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Redclaw Eggs On Bellies

Mating consists in the male depositing a spermatophore on the underside of the female, from which sperm fertilizes eggs within 24 hours. The eggs are held under the female’s abdomen until they are ready to hatch – usually 6 to 8 weeks. The larvae develop within the eggs. Embryonic development, lasting 42 days at 26°C, consists of 10 prehatching and three posthatching stages.

During embryonic development, eggs change colour from green to brown and orange. Finally the eggs hatch and the 12 mm long juveniles remain attached to the female for 1 to 2 days prior to moving away as completely independent miniature adults. The synchrony and degree of mating activity, the incubation period and the juvenile growth period is primarily influenced by water temperature

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