2 questions, Salticidae and huntsman spiders


Old Timer
Mar 24, 2007
Last summer, I found a really cool spider hanging out on the ceiling in my kitchen, and caught it. I believe it was some sort of Salticidae. It had a smiley-face-like pattern on its abdomen, and was extremely small, about the size of my pinky nail. I didn't know how to care for that kind of spider, so I took it out in my backyard and let it go. I'm interested in catching another one, any idea what kind of habitat it would need and what it would eat?

Also, on a completely unrelated topic, just how big do huntsman spiders get?


Old Timer
Jan 5, 2005
jumpers of all sizes make awesome captives. they don't seem to be that keen on prekilled food, so you need to have something appropriate sized for them to much on. i never have used a water dish with them, just mist occasionally.

about half the jumpers i catch are gravid females. the babies are silly small. need fruit flies to feed.

all dif kinds of hunstman. some are small and some exotics get up to like 6"/15cm legspan. read a species description of one twice that size. would love to see it in real life.