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PostSubject: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/28/2008, 3:25 pm

I think my H. Spadix is dying. It hasn't eaten for about a week (which alone I would not have given a second thought to it), has not go into its burrow for about 4 days, has not tried digging a new burrow at all, and has been moving very awkwardly for the last 4 days or so. When it moved around it would drag the first 3 sections of its metasoma flat (the remaing sections up) and carry its pedipalps directly infront of its chelicerae (think a boxer holding his fists infront of his pace).

The last time the scorpion ate, after stinging its prey it layed its tail flat for about a minute as if it took an termendous amount of energy to do so.

Its enclosure was about 5-6 inches of sand with a semi burried rock hide that the scrop used as a burrow.

Temperature was probably rearely if ever below 80 and never above 90 (typical temperatures around 80-85)

Seeing the the scorp was actign strange I provided a small amount of water for the scorp in a bottle cap, which the scorp entirely ignored so I removed it after a few hours.

TODAY:
Very little movement (but still alive), tail is completely flat except telson, tail is also extremely rigid (about as resitant to moving as a paperclip)

I can't figure out what would cause thise behavior. I have had it for just under a month and the whole time the scorp has been very active. It has only been fed store bought prey (I would NEVER feed wild caught prey).

My S. Mesaenesis and A. Austrailis are both doing well and my S. Mesaensis is in a duplicate enclosure sitting right next the Spadix. The only difference is that the Spadix's enclosure came with a half sealed top (half screen, half fixed position glass). I did notice by feeling with my hand that half of the Spadix's enclosure was noticeably warmer (about 5 degrees warmer or so is my guess, not measurement was taken). I thought perhaps the scorp was getting overheated so I have moved it into a cooler room to see if that makes any difference.
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/28/2008, 3:44 pm

If it's a WC adult, that's probably your problem.

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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/28/2008, 3:48 pm

sounds old... Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/28/2008, 8:43 pm

Ok, so it died. I pretty much expected it based off of its behavior, but the H. Spadix is one of my favorites.

Now, here is where is gets a litle more interesting. When I was pulling it out I noticed one side of the scorp was really "black" and protruding from the side a bit. So now I wonder if this was mycosis or some other type of problem or nothing? I looked at my two other desert species (S. Mesaensis and A. Austrailis) and neither of those have any black on their sides.

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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/28/2008, 9:16 pm

No idea what that is . . . but it sounds like what someone said was happening to his emp.

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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/29/2008, 3:16 am

A serious mycosis or infection from fight.
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/29/2008, 7:36 am

^^

thats what I was thinking. looks almost like gangrene. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/29/2008, 5:09 pm

looks like a wound to me...something infected you know! like a scab...
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/29/2008, 6:19 pm

It is just a bummer. It was one of my favorites.


I have had three scorps die this month. Two of them died within a couple days og etting them (probably stressed, both where C. Hentzi's) and now this one. At least all of my others are healthy.

I'lll probably get another Spadix in a few weeks. I am going to clean the enclosure out, get new sand, wet it and dry it (maybe premake some burrows with that excavator stuff). Figure it will take a couple weeks to get everything all prepped.

All I know my collection just isn't complete without one of theses guys.... Ok so its not like it was complete with it either! LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   9/29/2008, 6:40 pm

sorry to hear about ya loss. looked nasty on its side whatever it was.
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PostSubject: Re: Hadrurus Spadix problem   10/1/2008, 1:22 pm

sorry about your loss. Its awful when these things happen

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