My huntsman's aren't mating

huntsman

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Hi all i'm very new to the forums and I have a question.
Well I love huntsman spiders and i'm trying to breed them but they're not mating and they are both sexually mature. when the male sees the female he starts moving hes palps around (which I think is a normal technique) and the female lets him come up to her and the male goes on top of the female and nothing happens they just stay very close to each other.
This is at day BTW should I wait till night?
I have some pics.
http://i385.photobucket.com/albums/oo298/photoepro/huntsman/DSC_0001.jpg
http://i385.photobucket.com/albums/oo298/photoepro/huntsman/DSC_0002.jpg
http://i385.photobucket.com/albums/oo298/photoepro/huntsman/DSC_0003.jpg
http://i385.photobucket.com/albums/oo298/photoepro/huntsman/DSC_0004.jpg
So why do you think they are not mating.
Thanks very much :)
 

davisfam

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We're not exactly sure which species of Sparassidae you have because we're located in the United States and are not that familiar with specimens outside of that range but we were able to find a few documents containing information on breeding Sparassidae specimens that are native to Australia.

Here are the links;

http://www.entomology.cornell.edu/cals/entomology/research/rayor/

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Huntsman-Spiders

http://www.lcrtp.com.au/environment_and_awards/Huntsman Spider.pdf

http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/huntsman/Huntsman.html
 

huntsman

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We're not exactly sure which species of Sparassidae you have because we're located in the United States and are not that familiar with specimens outside of that range but we were able to find a few documents containing information on breeding Sparassidae specimens that are native to Australia.

Here are the links;

http://www.entomology.cornell.edu/cals/entomology/research/rayor/

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Huntsman-Spiders

http://www.lcrtp.com.au/environment_and_awards/Huntsman Spider.pdf

http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/huntsman/Huntsman.html

Okay the species of my huntsman is
Isopeda, Isopedell
 

Galapoheros

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Maybe she has already mated and you didn't see it? Do you know the species, I'm curious of the species. And are you absolutely sure they are both mature?
 

huntsman

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Maybe she has already mated and you didn't see it? Do you know the species, I'm curious of the species. And are you absolutely sure they are both mature?
Yup cause the male will not eat,
the female has the black dot on the bottom of the abdomen (you know what lol)
they seen to be very tame with each other.
Thats what I was thinking as well mabey she already mated with another male :eek:
thanks for comments.

---------- Post added at 04:58 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:56 PM ----------

Try replacing one huntsman for a huntswoman


zing!
Hahaa lol {D

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Yesss they just started to mate, turns out patience was the key;):):cool::clap::D
I'll try to get some pics
 

revilo

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no, but sometimes LOL



at first, congrats that everything was working fine at least :clap:
wish you a lot of fun with the slings, it's quiet funny and interessting to watch them...

second i have a question, because you are located in australia.
the genus on my pic is holconia. species is not 100% sure, a specialist tolds most probably is h. insignis or h. flindersi.

so my question is if this species are common where you live ?
and in case they are : what can you tell me about weather/climate, affinity to water/moistness ?

of course dry conditions most times, i know. but all the people that keep this species here in germany are thinking (and keeping on this way) that they don't need water at all - that mean dry whole year...

my personal experience with this species is that they like to drink every 3 to 4
weeks and that a period of higher humidty (few weeks) is liked by them, but only when temperature is lower than normal.

what you think/know about all this ? what can you tell me about climate of the natural habitat of this species ?

i would be happy if you are able to help me out with some information.

thanks, oli
 

huntsman

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no, but sometimes LOL



at first, congrats that everything was working fine at least :clap:
wish you a lot of fun with the slings, it's quiet funny and interessting to watch them...

second i have a question, because you are located in australia.
the genus on my pic is holconia. species is not 100% sure, a specialist tolds most probably is h. insignis or h. flindersi.

so my question is if this species are common where you live ?
and in case they are : what can you tell me about weather/climate, affinity to water/moistness ?

of course dry conditions most times, i know. but all the people that keep this species here in germany are thinking (and keeping on this way) that they don't need water at all - that mean dry whole year...

my personal experience with this species is that they like to drink every 3 to 4
weeks and that a period of higher humidty (few weeks) is liked by them, but only when temperature is lower than normal.

what you think/know about all this ? what can you tell me about climate of the natural habitat of this species ?

i would be happy if you are able to help me out with some information.

thanks, oli
Hi,
Well theses species are extremely common where I live,
go out out on a warm humid night with a torch and you are almost guaranteed to find one.
My species is Isopeda, Isopedella and the enjoy partly warm and humid temperatures, these spiders are often found around the east coast of Australia. So the lowest Ave temperature for sydney is 13.8 degrees C
highest Ave was 21.6 with January being the hottest month with an ave temp of 25.9C. Average humidity would be between 60% and 85%.
I hope this helps.
BTW are you planning on keeping one?:D
Just an update: the spiders finished mating around 11:30pm last night.

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Does anyone know how I should look after the mother spider when she lays her eggs,
and the babies?
thanks.
 
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revilo

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hi,

thanks a lot for your answer :worship:

my question(s) was about the holconia sp. not about the isopeda !
because my english isn't the best :rolleyes: i'm not sure if your answer was about holconia or about isopeda ?
in case you was talking about the holconia sp. than your answer was superhelpful ! you was ?

holconia i keep and breed for a while now :)

bye,oli
 

huntsman

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hi,

thanks a lot for your answer :worship:

my question(s) was about the holconia sp. not about the isopeda !
because my english isn't the best :rolleyes: i'm not sure if your answer was about holconia or about isopeda ?
in case you was talking about the holconia sp. than your answer was superhelpful ! you was ?

holconia i keep and breed for a while now :)

bye,oli
Opps sorry! I was talking about my ones lol,
Okay i think your species is the sydney huntsman which is Holconia immanis
which is one of the biggest huntsman in Australia. Iv'e never seen one but I think they tend to hang in less populated areas. The climate would be probably the same as the one that I posted about.
dont worry about your English its good. It was my mistake :8o :D
 
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revilo

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yeah, with photo id based on scientific articles i was thinking the same like you : h. immanis...
but an arachnologist with main emphasis on sparassidae - dr. peter jäger from senckenberg museum in frankfurt/germany - was looking on some specimens (not of my stock...) and in his opinion is insignis or flindersi the most probably possibility.
this only beside...

hmm, i was hopeful that this species is also common in and around your houses where you live. maybe you will find one in future ;)
thanks :)

cheers, oli
 

revilo

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hi huntsman,

here are the promised pics :





i was using the soldering iron to burn the opening in the top of one box and in the bottom of the other and connect both boxes in the same way.
the metalgaze i was burning inside even so.

cheers, oli
 

huntsman

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Hi all,
well my male huntsman is eating, does this mean anything?
iv'e tried putting him with other females but nothing happens.
How many times can a male huntsman spider mate?
should I leave him a lone for a while so he can refill his palps with sperm?
thanks
 

revilo

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hi,

yes this means that he was hungry :p

my male was old when i get him and he was having two pre-owners before me and everyone was putting him together with females. i had two females and both he mated.
after mating i was catching him out of the container from the first female and back in his own. there he was building a spermnet to refill his bulbs. after this i was putting him to the second female and after he was mating her i let him a few days longer with her - in this time he was building again a spermnet in the container with the female...
so with my species i can say it's no prob for the males to mate a few times. how often i don't know exactly. but i believe that he can mate as long as he is fit alive.

here is the spermnet inside the females container


bye, oli
 

huntsman

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hi,

yes this means that he was hungry :p

my male was old when i get him and he was having two pre-owners before me and everyone was putting him together with females. i had two females and both he mated.
after mating i was catching him out of the container from the first female and back in his own. there he was building a spermnet to refill his bulbs. after this i was putting him to the second female and after he was mating her i let him a few days longer with her - in this time he was building again a spermnet in the container with the female...
so with my species i can say it's no prob for the males to mate a few times. how often i don't know exactly. but i believe that he can mate as long as he is fit alive.
Yes he made one one of them, I left him in his cage for a about
here is the spermnet inside the females container


bye, oli
Yes mine made one of them, I left him in his cage by him self for about 6 hours, how long did yours take?
thanks.
 

revilo

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hi,

sorry i don't know. one morning this construction was inside...

but my tip is to give him a break for a few days. offer food and a bit of water in this days and than he should be in mood again ;)

cheers, oli
 

huntsman

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hi,

sorry i don't know. one morning this construction was inside...

but my tip is to give him a break for a few days. offer food and a bit of water in this days and than he should be in mood again ;)

cheers, oli
My male huntsman is resting under bark right now and its night.:confused:
could he be making one of those webs?
He is not eating now I put a large cockroach in with him and he ignored it.
 

revilo

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adult males don't eat so much and somtimes prefer smaller prey.
don't worry, everything will gonna be allright ;)
 
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