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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/7/2009, 2:35 am

sorry if this is off topic.. but,

i got a few questions which it wud be great if anyone cud help,

1) what do you guys normally do with the exoskeleton?
2) how to preserve the exoskeleton?
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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/7/2009, 3:00 am

If it's off-topic, then give it its own thread. Smile

I just stick the exoskeleton in a dry container and call it good. There's not a whole lot of preservation involved, since it's already dry and won't "rot." The only risk is getting crushed or broken.

Short-term, I put my exoskeletons in microscope slide boxes:




You can't see the whole thing, but those are in a small plastic box that's about 1" x 1" x 3".

Long-term, I arrange them in a "Riker" case from smallest to largest to show the scorpion's growth:

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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/7/2009, 12:09 pm

My mum know's a german microbiologist (who is very interestied in scorpions and the like! Very Happy) and she has a huge display wall in her house with old insect, arachnid, and other Exo's. mantids', beetles, scorpions (mostly Euscorpion species) and spiders and other arachnids too. very interesting! I've given her a few moults from my own scorpions.


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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/7/2009, 12:24 pm

Insect and "true spider" molts are a lot harder to keep in my experience -- too delicate.

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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/7/2009, 7:33 pm

I find that all molts are hard to keep when you have a cat that eats them Evil or Very Mad
she has eaten 2 Tarantula molts and both my bairds rat snakes shed the other day perfect complete ones aswell and she ate half of each Bang Head
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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 1:48 am

Our cats eat Lori's Ts molts. She keeps hoping they'll get indigestion from the urticating bristles.

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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 11:46 am

We have lost some from the cats!
I used to keep my scorplings ones but in the end I decided to just get rid of them as I had soooo many!
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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 12:20 pm

I'm trying to save up most of mine to get the growth charts like in the third picture. I currently have early sheds of T. stigmurus, H. paucidens, and U. mordax. I have a couple H. longimanus and one P. imperator, but those guys seem to stomp them into oblivion before I find them. It would be awesome to snag the subadult-to-adult exo from one of my H. longimanus.

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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 12:28 pm

I've got a couple of juvi P.imp Exo's lying around everywhere, I keep losing them because they easily blow away. I really should keep them in an airtight container or something. some people on AB have buckets full of T exo's. it's crazy.
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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 12:31 pm

That's why I started putting mine in slide boxes, labeled by species.

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some people on AB have buckets full of T exo's. it's crazy.

You mean Lori? Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 5:35 pm

I started keeping my moults when I kept scorpions before but alas...my old cat got them.

Cats + shedded skin = no match!

No cat this time so hopefully going to do something along the lines of what mike has done.
And hopefully get a full growth set from the i.politus Smile although getting the first shed is like trying to braid we-wee!
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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/8/2009, 5:43 pm

I think I'm gonna try and get a hold of a display cabinet thing for my moults. I've got a 3 very colourful T's on thier way so I should have some interesting ones.
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PostSubject: Re: Exoskeleton questions   1/9/2009, 12:39 am

thanks for ur insights.. well i currently have only 1, since it's my 1st scorp, didnt know what to do with it. my scorp currently lives with her own exo. haha. at least she has a fren. getting a few more next month, wanting to get a communal tank!
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