I can't get any pictures right now, but this scorpion is cool! I am keeping it around room temp for now, but I may use a heat pad or something.
Very nice! They look a lot like our desert scorpions, Urodacus yaschenkoi. I read that like them they are burrowers, or fossorial which means "lives underground". Our species does not need heating, the temperature in a burrow has been shown to be around 23c and doesn't vary between summer and winter. Ours are nocturnal, avoiding the heat of the day, the last thing they want is to be exposed to excessive heat. I know some American desert species do in fact come out in the daytime but I'm not sure that this is one because it is a burrowing species. If heating is warranted at all it would be because the enclosure is reguarily dipping below 20c, even then I would be hesitant. In any case I'm sure you can do your own research but be aware there is a lot of outdated information out there, so many desert animals were kept in hot dry conditions when really their lives are absolutely dedicated to avoiding heat and dessication. I keep my scorpions in false bottom systems with 4 to 8 inches of substrate and this allows for a more stable temperature and a moisture gradient for them to take advantage of. You'll be told it's not necessary, and for an adult that won't be moulting it isn't strictly necessary but it does make life much easier for you and the scorpion. I can't recommend it strongly enough, I'm certain it has saved the lives of many of my scorpions when I've been on holiday or just lax in care, they can be left for months, as the substrate dries they just dig deeper, without a false bottom they just become dessicated and die.I can't get any pictures right now, but this scorpion is cool! I am keeping it around room temp for now, but I may use a heat pad or something.
Dave, You dont have "Arachnogod" under your name. Your experience doesn't matter.I apologise for coming across a bit brash Kael, but sometimes your responses to people's input come across as being dismissive. You reply in absolutes, dismissing totally that anothers experience or ideas are valid.
It's annoyed me on a few threads recently, you do this to people with decades of experience, most likely more experience than the people you take their words as gospel and repeat.
Nobody expects you to just swallow what they say hook, line and sinker and do what you're told, but you should take advice on board and not just dismiss others input because it doesn't line up with what you've been told or read 5 mins earlier.
Maybe I'm wrong, but this is how you come across online, and we know that online many "tones" are implied by the reader not the author so maybe it's just me that perceives your comments as being in that fashion.
I listen to you regarding ants because I know you research things and have more experience than I do, and I take that into consideration when trying to sort fact from fiction and decide on my ant keeping method.
We join forums to discuss our hobbies and bounce ideas off each other, no one should say that their way, is the only way, especially with invert keeping, it's still a very new field.
Anyway mate, I don't want to take away the thrill of having your first scorpion, keep it on the down-low, but I still like them better than Ts!
Yes, those tubes go to the very bottom and are covered by a rigid plastic grid. I use straws or similar in other enclosures but those in the pictures are self cleaning fish tanks, exactly what you would design if you were designing ready made false bottom enclosures for inverts, all you need to do is turn the elbow piece so it faces up rather than down. A cheap import shop chain had them for $10 each, I bought 13 then got an advance on my pension to buy what all that were left in the state, which was only 20 more. They filled up so I bought 15 normal Betta tanks from eBay, which filled up so now I'm buying these ultra-clear food storage containers with the same dimensions (4x4x10") from the supermarket! They're filling up too lol!. And I just ordered 4 more tarantulas and an ant queen this weekend! My wife might have a point about me getting carried away, I have about 70 enclosures around that size and 8 14" to 16" aquariums all holding inverts. I also have 8 aquariums between 3' and 5' set up that hold fish, lizards and frogs. My backyard also has bird aviaries around the whole fence line and 3 ponds but I gave bird keeping away in 2015 as my health conditions leave me unable to walk at times and it wasn't fair on the birds. Fish, herps and inverts are more forgiving of lapses in care, they don't die if they are out of food or water for a day or two.Ok thanks! I currently do not have an enclosure deep enough to do that though. I may be able to add more substrate, who knows. It's really cool how you made the tubes in the enclosure so you can add moisture to the bottom! (That is what those are for, right?)
Thanks, but they are just for burrowing desert species, so no decor as these scorpions are found in open sandy areas, other species live among the bushes and leaf litter. My other scorpion enclosures have rocks, bark and wood included and look much better.