Alexial via Blacklight

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    This is Alexial when she was young and chubby. She's a deathstalker scorpion, Leiurus quinquestriatus.
    In normal light she looks like this, though in the following photo she's all grown up:
    www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/356870862

    You should NEVER leave a blacklight on a scorpion long-term. The intense UV rays will eventually kill the nocturnal animal. Some pet stores market scorpion habitats with blacklights because they look cool, but they don't tell you the facts.

    Here she is featured at UglyOverload.com on June 24, 2007:
    uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2007/06/as-you-requested.html

    and here, at The Gist, on Smithsonian.com:
    thegist.smithsonianmag.com/archives/165

    jciv, coolbox101, Public-Republic.com, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. LaDukePhoto 102 months ago | reply

      I think I may buy scorps just so I can do a series of UV shots...

    2. Furryscaly 102 months ago | reply

      Get those Scorpio maurus palmatus that you liked. Then when you're done taking pics you can send them my way ; )

    3. dangriga 94 months ago | reply

      Please add this photo to:

      Pandinus imperator

      Thank you

    4. Stewart Macdonald 93 months ago | reply

      Hi Matt,

      Why shouldn't you keep them under UV for a prolonged period? What time span are we talking about? Do they get cancer?

      Stewart

    5. Furryscaly 93 months ago | reply

      Scorpions are very sensitive to any type of light, but especially UV. Prolonged exposure to bright light stresses them out and is harmful to their eyes, as they're nocturnal and hide from it naturally. The UV rays of a blacklight are just as harmful, if not moreso. It won't give them cancer, it will basically stress them to death.

      It is thought that the UV-reflecting properties of their exoskeleton are a natural defense against sunlight, but if you kept them in light like this for days, the stress would be quite severe. I put the warning up because some people think it would look "cool" to house a scorpion in a blacklight habitat, but to do so would be bad for the scorpion.

      I only use the blacklight when I show my friends, or for short photoshoots, or to find a lost scorpion. Other than that they are kept in darkness.

    6. Ruthven78 [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      I wonder though if the reflective property might be away for them to "identify" each other in the moon light or other night times when UV light might be a more visible level of light than our visible light spectrum. Cat urine also gloes under blacklight which is another reason I think such properties exist specifically for the species, maybe they can see the glow in natural light but we cannot since we dont "see" the UV spectrum....I dunno

    7. Furryscaly 92 months ago | reply

      Their vision is quite poor actually, and they don't naturally glow at night cause there's no UV rays when it's dark out ; ) Many scientists think it's actually a form of built-in sunblock. It reflects some of the harmful UV rays in case they get caught outside in the daytime. Being nocturnal, sunlight can be harmful to them. Or, as others have suggested, it could just be a freak byproduct of the materials in their exoskeleton with no real purpose.

    8. ricecakes885 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Macro (Bright & Colorful ONLY), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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