I joined because I need some help for my female flat rock scorpion.
I've had her for almost a week now because my Dad bought her at a pet shop, and it's always bad to buy something BEFORE learning about it. I always research something before (or not) purchasing it.
Anyways, long story short, it's been almost a week and she hasn't eaten any of the crickets I have put in with her. She's still a bit lively, and she only has tucked her legs in when there has been a lot going on around her enclosure. But any more days like this and I fear she will die from starvation.
I have several possibilities of why she's been like this.
Said enclosure is just the small generic insect container. She has just enough room to move around and for a rinky-dink water dish the guy put in for her. Simply put, it's not big enough by any means.
I have been trying to get a 10 gallon aquarium/terrarium set up for her, but I have been very busy and just didn't have the resources set or ready to make it. However, it will all come together tomorrow as my brother has picked me up some sand and a heat rock for warmth since it still gets a little chilly where I live (NC).
Which is another issue I have. The guy at the shop said a heat rock wasn't necessary. I call bull. These things live close to the equator, do they not? Suggested warmth: 85 - 90 degrees it says on the caresheet I found here.
That may be the problem. It could just be a little cool for her.
Still speaking about the enclosure, it's not been in a great place(s). There's been lots of light, and that's something I know they don't like at all.
So, recently, I've been keeping her in our storage room, where it stays dark.
I can already tell she enjoys it, since she doesn't keep her claws withdrawn as much. She just seems more lively in there. No activity either, it's quiet.
Speaking of light and small enclosures, she doesn't have a single hiding place.
It's sad, I know. But I picked one up earlier for her. It's not a rock, but it's a "turtle hut" half of a log ornament that has space to crawl in under. I have been looking everywhere for something like that for the crayfish I will soon get. So I got a big one for her and a small one for the crayfish since it already has some nice hiding structures made.
Alright.... I think that's all. Her "water dish" is a joke, it looks like the lid screwed off of something upside down with water in it. I have a proper dish already that I'll put in the 10 gallon tomorrow.
So I assume that one or all of these reasons are why she isn't eating. Or... could it possibly be because she's molting? I haven't found anything about what that is like, nor how long it takes for a scorpion. Exactly how do they do it, too? It seems odd. I can imagine a crayfish doing it but not a scorpion.
Also, she isn't small. She'll at least fit in the palm of your hand and fill it up.
I hope I can get some tips on what's going on and how I can get her to eat, otherwise she will die. And I don't want that to happen.
But if she does, I won't let my experience go for naught. I will tell my Dad to NOT buy anything he doesn't know about. And then do some researching on an Emperor because I don't want all this time to go to waste.
But of course that's if this all goes wrong.
Thanks for your time, and I hope this wasn't too much information. Feel free to ask any more questions, I'll try to answer them the best I can.