Organising a healthy diet and the more common traditional pets such as cats and dogs is relatively easy. Walk into the supermarket and they will buy whole aisle allocated to pet food. Your local pet shop or farm supplies store will have an even more varied range to choose from. What in many cases you will not have to go and the pet shop to find food to your spider thus you will save on your weekly grocery bills if you wish to replace Fido with Charlotte, finding food to your spider may turn out to be a little more complex than you first thought. Some issues to consider
- all spiders are carnivores but unlike Spiderman they are not superheroes. Should never provide a meal to your spider that is too large for to safely tackle. Of course you should also avoid feeding it is and wasps as poison could kill it. Many wasps are able to walk on webs without getting tangled, and are especially expert at catching and killing roaming spiders, even spiders 3 times their size.
- Some spiders are specialists, for example there is a spider in the Northern Territory and Queensland that mimics the movement in appearance of tree Weaver ants which make up the majority of its diet. They will not do well unless you can provide them with a constant supply of tree Weaver ants. Additionally – these ants need to be acting naturally following a path from feeding grounds to their nest is the tree Weaver and spider is an ambush predator that waits along the path to snatch a tardy tree Weaver ant.
- In some climates, the insect population is decimated overwinter. It might be very easy to find sufficient insects to feed your spider during summer… in winter? You may find a self spending much longer in the garden trying to find something suitable.
- Unlike other animals spiders do not need to be fed daily in most cases three times a week is more than sufficient. Mind you – just because they don’t need to be fed daily, this doesn’t mean you are going to come back to a healthy happy spider itching to get to feed it for a week. Where is a dog or a cat is going to be the food when it is hungry. It is unlikely you will see Spidey doing anything that stay motionless when its food supply is withdrawn.Your Spidey enclosure whilst being designed to keep Spidey in also serves to keep Spidey’s dinner from getting in to remember Spidey is to be reliant on you for her dinner.
- Spiders that spin webs, especially those that are happy to spend their webs inside really need a water supply and forget all of their fluid needs from their prey. Some running breeds like husbands spiders will drink from available water supply.
- It is unlikely you will be able to provide the dietary requirements of the very large roaming spiders (unless you have access to the supply of large cockroaches crickets and even small mice). Some of the very large roaming spider breeds may eat as many as six crickets two or three times a week.In such cases will need to obtain the feeder insects from your pet shop though some enthusiasts commence their own home cricket breeding programs. (Not me – crickets are nocturnal and noisy!)
- Unlike dogs and some breeds of It is unlikely your spider will overeat. You have more to worry about from ignored insects fouling their enclosure with their rotting carcasses then you have from Spidey eating too much, and experiencing health problems.
Feeding your spider is going to be a low maintenance or high maintenance affair depending on the type spider your chosen as a pet and the readiness of insects to be found as food in and around your home. If you want a low maintenance spider simply find one in a corner of your house or outside it and make it your pet. It’s sure to be happy eating the local variety of insects, it was doing it before it captured it. If you are more adventurous and seeking a larger breed of roaming spider by all means go for it but understand larger spider pickles larger food requirements in terms of amount and critter size and you might find a self making many trips to the pet shop to get spider food.