Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Perisphaerus punctatus Babies!!!

One of my adult female Perisphaerus punctatus females gave birth today!!! 😁 Shockingly, despite her not looking that fat, she gave birth to a whopping 15 nymphs, which is the biggest Perisphaerus brood I've seen out of any species I've kept! 😮 The first instars are also quite a bit darker than those of P.pygmaeus, which are a pale brown color. 

Not wanting to disturb the offspring, I didn't move the hide they were resting on, however the female gave birth up against the side of the enclosure, so I was able to get some pics through the plastic:

Such cuties, hopefully this is the first of many broods this species will produce for me! 😁 Can't wait for these to be established in the hobby!

Speaking of Perisphaerus births, just last weekend another one of my Perisphaerus sp. "Kota Kinabalu" females gave birth! 😄 Sadly, from the first brood born last month, only a couple seem to have survived... 😓 It would appear that may have been a stress induced birth, as most of the individuals looked kind sickly to begin with. It's also worth noting that this species seems to dessicate rather quickly when younger, and as a result I've had to decrease their ventilation levels a bit to help retain more humidity.

Thankfully though, this second brood seems healthier, so chances are high that the survival rate for this new brood will be much higher. Fingers crossed I am correct in that suspicion, and that I get more broods from my females as well! 🤞😅

Lastly, while I'm at it, no new broods from my Perisphaerus pygmaeus yet... But again, several females look ready to burst, so hopefully babies aren't too far off. I suppose time will tell. It's been a long time since they last gave birth, too long IMO, and I honestly don't know what the holdup is. 🤷

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this update, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see everyone in the next post! 😉

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