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PostSubject: My scorpions are jumping ?! @____@   4/13/2013, 3:01 am


i know based on facts and research that scorpions cant jump. so here are two scenarios:

1). so i left the lid open so i can visualizing how to improve my l.waigiensis' enclosure. i watched as it climbed a stone that almost at the same level as the tub's rim with pedipalps desperately trying to reach the rim. i was astonished when it leaped like a jumping spider towards the rim.. (disclaimer: i may have been a little drunk when this happened, so pardon me LOL)

2). my female p.trans recently (last week) molted to 7i and i figured i'll rehouse it in a cleaner but plain enclosure this time. so when i opened the lid and tried grasping the telson with a tweezer, i was surprised that it sprang in a diagonal direction towards me (about 4-5 inches high above the ground). luckily, it fell down inside the new enclosure lol.. i noticed the way it used its tail to spring itself upwards due to it being startled haha

any thoughts on this? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My scorpions are jumping ?! @____@   4/13/2013, 5:41 am

I have witnessed my Opistacanthus capensis jump off of my hand while holding them. They don't just fall off my hand but make a little leap of about 2cm lol.
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PostSubject: Re: My scorpions are jumping ?! @____@   4/13/2013, 7:37 am

I should think that it would classify more as a lunge than a jump? since that would be same principal action for attacking prey....
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PostSubject: Re: My scorpions are jumping ?! @____@   4/13/2013, 9:56 am

AaronCo2 wrote:
I should think that it would classify more as a lunge than a jump? since that would be same principal action for attacking prey....

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PostSubject: Re: My scorpions are jumping ?! @____@   4/13/2013, 10:46 am

Depends what you define lunge as? Lunge can mean it leaves the surface on which it is standing or not but jump always leaves the surface.
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PostSubject: Re: My scorpions are jumping ?! @____@   4/13/2013, 4:19 pm


both didn't jump/leap in a downward direction. if so, that wouldn't classify as an actual vertical/diagonal jump. the first one looked like it leaped straight horizontally but the p.trans.. man, that was a SHOCKER! hope to catch it on video next time lol Very Happy
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