Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hatched Tarantula and a Cheesy Watermark

About a month ago I noticed one of my Indian ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria regalis) was behaving quite unusual, it's been webbing up it's enclosure a lot, but on 15Th march 2009 the mystery is clear as I caught it making an egg sac.
I was trilled but was still skeptical about the success rate of this one since the female actually molted after I mated it a few months back. Yet today I came home with a surprise waiting right in my bedroom.

Just like every other night for the pass few weeks, I did my routine check on the egg sac however I was expecting this one to either fail or get eaten and this is based on my experience. One thing that I should keep in mind is that we, human beings still have not fully understand spiders or how nature works. I manage to find spider lings actively crawling around the egg sac, they were fat and quite large in size, first instar at 1.5 to 2cm.

There were few babies to deal with, at about 50 of them it only took me less then an hour to separate and rehouse them all, don't need a maternity/paternity at this crucial time at work which will be something I'll be happy about very soon.

Have a Great Day


Linus Linnaeus said...

"not fully understand spiders or how nature works."

do we really want to understand? I thought the mystery is the flabour to life...and i thought u said the tarantula is NOT a spider =P

heidi said...

It's been a while since I dropped by.. :P long overdue but congrats! :D