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Latrodectus feeding issue

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by akazaran, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. akazaran

    akazaran Arachnopeon Active Member

    I bought 3 Latrodectus spiders((1 L. hasselti, 1 L menavodi and 1 L. mactans mexicanus) last week and I tryed to feed them today for the first time.I gave them some subadult crickets but the problem is that the crickets stay at ground level in the enclosure and the spider s web are above ground level so the crickets dont get traped. Should I wait that the spider built more web before feeding them? And is there a risk that the crickets eat the spiders? The cricket are about 1.3 cm long.
    Thank for helping
  2. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Give the spiders a week to settle in. They need to construct their webs with tripwires in order to hunt. The crickets shouldn’t eat the spiders unless they get access to them during molting.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. Boomslang77

    Boomslang77 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Agreed,latrodectus species are hardcore,mine have overpowered anything.
  4. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnolord Active Member

    I had the same problem with a tiny baby Latrodectus. Tried a few things including *really* tiny isopods, but ultimately it was fine with a *tiny* piece of cut mealworm placed on the web with the fine tweezers. Munched away.
  5. Pepper

    Pepper Arachnopeon Active Member

    Agree with NYAN. Once the spiders settle in and web, they will construct "trip wires" from the main web to the ground that will ensnare the cricket and alert the spider, who comes down and wraps the prey up using its back legs so fast that if you blink, you missed it. Really cool to watch.