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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October Treat!

 

So October is all about the scary, spooky, and creepy, right?  Well, we may be a tiny bit late, but for the rest of the month we have a creepy crawly addition to the hands-on area...a tarantula and scorpion!

Our Rose-hair Tarantulas are very docile, and beautiful to look at.  They get their name from the light pink hairs on their "head", or cephalothorax.  Originating in Chile, they are also known as the Chilean Rose.  They are always a big hit at parties, so why not bring them out for some special spooky handling??  

 

 

The Emperor Scorpion is the largest type of scorpion in the world...however, they have the least amount of venom.  Ours DO still have their stingers, but their pincers are their main defense.  You can tell the level of danger by the size of both:  big stinger, small pincers = VERY venomous...and vice versa.  The Emperor has huge pincers, which they actually use more for sense than defense.  Their pincers are covered in tiny little hairs that they use almost like a cat's whiskers...to "feel" around their environment.  They are from Africa, love to eat crickets and super worms, and can glow TURQUOISE under a black light!!

 

So come by before the month is over for a very creepy type of petting zoo!! 

 

<3.....................Thalia

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