Four Minutes Of A Youtuber Petting Their Domesticated Jumping Spider

June 30, 2017


This is a four minute video of Youtube Little Centaurs petting one of their domesticated jumping spiders (Phidippus adumbratus). Nice eyelashes. Some more information about how chill this particular spider is while I post a Craigslist ad looking for some chill spiders to hang out with me this holiday weekend and crash some barbecues:

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.

When reached for comment, Indiana Jones refused to watch the video until I reminded him that it's snakes, not spiders, that he hates so much. Then he still refused to watch the video because "Who are you?" and "How did you get this number?" Come on, I looked you up in the school directory, Dr. Jones.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Suave And Deboner, hands down one of my new favorite names.

  • Dao

    Pet it with fire.

  • Homestar

    And magnets

  • Jenness

    I bet he lets them sleep in his ear. Like this: http://images.indianexpress...

  • steve holt

    Thanks. I didn't want to eat today anyway.

  • Megatron Jenkins

    Or sleep

  • Jenness

    It was my pleasure. Helping you make some room for the 4th of July gluttony we all are forced to endure as our patriotic duty.

  • D3Fd0ck

    Who the fuck has the time/mental capacity to sit around all damn day trying to domesticate some fucking bugs that are eventually going to die a sudden death.

  • Shoggoth

    As far as we know, every creature in the world is going to die eventually. Might as well make our time together worth something!

  • Matt Fricke

    Someone who wants the babies of said bugs to be domesticated... then everyone ends up with designer pet spiders in their purses.

  • WhiteEagle2

    Dat ass at 2:19

  • Perpetual Pizza


  • TheQiwiMan

    Peace between our species may yet be possible.

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