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My miracle babies

Discussion in 'Tarantula Breeding' started by Thistles, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. kormath

    kormath Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That's awesome! And yes, like @Enn49 asked pics please! :) when you can anyway.
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    Here's one of the little guys today. IMG_1537.JPG
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    @Thistles It's so amazing to see them doing so well after that dreadful start, most people would have given up on them so you deserve a huge WELL DONE :T:.
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    Aww, thanks! Just doing what needed to be done to give them the best chance possible. I have another sticky egg sac story I might tell, depending on how it all turns out. The first 1i appeared today, so it's looking pretty good.
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    You must tell now that you've mentioned it.:)
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    After the happy ending :)
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    Never saw this thread, excellent job Thistles.
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    YOU ARE A HERO SIR! Lesser would have given up.
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    I would say above and beyond. You never gave up and for the 2 that remain I hope they live a long and happy life. Deffo KEEPERS.
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    Thanks guys. You're making me blush. I have... 4? 5? something like that of the dyscolus left and they're all doing really well.

    The other sticky egg sac story is going well. I have about 30 1i from that group now, and am hoping for another 30 or so. It's a Poecilotheria ornata sac, and when I went to pull it I found their mother eating the egg sac. Bad girl! I pulled it and it looked sticky but viable. I tried to wash it off, but with no luck. It wasn't guts on them like the first. I guess it was mom's digestive enzymes or something. I carefully separated the eggs (and a few EWLs) and spread them out on a damp paper towel, but they didn't seem to be able to hatch with the sticky glue-like stuff on them.

    I actually hatched each of them by hand. I pulled off the paper-thin shells. It was SO nerve-wracking, and I did pop a few (like 5 or something) but in general I think it went pretty well. The 1i are starting to show up, but I've also had some turn black, so it wasn't a perfect success.

    Can I get some easy sacs now, please? I'm getting tired of having to fight for each baby.

    Except OBTs. Enough of those. 4 OBT sacs this season is more than I needed!
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    You must have the patience of a saint to hatch them by hand, I wouldn't know where to start. Fingers crossed they do well for you now. You certainly deserve some easy ones now.

    Don't knock the OBTs, I'd take a few off your hands if you could get them over to me :)
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    Holy crap, be careful what you wish for. I will update in a few. Right now I have to search the basement for babies. AAAAH!
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    That is the passion people lack today! It makes me happy to see that people still have the drive and dedication and love to not give up on the little things! To us hey aren't hideous or moneybags, they are helpless babies that you cared for against their odds. Nothing but respect from me. I've ben in similar situations and got the stink eye from folks lol. Congrats on the survivors, can't wait to watch them grow up!
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    Okay, so I got my easy sac.

    I went to water some of my spiders, so I grabbed my trusty turkey baster. When I sucked water into the bulb, I saw a tiny spider swirl around in the clear body of the baster. Poor guy! I grab a deli and carefully pour him into it, and try to figure out what he is. "Hmm," I think, "that looks a lot like a Heterothele. Weird."

    The wheels turn a little, but my hamster is geriatric and creaky, so it takes a minute for me to realize that I have a female Heterothele gabonensis. "Be quiet, hamster," I think, "I bought her as a juvenile in May and she molted about a month ago. It can't be her!" Just to satisfy myself, I go look at her enclosure. No sign of babies. No little webs or molts or anything that indicates babies, but she has a very large, nice enclosure with lots of leaf litter. Hmm. So I grab my jeweler's loupe and examine the tiny foundling up close and personal. It has parallel fangs and the hint of the Heterothele opisthosoma pattern. No way.

    Talking aloud to myself ("no way. No possible way. It can't be...") the whole time, I proceed to dismantle my female's beautiful enclosure and dig down to her lair. Guess what I found?

    The tiniest, most perfect egg sac ever. No way.
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    So, several hours and one pissed off momma spider later, I have a bunch of delis of Heterothele gabonensis slings. Guess she was old enough, after all.

    The whole reason I bought her was because I had a few others I was raising. One of my males matured this past week, and given how recently she molted I might have the opportunity to do this all over again very soon.

    The cause of the trouble, christened "Mary"
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    Congrats although it doesn't sound so easy having to destroy mum's home.:)
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    Yeah it still took me several hours of work, lol. I left a few in with mom.
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    That's just awesome!

    @Thistles is our resident T whisperer ;)
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    But I had no idea she was gravid! I just need them to whisper back ;)
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    They start talking back...I'll take a gram of whatever you have lmfao!
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