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PostSubject: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/19/2008, 8:29 am

guys how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in the stage of pre molt??


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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/19/2008, 10:51 am

From what I know- It'll be fat and it'll look like you can see another skin underneath it.
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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/19/2008, 10:56 am

The "other skin underneath" refers to being able to see the new tergites forming through the intersegmental membrane. Here's an example photo:


Being able to see tergites isn't always the case, though.

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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/19/2008, 5:30 pm

Well a simply way to check if you can't see the new tergites is to look at the shape of an emp. A fat scorp gets very blimp like, a gravid gets more round around the back end, and a premolt usually gets longer. I have some pics at home I'll try to post so you can see what I mean.
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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/23/2008, 9:22 am

my laoticus is just plane black and her skin is dry not lyk my longimanus whose very shiny... i really dont know is its molting or what.. and she dosnt eat only drinks water.. by the way is it ok for my longimanus to eat too much?? because shes really eating more like she eats 2 somethimes 3 crickets a day...
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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/23/2008, 12:24 pm

Can you upload a photo to better describe what you're talking about?

I had a longimanus once who drank a LOT just before she had babies -- so, your laoticus could be gravid. It's also hard to overfeed a scorpion. When they are full they quit eating.

Here's an adult H. laoticus on my hand for a size comparison. If yours is this big then it's not in premolt. (This species is kind of small for a Het, especially compared to H. longimanus.

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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/24/2008, 8:08 am

wow that's just too big mind is just kinda smaller i cant get a betr pic bec of my phone but shes not that shiny very dry and how do i explaine this in her back is longated and luks heavy...
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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/24/2008, 10:54 am

"Elongated and heavy" could be premolt. The body of this guy was only about as long as the width of three of my fingers, so if yours is shorter it's possibly in premolt (or just really fat, which usually comes before premolt).

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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/27/2008, 8:32 am

i'll still try to get some photos... i dont know i hope its in pre molt not dying... by the way my longimanus is eating a lot than her usual diet is it ok to still feed her that much??
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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/27/2008, 11:16 am

Most scorpions stop eating when you feed them too much, so it's hard to overfeed.

Is that your longimanus in your avatar? I can tell that one's immature but it doesn't look like it's in premolt in that photo.

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PostSubject: Re: how can u distinguish if a scorpion is in premolt   3/30/2008, 8:19 am

yup its my longimanus the other one im talking about is my laoticus i cant take a pic of her bec she rarely comes out of her borrow.. and i notice that my laoticus's posture is curve and dosnt move too much.... in my pic my longimanus is fat and at night she always go's out looking for food and im afraid to feed her she might get overfed..
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