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Old 07-03-2012, 09:00 PM
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I have had a desert hairy since june and up untill now he has been healthy aggressive and eating everything he was given
His setup has not changed in that time but in the last week or so he has become very lethargic sitting huntched up in the corner he wont eat and doesnt seem to react to much anymore.
He last ate a couple of weeks ago.
Could this be a moult or death on it way?
Hes maybe 4inch legspan at a guess (bit of an over estimate i think)
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:47 PM
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A pic would help, i could compare with what i witnessed with my own specimens.
from the guessed measurement(very large), i would say it's an adult and if it's not overly fat as they are in premoult...
I don't want to be too pessimistic here but it sounds like death is closing in.
I lost another specimen a few weeks back, it was an adult Spadix and as you described, it was lethargic, not eating much if at all and i noticed that they always die in the coldest side of the tank (my own experience with desert hairy's).
Death is a pretty slow process with scorpions. I noticed some very slight changes in behaviour weeks before it actually happens.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:52 PM
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A pic would help, i could compare with what i witnessed with my own specimens.
from the guessed measurement(very large), i would say it's an adult and if it's not overly fat as they are in premoult...
I don't want to be too pessimistic here but it sounds like death is closing in.
I lost another specimen a few weeks back, it was an adult Spadix and as you described, it was lethargic, not eating much if at all and i noticed that they always die in the coldest side of the tank (my own experience with desert hairy's).
Death is a pretty slow process with scorpions. I noticed some very slight changes in behaviour weeks before it actually happens.

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I dont want to disturb him to get a picture is the thing!
Hes mainly just holding his claws to his face almost asif hes eating an imaginary cricket.
He is also still up against the heatmat side of the viv and doesnt look plump.
He does seem to have a lump of poo stuck to his tail.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:13 PM
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The claw thing gives it away.
I'm afraid but death is knocking at the door.
How long has it been in that position? This is the last "stage" of death, can last 2-3 days (again from my own experiences)

On the other hand, i've seen some scorpions in that position for almost 24hrs and nothing happened..
In another occasion, the scorp died with its pedipalps (arms) open.

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:16 PM
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The claw thing gives it away.
I'm afraid but death is knocking at the door.
How long has it been in that position? This is the last "stage" of death, can last 2-3 days (again from my own experiences)

On the other hand, i've seen some scorpions in that position for almost 24hrs and nothing happened..
In another occasion, the scorp died with its pedipalps (arms) open.

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Its been like 5 days.
But i think if thas what it is it might just a more drawn out case.
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Mine did this, he was a little lethargic but nothing major then he just died suddenly, my flat rock died at the same time........i was so upset, i asked around and a lot of friends have lost scorps at this time of year
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Mine did this, he was a little lethargic but nothing major then he just died suddenly, my flat rock died at the same time........i was so upset, i asked around and a lot of friends have lost scorps at this time of year
I know! How weird is that?

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:29 PM
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I know! How weird is that?

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I thought it strange as they ahve all been diff species and ages/sizes
Are you being serious or sarcastic with me..i can't tell.....i have just got in from work and my brain is tired
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:32 PM
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I know! How weird is that?

-J
I supose it does make sense that sudden weather changes can cause a shocked to the system.
Especially when you throw them in an alien environment.
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I thought it strange as they ahve all been diff species and ages/sizes
Are you being serious or sarcastic with me..i can't tell.....i have just got in from work and my brain is tired
NO i'm serious. Not in a mood for sarcasm today.
I lost some specimens this past two months and it's always this time of the year.
Everything is fine one day, the next they start dying. That is baffling me.

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