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PostSubject: Damaged Stinger Help!!   10/29/2012, 8:37 am

my female Heterometrus longimanus has been climbing up the side of its tank and using its stinger to get a little higher, but in the process she has broken the very tip of her stinger (the very sharp tip bit) will she be ok? i feed them adult locust and she uses the sting to kill it, but im worried now she wont be able to kill it with the broken stinger, what can i do, will it grow back?
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PostSubject: Re: Damaged Stinger Help!!   10/29/2012, 11:23 am

umm from what i've read damaged parts can be recovered through molting though im not really sure since my source was from a thread which topic was about mycosis... Question
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PostSubject: Re: Damaged Stinger Help!!   10/29/2012, 2:18 pm

its only the very very tip of it, less than half mm, its just not sharp no more
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PostSubject: Re: Damaged Stinger Help!!   10/30/2012, 11:20 am

Your scorp will be fine.

They mainly use their chela to kill prey anyway.

As for it growing back.....


Scorpions can sometimes regrow small parts of an appendage. This is much more common at early instars though. They are not like spiders, which will regrow their limbs the next molt.

My C. gracilis had the same issue but at 2nd instar. It grew back next molt. It was still able to kill prey by stinging it, however, it did take longer to force the tip through the exoskeleton of the insect.

Is your scorpion an adult?

If it is, the tip will not grow back as scorpions do not molt as adults.

And lastly, do you have PICTURES?




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