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Topic What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:33 pm

My subadult H arizonensis spends a lot of time in this position. Any idea why? Is she relaxing or is there another reason? 

I have also seen my adult female in this position but no as often

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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by Mr.Invert on Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:45 pm

Seems like she's standing guard in front at the entrance of her burrow/cave.
Great capture btw.
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by Shadowfoot on Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:02 pm

I've seen my Opistophthalmus doing this many times, no idea what it means but it doesn't look like a precursor for a sick or dying scorpion.
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by yames on Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:14 pm

in my haddy I've taken it to mean he's hungry or thirsty. do you have a little bottle cap you could put some water in tonight
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:16 pm

Yes i put one there but shes ignored it so far. She drank loads a few weeks ago though. 

I read somewhere it was premoult but obviously not as she hasnt moulted and still eats

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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by Scorpion19981000 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:34 am

I've noticed many species do this.

Typically what I've found is that they're waiting for some unfortunate prey item to wander by. Pretty much the classic "feed me" position.  Smile
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:55 am

Good to know. I will feed her when I am back home on friday. She is so fat she could fast for months anyway haha
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by DolbyR on Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:00 pm

Yep, typical "ambush" pose, works both for catching prey and protecting their burrow/cave.

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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by Shadowfoot on Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:37 pm

Are we talking about the way she is sitting in front of the burrow or the way she is holding her chelicerae?
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:45 pm

My question was about the position of the chelicerae and chelae.
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by Mr.Invert on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:47 am

I assume she stayed in that position for some time?

Could be a position to stretch (induce fluid flow to the ends of her chelicerae), regulate body temperature maybe.

Chelae is in a common defensive stance.

All in all, nothing "negative" as a sign to health issues.. but this is indeed, interesting observations.
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:06 am

Yes she spends a lot of her time like that. Maybe the internal pressure from being fat, causes her to be more comfortable with her chelicerae in that position.
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by GS on Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:09 pm

It's common for this when a very thirsty scorpion meets a puddle of drinking water. When we remove water from the picture.. it seems an opened airway all the way into the scorpion like a "tunnel", the opened chelicerae just reinforces the act of "relaxation", it actually takes effort for something to remain close at times.. e.g. the chelae

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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by bubotmcawesome on Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:29 am

my hypothesis is that your scorpion is hungry and thirsty Smile spray a mist of H2O and give it one fat roach Very Happy
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:48 pm

She will probably moult tonight or the night after. She is now in the premoult position and her exoskeleton has really losened. Crossing my fingers it all goes well
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by Shadowfoot on Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:26 pm

Good Luck! Smile
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Topic Re: What does this position mean?

Post by shaneshac on Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:21 am

Here is her current state, she has been like this for a couple of days now, and sections of her tail are getting very opaque

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