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PostSubject: Ready for an LQ?   2/19/2008, 10:23 pm

So my brother has been trying to decide what to get me for my birthday. I plan to spend at least a hundred with his contribution and some from the rest of my family on inverts (the only thing I really enjoy). I've been keeping scorpions for about 5 months so I have a bit of experience. Never been stung because I choose not to handle most of my scorpions. Even my flatrock has never touched skin. The only scorpions I've held are a few of my emps mainly to either sex or demonstrate to people I work with that they are not the angry venomous monsters we see in movies (I work at an ill-informed pet store).

What do you think should be the requirements, experience-wise, to keep a Leiurus Quinquestriatus? This will be my 18th birthday and I really want something special. In my living arrangements now the only people at risk of a sting are myself, my younger brother and my parents. I'd be sure to get a container with an actual locking mechanism to prevent unwary friends from putting their fingers where they don't belong and my brother knows never to open a container unless I'm there or I've given him prior permission (I let him feed my A avicularia cause he thinks it's so fast and cool).

I have the utmost respect for this species but at the same time realize it is still a pet. I don't want this scorpion because of it's venom potentcy, I want it for it's looks and behaviors. Anyone with experience care to tell me when they knew they were ready for such a "hot" scorpion?

Please don't attack me for this, even if we decide I'm not ready I want this to be an informative topic for those looking into this species.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/19/2008, 10:37 pm

Well it seems like you are getting an lq for all the right reasons. I was 17 when I got my first 2 and the only other scorps I had owned prior to that were a few emps, h.spiniferes, and a flatrock. Caring for Lq's is fairly easy but it must be treated with A LOT of respect. I Remember these guys do not climb glass but keeping people AWAY from the tank is the best way to go. I share a room with my lil brother and kept them out of reach and WARNED him how dangerous they are. He's not a little kid so we had an understanding. As far as experiance goes I recomend it only for experianced keepers because of it's high venom potency but as far as actually keeping them goes it is very easy and I think you are ready. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/19/2008, 10:38 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 12:16 am

Sounds to me like you're mature enough for one . . . I think with hots it's more a maturity issue than an experience issue.

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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 11:06 am

The care is very simple, just keep them dry and warm. Keeping just P. imperator and then jumping to keep L.Q is a big jump IMO but thats just my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 12:42 pm

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The care is very simple, just keep them dry and warm. Keeping just P. imperator and then jumping to keep L.Q is a big jump IMO but thats just my opinion.

I have P cavimanus and H paucidens as well along with about 10 tarantulas so I do have a decent amount of experience. It is a big jump though and that's why I wanted other people's opinions. I don't want a pet I can't handle. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 3:01 pm

Andrew273 wrote:
ReptileMan27 wrote:
The care is very simple, just keep them dry and warm. Keeping just P. imperator and then jumping to keep L.Q is a big jump IMO but thats just my opinion.

I have P cavimanus and H paucidens as well along with about 10 tarantulas so I do have a decent amount of experience. It is a big jump though and that's why I wanted other people's opinions. I don't want a pet I can't handle. Wink
Well if you dont want a pet you cant handle then L.Qs or other hot scorps arent for you Wink. Im guessing maybe you said that wrong? scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 3:17 pm

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Andrew273 wrote:
ReptileMan27 wrote:
The care is very simple, just keep them dry and warm. Keeping just P. imperator and then jumping to keep L.Q is a big jump IMO but thats just my opinion.

I have P cavimanus and H paucidens as well along with about 10 tarantulas so I do have a decent amount of experience. It is a big jump though and that's why I wanted other people's opinions. I don't want a pet I can't handle. Wink
Well if you dont want a pet you cant handle then L.Qs or other hot scorps arent for you Wink. Im guessing maybe you said that wrong? scratch

As in handle the responsibility... Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 4:32 pm

Whee for clarification. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/20/2008, 5:57 pm

Go ahead, it really isn't as dangerous as it's claimed if you don't touch it. Smile

Do not touch.
Do not touch.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/21/2008, 12:45 am

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Go ahead, it really isn't as dangerous as it's claimed if you don't touch it. Smile

Do not touch.
Do not touch.
Do not touch.


just remember that and you'll be good.
Its not just a matter of not touching it lol. The cage needs to be secure so there is no chance of escape. Plus anytime you bring a dangerous animal into a home, it can put other people living in the house in danger. Kids in the home or even guests with kids, there are many poentential dangers that need to be taken into consideration Wink. All my animals are in a locked room so I dont need to worry about those things but thats not the case for everyone.

Again I am not saying you are not mature or responsible enough but just pointing out possible dangers and things that you really need to consider before bring something into your home like this Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/21/2008, 1:00 am

I think the main factor is intelligence. I believe that you are ready for one. I'm still a noob but I will be getting one soon. Its more about understanding the creature and taking the precautions to keep everyone safe in your house. Personally all of my animals are up on shelves and in there own locked room. This isn't feasible for everyone but as long as you are safe and pay attention to detail you'll be alright. Good luck with you new LQ if you get one.

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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/21/2008, 1:13 am

I also like to put a little warning sign for any Guest that might come over when I'm not home. It's usually put away far up so no kids can get to it but I still put a little sign on the tank anyways.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/23/2008, 11:49 am

Okay so now I'm considering getting 3 LQs and maybe getting them to breed. What's their gestation and growth rate like?
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/23/2008, 4:22 pm

fast. I'm not sure about gestation because I never actually saw any mine mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/23/2008, 4:35 pm

I saw a couple at the show today -- they look a lot cooler in person than in any photographs I've seen. I was really tempted to pick one up, but they were $5 more than the fat tail and they all looked like the had mycosis (like, black splotches in weird parts where they shouldn't have black splotches).

So anywho Andrew, if you get the chance to look at them before buying (dunno if you're doing it online or what), do so and inspect them carefully.

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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/23/2008, 5:01 pm

I would buy them at 2I and keep them under constant heat. They only take about a year to mature. And theres nothing like growing your own scorp.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/23/2008, 11:09 pm

I will have mine... Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/24/2008, 2:45 am

Okay I've done it... I've ordered myself 3 LQs and 1 A amoreuxi (also an Indonesian black tipped centipede and a fuzzy solifugid). They are supposed to arrive Tuesday and I'm so anxious. I really trust the guy I'm getting them from so I can't wait to see these.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/25/2008, 3:10 pm

I cant wait either? Did you get them as adults PM me I'm looking for a good price and I wanna know who you go them for.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/25/2008, 11:06 pm

I have a 20 gallon long tank right now with a screen lid (I have my emperors in it but because of the lid I can't keep the humidity high enough so I'm getting them something new soon). Would that be too excessive for 3 adults? The best part is the lid has a part for a lock on it. I just worry about them finding food. I feed mostly lobster roaches and don't want them to burrow and spawn a million babies in there before the LQs find them.

PS: I know it seems like I buy the animals before I have all the equipment for them but I work at PetsMart so I can just pick up everything I need right when they arrive. I prefer to see their size before I buy something too big or small.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/25/2008, 11:39 pm

20 gallon is to big. I had about 7 in a 5 gallon. But that was to small I was gonna transfer them over to a 10.
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/26/2008, 12:45 am

Yea like said above a 20 gallon is way to big. I have my one monster L.Q in a 5 gallon and thats plenty of room..
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/26/2008, 10:06 am

With the death stalker do you have to put a notice on your front door warning neighbours or is that just the Uk with its rules?
I heard any "hot" were meant to be "advertised" on your front door so any neighbours could reject what you would be owning

I wouldnt keep one. I wouldnt trust adam to not want to mess about, play with...even just open lid to look under hide...he's like that!
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PostSubject: Re: Ready for an LQ?   2/26/2008, 10:42 am

In the UK you have to have a special permit to own anything in family Buthidae. Lori just has me double-tank my hots and put a "DANGER" sticker on the container.

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