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Need help with captured tropical spider.

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by kendoka, May 14, 2011.

  1. kendoka

    kendoka Arachnopeon

    I captured a spider in my house.

    I was hoping someone could ID it since I don't know much about spiders. It's body is about half an inch long and its leg span is about 3 inches. Also, I was hoping if you could tell me if it's dangerous.

    It was captured in puerto rico and my neighborhood is surrounded by swamps so it might have come from there.

    I think it was injured while I was capturing it. I was wondering if it was possible to care for it until it healed. I don't want to kill it. I'd prefer to release it but in it's present condition I don't think it'll last long. I was wondering if they eat dead crickets or if they had to be alive.

    Thanks for the help.

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  2. zonbonzovi

    zonbonzovi Creeping beneath you Staff Member

    Not dangerous...it's Heteropoda venatoria, a huntsman spider. It'll eat crickets and other live insects. If you are going to keep it, give it a vertical enclosure with things to climb on & access to water(or misting). It'll do just as well in your house, happily hunting roaches and other home invaders.
  3. kendoka

    kendoka Arachnopeon

    Thanks. I gave it some water but it's not drinking. And also will they eat ticks or ants? I haven't had any luck finding crickets in my backyard.
  4. Their favorite prey are roaches. :D

  5. PhobeToPhile

    PhobeToPhile Arachnoknight

    Puerto Rico eh? My mother's side of the family comes from there :). Anyways, maybe you could just buy a few at the local pet store?
  6. kendoka

    kendoka Arachnopeon

    As for roaches, they're my one irrational phobia. I'm not afraid of spiders or snakes or other insects, but roaches I can't stand them.

    Crickets are ok though. I have plenty in my backyard I hear the annoying bastards every night. I just haven't been able to find any I've been checking under rocks and all I find are ants and the occasional centipede, and loads of snails. I also find small spiders, can it eat those?

    Phobetophile, we're probably related. I meet new second and third cousins all time, seriously I must have over a hundred second cousins alone. My great-great grandparents didn't have anything better to do.
  7. zonbonzovi

    zonbonzovi Creeping beneath you Staff Member

    Try collecting moths after the sun goes down or set a pitfall trap:


    Don't worry about the materials shown...any cylindrical container with open top/closed bottom will work. A carrot or piece of fruit placed in the bottom will lure crickets. A net during the day is usefull, too.
  8. Kruggar

    Kruggar Arachnobaron

    No ants, they can do some serious damage to any sized spider.
  9. buthus

    buthus Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Looks like a male dying of old age. ;) :?
  10. kendoka

    kendoka Arachnopeon

    In case anyone was wondering I fed him a moth, he ate it during the night, and then I let him go the next morning.