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 Post subject: Poecilotheria metallica
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:23 am 
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Location: Utah
Female: Po_me_9
Female's Most Recent Molt: Summer 2011
First Pairing: 31-Jul-11
Final Pairing: 31-Jul-11
Male: Po_me_4
Male's Ultimate Molt Date: Summer 2010
Eggsac Found: 18-Jan-12
Eggsac Pulled: 10-Feb-12
Condition When Pulled: Post Embryos
First Instar Molt: 5-Mar-12
Second Instar Molt: 17-Mar-12

Pairing:
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Mom's Nursery
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Eggsac:
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First Instars:
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Second Instars:
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 Post subject: Re: Poecilotheria metallica
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:25 am 
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Great pics, thanks for posting these!

How many young do you estimate were in the sac when you pulled it?

How many do you estimate survived to 2nd instar?

Just curious.


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 Post subject: Re: Poecilotheria metallica
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:56 am 
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No need to estimate. I know the exact numbers.

17 fertile eggs in the eggsac.
Of those 6 made it to 1i.
4 Made it to 2i and are still going strong.

The male was quite old when they mated and low fertility seems to be a common result when using old males.


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 Post subject: Re: Poecilotheria metallica
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:56 am 
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The good news is I have a fresh male this time around so hopefully the next report will be a bit larger.


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