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Old 09-24-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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1st of all I have SEVERE arachnaphobia. I have 12 lizards, bearded dragons & uromastyx. I am disabled with fibromyalgia & am home all day with my lizards. They r my family & I can't begin to say how much I love them. About a week ago I noticed Roxy, my oldest female beardie (around 9yrs) was limping on her right front leg. Now she can't bear weight on it at all. The vet can find no obvious reason for this. About 30 minutes ago I noticed what looked like a "house spider" (brown, large round body with medium-long spindly legs) in a web in Roxy's cage. After inspecting further I noticed two more adult spiders. There were what I'm guessing were eggs (they looked exactly like miniature cotton balls) all up in the holes of the large pieces of driftwood in her cage. There's also a large rock with more webs & "cotton balls". Roxy was out sitting on my shoulder & won't b going back in that cage till it's cleaned thoroughly. My question: I no without a pic it'll b hard to say but what kinda spider could this b and could it b responsible for the paralysis in poor Roxy's leg? Does anyone no anything about spiders that match this description or of their egg sacs if that's the correct name? How do I get rid of them? How can I keep them from coming back. I am poor & cannot afford an exterminator. Also, should I treat my driftwood with boiling water maybe to kill off anything else lurking in the cracks? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!! I live in Burlington NC.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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There is a "Pets" forum where you may have a better chance of getting the advice which you are seeking.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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There is a "Pets" forum where you may have a better chance of getting the advice which you are seeking.
I was thinking that maybe the Triad had special spiders.

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I noticed what looked like a "house spider" (brown, large round body with medium-long spindly legs) in a web in Roxy's cage ... Roxy was out sitting on my shoulder & won't b going back in that cage till it's cleaned thoroughly.

How do I get rid of them? How can I keep them from coming back.
I'd start by putting Roxy back in that cage immediately...
and then not feeding her anything from outside the cage for a while.

Give that a couple weeks and report back.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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^ Yep, I'd say the spider has much more to worry about than the lizard does!
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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Can't you just get a glass jar, catch the spider by coaxing him in with the lid, then toss him out the window. That's what I do, cept I leave the daddy long legs, so they can catch the flies n mosquitoes.
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