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PostSubject: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 10:22 pm

So I finally got around to redoing my H. arizonensis tank with 30% excavator sand so her burrows don't keep collapsing, and after looking at her during the rehousing I'm really starting to think she's gravid (at least the dealer was right about something). I haven't fed her in a while and she keeps getting fatter, and she's always stilting to be as close to the heater as possible. I also think I was able to see embryos through her membrane.

. . . Let's just hope that she decides to wait until after the new tank has a chance to dry, and that the humidity deeper down is conducive to molting.

*fingers crossed*

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 10:51 pm

good luck bro! mind me asking but are arizonensis desert species or?
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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 11:17 pm

They are indeed! They're very popular around here, especially as a beginner -- the adults are easy to take care of, they're active (mine's almost always out), and they're also the largest North American species.

Here's a couple shots of my girl:


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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 11:47 pm

She does look gravid(not that I've had a gravid one before but she does look fat).

and i take it the H. genus are desert hairies?

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 11:57 pm

She's gotten quite a bit fatter -- that first picture was when I got her in January (I forget when I took the second one).

And yeah, this would be the "desert hairy." Closely related to it is H. spadix, the only noticeable difference being the lack of a yellow triangle on the carapace.

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 11:59 pm

Well here's hoping for a healthy brood! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/10/2008, 11:59 pm

Thanks! I haven't had the best of luck in the past, though, and I'm well aware of the poor track record of rearing this species in captivity.

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/11/2008, 1:33 am

liette wrote:
She does look gravid(not that I've had a gravid one before but she does look fat).

and i take it the H. genus are desert hairies?

beautiful scorpion.


Please rember that this is a desert spieces and they can get pretty fat without being gravid, i have a ballon size H.arizonensis and she is just fat, they can go for long time without food and they get fat pretty quickly..
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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/11/2008, 2:24 am

Im hoping to get a H. arizonensis next month Smile I cant take it much longer! I cant wait any longer hehehe

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/11/2008, 8:07 am

she looks gravid...... hope you get a big healthy brood!
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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/11/2008, 12:29 pm

Those pictures I always thought she was just pudgy. More recently she's bulked up a lot and I'm beginning to see things through her skin that could be embryos.

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/14/2008, 7:41 pm

Mike you got a LOOONG way to go. I'll see if I can post a pic of my fatty. She's triple your size.
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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/28/2008, 8:36 pm

wth am I thinking? good luck and such
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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/28/2008, 8:38 pm

Eddy, post a shot if you can. She's been a little weirder than usual and hasn't burrowed since I gave her some excavator sand.

Edit: What the heck am I thinking. She's ALWAYS weird.

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PostSubject: Re: Looks like I'm in for a challenge . . .   5/28/2008, 8:39 pm

Mines doing the same thing...just out and stilting a lot. I'll try to get a pic tonight.
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