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Exocet77
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PostSubject: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty3/30/2014, 2:07 pm

So I just picked up my scorpion at the expo... Got home, opened the container and its full of what I assume is mites. Thankfully I haven't put him in my tank yet.

So they look like white mites, which may not be harmful? Like I said the look kinda white, but there hard to see, but there is a ton of them.

I just put him in a new container and pitched the old one. I don't see anymore on him. I checked under his backside and not seeing any mites, like I have in other mite/scorpion related problems and posts I searched.

So should I still wait and quarantine him?

I'm so thankful I seen them before I put him in with 40lbs of sand and clay. Don't want to have to re-do my setup.

So what do I do?? Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty3/30/2014, 5:11 pm

Are they attached to the scorpion?
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty3/30/2014, 6:35 pm

Callum B wrote:
Are they attached to the scorpion?

No not that I can see. I picked him up with the tongs and checked under him and don't see any at all.

They were crawling on him when I noticed in the cup. Since I ditched the container I haven't seen any
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty3/30/2014, 11:45 pm


Guess the container was kept too moist along with the scorp. Your scorps are semi-arid species so keeping them moist for too long probably attracted the mites
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty3/31/2014, 3:10 am

They're more than likely detritivorous mites feeding on waste left in the substrate. Normally harmless to scorpions but can be a sign that conditions may be getting a bit dirty.

As Neil says, your scorpions are from semi-arid areas, so get them into dry enclosures and you'll find the mites will disappear.
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty3/31/2014, 11:04 am

Perfect Smile I had him in a rather large container last night with just some sand and clay. Haven't seen anymore so I think there gone. Sounds like he can go to his new home.

Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty4/2/2014, 2:09 am


They're still there just dormant underneath. Waiting for your enclosure to get moist and dirty Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty4/2/2014, 12:14 pm

Tongue Flicker wrote:

They're still there just dormant underneath.

Shhhh don't tell me that. LoL
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PostSubject: Re: Great.... mites :-/   Great.... mites :-/ Empty4/3/2014, 8:49 am

Haha! But seriously, mites are unavoidable and unpredictable. It's keeping the enclosure conditions right that prevents them from multiplying and becoming rampant. Even a healthy human has microscopic mites living in the eyelids/eyelashes
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