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PostSubject: Heterometrus spinifer molting2   6/6/2009, 5:38 pm

I took these earlier before the 1st molting post I made. These were of a 5i H. spinifer going on 6i, and I managed to get it from the very beginning. I observed it moving around in an odd manner and had a hunch it was about to molt so I set up the cameras and waited.

Picking a comfortable spot


The scorpion increases its internal body pressure until it ruptures the old exoskeleton. The stress of the process can be likened to taking an incomprehensibly major poop.


The chelicerae look like little boxing gloves, and the scorpion itself takes on a somewhat canine appearence



Lurching forward to push its way out from its mortal coil.



Due to the meddling of some crix and ants which I annoyingly removed, this scorpion turned on its side mid-molt; a precariously disastrous situation but eventually managed to right itself again

After some overcoming some unimaginable adversity, this scorp pulled through without too much damage.


Phew, free at last
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting2   6/6/2009, 7:05 pm

FANTASTIC sequence!! cheers

I have to say, I laughed a little at the "incomprehensibly major poop" line. awesome

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting2   6/6/2009, 7:47 pm

awesome pics there alex. it seems that some scorpion species even seem to "prefer" rolling over onto thier backs, I have seen a few posts on forums regarding Parabuthus Sp doing this.
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus spinifer molting2   6/6/2009, 8:00 pm

Generally spinnys, don't. This one was picked on by ants while it was molting causing it to spaz. poor thing... but I relentlessly quashed them with tweezers lol.
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