- Mar 21, 2019
I purchased a solifugid labeled "sun spider" from the hamburg show Dec. 7. The vendor told me he easily kept them alive for several years in a dry desert setup at around 90. He didnt actually know the species, which is suspicious and one of the reasons I'm posting this here. Does anyone know what species this is? The vendor told me they could reach 2" in length. Right now it is a pretty little creature at around .75". I've been keeping half of its deli cup enclosure over a 2 watt heat pad, maintaining a 90 degree heat. It is very active and always moving its substrate, a mixture of sand and topsoil, around. However, it absolutely refuses to eat. I've tried with dubias, turks, chopped mealworm pupa, and live cooled spiders (many solifugid are specialists in hunting other arachnids). It will nibble on the food, especially if I have chopped it up, but will quickly lose interest and push it away. Any help with species ID, feeding tips, whether this species has a dormancy period, or really anything you know about these poorly understood alien arachnids is much appreciated.