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PostSubject: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 6:05 pm

Can 4th and 5th instar B. jacksoni be kept communally as long as they are fed properly? They all molt once a month, so it's pretty easy for me to determine when they're going to. Right now I have 3 of which that are 4i, and 2 of which just molted into 5i. They're all from the same brood, so the other 3 should be molting into 5i very soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 6:25 pm

i'm pretty sure they can Smile there are hundreds of pictures on the internet of b.jacksoni communities.

and I think venom has a community, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 6:33 pm

Well, I know they're communal, but I'm worried about cannibalism during molts.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 7:06 pm

It more likely to happen with b.jacks. I suggest you wait till theyre adults.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 7:57 pm

Alrighty. I'll just wait. I'm pretty sure the ones that just molted are now 5i. You can really notice the bulbous chela now in the males.

What instar would you say?

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 8:50 pm

hard to tell by size
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 9:14 pm

How would you tell then?

They were REALLY small when I got them. I'm guessing they were 2i (Adam had them advertised as 2i-3i). This is the 3rd time they're molting in my care.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 9:17 pm

I can tell by the chela that's an adult male -- if you have females, they'll require another molt and end up being a bit larger than the males.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 9:20 pm

Holy crap! That's adult size?? That's not very big at all! I thought they were like 4" or something. Damn was I wrong lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 9:28 pm

does look kinda small for a male. But I have to agree with the chela thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 9:51 pm

Here was my boy when he matured:


. . . maybe a little bigger than yours, but not by much.

And here he is with his lady-friend:


You can see that the females get to a decent size compared to the males.

Just for the heck of it, here's a shot of a mature male beside an immature female -- same size, but note the difference in chela:

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 9:54 pm

Well i've never had a male live long enough to notice
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping B. jacksoni communally   9/23/2008, 11:39 pm

Thanks, Mike. That was very helpful! Very Happy

Next month my females should be mature then and I'll have all 5 of them living together. Hopefully they'll make lots and lots of babies Smile

Anyone know gestation time?
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