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PostSubject: Small worms in feces   2/21/2012, 1:51 am

noticed recently in my emps' tank there were small worms that seemed to be moving away from feces. Guessing they are parasites and wondering what the best thing to do to procede should be, are there parasite meds for scorps, are these harmless (doubt it)? They seemed very localized to feces as well giving me the impression that was the origin.
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PostSubject: Re: Small worms in feces   2/21/2012, 4:11 am

Would be a good idea to get a pic up.
My guess would be fruitfly larvae (aka maggots).
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PostSubject: Re: Small worms in feces   2/22/2012, 1:44 am

I wwould love to be able to post pic but my ex got the Nikon in divorce:(, and my POS Blackberry couldnt take a picture of the side of a barn.
I am not arguing they may be FF maggots but I have not observed any around (been looking for food for small unI.D.ed spider), These worms/maggots were also far down in their burrow. I am guessing no matter what they are, if parasitic there probably isnt much to do about it. After doing a lil (a very little) research I found that there arent many meds for parasites and how much money do you spend on a 12/pc scorp? I could change the substrate but money has been tight and I just did that at beginning of the month.
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PostSubject: Re: Small worms in feces   2/22/2012, 9:59 am

DolbyR wrote:
Would be a good idea to get a pic up.
My guess would be fruitfly larvae (aka maggots).
+1

Rico,
Are your choice of feeders, crickets?
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PostSubject: Re: Small worms in feces   2/22/2012, 9:47 pm

yes, i know roaches would be better, but crickets are all that are sold locally and for the few scorps I have I would quickly become over populated if I colonized some, (besides roommate isnt at all keen on roaches).
You thinking parasite or something from feeder?
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PostSubject: Re: Small worms in feces   2/22/2012, 10:56 pm

That is the common prob of using cricket as feeder.. In a scenario when the cricket is left half-eaten or dead on a substrate, fruitfly larvae (aka maggots) will most likely appear if the dead parts are not removed within 24-36hrs. The process hasten when ventilation is low.

Note that this is usually the prob for forest scorpion enclosures. Cricket that are dead/half-eaten on a desert vivarium will most likely just dries up.

Do increase the ventilation of your tank.
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