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PostSubject: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/3/2012, 1:59 pm

My little girl that I have had for about a year now. She gave birth a few months ago, had about 16 babies, 12 of which survived.




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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 6:48 am

Nice Very Happy

I really like Opisthacanthus. I have two species at the moment, O. madagascariensis and and an unidentified species that was incorrectly sold to me as Heteroscorpion opisthacanthoides (bloody bugzuk).

Yours is really cool. I really like its bluey colour. What were the young like to raise? Are they stupidly slow growing?
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 6:56 am

Maybe you can post a pic? I might know what it is.
Young were quite easy to raise compared to other scorps and are not that slow growing.
I have raised a couple of these babies before, so trial and error helped a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 6:58 am

Oh and the colours are awesome on this spp, if she stays under her bark for a few days she turns completely green. Will try to get pics of the colour.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:04 am

Wow, she actually changes colour? That's amazing. Fancy posting some scorplings to the UK haha??

Here's the un-ID'd Opisthacanthus sp. It arrived at bugzuk at the same time a load of Madagascan inverts did, plus H. madagascariensis, that it was mis-sold as, is obviously from Madagascar, so that's its most likely place of origin.



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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:09 am

I might be totally wrong here, but are you sure its from madagascar? Looks very similiar to O.asper.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:17 am

Over here they are called yellow legged creeper scorpions, for obvious reasons.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:18 am

I can't definately say it's from Madagascar but it was sold as a Madagascan scorpion species.

There's not enough granulation on the chelae for it to be O. asper I think. That is what's throwing me, as Opisthacanthus sp. chelae generally seem to be quite heavily granulated.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:36 am

I agree on the granulation after checking some photos. Maybe O. milloti?
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:40 am

How does this one compare to your O. madagascariensis?
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 7:45 am

Definately different but not disimilar lol.

Here's a couple of pics.



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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 8:02 am

Ok, this is quite a difficult ID.
Will have to search through a few books.
More pics of my other O. capensis coming shortly.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 8:03 am

Sweet. Have you got any of the babies??
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 8:24 am

Some more(sorry for some bad photos)

Babies:


My big female:


Male:


More:


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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 8:26 am

@Callum, no sorry, no more babies. Probably will have more in a few months.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 8:31 am

Is that the normal way mothers carry their young?

The pic of the scorpion on the twigs is great. It's colour is stunning and the chelae look amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 8:38 am

Yup, thats the way I have seen them carry the babies.
Thanks man, that was my fav male.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 2:37 pm

it's so brave....
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/4/2012, 3:34 pm

What do you mean?
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/13/2012, 9:57 am

shadowfoot wrote:
What do you mean?

i mean that's amazing dude..
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/13/2012, 11:32 am

shadowfoot wrote:

Callum B wrote:
Is that the normal way mothers carry their young?
The pic of the scorpion on the twigs is great. It's colour is stunning and the chelae look amazing.
It's actually the first time i saw that too.
Wondering if it's daylight and the scorplings are trying to get some shade..

Nice post shadowfoot Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   3/13/2012, 11:41 am

Thanks guys. I guess it is kind of strange, but thats how I usually see the scorplings sit on the mother.
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   5/2/2012, 1:48 pm

My new little pair. The female might already be gravid Smile

The female is the larger and fatter one obviously.





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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   5/2/2012, 2:08 pm

Awww, a happy little couple.

It's a long, long gestation period with these guys isn't it??
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PostSubject: Re: Opisthacanthus capensis   5/2/2012, 2:25 pm

Callum, I dont know the exact time period, but mine has ranged from 13-15 months. Depending on temps.
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