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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What Not to Put in Your Mouth!

 

 Hello Kiddies!

 

Sooooooooooooooo, yesterday I posted I picture of me with a tomato frog in my mouth that generated way more controversy than I ever could have imagined because after all it was just a little froggy!  Anyways, long story short, the picture was taken down because we here at the Reptile Zoo do not want to encourage you kiddies out there (or adults) to put things in your mouth that don't belong in your mouth!  I would think that that everyone out there was smart enough to figure that out on their own, but hey, I did it, so what's to stop you from following suit?

The tomato frog that was the victim of this tragedy is still alive and well, hopping through his day unaffected by the event, lest you all be ever concerned with whether or not something happened to him.  I would like to add that I am also fine, the frog did not kill me, did not make me high, I did not hallucinate, and I did not get a severe and life threatening headache from the event.  I simply thought that the frog felt amazingly soft  kinda like a cross between a gummy shark and a Listerine breath strip and I am a big fan of gummy sharks and wanted to see what the tomato frog would feel like on my tongue.

Now, all of that being said, I would like to post some pictures of things are ok to put in your mouth and some things that are not ok to put in your mouth as a guideline for all of you out there that might need it.

 

All apologies necessary…

 

Much love

 

Xo……………….Savannah

 

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