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 Post subject: Missing Stinger?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:44 am 
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Hello,
I'm getting some Emperor Scorpions (7 to be exact) & one is missing it's stinger. Will the stinger grow back? I'm kind of new about scorpions so I don't know.
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 Post subject: Re: Missing Stinger?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:45 am 
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Also. How do you tell the males from the females? :)


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 Post subject: Re: Missing Stinger?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:20 am 
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Probably not, and if it is an adult definitely not. Regeneration of lost limbs in scorpions is unusual, and if there is any regeneration it generally requires molting, and scorpions do not molt after reaching maturity. Is it just the stinger itself that is missing, or is any portion of the last (fifth) "tail" segment (really a part of the abdomen) missing? The anus is at the end of that segment and if it is damaged or missing the scorpion may not survive long term. If it is only the telson (stinger) that is gone it may be fine without it.

The "teeth" on the pectines (comb-shaped structures on the underside of scorpions) on adult males will be noticeably longer than those of females. If they are babies or small immatures this may be hard to see, but it becomes more obvious as the scorpions get older.

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 Post subject: Re: Missing Stinger?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:17 am 
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Well I got my scorpions today & the one missing it's stinger is an adult. Other than that they all look healthy. Now trying to tell the males from females.


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