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Nephila pilipes care

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Leslie Thompson, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Leslie Thompson

    Leslie Thompson Arachnopeon

    Hi there!

    I've taken care of tarantulas for years and have decided to break into keeping some other species. Lately I've been trying to keep Nephila pilipes. I have them in 16" x 16" x 20" Reptibreeze screen cages. Temps range from 72 at night to 82 in the heat of the day. Every spider has built a web within 24 hours of introducing it to the enclosure, and a few have even taken a cricket meal. I'm down to 2 out of the 8 that I purchased within a week! Yikes! Any insight on what's going wrong?

  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Are they adults? If so, it is normal for them to be dying around this time of year. Most orb weavers only live a single season, hatching in the spring, mating and laying eggs in the fall, and dying when the weather turns cold. Even when kept in captivity and protected from the temperature change, they seem to know when it's that time.
  3. Leslie Thompson

    Leslie Thompson Arachnopeon

    They are adult females. I've tried Nephila clavipes with similar results as well.
  4. KevinsWither

    KevinsWither Arachnobaron

    Where you from? I might like some!
  5. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnobaron Active Member

    Chances are they’re just dying of old age. Otherwise they’re pretty hardy especially if they’ve established a web
  6. Leslie Thompson

    Leslie Thompson Arachnopeon

    I got them from Todd at tarantulaspiders.com

    They're nearing the end of the collection season though.