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Old 04-18-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Meet Blacky. My New pet.


Meet Blacky. She is unfortunately a widow (I know...not always they eat their husbands...)




Found her on my porch while spring cleaning. I am feeding her what bugs I find. Any advice?
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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Don't get bitten, don't let her out and into your house. You or someone else could get bitten by putting a foot in a shoe that she decides to take up residence in.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:20 PM   #3
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If she makes an egg sack, either remove it or put very fine cheese cloth over the top. BW spiderlings are TINY and can get through most screening.

Widows can eat baby crickets as well if you need any extra bugs.

I had Tarantulas for years and people kept offering me BWs. I always said No Thank You. Beautiful creature but dangerous for my Whippets if it got out.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:49 PM   #4
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Omg kill it!!!!!!!!! Throw in a alcohol soaked cotton ball. *Gives me the creeps*
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:53 PM   #5
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:57 PM   #6
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Thats super cool. Just be very careful - you don't want that thing escaping into your home. Even if it never does any harm you would be living in constant fear that it might.
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Neat! Either you're really brave to get that close and take a picture, or you're standing on a chair in the other room with a telescopic lens! JK! That's really cool though.
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I live in Vegas and there is pretty much a black widow in every dark corner you look. I hate em but they rarely do anything but sit around waiting for food.

Of course now that I say that I'm surely going to be attacked tonight.
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There's Black Widows in WA?
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:20 AM   #10
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There are lots of black widows in WA. Just so happens I am lucky and this is the third one I have ever seen. I live in the "desert" part WA. I am going to be careful with her. I don't want to kill her. If an egg sack appears I will remove it. If you look at the last picture and to the left, you will see the lid. I think that I will just have lots 'o pain for a few days, (go to the doctor for sure) but will be fine. I am careful, from what I can tell (I am not going to let my guard down :P ) they only bite when provoked.
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Nice! I wish we had spiders like that in Indiana. Widows are easy to keep happy, just keep her dry and lightly mist her web once a day for water. You can feed her a couple small bugs once a week. Get yourself some fine mesh for the top of the jar and rubber band it on tightly, that way it'll be escape-proof and allow plenty of air flow.
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I was thinking I would mist her weekly... Daily? I will do that then. I found her an area that never really gets watered... I am going to feed her some gnats that I can find, then flys. Right now there really are no bugs because of the cold. I have a lid that is really tight and allows lots of air flow.
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I might even make her a little habitat in a 10g. That would be hard to keep closed though.
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Yup, daily would be better. They don't need much water, but spiders can quickly dehydrate so once a day is good. I'd keep her in the jar personally. Widows don't need much room and it's easier to use a tight fitting (read: escape-proof) lid.

If you can't find any bugs outside, most pet stores will sell small crickets or fruit flies that will work just fine as well.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:09 AM   #15
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I have her in a 1/2g jar. I might move her to a gallon.

I know most pet stores carry bugs, but my mother won't allow me, and the nearest pet store (aside from petco) is 3 hours away.
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