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Topic NEED HELP! :( GOT A MOTHER SCORPION :D

Post by stayfrosty04 on Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:06 am

Hello Just a little newbie question. I had a scorp that popped/gave birth last week... Sad sadly it cannibalized its babies..next time should I feed the mum scorpion after giving birth? Thanks ASA!  Very Happy 

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Topic Re: NEED HELP! :( GOT A MOTHER SCORPION :D

Post by GS on Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:41 am

Cannibalism of young by the scorpion mom may occur due to a few reasons, not simply because that the scorpion mom is hungry.

Usually, a scorpion mom has a kind of natural suppressant, that allows her "control" her instinct to feed, especially on her own brood.

Some reasons of cannibalism might be due to:

1. "sensing that the young is a weak individual" that might not make it to a molt, hence it is cannibalized to regain loss of energy throughout the pregnancy.

2. Stress accumulated from the presence of threats such as:
- the presence of other scorpions in the same enclosure
- the frequent "disturbance" from us, keepers who "poke our nose" into their enclosure every now and then.. excessively..
- the inappropriate husbandry(living conditions) provided

I do not find a need for this, but you may offer an incapacitated prey (e.g. headless meal worm or a head-crushed cricket) and placed it gently somewhere near the scorpion mom, as to avoid scaring/freaking her out. If she is hungry, she will take it, else, do remove the uneaten prey the next day.

Let us know if if clarifies or if you have more questions.

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Post by stayfrosty04 on Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:48 pm

THANKS! Smile Im hoping for another brood Very Happy
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Post by GS on Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:10 pm

Hottentotta hottentotta? If everything goes smoothly, she should give you a good number of broods before her life cycle ends. Keep her well, and feel free to seek advice if you need any.

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