H. troglodytes breeding question

Dessicaria

Arachnopeon
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Okay, I will jump right in with a story and a question.

Have got a big female Hadogenes troglodytes who is at least 12 years old. I got her at the end of the last millennium, and she was an adult when she came to me, so I don't know how much older she might actually be. The male whom I got at the same time, only lived a year or so - and she had a hate-on for him anyway, so I had to keep them apart. Her attitude earned her her name: Fury.

It took me a decade to find another male, earlier this year. You just don't see troglodytes for sale anymore. I felt so lucky to find him that I named him Fortune - as in, what good fortune!

I put him in the same tank as Fury, with a plastic divider between them. (He's a good bit smaller than she is, though he is longer.) There's a crack in the divider, and he once actually forced himself through that, and I found him crouching in the corner of the female's side. She, amazingly, had not killed him. She was ignoring him, really, but when I put him back in his own section, she hung around near the divider as though she was looking for him. Hmm. This is a big, feisty girl, so apparently she *likes* this male.

Still, I kept them apart until cicada season started. My dogs corner downed cicadas in the back yard, and I scoop them up and feed them to my scorps. Fury loves cicadas! Once she was especially well fed, I thought I'd go ahead and remove the barrier again. To my surprise, Fortune was already on the other side - having pushed his way through the crack yet again. And alive, and unharmed. (Apparently he really goes have "good fortune." :) )

So, I'm thinking, this bodes well, but I don't want to tempt fate too much. I haven't seen any courting or mating activity, but of course I'm not watching all the time. I want to leave them together long enough to give them a chance, but not long enough for my poor little guy to get eaten!

Wondering what other keepers' experiences have been with Hadogenes? How long do you keep them together before the female is either bred or definitively not interested? Do you do some extra misting of the tank to simulate a rainy season? (I've been doing so, but not excessively, since they like it pretty dry.)

Any advice or observations would be welcome. :)
 

Dessicaria

Arachnopeon
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Okay, I guess no one has tried to breed Hadogenes... :)

An update: I found the two of them under the same hide-rock a few days ago. Again, no damage done. Then they moved to separate halves of the tank again. I didn't want to push my luck, so I put the divider back in place. Maybe they have bred, maybe they haven't. I'll know eventually.
 
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