Can Jumping Spiders Be Housed Together?
There are many species of jumping spiders that are very beautiful. Jumping spiders do not bite and they are not harmful to humans. They are also one of the least expensive exotic pets. Several species are easily housed in small terrariums or containers.
Although jumping spiders do not get pregnant, they do lay eggs. These eggs hatch in about a month. The female will lay more eggs if she has enough food. A good source of food is a flightless fruit fly. Crickets are another food source. You can also feed house flies.
The female will use a cocoon of webbing to protect the eggs. She will then begin guarding them until they hatch. After the egg laying, she will become more aggressive. If you disturb her, she will bite.
Depending on the species, the jumping spider’s lifespan can vary. Females will lay up to 100 eggs. Males do not live as long.
To attract a female, males sing. They may also wave their front legs. Some people think that this is a courtship dance.
The male spider will deposit sperm in the female’s epigynum. This sperm will fertilize the eggs. Once the sperm has been transferred, the female will deposit the eggs in the nest.
When you are ready to breed your jumping spiders, you should keep the female and the male separate. Usually, the female will start to come out of the “lair” more often after laying eggs.