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Danny White 07
Posted: June 12, 2007 07:36 pm
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Hi i really want to keep scorpions after my exams but am torn between Imperial Scorpions or a Desert Hairy what do you think is better and have you kept these two species?

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Mark Harper
Posted: June 13, 2007 12:19 pm
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Id say the "classic" starter of the 2 would be P imperator (the Emperor) but both should be OK. Depends what you want
P imperator can be kept comunally which can be really appealing. The chance to see several scorpions in the same tank living happily together is a sight to behold.
H arizonensis (desert hairy) cant be kept communally but I personally prefer them as they "look" more like what I think of when I think "scorpion". They tend to use their stings to subdue prey whereas P imperator crush their prey
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PS - If dont already have it get a copy of the Scorpion Keepers Guide by Manny Rubio and Barrons Publishers. Fantastic book with some excellent information
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Posted: June 13, 2007 02:06 pm
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QUOTE (Mark Harper @ June 13, 2007 12:19 pm)
PS - If dont already have it get a copy of the Scorpion Keepers Guide by Manny Rubio and Barrons Publishers. Fantastic book with some excellent information

Seconded.

Jings, Danny. You're desperate for a scorp, aren't you? biggrin.gif (Vermis from BN, BTW)

The best I can do regarding P. imperator is to parrot Mark and a lot of other people, in saying that it's a pretty good choice for a first scorpion.

As for H. arizonensis... I can't comment because I haven't kept any, except to say that I haven't kept any because they're fairly hard to come by in the UK (from where I'm sitting anyway. Can anyone say otherwise?).


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Mark Harper
Posted: June 13, 2007 05:23 pm
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Heres a link to the only online dealer (Im assuming youre in the UK) who seems to have them (well be getting them soon):

http://www.bugsdirectuk.com/tarantulas.html

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Paul Maddison
Posted: June 13, 2007 09:09 pm
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I have P.imperator female somewhere amongst my T's

They are a very hardy sp and their requirements are quite simple

also they are VERY forgiving in nature in terms of people making mistakes when working with them

seldom using their Telson




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Daniel Parker
Posted: June 20, 2007 06:28 pm
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Tarantulashop have baby P imperator in now and will be selling adults in a week or two.


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Posted: May 10, 2008 02:25 pm
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P. Imperator/ P. Cavimanus would be best starter.
P. Imperator mainly as its docile and easy to look after.
You can even handle them with caution. smile.gif
P. Cavimanus pretty much the same but with more agression and attitude, still not too difficult to look after, they attack with there claws nearly everytime, with its sting being weak, if you got stung, feels like a bee sting.
Whereas the Hairy has quite a potent sting and will use it on a more regular basis, and should NEVER be handled because of this.
JUST BE CAREFUL who you get it off, Desert Hairy looks VERY similar to the DeathStalker, which has a VERY potent sting, which could kill you!
Make sure if you do go for a hairy, the dealer knows EXACTLY what they are talking about, cos you do NOT want a Death Stalker if you aint experienced!!
Hope this helps.
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Peter Roach
Posted: May 11, 2008 01:04 am
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Here are a few different species inc imperiator and arizonensis

http://www.martin.chaerilus.co.uk/Scorpions.htm
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thiscordia
Posted: May 22, 2008 06:45 am
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Heres a g00d Iink f0r Sc0rpi0n pictures & inf0:

http://www.ub.ntnu.no/scorpion-files/gallery.php

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