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Mr. Mordax
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PostSubject: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty9/24/2009, 12:39 am

This summer I acquired a female Centruroides sculpturatus as part of a trade. To the best of my knowledge, she was collected recently from somewhere in Arizona. She was assumed to be gravid -- she appeared very plump and a female collected in the same batch had already produced one brood.

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of her at this point.

On the evening of September 2nd, she was found carrying a large pile of first-instars:
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Young were estimated to number at 20.

The young on September 7th:
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The young were observed completing the molt to second instar on September 9th, with most having completed the molt when this picture was taken:
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On September 12, the second-instar young were still all on the female's back, with none wandering away. They did not appear to fluoresce at this point.
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Young were observed to begin wandering from the female on September 15, though upon disturbance (such as removing a container lid) most scrambled back to her.
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At this point the majority of young were removed from the female with a small paintbrush and she was separated to facilitate housing the young individually.

The final count of young was 26.

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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty9/26/2009, 1:53 pm

Followup: Yesterday, September 25, I introduced this female to my male. She had not eaten since before I got her, but the male quickly sought out her chela. Within a few minutes they were performing the Promenade à deux, which continued for roughly half an hour. They were not disturbed by moving the container around to show my colleagues what was going on.

At one point, my boss walked in, so I lifted the container up to show him. I distinctly recall seeing them still grasping chela when I reached for them, but by the time my boss saw them they had separated. I glanced in and saw a spermatophore on the bark.

Expect pictures to follow later today.

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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty11/22/2010, 12:02 pm

So... What happened?
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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty11/22/2010, 9:41 pm

Eventually died without producing another brood. If anything, the "update" shows that females will readily mate within several weeks of parturition (hardly noteworthy, as some have been photographed while carrying a brood).

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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty7/1/2011, 1:19 pm

i found a bark two nights ago.she appeared gravid to my untrained eye and sure enough her first night home before i could get a permanent enclosure she gave birth to at least 20. yay.
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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty7/1/2011, 2:39 pm

gz dude exciting isnt it!
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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty7/1/2011, 2:42 pm

Heyyy....Ive got a tankful of C Sculpts...
Somebody has GOT to be gravid,right?
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PostSubject: Re: Centruroides sculpturatus   Centruroides sculpturatus Empty7/1/2011, 3:00 pm

yes pluto it is very exciting!!!!! Very Happy
hahaha wishes yeah somebodies probably knocked up.
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