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wodesorel
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PostSubject: Can you double-check the gender? (With pictures)   10/14/2011, 11:24 pm

My little scorps are 5 months and are at 4i but one should be at 5i sometime this week judging by it's plumpness. I upgraded their tank this evening, and since I had to move them anyway I took the opportunity to attempt to sex them. And I do mean attempt as visually I though they were both boys, but looking at the photos I took later I'm not so sure now. I think one may be male and one may be female. I was hoping for some help please? Smile Can they even be sexed at this age, or do I need to wait a while yet?


Two shots of the first scorpion. Female?







Two shots of the second scorpion. Male?






Thank you so much!!
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PostSubject: Re: Can you double-check the gender? (With pictures)   10/14/2011, 11:25 pm

Both look male to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you double-check the gender? (With pictures)   10/15/2011, 12:30 am

Gah.. I was afraid of that. Sad I really really want a female!

I've got two options - go back and check the remaining siblings of this brood for a female next weekend, or wait until these guys are fully grown and get an adult female from another source.

I'd like to house all three of them together in a 30 gallon, but not if it's risky for them. I could start another 20 gallon for a lone female, but I would really like to try to keep the Emps to one tank.

Any thoughts on the best course of action?
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PostSubject: Re: Can you double-check the gender? (With pictures)   10/15/2011, 12:33 pm

Generally speaking you should try to avoid mating siblings. It doesn't necessarily have any immediate ill effects, but it is wise to keep the gene pool diverse.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you double-check the gender? (With pictures)   10/15/2011, 11:11 pm

How young can they be reliably sexed? I found another shop that has youngsters, but if I want just females I have to sex them myself. Those ones are a bit smaller then mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you double-check the gender? (With pictures)   10/16/2011, 1:49 am

They both look male.
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