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PostSubject: Safe cork bark?   11/26/2010, 2:09 pm

In some peoples pictures posted on this site I see scorplings being raised in vials that have pieces of some type of flat cork.

I've seen these flat and thin sheets of cork for sale at Wal-Mart. Is that type of man-made cork safe for Scorpions?
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/26/2010, 5:07 pm

thats cork boards they are used by alot of people including me haha
they are pretty safe to use unless the scorpion eats it which wont happen
so yes they are safe cheap and pretty ideal for a good number of species


funny enough i need to go get a few more hahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/26/2010, 5:40 pm

Are they used for any particular type of scorpion?

BTW - You refer to yourself as "CENTRUROIDES KING". What species do you keep?
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/26/2010, 5:52 pm

Buggs wrote:
Are they used for any particular type of scorpion?

BTW - You refer to yourself as "CENTRUROIDES KING". What species do you keep?

Pick a guess Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/26/2010, 6:25 pm

they are normaly used for things like bark scorpions and others
centruroides tityus babycurus grosphus lychas isometrus Rhopalurus ext. bla bla bla
realy any species that needs to molt in a vertical position and young scorplings
if they molt on the ground theres a better chance they will get stuck
so they should be provided a vertical hide/climb to molt

as for what i keep hahaha its a secret Question
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/26/2010, 6:48 pm

Buggs wrote:
Is that type of man-made cork safe for Scorpions?

its natural (well it is over here) just cut into sheets. its a cheap and effective way to provide hides for scorpions, but it doesnt look too nice really.
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/29/2010, 10:19 pm

"realy any species that needs to molt in a vertical position"

When I look at caresheets they don't mention if that particular species I'm studying molts in a vertical position. Is it mostly Scorpions from tropical environments? How do you find ou?

Years ago I kept a few Emperors and a few Desert Hairys and they always molted somewhere in all the cage furniture so I never saw the process but I'm assuming they did it horizontally.
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/30/2010, 12:33 am

usually bark scorpions or scorpions that climb upwards or feed from heights hang upside down to help molt. Desert scorpions usually dont, and large forest species usually dont.
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/30/2010, 2:35 am

Pretty much any bark scorpion.

You can always provide a vertical hide in all of your enclosures just to cover your bases.

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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/30/2010, 11:28 am

Right on!!! That's the exact information I was looking for.

I'm still looking and investigating and trying to figure out what one or two species I want to start off with. I know one of them is definitely going to be B. jacksoni. I also like the look of Rhopalurus junceus. I know Isometrus maculatus is a simple little scorpion but for some reason I like the way it looks.

I currently have just one 1" Desert Hairy and it does exactly what my other ones did fifteen years - It comes out at night, walks around a little, lays still, moves to the warmest part of the enclosure and lays there some more then moves somewhere else and starts digging in the sand. It also doesn't mind red light. I keeping reading in the literature that this species is hard to keep alive past the second(?) instar but yet all I see for sale are captive bred babies. Maybe the information I've been coming across is outdated. One of mine had babies and the mother carried them around and took care of them but then they started disappearing or falling off her dead. I admit I didn't know at the time how humidity plays into the scorplings well-being.

Thanks everyone for all the info.
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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/30/2010, 1:32 pm

Common names are all but useless; if you say "desert hair," I'm going to assume you mean Hadrurus arizonensis, which are indeed very difficult to rear in captivity. Take anything labeled as "captive bred" with a heavy grain of salt.

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PostSubject: Re: Safe cork bark?   11/30/2010, 9:37 pm

B. jacksoni's are very awesome to have, very communal bark type scorpions, funky colors too but just watch your fingers Wink you'll be banging your head against the wall if one gets you.
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