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PostSubject: Recommended communal desert species   3/5/2009, 6:00 pm

First up - I've already used the forum's Scorpomatic to answer this question, but I also want some human recommendations. I already have a Hadrurus ariz. and absolutely love him. Now, I am interested in keeping a communal, desert-native scorpion that is easy to care for. I don't want to have to deal with a species that requires significant humidity, especially since I live in Southern California where our humidity is very low year-round. I'm interested in keeping 5-6 in one tank. So all you scorp experts out there... make some recommendations to me!

Thanks ahead of time!
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/5/2009, 6:06 pm

Vaejovis
Hottentetta
And maybe Centruroides Sculpturus... but they aren't really desertish
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/5/2009, 9:51 pm

P. traans?
H judaicus are communal and an awesome species
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/5/2009, 11:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/5/2009, 11:29 pm

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First up - I've already used the forum's Scorpomatic to answer this question, but I also want some human recommendations. I already have a Hadrurus ariz. and absolutely love him. Now, I am interested in keeping a communal, desert-native scorpion that is easy to care for. I don't want to have to deal with a species that requires significant humidity, especially since I live in Southern California where our humidity is very low year-round. I'm interested in keeping 5-6 in one tank. So all you scorp experts out there... make some recommendations to me!
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/5/2009, 11:55 pm

admins make mistakes too. I was just skimming.
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 1:27 am

I was gonna say C. sculpturatus -- aren't those desert-dwellers, Venom?

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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 1:38 am

Mr. Mordax - C. sculpturatus is now the #1 most recommended communal species for me. With your recommendation, the good 'old Arizona Barkers tops the list so fat. Although I'm a little cautious given their heightened toxicity, I'm not a keeper that messes with my scorps once they're in their cage.

That said, I'll also look into H judaicus per nymphetaminion's recommendation.

Thanks again to all - keep the suggestions coming Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 1:46 am

I've tried rearing juvenile H. judaicus -- some people say they're easy, but I've had a devil of a time keeping them alive.

Other Hottentotta tend to be communal, but the whole genus is known for being quite venomous. However, since C. sculpturatus are native to the US, local poison control centers should have antivenom.

Not to mention that a healthy adult has an almost zero-percent chance of dying from a sting, and no one in the US has died from that species for over 40 years. They're also a pretty shade of orange. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 2:23 am

I've had NO luck with Hottenttotas or C sculpt...
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 2:32 am

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I've had NO luck with Hottenttotas or C sculpt...

You mean they died off? Were you keeping more than one scorp?
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 2:52 am

I was given eight 2I H. judaicus a long time ago and I currently have two 3I. Kept them all separately.

I think they took forever to reach 3I because I wasn't keeping them hot enough, but I've read at least one source say they do fine even at lower temperatures (these were above room temp, but not by a whole lot).

I had one 2I C. sculpturatus that died. It was the only juvenile I had of that species.

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PostSubject: Re: Recommended communal desert species   3/6/2009, 3:32 am

I also didn't have good luck with H. judaicus I had six 2I about three of them made it to 3I but they all died. I also was keeping them in slightly above room temp. Cuz I also read that they do fine at lower temps. Its a shame I really like H. judaicus.
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