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Diplocentrus terrarium

Sunday, April 23, 2006 | 0 comments

Today I had captured two scorpions in a canyon (barranca), both belonging to the sampe Diplocentrus sp. I had also taken a little soil, a few dead leaves, and some small pieces of wood from the same location, careful to not disturb the spot too much.

The first captured scorpion (Diplocentrus sp.).
The first captured scorpion (Diplocentrus sp.).

A few days ago I had a glass divider glued into the middle of a 50 x 26 x 30 cm (w x l x h) terrarium. Originally I wanted to keep a Centruroides gracilis in each section, but those scorpions had to wait a little longer now, since the terrarium was going to house the new scorpions.

So I added soil to each section, and put some pieces of wood and dead leaves on top of it. Next I added a small plastic cup to each, filled with some water, and misted both sections a little with a water spray can.

Diplocentrus sp. on my hand
Diplocentrus sp. on my hand

I carefully transferred the first animal from the cup onto my hand. The animal was very ready to pinch anything that came to close, so I had to be careful not to get pinched by those strong scorpion claws, because I was sure that was going to hurt. And when I held my hand in the terrarium, the scorpion slowly walked off my hand, onto the piece of wood. Next I did the same with the second scorpion.

Diplocentrus sp. on a piece of wood (2nd captured scorpion)
Diplocentrus sp. on a piece of wood (2nd captured scorpion)

Both animals walked around a bit, looking for a good place to hide. I moved the terrarium into its place. I looked for quite some at the scorpions, they are very beautiful, and their very big claws make them somehow look more dangerous then some of the other species I keep.

Diplocentrus sp. on a piece of wood (2nd captured scorpion)
Diplocentrus sp. on a piece of wood (2nd captured scorpion)

In the night we looked at the terrarium, since both scorpions were walking around on the soil and pieces of wood. This behavior is quite different from the other Diplocentrus I have (different species), which prefers to hide most of the time under a rock, even when it's dark.

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