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PostSubject: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 7:31 pm

To my big surprise, just a few moment ago, two of my emperors did their "promenade a deux" I believe. My male grabbed the females claws and took her for a walk. It didn't last long maybe 10 minutes. I don't know if it actually worked, I read that the female goes after the male after, and usually kills him. I would like to catch her before that happens and isolate her until she gives birth. But how can I make sure, she was fertilised??

Funny thing, my last topic was about emperors hiding a lot, and today I get to see this! Cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 8:13 pm

Check around for a spermatophore.
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 8:14 pm

yeah, I looked, but I never saw one before, only in pictures. Anyone can describe?
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 8:15 pm

Nor have I. One could only assume that it looks just like the ones in the pictures ...
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 8:16 pm

And they pick up don't they?? So it wouldn't be there
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 9:48 pm

it breaks off into 2 where the female takes the top part of it, so there should still be something left. But sometimes they even eat the orther part so there is nothing left Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/21/2008, 11:21 pm

The female doesn't usually eat the male right after. You should separate them after she starts to look pregnant cause she may kill him then. It's hormonal. Chicks are weird.
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/22/2008, 1:58 am

I'll keep an eye on her. Hope she'll get pregnant
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/22/2008, 9:46 am

cool, It may have also been a territorial thing....


but it's probably a mating. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/22/2008, 10:49 am

Andrew273 wrote:
The female doesn't usually eat the male right after. You should separate them after she starts to look pregnant cause she may kill him then. It's hormonal. Chicks are weird.


the orther part of the spermthingie

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PostSubject: Re: Mating scorpions   11/22/2008, 2:20 pm

No, that was a mating for sure.

I have a Hadogenes paucidens spermatophore stuck to a small piece of slate in my collection, and it's probably about half an inch long or so. I assume Pandinus would be of similar size.

And no, the female doesn't go right after the male in communal species. Although in communal species, gravid females are a little more prone to cannibalism later on (something about perceiving other scorps as threats to their young?) so I would suggest removing him in a few months.

Removing him has the added benefit that separated scorpions seem more, um, interested in mating when they're reintroduced -- so if you separate him in a few months, you could try putting him back in a month. If she's rejects him when you do this, she's probably gravid.

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