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Jane - 2015-09-25
I have a female galiath spider had her for about 12 months now ,she is aggressive and bad tempered, I don't mind tho , but little problem since she has molted 4 weeks ago she will not come out of her hidding place she has just burred more deaper, she is eating tho , won't walk around any more like she use to do any advice on how to get her moving again, her temp is 80 and humidity is 85 , tank is 3ft by 2ft and loads or room to move about , she was 8inchs before mooting as I measured her molt .

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Christopher Johnson - 2015-09-01
Goliath bird eating spider I'll pay the freight

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wendy - 2015-08-19
hi there, wonder if some one can help me my pink toe is very lethargic and is hardly moving, wont eat or go back in her webbing, if someone can give me some advice on whats going on with her, i am affraid that she might be dying

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    Pink toes will become lethargic when they are getting ready to molt.
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angelique - 2015-08-07
well i have a mexican fire leg terantula , she is a female and she is 4 years old now had her for a month now!the day we got her the guy threw in 10 crickets and she ate them all in one day!he said that we should feed her in 2 weeks time again , well we tried but refuses the food she also closed up the entyrance of the hide but she is not inside the hide but standing on top of it , you can see there is in thin layer of web on top of the hide aswell!!!it is ofcourse winter by us now at the moment but my room get alot of sun during the day witch heats up the room, and no there is no direct sunlight on her!!!!please help me im so worried!!!!!

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Barb - 2012-09-28
My boyfriend has a female Goliath Bird Eating spider who is now pushing her body against the top of the cage and I think she's trying to escape. I'm very afraid of her and I am terrified she will get out. The cage is making cracking noises and I'm over it. Where can we take her to get rid of her? Thanks! Barb

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  • Tim - 2012-10-05
    Don't just get rid of her, sounds like it's time to buy a new cage.
  • Laura Foster - 2012-10-26
    Defnitely buy a stronger tank. If she can reach the lid, its probably not deep enough. Does she has room to burrow? There are lots of arachnid and reptile rescuers who will take her off your hands for free. If you are scared of spiders they probably aren't the best pet for you.
  • kirk - 2012-11-04
    If you really want to get rid of her and dont want to get a better cage i would be more then happy to help you my email is albakirk@hotmail.com
  • Dan - 2014-06-05
    The best thing to do is release the spider to a local children's playground.
  • Shaun - 2015-07-26
    I would be very interested in buying her 07761509003
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Sandy westwood - 2015-07-02
Hi I've had my red knee for two yrs with no problems but recently she has started to climb to the top of her viv, she has fallen twice so I am obviously very worried for her safety, she also started to bite at her polystyrene back ground so we removed it. Any advice would be grateful .

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-07-09
    These spiders are known to climb the sides to avoid the floor it is not comfortable for them. Check the substrate to make sure it is dry and not too warm.
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nikki - 2015-05-20
Please help me! ! My pink toe wont eat or move and when it does it cant walk properly and no its not ready to molt as it just has! ! Please help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-22
    It can take up to several weeks for tarantulas to recover from their molt, though smaller spiders generally recover quicker than larger ones. Still, check your environment to make sure nothing is wrong, i.e. temperature between 78° to 82° F with a humidity level of 65 to 75%.. Also make sure there are no parasites, like mites, in the habitat.
  • Jen - 2015-06-19
    How is your T doing? Ihad a Chilean rose hair T that over the course of a few months couldn't walk properly and it just got worse and worse. The best way to describe it is that she looked like she was drunk. I looked everywhere for an answer. I ultimately came to the conclusion that she probably had Dyskinetic Syndrome. She stopped eating and I could see from her abdomen that she was getting very dehydrated, even though she had fresh water. I saw her occassionally drink from the dish in the past so I couldn't understand why she would let herself get so dehydrated. I even killed crickets, sliced open the abdomen, and put them under her trying to get her to eat. I put her in an ICU - again - and hoped for the best. One morning I wolk up and she was in the death curl. I picked her up, sat on the floor, and cried for five minutes holding her belly up. I had her from July 2003 until November 2014, and she went from VA, to WI, to CA with me. My heart broke for her that she died that way. With tears rolling down my face I touch her velvety underbelly and thought about what I was going to bury her in. Then I saw her move one leg the slightest bit. I was sure it was just from me, but then she moved again. I thought I was seeing things, but she was really still alive! I gently put her down and frantically searched for something to force-feed her water. I wish I would have thought of it earlier. I took the top off eye drops and rinsed it extremely well, and filled it with water. I held her on her back in one hand and put the dropper close to her mouth and slowly gave her water. Over the course of 45 minutes, she started to move more and more, and came out of the death curl. I fed her water like this twice a day until her abdomen was plump again, then a little once a day, and then every few days for the next three weeks. I tried to get her to eat during this time but she wouldn't. She could walk again, but it was still drunkenly. I thought that if she could just hold on a few more months, perhaps she could recover from the Dyskinetic Syndrome. However, she ended up passing away on December 5, 2014. Before you conclude that your T has Dyskinetic Syndrome, make sure she is hydrated. T's legs work like a hydraulic system, so when they're dehydrated they don't have enough fluid to move their legs properly and it can look like they are drunk. My T never stopped moving that way, even after I knew she was fully hydrated. I'm almost certain she suffered from Dyskinetic Syndrome, which breaks my heart because she probably got it from bad crickets. Now I only buy my feeders from a small local pet shop where I know the owner feeds her T's the same crickets. No Petco or Pet Smart for my two new T's. I hope your T has recovered or my story can help in some way.
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Naomi Mccormick - 2015-04-30
Just wondering how much there worth Bird eating spiders :-)

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  • shawn - 2015-05-07
    I bought mine at a pet store for 175$
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Naomi - 2013-04-26
I have owned a number of types of tarantulas including 2 rose hairs and have found 1 thing to be true with most they adapt well to (but it takes a little time)change. If you upgraded cage size or changed the decore, more or less humidity than it's use to, temp changes, anything like that will set some back. I had one that went several months without eating come to find out she wasn't happy in her old home.after a week in her new home she started to web and is eating 2 large crickets per week now. Another thing to try is mabe a smaller prey than what you are now trying to feed it. If your pet dosen't eat just remove the prey, and try again in one week. Hope this helps

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    That is great info to know, because I didn't realize they could sometimes be so particular.
  • Cat - 2015-03-11
    How often should I be changing substrate in the cage? Should I be spraying the substrate with a mist of water... The last log I had in there seemed to Get mold on it and I worry about her... Ugh
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-03-11
    As long as the substrate is dry and clean (no decay, dead food, or mold) than it doesn't need to be changed. As far as humidity, these tarantulas don't need it too high, 60 to 80% is suggested. Rather than misting the substrate, you can put in some sphagnum moss and just mist that. If the moss gets mildew, it's easy to take out and replace.
  • Urban - 2015-03-21
    How often should I mist the substrate?
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haley - 2014-11-15
my rose hair has a strange thing on her butt is a batch of hair missing

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  • Cat - 2015-03-11
    Mine does too, it seems a bit like a scab... I am new at all of this. She has not eaten in weeks, seems depressed (if spiders get depressed). When I received her as a gift for Christmas I was holding her daily but then she jumped and I jumped and I got scared so I haven't held her I. A couple months. Can this affect them? Would she be better off if I found her someone that will hold her everyday, I feel so bad!
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-03-11
    They are actually happiest as visual pets. Although some tarantulas may tolerate handling (this species being one that will), they don't prefer it.
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