Nymph number six emerged two days ago, a beautiful creature like all the others. Something seemed different about him but I couldn't quite place it until I saw him walk; he is in the habit of tucking his front leg under himself and is not very confident in his ability to place appropriate footing.
Being a newly emerged baby you'd expect them to be a bit apprehensive but they honestly are not. They literally run around like headless chickens for a couple of days while they look for food and water, headbutting the sides of the vivarium and every surface within hoping to find a morsel. It's rather funny, I have to admit. This guy, however, was very wobbly and uncertain; his legs seemed to flail everywhere.
I've given it a couple of days to see if this behaviour changes but it has not. I have yet to see him eat (though it is entirely possible that he has eaten and I simply haven't caught it, I can't watch the vivarium 24/7 as much as I'd like to) but I have seen him drinking water. I'm not overly concerned, to be honest, as I'm aware that the chances of all the nymphs surviving are extremely slim, but I am doing what I can to make life a bit easier for this delicate little fellow (or lady, won't know for a month or so).
I still have the tub that Firma arrived in and it has proven endlessly useful as a nursery for my P. cornucevi and a hatchery for various E. tiaratum and Phyllium eggs. It's now a nursery for number six. I've grabbed some bramble leaves from Terra's enclosure (she is still laying eggs, by the way) and trimmed the edges and thorns to make it easier for the little nymph to grab on to. He'll stay in the nursery until he either shows improvement or outgrows it.
Right now I'm optimistic. It's not uncommon for nymphs to be born with deformities or oddities (especially with this species) but I'm keeping his strong parents in mind. He is from a mated egg so he has a better chance than an asexually produced female. Who knows, I hope he'll survive but if he doesn't then at least I tried.
Either way he is stunning and I'm so grateful to God for the opportunity to get to know special number six. I'm somewhat hoping he's a male, I find them easier to handle than the bulky females. Who knows!