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PostSubject: Baby emp heat mat location   1/10/2011, 4:03 am

Hey there, I've recently got my first scorpion, a baby emp named otto, one thing im unsure of is the heat mat location. He's only approx 12mm big so lives in an old cricket tub. Is the heat mat best suited underneath, or on the side? If the side which side, width or length? Pls help I don't want a steamed scorpion! Question
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/10/2011, 4:13 am

It should be on the side and it really doesn't matter which side (just make sure it won't melt anything). I myself would prefer the longer side so it can heat more of the tub. However, if you want to give the tub a hot side and cool side, put it on the short end. The reason the mat should be placed on the side and not the bottom is because scorpions will burrow to escape heat. If it's on the bottom, they have no where to escape besides going up and you may end up with a toasted scorpion.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/10/2011, 4:53 am

Okay that's excellent, thanks very much! I'll put some pics up if possible to see if the overall setup is alright if that's okay?
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/10/2011, 5:33 am

sure thing, pics would be great
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/12/2011, 7:01 am

I can't pics up I'm afraid my cameras playing up!
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/12/2011, 7:50 am

Def on the side although it may not be necessary to have a heat sorce at all specially for such a small tub, if the room he is kept in is warm enough he wil be fine, emps dont need it particullary hot,and will do fine at room temperature, anything between 20-30 c will be fine.

You might fing the heat matt makes it too hot (unless you managed to find a tiny one from somewhere?) and if the tub is that small the scorp wont really be able to escape from the heat at all, we has the same prob with our little unknown fella (possible emp) he now just sits near our other tanks and is doing fine!
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/12/2011, 8:01 am

oh yeah also your not really meant to use heat matts on plastic tanks/containers only glass

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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/13/2011, 3:29 pm

Okay brilliant I'll try that, is there any indication as if it was too cool for the scorp, and also if the tanks too humid?
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/13/2011, 3:53 pm

As long as it's well ventilated you should be fine just spraying once every few days just enough to make it damp not to soak it, if the room is over 20 preferably closer to 25 it will be warm enough for your scorp get a thermometer and put it near it you will want one when it goes into a larger enclosure anyways,

or if you think it wont be warm enough you could get a infrared heat lamp and use that at a distance, or even just having the heat Matt near the tub if you can ( like we have ATM with our Scorpio maurus) we have stuck the Matt to the side of the wall and the tank is up against it but you could attach yours to a wall or other vertical surface and just put the tub near it say 1-2 cm away??? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/15/2011, 1:43 pm

The room temp is a steady 23 c so I've removed the heat mat for now. I'm guessing they can burrow from an early age as went put I micro cricket in today we wasn't in the usual hid?
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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/15/2011, 1:49 pm

lol yeah ive found the little ones burrow like mad, think your scorp will be fine at that temp

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PostSubject: Re: Baby emp heat mat location   1/17/2011, 2:10 am

Thanks for all the help, it seems like one happy little chappy, quite active, eaten everything that's gone in there so hopefully things will stay that way! Cheers Sean Smile
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