Animal Stories - Rose-haired Tarantula

Animal-World Information about: Rose-haired Tarantula

The Chilean Rose Tarantula has been an important spider for more than thirty years!
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Anonymous - 2011-07-11
My Rose-haired Tarantula is 2 years old she didn't eat so we got her some wild cave crickets and she loves them. We tried everything else but it didn`t work. She only ate the cave crickets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Least is wasn't caviar. Good going though cuz you figured it out.
Brandon - 2010-11-08
I have had my rose hair for 3 days and it's very docile but doesn't seem to want to eat. If you have anything you might think would help plz tell me.

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    Give it sometime to get used to its surroundings.
Donna - 2010-11-17
My son was recently given a rose haired tarantula. He lives with his father who isn't always as responsible as I would like. My son told me last Friday that he was out of crickets for his tarantula. He fed her on Thursday. She seemed a little lethargic too, although maybe it's normal for them to not move much in their habitat. I asked his father and new wife if they needed money for crickets. She said "No. He didn't tell us he was out. We will take care of it." Now (on Wednesday), I called and he still doesn't have crickets. The spider hasn't eaten for a week.
I'm trying to help him the best I can from afar. He was told to feed the spider every other day. She (spider) is not full grown- she looks about 1/2 the size of most of the pictures and videos I have seen. How often does she need to eat, and is it ok for him to catch bugs sometimes to feed her? I told him maybe he could turn on the light near a window at night and wait for bugs to come to the window, and then catch one or a few and give to her. Are moths ok? Are most ordinary bugs ok? About what percentage of bugs -other than crickets- can she eat and still be healthy?

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    They can go months without eating and yes he can catch bugs for it. Just avoid feeding it ants and absolutly no bees.
christian - 2010-11-17
I have had a rose hair for a while and I only handled her a couple times. Now every time I try she bites at me. Someone give me info on why this happens.

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    There may be something stressing her out. They often get defensive when they are about to molt. Just be patient with him/her.
Kelzey - 2011-04-29
I have had my rose hair for about 11 years and now I am worried. For about 5 days it has been in the corner of its cage and hasn't moved. I don't think it is dead. I am pretty sure it isn't molting. Anyone else experience this? I have read that when they are dead their legs curl under and he has his legs up more.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    The life span for a female rose haired is 15 - 20 years and yours is only 11, so hopefully that is in your favor. Based on what I have read in the attached article from Animal World, it does sound like morlting. Realize that some molting years can be worse than others. Read the article and see what you think. If if doesn't sound like it is molting, please give us more information, if possible and we will try and find out. OK? Did the temperature decrease rapidly at all?
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-03
    Thank you for your reply. She went through molting less than 2 years ago and the time before that was much longer so I am not sure. She is also not on her back (yet anyway) When I checked on her yesterday she had moved about an inch and looks the same now. Looking at her. she looks like she is half the size she used to be. I never thought I would be this upset about something happening to her.
  • Todd - 2011-05-16
    I'm sure you're good in terms of caring for her (after 11 years), but make certain she is well-hydrated. If need be, place her on a wet paper towel- don't get any free water in the book lungs (on the underside), but if she thrusts her face into the towel and "drinks" then she's dehydrated.

    That's the first thing that comes to mind, anyway. Good luck.
  • Heather - 2011-05-26
    Mine is doing the same thing but I've only had her for about 5 years. She's bunched up in the middle of her cage and wont move or anything. I gave her water and everything and yesterday she was trying to walk a little but she was shaking really bad and now shes just in a little ball barely moving. She molted about 6 or 7 months ago and I'm all tore up so I know how ya feel.
  • Kelzey - 2011-06-05
    Thank you everyone. Sad to say but Tobey went to spider heaven :(
jolene - 2011-06-04
My spider is doing the same. She is in the corner and won't move. Should I mess with her? It just happened today. I dont know the stages of molting. I have had her for 2 to 3 yrs. She has not shedded yet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    Molting: One of the most common reasons for your pet to demonstrate unusual behavior is due to a molting period. As they outgrow their existing skin all tarantulas regularly go through an extensive molt, shedding their entire skin as well as the linings of their mouth, respiratory organs, stomach and sexual organs.
    The process starts well before the actual molt. For several weeks prior to shedding they will be growing a new skin under their old one. During this time it is not unusual for a tarantula to get quite lethargic and even stop eating. There may also be lots of web spinning activity as they prepare to molt.
    Leave her be for a couple of days and just keep an eye on her. Per Animal World "When they begin to molt, they lay on their backs with their legs up in the air looking as if they are dead. Be sure not to disturb your tarantula when you see this. The shedding process goes quickly and smoothly as long the environment has adequate humidity.
    Once they have shed, their new skin is pale and very soft. The amount of time it takes for your pet to fully recover and be back to eating well will vary from a day or so up to several weeks depending on its size."
oscar abney - 2011-05-09
How many times will a male make a sperm web?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Males live about 4 - 7 years and females about 20 years. The male usually dies within a few weeks after succesful mating. He may spin more than one sperm web in order to succesfully mate but I don't know how frequently.
oscar abney - 2011-05-08
How long will a male live after mating?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Article attached you can click on but basically it says the male will live a few weeks after a succesful mating. Doesn't seem quite fair. Right?
  • oscar abney - 2011-05-09
    Man that really sucks because my male noble 5, is a looker. He is a big fellow too, full of color and life. Well at least he passed on those good genes.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Yeah, that doesn't seem quite fair does it?
oscar abney - 2011-05-07
Will a small female molt after mating, or wait till she drops her sack?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-05-07
    Adult tarantulas will generally molt only one or two times a year. It can be less than a week, to several weeks, or even months after a successful mating that the female will create an egg case or sac to lay her eggs in. But not sure if a female will molt or not between mating and laying her eggs. If you know when her last molt was, that can help you determine if she is due for a molt or not.
Susan Hammons - 2011-03-29
A freind of mine just gave us a rose tarantula. She is beautiful. She is not eating and has webbing on the floor of her housing. I am scared to hold her because the person that gave her to us had her for 2 yrs and did not hold her. I am also allergic to bees and I am afraid the I will be allergic to her. Can someone please tell me what to do and if she may be molting?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    The Rose Haired Tarantula is one of the more docile and loving creatures of this nature. However, it does have venom and in rare cases it will sting. During a molt, they do refrain from eating - or at least eating little. Based on the webbing, as you describe it, I would say she is molting. Is it possible it is a he? Males go through a major molting around 4 years old.
  • josh - 2011-04-27
    Don't worry if your chilean rose hair is not eating. It only means that your spider does not need the food, or may soon be molting. Tarantulas may go six months without eating, and for the molting, don't worry at all. The tarantula will spin a thick web in a small area, then flop itself on its back. It appears dead or dying, due to the flailing, no worries. It's normal. The whole process will take at least a few hours. if you have any questions, contact me at I am a proud owner of going on six years. good luck! and have fun. (sorry for the lengthy message)