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PostSubject: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 2:16 am

Hey guys I have just got home with my first Scorpion, a Southern Rock scorpion (sp from Australia). I purchased it from the pet store where it was quite lively in their tank, and drove the 10-15mins home. When I got home I found it sitting in the container stiff as a board and not moving. Now it is still alive that much I can work out but it seems to be not moving at all, any thoughts!!
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 3:13 am

This is pretty typical of new scorpions until they get settled in -- they either hide / play dead, or explore every night trying to figure out how to escape.

Just give him a couple days and see what happens.

Oh, by the way, common names are all but useless, so provide the scientific name if you have it (or provide a pic if you're not sure and we'll point you in the right direction).

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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 4:26 am

From what I have researched it is a Cercophonius squama?
http://museumvictoria.com.au/DiscoveryCentre/Infosheets/Southern-or-Wood-Scorpion/
I'll grab some pics later.
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 6:13 am

awww dinky little thing Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 7:11 am

LadyRiotControl wrote:
awww dinky little thing Smile
Yeah the larger ones like you all have are harder to find here. It still hasn't moved a muscle..........starting to think it may have died from shock Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 11:29 am

nice looking little guy.
Hopefully hes ok and i know that most pet shop have a sertain amount of time you can return an animal if has passed. I live in a small town with a HORRIBLE pet shop and he even has a 48 hour return pollicy. i know a couple ppl that have brought in fish and frogs to the guy and just through them up on the couner and demanded there money back and trust me, a dead animal purchased from there is the last thing a pet shop owner wants on there counter.lol
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 2:00 pm

When it's dead, its tail will hang out flat behind it and it will start to stink.

Just make sure you have it in the correct conditions (I have no idea what those are, so you may have to do some research) and give it some time to settle in.

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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 4:56 pm

It should wake up thats what happened when i got my emps they just clung to the paper trowel they came with for age, i left for college, came back and they were fine.
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/11/2009, 11:32 pm

Yeah she seems all good now has started moving around and dug out some of the sand under the piece of cork. They are quite fine at normal room temps but more active with some heat, so I have a heat pad covering about 1/3 of the enclosure (48lt or 12 gallon as you all seem to know it).
Yeah that's what made me think it wasn't dead, it sat for almost 24hrs with its tail high in the air.
Few pics;

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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/12/2009, 12:37 am

Looks like it may be gravid.
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/12/2009, 1:40 am

I dont think you have the right species there ill do some checking to see if i cant figure out what it could be. the colour pattern from your link is different from the one you have in your pic.
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/12/2009, 1:50 am

looks more like a Urodacus manicatus common name is the black rock scorpion. Its also found in Southern Australia.
Hears a ;ink to the care sheet.
http://www.thegreenscorpion.com.au/showcon.toy?cid=60149
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/12/2009, 2:15 pm

is that tank not really too massive for that scorp? lucky it isnt moving much or you wouldnt see it again!
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/12/2009, 7:54 pm

You should check out the spiral burrow forums. Operated by Mark Newton an Aus scorpion expert.
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PostSubject: Re: New scorp owner issue   1/13/2009, 1:35 am

_scorpio_ wrote:
is that tank not really too massive for that scorp? lucky it isnt moving much or you wouldnt see it again!
It is quite large, but I plan on getting more once I have gotten it all down pat.
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