Breeding death

Salamanderhead

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Has anyone encountered a breeding attempt where the male kills the female? I believe the male H.incei killed the female while I was at class. I just came home to find the female webbed up but not eaten. The male who was slightly smaller is on the other side of the enclosure.
 

Salamanderhead

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Nevermind! To my surprise shes alive! The position and webbing looked very much like a dead tarantula all wrapped up in a ball. Wow Im so surprised!


:wall::wall::wall::wall: @ my quick guess.
 

Shell

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It happens on occasion. If you run a search you will find threads asking the exact same question, there was actually one posted not too long ago.

Edit* Glad she's ok :)
 

Bill S

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That's unusual in a species that's supposed to be communal. Sometimes this species does kill and eat its own kind, though. Were they both well fed before you introduced them? How large a container were they in? (Were they too crowded for them to avoid/get away from each other if they "had issues"?) Did you introduce the make into the female's established home? I would have expected her to have an extensive web system into which she could retreat if she had to.

Edit: By the time I got this posted you had made your "live" discovery. Good luck. Maybe the webbing was just her safe retreat?
 

Salamanderhead

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Yeah I think it was her little "hideaway". It's all good so far though. Im just wondering if there was any insertion while I was at class. The male was stalking the female and they played the leg game while I was here.
 

NevularScorpion

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IME its better to have a bigger male with a mature female because the male won't be that afraid to mate with the female.
 

B8709

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Yes, I've heard several reports where the male has killed the female.

I'm glad that isn't what happened in this case. :)
 
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