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What's Going On With My Black Widow?

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by dankmemelord, Nov 3, 2019.

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    I tried to feed my spider, but it wont eat (though I am feeding it around a day early). My spider won't move around much. Could it be molting? I found black things on its web that may be parts of its exoskeleton.
  2. The Snark

    The Snark Dumpster Fire of the Gods Old Timer

    How do I feed thee, let me count the problems
    1. Not hungry
    2. Molting or molt issues (Absolutely nothing you can do about this. Any action you take could easily disrupt things further)
    3. Bored of the same old meal.
    4. Environment. Change of temperature or humidity can cause.
    5. None of the above.
    Latrodectus can live for months without eating. Keep environment stable and undisturbed including nocturnal-diurnal cycles. Giving her a week or two or even a month and trying different foods won't do any harm.
  3. Thank you!
  4. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Can you add a photo of the spider and the things that you describe please? Latrodectus are generally good eaters unless something is wrong, they are absolutely full, or they are premolt.
  5. Marc Spider

    Marc Spider Arachnobaron

    Or old age.
  6. I don't know how old it is. Some things happened recently (an earthquake) that rearranged the twigs inside the habitat quite a bit and damaged a few webs. Could this lead to stress for the spider? Also, the last time I fed her was last week. Thank you all for your help.
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  7. Marc Spider

    Marc Spider Arachnobaron

    Do you provide it water? Mist the sides of the enclosure ever so often or leave a large cap (as a dish) with water at all times.

    If her web was messed with, she's not ready to eat. Give her a few days. Widows can go a long time without eating.
  8. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    I don’t see much of a web. Give it a week to build one. There’s no issue with it not eating for a week. Some of my widows get fed every 2-3 weeks.
  9. Thank you! But I do mist it every other day. Or should I change how often I do it?

    Thanks for the advice!
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  10. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Way too often. I don’t mist the webs of most of my spiders. Once a month very lightly is all you would need. This is L. hesperus right?
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