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PostSubject: How old is my dune scorpion?   How old is my dune scorpion? Empty4/15/2013, 3:59 am

This is a pic taken a few months ago. Ignore the picture date.

I want to know how much more my scorpion will grow. Anyone know? I'll try and get a more updated pic later.

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PostSubject: Re: How old is my dune scorpion?   How old is my dune scorpion? Empty4/16/2013, 5:29 am

Here is a picture of it taken today:

Any ideas of how much bigger he'll grow? And how old he currently is?

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PostSubject: Re: How old is my dune scorpion?   How old is my dune scorpion? Empty4/16/2013, 7:33 am

I've just had a look on the net and apparently an American quarter is about 2.5cm in diameter.
That makes the scorpion pictured roughly 3.5cm in length. At that size I'd say it was probably in its 3rd instar, maybe 4th. I'm not sure how many moults it takes S. mesaensis to reach maturity but assuming it is 7, then it has 3 or 4 more moults left to adulthood. The scorpion should reach around 8cm as an adult.

As for how old it is, I have no idea. I don't know how long it usually takes for S. mesaensis to reach that size, and besides, scorpions grow at different rates depending on environmental conditions, food availability etc. So, unless you know the date it was born, it is impossible to give a definite age.



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PostSubject: Re: How old is my dune scorpion?   How old is my dune scorpion? Empty4/16/2013, 1:53 pm

Ok, thanks! I'm assuming the size includes the tail length?
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PostSubject: Re: How old is my dune scorpion?   How old is my dune scorpion? Empty4/16/2013, 2:02 pm

Yes, chelicerae to telson.
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