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Newbie care of Eratigena Atrica

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Qarthos, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. Qarthos

    Qarthos Arachnopeon

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    Giant spider in our house. Instead of leaving him outside, two of us decided to keep him as a pet and currently have him in an interim home until we can get a better set up.

    Best we've been able to guess, he is a mature male Giant European House Spider. He looks right on coloration, is about the right size (~2 inches), and appeared around the prime sighting time for these spiders: mid September hiding/wandering around the house.

    Following these forums, I was planning on getting one of the kritter keepers that is about 12" x 6" x 6" to keep him in and some feeder bugs from a nearby pet store. He seems to like the walls we've given made from paper grocery bags better than the paper towel flooring so far, but I'm not sure if a better wall and floor would be cork wood structure and/or another common substrate.

    Are there better options for food that don't require him to face off against defensive prey (I know that care of snakes more often advocates pre-killed and frozen mice for feeding so they can't injure your pet) or would a wild spider (or spiders in general) by necessity need alive and animate prey?

    What kind of life expectancy should I prepare for of a mature adult male of this species?

    Any beginner tips that are easily overlooked when it comes to caring for one's first spider?
     
  2. Jadestone

    Jadestone Arachnopeon Active Member

    I don't know much about house spiders, but most spiders prefer live prey and are very good at catching it quickly. You could try giving him pre-killed and see if he takes it. Not sure on life expectancy exactly, but the wiki page I just read estimated 2-6 years in captivity. As for beginner tips, so far I have learned to do a lot of research and learn as you go. A lot of times experience is the best way to learn with any creature.

    You may want to put some things in like sticks or plants to aid him in making a web.
     
  3. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

    No need for something that big I keep mine in the large Nescafé coffee jar with holes in the lid and some sticks in it for anchor points. And I usually feed it whatever other Bugs I find around the house. If it is a mature male let it be as it will be dead soon and is looking for a mate all you’re doing is denying the litttle guy from that, post some pics and someone can help identify females have much shorter leg spans and usually a much bulkier abdomen
     
  4. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

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    That’s my mature female and enclosure I have drilled holes in the sides of the glass but they are not necessary for them I had an A Avic sling in that 1st. I posted a feeding video of her on here I’m sure I think it was labeled UKs biggest spider
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2019
  5. Qarthos

    Qarthos Arachnopeon

    For identification, two pics of spider buddy. The sooner I can find out if he's on his way out of this world, the better I can care for him properly. KIMG0843.JPG KIMG0840.JPG

    For judgement, his current hutch of living until I grab a kritter keeper. A large Tupperware with holes drilled in the lid.
    Paper towel floor, paper bag wall segments, bottle cap water, and a cut (and slightly melted so no sharp edges) solo cup for a full Hideout.

    He likes to hang out up in the corner and his web is anchoring just fine to the paper bag walls enough to hold him up.
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  6. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

    That is indeed a mature male keep and eye out for a female, if you take a closer look at my pic you can see mine so you know what to look for shorter legs bigger abdomen and no fat pedipalps lol
     
  7. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoking Active Member

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    You should let him on his way bro. Let him find a lady before he dies.
     
  8. Qarthos

    Qarthos Arachnopeon

    Yup, gonna find a good place with food and other options to let him go when I get home from work.

    Godspeed, spiderbro
     
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