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PostSubject: Putting emps in the mood   3/9/2009, 8:56 pm

I have 3 Adult emps, in the same enclosure, 2 females 1 male. I wish they would reproduce. Anyone has a tip that would like help the process. It's been 5 months that I have them.
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PostSubject: Re: Putting emps in the mood   3/9/2009, 9:24 pm

The females may already be gravid. You don't necessarily see the mating, and gestation can range up to 18 months.

Have you seen a spermatophore in the tank? It's possible for a female to eat it after mating, but it's another sign to look for.

You can also remove the male for a few weeks to a month, and then reintroduce him. If the females aren't already gravid they will likely mate right away. If they are, either he won't try or they'll reject him.

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PostSubject: Re: Putting emps in the mood   3/9/2009, 9:34 pm

...and then eat him!
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PostSubject: Re: Putting emps in the mood   3/9/2009, 9:36 pm

I already kept him separate for a month more or less. I read somewhere that some species need a drop in temperature, does that also apply to emperors?? I already saw them perform the "promenade a deux" but I never found a spermatophore
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PostSubject: Re: Putting emps in the mood   3/9/2009, 10:35 pm

I think the cooling period thing is mostly for tarantulas and temperate species, so no.

It's possible it was a dry run -- does the male have something suitable to deposit it on? (A bark hide, a piece of slate, etc.)

If they danced, then your females aren't rejecting him, so that's a good sign. Although, I had a female who was very passive (not so much danced with him as let him drag her about) and she turned out to be too old to have more young.

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PostSubject: Re: Putting emps in the mood   3/9/2009, 10:37 pm

There is something were he can deposit the spermatophore, they exactly danced on it, he carried all the way on it, she didn't seem to reject him at all, she just followed
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