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Pictures of a small scorpion

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 | 2 comments

Last Sunday we visited Zempoala (also spelled Cempoala). After a look at the pyramids, a rest near and in the river, and a nice, interesting walk, Esme suddenly spotted what looked like a thin long black snake. I tried to capture it but it violently wriggled and was gone.

We both tried to find out where it was hiding, moving away a lot of old rusty garbage. I also removed an old coconut shell buried in the sand, but no snake. When Esme looked in the hole the coconut shell had left, she discovered a very small scorpion which we took with us back to our home in Xalapa.

Today I took some pictures of the very small scorpion, which looked quite fat from the termite I had fed it the night before.

Small scorpion on a piece of wood
Small scorpion on a piece of wood

The above picture shows the scorpion on a small piece of wood. From head to the start of the tail (the triangular piece) it measures about 8 mm (0.3 inch). In the background you can see the plastic lid of the enclosure with ventilation holes. I put the lid under the piece of wood in case the scorpion would try to make a run for freedom.

Close up of the small scorpion
Close up of the small scorpion

The above close up of the scorpion clearly shows the very nice reddish brown colors of it's legs and claws. The picture has a width of approximately 2 cm (about 0.8 inch). My best guess is that it is a juvenile Centruroides, but which species, I have no idea.

Another close up of the small scorpion
Another close up of the small scorpion

The second close up shows the claws of the scorpion a bit sharper, and the stinger a bit blurred. Together the two close ups give a good impression of how the scorpion looks, and what the limits of my camera are (Philips ESP60, antique by nowadays standards).

Terrarium for a small scorpion

When I caught the scorpion last Sunday, I immediately had an idea of in what I was going to keep it: an empty plastic Ferrero Rocher box. I already had used it to keep some small crickets, but that was some time ago.

I used a hot needle to make holes in the lid. With a glue gun I glued some stones together to make some kind of hiding place. I had brought some sand with me, the same sand the scorpion was found on. I added also some small pieces of old dry wood.

Ferrero Rocher box turned into a small terrarium
Ferrero Rocher box turned into a small terrarium

The above picture shows how the small terrarium looks after decorating. If you look close you can spot the scorpion on a piece of wood in the center of the image.

The box is about 14 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm ( w x d x h ), and looks to me sufficient for such a tiny scorpion. A small bottle cap is being used to hold some water. I put some small stones inside the cap, since I am afraid that otherwise the scorpion might fall in and drown.

Close up of the small terrarium
Close up of the small terrarium

Today I put another termite in the little plastic scorpion enclosure, and after a few minutes I saw the scorpion munching it away.

The scorpion glows a similar green-yellow compared to my other scorpions when exposed to UV light (black light) as generated by the UV LED scorpion detector I made.

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