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    Thread: Wolf Spider (H. Lenta) care?

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      Wolf Spider (H. Lenta) care?

      I'm getting a H. Lenta wolf spider soon and I'm not sure if you can keep it like a tarantula or not. It's my first true spider, and they're native to Florida. Do they adapt as well as tarantulas?

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      Yes, yes, and yes.
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      Hogna lenta are great spiders to keep. They are active and cool to watch at night. I kept mine in a large Kritter Keeper when they were big enough. I filled it 1/2-way up with packed EE/peat. I added lots of fake leaves, a few flat stones, a piece of thick branch to climb on, and a water dish level to the ground.

      Wolfs are major water-drinkers, so be sure to always have water available. I can't stress this enough. They will drink their fill many times a day.

      Hogna lenta will burrow. They are very clean spiders, keeping their burrow and the area around the opening clean of boluses and "trash".

      How big is your Wolfie? If you know the size, I can further help you with housing. I have raised many a lenta from sac to adults.

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      Here are some old videos to look at.

      This is Luckie, a little male I selected from his mom's sac.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rISQYjzSiI

      This is Luckie's mom, not long before she dropped the sac Luckie was from...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xguCGxH1Jh0

      And here is Luckie's dad, when I first brought him home. That spider was the most OCD spider about his tunnel/burrow.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7fKy56XJpY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXR5w0LMWg

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      Wow very cool videos! I caught 2 lil wolfies a few days ago and they're so active!

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      Wow very cool videos! I caught 2 lil wolfies a few days ago and they're so active!
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      She's about 2.5 inches. I have her in a plastic container. She came earlier than expected, so I didn't have time to get substrate and set up a proper kritter keeper. There's only about half an inch of substrate in there. Is it ok for me to keep her in here for a few days?

      Really cool videos btw. I'm really excited. They seem really cool.

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      She will be fine for a few days.

      As I mentioned, H. lenta are great to keep. They are a bit skittish, as most Wolfs are. Once you have her in a permanent home, and she settles in, she will become less skittish as she learns her new home. Once she takes a prey in her new home, you will (or should) see a big difference in her attitude. Make sure she finds her water. Once found, she will always return to that spot to drink.

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