After the female lays her eggs in April, the young emerge in about four to six weeks as stadium-III individuals, having undergone the first two molts in the egg. The young molt three or four more times by the end of their first winter, and twice again during each of the next two winters. The females, now almost three years old, are finally ready to mate. They die shortly after laying their eggs.
CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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