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PostSubject: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 4:20 am

I should have posted this a long time ago but i had to select the best pix from the whole bunch. These are pix of my wild-caught H. spinifer (Dusun) molting.

Stuffing (her) face prior to molting


1st phase: rupture of the carapace and extraction of the chelicerae


2nd phase: extraction of the legs and pedipalps










3rd phase: Inflation of limbs; primary segments


Finally Free


This one was taken hours later, the exoskeleton has hardened and the pedipalps have 'bloomed' to full size with thorny granulation.

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 9:39 am

alex.. that is TOO cool man.

I always love watching scorpions moulting, it's amazing how much they can distort thier limbs whilst doing so.
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 11:19 am

nice: P
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 11:59 am

wicked pictures.

I have never caught one of mine sloughing from scratch, I always catch them after the pedipalps are out.
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 1:46 pm

Holy crap, that has awesome written all over it!

Sure puts my H. longimanus molting sequence to shame.

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 3:26 pm

Thnks guys, its was one sleepless night for me... I actually took footage of the entire sequence but its something like 8 hours long and I dunno howto edit it and put it on you tube... so this was the best I could do.

And Mike, it was those pics of yours that inspired me to capture these, and for that I can't thank you enough.

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 8:24 pm

Lol, it figures. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting   4/5/2009, 8:29 pm

That is excellent camera work dude. Shocked
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