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Nephila Sp.

Advocatus

Arachnopeon
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Dec 4, 2002
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I was thinking of getting myself some Golden Orb Weavers (Nephila sp.) and I was wondering if anyone of you could tell me how to care for them, or are they as I've heard very "hardy" and can survive both low temperatures and dry enviroment?

Thanks,
Jorgen
 

Wade

Arachnoking
Old Timer
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Those I've worked with seem to do best at higher temperatures and higher humidity. You also need a large,well ventilated cage (or area) for them to build a web. The webs of some species can exceed 2 meters!

Wade
 

ArachnoJoost

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
Aug 6, 2002
Messages
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I have mine loose in my bedroom, people that visit think I'm totally nuts having such a large spider loose but then I always tell them that it always sits in its web, never ventures far.
Here's the 'habitat' of my Nephila (clavipes), the spider is in the left upper part of the pic:
 

ArachnoJoost

Arachnobaron
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Not hard at all. When I first bought it I put it in the place I wanted it to build its web, luckily it did, and it hasn't moved since. I think that when you throw in enough crickets the spider will not move from that place, when you wouldn't feed it for a while I think it would move to another place.
The Nephila is very agile in its web, but when it is not in its web it's kinda clumsy moving.
Greetz,
Joost
 

Wade

Arachnoking
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They seem to only want to move away when it's close to the time when they're going to die...I've noticed this with Argiope as well.

Wade
 

Wade

Arachnoking
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Originally posted by Valael
So how noticable is the gold colored web?
IME, it's only noticeable in very bright light.

Wade
 
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