Black Widow Spider
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
The black widow spider is a female, and she was donated to CuriOdyssey by a licensed collector.
Females can mate once and store the sperm, continuing to lay eggs without ever having to mate again.
Diet in the Wild
Insects and other invertebrates.
Diet at the Museum
In the Wild: 1-3 years
In Captivity: Up to 3-4 years
They will build their webs on the underside of ledges, rocks, and plants. In colder climates, they can be found in buildings.
Found all across the United States, mostly in warmer regions of the western US, and can be found in all 4 US deserts.
Very common, no special status.
Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.