- May 17, 2017
I caught a female wolf spider in my house at the end of February. I decided to keep her around and use her to help me get over my fear of spiders. Its working. I can let her crawl on my hands now without too much anxiety. First spider I've been able to do that with in a long time and I wanted to make sure I'm keeping her relatively well. I have her housed in a 1 gallon acrylic aquarium with a cheese cloth top, soil and leaf litter from around my house and lots of gnarled and curled birch bark. Anyway, 7 days ago I gave her a fairly large feed in the form of a (purposely disabled) backyard centipede. She carried it around for 3 days while eating it. Immediately after she burrowed into the dirt and surprise, she's carrying an egg sac now. Before this she was a very good feeder even off of tongs. Now, she just runs away from anything I try to give her. Even the smallest mealworms I have. Is this typical behavior? Will she eat when she's ready? Should I just wait it out and continue attempts every few days? I'm used to reptiles but its new territory for me with arachnids.