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The term "true spider" is used to describe any spider that isn't a mygalomorph or mesothele, which are the two extant groups of more primitive spiders. It's true that things like wandering spiders and orb weavers are difficult to maintain in captivity, however I think a black widow would be pretty easy considering they live in houses anyway. You can probably just keep it in a critter keeper (or like the link above mentioned, a deli cup) in a dark corner/closet, and pop a small fly or cricket in every now and then.
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That is incorrect. While it is true that some types of true spiders can be difficult to keep because of their feeding or housing requirements, others are quite easy. Many members of the Family Theridiidae (aka combfooted spiders, cobweb spiders, tangled web spiders) are fairly easy. The widows (Latrodectus) belong to this family.
A young Latrodectus variolus:
Mass is correct in this. The Order Araneae (spiders) is subdivided into Infraorders. True spiders -- such as jumping spiders, orb weavers, wolf spiders, etc -- belong to the Infraorder Araneomorphae. The other suborder is the Infraorder Mygalomorphae -- or "primitive" spiders. These include tarantulas, trapdoor spiders, and some Families of funnelweb spiders (Australian and many of those in the tropics).
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I'd like to thank you guys for the info! We're going to the pet store this afternoon to buy her a better enclosure and some feeder crickets.
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