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PostSubject: Odd Diets   12/13/2012, 12:59 am

In my research into the Giant Hairy Desert Scorpion, I've been reading in the wild that they consume small vertebrates - baby mice and lizards.

I'd like to think that any time you put a similarly sized omnivorous animal in the same tank as your scorpion, you're asking for trouble, but the point does arise, in the wild the breeds we keep DO hunt animals like this. Is it a bad idea to feed them to it? I have a feeling the scorpion pictured here is rather venomous, considering how quickly the thing just stopped moving. Also, that mouse is much larger than I'd ever feed a scorpion that size, regardless of toxicity. Mouse bites DO hurt.

I'm looking at getting an adult caught H. Arizonensis, the largest breed of scorpions in North America, and on every biological/zoological website I've seen the breed's ability to take out other small vertebrates is mentioned. Should it be considered part of their diet? I could see a large scorpion like an Emperor or a Haddy taking down a small mouse, like a pinky or young feeder.

Any thoughts?

EDIT: Fixed the sentance to make sense without the vid.


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PostSubject: Re: Odd Diets   12/13/2012, 1:59 am

Removed the vid.
Yes large scorpions can eat vertebrates but it not only puts the scorpion endanger but it's a very cruel death. It does happen in the wild but not often.
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PostSubject: Re: Odd Diets   12/13/2012, 2:13 am

Thank you for the clarification. The internet is full of nasty rumors these days.

My apologies on posting the vid.
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PostSubject: Re: Odd Diets   12/13/2012, 11:31 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_njLzPex5XA
http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/feeder-crickets-worms-rodents-roaches-and-more/feeder-lizards/
Scorpions would do that in the wild, but in captivity, it is advises agains feeding vertebrates as feeders. A pinky mouse can be given maybe once a year as a treat, or a feeder lizard from lllreptile. But it should not be a usual thing, because vertebrates have bones and calcium that can break a scorpions mouth parts, or wear them down quicker.
Also, uneaten vertebrate parts would stink and rot badly if left there.
If I where to feed my scorp an adult vertebrate, it would be a CB feeder lizard, as mice can very badly injure a scorp, as they have with snakes.
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