Interest in spider-keeping, which once revolved around a few “old-standby” Tarantulas, has exploded in recent years. Dozens of species of these hairy giants, some impossibly-colorful, others impossibly large, are captive-bred in huge numbers. Also notable are the scores of “non-tarantula” spiders that are being kept and bred. Included among them are species that lure minnows with wiggling legs, leap on flies from inches away, spit silk, or ambush prey from behind hinged, silken doors. As each year brings several breeding “firsts” and newly-discovered species, spider enthusiasts have much to be excited about!

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