Female molted approximately six weeks previous to pairing with male. We fed the female every other day until she started refusing food in hopes she wouldn’t eat the male. We “shark tanked” the male inside of the females enclosure. Basically placing his shoe box style enclosure inside of her large enclosure. Keeping an eye out to see if they interacted. Once we noticed interactions between the two we thought they were ready.
We introduced the male to the female inside of the females enclosure. We separated them immediately after pairing.
The males body would tremble the female would respond immediately with tapping. This went on for quite some time, as he was very cautious in approaching her. He was able to make a clean insertion and we were able to separate them so he could make an escape.
Post Mating Care
Four months after pairing we increased temperatures and humidity. We increased humidity by simulating a rainy season for her. Wet substrate and the occasional soaking type shower not directly on her of course.
Time & Care
She dropped her egg sac almost exactly five months to the day from the pairing. We left the sack with the female for 30 days. At that time we pulled the sack cut it open and we had eggs with legs aka EWLs. We poured the sack out onto a center area of the table into a container lid. Then the four of us proceeded to count them all. Then we incubated them until second instar.
When we straw packed and cupped them up for wholesale and retail we ended up with 2191. The original count was 2249 for a loss from EWLs to second instar of only 58.
This is a very easily bred tarantula. That being said they can produce over 2000 eggs. So if you choose to breed them make sure to do a lot of networking and planning on where they all will go.