Okay, so I know not to count my tarantulas before they're second instar, but I have some pretty special 1i spiders right now. I am thrilled that they made it this far, and this is a big milestone for them. Why? Because they came from this: Yeah, that disgusting mess is an egg sac. My female Chilobrachys dyscolus molted in November, I fed her well and when my male matured I was optimistic about the pairing. I paired in February, and the female almost immediately burrowed and stopped eating. What's up with that, lady? I left her alone for months, but in June my curiosity got the best of me. I carefully pulled away the silk plug and peeked into her burrow. There she was with an egg sac! It looked pretty small, only maybe 1" diameter, and mom is over 5". I was still happy to see it, after months of mom refusing food! I didn't know when she had made the sac, so I planned to leave it with her for close to a month before pulling it. If the babies hatch out with her, well, it wouldn't be the first time I've had to round up slings in mom's tank. So my planned pulling day was this weekend. I go to get the eggsac and what do I see but a little wadded up sac in the water dish! Nooooo! Why did I wait?! How could I have let this happen?! It felt awful. The sac was solid and gummy and damp. I cut it open anyway, and found the mess I was expecting. In the muck, there were also a few EWLs that looked alive. I dug them out of the gunk as carefully as I could, and ended up with 25 that looked like this: Maybe you can see that these poor babies still are covered in the slime that was their siblings. Gross, and suffocating! So here I got a little creative. I washed my EWLs. I put them in a soft fish net, and gently rinsed them with room temperature dechlorinated water until I got all the muck off them. They dried quickly on paper towel and I put them into a tiny incubator. On Monday I pulled out 8 moldy ones, and another on Tuesday. But! The others had started to darken up! I still saw no movement from them. No wiggling of tiny legs or any sign of life except their slight darkening and continued lack of mold. Imagine my delight when I found a first instar this morning! When I got home from class, several more had popped! They're still too young to be out of the woods, but the fact that they've come out of such a gross mess, been WASHED, and now they've successfully molted after all that makes me feel like they've got a shot! There are only 16 of them, but that's more than 0! Have any of you heard of washing EWLs before?