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Carolina Wolf Spider

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Scientific name: Hogna carolinensis

The basics:
The Carolina Wolf Spider is found all throughout the United States and southern Canada. They prefer to live in burrows under rocks and logs.

Appearance / health:
The Carolina Wolf Spider is the largest species of wolf spider in all of North America. They can reach up to 4 inches including legspan. Body coloration is varied depending on where this species is caught. Normally, they are grey or brown with some other colors such as black and white marbled throughout their body creating patterns. The underside of their bodies usually a black color.

Behavior / temperament:
The Carolina Wolf Spider is a display pet only. It should not be handled as it is very fast and you can easily lose this spider. Also, they will bite if provoked enough. The bite usually has no lasting effects but may cause swelling, itching, and redness. Other than that, they are a very active fun spider to add to your collection. They are good for advanced beginners and experts alike.

Housing:
Adults will live comfortably in a 2-5 gallon tank. Baby and younger specimens may live in smaller plastic containers or critter keepers until ready for the large adult enclosure. Always have a secure top so the spider can not escape.

Temperatures will vary between locations where these wolf spiders are caught, but they will do fine with temps between 75-85F. Humidity levels should stay around the same, at 75-85%. Substrate should be potting soil, peat, vermiculite or a combination of both kept 3-5 inches deep. Tank décor is not really needed but cork flats may be laid on the substrate along with rocks and other items. This will allow cover for the burrows. Mist the tank 1-2 times a week to keep the substrate moist enough for burrowing.

Diet:
Adults do best on a varied diet of large insects. These include but are not limited to crickets, cockroaches, moths, and other large insects. Baby and younger specimens should be fed pin head crickets, small flies, and other smaller appropriately sized insects.

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Carolina Wolf Spider

From Apr 6 2011 1:30AM

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