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Discussion in 'Tarantula Pictures' started by Austin S., Dec 26, 2014.
Nice one, Austin!
WOW. Great pictures! I just spent the last hour or so going through them. From what I gathered, you bred the p.metallicas on 3 different occasions. The first one in this thread it appears the female molted out. What were the results from the bred female in August 2015 and the more recent one in August of 2016?
I noticed you rehoused the gravid p.metallica from 2015 a lot. Into a smaller enclosure without the male, then into a cereal type plastic container with black tape, and then again back into a large enclosure? Is there a trick to breeding them, because I hear they are rather difficult.
Also, regaurding the first gravid p.metallica, is it common for them to molt out just 3-4 months from their last molt? I've never heard to a large T molting soo soon!
Sorry for getting back to you so late. I need to be more active!
Awesome updates coming soon for this thread BTW.
The large P metallica that was bred in AUG 2015, did not molt out. She dropped a sac almost 9 and a half months after the initial pairing. However, during rotation, it seems as though her fang either snagged the sac, or she slipped and fell on it, as many eggs burst inside of it, making the whole sac go bad. I noticed small green dots on the outer part of the sac on only ay 4. So, I pulled it and tried to incubate the remaining 231 non broken eggs. Being that it was only day 4, no liquids/sperm had set into the eggs, so nothing ever came from it.
I have only currently bred two MF P. metallicas. Both were bred in AUG-OCT 2016.
Female #1 (same female which was bred in 2015 and had bad sac) was cooled down.
Female #2 was never cooled down. She went through a seasonal change, however it had nothing to do with me cooling her.
Both females are currently showing great signs of being gravid, at least both are 100% holding eggs. They are both eating, so I do not expect a molt anytime soon from either.
I will for sure update once more happens.
It has been a dream of mine to watch these two species produce for me. So far so good!
Brachypelma hamorii (smithi)
Congrats Austin, hope it goes well!
Brachypelma klaasi female that was mated, has been doing some major excavating. The above smithi, auratum, emilia, and boehmei did the same thing before dropping a sac
Brachypelma hamorii (smithi) - Day 28. Will wait longer to pull in the future :/. Hopefully more develop out of the 900+ good eggs.
Monocentropus balfouri - slings emerging
Brachypelma hamorii (smithi)
Hapalopus sp. Colombia 'large'
Got a nice breeding group of mesomelas (4.7.0) and M. peterklaasi (1.1) in the other day:
Megaphobema mesomelas female 1
Megaphobema peterklaasi female
0.1 Aphonopelma moderatum. Freshly molted 4" female
0.1 Brachypelma auratum. Freshly molted adult female
1.1 Harpactira pulchripes mating
1.1 GBB. Aftermath from a successful mating
1.1 Cyriopagopus sp. 'hati hati'. Another aftermath of a successful mating
0.1 Ephebopus murinus and egg sac
0.1 Hapalopus sp. Colombia 'large' egg sac
BEST for last.
0.1 Poecilotheria metallica egg sac
Awesome video of M. balfouri with offspring:
Some pretty awesome colored dirt. Found on a national wildlife preserve. Glad I have private access to it
Brachypelma auratum female was eating her sac last week when I went to pull it.
I managed to save this many from the mess. All have molted into 1i now!
Brachypelma smithi, preparing egg sac:
Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens mated female:
Making egg sac:
Hysterocrates gigas huge egg sac: