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Gay spider?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by jonnyquong, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. jonnyquong

    jonnyquong Arachnosquire

    I've had a mature pair of P. regalis together for about 6 months now, and haven't witnessed a single insertion. Not to say it COULDN"T have happened, but I've checked them at all hours, day and night, and haven't seen a thing. They do frequently sit beside each other on the glass, and the female seems to try to initiate mating, but the male appears to be overcautious, and moves away. Anyone else see something like this and still get a sack? Anything I might try to get him in the mood? Maybe I should open their enclosure, so he feels he can escape? Or? I do have another mature female I could try him with... hmmm...
  2. xhexdx

    xhexdx ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Unless you are hovering over that setup 24/7, the ratio of time observing to total time paired is still incredibly small.

    If they're still together and she hasn't eaten him, I'd take that as a good sign. I'm sure they've paired up by now and you just haven't seen anything.

    That being said, I've had males of many species be very uninterested/unwilling/overly cautious and not pair up with the female.

    Guess you'll just have to wait and see.
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  3. Comatose

    Comatose Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I think you're on to something here! If a certain pair of spiders aren't witnessed mating, one of them must be a homosexual. Damn liberal media. First our children, now our spiders! See if you can find a camp or program that's willing ungay whichever one of them has the fancies and I'll notify Rush Limbaugh. If you don't have time for that, maybe just put one of those little mustaches on the female spider... I bet that would work.
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  4. 1hughjazzspider

    1hughjazzspider Arachnoknight

    Was it absolutely necessary to title this thread gay spider?
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  5. Bjamin

    Bjamin Arachnosquire

    Slow clap for Comatose
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  6. Comatose

    Comatose Arachnobaron Old Timer

    My point exactly... I hope everyone else got that too

    A little over the top, yeah?
  7. Bjamin

    Bjamin Arachnosquire

    not over the top at all needed to be said and was well put gave me a good laugh
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  8. Tarac

    Tarac Arachnolord

    jonnyquong I have never witnessed you "pairing" either...
  9. jonnyquong

    jonnyquong Arachnosquire

    Man... didn't mean to ruffle feathers! I have been a fugitive of the Political Correctness Police for several years now. Guess I'll have to lay low.
  10. Comatose

    Comatose Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I don't recall my feathers being ruffled, and Tarac and Hugh Jazz didn't seem terribly upset either... personally I didn't think it was politically incorrect, just dumb.

    If you want to be a fugitive, I'd suggest you quit being so sensitive. That's what you're asking others to do when you assign sexual orientation to invertebrates.
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  11. When i try to pair my P. metallicas i hope the male doesnt act that way.. I hope when my boy matures hes straight
  12. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    Jeeze, I don't go around sleeping with my fiance in front of people. I hope people don't think I'm gay... Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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  13. Rob1985

    Rob1985 This user has no status. Old Timer

    this is the downfall...
  14. PitViper

    PitViper Arachnoknight

    I have the same thing going on with my P regalis pair, its been about 6 months as well, glad im not the only one, lol
  15. Jared781

    Jared781 Arachnobaron

    its very very very unlikely!!

    they just dont have that part of the brain, they basically just have

    Instinct... still its impossible to know for sure

    which brings me to my next point, i know Ts have some sort

    of memory, BUT to what extent
  16. May I quote this in my signature? XD

    This thread... LOL
    But in all seriousness, I believe that the more an animal relies on instinct, the less likely it could have homosexual tendencies/preferences/whatever.
  17. KoffinKat138

    KoffinKat138 Arachnoknight

    I dont think spiders can be Gay? Isn't only a Mammal thing?
  18. Rob1985

    Rob1985 This user has no status. Old Timer

    unless they're born that way... ya know.
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  19. AlexRC

    AlexRC Arachnopeon

    Lol, funny thread, but interesting. I wouldn't be too worried about it man, as mentioned you most likely have just been missing the action, if any.
  20. Comatose

    Comatose Arachnobaron Old Timer