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PostSubject: is my scorp gravid??   11/26/2009, 7:58 pm

hey guys i recently bought a emperor scorpion and i originaly thought it was a male but he doesnt eat and is quite "chubby" hes not to big but as you can see if overweight, he doesnt seem to want to eat at all and is very agressive wehn i put my hand in to change his water, etc here is a few pics of him, or her lol il keep you guys posted if anything changes:)
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/27/2009, 6:31 pm

From the pics I think it's safe to say that it is a female, and she looks quite gravid to me cheers
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/27/2009, 9:13 pm

It's very well possible! She's an adult. You can tell by the color of her telson (stinger). Adults have a dark-reddish/brownish-colored telson and juveniles' is cream-colored.

Good luck! Smile

( Edit: I moved this to the Emperor forum )
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/28/2009, 10:03 am

hey guys thanks, i originaly thought it was a male but she is very aggresive and wont eat for me, i took more images for you guys to have a better look Smile and im very happy now because i thought it was a male and if it turns out to be gravid il be very very happy. i bought her last week and she must have been pregnant when i bought her because i dont own any other scorps
could this be the reason she is not eating and very aggresive and shes not very active??
here are more images for you to look at, sorry for the crappy quality though,
cheers guys, birdy
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/28/2009, 12:01 pm

o and one thing i forgot to mention is that she is only about 4-4 and a half inches long i would think shes not big enough to be gravid lol?? please help?
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/28/2009, 1:46 pm

Whoa, she's bigger than i thought.

I think she is close to birthing and so is refusing food and is aggressive.

I didn't think so intially but after seeing that new pic i'm pretty sure this is the reason why she is refusing food etc.


Try and keep the humidity on the high side for now Smile
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/28/2009, 8:17 pm

i will try and post pictures as recent as possible or if i notice any change:) and hopefully when the little ones arrive:)(thats if she is gravid) and thanks for all of your adivse:)
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/28/2009, 9:56 pm

and should embryos (i cant spell lol) be visible?? or do they show??
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/28/2009, 10:49 pm

Id like to say im pretty sure she is gravid but I've been wrong with emps in the past. Good luck
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/29/2009, 8:38 am

The embryos aren't usually visible in the membrane in emps as the membranes are quite thick.
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/29/2009, 7:01 pm

aha! thank you for that infomation, you learn something new everyday:) i know its me just beeing paranoid but i am very worried about her she isnt moving much at all and hasnt eaten!. but thats just me beeing paranoid i guess:( il upload more pics to keep you all posted.
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 2:39 am

They normally won't move much due to their low metabolism. So nothing to worry about.

The only time you should be worried if they're not moving is when the tail is straight and dragging across the ground.
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 7:17 am

no her tail is always crurled and it is never dragin but il keep an eye out for it, i hered that means they are close to death if they are draggin theyre tails? is this true?? cheers
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 9:56 am

binksyboy3 wrote:
The only time you should be worried if they're not moving is when the tail is straight and dragging across the ground.

Yep, this means they are close to death.
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 10:36 am

If a scorpion is active and dragging its tail, it's just wiping its butt.

While I'll say it's distinctly possible you have a gravid female, I don't know how people can keep saying it's a female without seeing the pectines. To confirm, I'd think a picture of the underside of your scorpion is necessary.

By the way, what substrate are you using? It looks a bit too dry in there.

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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 1:59 pm

its cocoa fibre and even though the substrate looks dry i do spray it severel time a day(its a 93 litre tank) so i have to do it alot but i never let the humidity drop below70-80, or should i raise it?? il get a picture of the pectines for you tonight, cheers for all the help:)
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 2:42 pm

i got the pictures of the pectines but she would not let me handle her at all she actualy touched me with her claws trying to get me lol, was a real close shave but i had to put her in the contaier i bought her, here are the pics and im sorry the images are so bad but i hope you could tell me if she is a female, thanks for all your help though guys:)sorry for the quality:(
il try to get better ones if i see her trying to climb out:)


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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   11/30/2009, 11:15 pm

Spraying does almost nothing to raise humidity since it only gets the upper layer damp. Just dump some water on the substrate.

And your scorp certainly looks female to me, so I think I'll side with the other folks who said she was gravid.

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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/1/2009, 9:05 am

aa thanks mate:) this morning i put loads of water in and its looking better now:) she did not like my hand beeing anywhere near her when i was trying to get her out of her enclosure last night , il keep you posted on her situation:)
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/7/2009, 11:49 am

just an update: shes still really fat and shes gotten bigger, shes still not eating and not moving much at all, still really aggresive but seems happy in her hide:) il upload more pictures for you to see how fat shes getting
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/7/2009, 7:09 pm

another update, she seems to be realy restless today and has just walked round and round all day, what does that mean? and is it good or bad??
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/7/2009, 8:02 pm

stressed? are her conditions alright? if so, she may be preggers. usually though, its only the last few days before birth where she hides and is sluggish.
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/7/2009, 8:05 pm

yeah all her conditions are right, she is quite big now but shes normaly in her hide all of the time but shes been quite active today, and she still hasnt eaten since i got her! and shes really agressive lol is that any help??
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/8/2009, 6:20 am

All I would reccommend would be to make sure the humidity is high enough and then leave her be for a few days and see what happens.
My guess is that she is close to birthing.
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PostSubject: Re: is my scorp gravid??   12/8/2009, 9:06 am

i keep the hunidity to about 70-80 and i really hope she is gravid and close to birthing:) when i get home i will upload a picture of her because i havnt added one recently. thanks for all the advise too:) its a really big help, have you had any expeirience with birthing and scorplings before as this is totaly new to me lol, i guess ive been thrown inot the deep end:) but this will been a very nice xmas present:)
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