing entrances to their burrows can be a sign that a scorpion is close to moulting. Have you noticed if your scorpion has a particularly fat, distended body? If it is about to moult then your scorpion will not be interested in food so you should stop offering it to avoid stressing and potentially causing it harm to your scorpion. Crickets in particular are notorious for munching on soft, defenceless freshly moulted scorpions.

This species is from Tanzania so I would advise increasing the temperature to the low to mid 80's (28c - 30c) during the daytime. I think 70f is too low for this species. A more natural temperature range will increase activity and appetite in your scorpion, and if it does turn out to be close to moulting it will also help ensure that it does so successfully.
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