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The pebble mimicking jumping spider is a medium sized species of jumping spider found on beaches around Adelaide, where they mimic sand grains and pebbles. They have been observed eating tiny black ants – about the size of a pinhead. They do well when fed pinheads.
This species grows to 5mm. They like to create a silk sack, and then roll in the sand, so do not be alarmed if you can’t see your jumping spider. They tend to be more active with first daylight and early mornings, and then again late afternoons to early evening.
This species comes in varied patterns (see photos), although more apparent in females.
Saitis are very closely related to the peacock spider genera Maratus, Jotus, and Saratus and Saitis males also display by waving legs like peacock spiders, however they do not raise and/or wiggle the abdomen.
Care Instructions:Download our Seaside Jumping Spider General Care Guide
These jumpers require fine beach sand or very fine crushed shells to enable them to make their sleeping sacks in the sand. Keep the sand dry. We recommend our Mini Bug Box with Side Door (Sideways) or The Cube with the “Desert Boy” option selected.
- Please note: All jumping spiders are not as suited to keeping in captivity than other species. Jumping spiders can live 1-2 years in captivity, however males often perish more easily. All jumping spiders are sold as adults and thus we cannot establish their true age.
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