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I.ve been reading up on the fat yellowtail scorpion as I'm in love with them. I cant find out if you need a DWA licence, some sites say you do, some say you dont. Anyone know the truth?
 

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have you got any pics? I love them.
 

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Just had it confirmed by a specialist at northampton reptile centre, The yellow fat tail scorpion (Androctonus australis) is definately a DWA species. Not sure if its different in belfast. Although the DEFRA site states scorpions on the list as Buthidae, but apparently this isnt updated and with the amount of deaths the Yellow fat tail is accounted for is now on there.
Extreme caution and thought is needed before getting one and you might have to do a bit of a search for one and a breeder who will let you have one.

Heres a good link to a caresheet.
http://www.petbugs.com/caresheets/A-australis.html
 

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I've been reading up on the fat yellow tail all day now and I have decided to put them on the back burner for a while. Even if I could get hold of one I pesonally belive that I don't have enough experience or knowledge to keep such an agressive and dangerous species as yet. The last thing I want is for anyone (including myself) to become a victim of a sting. I also think that they are a little bit advanced for me to even look after, I dont want a dead scorpion on my hands due to lack of or insuficent care.

Thanks for the advice though and I hope I made the correct decission.
 

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Good decision mate and i dont want that to sound patronising as if you are not capable,
Taking this approach will encourage you more to research and develop, then soon before you know youll be the proud owner of one.

Just a thought, have you thought of getting a thailand black, my friend had this as his first scorpion by mistake, aggressive scorpions without the deadly factor i beleive.
 

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No, I haven't tried getting one of those, but I will look into them and their care sheets over the new year. I wasn't just looking for an aggressive scorpion, I just love the way the fat yellowtail looks. Maybe in a year or so I will re-think about getting one as I will have much more expeirence then (I hope, lol).
 

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Incubuss said:
I've been reading up on the fat yellow tail all day now and I have decided to put them on the back burner for a while. Even if I could get hold of one I pesonally belive that I don't have enough experience or knowledge to keep such an agressive and dangerous species as yet. The last thing I want is for anyone (including myself) to become a victim of a sting. I also think that they are a little bit advanced for me to even look after, I dont want a dead scorpion on my hands due to lack of or insuficent care.

Thanks for the advice though and I hope I made the correct decission.
I know nothing about them but that's a very wise decision in deed. It's a shame more people don't adopt your approach. A pat on the back to you :)
 

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Thats a nice picture there mate.
 

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in ireland you dotn need a dwa but yes in england the yellow fat tail is a DWA. ive always prefered the bicolor to the yellow fat tail though. if you find a breeder or importer pm me as id love to have one of them in my collection also th price of the DWA a year is off putting!
 

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forgot to mention apart from the thai black (hetrometrus spinifer) which some people also call the malaysian forest scorpion. youve also got the (Hetrometrus javanensis) The javanese forest scorpion. These all require roughly the same care as the Imperial. Then theres the favourite Flat rock which are hardy and easy to care for, or if you want to stick with the pandinus species you could try the (Pandinus cavimanus) The Tanzanian redclaw.

All these venom wise can be classed like the Imperial and are most likened to either a bee sting like the impeiral up to a bit more serious like a hornets sting in the thai black, also the thai black, like the imperial can be grouped.
 
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