The housing requirements are going to differ depending on whether you have a small house spider, and orb weaver, a roaming spider such as a huntsman or a jumping spider.
There are some principles that are going to be generally applicable to all spiders.
- Spiders are less of a companion animal to be cuddled and patted and more of a hobby animal whose behaviour is to be observed, thus your spider in enclosure should be transparent and made from either plastic, Perspex or glass.
- Your spider enclosure needs to be large enough in order to enable your spider to engage in its normal predatory behaviour. Small house spiders that usually make their webs in the corners of rooms or on screen doors will be fine in a large jar. If you are wishing to keep an orb weaver spider as a pet look for a small one that will make a small web and how often in a small to medium-sized fish tank. Roaming and jumping spiders will also require a small to medium-sized fish tank will require some kind of living environment on the base of the fish tank. This may well be dirt, sand, rocks and/or some plants especially if you have jumping spiders that usually hunt by camouflaging himself on leads and then preying on insects that come to visit the plants.
- Though you are keeping your spider in a similar enclosure that he would keep a fish in – spiders are not fish. Spiders breathe air, and spiders can climb. An air filled fish tank will increase in temperature far more and far faster than a water filled fish tank there is no ventilation. Placing your spider in a jar with a lid on in the Sun especially condemning it to cook the death.Leading a fish tank lid on a small fish tank enclosure will allow some air in that it will also allow your spider to have an escape route.Instead of using agile lead or fish tank lid instead use plastic or wire gauze which you can obtain from your local hardware shop. A large rubber band can be used to fasten securely to your pet spider’s jar. The larger enclosures you’ll need to make a lid using the gauze.
- Try and mimic where your spider would live when choosing a place to your spider house. The spiders that like full sun keep them in a sunny but not direct sun place. The spiders that prefer dark out of the way places give them dark out of the way places.
- Humidity, spider poo, old rotting food left in your spider cage can have severe health implications to your spider. Spiders get sick to and the fungi and bacteria that breeds in rotting matter can affect them.Make sure you keep your spider house clean. You won’t need to clean it out more than weekly but not doing so will likely results in the early death of your pet spider.
- Ensure your spider house is kept out of reach of small children especially if you are keeping a spider of an aggressive and/or poisonous variety.
- Very few spiders are social and other spiders especially smaller spiders will be viewed as prey. There are some breeds of spider where multiple spiders will live in a single or directly adjoining webs happily but this is the exception rather than the norm.One spider per enclosure is highly recommended and if you don’t follow this recommendation you’re likely to end up with one per enclosure in any case.
- Some spiders especially roaming spiders will drink ensure that they have water in a jar lid that they can access
More often than not you will find that your spider is inactive. All spider types spend most of their time motionless and only active when they are hunting or searching for a mate. Action time is going to be when you feed them and depending on the spider type this could be a short or lengthy process.
Find follow the above tips on creating a spider house to your new pet and happy spider keeping.