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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Sticky Tongued Pascal at The Reptile Zoo

 

When I opened Pascal's cage for a little cleaning today I knew exactly what was on his mind... FOOD!

 

 

 Pascal is a large and beautiful Meller's Chameleon who was donated to The Reptile Zoo from a great couple who had sucessfully kept him in captivity, which is rather difficult. Meller's are one of the largest species of chameleon and are native to Africa.

 

 

Since Pascal was so set on getting a snack I thought it would be a great opportunity to show his extreme snacking skills in action. Pascal is normally a pretty slow moving guy, but when there is food involved that all changes. First he locks his eyes on the prey, in this case a juicy King Meal Worm. 

 

 

Next he leans in towards the food, slowly opens his mouth....

 

 

... and BAM! Snack attack! Want to see just how lightning fast his sticky tounge can be? Check out this video from today's feeding!

 


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As you can tell from the picture below Pascal is pretty proud of his skills, just check out the smirk on his face! Next time you're in The Reptile Zoo make sure to visit Pascal, maybe he'll even show off for you.

 

 

 

 

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