Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Rearing og spiders

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Hi Walter,
I am entomologist and would like to know if rearing of spider is possible in lab.If so can you please help me out.Actually i work on red cotton bug but one of my student is interested in spider studies so would like to know what can be done to initialize the studies
thanks
with regards
Dr Sujata Magdum

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Hi Dr Sujata
I have been studying and working with spiders since I was a child and for the last 20 years have been keeping Tarantulas. The tarantula is the best spider to raise and study because they have long life span. Smaller spiders only live one or two years. Tarantulas are available at pet stores and online. The majority on them are docile and can be handled and can be fed on small insects and crickets. The easiest one to keep is the Chilean Rise Hair (Genus Grammastola)
 I keep mine in a ten gallon terrarium.
 I do not believe we have the Red Cotton Bug North America

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Walter Hintz

Expertise

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Experience

I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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Momentum Magazine The Ohio Journal of Science

Education/Credentials
B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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