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what is the appeal to keeping widows?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by squidkid, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. squidkid

    squidkid Arachnoknight Active Member

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    i've never kept them myself but i've seen a lot of people on here saying that they love widows so can you guys fill me in on why they are so special. i have seen some really nice looking ones in the wild and am open to keeping some. let me know your favorite species and post some pics. also give me some basic husbandry tips if i do end up keeping one. :)
     
  2. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoprince Active Member

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    The appeal is that they are gorgeous and variable. Evidence below

    The care is easy. I keep adults in 32 oz deli cups. I basically just give them wooden skewers to make their web. I feed them a couple times a month.


    L. sp. Mexico
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    L. tredecimguttatus
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    L. menavodi
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    L. hasselti
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    L. variolus
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  3. squidkid

    squidkid Arachnoknight Active Member

  4. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoprince Active Member

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    I buy and breed them.
     
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  5. squidkid

    squidkid Arachnoknight Active Member

  6. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    My very first pet spider was a widow (Latrodectus hesperus) and the reason I chose her was to help overcome a lifelong fear of spiders in general - and widows in particular. (Thanks, Mom!) Kind of the jump-in-the-deep-end approach to getting over something, just like how I became a blood donor to overcome my stupid (and equally lifelong) fear of needles. And it worked! The more I observed her and learned about her, the more fear turned into fascination.

    I now have an entire room full of pet bugs and spiders - mostly spiders - so the "get over my fear of spiders" phase has definitely passed - but I still do like the widows. They are beautiful spiders, don't require a great deal of space, and are super easy to keep. They are also very easy to obtain - I just have to go outside at night with a flashlight and catch one.
     
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  7. Jadestone

    Jadestone Arachnopeon Active Member

    The first spider I kept was a Brown Widow(Latrodectus geometricus). As stated above, they are really easy to care for. So long as you don't catch them just before they make an egg sac, that is.
     
  8. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnobaron Active Member

    L. sp. Mexico (sometimes also listed as L. mactans Mexico or L. mactans mexicanus) is my most favorite by far. Sadly my male passed before succesful mating.
     
  9. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoprince Active Member

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    I had 2 males for these that also died. I’m on the hunt for more.
     
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  10. C180C5C4-E799-4492-A9E9-DE530EE3B791.png I really enjoy watching mine feed, very graceful.
     
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  11. MasterOogway

    MasterOogway Arachnosquire

    They're fascinating little spiders! Hands down some of my favorite to keep.
     
  12. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    I've always wanted one because as a kid I was told to stay away from all spiders because they might be a widow and that only peeked my interest in them and other spiders and now I'm here so I guess I want one as a symbol of how far I've come from fearing them to keeping them
     
  13. asunshinefix

    asunshinefix Arachnopeon Active Member

    As a reformed arachnophobe, before getting any tarantulas, I decided to practice with a wild spider. I captured what I thought was a Steatoda grossa and by the time I realized it was actually a female L. variolus I was really attached to her. I decided to keep her because I was comfortable with her, she was easy to care for, and of course she was ridiculously beautiful. Just a chilled out, easy spider that was very predictable in her behaviour and not at all defensive or even skittish.