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PostSubject: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/16/2008, 10:57 pm

My scorpion (P. Cavimanus) has been opening his mouth facing the glass recently... very strange. Has anyone seen this? He lifts his two chelicerae and I can see about half an inch or so into his mouth, I've never seen this before (my previous emperor never did it that i saw). It's very impressive, I think he may be hungry, but he's been fed a decent bit, hehe. Anyone seen anything strange with their scorp's mouth? Just another part that makes them a very special animal.


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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/16/2008, 11:07 pm

Probably grooming or drinking water off the glass. I had a pococoki drink water off his chela.
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/16/2008, 11:18 pm

He's just standing like normal with claws out, I can just... look into his open mouth... kinda neat.
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/16/2008, 11:23 pm

I opened the lid to Bertha's (my very gravid C.vitti) enclosure this eve and she raised up like she wanted a hug - I wish I could have gotten some footage of that, it was very amusing
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/17/2008, 10:12 pm

That's -- kinda weird. Think you can get a shot of that?

No idea what he's doing, though. Probably trying to confuse you. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/17/2008, 10:40 pm

I did get a shot... but the only way I could get it is blacklit, lemme go look at them and possibly post it on up here... if he does it again I will see if I can get a pic... hard no place to set up camera near the tank, and not too steady of a hand. It is REALLY cool to look into btw... There's almost perfect room for a cricket to fit, hehe...


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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/17/2008, 11:30 pm

Okay, here's the pictures:




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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/17/2008, 11:51 pm

Damn, that's creepy-looking! It's like some gaping maw of doom to the underworld!

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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/17/2008, 11:53 pm

Yep, I've already decided while showing that to my girlfriend what my next personal scorp-art project will be... super freaky.
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 2:58 am

is it hungry? could that be what its hinting to you?!?

I would just say its being strange or drinking water off the side of the glass

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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 8:09 am

I would think hungry... if I didn't just feed him...
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 8:27 am

scorps do the weirdst things... he might just be relaexing or something.. i whould take too much notice to it Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 9:19 am

Oh, I'm not saying he's doing anything crazy or wierd... I just think it looks awesome because I've never seen a scorpion roar/yawn before... it just looked so cool.
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 9:36 am

heh try getting a hissing scorpion pissed.. thats fun Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 10:47 am

Do they hiss in the same way roaches do?
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 11:02 am

not as loud but you can hear it Very Happy had a R.junceus male hiss at me when i made they "home" not so long ago.. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 11:16 am

Scorpions stridulate a few different ways -- large forest scorpions rub their chelicerae together, and some middle-eastern hots rub their telson along a specific area of the mesasoma.

Hissing roaches (G. portentosa, anyway) hiss by forcing air out of their spiracles, so it's more like a "true" hiss. Some larger winged roaches can rub their wings to produce a hissing sound, which is more akin to stridulation (some mantids do the same thing).

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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 11:36 am

Thanks Mike! I got a hissing roach the other day (Tenacious did not want to eat it) and while I was holding it with tweezers it couldn't hiss cause it could not 'catch its breath' it was interesting...
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 11:47 am

They also quit hissing when they don't feel they're in danger any more.

It's frustrating at the BugZoo -- we'll grab roaches that hiss a bunch, but by the time the kids show up they've all calmed down and are quiet. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 12:01 pm

hahaha... you should just put em in a shoe box to bring out and shake it up a bunch!
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 1:41 pm

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They also quit hissing when they don't feel they're in danger any more.

It's frustrating at the BugZoo -- we'll grab roaches that hiss a bunch, but by the time the kids show up they've all calmed down and are quiet. Rolling Eyes


I just poke mine abit then they start again, or start to grab them with 2 fingers.. that makes them go alot.. Very Happy and btw some stick insects can allso make hisses Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A Look Inside the Mouth!   5/18/2008, 3:03 pm

cool...... the mouth of hell!! Twisted Evil
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