Discussion in 'Arachnids General' started by sulcataboy, Nov 23, 2005.
Does anybody own a black widow?
I believe Matt does (furryscaly)
Yup, I breed Latrodectus mactans and Latrodectus geometricus. They're very easy to keep, just don't get bit What did you want to know about them?
How to take care of them.
Matt you suprise me! You breed Black Widows!!
You wouldn't believe some of the stuff Matt has living in his closet, haha
lol, yeah, I breed them. I keep my females in jars. I bend a stick to form a V shape, and put that inb the jar. It gives her something to attach a web to. Ideally, I'd make sure the stick doesn't come near the top of the jar. Its also not a bad idea to keep the jar upside-down. Widows make their webs up near the top, so if the jar's upside down, she'll rarely be near the opening.
I don't put air holes in my jars, cause a widow can last for more than a month on the air that's in there. Considering you'll be opening the jar to feed her every week or two, you don't need air holes. Then just feed her a gutloaded cricket whenever she starts to thin out. If she's fat and plump, she doesn't need food. The prey can be slightly larger than the spider. An adult widow can tackle an adult cricket with ease.
As I said, very easy to keep, just excersize extreme caution when opening that jar. Widows are faster than they look, and very quick to bite.
Do you sell your widows? How much?
Widows are super easy to keep. I also keep a few myself. Here is Latrodectus variolus
This is a L variolus juvenile
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