How to Care for a Jumping Spider

Jumping spiders are aggressive and should be kept in their own container.
Jumping spiders are aggressive and should be kept in their own container. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Jumping spiders make friendly pets and can give you hours of enjoyment. Jumping spiders seldom bite unless you handle them roughly. You should care for jumping spiders as you would care for any other household pet and keep them happy and healthy through their short life span.

Things You'll Need

  • Small Kritter Keeper box
  • Paper towel or napkin
  • Children's butterfly net
  • Misting water bottle

Place the spider in a Kritter Keeper box. The box should offer enough space for the spider to crawl.

Place a slightly crumpled napkin or paper towel in the Kritter Keeper Box. The spider can make its resting sac within the folds of the napkin.

Keep the Kritter Keeper box in a shady place that gets a little direct sunlight for a few hours a day. Too much direct sunlight burns jumping spiders.

Feed the spider with small insects like flies and crickets. You can catch flies and crickets with a net butterfly catcher and drop the insects directly into the Kritter Keeper. Remove insect shells once the spider finishes eating the insect or the Kritter keeper will soon develop a foul odor.

Quench the thirst of the spider by spraying water through a misting bottle every day. Too much water will suffocate the spider. Spiders can drown in larger puddles of water.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have other spiders as pets, keep them in separate boxes or containers. Jumping spiders eat other spiders and often get into fights. Do not feed ants to jumping spiders. Ants inject formic acid that poisons spiders. Spiders prefer insects with soft bodies and do not like insects like beetles that have hard shells.

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