Ordering One Molt To-Go

 

Imagine opening a cage and finding this beauty looking at you! At first I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at. I knew what I was supposed to be looking at... an Emperor Scorpion, one of the largest species from Africa, but was the scorpion eating a frog? Was it eating another scorpion? Was it breeding? No it couldn't be. 

 

 

All of these thoughts seemed plausible until I considered the most obvious answer... the scorpion was molting! What's molting? Molting is basically the arachnid version of shedding. Each time a scorpion gets larger it grows out of it's skin and produces a new larger version underneath.

 

 

It then slowly walks, crawls, wiggles and inches it's way out of the outer skin. This process can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the humidity and animal. HINT: If you have your own creepy crawly scorpion at home you can help this process by adding a little moisture to the surrounding bedding to help increase this humidity.

 

 

As it is coming out the scorpion will usually be discolored, sometimes even white. This is because the outer skeleton has not hardened, immedietly after molting the new skin is soft and susceptible to damage. HINT: If your scorpion is molting be sure not to handle or feed it during this time as it can cause injury. 

 

 

Once fully hardened, taking up to a day, the new exo-skeleton will become shiny and regain it's normal coloration. Once you see this change the molting process is complete and it will look like your scorpion has cloned itself! Don't worry the scorpion is not radioactive (we'll talk more about that later) or part of some crazy science experiment. 

 

 

The scorpion has just left behind it's molt which looks like a transparent clone of itself. The scorpion no longer needs this molt, it does not eat it, so it can now become your trophy or better yet great gag gift to suprise your friends with!

HINT: Both the old molt and new skin glow bright turquoise under a black light which is sure to raise the spooky factor for your arachiphobia friends!

 

 

As you can see the Emperor Scorpion can be a pretty exciting pet... just check out Priscilla's blog about everything you need called  I AM EMPEROR , but if you're not up to that you can enjoy an up-close and personal look at the scorpion along with some of his reptile friends at your next Jurassic Party!

 

 

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I AM EMPEROR!

Barrrrrrrrrrr Rrrrrrr Clash clash clash!!!  Ladies and Gentlemen, brought to you by the rainforests of Africa, inhabiting your tropical forests and open savannahs, say hello to the Emperor Scorpion!  As one of the world’s largest species of scorpion, averaging at about an adult length of 8in, this particular Arachnid has a life expectancy of 5-8 years when held in captivity.  Not bad for a beginner pet for all you Arachnid lovers.  Low maintenance and small in size, the Emperor maintains a daily diet of Calcium dusted crickets.  These little creatures have been feared for years due to their intimidating appearance (the stinger specifically) and their unique temperament.  Curious about the stinger?  Well, despite their “scary” looks Emperor Scorpion venom is quite mild to humans; it’s often compared to a bee sting!  One of the rules of thumb we teach at our Jurassic Parties is, the larger the claws, the less poison in the stinger.  With that being said, looking at the Emperor you can see how he has great big claws, hence his low potency venom. 

Think you may want to add one of these guys to your collection?  How about starting a Arachnid colony amongst the reptiles?  This week Prehistoric Pets is hosting an AWEsome deal on our Emperor Scorpions, Scorpion set-ups and accessories!  Docile and calm in nature, the Scorpion is able to be handled as long as it is done with MUCH LoVe (as Katy so eloquently shows). 

To maintain a happy and stress-free life for your Scorpion, a set-up including rocks, logs, bark etc.  No matter what substrate you choose, it should be fairly deep (3 - 6 inches) to allow the scorpion to dig burrows. Pieces of bark, flat stones and broken ceramic flower should be provided as hiding spots for the scorpions and luckily we ALSO are hosting a deal this week for ALL sized rock outcrops for your new pet! 

Convinced yet?  Come in this week and check out the BLOW OUT sale we’ve got going on down here, especially on the Emperors!  For almost 100$ you can get a FULL Scorpion set-up, Scorpion AND outcrop to take home TODAY!  While you’re here, stop on in The Reptile Zoo and say Hello to all your friends Twinkie, Frank, Thelma & Louise and MORE!  Welcome home your new Emperor Scorpion today. =D

You won't know what you're missing until you come on in and check out all this week's deals!  Prices are cut thruout the shop and reptiles are waiting to go home with YOU!

Ciao!

^O^…………Priscilla

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