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PostSubject: Sold to us as Emperors - Please help ID?! :)   8/12/2014, 8:52 am

Hi guys, my partner and I bought Scorpions that were being sold as Emperor Scorpions. However, since looking through forums etc, we are now doubting the species we actually have.

We think they could possibly be Heterometrus laoticus as the Mother (who we requested to look at today) looked quite small and didn't resemble what we think Emperors look like.

We don't mind what species they are, we just want to know for certain to care for them properly.

We were also told today that they were born on 24th February and they are about 2 1/2 inches long, the Mother looked about 5/6 inches. (Hard to tell without a ruler).

Here's some photo's, thanks in advance.  Very Happy 






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PostSubject: Re: Sold to us as Emperors - Please help ID?! :)   8/12/2014, 9:19 am

Indeed they look to be a heterometrus sp. and not emperors. Those chelae seem smooth and shiny as opposed to an emps' granulated appearance. Also young emps telsons are not that color.
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PostSubject: Re: Sold to us as Emperors - Please help ID?! :)   8/12/2014, 9:29 am

I agree with shining here.
It's some kind of Heterometrus sp.
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PostSubject: Re: Sold to us as Emperors - Please help ID?! :)   8/12/2014, 4:04 pm

It's a Heterometrus for sure, but if you want to properly identify it (well, not that it really matters care-wise since they're all kept relatively the same) you'll need to check for minute details, carinae, tiny granules on the carapace and chelae, internal tubercle on the patella...stuff like that.

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PostSubject: Re: Sold to us as Emperors - Please help ID?! :)   8/19/2014, 2:46 am

Thanks for the replies guys appreciate it,
still not sure exactly what they are but i think it'll probably become clearer as they age abit.
so yeah thanks for the input Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Sold to us as Emperors - Please help ID?! :)   8/21/2014, 1:35 am

No problem
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