Black Widows

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One day my mom found a black widow spider outside when she was cleaning our toy box. She was really scared. When she saw the red hourglass on its body, she killed it fast.

One day my mom found a black widow spider outside when she was cleaning our toy box. She was really scared. When she saw the red hourglass on its body, she killed it fast. Usually she never kills anything. When flies come inside our house, she puts them outside. My brother even named one “Winston” and waits for him to come back.

 

No living thing gets the whack, just this black widow spider. She saves regular spiders and puts them outside. Every time we go fishing with mom we have to put the fish back in the water and watch them swim off.

My grandma told her friend, Judy, in California about this black widow spider. Judy then told my grandma about a lady, Lupe Reynoso, (she lives in Oxnard, California) who works in Judy's doctor's office and keeps black widows as pets in her house. My grandma and I then emailed Lupe and asked her 15 questions about this unusual hobby.

 

Lupe said, “ I was raised on a ranch. My grandmother taught me to respect all living things and to learn all I can about them.” She said she didn't pick them as pets, they picked her!

 

These black widow spider pictures were taken by Lupe of her pets, Hildie and Tati (short for Tatiana). They are in separate glass containers in her home and they can't get out. She calls them, “My girls.” She feeds them crickets. In her answers, she said a black widow spider sac can contain 300 – 700 spiders.

 

Lupe said she read about research being done to see if spider webs (sticky silk) can be used in surgeries because they are so strong. Maybe they are like a bandage to stop bleeding like when you cut yourself. My grandma and I went online to see what we could find. We saw an article about using spider webs during World War II for cross hairs in rifle scopes. To me, the crosses look like a little black netted fence to keep dogs in your yard. You can go online and learn many things about spider webs.

 

Lupe said she has not been bitten when she has held them. She said, “Do not try to touch or hold them yourselves! They are delicate and get very scared if someone tries to touch them. If they feel threatened, their defense is to bite.” They don't just go around biting any old time, only when they are scared. She said you have to go to the hospital for the anti-venom shot if you get bitten. Is their venom more dangerous than rattle snake venom? I have to find out about this.