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Collecting Jumpers

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by AliciaMarie, Nov 10, 2019.

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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm new to the board and to owning spiders. I have always loved jumpers and I recently adopted a couple of young P. regius. I am sure I will learn a plethora from this forum. I was wondering though, do people collect and breed jumpers like they do tarantulas? Are there many species in the hobby? If so, can anyone direct me to a reputable breeder? Thanks guys and have a great day!!
     
  2. There’s definitely a community for it, they are mostly concentrated on Facebook group “US jumping spider enthusiasts”, they have a tagged post of different keepers.
    P. regius, otiosus & audax are the ones commonly kept, but you have people who also have some of the rarer Phidippus species, even Paraphidippus sp. and exotic ones like Hyllus sp.
     
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  3. Thank you so much BenLeeKing! Unfortunately, I don't use Facebook but I may try to check it out. It blows my mind that with over 600 genera, there isn't more of a variety in the hobby. They are such lovely, intelligent and interesting little things.
     
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  4. Probably cause of 2 reasons:
    - Relatively short lived compared to tarantulas.
    - Many are small sized, so that is why the most commonly kept genera are Phidippus & Hyllus due to their large size.
    Imagine having a spider that is already the size of a rice grain as an adult, and you feed it fruit flies. What are you going to feed its slings?
     
  5. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnoangel Active Member

    I know someone on isntagram who has an incredible amount of different phidippus sp.
     
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