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PostSubject: Burgau, South West Algarve, Portugal   9/23/2011, 5:12 pm

Eloo,
thought I would show you guys a few of my finds whilst on holiday in Portugal at the beginning of September.
We were staying in the little village of Burgau, 12 miles East of Portugal's South Western tip, Cabo Sao Vincent.
Due to it being a trip with a girly it was mostly a holiday i.e. sitting round the pool or lying on the beach but I did managed to sneak off and do abit of scorpion hunting.

I did not take any scorp hunting tools with me so it was literally a case of going out in the daytime and seeing what I could find that wasn't burried away. Anyway, Portugal didn't disappoint and I very quickly found a few scropions.

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A few pics of a couple of Buthus ibericus we found. They were fairly common in certain areas and non-existant in others even if to us the habitat looked the same. It had rained a few days prior to our arrival and all the scorpions we found were under rocks large enough to keep some moisture under them. The temperature during the day was 26c+ in the shade and probably well into the 30's in the sun.
Most of the scorpions we found were juveniles and generally there was only ever one scorpion per rock although we did find a few juveniles at differing instars cohabiting rocks. In fact we even found a baby Lacerta sp. cohabiting a rock with the adult in the pictures above. It was easily small enough to have been a meal for the scorpion but for some reason they weren't bothered by each other. I would have got a pic but it shot off seconds after lifting the rock.
I could have spent all week looking for these scorpions. In my opinion they are a stunning species and they had loads of attitude. In fact it was a shock for me how quick to use their sting they were. Probably because I haven't had any experience with Buthidae scorpions, bar a female C. gracilis years ago.

Anyway hope you all enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: Burgau, South West Algarve, Portugal   9/23/2011, 5:16 pm

Nice pictures. I like that you can see the remains of some exuvia in them. Very cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Burgau, South West Algarve, Portugal   9/23/2011, 6:57 pm

Nice scorps. Good luck with them.

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