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Regal jumping spider slings

Discussion in 'Tarantula Photos and Videos' started by jay17, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. jay17

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    So, long story short, I bought this P. regius at the Doncaster IHS show thinking it was male, but a few days after bringing it home, it turned out to be a she and left me a pleasant surprise.

    Interesting stuff I've observed thus far
    • The mother killed a large cricket and placed it in the nest, not for herself but presumably for the babies
    • When the nest is disturbed the mother returns to it to put the webbing back in the right place
    • The mother will flee from the nest when disturbed but vigilantly watches the nest from a distance
    • The babies only showed interest in live prey and each other after their first molt
    • Babies appear to only start to produce web after the first molt (?)
    • Hatched with whitish-blue markings that were lost after the first molt
    • Both the slings and the mother have a strong aversion to water

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    The freshly-hatched kids

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    The slings, in the last pic the one on the left is first molt, the right hasn't molted yet

    Notes
    - 10/Nov/2017 (Eggs laid)
    - 24/Nov/2017 (Eggs hatched, at least 50 babies)
    - 10/Dec/2017 (First few slings left the web + were separated into a deli cup)
    - 16/Dec/2017 (Separated slings molted and started to show interest in moving prey)

    Thanks for reading! Will post more pics as I take them.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Congratulations. Don't be surprised if she makes another sac or 2, mine did. In my case mum stayed inside the cocoon until the eggs hatched each time (she had 3 sacs). As for water, I found both mum and babies would go straight to where I sprayed.
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    That's interesting about the water, like I said mine are the complete opposite and run away from it! And congratulations on your spider's babies too!
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    Unfortunately Both mum and the 1 baby I kept have died. I think 3 sacs and the care she took of them was just too much for mum and she died just as sac 3 began to emerge. I have no idea why the baby died, just a couple of weeks ago, she was from the 1st sac made on Christmas Day 2016 and was active one day and dead the next. I miss them both they're such great characters.
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    @Enn49 I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure it was from no fault of your own.

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    Bonus fistbump from one of the kids.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    @jay17 I love that fistbump. I might have to have a couple from you when they get a bit bigger.
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    Update! I went away to a friend's place for a few days and when I came back at least 30 of the babies had escaped and were on my ceiling. Caught most of them but every so often I find one on the wall or even on me. In better news, they're all behaving so much more like adults now and they're starting to eat fruit flies. Plus the mother seems to be laying another egg sac as she's constructed a thick web at the back of her tank.

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    This is too much! So cute!
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    The babies are all eating now! They're getting so much better at catching fruit flies. Sometimes they miss and look ridiculous flailing around by a string of web but they get there eventually. They're also incredibly aware of their surroundings and they'll turn to watch me move things around.

    More pics of the mother who has definitely laid another egg sac.

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    They're so cute :). I really miss mine:(
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    How can anyone not absolutely love these guys, <3
    we get the teeny tiny ones, only spiders I willingly handle,
    in my defense....Not my doing, they infest my porch and crawl all over everyone.
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