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PostSubject: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/20/2008, 5:27 pm

Will scorps eat dead prey items like a tarantula? Or for some reason do they have to kill their own? I just feel that it is impractical to buy fruit flies.

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/20/2008, 5:36 pm

a scorpion doesnt really eat furit flies. some do as babies...but ive always only fed mine crickets/hoppers/locusts.

I fed my young scorplings pre killed crickets...just so they built thier confidence up...but after a few feeds from dead it was then live food.
And in dead I mean, it gets killed as it goes in so SUPER fresh

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/20/2008, 5:40 pm

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I fed my young scorplings pre killed crickets...just so they built thier confidence up...but after a few feeds from dead it was then live food.
And in dead I mean, it gets killed as it goes in so SUPER fresh

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Great! That's what I was doing, thought I'd be sure though. My tarantulas dig right on but the scorps are a harder sell. But they get around to it.

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/20/2008, 5:42 pm

trust in them to defend themselves. why not buy SMALL crickets and give it a go.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 2:30 pm

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trust in them to defend themselves. why not buy SMALL crickets and give it a go.

I'll get pinheads later on, I just have so many large crickets now. It's basically use them or lose them.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 4:31 pm

a scorpling can give a large cricket a go Smile again have faith. in the wild they wouldnt only come across pin heads or small crickets. Ive chucked a hopper in with my scorplings and they...well just all killed it and left it...guess they were not hungry but none the less they delt with the situation.

I dont like pin head crickets. I only buy small and upwards for my scorpions and his tarantulas

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 7:27 pm

If you throw in a large cricket for a small scorpion, I'd STRONGLY suggest headcrushing it. Crickets have some nasty jaws, and if you crush its head first, it won't be able to bite but should still twitch enough to be perceived as prey.

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 7:28 pm

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a scorpling can give a large cricket a go Smile again have faith. in the wild they wouldnt only come across pin heads or small crickets. Ive chucked a hopper in with my scorplings and they...well just all killed it and left it...guess they were not hungry but none the less they delt with the situation.

I dont like pin head crickets. I only buy small and upwards for my scorpions and his tarantulas

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I'll try that. My buthids will be fine.

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 7:30 pm

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If you throw in a large cricket for a small scorpion, I'd STRONGLY suggest headcrushing it. Crickets have some nasty jaws, and if you crush its head first, it won't be able to bite but should still twitch enough to be perceived as prey.

I always take the attenae off before feeding. I could just crush both the mandables and it would move seminormally and harmlessly.

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 7:53 pm

Taking the antennae off doesn't do much to their biting ability.

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/21/2008, 11:28 pm

Connie i whould say fruit-flies is a good feeder for alot of baby scorps.. Very Happy i have scorplings thats so bloody small that a pinhead cricket baby whould call them a midget.. iam talking matchhead small..

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/22/2008, 4:27 am

ooh but ive not had very small scorplings. I have pandinus and heterometrus...
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/22/2008, 7:13 pm

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Taking the antennae off doesn't do much to their biting ability.
It disorients them though. When I leave them on they freeze or get away when they meet my animals. My animals have a much better feeding response without antennae.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/22/2008, 7:19 pm

Kejser wrote:
Connie i whould say fruit-flies is a good feeder for alot of baby scorps.. Very Happy i have scorplings thats so bloody small that a pinhead cricket baby whould call them a midget.. iam talking matchhead small..
The slings I have are much larger. A 1/2 inch jacksoni and a 2/3 inch C. vittatus. Not too much concern, it should work with adult crickets.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/22/2008, 7:24 pm

I whouldnt recommend feeding such small scorpions adult crickets.. you might end up with a happy fat cricket and no scorpion.. i feed my B.jacksoni fruitflies untill 3 instar then i move up to B.dubia nymphs i whould do the same with the C.vittatus

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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/22/2008, 7:40 pm

Kejser wrote:
I whouldnt recommend feeding such small scorpions adult crickets.. you might end up with a happy fat cricket and no scorpion.. i feed my B.jacksoni fruitflies untill 3 instar then i move up to B.dubia nymphs i whould do the same with the C.vittatus

The vittatus is in molt right now. So it will eat crix after the molt. The jacksoni is fat and seems to take very well to dead crix.
A freshly killed cricket probably won't bacterially harm my scorp. That was a concern of mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/23/2008, 4:29 am

Where do u get the locusts and hoppers?Do u just goto a garden and hunt them or there are petshops which sell them?
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/23/2008, 11:22 am

strongboy_f5 wrote:
Where do u get the locusts and hoppers?Do u just goto a garden and hunt them or there are petshops which sell them?
Do you mean crickets or mice? You can get them both at pet shops and herp shows. Locusts are illegal to own in America because they are classified as an agricultural hazard. It is not usually a good idea to feed wc's to your invertebrates.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/23/2008, 5:37 pm

from my limited experience i have found that babies are able to deal with larger crickets provised they are apropriately disabled, e.g. back legs taken off and squashed a bit to semi stun


although, pinheads are preferable for me
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PostSubject: Re: Just Checking....... Dietary Requirements   12/23/2008, 6:15 pm

I try to feed smaller than body size prey when ever possible. This prevents over feeding and reduces leftovers, and of course is safer to the scorpion.

Although I must give major credit to one 2i B. Jacksoni out of my recent brood. It had left the mothers back and went after the full adult size cricket I had provided for the mother. When I found it I found the little guy had eaten halfway through the crickets head. Must have been one heck of a scene as the little guy was not that much larger than the crickets head to start with.
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