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Phiddipus care guide

Phidippus Jumping spiders, specifically Phidippus regius, are the largest species of Jumping spiders in North America. Adult spiders vary in size from 6 to 22mm, with females often being larger. Male spiders are black and white with green/blue "fangs," while female coloration varies depending on location. When setting up an enclosure for a Phidippus regius spiderling, it is recommended to keep it simple initially.

Here are some key points for setting up the enclosure:
1. Use an upside-down plastic cup as the basic enclosure, with the lid at the bottom to allow easy access without disrupting the spider's web sack. Alternatively, a smoothie cup with a mesh-covered top hole can be used.

2. Create proper cross-ventilation by making small holes around the enclosure's perimeter or cutting holes into opposite sides and covering them with fine mesh.

3. Decorate the enclosure with artificial leaves attached to the side, keeping it simple for easy spider visibility. Jumping spiders typically build their web sacks in open areas.

4. Provide humidity by gently misting the cage's edge, ensuring that small water drips remain on the enclosure walls for the spider to drink from. Avoid large drops that may harm spiderlings.

5. Feed the spider every few days, starting with fruit flies and gradually transitioning to larger prey as the spider grows. Avoid feeding spiders in the molting stage.

6. Provide proper lighting as jumping spiders thrive in bright environments. Consider using an LED light on a 12-hour on/off cycle directly over the enclosure or place it in a well-lit area.

Common errors to avoid include excessive humidity, leaving live prey inside the enclosure, placing the cage near a window or heating pad that may overheat the spider, and disturbing spiders in the pre-molt stage. Patience is important during this stage, as spiders may stay in their web sacks for extended periods.

Overall, keeping the enclosure simple initially while ensuring proper ventilation, lighting, and feeding will contribute to the successful care of Phidippus regius spiders.

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