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PostSubject: Scorpion collecting & sales   4/6/2011, 12:28 pm

I had read the Rules prior to posting this as I wanted to be sure I was not over stepping any boundaries.
I live in the more southern portion of Arizona near the Boarder and we have ENORMOUS amounts of scorpions. Several differing species; certainly over half a dozen.....I live in a rural area and just for amusement I had collected about 45 in a evening's work. That is NO exaggeration!

On our end, we have no legal issues with selling them to the best of my knowledge as none have been identified as a State endangered species, etc. My question is: IS there a market for scorpions?

They are looked upon as pests and are SO prolific that collecting in some areas is ridiculously easy. We have VERY large black Emperor scorpion examples that are generally outstanding examples and many smaller species that can be collected at certain times of the year in abundance.

I would want to apologize in advance if any believe that commercialization of collecting is inappropriate but I am quite curious as they are so incredibly available! If, however it's more appropriate to discuss this subject on a direct Email basis I would have no trouble leaving my Email to that hobbyists could contact me directly. I have heard of shipping within the continental USA of sample arachnids & the methodology is familiar to me. I am very curious if certain species would bring some level of commercial interest, frankly.
Personally, I don not see this as a inappropriate commercial feeler as the agenda would be to collect for hobbyists and professionals. The abundance is SO high in my area that they have been eaten, and utilized in excessive numbers.....but SOME are decidedly more unique than others. Please let me know your feelings on this and if you would like to correspond I am genuinely interested in doing so.

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white-85701@hotmail.com
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion collecting & sales   4/7/2011, 3:28 pm

Lots of people collect and sell -- they're only seen as pests in southern AZ because there's so many and the average person isn't as enamored with them as hobbyists are.

If there wasn't a market for scorpions, this forum wouldn't exist. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion collecting & sales   4/7/2011, 3:31 pm

Agreed. Check out the for sale section of the forum and make some bank ! Lol, don't expect to get rich of it though.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion collecting & sales   4/7/2011, 11:30 pm

Yup, almost all scorps are wild caught and sold if I'm not mistaken Smile
As Abyss said, try to think of it as a bonus to your hobby and not so much a grand money-making opportunity. That way you'll continue to have fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion collecting & sales   4/8/2011, 11:29 am

Indeed. I have a yen to find the really unique examples. Our Emperors can certainly range in size and (just opinion) I would believe that a truly large specimen would even be a bit more hardy as it's shown more molts, hunting ability, & self preservation, etc.

I am presently working on a method of transport that could lessen the shock on the animal. An enclosure surrounded by a thick (3") foam pad MAY have less potential for transmitting both direct shock & vibration in shipment.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion collecting & sales   4/8/2011, 1:03 pm

Now if only shipping scorps from the usa to canada was easier like shipping from literally anywhere else in the world to canada is...
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