'Knock knock, who's there' - part 2. The females build these amazing homes when they are just little spiderlings. Digging into the ground using their fangs, they make a long tunnel, then line it with silk, creating this amazing 'hobbit home' lid out of hardened silk, with a hinge on one side. The female lives in this burrow for her entire life, Which is many many years, up to 40+!! They enlarge their burrows regularly, and this can be seen on their lids, similar to trees' annual rings. She hunts from her burrow by shooting out to grab passing prey, pulling it back in! They pick up vibrations near the burrow entrance.
Males also build temporary burrows, and after rains go in pursuit of the ladies! They're much smaller, and less impressive (see pic in previous post). They mate with the females, who lay her eggs in her burrow and her little spiderlings then hatch & remain in her burrow with her for some time (See the VIDEO on our fb page). They then depart from the burrow, form a large procession, and these 'slings' as they are then called, leave a trail of silk.
Here comes the amazing part..
The slings then create mini silk parachutes, & hundreds & thousands of these little paratroopers take off into the African sky, in order to find a new home! Say what?!
When they land they find suitable soil to dig a burrow & start again.
What we did here in these images, is ever so gently lift the lid from the correct side, only long enough for her to come out and close it, at which point we release gently and she can pull her lid back again. She already may have sensed your approach and she will hold her lid closed VERY tightly with her fangs and front limbs, and any attempt to lift the lid CAN AND WILL harm her. This is where you need to show respect. If there is any resistance whatsoever, do not pull at all. The lid should open very easily... see part 3
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