25 Jun

Grammostola pulchra, Brazilian Black succesful mating.

After we had a successful mating with our¬†Grammostola pulchra male and female, we’ve sent our male to Jake Ellis for a breeding loan. This is what he had to say about the breeding experience:

”Something really awesome, I put them together again.
The Male ended up staying in the embrace for 10mins, but she was so relaxed that he took he’s time in the inserting and making sure it was perfect. Then she stood in the threat pose for about 5 mins”

We are holding thumbs for a successful breeding.
These pictures were taken by Jake Ellis:

Figure 1: Grammostola pulchra, Brazilian Black mature male and female mating.

Figure 1: Grammostola pulchra, Brazilian Black mature male and female mating.

Figure 2: Grammostola pulchra, Brazilian Black mature female standing in the threat pose.

Figure 2: Grammostola pulchra, Brazilian Black mature female standing in the threat pose.

04 May

Frisky Spiders Episode 2 – B. boehmei #video

Mr and Mrs Fireleg had their fires kindled, and the sparks flew!

In another saucy episode of Frisky Spiders, you can see the tapping ritual beforehand and then the unbridled passion (well, until things are about to get nasty).

At the end, you’ll notice that he bends her backwards. Normally when they mate they are on the same level. The reason being is that when he bends her backwards he also pushes her backwards (that makes her fall), giving him enough time to run for his life.
We’ve intervened, sparing his life by putting a plastic container on her. But, love sick as he is he wanted more, and tapped on her plastic cage for at least another 15 minutes.

They are such awesome animals!

20 Apr

B. albiceps (Golden Red Rump) successful mating.

These guys didn’t waste any time, the male sure knew what he was doing. The female didn’t even show any aggression towards the male once the mating was complete. Lets hope he was fully loaded and that a fertile egg sac will be obtained.

B. albiceps (Golden Red Rump) successful mating

Figure1: B. albiceps (Golden Red Rump) successful mating

B. albiceps (Golden Red Rump) Mature female

Figure 2: B. albiceps (Golden Red Rump) Mature female

B. albiceps (Golden red rump) mature male

Figure 3: B. albiceps (Golden red rump) mature male