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Topic Substrate question

Post by vince57 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:21 am

Is it ok to use Perlite as substrate for forest scorpions?

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Post by GS on Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:56 am

Hi Vince57,

How do you wish to use it?

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Post by vince57 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:07 am

I just saw someone using it on Facebook, and I was wondering if it is okay to use it as well. 



Here's the pic:

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Post by GS on Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:03 am

Though a few of these (Perlite) by a corner of the enclosure would do no harm, using it completely as a substrate for forest scorpions is not advisable.

1. It does not support burrowing which is a natural behavior for forest scorpions
2. It does not support the high humidity required by forest scorpions as compared to the commonly used coco fibre/peat

Although keeping a water dish filled with water would sustain the life of this forest scorpion, most likely the lifespan would deteriorate due to the stress it "suffers" by being in an enclosure such as above. To me, it is like locking up magneto in a plastic prison.

Always try to replicate (as much as possible) the natural environment from which the scorpion is found Smile
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Let me know if it clarifies.

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Post by vince57 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:44 am

Alright, thanks for shedding some light into this matter, GS. I have been using the set up from ASA care sheets for my scorpions. And my scorpions are enjoying their current home already. Smile

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Post by GS on Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:49 am

You are welcomed Smile

It's a good question which I'm sure our new hobbyist would be interested to find out as well.

Thanks for asking.

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