- Nov 19, 2010
This past weekend I went to the LPS down the street from my house to get some crickets and on my way out, I noticed a G. rosea they've had there for a few months on its back. I was thinking to myself, "wow, how often does one see a tarantula molt in a pet store?" Upon closer examination, it was a mature male depositing sperm into its sperm web. Not being a breeder or owning a MM myself, I'd only seen pictures of this; talk about fascinating. I grabbed the clerk nearest me and asked if he knew what the spider was doing. He said he noticed it on its back a few hours earlier and assumed it was molting, but that he'd never seen one "molt with a web on top of it". I told him what was actually happening, and I could tell he was genuinely excited to know more about the process. I guess all hope isn't lost for LPS employees.