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PostSubject: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/19/2009, 1:16 pm

I had heard they were meant to be burrowing species, so did have a depth of sand/eco earth mixture for her. But, until last night, no hole was built.

Last night I went to feed, she was no where to be seen, but the hole was there. I put the cricket down the hole, and this morning the crick was gone, and she was back out again. Anyways, I was quite proud, so took some pics Smile





And her, today:







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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/19/2009, 1:20 pm

pretty cool! none of my burrowing scorpions burrow.
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/19/2009, 1:31 pm

scorpion111 wrote:
pretty cool! none of my burrowing scorpions burrow.

Haha, dont you just love animals? Funny things...
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/19/2009, 8:39 pm

None of my S. maurus have burrowed before. I'm disappointed.
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/20/2009, 7:53 am

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None of my S. maurus have burrowed before. I'm disappointed.

Aww Sad I made the sand a little moister, so it held together better, but not properly moist. And it has some larger bits of wood in too, which might help?
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 10:47 am

awesome burrow picture,

my scorpio maurus cant make up their minds what they want to do... one week they build mad tunnels... the next they lay under a pile of stones!

I have read that this species, although a 'desert' species, they do need their humidity. In the wild they dig very deep burrows in order to access higher amounts of moisture

So I have come to the conclusion that they will only burrow when they need their humidity. if you keep their enclosure pretty moist anyway they have no need to burrow.

I am actually wondering with this behaviour whether they would also benefit from a false bottom enclosure usually associated with forest species, as they are not as susceptible to mycosis as other desert species regularly are. I keep mine pretty damp and regular checks have shown no traces of the disease.... might have to start a new thread for that idea to discuss the pro's n cons.

with doing a 3 tier substrate... the 100% sand in the bottom of the enclosure is still pretty wet and rest of substrate gets drier as you get to the surface

anyway i have babbled on enough, great to see your s.m doing so well Smile Smile Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 12:35 pm

I need to give a spray for mine but dammit mine is jumpy and fast! hahaha
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 4:00 pm

Mine did this once, right up against the side of the box which was cool, then it collapsed the tunnel and spent a few days just chilling in its little underground sand lair.

Since then its collapsed the whole thing and now lives under a piece of bark.

Lazy...
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 5:38 pm

hahaha i have one under stones and the other has created a big burrow along the bottom of one side. it has closed the entrances off and happily sat there... has been for last 10 days.

It's alive I can see it moving around... bizzarre!

but the jump attacks and general attitude of them is awesome for such a small scorpion... ya gotta love 'em!
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 5:51 pm

I'm almost tempted to buy one of these

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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 6:16 pm

LadyRiotControl wrote:
awesome burrow picture,

my scorpio maurus cant make up their minds what they want to do... one week they build mad tunnels... the next they lay under a pile of stones!

I have read that this species, although a 'desert' species, they do need their humidity. In the wild they dig very deep burrows in order to access higher amounts of moisture

So I have come to the conclusion that they will only burrow when they need their humidity. if you keep their enclosure pretty moist anyway they have no need to burrow.

I am actually wondering with this behaviour whether they would also benefit from a false bottom enclosure usually associated with forest species, as they are not as susceptible to mycosis as other desert species regularly are. I keep mine pretty damp and regular checks have shown no traces of the disease.... might have to start a new thread for that idea to discuss the pro's n cons.

with doing a 3 tier substrate... the 100% sand in the bottom of the enclosure is still pretty wet and rest of substrate gets drier as you get to the surface

anyway i have babbled on enough, great to see your s.m doing so well Smile Smile Smile

Wow, very interesting thanks! Yes, the higher humidity is what I have heard, she seems to be doing fine so far.

She is back out of the burrow now. I will monitor when she builds one if it is dry or not then, out of curiosity, see what happens.

Thanks for the info Very Happy

Thanks all for the comments too.
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/22/2009, 6:24 pm

yes that information would be gratefully received. I have read so many posts where people have been having problems keeping them, and eventually died a short time after buying them. They have got a bit of a bad reputation because of this.

looking forward to your findings Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 5:15 am

LadyRiotControl wrote:
yes that information would be gratefully received. I have read so many posts where people have been having problems keeping them, and eventually died a short time after buying them. They have got a bit of a bad reputation because of this.

looking forward to your findings Smile

Oh dear, I hope mine doesn't die...

Cool Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 6:49 am

i think a lot of people make the mistake of keeping them to dry because they assume all desert scorpions need it very arid, but to be honest your's sound like they are ok so I dont think you need to worry at all, yours are doing what mine are doing and i have had mine nearly a year now
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 10:23 am

i think mine is too dry but dammit. she jumps hahahaha
Im gonna rehome her over the weekend Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 10:26 am

the funny thing is that even though I offer a water bowl... (milk bottle cap with stones in)
she never drinks from it.. but sprawls over the side of the enclosure when i give it a spray.

I dunno you and try and make it easy for them and they still do it the hard way lmao!
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 12:17 pm

*Connie* wrote:
i think mine is too dry but dammit. she jumps hahahaha
Im gonna rehome her over the weekend Very Happy

S. maurus? Where abouts you based in England?
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 3:04 pm

Down south Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 7:07 pm

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Down south Smile

Do you already have a home for the S. maurus?
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 9:11 pm

They are nice looking sp. How big is your scorpio maurus?
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/23/2009, 10:58 pm

I mean rehome as put into its new home...at my home...im upgrading its living quarters
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/24/2009, 10:32 am

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They are nice looking sp. How big is your scorpio maurus?

She's about 1.5" long Smile Thanks.

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I mean rehome as put into its new home...at my home...im upgrading its living quarters

OHHHHHHHHHHH! Hahaha... sorry, ignore me.
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/25/2009, 6:49 pm

Just thought I would add a couple more to here... the hole now extends to the front of the tub, for me to see her Smile



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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/26/2009, 12:01 pm

cool Smile looks like she has a little mini burrow going on there.
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PostSubject: Re: My S. maurus built her first hole... *updated pics*!   1/26/2009, 12:17 pm

It's always nice when they do that, isn't it?

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