View Full Version : Possibly urgent call: Is there a spider Midwife in the house?

2009-Mar-05, 10:40 PM
A few months back we sort of adopted a Daring Jumping Spider (http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/daring_jumping_spider.htm). It was in the cat's food bowl and it wouldn't last long there. We've been taking care of it since then. Today it started building a nest and I think it laid eggs.

So here are the questions:

If she has been in isolation for 6 to 10 weeks, is there any chance the eggs could be fertilized?

If they are, how long til they hatch? Room temp is right around 66 to 76 F, with 30% humidity.

How many babies are we talking?

Is this the end of the life cycle of this particular spider?

There's probably zero chance the babies will imprint on me like baby geese, right?


It'd be cool though.

Roving Philosopher
2009-Mar-06, 04:41 PM
Can't answer all your questions, but Google turned up this tidbit

If your spider maks an egg sac you will know. If a female she might have mated before you got her. They only mate once and store the sperm.

2009-Mar-06, 05:39 PM
Oh, and you're talking about lots and lots of babies. Lots.

2009-Mar-07, 09:36 AM
You do not want spider eggs hatching (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx6Eh144GW0) in your house!

Lots (http://k53.pbase.com/o4/86/100786/1/59642744.CharlottesWeb5491w.jpg) of spiders (http://susanwiggs.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/spiders-001.jpg) might be an understatement (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/2998932716_0a14dc49f1.jpg).

2009-Mar-07, 09:54 AM
Yuck! Spiders! :sick:

2009-Mar-07, 09:43 PM
My suggestion is get your spider and egg sack to a wild life sanctuary STAT!:shifty:

2009-Mar-07, 10:53 PM
There's probably zero chance the babies will imprint on me like baby geese, right?

That's probably a safe bet.

Although if you roll over on 'em while sleeping, they'll imprint on you like grains of sand in the sheets...

2009-Mar-07, 11:48 PM
You're a braver person than I.

Spiders ick me out.

2009-Mar-08, 01:27 AM
You do not want spider eggs hatching (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx6Eh144GW0) in your house!

Lots (http://k53.pbase.com/o4/86/100786/1/59642744.CharlottesWeb5491w.jpg) of spiders (http://susanwiggs.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/spiders-001.jpg) might be an understatement (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/2998932716_0a14dc49f1.jpg).
<schoolgirl squeal>Kawaii!!!</schoolgirl squeal>

2009-Mar-08, 07:39 AM
One, the baby spiders will sneak out through your air-holes

Um, if you're in N. Utah, then it's probably too cold for spiders to exist outside, so, hence the room temperature spider, Put a screen over your airholes, like a window.

Move your spiders to your basement. Give them a heat lamp. Spiders are vicious predators and shouldn't be allowed in your house, except for mosquesto season.

OH, I have had some experience with large jumping spiders. One, I named Darwin, because he got stuck in my bathroom and could figure out that it could escape out an open window, for three days, it just kept crawling on the walls all the time.

And I've seen those jumping spiders attack, and kill wasps...

One, was stuck in my garage, it tried to attack me. Yes, I told it to go outside, and it raised its fangs and charged, this spider, being only a half an inch in size...

2009-Mar-08, 10:23 AM
Thanks for the replies so far. I finally found a place that actually breeds spiders and got an answer that it's possible for the eggs to be viable.

I don't have a way to seal the air holes. They are vertical slits in the angled plastic top of the cage. The best I could do would be to put the whole cage in some other container.

No basement, just a single, top, floor apartment. We get spiders year round. Box Elder Bugs too. One of the more common spiders we get look to be Yellow Sac spiders, which are moderately dangerous. An army of jumpers would help control those.

I'm not really that concerned with having a house full of them. Jumpers are the only spiders that I'm not really bothered by. "ve had several drink water out of my hand.

All that aside, if I knew about how long the eggs would take to hatch, it might be warm enough to move her to the storage area by the carport before the big day.

2009-Mar-08, 10:32 AM
Sounds like the opening of a horror movie... :)