how long should i wait

spideyboy

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hi, my female p. ornata molted today. i have a male ready for her that built a sperm web and is ready to go. my question is when is the earliest i can put him in with her? :?
 

spideyboy

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ya ill make sure she's well-fed. but as far as the actual time it takes for her reproductive organs to be ready....?
 

KJE

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It will probably take her at minimum a week before being able to eat. Last time it took mine a few weeks to eat.

After she eats I would feed her VERY well for a few days before putting the male with her.

As long as she's hardened up she's good to go. Just depends on if you want her full or hungry.
 

funnylori

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I'd wait just as long as you would wait before feeding her. Make sure her fangs are good and hard, and that she has at least had a meal...

I waited almost a month after my female G. rosea molted before giving her the male. I also gave her a cricket or two before each attempt. She did once have a cricket in her mouth parts while mating. I don't know if it helped or made her more aggressive. Either way, the male made it through 6 attempts with one minor wound on the 4th attepmt. But, thats what you get for doing it in a burrow... ;)

Its not a P. ornata, but I thought it might be useful. :)

Good luck!
 

Alice

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i'd give her two weeks before feeding, just to be sure. and then feed her really well - some ornata females are really keen on eating the males. i'd give her another two weeks of good meals before giving it a try - thus making it a full month between her molt and the mating attempt. at least you can be sure she is ready this way, even if it means waiting a week or two longer.
 
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