Subject: I Have 3 Pet Spiders and do not Know What to Feed Them
Location: Okanagan Region (Beach)
August 4, 2014 5:06 pm
I’m Candace (13) and I have 3 “pet” spiders. I caught them all down in a shack in southern British Columbia. I’m curious to find out what kind of spiders they are and what I should be feeding them. They are all in different terrariums with shells at the bottom and I’m keeping them in my room. When it’s light out, I normally keep them in a luke-warm, dark area. Is that what they normally prefer? Could you please help me identify these spiders? They are very dear to me and I would be quite upset if they were to starve to death.
Thank you for your time.
All of your spiders are species of Orbweavers, and they spin webs to snare prey. You can feed them flies or other insects that you capture, or you can go to a pet store and purchase crickets to feed the spiders. The file numbered 1820 appears to be a Long Jawed Orbweaver, Tetragnatha versicolor, and you can compare your pet to this image on BugGuide. According to BugGuide, their food is “Primarily insects.”
Your other two spiders are Orbweavers in the family Araneidae, but we are uncertain of the species. According to BugGuide, the “Food sources vary, but typically any small insects they catch in their webs. “