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What food do you use/prefer the most?
Live Crickets
62%
 62% [ 8 ]
Dried Gut-loaded Crickets
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Live Mealworms/ Super worms
23%
 23% [ 3 ]
Dried Mealworms/ Super worms
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Others (please specify)
15%
 15% [ 2 ]
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PostSubject: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 9:39 am

Good morning
This is my first post besides my introductory post which can be found on this thread: /t6417-hello-from-new-york

I have two emperor scorpions. I've had one 3 weeks more than my most resent one, which I've had for only a week.

I've been feeding my scorpions live crickets, but I ran out, and there is no pet shop near me that I know of to buy more. So I ordered online "Fluker's 1.6-Ounce Freeze Dried Crickets" and my 'oldest' one, Sasori, has only eaten one so far since the food arrived yesterday. My youngest one, Nite, doesn't seem to notice the food.

When it received the food, I placed two dried cricket in a small plate. Sasori ate one only because I accidentally dropped one on her when I was using a tong. But both Sasori and Nite literally just walk over both the dried cricket, they don't seem interested in it.

Is it because they prefer live food? Or maybe they just need to get used to it? Maybe they aren't hungry? But Nite, is small, and I read that when scorpions are younger, they eat the most so they can grow.

I will, eventually, be able to buy live crickets, but in the mean while, I'd like them to eat what I bought.
Any tips or ideas? Much appreciated.

Also, since these are my first scorpions ever, I'd like to know what scorpions owners prefer, so I added a poll.
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 10:02 am

They need live food. Crickets are good and pretty cheap. You can order a tub online, or maybe ask a shop to get you some in.
If they dont get to eat for a week or two, dont worry, it wont harm them but if you are struggling to find food, I'd be tempted to seperate them until they are well fed.
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 10:24 am

Here is my tank set up, along with a photo of both my scorpions taken just a few minutes ago.

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Thank you Neal, I never knew they eat roches as well, I'll defiantly look into it.
And Peloguin, yes I understand that they can favor live food, I've feed them to it most of the time, I'm just trying something new until I am able to buy more live crickets.

I thought the problem could have been getting them to switch between live and dried food. Chin Scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 10:52 am

whats the blue net looking thing in your tank?
and yeah i would add roaches to your poll if you can they are a very common feeder for most people, (although im yet to get any) locusts are another one we tend to vary with Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:01 am

Well I noticed that at night time, my scorpion tries climbing up the corners of the tank so I put a net in there yesterday so she can climb on. Surprisingly she used it... to poop on. lol

Yeah I had no idea that roches can be used as food. I only thought that scorpions where able to eat crickets and superworms.

Also, if I use roaches, they wouldn't be too big for them right? I noticed that it takes my scorpion almost an hour to fully finish eating a cricket!
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:03 am

well you get get diff sized roaches, also if you was planning on using them long term you might want to think about starting a breeding colony, quite easy to do apparently im looking into it myself Smile you can get starter roach kits here in the uk Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:11 am

hm... I was thinking of breeding crickets... I guess it would be a good idea, since it'll save me from going to the pet shop and buying them weekly. Although, in my pet shop they are cheap, 10 crickets for $1, and they last more than a week. I'll look into that because I also noticed they sell cricket feeds online. The only thing I know will bother me is that crickets tend to smell bad. silent
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:29 am

Welcome to the forum bro.

Roaches FTW! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:36 am

Thanks Jamie Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:44 am

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The only thing I know will bother me is that crickets tend to smell bad. silent

thats what puts me off them too, they stink so gonna start my roach thing up soon Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:48 am

Use dubia roaches. Dead easy to breed. Just started my colony up again.
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:50 am

ah you will have to email me with some tips please, i dont really know much about them,do i just need a big tub some egg box things and a dish for food? oh and roaches of course lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:53 am

Alright I guess I have to try the roaches, thanks a lot guys, I learned something new. sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 11:54 am

Haha, my mom would flip out if she sees me breeding roaches Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 12:04 pm

Yeah please send me the link, I don't know where to get these online. I'm definitely interested in trying them out. I will feed a few to my scorps to see if they eat it before I decide on breeding them.
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 12:05 pm

i feed mine everything!!but by far they love crickets then red runners then dubia then mealworms...cricket FTW Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 12:16 pm

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Haha, my mom would flip out if she sees me breeding roaches

haha i bet, i have a few crickets runnin around my kitchen lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 12:24 pm

Oh Bex, I'm not sure if you saw this, I found this while doing a quick research.
I found a youtube video and photos on another forum that shows how to breed the roaches or more of less how it is.

Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maT7vXo0r9k
And here are the photos: http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=463

I hoped it helped.
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 12:32 pm

wow thanx i like the pics of that guys on arachnoboards looks nice and tidy, deffo gonna have to get one going, will save money in the long run Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 4:15 pm

I've fed my Emperors Crickets, Meal Worms and lizards. I've never given them dried/frozen bugs... I saw a cockroach the other day and tried to catch, he was lightning fast though ;]
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 4:37 pm

That's a killer setup. I've been considering roaches too, specially with my 2 growing beardies, I'm buying crickets like crazy.
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PostSubject: Re: Feeding help   4/21/2011, 4:47 pm

Roaches are my #1 choice way better than any other feeders
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