Sunday, July 31, 2005

I'm a Tarantula Nerd

Hey, there's a reason I chose Tarantula Lady as my ID. A week ago, I posted that I would try to mate a pair of my Avicularia metallica tarantulas. The female was throwing up, however. I'm serious, tarantulas throw up sometimes. I was concerned she was ill (no, she did not have morning sickness), so I postponed their date. Well, they just did the deed and we saw the male got in some inserts. I took him out and he's cleaning himself off at the moment. I'll probably put them together in a week or so; this will give him a chance to recharge his bulbs with sperm. Want a detailed explanation of the mating process? Go to


Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Goody, more web porn! ;-)

(Kind of interesting, actually.)

8/01/2005 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Tarantula Lady said...

It's a weirdly addictive hobby. Some tarantulas are very large and colorful and have interesting behavior, i.e. mating rituals, feeding habits, etc.

Tarantula owners come from very different backgrounds but 100% are independent thinkers. Almost all of us are atheists and left-wing/libertarians and we despise Bush's policies. We're also very polite to each other and usually avoid flame wars.

We may get called a bunch of "wackos" but we behave much better than most other internet groups. I think it's because we're independent thinkers who don't blindly accept the hatred and prejudice in society.

8/01/2005 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff Huber said...


For what it's worth...

The more I become interested/emotionally invested in animals, the more I feel connected to humanity.


8/01/2005 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jona said...

If you hadn't mentioned the throwing-up I wouldn't of ask this (for fear of sounding daft!) but will you be able to tell if she's pregnant?

8/02/2005 04:07:00 AM  
Blogger Tarantula Lady said...

It's hard to tell. The female will tend to lose interest (and tolerance) for the male. Usually, the female eats more and her abdomen gets fatter. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. The period between mating and egg-laying can vary anywhere from two weeks to two years, depending on the species.

8/02/2005 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger Jona said...

...TWO YEARS? Wow! Does their body put the pregnancy on hold, or does the gestation really take that long?
I think I'll have to get off my lazy backside and do some googling, I might not like them, but spiders are interesting!

8/03/2005 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger Tarantula Lady said...

The females just hang on to the sperm until they judge that the conditions are right to lay the eggs. Then she spins her eggsac and puts in the eggs and sperm; that's when fertilization takes place. Spiders have been around for 400 million years which makes them one of the oldest land animals on earth. They have some very good evolutionary adaptations.

BTW, there's a lot of female tarantula owners out there. I suspect it's related to the fact that female spiders are much bigger, more aggressive, live longer, and scare the living hell out of the males.

8/03/2005 12:18:00 PM  

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