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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Kelz - 2010-05-27
HEEELLPPP HEEELLLPP! =D I MUST know or at least have a little help as to where I can find a place that sells insects, or reptiles etc. in Illiana area(Illinois, Indiana)I'd appreciate any advice or help given!:) thank you :]

Olivia - 2010-05-12
I just moved to Chile last year, and recently suffered an attack of hysteria upon seeing a wild araņa pollito for the first time. I just would like to say how much this site and your comments have helped me to understand how harmless they are, and to be more prepared for the next time I should encounter one. Thank you everyone!

Mary Pittman - 2010-03-06
I found an egg sac in her cave... do I take it out and put it in something else or just leave it? Will the babies be able to get through the screen tank cover?

Tracey jacques - 2010-03-01
How many molting stages do they go through and what's the time frame between each one. My baby just molted three days ago, and my larger one just molted two weeks months ago.

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  • dk - 2010-04-12
    All tarantula's molt until the day they die... There's no real answer to this as they never stop molting...- Grammostola species, when adults, molt once every 1.5 - 2 years.

    Hope this helps.
Penelope - 2010-01-30
Penelope is the most effective pet Ive ever had. I have cured SO many people of arachnophobia with her because she is so nice and chill. She is cute and cuddly and loves people. She is very social, she even has her own Myspace! look her up and add her to learn more. Penelope Eatsflies is her name. :)

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  • marc - 2010-02-27
    Thats so kool i havwe also scared people with my rose, thats her name, Im just wondering how do u tell the males from the females?
Andrew - 2010-01-09
I just bought my rose haired about a week ago and I love it. I'm still trying to learn everything I can about them. Everytime I go to the pet store I just wanna buy anything I can to try and make it happier, it's like a child to me. I never thought a pet could have this kind of effect on me but it did.

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  • rl - 2010-04-28
    I have the same feeling about my hamster, I got a baby rose haired 2 days ago. info plz!
dillon - 2010-01-05
My rose Haired Tarantula Dwight is very aggressive. He likes to be left alone. He could be my favorite pet ever.

dillon - 2009-12-30
I bought my rosy at 6 weeks old for a few dollars, very affordable. She is now a little under 6 months old has molted for the first time, her fangs and designs are coming in. She loves to be handled but she does not like to burrow. She likes the feel of the plastic and will stay at the top of the cage until feeding. Best first tarantula.

Angel912 - 2009-12-20
I've had my Chilean Rose Hair for a year and a half, and he's the best! Definitely a great first tarantula. I've seen a lot of these comments say otherwise, but in my experience I have handled him a LOT (he loves crawling on people's heads ^^) and no mood swings.
If you're not convinced about the docility and easy handling, however, some good things to know before handling your tarantula are the body signals. Whenever anyone wants to take out my lovely, I make sure to 1) completely remove the lid - you have a better opening to pull away if you're jumpy. 2) be gentle and not immediately intrusive - if you only intrude a little in his space, you can still see his reactions: rearing up means go away, jumpy means you should leave him be for a while, and a calm stand-still means go ahead. 3) keep an eye on him while he's out - you can tell if he's getting anxious or irritated or wanting to be left alone.
As far as feeding goes, it depends on age. The younger they are, the more often they need food. But keep to a regular schedule. For mine, I usually feed him a gut-loaded cricket once a day or every other day, unless there's been a break from lack of availability. (I catch a lot of his food rather than buy)
REMEMBER: if you put ANY food in there, and it's not gone within 24 hours, take it out. ESPECIALLY if your spider is moulting. Even crickets can do serious damage during this time, due to the fragility of the cuticles, both new and old.
Mine's at it's second molt since I've had him and both times he stops eating for 2-6 weeks before hand and approximately 2-3 weeks after. If yours is nearing a moult, you'll know by how he looks (you will see more cracks along the old cuticle the closer he gets), how he acts (slowly moving, not responding to extensive outer stimuli, refusing to eat anything even if it crawls under/over him), and what the habitat starts to look like (mine has a half-log that he'll burrow in, blocking the entrance with a TON of the moss and webbing - he basically creates a wall, held together tightly - and webbing will be not only over the moss in his burrow but over all of the moss in his entire home - he makes a sturdy, sticky floor). Don't freak out when he's on his back, legs up! If he's like that, do NOT touch him or give any food - he is in a fragile state and even the crickets' mandibles can kill him.
If you moisten the habitat, be careful that you don't overdo it. Too much moisture can cause mold and bacteria to grow and will kill him if it grows extensively.
Hope these tips help somebody out, and I know that if you take the time to get to know one of these amazing creatures, you will learn to love them. :)

beejay - 2009-12-17
The best thing my wife ever bought me for HER birthday present in September 2009!!! What a beauty she is and how docile. She does not seem far from fully grown now according to her size, and let us handle her from the moment she came home from the pet shop. She is called NID - if she'd come via the internet I would have called her e-NID. Tell everyone to get one because of the fascination they provide when moving around (either outside or inside her environment) or catching their prey (when not sleeping)