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18 марта 2010 22:48
Family of imperial scorpions of the Ekaterinburg zoo was replenished, more than 10 little scorpions were born. Nevertheless, workers of the menagerie are afraid that their number will seriously decrease in the near future. Mother can eat own children.
They were born on February, 19th, 2010. Exact quantity of born scorpions is unknown yet. The female assisted in childbirth itself, helping kids with chelicerae to free them from egg capsules. Being born absolutely white, after each fall-off young scorpions all become darker and in half a year they get adult coloration, and in 1.5 years after 7 falls-off they become sexually mature.
Now young scorpions already came down from their mother, but they were not seated apart. All time children are near her mother in one shelter and sometimes they climb up its back.
Mother is fattened with big insects that she would not eat one of her children
Children are fed with small locusts. The male was placed into separate terrarium.
In the Ekaterinburg zoo there is a pair of imperial scorpions. In 2008 they for the first time started children - 23 little scorpions.
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