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PostSubject: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 1:22 pm

Hey everyone
I'm new to this forum, just wanted to share some pics of my pair of Opistophthlamus karooensis. Pics were taken in a different container.
Hope you enjoy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 1:54 pm

welcome Nice scorps you got there, not seen that species before.

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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 3:15 pm

Thanks man, yeah they seem to be pretty rare. I have only seen people having O.glabifrons in their collection.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 4:55 pm

What size do they measure around?
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 5:02 pm

My female is about 9cm and the male between 7 and 8cm, they are not known to exceed 10cm so the female is almost fully grown. She seems very fat at the moment so I dont know if she is pregnant.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 6:56 pm

Very nice! What country do you reside in i.e. are these available in the UK lol??

I have O. lamorali which makes a change!! I do have a O. glabrifrons though as well lol.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/18/2012, 7:30 pm

I am from South Africa self, very, very difficult to get permits for them here! I doubt you will find any of these outside South africa as it is illegal to export them Sad Never seen O.lamorali before! Will have to go look it up. Did you import yours? Or do you have CB?
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 6:40 am

Ahh, you lucky person lol. So many cool scorpions and other animals in your country.

Yer, you don't see many SA scorpions about. O. lamorali are from Namibia and maybe the northern part of SA. I always thought Namibia had similar rules on exporting to SA, but this guy is an adult so is more than likely WC. Those Germans can get anything, including the odd SA scorpion!! They have long thin pedipalps unlike most Opistophthalmus that have the big, heavy 'spade' shaped claws.

Did you go and find your yourself or can reptile shops in SA stock native scorps??
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 6:45 am

I think you guys over there are much luckier than us here! We are allowed to keep Parabuthus and Uroplectes. We arent even allowed to import scorpions!? There are a few shops that sell parabuthus and uroplectes but they are few and far between.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 6:48 am

So that means we will never see the likes of Adroctonus spp. here as our government thinks they might escape and form invasive colonies.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:04 am

That's a shame for responsible hobbyists but I can see their point. You just have to look at Florida. Irresponsible keepers let their animals go and they thrive in the sub-tropical climate to the point of some actually becoming a problem i.e. burmese pythons, pirahna, snakeheads, a few gecko species etc etc.

Yer but you have got their southern equivalent, Parabuthus sp, wandering around in your back yard lol!! That is pretty awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:11 am

Yea that is quite convenient having them in my. backyard lol.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:23 am

Callum B wrote:
That's a shame for responsible hobbyists but I can see their point. You just have to look at Florida. Irresponsible keepers let their animals go and they thrive in the sub-tropical climate to the point of some actually becoming a problem i.e. burmese pythons, pirahna, snakeheads, a few gecko species etc etc.

It's a shame indeed!
That's why even the import of Trachemys scrypta elegans to EU countries was banned a couple of years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:36 am

Those big, messy, bitey things should be banned or severly restricted lol.

They don't normally survive winter up here in the North of England but every year you can spot a few dumped in the ponds of parks.

When I lived in Jersey, which is a lot milder than up here, there were a couple that lived in the pond down the hill from me. It rarely freezes on Jersey, and if it does it's not for very long, and every spring they would reappear basking on the logs in the middle of the pond.

In my opinion they are one of the biggest disasters in the reptile keeping world. So many end up in ponds or dying in some filthy, unfiltered, unsuitable aquarium. Theres a small aquarium not far from me and they have an indoor pond just for rescued/dumped Trachemys. Last time I went, there were around 30 in the pool. Ranging in size from the just got past the cute little 'turtle' size to big adults.

Sorry, gone a little off topic lol.

Shadow, do you get Parabuthus in towns and cities, or do you only find them away from human habitation?
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:47 am

It is very weird, you see many countries that have invasive species, but here in SA you dont see any, dont know if it is because of responsible keepers or just the climate is too harsh for many exotic species. Callum, you do get many Parabuthus that wonder into homes over here, but not that many other scorpions except maybe Opistacanthus spp and a few Uroplectes and Pseudolychas(dont know about spelling lol).
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:50 am

I'm against banning ANY reptile/invert to be kept in captivity, as long as you provide the animal with optimal living conditions, and yourself/neighbours etc. with proper safety when venomous animals are kept.
But, I have to agree with you on this. Trachemys are predators, and they're replacing the native fauna in some countries.

Shadow, that's a gorgeous Opistopthalmus you've got there!
Do you know in which parts of SA Parabuthus exists? I think Mpumalanga has them, but not sure of other regions.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:55 am

DolbyR, they are spread across the whole of South Africa, you wont find a part which they do not inhabit. Parabuthus transvaalicus you will find in Mpumalanga and the upper parts of the country.


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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 7:57 am

Amazing!
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 8:01 am

Lol, it is yes.
But... Still very difficult to find them!
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 10:02 am

Callum will you be able to post some pics of your O. lamorali? Would love to see them.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 1:13 pm

You should breed and export CBB Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 1:44 pm

Would love to! Unfortunetaly it is illegal to import and export in South Africa. The only way to get these to other countries would be to smuggle them..... count me out lol.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 2:24 pm

This is what my O. lamorali looks like most of the time lol.......



I don't have any pics of him at the moment. Every time I have tried to get a pic he does a lap of his tank and then disappears into one of his burrows. I'll keep checking if he comes out tonight and try and get a pic.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 2:29 pm

That is quite a nice setup!
My O.karooensis comes out every night and patrols for hours at a time and eats everything in sight and then they go hide again.
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PostSubject: Re: My Opistophthlamus karooensis   1/19/2012, 3:14 pm

Cheers man.

Mine mostly stays hidden and doesn't eat a great deal. I really like Opistophthalmus sp. but they really do like to stay hidden which can be a bit annoying. But a happy scorpion is a hidden scorpion lol. Or a hidden scorpion is a happy scorpion. Which ever way around it is lol.
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