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PostSubject: Handling Emperors   2/4/2011, 7:46 pm

Hi i am new to the scorpion world and i wanted to know more about handling emperors. I got my scorpion about a month ago and i really want to handle it. i know that handling scorpions is not recommended but i am dying to do it . can anyone give me any tips on how to do this.
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/5/2011, 9:32 am

Im against handling scorp..they do tend to get stressed while being handled..but if your persistent just be careful and dont let them fall..
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/5/2011, 12:15 pm

if you must, then pick it up by the tail and place it on your hand. try to keep your hand close to the substrate so it wont fall too far and you can put it away quickly if you need to.
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/6/2011, 3:24 am

i was also wondering . did anybody ever get stung? i wanted to know how does it feel(other than like a bee sting) and how did it happen.
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/6/2011, 3:34 pm

If anything, you're more than likely going to get pinched than stung. =P
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/6/2011, 11:01 pm

I handle mine every now and again, however I don't pick him up by his tail, I put my hand in his tank flat and with a bit of guidance he scuttles on to it. Normally he just creeps around my wrist and up my arm or he'll "lie down" on the back of my hand. I never try to handle him when he's just sat there, I'll only do when he's exploring his tank, and I'll only do this every couple of months to avoid stressing him out.

Never been stung. He pinched me so hard the first time though he cut the end of my middle finger. Since then he's been quite placid.
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/7/2011, 12:39 am

I wouldn't recommend picking it up by the tail because they tend to squirm and start trying to pinch your fingers. They seem very stressed when that's done. I like to push the scorpion on another surface like a flat piece of bark and take it out of the tank that way. Then I push it on over to my hand. Another method is using a small container and nudging it into that, then transferring it from the container to my hand. You can also do it like Billy No Mates suggested and place a flat hand in the tank and softly nudge it onto your hand. When you handle them, try to keep your hands still and make sure not to breathe directly onto it because they're very sensitive to it. When you're done handling, slowly place whatever object you have it on (hand, container, piece of bark) back into the container and gently push it completely off. Lastly, be in control of the situation and don't fling it across the room lol
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/7/2011, 12:52 am

Additionally when you do handle it, make sure you are completely calm and comfortable with handling it. If it thinks you're panicking, it won't be comfortable, and it'll dart around and you'll probably drop the poor thing.

I take this precaution with my other scorpions too. Which I might add I have not got round to handling, mainly because my AFS scared the crap out of me when she hissed, and my little Arizonensis is just way too aggressive. I will only handle them, when I'm completely comfortable with it.

Welcome to the hobby! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/7/2011, 1:58 am

thats why i havent really handled Sasori D:
i got him to slowly ween away from my Arachnaphobia but its so much like a spider its hard >.<
i refuse to do anything but look at him if i feel anxious
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/8/2011, 7:05 pm

awesome advice thank you very much Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/11/2011, 6:46 am

i handled mine quite a lot when i got them last year,the novelty soon wears off though,only advice i can give is dont let them on the carpet as you will not be able to get them off as i found when i handled one of my emporors for the first time,it managed to get on the carpet then up into my sofa where he climbed up into a nice dark spot and i had to cut the sofa up to get at him Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Handling Emperors   2/13/2011, 4:30 pm

Mission accomplished xD i just handled mine and it seemed very calm. Although i have to say i was really nervous. i placed it back in the tank about an hour ago and it went to his hiding place than he came out and started climbing towards the top as if he wanted to go out some more. Photobucket
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