Name Dutch: jumping spider
Scientific name: Phidippus regius
Age: 3 years on average
Height: 2 cm
Day temperature: 26 – 28°c
Activity: Day active
Minimum size: 20 x 20 x 30 cm
Discover the intriguing world of jumping spiders, where agility and hunting meet. These little spiders fascinate with their unique features and behavior. They are distributed worldwide and known for their ability to make great leaps. With their well-developed eyes and sensitive senses, they are masters at locating prey. The diversity within this family is amazing, with variations in size, color and shape. Jumping spiders display unparalleled agility, moving with lightning speed and precision. They can jump and climb surfaces effortlessly. These acrobatic skills help them sneak up on prey and evade predators. Discover more about their fascinating hunting techniques, social interactions and reproductive behaviour.
It is important to take good care of your jumping spider, including when it comes to food and drink. Jumping spiders need a varied diet, depending on how old they are and how big they are. Small jumping spiders like to eat very small critters such as fruit flies and small crickets. As they grow larger, they can also handle larger prey, such as houseflies and larger crickets. It is also important that your jumping spider has enough water to drink. You can place a small container of water in the terrarium for the spider to drink from.
Make sure you feed the correct amount of food to your jumping spider, about 3 to 4 times a week. It is also important to remove uneaten prey from the terrarium so that the spider is not accidentally attacked. If you take good care of your Jumping Spider and make sure he has enough to eat and drink, he will be healthy and happy.
Keep jumping spiders together?
It is generally not recommended to keep jumping spiders together. Jumping spiders are solitary animals and can be territorial. If you place them together, they can become aggressive and attack each other. It is safest and best to house jumping spiders individually in separate terrariums.
Careful attention to your jumping spider's terrarium is very important. The terrarium must be suitable for your spider to feel comfortable and to display its natural behavior. The size of the terrarium is also important. Young jumping spiders need a smaller space (5x5x7), while adults need more space (20x20x30) to move around comfortably. It's important to avoid leaving any gaps or cracks for your jumping spider to escape from. So check the terrarium carefully and make sure it is safe.
The temperature in the terrarium must also be right. A temperature of about 26 to 28 degrees Celsius is ideal. You can use a thermometer to check this. Also ensure the right humidity in the terrarium. A hygrometer can help you keep an eye on this. A well-planted environment is also important for jumping spiders. They like to hide and rest in plants. Be sure to choose safe and appropriate plants for the terrarium. In short, provide a suitable terrarium with the right dimensions, temperature, humidity and plants to ensure that your Jumping Spider feels comfortable and behaves at ease.