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Jason Rogers - 2015-01-27
We have a 4 yr old Chilean rose. The other day we gave her a mouse for the first time, which she gladly enjoyed.She was as normal for 2 days then was observed to be on her back. She has been this way for 2days now with no real signs of the molting. We are concerned because this is not normally her behavior. She last molted in October 14. She usually fast before a molt. This is extremely abnormal behavior for her. And advise would be helpful.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-01-30
    I sure hope your Rose-haired Tarantula pulls out of it.  Feeding a mouse (pinky or otherwise) is generally cautioned against. Mice are sometimes exposed to pesticides and they are also said to be linked to severe molting problems in tarantulas, sometimes even fatal.
  • Linda Fluekiger - 2015-01-31
    Is your Rosie better?
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Diz - 2015-01-02
I just got my very first T. Rose hair because I heard they were most docile, however today I just wanted to touch her but when I did she jumped at me and scared the bejeezus out of me but she didn't bite me which I'm sure she could have... She had eaten at the petstore earlier when I picked her up but I thought she may still be hungry so I Gave her two more crickets do you think she just jumped at me because she was hungry? I'm slightly scared to touch her again help please!

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  • Diz - 2015-01-02
    Also should I just feed her til she stops eating or will she over eat?? I'm reading things about them not eating the first day or for a long time but this one seems quite hungry any info is great!
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-01-04
    It sounds like she is still acclimating to her new environment. She should settle down over time. These tarantulas are usually feed 4-6 crickets a week, and yes... there may be times when they will go for long periods when they won't eat. But that doesn't sound like anything you're dealing with right now:)
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Anonymous - 2014-12-29
I've had a rose hair for four years now and she's been known to starve herself, but never for more than two months. it's been several months now (probably 3 or 4) and she still hasn't eaten. every time I try and feed her she becomes very stressed and runs scared from the cricket. I don't think she is molting, she's very skinny and unhealthy looking.. I'm very worried, is this normal or should I be worried? ( Ps. It's almost like she can't see the cricket or doesn't want to hurt it, she's extremely calm and friendly and has only molted once since I've gotten her, I don't know if age would effect her diet, or if she doesn't molt because she doesn't eat enough)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-29
    Her behavior sounds typical of these tarantulas, as they can go for months, even years without eating. And she has never molted a lot... so that seems normal. Being skinny is worrisome though, and as females can live around 20 years, it isn't age. It may be normal, but you could also look for possible parasites... like mites in her enclosure. Hope she hangs in there!
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Jenn Lewis - 2014-07-22
Hi My Room mates and i were handling are Pink toed Tarantula this evening and while holding her she shot out web i was just wondering if this was normal or if there might be something wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Tarantulas will should 'hairs' from their abdomen when they are stressed, it is a defense mechanism and signals that they are uncomfortable.
  • TC Brown - 2014-08-16
    I've a had my pink toe for a little while now. I've noticed that when she is handled a lot she starts to leave a few web strands. I think she does it instinctually. Like as a life line. I also noticed that when she just around one or two people she more chill. But when passed around. (You know how kids get), her hairs seem to stiffen and instead of shooting the hairs she lays down and rubs her abdomen on you. It doesnt hurt but it itches until you move her back to her cage and brush off the hairs. She very fun and agile like described she jumped a few times from my shirt to hand. Neat creature. I say handle it til she's tired and then put her away. Its a cool pet and isn't likely to bite. I let her chill on my shirt everyday.
  • levi - 2014-12-26
    This species is known to shoot excrement when stressed.
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Nathan Holbrook - 2011-07-20
I am moving and cannot keep my spider. I just want to know where I might be able to sale it? Please anyone with any idea of where i can sale it please email me.

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  • Gary collins - 2014-12-22
    I have one rose hair now, also 5 snakes 2 red tail boa,s ball python and a albino kink snake. Your spider will be very well cared for. Hope to here from you. Gary
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Carlos - 2014-12-19
Ok, so i just bought a pink toe tarantula and im not sure how to care for it. Do i need a heat lamp?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-20
    These spiders are arboreal so like plants and a high humidity (around 75%), but they don't need much light. A regular bulb can be used for viewing, but be careful with any lamps that are too strong (high wattage) as they can dry the environment out. Heat can be provided with a heat mat or by keeping the enclosure in a room at around 70 degrees F. 
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Mark - 2014-12-14
I have 2 one year old curly hairs that i would like sexed. Can anyone help?

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Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
I just got an OBT - a little over 3' from tip of right front to tip of left back leg and stocky so I presume a still juvenile female. I have her in a 10G aquarium with 4-6' of shredded coconut husk for bedding and a Y-shaped cork round leading down into the bedding for a natural hide. She stays in my office, which is typical office heating during the winter and cooling during the summer. The lights are on when I am there and off when I am not. Should I add any supplemental lighting or heat? Perhaps a day/night light? Specific recommendations would be greatly appreciated. She is VERY skittish to vibration or touch but not approach; I am really looking forward to watching her over the next several years (hopefully).

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  • Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
    Here is a photo of her.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    Wow, she's a real pretty little lady!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    It sounds like a good environment temperature-wise. I'm thinking the office temperature is so regulated itself, that it may not change significantly and so you may not need any black/red night lighting. What a fascinating creature you get to watch:)
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Jake davis - 2014-11-29
My female rose hair just had babies so I am about to have over 500 baby Chilean rose hairs.

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Adam Zaryk - 2014-10-30
Hello everyone, I just purchased a red knee tarantula last Sunday October 26. Now she's(I hope) is a 1 1/2 old according to the breeder. Unfortunately, I put her in a 20 gallon( I know, way you to big) I divided it with a small reptile wall, if she wanted to she could go over it but she doesn't. She stays on the one side probably smaller than a 10gallon and has two hides on that side. My dad is actually taking care if her when I'm at college. Yesterday I had him offer her first food since I got her. She did not take it... And according to my dad she is actually in the half coconut hut the whole time and she is actually burrowing I guess because there is dirt covering the whole. Sorry for the really all over the place story. Anyways do you think I should move her to a 10 gallon, or put back in the tub aware container that she came in? Also is she okay being in the burrow all of the time? I know they burrow but this much? I fell in love with this tarantula the second I saw it so u want everything to be perfect. Thanks in ahead of time and sorry for the all over the place post

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    She sounds like she's doing fine where she is, but she may come out more in a smaller home.
  • Adam Zaryk - 2014-10-31
    Ok thank you, I will be going home in a week and I will move her into a 10 gallon. My dad lifted her hide up to try to feed her and she did not take it but today, she covered her hut again and mixed the Eco earth with her webbing and on the outside as well. So I am currently having him drop a small cricket close to the door. Hopefully she will take it but I do not have much hope because the entire door is covered with the Eco earth/webbing. Should I continue to offer her food or let her be?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-02
    They are generally good eaters, but each one can have it's own behavors. It is suggested they only be offered one food item at a time, though they can be fed about one to three times a week. More than one food item can be intimidating for some. Some foods are large gut loaded crickets, cockroach, king mealworms, waxworms and locusts.
  • Marie linner - 2014-11-15
    It should be okay. The Mexican red leg can go for about 3-4 months without food it may not be hungry.
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