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  • Poecilotheria metallica - Success!

    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
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  • #2
    Well done Steve!


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    • #3
      first 2 N2s today, just 3 weeks and 4 days after laying
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