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PostSubject: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 4:30 pm


When I was feeding Edvin yesterday I noticed that the very tip of his stinger (the aculeus, not the whole telson) seems to have been damaged. It's not pointy anymore! I don't know how he managed to do this, but is it a real problem for him?
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 7:43 pm

Not a problem. I've seen emps reach adulthood that were missing the whole telson.

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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 10:12 pm

Okay, good. I'm still sad for him. I suppose he doesn't really need it in captivity, but I would be sad if I were a scorpion and my stinger wasn't pointy anymore. <.<
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 10:30 pm

To be fair he probably wouldn't need it in the wild either, the claws are the dangerous part of an Emp.

Mine has a blunt stinger, probably due to him using it to climb up things, he just prefers to crush things... Like my fingers. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 10:47 pm

I honestly haven't tried to hold him yet. He gets really defensive when anything moves near him. Just today I was adjusting the plastic ivy in his tank and he started attacking the leaves... XP
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 10:51 pm

Strangely he doesn't mind me going near him with my bare hands. I use a stylus to move things round, or prod a locusts into his hide, now THAT, he hates. He literally attacks the stylus on sight.

But yeah, I wouldn't be too afraid of handling him, they're quite gentle to be honest. The only reason I got pinched so hard was because it was the first time I held him, and I moved my fingers, so he thought he was being attacked. Since then he hasn't pinched me at all. I don't make a habit out of handling him though, I know it can stress them out.

My AFS and my Desert Hairy I won't even go near. The AFS is completely unpredictable and gravid, and the Desert Hairy is just a mean little git.
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 10:58 pm

I might try it once he's gotten settled in. I just redid his tank, this time with a false bottom, and I added some decorations.

(I had to buy a whole roll of wire screen... no idea what I'm going to do with the rest of it...)
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/20/2011, 11:28 pm

Save it for when you get some more scorps haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Injured Stinger...   1/26/2011, 2:06 am

Yeah, I guess. I do have some windows that need to be re-screened... XP
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