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Omothymus schioedtei - sex please

Discussion in 'What sex is my Tarantula?' started by Enn49, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    @Thistles or @Casey K. It's around 2.5 " and rarely seen so this might be my only chance
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    He's a little man. Look forward to green!
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    Thank you. I'm sad as my previous one turned out male too and I was so hoping for a female this time, still they are beautiful when they go green.
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    I've raised a few, and my first group of 3 were all male. I have 3 now, and at least 2 are female. Some people say that this species is male-heavy, but I dunno. It could have been bad luck for me. So far I'm at a reasonable ratio even though the first group was really disappointing! Sorry to bear bad news.
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    Will you be breeding them? It's odd the way some species seem to produce more of one sex than the other.
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    That's the hope. I'd be curious to see the sex ratios if I kept and raised a sac. I might be tempted to do it.
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    It would also be good to see what ratio survived kept in the same conditions.
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    I've never kept a whole sac, but I have kept large groups. Like I had an Augacephalus breyeri sac that I kept about 3 dozen from, all in similar deli cups. I lost a couple, but not many. Maybe... 3? Something like that? Augacephalus are really delicate, too, so it wasn't bad at all. Same thing with OBTs. I kept 3-4 dozen of them and didn't lose any. I had a Brachypelma albopilosum "Nicaragua" sac molt to 2i this week and I plan to hang on to a couple dozen so I have "friendly" freebies for people and friends, so that'll give me another thing to watch. The problem is I always just slowly sell or trade or give away these holdbacks without keeping a whole sac to sex.
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    The only experience I've had of breeding were the jumping spiders. From 3 sacs I had 174 babies emerge, from the 1st sac I sold 10 (of which 3 died) and kept 2 (1 died) and of both the other 2 sacs all babies died. Not a very good result but they were so minute, barely 2mm, and so little info about them.
    I always said I wouldn't breed Ts as I'd had enough of the hassles when I was breeding snakes. In some ways I'd like to give it a try, I nearly bought a C. laeta the other day in the hope of a male for my girl but decided against it.
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    Yeah, jumpers are soo small! That would be a hard one. Lotta babies needing a lotta tiny food. I have a Heterothele gabonensis communal thing going on, and those babies do well because I have the tank set up with a lot of critters in the substrate. They have dwarf isopods and springtails in there, and I dump in fruit flies for them. That's a lot easier than how I have most of my tarantulas set up for feeding itty bitty things. I used fruit flies for my widow slings, too. Breeding Ts is easier than snakes though, imo.
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    I used tiny pinhead crickets but even they were maybe too big. It was an experience though and although mum died, I think 3 sacs was just too much for her, at least I have been able to watch her daughter grow from a tiny black dot into such a pretty girl and I made a few £s from the ones I sold.
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    So overall still a good experience =) 3 sacs is bound to take a toll. I think the same sometimes happens to widows. They just have so many sacs they run out of steam.
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    She was a really good mum, guarding each sac until they were ready to emerge. As each sac hatched she'd come out and eat but then return to them. Of course she was WC so I've no idea how old she was and they don't live very long.
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