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PostSubject: H. arizonensis mating   4/3/2011, 5:15 pm

I have male and females here so it's only natural to have a go at mating them.
I've mated hundreds of spiders but am pretty new at scorps.
Does anyone have any tips how to go about it?
Do I introduce the male to the females tank as with spiders?
Do I need to sit watching them for ages or can I put the male in, put lid on and check them a couple of times a day?
cheers folks.


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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/3/2011, 5:22 pm

From what ive read its really hard to raise desert hairy scorplings. I know nothing about breeding them.

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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/3/2011, 10:35 pm

I really wouldn't advise trying to mate Desert Hairy's.

It's incredibly likely that they'd just fight to the death.
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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/3/2011, 11:06 pm

Billy No Mates wrote:
It's incredibly likely that they'd just fight to the death.

What are you basing this off of?



Yes, this species is very difficult to rear in captivity (molting problems and such), but if you want to try breeding them, you're correct that the best move is to place the male in the female's tank. That way he can pick up on any pheromones that she's been laying down.

Pre-mating rituals may look a little like fighting, and there's a good chance the male will use a "sexual sting" (akin to a male human buying a girl a drink in a bar). When they're mating, the male will grasp the female's pinchers and lead her around until he finds a suitable place to deposit a spermatophore (so you may want to make sure there's a rock or piece of bark for him to use), then he'll guide the female over it, and they'll separate. The male may make a mad dash for freedom at this point.

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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/4/2011, 1:22 am

Mr. Mordax wrote:
.. the best move is to place the male in the female's tank. That way he can pick up on any pheromones that she's been laying down.

+1
I like this part. Thanks for sharing Mr Mordax.

Peloquin wrote:
I have male and females here so it's only natural to have a go at mating them.
I've mated hundreds of spiders but am pretty new at scorps.
Does anyone have any tips how to go about it?
Do I introduce the male to the females tank as with spiders?
Do I need to sit watching them for ages or can I put the male in, put lid on and check them a couple of times a day?
cheers folks.

Hi Peloguin,

The following is based on my own preference, just to share:

- First in first, get both of them in very well fed condition, especially so for the female.
- Prepare a few hides in the female enclosure for alternative retreat routes (for the male)
- I'll add the male into the female's enclosure at late night, considering they are nocturnal species and will keep an eye on them under infra red lightings so as to keep minimal disturbance.
- Most probably i'll follow through the mating sessions (sometimes the mating can take up to few days thou.. if so, i'm prepare to take a few days off work for my major breeding projects. E.g. for my AA Hectors) and remove the male after the mating session.
- Some will leave the male in there untill the female showed signs of prego but again it's up to individual

Hope it helps & gd luck!
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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/4/2011, 2:48 am

Good luck let us know how you get on! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/4/2011, 7:48 am

Thanks folks, I'll keep you updated. I've had imperators before in large groups and witnessed matings but never actually paired them up before.
I like the idea of watching them via blacklight, never though of that as my history is all spiders.
Off to buy a blacklight now.
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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/4/2011, 7:57 am

Not Blacklight. You'll stress them that way.
Use infra-red as GS mentioned. IR and Blacklight (UV) are not the same thing.
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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/4/2011, 8:24 am

Yeah, course, I know what I meant, just I'm an idiot.lol.
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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/4/2011, 8:32 am

You can use a backlight to view them occasionally but uv is very bad for them so for all time viewing use an infrared bulb this doubles as heat too Smile

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PostSubject: Re: H. arizonensis mating   4/15/2011, 1:34 am

Well they've been living together for over a week now.
No sign of aggression which is good but equally, no signs of mating, which isn't good.
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