Black Widow Tragedy

JacenBeers

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I live in a warm part of Western Canada where black widows are very common. I kept one in a jar for about 5 months and it grew quite large, moulting a few times. She ate about 3 crickets a week. She was very fast and vewry aggressive and she was fat. I didnt want to clean her jar because i wasnt very down with getting bit so i let the bodies gather on the bottom. They sat there and got pretty pettrified. One day she went to the bottom to snatch up a new morsel when her fat abdomen struck the back leg of a discarded grasshopper and she burst and died. I was sad.
 

johns

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Hi, Jacen-


Losing one of my inverts is always hard, I think.

:(
 

Alex S.

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:(

Really sorry to hear about that... :( Im always very sad when Latrodectus die, they are such incredible and beautiful spiders.

Alex S.
 

JacenBeers

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I can get another one quite easily because they are easy to find in this area if you know where to look. I wish they babies were not so small so that i could breed them because the males and females are strikingly different yerboth are easy to get.
 

sabre

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JacenBeers -

where do you look to find them? i'm down by vancouver, i've never seen a black widow, and i spend a lot of time outdoors. i'd love to have one but it seems i'm at the point where i'd have to buy one, or i could go drive for a few hours to kamloops...
 

JacenBeers

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You wont find them in Vancouver. It is too moist and the weather is too cold there in the summer time. Kamloops has lots. If you ever want one I can try and get one and send it to you.
 

The_Phantom

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Sorry for the loss of your little widow :( I had a hobo spider in a jar once and my cat knocked it over and the spider got a puncture and it cleaned the wound but died 2 days later as a result. I was very angry at my cat, and sad too. I burried the little spider out in the garden so that it would be recycled. :(
 
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