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Recently caught a black widow and her eggs

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Korlaine, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Korlaine

    Korlaine Arachnopeon

    Hey all,

    I am no spider person, but I hate to kill them. I recently caught a female black widow (quite large) and her eggs, yet to hatch, inside a white sack. She is in a jar.

    What should I do with it? Any ideas? I don't feel comfortable releasing it back in the wild or house, so that is not an option. Is there anything else I could do besides killing it?
  2. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    I'm sure you could find someone to ship her to if you're comfortable doing that. You can always ship the sac too. You don't really need to worry about the sac in this case, so if you're worried about tons of slings you can just freeze it. Widows tend to produce several during their lifespan, so there will be more if you want to release her somewhere further away from your house. Otherwise you can keep her as a pet and enjoy her. The lifespan of a widow is usually about 2 years and with her being an adult she might not live all that much longer anyway.