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PostSubject: het spinifers!   1/5/2009, 6:30 am

Hi all! I have 2 het spinifers. 1 male and 1 female. Razz Can they be given tap water?I notice that some females in the shop also have pectines which are quite long What a Face but the operculum is a heart shape.I bought the female from the shop and it was fat.I tried mating them because I thought that the female was just eating alot.But they did not mate.I could not find any 'stalk' Suspect left from the male.Now the female has red colour on the sides of the cord on its back.Does this mean its pregnant?Or could it be a desease? Sad
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/5/2009, 12:21 pm

As for the long pectines -- some Heterometrus spp. just have huge pectines because they're just huge scorpions.

Most of the time, if you buy a female from a petshop, she's already gravid. And, gravid females tend to reject the mating advances of males. Seeing the nerve cord is usually a sign of being gravid (in adults, anyway).

If she looks really close (see pic here; this was about a month before popping), I'd separate the female, as mothers with a brood on the back tend to be more aggressive towards tankmates.

By the way, what's your tank setup like?

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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/5/2009, 5:00 pm

If your het female happens to birth before you remove her from the tank and into her own. Dont panic! my het female birthed with a tank mate in the tank. I just removed the tank mate after she had finished birthing
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/5/2009, 7:33 pm

Oh, I almost forgot -- tapwater is fine.

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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/6/2009, 4:52 am

I already seperated them.They live in a cage with a few inches of coco fiber and a piece of aquarium wood to hide under.I used the whole coco fiber block for the 2 scorpions.Is this enough for them?Thanks for the replies!
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/6/2009, 6:51 am

hmm.... my female looks like yours but I think mine is spinifer...aren't longimanus suppose to have long fingers?I live in Malaysia so these scorpions are normally wild cought.My pair might be longimanus and spinifer because the male has short fingers..
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/6/2009, 8:52 am

mr.modax,the photo of ur longimanus reminds me of my gravid spinifer..
i wont notice mine as gravid without that photo..

cocogecko,show some photos if possible..

edit:erm,if not mistaken,majority heterometrus sp found[wild caught] in penisular malaysia is spinifer..so urs may be a spinifer..i guess.. Basketball
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/6/2009, 12:34 pm

Yeah, that should be enough cocofiber -- I just wanted to make sure you had the right substrate Smile

Yours are probably H. spinifer -- those seem to be the most common in the pet trade. I was just showing the gravid H. longimanus for illustrative purposes.

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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/7/2009, 5:51 am

erm.. I just looked at the scorps closely and the female has longer fingers than the male.slightly longer, like a few mm.And about the photos.I took them already but there is a problem with the dumb camera.It all deleted because of a problem and now there is a problem with the chip reader too Bang Head Bang Head Bang Head .So, sorry.Thanks for the info anyways. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/7/2009, 8:29 am

why so care about the length of ' finger'?
a slightly longer pincher wont lead to a different species.
anw,where u from?which part of our country?
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/7/2009, 11:58 am

Females tend to be slightly larger in most species, anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/8/2009, 7:24 am

Ok, thanks for info.I live in KL.One more question..If a female is already pregnant, will a male even try to mate with her?Or if he tries she will reject the mating? Embarassed The female has been eating alot lately.3 crickets were eaten this week.Sorry for being noob.I'm not so good at this thinks yet confused
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/8/2009, 11:53 am

a male will still try his luck but he will just be refused and rejected
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/8/2009, 12:00 pm

or killed.
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/8/2009, 12:14 pm

Killed isn't too likely . . . though some females tend to get awful grumpy at roommates when they're pregnant.

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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/9/2009, 3:48 am

cocogecko wrote
"The female has been eating alot lately.3 crickets were eaten this week."

my 12 months old het spinifer just ate 5 crickets in 2 days!! put in 5 last tuesday, yesterday - none left!
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/9/2009, 10:28 am

are you sure she has eaten them and not dumped the remains in a hidden spot! some of my scorpions do that! naughty little scamps!
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/9/2009, 12:10 pm

one of my scorps once head crushed a locust then sort slappd it away and just left the body there lol gotta love there strange lil quirks
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/11/2009, 11:49 pm

there were left-overs here n thr.. wings, bodies, backlegs etc.. looked like she had a feast by herself!
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/11/2009, 11:53 pm

lycanlord19 wrote:
one of my scorps once head crushed a locust then sort slappd it away and just left the body there lol gotta love there strange lil quirks



lol, this is exactly what my Emp; who has fasted for well over a year; does. she will grab the food, shake it around, cruche the life out of it, then dump it on the substrate.


really, really annoying.
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/12/2009, 1:36 am

if its not adult it could be getting itself well fed for a molt.
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/12/2009, 5:40 pm

no, Mines is an adult. she popped a brood a year ago.
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PostSubject: Re: het spinifers!   1/13/2009, 4:44 am

I watched her eat the crickets until they were gone...
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