Since our regular imports, Eresidae spices have become a popular must have spider in the hobby! These spiders are very easy to keep which makes them the perfect 8 legged pet. They are not demanding and require minimal care.
The Eresidae species come in many different forms; You can have some that are ladybird spiders (males), some are velvet spiders and they have a great variety of patterns and colours
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These species do not need water, they will get all their moisture they need from the food source. It is important NOT to spray them with water as we have found that they will die easily.
Housing Eresidae Species is very easy!
Substrate: It is very important that you keep your substrate relatively dry (not too damp) Coir us a great option as its very lightweight so it is easy for the arachnid to burrow into it.
Decor: Plenty of moss, leaf litter and sticks provides excellent enrichment and a fantastic foundation for the arachnid to build its web and burrows. Our stick on leaves are perfect too!
Environment: The temperature we keep our Eresidae at is around 23/24°C and we don't measure the humidity, the main thing about these spiders we have learnt from other keepers is that these spiders dont need water and too much humidity can kill them. For this reason we don't spray them, just make sure they are well fed and they will be happy.
Eresidae species are very easy feeders, they will eat anything that gets stuck to their very sticky webs.
Slings: Tiny little slings can eat fruit flies, pin head crickets or if you find them hard to feed you can crush up a cricket, lost or cockroach.
Adults: Adults will eat anything that lands on their web. We feed them mealworms, crickets, locusts, flies (they love house flies and bluebottles) and we have tried moths. They never refuse a meal!
We feed our slings three times a week and adults twice a week
Eresidae slings are pretty easy to care for and like to get on with life by themselves. The mother will release an enzyme into their body one they hatch from the web which will slowly kill her, this is so that the slings will have a constant foot supply until they shed and leave the nest.
Once they have become a black colour and start leaving the nest it will be time to separate them and house them individually into little sling tubs.
Refer to the feeding section on how to feed slings
You house these just like you would with adults in a dry enclosure with plenty of decor and they will then get moisture from their food.
- Live Food
- Substrate: Any forest bedding
- Hides: Bug Box stick on leaves
- Feeding Tongs
- Decor: Sticks, Plants etc
- Further research into the care