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PostSubject: Sunny or Shade...   2/10/2012, 2:48 am

I live in SE Asia...and I currently have one juvenile H. longimanus...
I was wondering if its okay to put my scorp container where there is direct sunlight for a few hours...somewhere around 3pm onwards...my set up has a bottlecap watering hole and a clam shell hide...substrate is coconut peat and peat moss...

1. What effect would this have on my scorp environment? (humidity, parasites, fungi, etc.)
2. What effect would this have on my scorp? (molting, metabolism, etc.)


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PostSubject: Re: Sunny or Shade...   2/10/2012, 11:46 am

Scorps are nocturnal, so they don't like light. UV actually harms them.
Better keep them away from sunlight.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunny or Shade...   2/10/2012, 5:49 pm

NEVER let any terrarium be in direct sunlight, it could easily overheat
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PostSubject: Re: Sunny or Shade...   2/10/2012, 8:44 pm

Agreed. Enclosures can heat up quickly and get hot. It would be like a oven. Plus scorps are nocturnal. They prefer the night over day as uv can harm them. Scorpions kinda remind me of vampires just without all the blood sucking.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunny or Shade...   2/11/2012, 3:36 am

Thanks a bunch...
I was just a bit worried because it hasn't eaten in a week since I got it and I thought the temp rise from the sunlight could increase metabolism but I read in some threads that they can survive for months and I shouldn't force it to eat...I just put a disabled superworm (which my scorp disabled because of my attempts of force feeding it) in a bottle cap and I avoid disturbing it...
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PostSubject: Re: Sunny or Shade...   2/13/2012, 4:01 am

A appropriate temperature rise will increase metabolism but how we achieve it is another issue. As mentioned by the peeps above, they are right... never to do it under direct sunlight.

You may however, place a Infra-red heat lamp near to one side of your enclosure to provide a temperature gradient and also to allow night observation of their behavior.

You are in a tropical country, the temperature is already ideal for breeding most scorpions in the hobby! Smile
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