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defensive display from baby heterometrus scorpions

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Uploaded on Jan 19, 2010

defensive display from baby heterometrus scorpions

I thought I'd make a short vid showing how defensive these can be. Don't try it and get stung, the sting from these is not bad but I don't want to influence anybody, I see the behavior as interesting and kind of funny. After about 3 years of talking to people, looking at diagrams and looking at science documents..pdfs, I still don't know what species of Heterometrus these are. There seemed to be very noticeable sexual dimorphism with the parents, with the males being much larger with much larger chela. To know that wasn't an individual characteristic of each, I'm going to have to raise these to adult, time to put them in larger containers now. The parents were sold as longimanus but I'm thinking that's not the species, don't think they are spinifer either but maybe. They are more easily spooked than P. imperator. They do not fight with each so they can be kept together but I'm not going to do that at this age because I don't want to risk one getting eaten during a molt. They are much slower growing than emperors, I think these are two years old now.

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