Woman breaks open Tarantula egg sac with dozens of spiders

A woman who owns more than 100 arachnids broke open a tarantula egg sac filled with hundreds of tiny spiders.

Rachel Marie, who posts under the name Tarantula Creep Show, has 111 tarantulas and she has successfully mated a breeding pair. Rachellmvriee, from Ohio, shared a proud clip on the site showing the mother with her egg sac, which can be seen here.

In it, a furry tarantula can be seen in their enclosure, with a white ball underneath, with Marie using tweezers to pry the bag away from her.

“I pulled my very first tarantula egg sac from my mother. She wasn’t happy,” the on-screen captions say, as the tarantula “was looking for the egg sac.”

In the background, she can be heard saying, “I know I’m sorry.” The text on the screen continues and says, “Feels heavy and healthy. Little pawed eggs. Good vision. I’m trembling with happiness. Incubation time. Look they’re all healthy.”

The 28-year-old opens the egg sac to reveal dozens of yellow balls, which resemble popcorn kernels with tiny translucent legs. Shared in late July, the video caught viewers’ attention and has been viewed more than 13 million times.

But people were alarmed that the babies had been taken away from their mothers, with Thekillmonger1011 saying, “If only spiders didn’t evolve over millions of years to take care of their babies significantly better than you do. Oh wait.”

“Or just let mother nature and mama spider do their thing,” wrote Jasmine Payment.

Saul Torres added: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to.”

Photo of tarantula Bedelia. Spider owner Rachel Marie shared a clip of her prying an egg sac from a tarantula.
@rachellmvriee/Rachel Marie

Marie told News week the tarantula was Tliltocatl Albopilosus, called Bedelia, who has had them for two years.

She estimated there were hundreds of eggs and said: “I think she had between 200-400 in the bag, it was a smaller bag. I have yet to count because during these early stages many will die, as they will in the nature do too.

“The mother is a New World tarantula and since she is a curly haired (common name) she is quite prone to kicking her hair! Personally, I prefer the Old Worlds over the New Worlds because the hair gives me crazy during the routine maintenance of all my tarantulas.

“New worlds come from the western hemisphere, which means their venom is usually not medically significant because they have the stinging hairs that make you itchy when they ‘kick’ them at you. Kind of like fiberglass.”

Marie, a tattoo student, posted follow-up videos showing the mother being okay, explaining why she put the eggs in an incubator.

She explained, “I thought I’d give you a fun fact. Tarantulas have so many babies because not every specimen will make it to adulthood. In the wild they will get a parasite, they will be eaten by a tarantula hawk, they will just die from exposure, everything, so not everyone will grow up.

“They have so many that they cause at least a few to mature. And reproduce. Even in captivity with the best of care, not every specimen will mature. You’ll have random deaths for seemingly no reason. That’s just how it is.”

Tarantula owner Rachel Marie.
Tarantula owner Rachel Marie. Marie, from Ohio, currently owns 111 tarantulas, and a bite from some can leave you in the hospital.
Rachel Marie

And in a separate clip, after receiving numerous comments on the subject, Marie confirmed that she gave Bedelia a large cockroach, and that she was “fine.”

“For anyone who thinks it’s cruel or that I’m a horrible person, I’m not,” she said.

“It’s not cruel, she’s not sad, she doesn’t know what sad is, she’s a spider. She has the instinct to protect the egg sac, that’s it. Once it’s gone, out of sight, out of mind. Give her something to eat, she’s good, she won’t remember me doing that, she doesn’t know who I am, she doesn’t know what captivity is.

“It makes sure the babies are happy and healthy, mom doesn’t eat them or dip them in the water when I walked into the room and annoyed her. So it was to make sure all the babies would survive. They’re put in there.” an incubator, they’re safe, just like they would be in the egg sac, it’s the same.”

Addressing commentators, she added: “You humanize them by thinking I’m cruel and that she’s just depressed about this right now. Stop humanizing spiders, and I don’t mean mean.”

Photo of the tarantula Bedelia.
Photo of the tarantula Bedelia. The spider had between 200 and 400 eggs, which she kept in an egg sac.
Rachel Marie

She admitted she felt emotional as she removed the eggs and continued: “It made me sad to pull the egg sac. I was like, oh my god. Of course I’m human, I have emotions, she has no emotions.”

Marie has shared numerous clips as the baby spiders develop, with her most recent being shared last week. They are progressing by leaps and bounds, even if it takes a few years to reach maturity.

She also showed the difference between healthy and bad eggs, with one egg that didn’t develop remained perfectly round, while some were “dehydrated underdeveloped eggs.”

Marie explained the early stages: “Before a tarantula’s first molt they are called pawed eggs, this is what they look like. These are not fully developed spiders. After their first molt they look more like tarantulas, but they still rely on the egg for nutrients instead of eating insects.

“This is called the first instar, which means their first molt. Their second molt, the second instar, will be fully developed tarantulas.” Later that day, she gave another update, saying, “They’re getting darker now that it’s been a few hours since they’ve shed. They’re almost non-transparent.”

Rachel Marie's photo.
Rachel Marie’s photo. The tattoo student says she has never been bitten by any of her spiders so far.
Rachel Marie

Marie says she’ll keep some boys, telling News week: “I plan to keep a few for myself to raise, maybe 10/15, and then I’ll sell the rest wholesale. I’ll have to feed them when they molt into the second instar and have a full become a developed tarantula.”

Among her impressive collection are some specimens you would see in the hospital, saying, “All tarantulas are venomous! The venom power depends on the tarantula. Although it will not kill you, it will put you in the hospital, and even after you leave the hospital you will be in a lot of pain for several weeks.

“I’m not afraid that they will escape and bite. If they do escape, it will be because of something I did to make that happen, such as leaving an enclosure door open or not putting the lid on properly .”

She added that she will make “up to” $400 selling the boy when they are finally ready, and also shared a video of the father. She confirmed that she separated the father and mother before the female could eat the male.

Update 8/13/21, 11:46 AM ET: This article has been updated to include commentary, photos, and video from Marie.

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