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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matt - 2011-01-31
I own one her name is rose because of her beautiful pink color on her back. At first I was afraid to pick her up because she's a spider so I used to pick her up with a glove and I was surprised on how smart she is because one time when she was on the glove I tried to put her in my hand and I started to get nervous and she noticed and simply walked backwards back onto the glove after that I knew that she didn't want to bite me and she also has a great personality and she's very friendly my gf was afraid of her till I showed her she doesn't bite. One time she fell off the table that scared the crap out of me 1 because I thought she was going to die 2 the cat went at her and she stood up on her back legs and hissed really loud but she let me pick her up.

Brode\'s mom - 2011-01-29
3 days ago our little webby dug a hole and climbed in. We thought she might be molting. She has not moved. :(She was a gift for my 3 year old son, who is now 5. So I started to do a little digging of my own. Found out that when they get old, they lose the hair on their back. So I think we have lost our little webby to old age. So today I will take my son down to the pet shop and get another: )And this time I will be sure to not let the girls freak out withe tongs when they try to get, it out of the cage.

Anonymous - 2010-10-02
I have moderate arachnophobia but have become fascinated with an orb weaver who has so graciously made a new web for me to admire every evening on my back porch. I have been studying spiders and think maybe getting a tarantula will help qualm some of my fears. I especially was happy to read that these spiders don't need to be handled often. I wouldn't mind looking in on it and feeding crickets. That sounds like a hobby I might need to adopt.

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  • Shannon - 2010-10-25
    I highly suggest it. I'm actually using my two T's to help one of my friends overcome her arachnophobia. If you're not planning on handling often though, I do suggest a habitat that the tarantula can walk around in moderately. My Beau (Rose Hair) is pretty chill and generally just hangs out in the the middle of her tank, but Frankie (California Ebony) REALLY enjoyed the extra leg room (haha) when I upgraded his to something bigger.
  • anna - 2011-01-13
    Having a tarantula really helped me calm the fear. Also I work exhaustive hours and I needed a pet that was quiet and didn't require much pampering. My green bottle blue was a great choice for me.
Clay - 2010-12-25
Hey all! This may be a ridiculous question, as it seems like multiple sources indicate that determining the sex of a new-born baby Chilean rose is nearly impossible, but is there a way to tell? I just got one of these little ones for Christmas, and the pet shop called it a female. Is it possible for them to have known? Or do they just call them all females, knowing that that's what people shop for?

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  • montana - 2011-01-01
    Hi first I would need to know the size of the tarantula and see a picture of the molt that would tell me if it were a male or female I have been breeding rose hair tarantulas for 8 years and at the moment I have 500 little spiderlings and 10 different grammostola species. The newborn cilean rose hair tarantulas are extremely hard to sex if not impossible you'd have to have a pretty powerful microscope that was extremely powerful my guess is that the pet shop dosen't even know much about them be careful spiderlings are very prone to dehydration and can die fairly easily I keep mine on a lightly dampened paper towel and you need to check it twice a day ask the people if they know the scientific name which is grammostola rosa but don't tell them that if you have any more questions email me @
heather matheson - 2010-10-31
My chilean rose loves being inside oasis, the only problem is i hardly see her out now unless i remove her from it. She just loves stretchin out in there and enjoying the peace i think.

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  • Brooke - 2010-12-23
    Well if you want to see her more then I suggest giving her a clear see-through oasis or a more cave like one that allows you to see into easier.
coral - 2010-12-04
Well my rose hair doesn't hide or try to dig and hasn't eaten since I've gotten it do you think that my holding it may have caused this problem or would you say she is only molting? This is starting to worry me would changing vlads diet possibly help?

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  • Janice Place - 2010-12-13
    If you just got her/him, they take a while to adjust to their enclosure. I will just tell you how i do with my cinderella. Her house is a 5 gal. Snap down, i use eco earth, dry, they come from desert , brushland. I have a 6 inch clay flower pot, on its side, for her house. Small water dish, w/ marbles in it, so crickets won't drown. I don't put plants or anything, because spider's are almost blind, they go on vibration to find food. She eat's a different amount, some time's 2 large crickets, she's 5 inches across. Put some food in for the crickets.
richard - 2010-04-16
Just got my chilean rose hair, SHEEBA, two weeks ago. Still don't know if it's male or female. Very docile, no problem with being handled. I have a question... when my tarantula rubs its back leg against its spinnerets, and moves whatever it is from there to her mouth, what is she doing? Is she eating her silk? I'm a little confused by this action. Also please, I need an easier way to tell what sex my rosea is. Thanks

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-04
    Your spider is eating her silk many spiders do this almost all it is quite normal for them to do this action because they take time to create more silk it's kind of like recycling for spiders.
Emma - 2010-11-23
I work with animals during one of my hours in school (I'm a high school senior). We recently aquired a Rose-haired Tarantula, and it's very cool. But neither I nor my teacher has ever had one before, so we don't know if anything is wrong with it. We don't think it is eating, but it looks healthy enough. Any thoughts?

Miguel - 2010-11-22
I've had my tarantula for 6 years now, she was getting comfortable being handled by me. But one night I tried picking her up and she put her two front legs up. I think she was sleeping and I startled. This was a year ago and I haven't held her since. What can I do to get her to be handled by me again? Is it safe to pick her up now? or Do I have to start gaining her trust all over again.

Cindy Mench - 2010-10-03
I have had my female rose hair for 14 years she just suffered a bad molt. She picked a spot that wasn't flat her leg tips go different directions, hence walking is difficult. What should I do, is it time to say goodbye? :O(