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Anonymous - 2016-05-12
What is a good price for an adult male?

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Yvonne Woolley - 2008-10-07
Hello, I have started keeping T's now for a couple of years. I am lucky enough to have 2 large Blondi girls, one about 6-7 inches and the other around 11 inches. The lady is called Seven and she has just produced an egg sac as big as a tennis ball, and now we wait! I have 26 other T's and a small Flat Rock Scorpion. Now as we are retired I have lots of time to look after them. Happy Spider Keeping to all of you!

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  • Ashfaq Hussain - 2016-04-10
    Hi u said u have 2 spider 1 is utopian 7inch and other 1 is 11 inches i wants 2 but them plz send me ur number or my number is 07466042434 ok thanks
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Animal-World info on Pink-toed Tarantula
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Help - 2016-03-28
You should never break a pink toes web. It is normal for it to stand still all day. Also if it wasn't eating drop a live cricket in its web using tweezers

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Jackson Sipe - 2016-01-26
I have a young pink toe, Tut. I've had him for more than a month now, and he's pretty entertaining. His living area is a small tube with air holes on the lid for him, since he's a spiderling, and it rests on our wifi router for heat. We feed him a pinhead cricket once a week, and he's already molted once. He might even be ready for a bigger living space. It's fun to watch him eat crickets and he's hands-down the most relaxed pet i have in my household. It's nice to know that alongside the many dogs and cats in my house, there's Tut, who won't make noise or need to be monitored 24/7. He's a nice spider.

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Hunter King - 2016-01-05
My Pink Toed Tarantula has not really eaten or anything. I've only had her for about a week or so and she never moved, or explored her new surroundings, I have to break her webs to get her to move around. Since I got her she hasn't had any food because I couldn't get to the pet store until Sunday night. after about 23 hours or so. I broke her web got her moving around from her corner on the top and she found a cricket got a hold of it and crawled up her tank and I am not sure if she ate it or not but after that she went back to her usual spot then she stayed there. Can someone help me out??

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  • Sandro - 2020-05-14
    Stop breaking its webs, it's normal for them not move a lot during the day that where they test or on the wall of enclosure. They also need the web to sense and catch prey.
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Moe Rosca - 2006-09-19
I had this spider for a month. the day i got it i tried to hold it and it bit me. i had to go to the hospital, it's bitten me 5 times at least. i sold it to a guy who killed it accidentally because it bit him, and he had an allergic reaction to its
venom and he almost died! so i held a chilean rose-haired tarantula and it never tried to bite me, it rocks. so i suggest the chilean rose-haired tarantula but what ever you do, never...EVER...EVER get an ornamental tree spider.

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  • John Green - 2013-07-21
    These spiders are sweet hearts. They are just shy. There have been no deaths from tarantula bites. The chances of being bit by a tarantula are very rare. The chances of severe side effects from a bite of this genus are significantly low against the number of bites. Moreover, tarantulas will warn you several times before they actually bite.
  • Arachnafaria - 2013-09-20
    Never pick up a tarantula unecessarily. Owned spiders for years. Never needed to pick one up. They aren't cuddly pets. Now a very beautiful tarantula has been killed unecessarily because people can't resist picking up a tarantula. Before you ever purchase any pet (whether it's a tarantula, dog, cat or anything else) DO YOUR RESEARCH! Indian orantmentals are well known for biting. Several Old World tarantulas are biters as they don't flick hairs as a form of defense.
  • chuck - 2014-06-09
    never ever had a problem with mine and its been 3 years.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-09
    This is why we need to do research and actually know how to care for tarantulas before getting into old worlds. Old worlds are not meant to be handled. As a matter of fact I handle none of them. That post is 8 years old but there are still people out there who have no experience with tarantulas and they try to handle OW. Major lack of common since.
  • Anne-Marie Harris - 2015-01-18
    This is why you do not handle a p.regalis, they are known for biting and being venomous, of course a Chilean rose will not bite unless you agitate it but as a guy above said it is not necessary to hold tarantulas and they don't like it or get anything out of being handled. I would advise only experienced spider owners get true spiders, I have one and have experience and even get nervous trying to get her into another tank to clean her tank. These kinds of spiders are not ones you want to mess with and most likely won't give as much warning before they bite as a new world spider would.
  • john - 2015-11-27
    ive been collecting tarantulas for over 22 years now and its a proven fact u cant have an allergic reaction too a tarantula bite u can get nasty symptoms from pokie bites old world tarantulas the s calceteam dont know if ive spelt that right its common name is feather leg baboon has the most potent venom of any tarantula and the symptoms can last up too 3 weeks nausia flu like symptoms hallucinations aching joints but it is not possible to have an allergic reaction to a tarantula bite the proteins in there venom dont affect our histamines like bee and wasp stings can i no this isnt about this subject but some people still believe were its legal too feed live mice that u shouldnt give them mice cos all the calcium in the mouse will make the tarantulas exo skeleton to hard ant it wont be able to molt so will die during moulting thats rubbish as well think about how many tarantulas eat mice in the wild every know and then or the t blondi or the t apophysis or t stirmi a medium amount of there diet in the wild is small rodents and they do fine its common sense
  • James Popov - 2015-12-29
    do your research, idiot. never hold a Poecilotheria.
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Diane Davis - 2011-10-31
I have a pink toed tarantula but for the last 6 months or so has not eaten. She will kill but not eat it. Also for about a month she left her web and stayed lower to the ground than usual. I have had her for about 2 yrs and have not seen her behave this way. Any idea what is going on with my spider?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    I can't tell you for sure but it sounds like she is going into her first major adult (puberty or whatever) molt. They frequently do not eat - even for months during this time and seem to be OK with it. I have read it is not unusual for them not to eat for this prolonged period of time. It would make me crazy but not unusual.
  • Keely Waller - 2015-10-05
    My partners has a pink toe tarantula he has onley had it for a cuple of days and he got her from a pet shop and she was fine she was kinda moveing arround but wasnt eating and she would onley kill her food but naw she is just curld up in a ball and not moveing my partner went to move her and she didnt flinch he thinks that she is dead but we have have her walter but she has onley moved slitley and she hasnt malted since she has bean with us some one help.
  • Stacey - 2015-11-30
    Comment above me. Your T is on a death curl. Probably dehydrated.
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Duffy - 2008-09-13
I've been keeping spiders for about 13 years now, and I've had my goliath for just over a year. She about 3 years old with a leg span of about 8 inches, so another few years and she would have reached full sized. I strongly agree with gary, beginners should not start with a goliath. As impressive as they may be they can be a handful, as they are very sensitive to cage conditions, ie humidity and temperature, and they one of the most active spiders I've come across.
Although they can be agressive they're not the most agressive I've kept. If I open my goliath's cage she usually crawls into the corner and I'm able to move around the tank freely. The most agreesive I've come across is the thailand black, it's short haired and short tempered! I've almost been bitten quite a few times while trying to sort out a thailands tank. They will bite anything, leaves, pens containers, even had it killing locust just because they were in it's way, not to feed!

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  • owenkitto - 2011-01-18
    Re my bird eating spider

    I have my day time temp at 82F

    and my night time temp at 70F.

    Is this right? I have a wooden viv 2 foot by 2 foot
    with a 50W infrared bulb by Exo Terra.

    And I keep it relatively humid not excessive she just huddles in the corner of the tank and sleeps in the day am I doing things right?
  • Barry - 2015-10-18
    Hi I am looking for fully adult female Theraphosa for breeding, do you have any for sale please. or any fully adult Brazilian black female. waiting for your reply. Regards Barry
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Madison H - 2015-08-18
So I have a Rose Hair that I've had for about a year and a half and she has never really ate. I think she's eaten maybe 5 crickets since we have gotten her. This never initially concerned me though because I know that they can go a while without eating. I have always kept her temperature and humidity at good levels and she always had good shape so I figured I was doing everything right. The thing is she just recently molted (her first time doing so since I have gotten her and I think her first time in a while) and she still isn't eating. I know that they don't eat directly after but it has been about 2 and a half weeks. I've offered her food hut she seems scared of it. Ever since her molt, her legs have become very spindley and her abdomen is shriveled. All she does is sit in her hide and she doesn't move. I'm worried because I'm leaving for a trip tomorrow for 5 days and I don't want anything to happen to her while I'm gone. What should I do? Why isnt she eating? And how can I make her come out of her hide?

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  • Madison H - 2015-08-18
    Also I don't know if she is female or male. We got her from someone who got her from someone else, so we aren't entirely sure about her age either. I've guessed that she is probably around 4 or 5 years old. I say that she is a girl because that is what the previous owners said.
  • Madison H - 2015-08-18
    PLEASE HELP I am very worried about her
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    Adults females will only molt about once a year at most, while adult males usually never molt. I understand your concern about your spider not eating, but they really shouldn't even be offered food for at least a week after a molt as it takes them time to recover.  At this point though, being 2 1/2 weeks, you could try offering a cricket before you go, just in case your spider wants to eat (don't leave the cricket in the enclosure if it doesn't eat). But other than that there's probably not much you can do.
  • Rachael - 2015-08-25
    Maybe the food is too big.
  • Michelle - 2015-10-10
    I am a complete novice and have been reading the page turner: The Tarantula Keeper's Guide. It states that sometimes a T will eat a cricket if you kill and gut it first. Maybe that could be something to try.
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Nicole - 2015-10-03
My pink toed trantula is having some real difficulty climbing her cage. I don't know what to do I've cleansed the sides thinking maybe it's to dirty for her to grab onto. That didn't work so I tried spraying it thinking that might help but that didn't help either and I feel bad bc she can't climb and I know she like to be on the sides of her cage. Help please. Email me @ fultonicole@gmail.com

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