Jumping Spiders

by Cedar Pet Supply 26 apr
# Arachnids

Jumping Spiders as Pets

A jumping spider.

Jumping spiders are a type of spider that are known for their small size, cute appearance, and playful demeanor. Despite their often fearsome reputation, jumping spiders can make great pets for those who are interested in these fascinating creatures. Here are a few reasons why jumping spiders make great pets.


Low Maintenance

Jumping spiders are relatively low maintenance pets, making them a great choice for those who are new to pet ownership. They don't require much space and can be housed in a small enclosure with a substrate that holds moisture, such as coconut fiber or vermiculite. Jumping spiders are carnivorous and primarily eat insects, such as fruit flies or pinhead crickets. They also don't need a lot of interaction, making them a good option for those who are looking for a pet that is less demanding.


Fascinating Biology

Jumping spiders have a unique biology that is interesting to observe. They have four pairs of eyes, which they use to hunt their prey, and are known for their excellent eyesight. They also have the ability to jump up to 50 times their own body length, which is impressive for such a small creature. Jumping spiders are also known for their curious and playful nature, and will often interact with their owners or explore their surroundings.


Quiet and Harmless

Jumping spiders are generally quiet and harmless pets, making them ideal for apartment living or for those who don't want a noisy pet. They don't make any noise and spend most of their time sitting still or moving slowly. Additionally, jumping spiders are not aggressive by nature and will usually only bite if they feel threatened or provoked. Most jumping spider bites are relatively harmless and are comparable to a bee sting.


Long Lifespan

Jumping spiders have a relatively long lifespan for an invertebrate, with some species living up to 3 years in captivity. This means that they can be a long-term pet and can provide companionship for many years.


Jumping spiders make great pets for those who are interested in fascinating creatures that require minimal maintenance. Their unique biology, curious and playful nature, and long lifespan make them a popular choice among exotic pet enthusiasts. However, it's important to do your research and ensure that you are providing them with a suitable environment, as jumping spiders have specific care requirements that must be met for them to thrive. Additionally, some species of jumping spider can be venomous and may require special handling or care.