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PostSubject: Heterometrus swammerdami   2/27/2012, 5:13 am

Scientific name: Heterometrus swammerdami
Common name: Giant Indian forest scorpion
Origin/Distribution: India; Sri Lanka
Venom: Mild to moderate

* History of female: The previous owner bought the female as a sub-adult in march '11, since then she has been housed alone.
I received her in october '11, while she hadn't molted at the previous owner's care.
* Instar of the female: Believed to be 7i

* Duration taken for signs of gestation:
No data on gestation period, however, generally this species' gestation is around 15-24 months.
-She seemed to have great appetite few weeks before her brood.
-Her level of aggretion/defensiveness increased before giving birth.
-No physical signs of pregnancy.

* Environmental conditions for the gravid female:

The female was kept in a 35Lx25Wx20H (cm) plastic tub with plenty of ventilation on top and sides. 2 cm of coconut fibre on the bottom for retaining humidity and a thin layer of bark on top. 8 cm diam. water bowl in the middle.
There was no hide in the enclosure.
The tub was at room temperature (20-24 celsius) with a 20x20cm area of the side covered with a heatpad.

* Gestation period for #1 brood: Unknown
* Number of young born: 23
* Number of young eaten by mom: none
* Number of young surviving to 2.instar: Full brood survived
* Number of young surviving to 3.instar: 20

Lifecycle observation:

1.instar >> 2.instar: 15 days
2.instar >> 3.instar: 115 days / 3 months 25 days

* Number of days taken for the 2.instar scorplings to dismount from mom's back: 13 days after molting to 2.instar

to be further updated

Husbandry for the young:
The 2i young were housed individually in 10cm diameter (250ml) delicups with 15-20 mm coconut fibre as substrate.
The young are fed 2 times a week with appropriately sized (headcrushed) mealworms, when the sides of the cups and the substrate are moistened with 5 cc of water.

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Last edited by DolbyR on 4/14/2012, 2:42 am; edited 6 times in total (Reason for editing : Update: Number of young surviving to 3.instar)
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus swammerdami   3/6/2012, 12:03 am

Thanks using the template and the effort to update more info for our readers

I'm sure many will find the stats useful. Thanks for your awesome contribution.

I will be following your journey to raise these gorgeous specimens up if i may Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus swammerdami   3/6/2012, 3:26 am

GS wrote:
Thanks using the template and the effort to update more info for our readers

I'm sure many will find the stats useful. Thanks for your awesome contribution.

I will be following your journey to raise these gorgeous specimens up if i may Very Happy

Sure bro, will be updating as they grow.

I'm also updating more info (as I find time to do it) into it to comply raise this from a breeding report into a full ASA article.
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus swammerdami   4/12/2012, 4:08 am

Updated sections:

-Lifecycle observation
-Origin/Distribution
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus swammerdami   5/24/2012, 6:54 pm

Hey! If you keep them together and just chuck a bunch of roaches/crickets every now and then they will gro much faster! Mine went from 2.-3rd instar in 2 months Smile
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