There are around 850 distinct species of tarantulas, and numerous of them have made their way into pet owners' hearts and homes. Spider owners who fall in love with one tarantula may desire to breed them in order to have more than one pet spider. Understanding how pet tarantulas mate can aid a tarantula owner in providing the best possible care to their present and future spider family.
Can You House Tarantulas Together to Mate?
A male and female tarantula should not be kept together since they are generally cannibalistic. When both tarantulas are sexually ready, you can put the male inside the female's container for a few days or a week. The tarantulas will be able to sight and smell each other without harming each other. The female should dig a tunnel and be fed throughout this period so she is not hungry when she encounters the man. The tarantulas should only be let together if the female is receptive to the male, and after mating, the male should be removed from the cage before the female gets violent.
A paint stick is useful for breaking up fights or assisting in the removal of the male from the female's cage. If your tarantulas aren't interested in mating, don't try to push it or keep them in the same room. Tarantulas should be kept in separate enclosures.
When Is a Tarantula Ready to Mate?
When a male tarantula reaches sexual maturity, he may produce sperm and reproduce with a sexually mature female. Sexual maturity in tarantulas varies by species, however it may not happen until they are many years old. Male tarantulas seldom live more than a year after reaching adulthood. This implies you only have a limited period of time to breed your male tarantula.
Reproductive Habits of Tarantulas
Once a year, tarantulas mate, but the way they mate is probably not what you'd anticipate. When a male tarantula is ready to mate, he rubs his abdomen on a web mat that he created. This rubbing excretes semen, which the male subsequently rubs into a little package on his pedipalps, or fangs. The pedipalps keep the sperm alive in the little package until he can mate with a female. When a compatible female is discovered, the pedipalps semen packet is put into an aperture in the female's belly called the opisthosoma. The male will then rapidly go before the female is no longer interested in mating with him.
After mating, eggs are fertilized and deposited many weeks or months later, depending on the tarantula species. The female tarantula will develop an egg sac in which these eggs will be placed. The mother tarantula will then carefully care for and rotate this egg sac in her burrow until the kids emerge from it. While protecting its egg sac, the female tarantula is known to be aggressive.
When the egg sac is generated, some tarantula breeders remove the eggs from the mother spider to avoid her from devouring her young when they hatch and to make it simpler to separate them as they grow. These eggs will need to be kept warm in a separate habitat, but you can keep them with the mother spider until they molt.
How Many Babies Do Tarantulas Have?
The quantity of eggs laid by a tarantula varies depending on the species, however most pet tarantulas will lay approximately 100 eggs. Breeding tarantulas is not a pastime for someone who only wants one or two extra spiders to care for because some species only lay approximately 50 eggs while others lay over 1,000.
Fertilized eggs hatch inside the egg sac of the after around three months, and roughly 200-400 offspring may emerge from the sac after another three weeks. During their first year of life, these spiderlings will go through multiple molts, and how well you care for them will determine how many of them survive to adulthood.