Most people run away from spiders, but Little Centaurs has a pet Phidippus adumbratus jumping spider. Is she cute and cuddly? Yes, if you can get beyond the fact that she’s a spider.
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Personality among Phidippus jumpers can vary a lot from one individual to the next, but the Adumbratus (adumbrati?) I found in Oxnard seem to all have a very calm disposition. I’ve noticed that one of the differences between wild and domesticated animals is whether the animal has an instinctual bite response to handling. There are certainly Phidippus that I’ve owned that could have been incited to bite under various conditions, but for this spider, I am not sure it would be possible to elicit a bite response outside of when she’ll be guarding eggs. As this video illustrates, she does not seem to be bothered by much – even touching the dorsal side of the abdomen, which seems to be universally disliked by jumpers, just makes her lazily take a few steps in the other direction.
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