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PostSubject: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 3:52 pm

So, a friend of mine tells me that a girl in her class found a scorpion and didn't know what to do with it or how to keep it . . . after managing to get in touch with her, I am now the proud ownder of a male U. mordax! cheers

The best part is, she's willing to drive me out to where she found it (13 miles outside of town -- too far to cycle) so I can catch some more. What a Face I'm excited 'cause I've never caught my own scorp(s) before.

Pics when I get home tonight . . .

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 4:00 pm

congrats, sounds like fun.

weren't you supposed to go scorp hunting a while back?
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 5:09 pm

I did, and I found nothing. So now I'm networking with people who've actually found them. The entomologist I know who said they were in the forest I hunted in only heard about it secondhand.

Saturday I'm meeting one of his students who claims to have found them here in town.

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 5:47 pm

let us know how that works out
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 7:14 pm

congrats on ya mordax, andthet was a shockers for her to be willing to make a drive to give it to you, awesome

i am hoping i will be able to get me more of these here at some point.

let us know how things works out for you with the people you have met to get more of these mordax

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 7:24 pm

Congrats if you find some extras send them my way. And remeber scorp hunting is real...well boring untill you find something. I learned from Cacoseraph. Because of him I flip every rock, dig every scorp burrow...which look moon shape by the way, and black light everything at least three different angles. I probably find a scorpion in 1 out of 20 hides.
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 7:34 pm

those are some helpful tips there
hope this help ya out mike, get plenty up and share the wealth lol


eddy, those tips you have given where they for collecting at night.
for using a UV light hasn't done me much during the day, figuring it would be helpful on those dark cloudy days but it wasn't
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 7:36 pm

Well it's an over all tip. I'll post a"trick and tips to scorpion hunting" thread in a minute.
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 7:41 pm

i know that is an awesome tip at night, covers everthing you need to keep in mind


i bet using a uv light that shines abeam would be great down the burrow during the day
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:07 pm

She said she found this one in under ten minutes, and there were lots more burrow-looking things like the one she found it in.

Anywho, pictures! I mis-sexed it as a male (I saw the fused operculum and the fuse looked like a split until I got a good picture), but this shows it's a definite female:

I also compared it to my other female, and they both have female tooth counts (11 and 10). The girl (and an entomologist I spoke with) noticed it was smaller than what they usually see, so I'm thinking it may be one molt shy of adulthood.

Size reference:


In her new home:



Hopefully a bit of burrowing will get the mud off of her.

On a side note, I proved TWO entomology faculty wrong today! They said something about scorpions molting throughout their lives, and I said they cease molting upon reaching adulthood . . . after some Google searching and looking up an article in their library, it turned out I was right and they were wrong. *does a victory dance*

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:16 pm

Congrats...I love being right as well if your going hunting check out my tips and tricks.
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:21 pm

I just checked 'em out -- if I figure out anything new looking for forest scorps, I'll add to them. What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:41 pm

wow how many inches is ya female, looks huge didn't think they gotten that big
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:46 pm

I'll have to measure her, but they get a bit bigger than that.

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:51 pm

seriouly
man mine is still at 2nd instar, i cannot wait for it to get that size

thanks for posting that pic, gives me something to look forward to
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 9:55 pm

Yeah, I've had my 3I for almost a year and it's only molted once in that time . . . they take about two years to mature.

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 10:00 pm

2 yrs to mature, they must have a pretty decent lifespan

i'm liking these scorps eveb more
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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/10/2008, 10:08 pm

Four to six years. What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: New Uroctonus mordax!   4/11/2008, 12:16 pm

it does look like she will moult soon Very Happy
Congrats on your "find"
Keep us updated on how she is

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