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Comments: Scorpion babies!

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Today I checked again on the scorpion that had made a nice burrow under a bottle cap (used to provide water), and I saw babies! I suspected that this scorpion was a gravid female for many many months, but it took a long time for her to deliver the little ones. The scorpion was captured the 20th of August, 2005 near El Limón Totalco. Since she was kept in a terrarium all by herself, she must have been gravid when we captured her.

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is it dangerous for baby scorpions to stay with their mother after they are born???

Posted by 1straberry1 at 22:15 GMT on 3 June 2008

Baby scorpions stay with the mother for some time, it depends on the species how long. For example, with several Centruroides species I keep, the young ones start wandering away from the mother after about 2 weeks, and it's a good idea to remove them from the enclosure when they don't go back to her. The mother is not the problem, but the siblings might eat each other.

I move each baby scorpion to its own container.

With other species, young scorpions stay much longer with their mother, and there is a very low risk of siblings eating each other (cannibalism). For example, I keep one female Pandinus imperator (Emperor scorpion). It gave birth the 1st of April 2008, and the "baby" scorpions are still with her inside the burrow after 2 months (8th of June, 2008).

Posted by John Bokma at 00:58 GMT on 9 June 2008

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