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PostSubject: Heterometrus longimanus molting   6/8/2008, 3:39 am

Taken from my blog . . .

I was doing the rounds yesterday and when I went to check on my juvenile Heterometrus longimanus community, I managed to catch one little guy in the act of molting (something I've only witnessed once before in a much smaller scorpion).

When I found him at 8:20 PM:


One of his tankmates came out to check on him and see what I was up to (note the threat posture):


A blacklight pic for fun -- he decided to molt right beside another exuvium:


A weird shot of what the pedipalps look like during all this (8:42 PM):


10:48 PM and the pedipalps are free:


Finished up just after midnight:


That's his exuvium on the left, along with the one he molted next to:


For another 7 pictures of the sequence, please go >here<.

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus longimanus molting   6/8/2008, 3:54 am

Brilliant pictures!
I love it when the siblings come out to protect the moulting scorpion from the "huge giant thing"

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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus longimanus molting   6/8/2008, 3:56 am

well Mike chould as well scared it from eating the molting tank mate.. you never know
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus longimanus molting   6/8/2008, 5:12 am

Interesting. I've never seen a freshly molted scorp like this. Looks alien-like! alien
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus longimanus molting   6/8/2008, 11:45 am

cooool...... they look really weired whilst molting. i hope i get to witness this sometime
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PostSubject: Re: Heterometrus longimanus molting   6/8/2008, 12:37 pm

Kejser wrote:
well Mike could as well scared it from eating the molting tank mate.. you never know

These guys have actually been better about not cannibalizing than my baby emps -- I've lost two in each case, but I started with five emps and ten hets. Although it was feeding time when I saw this, and one of the guys that came out was hungry. I offered him a baby dubia but then my camera crapped out on me when he stung it. Rolling Eyes


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cooool...... they look really weired whilst molting. i hope i get to witness this sometime

I'd always wanted to as well -- this is the first time I've seen it in something bigger than a 2I bark scorpion.

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