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PostSubject: New pet I got   10/19/2008, 8:04 pm

I got a Scorpion at Pet World in Omaha, NE. They said it was a Desert Flat Rock but I don't know if that's forsure the right kind I have.






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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/19/2008, 8:16 pm

"Desert flat rock" isn't even a valid common name . . .

What you have is Centruroides vittatus, the most widespread species of scorpion in the US. It looks like you've got a female. There's a chance she may be gravid -- most WC females are. Adults are quite communal but juveniles are cannibalistic.

Make sure you give her some vertical climbing spaces / hides. This is a bark scorpion and they tend to prefer that. Also offer a bit of humidity but keep it on the dryish side, and keep it warm.

Also, be sure not to get stung. This species is supposed to pack a wallop (but it's not dangerous).

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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/20/2008, 1:13 am

^^


what mike said.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:13 pm

Will my Scorpion get any bigger? I choose this one since it looked the youngest the other one thay had was alot bigger so I thought mine was younger so it will live longer.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:16 pm

They reach about 2.75" (7cm) as adults, so if it's roughly that size, I'd say that it's reached maturity and will not grow anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:17 pm

We don't know how big it is Razz.
Put something for size comparison. It looks like an adult to me but maybe what you were looking at were the males with bigger tails.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:23 pm

Here are some better pics of my Scorpion.







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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:24 pm

still cant tell how big it is...but I cant tell you the ID was 100 percent now.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:30 pm

Here's a quater I put next to my Scorpion.



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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:34 pm

But now my question is that is my Scorpion really a Centruroides vittatus? Also is it really a female?
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:35 pm

Yes, and yes, and it looks mature
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:37 pm

So that bigger one must of been a male or something. I dont know. I just choose this since it looked younger but I might of made a big mistake.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 4:46 pm

Do Females live longer or Males live longer?
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 5:04 pm

being one of the two sexes in scorpions doesn't effect life span, as it would in spiders, in scorpions.





and Venom, this is a perfect example of the triangle lol.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 5:54 pm

lcswoosh05 wrote:
But now my question is that is my Scorpion really a Centruroides vittatus? Also is it really a female?

That's exactly what I told you in my first post . . .


Anywho, the males have longer tails but the body size is about the same. Getting a female is never a mistake; there's a chance she could be gravid and give you LOTS of scorpions.

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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 7:34 pm

I guess I could ask this but are Centruroides vittatus agressive? Also how bad is there toxic? Is it worse than a bee or wasp sting?
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 7:47 pm

yes its worse than a bee or wasp, they can supposedly cause a nasty bit of pain
i dont think they are overly agressive though
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 7:52 pm

Not aggressive and the venom is pretty weak but SOME people claim that theh have painful stings.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 8:45 pm

They're not aggressive. Very skittish but their sting hurts like hell from what i've heard.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 9:38 pm

So do they forsure hurt more than a bee sting or a wasp?? Or does it depend on the person? But do most people say it hurts more than any bees?
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 9:43 pm

It depends on the person. I got stung by a bee when I was a little kid(and now everytime I hear one I have to cover the back of my neck) and I remember it hurting like hell. Of course I was about 5 years old. I've been stung multiple times by P.imperator and H.paucidens who sting is suppose to be equal to a bee and it didn't hurt at all. Just dont touch it.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 10:02 pm

I agree with Abyss but most of the time, because they are Buthid(idk how to spell it or if i'm saying it right) scorpions their sting would probably hurt more than a bee or wasp for the average person.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 10:46 pm

Just be careful and you won't need to worry about how bad the sting is Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/21/2008, 11:36 pm

What kind of things will make the Scorpion want to use his tail? Like if I put my finger close to him will he attack? Or are they very nice and won't harm you unless you hurt them or something.
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PostSubject: Re: New pet I got   10/22/2008, 12:22 am

Common sense would tell you not to stick yout finger in front of ANYTHING with two claws and a tail with a sharp venom injecting stinger.
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