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Steve Dye
01-05-12, 05:41 AM
I'm still on a high after pulling this last night, pulled very early but i'm surprised at the development.

Genus
Poecilotheria

Species
metallica

Date female moulted last
01/12/2011

Date male matured
07/09/2011

Last mating date
20/01/2012

Mating behaviour
Very simple, the male was introduced and at first she was not receptive, however after a few hours calmed down and has since cohabited.
There were many successful insertions observed.

Tank conditions and temperatures before mating
Temperatures around 25C with humidity around 60-70%.

Feeding schedule before mating
The female an adult male dubia roach weekly prior to mating.

Tank conditions and temperatures after mating
Temperatures around 32C with humidity around 80-85%, raised to this by soaking the substrate to saturation and then weekly soakings until eggsac production

Feeding schedule after mating
1 male Dubia cockroach per week

Date eggsac produced
12/04/2012

Date eggsac removed/hatched
30/04/2012 - pulled early @ 18 days - Post Embryo (N1/EWL)

Development times of nymphs


Total number of spiderlings
30/04/2012 - 97 good, 12 dubious, 14 bad

Additional notes
The females enclosure is totally dark, an exo terra 12x12x18 with black plastic covering all sides apart from the front opening.
When pulled and opened the bad eggs were noted as being eaten by quite a number of the N1s, ie the post embryos were clustered around the bad and visibly consuming the remains. whether they were actually eating or ingesting the fluid as a water source is unclear

Stephen jordan
01-05-12, 06:30 AM
Well done Steve!

Steve Dye
07-05-12, 01:46 PM
first 2 N2s today, just 3 weeks and 4 days after laying