Bad sac timing,

skinheaddave

SkorpionSkin
Arachnosupporter +
Joined
Aug 15, 2002
Messages
4,343
One of my G.rosea has just put down a nice sphere of webbing and I suspect will either produce an egg sac or moult within the next day or so. If it is an egg sac then the timing couldn't be worse, as we will be out of the country from the 8th to the 29th of June. I have a friend coming over to maintain the animals, but stealing and splitting an egg sac is really probably a bit beyond him. Any suggestions? Should we try to incubate them sooner or leave them with the mother and hope that some survive long enough for our return? Thoughts?

Cheers,
Dave
 

invadermike

Arachnoknight
Old Timer
Joined
Mar 1, 2003
Messages
275
Hmmm I'm no egg sac expert or anywhere near it but, Don't people usually leave the eggsacs with the mother for atleast 40 days? or 35? If she lays it soon, by the time you come home, it should be taking spliting and incubating, hopefully she doesn't want to eat her kids... :) I'd say leave it with her until you return. Goodluck!
Mike
 

Henry Kane

Arachnoprince
Old Timer
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Messages
1,885
Hey Dave,
Incubating them is a pretty involved process and I'm not even sure if there's a way to really control the time frame.
I'd recommend stretching some kind of fine mesh (like women's nylons for instance) across the top of the enclosure and place the lid back on. I'm not sure what you have the mom in but I'm sure you could work it out. That way, if they do disperse before you return they will at least be contained.
Seperating them or even finding all of them will really be a chore but not impossible.
Good luck! :)

Atrax
 

Brandon

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Messages
415
Dave, it should take around 80-90 days for the eggs to full develope, so just always make sure she has a little water, and your vacation should be fine. No worries about spiders running everywere

Sincerely,

Brandon
 

SpiderTwin

Arachnoangel
Old Timer
Joined
Mar 17, 2003
Messages
910
Ya, I would think you would be back from your vacation before the incubation time is up. Once you get back you can take the egg sack away from her and finish the incubation yourself.
 

skinheaddave

SkorpionSkin
Arachnosupporter +
Joined
Aug 15, 2002
Messages
4,343
Last time I had a G.rosea egg sac, the female took to it after 35 days and started eating it. They were already into the eggs-with-legs stage. I suppose it is a risk.

Cheers,
Dave
 

skinheaddave

SkorpionSkin
Arachnosupporter +
Joined
Aug 15, 2002
Messages
4,343
It is definitely a sac she was making. I got to watch her make it over the course of the day. Thoroughly facinating.

Cheers,
Dave
 

RugbyDave

Arachnoprince
Old Timer
Joined
Apr 5, 2003
Messages
1,428
I recently learned the women's-nylon deal. Works wonders.. also keeps ants out (if you have that problem)

I'd say leave it with the mother untill you return.
and if it ends up being a bust, just more of a reason to mate again.

But hopfeully it will be fine. My last rosea egg sac got eaten. Prompted me to pull earlier next time...

good luck buddy
peace
dave
 

skinheaddave

SkorpionSkin
Arachnosupporter +
Joined
Aug 15, 2002
Messages
4,343
Yeah, I think that is the way I'm going to go on this one. Don't really have much choice in the matter. Still, it would be really good to get babies from her, as it is a sac from the mating of my first two tarantulas.

Cheers,
Dave
 
Top