Animal Stories - Rose-haired Tarantula

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The Chilean Rose Tarantula has been an important spider for more than thirty years!
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craig - 2011-11-05
hi i have a chilean rose and it's flat out on its front and is not moving is this an other way for it 2 shed its skin???

Aileen - 2011-11-04
I have a male Chilean Rose tarantula, he is 4 years old and can be quite nervous. He also goes through phases of not eating, sometimes lasting up to 3 months. He is quite active and spends a lot of time moving around the enclosure and also enjoys getting out and roaming about every chance he gets! The strange thing is, he has never moulted. In all the time I have had him, he has grown a bit bigger but has never shed his skin. My question is, is this normal and also is there anything I can do to keep him more entertained and less anxious? Thanks!

claireleone - 2011-11-02
Hi all , im about to take delivery of a chile rose on sunday night - Its the victim of a divorce . Both parties going back to parents and neither set willing to have the spider in their homes . I've always liked them but never had one - The vivarium is a mess , the spider has not been looked after at all I'm surprised it's actually alive . I keep reptiles so not completely daft , have read some good points on here . It's a male I'm told , and it's miserable as sin the poor thing . I want to do really well by him 'sympathy vote'. I'm getting a small exo terra viv tomorrow and would like some advice on its heating please .. Experienced keepers very welcome :-)

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  • PF - 2011-11-03
    Hello, there's some good info. on this website when you look up Grammastola rosea. The basics are at least written. I own two G. roseas, one male and one female. First, at this time of year they are in hybernation so if you see he's not eating, that's why. I try to feed mine one cricket every three days and if they don't eat, I just take it out and try again in another 3 days. They can go up to 3 to 4 months without feeding.

    Since your's is a male, it's possible that it's on its last days. Males will only live 5 to 6 years compared to females (15-20 years).

    The enclosure can be a minimum of 10 gallons with a light of 15 watts. That's what I have. It's better for them to be colder than hotter. The room temperature should be 20oC during the day and 18oC during the night. For the humidity, they don't like to humid. When I put water in the bowl, I spill some of the water around it and I put the bowl near the light so the water can evaporate.

    For substrate, it's a personnal choice, I put grind up coconut bought from the pet store and it works just fine.

    If he's not too agressive and like to be picked up (even if it's not recommended) you can make him walk on the floor. My female enjoys roaming on the floor with supervision of course. I let her roam for about 10 to 15 minutes and when I put her back in her cage she goes to the top trying to come out. I don't leave her out more than that since my floors are cold. But, usually spider prefer staying in their enclosure.

    Hope this helps.
Jessica Brown - 2011-10-26
Well I have discovered why my T was digging around. lol. It was making a deeper burrow so SHE could feel safe making her nest. lol Little did we know he was a she till the eggs came out last night. I'm trying to find out when I need to take the eggs from mom and when to open the sac. So we have renamed her Sookie. lol

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  • PF - 2011-10-26
    Hello, did you mate her with a male? I didn't know that Ts would lay eggs even if they didn't mate. I know that some insects (I know that spiders are not insects) will produce young by parthenogenese but I never heard of this type of reproduction in spiders. I will ask my biology professor.

    Have a nice day!
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-27
    I got this T from the petstore. I'm thinking that she came from the wild and I did some research and found out that Ts can store the sperm for up to a month. So I think if she came from the wild she stored the sperm till she felt safe again. That's all I can think of. Do you know how long before she needs to eat again after laying eggs?
  • PF - 2011-10-27
    Ah! Of course, I didn't think of them mating in the wild before being caught. I forget that most rosies come from the wild. I have no clue when they start feeding again. I know that they stop at this time of year because they go into hybernation, mine stopped eating. I was told that they should start feeding again in 2 or 3 months. Also, it is during this time of year that they mate, just before going into hybernation. A breeder told me that if I want to mate my female, it's a good time to do it, so I did. The breeder told me that rosies will lay their eggs after hybernation. Keep us in touch on how your eggs go.

  • kieron - 2011-10-29
    i have a rose t but she is extremely aggressive was wondering what can be done to calm her?????? would like any advice as had her 3 years and can't handle her at all
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-30
    Honestly? I would just leave it alone. My hubby just recently add a Thai Tiger to our collection and she's VERY aggressive. I'm terrified to do anything to her tank. I have 2 rose and 1 golden rose. None of them are aggressive.
PF - 2011-10-26
Hello, I have a breeding question. I just bought a male Grammastola rosea to mate with my female Rosy. How can I proceed in introducing them without him beeing eaten? And how can I compare a fight with a real mating situation? I have had the male for 4 days now, should I wait, he seems comfortable in his environment?

Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I found this article on how to set up and breed tarantulas. I thought it seemed pretty complete and may help you start. Go to breeding tarantulas hope it helps.
  • PF - 2011-10-26
    Thank you very much!
Anonymous - 2011-10-25
My red rose dosen't really move that much

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-25
    They don't. Not a lot anyway.
Jessica Brown - 2011-10-13
My rose haired is acting really funny. We've had him (I think its a male) for about 2 mo. and he's starting to dig out all the flooring under his water dish. He's done this everyday for the past 2 weeks and I'm not sure why. He's not a burrowing spider. Our female has never dug anything out really other that a few pieces out of her house. If anyone can offer some advice would be nice.

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  • PF - 2011-10-17
    Hello, I've seen on youtube, if I'm not mistaken that is where I saw it, someone had a rose hair that did some digging and rearanged the enclosure. Maybe you can go and see. I know that each spider has his own character and yours loves to dig and burrow even if it's not a borrowing species. Maybe males are different from females and the males will do some borrowing. Let us know if you get a right answer.

  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-17
    Thank you for your advice. I watched some of the videos. Some of them have made some very extravagant tunneling systems. We just got a Thai Tiger this week and I'm really looking forward to seeing its burrow and webbing. It is very agressive and likes to walk up and down the walls.
  • PF - 2011-10-18
    If you look up for Jon008 I think, he's a specialist on Ts and he can give you a more precise answer to your question. Good luck on your new T!
PF - 2011-10-12

I just posted 3 pictures of my new Brachypelma bohemei spiderling. The title of the pictures are New Brachypelma bohemei.


PF - 2011-10-05
Hello, I finally found my T she was wondering around when I got up during the night. I almost stepped on her, she moved away fast towards the fridge when she saw me, but I was able block her just in time. I'm very happy and releived to have her back.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    Good for you....
  • david - 2011-10-06
    it's probaly a egg sack
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    Do they make egg sacs even if they haven't been mated? I would be very surprised since I never heard of a T doing that before.
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    By the way, it's been 6 days since she's back in her cage and she's doing really great. I thought that her character might have changed and her wild instincts would have kicked in but it hasn't, she the same gentle girl as before.

PF - 2011-10-11
Hello, I have a molting question. I read about ecdysis in tarantulas and how they act before, during and after they molt. I would like to know what is the molting frequency? My G. rosea molted about a month and a half ago and I was wondering when will she molt again? Do they molt every 2 or 3 months or more? She seems to be getting bigger, maybe it's my imagination. It's the same thing for my juvenile B. bohemei. They are both very good eaters.