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Regal Jumping Spider (and others) Care and Feeding Guide

Regal jumping spiders (Phidippus regius) are a fascinating and visually striking species of arachnid that make excellent pets for those interested in observing their unique behaviors and intricate hunting techniques. This care and feeding guide will provide you with the essential information needed to create a healthy and enriching environment for your Regal jumping spider.

Enclosure: Use a well-ventilated enclosure with a secure lid. A small glass or acrylic tank or a clear plastic container with small air holes will work well.

Size: A 2- to 5-gallon enclosure is suitable for one Regal jumping spider. Keep smaller spiderlings in a smaller enclosure to monitor food intake. A small 2 to 5oz cup will work.

Substrate: Provide a substrate of 1-2 inches web-building. This will also help to maintain consistent humidity

Temperature and Humidity:Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 70-80°F (21-27°C) during the day and a slight drop at night.

Humidity: Keep the humidity around 50-60% by misting one side of the enclosure once or twice a week. Monitor humidity levels with a hygrometer.

Diet: Regal jumping spiders are carnivorous and primarily feed on insects. Crickets, fruit flies, and small roaches are suitable food sources.

Frequency: Feed your spider 2-3 times a week, adjusting the amount based on its appetite.

Gut Loading: Ensure the prey insects are well-fed and supplemented with nutrients to provide a balanced diet for your spider.

Water: A very fine mist of water at feeding times will do just fine. Do not use the sprayers that leave big drops, they can easily drown.

Handling and Interaction: Limit handling, jumping spiders are delicate, and excessive handling can stress them or potentially harm them. Minimal handling is recommended.

Observation: Spend time watching your spider's natural behavior instead of handling it. They are excellent hunters and can be entertaining to observe.

Health and Maintenance: Remove uneaten prey and waste promptly to maintain a clean enclosure.

Molting: Spiders molt as they grow. Avoid disturbing them during this vulnerable period and provide a quiet, stress-free environment.

Check for abnormalities: Keep an eye out for signs of illness or injury, such as lethargy, web abnormalities, or abnormal behavior.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting: If your spider refuses to eat, ensure the enclosure conditions are suitable and consider offering different types of prey. Avoid overfeeding, as obesity can lead to health problems. In case of injury or illness, consult a veterinarian experienced in exotic pets or arachnids.

Remember that the key to successful Regal jumping spider care is providing a safe, comfortable environment and a well-balanced diet. By following this guide, you can enjoy the captivating world of these small but fascinating arachnids and provide them with a long and healthy life.

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