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PostSubject: what instar is she?   4/15/2010, 5:22 pm

hey guys how do you tell what instar a scorp is? i hear it all around the forum and was just wondering here is a pic of mine, what do you think she is? i was told she was 8 mos old...





its a 25 gal tank if that helps determine size...

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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/15/2010, 6:42 pm

If it is definitely a female then I would hazard a guess at 6i because she looks sub-adult and like she only has one more molt left.
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/15/2010, 7:52 pm

binksyboy3 wrote:
If it is definitely a female then I would hazard a guess at 6i because she looks sub-adult and like she only has one more molt left.

really?! the guy at the shop where i got her said she was only 8 months old! is she still able to mate? because i want to get a male and breed a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/15/2010, 8:46 pm

They must be adult before they can breed Smile
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/15/2010, 9:47 pm

ok so she isnt at full adulthood then?
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/15/2010, 10:30 pm

Right! Mine is a sub-adult too, I just call them teenagers! ROFL
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/16/2010, 3:54 am

They can only mate when they have fully matured, and as a result will have a red telson.

She could be 8 months old or could be older it just depends on how quickly the individual has grown dependant on conditions it was kep in previously and whether it was given regular food etc.

Some just like any animal grow quicker than others so it can just depend. I personally think he was just trying to get you to buy it because that emp would have had to molt like crazy Smile

I currently have a few females from my brood that are now approaching 5i out of 7 and they are just over a year old.
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/16/2010, 6:43 am

Unfortunately there is no way to know for sure unless you had raised her from a baby. If only they had rings like the trunk of a tree that we could count. Smile Size isn't always an indicator, and a telson that you think is brown may not be all the way brown yet. I have had one that I was sure was an adult molt one more time. And the one that I have now that just molted yesterday might be done, but might not.

I agree with Binkys though, I am fairly certain that she is older than 8 months.
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PostSubject: Re: what instar is she?   4/16/2010, 9:02 am

ok cool thanks guys for all the info! its all really... well informative and helpfull and greatly appreciated!
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