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PostSubject: 2 new additions :D   6/1/2009, 10:19 am

Got these 2 scorps last week but forgot to post a topic about them lol

The 1st i got last friday and its a Scorpio Maurus Palamatus I'm pretty sure:






The other is a Hadrurus Arizonensis bought from the ever reliable Spider Shop Very Happy







Always wanted to get a H. Arizonensis ever since i got my emps so im well chuffed ive got one, as for the S. Maurus that was just bought on impulse when i took my girlfriend to the reptile shop to get a filter sponge for her fish tank lol
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/1/2009, 5:28 pm

two excellent additions too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/1/2009, 6:25 pm

Cool!
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 4:05 am

Just want to make sure ive got the substrates right, the are old pics i have them both now on a mix of gravelly sand and fine builders sand with a little dry coco fibre in the mix aswell, is that fine?

EDIT: just had an idea, what about coco fibre thats been compacted and dried right out, i know it will hold a burrow well but im just wondering if its the right kind of substrate to use, you know cause of them being psammophilic scorps and so they live on sand.
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 10:03 am

the Scorpio maurus seems to like a mix n match of substrates, what you have already done will be fine.
Overflow the water bowl in one corner to keep the deeper substrate damp. In the wild they burrow several meters underground to reach humidity level of 70% ish. but they dont like this all the time so it pays to have a dry top (spray once a week) and a nice dampness gradient the further down they go.

If they build a tunnel and you are lucky enough to see a 'room' at the end of it, you have a happy Scorpio maurus.

Do not overfeed, once they are full they will go into their burrow and lock themselves in until they are hungry again.

As for the H. arizonensis, so long as the substrate is dry and can be be excavated it will be fine. I too gave in to temptation and bought the H arizonensis pallidus at the BTS expo. it's an awesome scorpion

congrats on the new additions Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 2:38 pm

To be honest i was expecting the H. Arizonensis to be a bit bigger but how can i complain when ive got such a gorgeous scorp, shame it doesnt come out as often as i expected, the S. Maurus on the other hand never stands still although its calmed down a bit in the last couple days, finally got bored of diggin i suppose lol. havent got it setup in its permanent home yet cause someone decided to stir the sand i had compacted in its tub so it could burrow n ruined it _

Thing is with the substrates ive got mixed for the Arizonensis doenst seem to be holding very well and all its managed to do is make a wee scrape under hte bark i put in.

Any way i could make the substrate a lot more stable for cheap?
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 3:28 pm

childs play sand / silver sand, some pea gravel and good old bentonite clay (cheapest on ebay)

ratio: 1:2:12 (clay: gravel: sand)

or the sand part could be a composite of sand and coir

burrows 100% stable
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 3:44 pm

klkl, do i soak it and let it dry out yeah? does it dry out quickly if, say, left on a window sill?
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 3:51 pm

Congrats on your new additions! Your H. arizonensis will grow fairly quickly. Over the past 6 months, my sub-adults has grown quite a bit! You won't be let down. Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 4:00 pm

i thought they were really hard to raise in captivity, i always assumed that included later instars as it seems to be a moulting thing with juveniles, liek they can never really moult with any success.

EDIT: forgot to ask LadyRiotControl, are there any other good alternatives to bentonite? sack it, ill put them on play dough, that'll hold a burrow barry! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 5:38 pm

you can get that excavator sand which is basically desert sand with a clay component in it. search it on here it's in another thread somewhere Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2 new additions :D   6/7/2009, 5:39 pm

Barry!! cheers darlin' Razz Razz

EDIT: Is that the stuff from ZooMed aye?
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