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David Neff  Arachnid & insect professional. Study & breeding. 🦂 & Whipscorpion breeder. For my ✍🏼🎨see... dmn_inspired_evolution

Now showcasing this gorgeous girl that I finished setting up the enclosure @thereptilezoofv ...
Poecilotheria metallica
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#poecilotheriametallica #gootysapphireornamental #ornamentaltarantula #tarantula #oldworldtarantula #arachnid #reptilezoo #prehistoricpets #spiderzoo #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

Here’s some material I’ve referenced in regards to the evolutionary timeline of Chelicerates and how it relates to Arachnids, Scorpions, Spiders, and Eurypterids (Sea Scorpions). I hope it helps in understanding how much older these animals are than the most popular prehistoric animals, Dinosaurs! If you are interested in learning a bit about the subphylum Chelicerata or in learning about evolution of life in general I added two great references in the second to last photo. “Prehistoric Life” is the book I used for the pictures and info in this post.
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#prehistoriclife #scorpion #eurypterid #chelicerata #chelicerate #arachnid #evolution #evolutionoflife #arthropod #oldbugs #cheliceratastudy

I find Chelicerate ancestry to be just as fascinating if not more so than modern day Chelicerates such as scorpions, spiders, & whipscorpions. The Eurypterids and their massive size is amazing. Here’s some of my drawings representing some of the extinct species.
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#mixopteruskiaeri #pterygotusanglicus #eurypterusremipes #eurypterids #seascorpion #scorpion #swimmingscorpion #chelicerate #cheliceratastudy

Feeding the juvenile species that I’m excited to breed when they reach maturity! Androctonus gonneti, Hottentotta hottentotta, and Hottentotta franzwerneri.
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#androctonusgonneti #hottentottahottentotta #hottentottafranzwerneri #fattailscorpion #buthidae #buthids #scorpion #feedingtime #stingingtime #arachnid #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

Accomplished some more scorpion mating today... first I paired the Pandinoides cavimanus and then while they started mating I paired my Leiurus quinquestriatus. As soon as I finished pairing the L. quinquestriatus the P. cavimanus had finished up. Both scorpion males left a spermatophore so hopefully both females will produce offspring!
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#pandinoidescavimanus #leiurusquinquestriatus #redclawscorpion #deathstalker #scorpion #mating #scorpionbreeding #gottamakebabies #arachnid #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

I see and receive a lot of questions from people regarding taking babies off or leaving them on moms back after birth. Let me just say one of my favorite things about breeding scorpions over tarantulas is that they have live birth and that they care for their young while they are helpless during the first week to 10 days of life. Removing a baby scorpion from its mothers back after birth and prior to its first molt is a death sentence for the babies! If you’re concerned about mom eating her babies then consider how much stress she’s under, I almost never have mother scorpions that eat their young but I also always keep them in a quiet place and do not disturb them at all except for the occasional quick picture.
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#scorpionbreeding #scorpion #pandinusimperator #pandinopsisdictator #leiurusquinquestriatus #hadogenestroglodytes #heterometruslaoticus #centruroidesgracilis #pandinoidesduffmackayi #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

All the Deathstalker, Leiurus quinquestriatus, babies are doing well and when I went to feed them today most had already molted into 2nd instar! 🦂
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#deathstalker #leiurusquinquestriatus #deathstalkerscorpion #babies #scorpionbreeding #deadlyscorpion #venomous #arachnid #scorpion #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

Just another week at The Reptile Zoo. Today I got to visit with a non-reptile, a Possum.
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#possum #iguana #tarantula #tortoise #reptilezoofv #prehistoricpets #iguanapullups #tarantulamating #babytortoise #cheliceratastudy

I’m so excited to get these Blatta lateralis from @kate.1138 today! I’m looking forward to breeding and getting a good colony going for feeding my smaller arachnid babies.
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#turkistanroach #redrunner #roach #feederroaches #feeders #arachnidfood #arachnid #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

The first of my 3 adult male Damon diadema has passed on. We shall see if the remaining couple pairs can produce any more offspring for me.
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#damondiadema #taillesswhipscorpion #arachnid #male #amblypygi #arachnidbreeder #lifespan #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

Lasiodora parahybana are always such good eaters. I decided to fatten this one up with a little fat mouse. Now it’s doing the happy dance with its mouse lunch!
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#lasiodoraparahybana #salmonpinkbirdeater #birdeater #birdeatertarantula #tarantula #feedingtime #feedingtimeatthezoo #happydance #mouselunch #thereptilezoofv #arachnid #cheliceratastudy

So beyond excited to announce the two scorpions I’ve been raising for years now are in fact Pandinoides cavimanus, the Red Claw Emperor!!! I am lucky enough to have one male and one female! I was so unsure because the female has no red color on her at all but since the male matured he looks very classic of a male P. cavimanus. I decided to pair them again today and though their behavior is a bit aggressive than what I’m used to seeing with Pandinus imperator or Pandinopsis dictator it seems I may have gotten a successful mating. The male dropped the spermatophore faster than I’ve ever seen before in any other species 😆!
@collinclary @cheapthrilloflife @arachnoherp @arachnid.addicted @allfatherexotics 🦂
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#pandinoides #pandinoidescavimanus #pandinuscavimanus #redclawemperorscorpion #mating #scorpionbreeding #whataretheodds #arachnid #chelicerata #cheliceratastudy

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