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PostSubject: best beginner scorps   5/18/2008, 2:51 pm

ye olde pet shoppe has told me that they can now take orders for scorps as long as they arnt deadly and i want to have some variation in my collection. name as many scorps as you can that arent all that dangerous and wont kill or paralyze me.
ps. pics would help to...and care info...thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/18/2008, 2:59 pm

b.jacksoni would probably be quite a good speices. they look awsome, too.
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/18/2008, 3:13 pm

There's only about 25 species that are classed as medically significant -- so it would be easier to tell you what not to get:

>>list<<

Now, if you want stuff that's easy to take care of and readily available in addition to not being medically significant:
Hadrurus arizonensis -- big, impressive, fairly easy to keep
Pandinus cavimanus -- like an emp, but paranoid and feisty
Any Heterometrus species -- Southeast Asia's emperors
Any Euscorpius species -- if they're as much like U. mordax as I hear, then they'd be fun little temperate forest scorpions
Any Hadogenes species -- some say they're boring, but I think they look cool

Being in the UK you can't get B. jacksoni (or any Buthid, for that matter) without one of those permits I keep hearing about. Most of the other scorpions I can think to mention are Buthids, unfortunately.

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/18/2008, 4:14 pm

Being in the UK you can't get B. jacksoni (or any Buthid, for that matter) without one of those permits I keep hearing about. Most of the other scorpions I can think to mention are Buthids, unfortunately.[/quote]


i never knew b.jacks were buthids, are they very dangerous or something?
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/18/2008, 5:01 pm

Not particularly -- it's just that Buthidae is the largest family of scorpions, having 811 species in 81 genera.

Of course, it also has all the medically significant species.

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/19/2008, 10:07 am

ahh.... shame you need a permit for ANY of the buthidae familly. lot of beautiful scorps in there.
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/19/2008, 11:43 am

ooh Smile i can get a permit.
i can also steal a few of the scorps down in cornwall (the immigrants in the walls).
on a website i saw something called a wood scorpion. what the hell is that?http://www.virginiacheeseman.co.uk/Images/ScorpionWood05_08.jpg
please can someone identify this and tell me wat it is?
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/19/2008, 3:04 pm

Don't know what the wood scorpion is, but I've heard it's pretty hard to get a permit.

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/19/2008, 4:36 pm

ive seen that before somwhere......
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/19/2008, 5:46 pm

That scorpion is one of the scorpions of the month for the art contest. L. weigensis. One of my favorite tropical species. I have 2 gravids at home.
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/20/2008, 11:25 am

ye thats it.
what do they live on and is it a buthid?
how big r they?
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/20/2008, 3:39 pm

ive heard about the ones down in cornwall, but aparantly hard to find and small
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/20/2008, 3:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/20/2008, 5:22 pm

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ye thats it.
what do they live on and is it a buthid?
how big r they?
They are decent sized species getting...I would say medium sized but I dont have any measurments yet. They're are tropical species and I keep them on moist peat and offer a range of hides from hollow logs to flatrocks. THey are burrowers but only burrow under hides and cover up their burrows.
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/20/2008, 9:23 pm

Eddy, what family is that one in?

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/20/2008, 9:28 pm

Hemiscorpiidae.
It's in the same family as flatrocks but so much cooler.
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/22/2008, 9:59 pm

He can't get any Buthids; he's in the UK.

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/22/2008, 11:17 pm

I don't think he'd be able to get one . . .

>How to get one<

It's really too bad; the US is the same way with stick insects. No

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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/24/2008, 1:28 am

without sounding mean scorpio. I doubt you will be able to get a license.
You are 13 so all of this would HAVE to go thought your parents who are also the home owners. If you dont live in a house owned but rented from the council their permission will be needed.

As with all the things that check list suggested, its still hard to get it. One shop owner who runs a reptile/scorpion etc shop has only recently got or is getting the license and thats after years of owning and selling.

As much as it would be a lovely to own more in the scorpion family...I dont think it will happen in the UK
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/25/2008, 9:34 am

stupid buthidae....
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/25/2008, 11:40 am

definitely any of the Hadogenes sp.

sting is very weak (they rarely sting) and they are super light and easy to handle.
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PostSubject: Re: best beginner scorps   5/25/2008, 12:17 pm

That's why I mentioned them -- they're the only group I've been stung by, and it was so pathetically weak it was almost cute.

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