February 24, 2000
- Nephila senegalensis nymph spiderlings -
- just arrived in the post.
- After two years of raising and studying Nephila madagascariensis
- with progressively decreasing success - upon the recommendation
of various colleagues in the spider field, I have added Nephila
senegalensis to my study for The Spider Project with
the intention of switching breeds. I am told they are easier
to raise because they requirie a less humid atmosphere (50-60%).
They are smaller than N. madagascariensis, with proportionally
smaller webs, but will hopefully have a higher survival rate
to compensate. Even the Cologne aquarium switched, for the same
reason. The National Zoo in Washington DC still manages to raise
the Madagascar spiders successfully however.
- My first observations of the nymphs show them to be more
aggressive than their madagascarien cousins, with higher and
earlier instances of cannibalism.
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