Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West Covina, CA
Big butt spider! (that's what my husband and I call all venomous spiders with the large abdomens) My mom's old boss put his slipper on after leaving them at his pool overnight and NOM! He took his foot out and a little female like ran away. She got him on his big toe and he lost that toe, but he lived at least! Black widows are in almost every area in north america. There is a cousin of theirs in Australia called the redback. There are Latrodectus spiders on every continent except the arctic/antarctic. Tons of these pretty little ones in CA.
That being said, I love widows. I would never keep one because my dogs break stuff all the time and they are always trying to get my tarantulas and my cats do too! They ate my emperor scorpion! I never feed wild caught feeder insects because you have no idea what chemicals they have gotten into. I would feed crickets, you have the option to gut load them.
Good rule of thumb is make sure the cricket is the size of her body or smaller you don't want one to injure her. Roaches are also great feeders but again, make sure they aren't poison and that they are small enough. You could even try meal worms, wax worms or similar feeders. She should never be large enough to need pinkies. I'd also invest in a pair of feeder tongs, god forbid a cricket decides he wants to nom your spider!
I wouldn't put her into a 10 gallon, they aren't secure. If a king snake can escape I'm positive that little spider could. Keep the humidity nice, spiders molt and if they get too dry they will run into problems but make sure that you're not spraying her!
All that being said, congrats! Widows are beautiful and pretty darn easy to care for.
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