Molly is a rescue T that I got in 2007. In the summer of 2008, she surprised me with a sac which was a dud. She is rather small but since mature I decided to try to bred her. She was bred in fall of 2008 but molted out in spring of 2009 and was bred again in fall of 2009.
1 This pairing was not successful.
2 No special preparation of either of the pair. Female was kept at room temperature and fed well prior to breeding season. Since she was WC, I returned to her "home" territory and paired her with local roving wild MM.
3 Paired in fall of 2009. MMs was unfed and kept in clean, simple container with new substrate and water and released after paring. Pair was housed near each other for 2-4 days. Cages were set side by side in shower stall allowing the male, with some herding, to enter the female's cage.
4 Female was receptive, raising front legs and exposing fangs. Male approached, hooked and positioned her quickly. Contact was brief after which, he beat feet and was returned to his cage. She was paired with 2 males over a period of 2 weeks.
The Big Date. Molly is on the right.
I am out of here folks. MM on the left.
5. Females was fed all she wanted and put in cool down on Dec 4th when she entered her burrow and silked it over. Cool down was in 50 degree range. She was taken out in April when it naturally warmed and fed all she wanted again when she came out of her burrow. She was not a big eater and usually ate a cricket every 1-2 weeks. Due to uncommonly cold summer, she was housed in heated cabinet with temp of 60-70 s at night and 70-90s in day, depending on how hot outside temp got.
6. No specific trigger.
7 Paired in last two weeks of Oct. Sac appeared early July. Exact date not known because she was burrowed in. She remained in burrow which was triple silked over and tended the sac till 8/15 at which time she I saw her bring the sac to the surface. It contained dried eggs with a few that were black.
10 I "think" these were fertile eggs and that the humidity was too low and eggs desiccated. Due to my fear of getting sac wet, I only provided water dish and no dampness to substrate. They were in heated cabinet and I live in low humidity area. I will bred her again and try with higher humidity environment during sac development.
Sac with dried eggs.