2. Both fed the day before introduction. Temperature around 75 degrees.
3. Introduced male March 13, 2011.Male got at least two insertions. Total time between tapping and completion of pairing 17 minutes.
4. The Male was tentative but the female was very receptive and initiated the breeding. Two subsequent pairings were attempted. Female was uninterested.
5. About a week after the last attempted pairing (two weeks after succesfull pairing) I cleaned her habitat. Female offered prey every 5 days, she ate enthusiastically until about two weeks prior to laying the sac. at that point she refused food. Ate again a few days before laying the sac. At about three weeks prior to laying sac she began to web heavily. At the start of development the temperature was about 75 degrees it slowly increased to an average of 90 by the time the sac was made. I overflowed the water dish a few times during this period.
6. Nothing particular was done to encourage her to lay. I was away the weekend she laid the sac..the diminished traffic could have been a factor.
7. Paired March 13, 2011. Sac laid June 27, 2011. Sac Pulled July 30 2011. S'lings began molting into 2nd Instar on July 22, 2011.
8. Sac left with mother for 33 days. Disturbances were kept to a minimum. I kept half the enclosure wet while she was tending the sac. The temperature averaged 90. S'lings were 1rst instar when removed and incubated. I used three deli cups lined with damp paper towels placed in a plastic storage container lined with wet paper towels. Temperature during incubation averaged at 80.
9. 131 2nd instar spiderlings. When I opened the sac there was one undeveloped egg.
10. This was my first breeding attempt and first egg sac. The breeding was a success because of the receptivity and good care of Khan, the mother.
11. I wanted to breed this species because Khan is my favorite tarantula and to ease the strain on wild populations. The entire experience has been a learning one.