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jessica.c.rea
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PostSubject: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/23/2010, 11:12 pm

A couple of days ago my dad found a young bark striped scorpion in our home. Instead of squishing they little guy, he allowed me to keep him.

I have him in a "Kritter Keeper" with enough sand in it for burrowing, a small bottle cap of fresh water, and a cricket he's been working on all day (boy can this little guy eat!).

I have a couple of questions that I hope you guys can help me with:

First off, should I even keep him? I feel kind of bad taking him for the wild you know? But I have a feeling he'll die outside because of all our dogs and cats and birds and such.

Second, am I taking care of the little guy properly? Is there anything else I can do to make him more comfortable? I've been doing a lot of research, but I figured I would ask some experts Razz

Any advice at all is good advice! Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/24/2010, 1:35 am

where are you located? and can you post a pic of your scorp? would help alot in ID'ing what kind of scorp you have and if you are caring for it proper. as far as taking him out of the wild, he probably doesnt care as long as he can find food and can hide to feel safe. would be better off in captivity where he can get a regular meal. care wise, it depends on exactly what kind of scorp you have but give it a piece of bark to climb on/hide under and you should do fine
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/24/2010, 7:53 am

If you've never kept a scorp before then I'd be pesimistic about starting out with a bark scorpion, but I'm sure you'll be fine.

As for the tank (kritter keeper) I would add a piece of bark and push it into the sand so that it stands almost vertically with a slight slope to it.

And as Gnat said, throw us a pic and we can work out exactly what bark scorpion it is - which in turn will also help us to ensure that you're providing the right conditions for it. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/24/2010, 8:14 am

my friend also found a stripped house scorp on their house and keeping the animal on arboreal set up...
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/24/2010, 1:03 pm

Thank you Gnat and binksyboy3 for the helpful advice!

To answer Gant's questions:
I live in the Texas hill country in a semi rual little town.
And here are some pics of the little guy in his new home:

Pic 1

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/24/2010, 2:51 pm

Looks like Centruroides Vittatus
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/24/2010, 5:14 pm

Nice find! If you get a pair they'll be making babies in no time.
Well, if it is a C. vattitus, here's info on their care: http://scorpionforum.darkbb.com/caresheets-f29/centruroides-vittatus-t1132.htm

http://www.ntnu.no/ub/scorpion-files/c_vittatus.php
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/25/2010, 12:40 pm

thanks everyone for the helpful advice!!

:3 this little guy should be liveing the high life in no time thanks to all of your helpful tips!!
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie to the World of Scorpions   6/25/2010, 1:27 pm

Congrats on your little find! :-)

Looks like you've got it sorted to the best extent. Just noticed, if you've got a few little body parts of crickets left over, it is best to remove them to reduce the risk of mould and mites forming... Other than that WELL DONE!!!
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