18.08.2014 01:29

There are many ways to raise offsprings. One could individualize each specimen in single tube, group together 5 or 10 critters, or even communal rearing can be done.

Concerning the species taking up all the space provided and producing amount of silk (as Latrodectus obscurior for exemple), the cannibalism is naturally reduced by the space between each young while for the species staying in groups in corners with only few silk wires (as Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), the proximity associated to the poor silk playground could lead to a high rate of cannibalism especially when hunting (the hunter become the prey of the neighbour as it agitates to catch the real prey).

I advise to split the “agglutinated” species into smaller groups of few individuals, whereas keeping other species in one collective big tank. According to my observations, single offsprings tend to feed worse than group offsprings, grow slower and come to weaker adults that reproduce worse.

Anyway, a sufficient quantity of food (even in excess), a substancial tank volume and a significant relief setting (increased usable area; cavities provide shelters)  are the key to success.


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