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PostSubject: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:30 pm

Hey guys I recently got an emperor scorpion, named him Judd from the movie "Pet Cemetery" just because I could not think of anything else.

Anyway I've been feeding him crickets and I've noticed that there is little baby crickets walking around in the tank with my scorpion... A female must of laid them in there while I was feeding him. I was wondering if they're a problem or if they'll just die or something. As soon as I saw them I changed the tank substrate so there's none in the tank now. If anyone can help me with this I shall be very grateful.

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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:35 pm

Moved to emp forum.

They'll die pretty quick, but if you want to hurry it up, offer a water dish. They'll hop in and drown.

You can also put in a drinking straw and plug one end. They'll hide in it and you can just lift them out.

If you want to prevent this in the future, you can snip the ovipositor from any female crickets you feed your emp.

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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:47 pm

Thank you so much, I was worried that they might bite him and cause problems. Also, if you can help me out, I was wondering if I was to put a water bottle in a corner and under heat, that it could help the humidity. I mist the tank daily, it's just an idea for when I'm not at home.
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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:51 pm

If he's molting I was told the crickets can harm him.
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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:52 pm

Hey and welcome to the forum.

Dont mist, pour!

Its easier to just pour water into your emp tank misting dosn't do much for the humidity. And like you've realised you have to do this daily. As long as the substrate isn't sopping wet it lasts longer.
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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:52 pm

Namron55 wrote:
Hey guys I recently got an emperor scorpion, named him Judd from the movie "Pet Cemetery" just because I could not think of anything else.
I named mine cuddles

Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/3/2009, 3:53 pm

Misting does almost nothing to raise the humidity. The best way is to just dump some water on the soil so it feels moist (but not enough that it drips when you squeeze it).

Also, under-tank heat is bad -- scorps burrow to escape heat, so you can see how this would become counter-productive and potentially harmful to the scorpion. If you need supplemental heat provide it from the top (lamp) or side (heat mat / pad).

The crickets can only hurt him if it's not an adult and they catch him during / immediately after a molt. If you switch to cockroaches, they're harmless even when a scorpion is molting.

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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/6/2009, 1:23 pm

I'd just like to thank everyone for the responses, it's working great now that I just pour some water in there. Humidity went from lower 70's-high 60's, to 80-70%.
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PostSubject: Re: New to owning a scorpion   5/7/2009, 5:37 am

They might not be baby crickets. They could be springtails. I have had springtails in my tanks before, and they look remarkably like small crickets. They will cause no harm to your scorp, and they will eventually die and dissapear.

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