My spider moulted

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  1. takao21203

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    She was hiding for quite a few days- today I noticed a new Exuvia, fresh cobweb, and in the evening I found her hanging in her new web.

    Also made some flytrap photos in high resolution.

    Its a Steatoda spider.

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  2. Wendy

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    Hmmm, hope she doesn't get involved with a flytrap. I suspect they aren't too picky as to the animals they eat, as long as they fit in the trap.
     
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  4. takao21203

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    she is almost black, i think a round pattern, not triangular.

    The legs are very similar.
     
  5. GopherT

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    Do you buy special spiders as pets or do you make pets of spiders you find in your house or garden?
    If you find them, do you look for special species or do you just pick any random spider?
     
  6. takao21203

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    If there is something to eat they invite themselves.

    Particulary, I have some small inexpensive plants with aphids.
     
  7. takao21203

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    If there is food, most spiders remain in their webs for the rest of their life.
     
  8. takao21203

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    a few days ago she was running on the web when I sprayed water on some plants.
    New cobweb threads! So she was thinking, its prey, or just curious.
     
  9. joeyd999

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    Ummm...

    What's your spider's name? Does it do any tricks?

    Is it safe around kids?
     
  10. takao21203

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    1) Irma
    2) Yes. It hides behind a cardboard display, and it pulls the cobweb threads.
    3) These actually can bite, but are reclusive, normally you would never be able to have them crawl over your hand. They stay in their webs too, dont wander around or hide in clothing.

    The bite can be quite uncomfortable unless its a dry bite. In the UK a school infested with these was gassed.

    Yes safe for kids but need proper instruction (dont provoke it or try to handle it). Some other spiders arent very agile, you can have then crawl over your hand, let them drop down from a cobweb strain, and probably, move up again.

    These spiders dont like handling, since they always stay in their webs, and if they can, make a retreat in a hole, or behind some surface. I mean, you cant take them out of their cobweb without seriously irritating them, and most likely, abandoning their web.
     
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