I got my first jumping spider a week ago. She is a sub-adult (I think) P. regius. When she first arrived, her travel container had a dead mealworm in it that I assume she ate en route to my house. But she hasn’t eaten since then. She was fed small mealworms by her seller and was domestically produced.
When she arrived, she was active and curious, though ‘shy.’ She drank water and looked around her house. The next day I saw her stalking some prey in the dish, but after touching it, she fled. (Mealworm was the same size as that in her shipping container.) After a couple days or so more of activity, she has stayed in her web hammock and I haven’t seen any movement. I’m not even totally sure that she’s still alive.
Since her arrival, I have offered mealworms of varying ‘small’ sizes, an ultra-small hornworm, buffalo beetles (I think that’s what they are called), and buffalo beetle larvae. I have offered them in a small food dish as well as left them loose at the bottom of her enclosure. Twice (a couple days apart) I offered extra small mealworms directly to her via tongs, but that was a total fail. I also haven’t seen her drink since the day she arrived, though I have not stayed to watch her after spritzing water on the wall, as I was afraid my presence might discourage her from coming out to drink.
I’ve also made changes to her environment over the last week. Initially she was in my bedroom. It’s dim in there, so I moved her to the main room of my house, but with cardboard ‘walls’ on 3 sides of her enclosure, in an effort to reduce stress. I live alone and my home environment is generally not very busy/loud. At one point, I covered just the top of her enclosure with a thin napkin, and for awhile I even covered both the front and top. I’m desperate now, so I took the decor off the floor if her enclosure, so that I could put prey items on the bottom and they’d be unable to hide. Today, I brought her down to my reptile room, in the hopes that a third environment might be more successful.
What really worries me is her abdomen- it’s quite a bit thinner than I think it should be. I’d assume she was just molting, but she most definitely doesn’t have the full abdomen I would have anticipated if that were the case.
I’m pretty desperate, does anyone have any advice? I know by my description it sounds like I’ve been constantly harassing her and making changes, but I’ve been very careful trying to minimize stress, and I’ve not been trying to handle her.
I’m going to contact her breeder as well, but I thought I’d post here for any input others could offer.
These photos aren’t in order and aren’t from the last couple days. You can see her and the mealworm in her web on the lid of her shipping container. The pics show her enclosure, and as best a closeup as I could get of her a few days ago, in a web she has since abandoned.