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big spiders in upstate New York?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by terancheped42, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. terancheped42

    terancheped42 Arachnosquire

    when it gets a bit nicer out i'm going to look for some spiders and i want to know some large species of spiders in the Adirondack area i would also like to know if a orb weaver could live in a 5 gallon tank turned on its side? and if so what species of orb weaver could i find in my area?
  2. Ciphor

    Ciphor Arachnoprince

    Orb weavers can require some creativity to keep in captive. I generally just use two sticks in the ground outside, with a string across the top connecting the sticks, then I wrap the bottom with smooth packing tape. What this allows is for the spider to build it's web while not being able to get away! Now it does not always work. Try and do it on a day with no wind, this way the spider is forced to climb up or down the stick, and cannot balloon away to the ground. a 5 gallon might work, just keep in mind they do not climb glass or smooth surfaces at all, so you would need something running up and down the sides to allow the spider to construct a web.

    With any spider, they will make do with small spaces as long as there is food.

    I'm sure others have their own techniques on keeping orb weavers in captive, this is just how I do it :)

    Also one last thing, hunting spiders in the winter is probably the worst time to do it, the summer is much better!
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  3. loxoscelesfear

    loxoscelesfear Arachnoangel Old Timer

    if you want big spiders that are easy to find then familiarize yourself w/ the genus Dolomedes. several species in this genus attain a legspan of 4 + inches. they are very hardy captives as well. google Dolomedes tenebrosus. come spring time you should be able to find them w/ little effort.
  4. Ciphor

    Ciphor Arachnoprince

    Then send a male & female to me!
  5. loxoscelesfear

    loxoscelesfear Arachnoangel Old Timer

    hit me up this spring and I will
  6. terancheped42

    terancheped42 Arachnosquire

    when i said i bit nicer out i meant summer/late spring. lol and thanks for the advise :)

    ---------- Post added 02-02-2012 at 12:54 PM ----------

    thank you :) i think i saw one of these when i was in the mountains this summer but i didn't have anything to catch it with.
  7. Ciphor

    Ciphor Arachnoprince

    I will definitely take you up on that offer, thank you!
  8. jakykong

    jakykong Arachnobaron

    Kent, Wa
    Winter is a good time to do research, though :).

    Anyway, I can't seem to find the link right now, but I was reading a while back about using a wood frame about 2" deep, and either plexiglass or mesh to form a sort of narrow square, sufficiently large for the web your species creates. This sounds like a good way to me - you can see the spider, and control the direction the web is built, and easily get prey caught in it.

    I'm lucky - about a week ago (yep, dead of winter) I found a little orb-weaver in my front yard. When it gets a little bigger, I'll try to identify it. I did the same thing I described above - I used 1" wide cardboard strips to make a square (and then put that in a deli cup to prevent escape), and the spider took right to it. Although it decided to be a little anarchist and make the web perpendicular to the cardboard square, which makes feeding a little trickier. Fun times :p

    Hope it helps!
  9. terancheped42

    terancheped42 Arachnosquire

    could anyone give me a list of orb weaver spiders i could find in my area?