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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nick - 2013-01-29
My chilli rose (skittles) has just been cleaned out recently and has gone off her food and stays on her log constantly. I've had her about 6 months, she hasn't shed yet, she's over a year old according to the pet shop and I'm concerned as she used to be really greedy. How long does it take them to shed I'm new to this can you help me. Oh yes she's spinning a lot too. Should I remove her log?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    It sounds like Skittles is getting ready to molt. Just before a big molt these tarantulas will stop eating for anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Don't feed it during this time as crickets could do considerable damage to your spider. They will also often spin a web during this time. This gives the tarantula a soft place to lie while going through the extremely stressful molting. and it also helps to keep bugs away. Good luck:)
jamie slater - 2013-01-23
Hi I've had my chilli rose about 2 years now. I've recently bought a heat mat and changed her substrate. But since the change she won't move much, isn't feeding and the tank she's in keeps steaming up? She sits on a log which is the highest point on the tank.and I'm worried the tank is too wet or moist? Help please I love my spider and just want what's best for her. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-25
    How long has it been since she molted? She may be getting ready to molt and it is just a coincidence that she is acting this way. However, maybe the heat rock is making the environment too warm? You may want to remove it and see if her behavior changes. They do need some humidity (60-80%), so it sounds like the tank is humid enough. Do you mist her tank? If so, maybe reduce how often you are doing that. Keep offering her food to give her an opportunity to eat.
Anonymous - 2013-01-23
hi im new to all of this.. ive had my chilli for about a year now and up untill a few days ago havent used a heat mat. so was wandring if its ok for the tank to steam up if you like?? i keep wiping up te sides because i think its to wet in there.. please help i am a bit worried. also i changd her substrate 2 days ago and havent seen her move onto it once. she just stays on her log??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-23
    I would remove pad.  Sometimes these get way to hot and hard to control.  The power coming in to the mat may be throwing the spider off as they can sense to sound and vibrations from the power source.
Amber - 2013-01-20
Hello:) I'm the proud owner of a Chilean rose and goliath. I got my rose over a year ago and in that time she's molted once. Now it's going on the second year I've had her and she's been acting a lot different she hasn't eatin in almost a month and for her considering how much of a pig she is its uncharacteristic. She's also begun spinning frequently and she's went from a grayish color to tan with her abdominal area being very dark and ashy. Plus she is normally a sweetheart i usually cant put my hands in the tank without her trying to crawl up my arm.I'm assuming she's going to molt I just wanted to know is it uncommon for a t to get this light of a color??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-21
    Sounds like it is getting ready to molt.  Just make sure there is water provided.
gemma - 2013-01-13
My rosehair is 2 and been in an icu for 4 days now and doesnt' seem to be getting better. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

heather stacy - 2012-12-23
I've had my tarantula for over a year now and it has only molted this normal or should it have molted more and how cn u be sure wat the sex is..I was told it is the line on their belly.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-23
    If it is growing slowly that is normal. Mature males have longer legs and are somewhat more fuzzy in appearance. The female remains stocky and bulky throughout its life. There are reports that mature males are more brightly colored than females but they can be quite variable in color.
Alonso - 2012-12-18
I just bought a G. rosea, but I see that she is actually very small. Her legspan is like 7 cm, but the web page tells me that this spider has actually 4 years. What's their actual adult size? They have such a slow-growing rate? Or is it just impossible for my spider to be 4 years old? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-18
    5 inches is normally 4 years old.  Yours is much younger I would have to say.  7cm is probably 2 or 3 years old..
Anonymous - 2012-12-13
help, I've had my Chilean rose for over a year, she stopped eating approx 3 mths ago. last month (late oct) she moulted, since then she still hasn't eaten and now seems lethargic and is having trouble walking. this morning she was upside down in her water dish, although still alive I fear she's close to death. any ideas???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-13
    They do usually molt upside down.  How is the temp and humidity?  May starting to hibernate?
  • Angie Fell - 2012-12-17
    She has already molted, she hasn't eaten for months, I think she's dehydrated. I set up spider icu, she looks a tiny bit better but that's all. Haven't found her upside down again but still not eating and still not walking properly.
Grace Collins and mom - 2012-12-03
My daughter and I have a rosehair tarantula. It is spinning a web in the corner of its cage. I am afraid the cage has a bit of mold around its water dish an I now no I don't have enough soil in her pen as well. My question is should I interrupt her right away an clean the mold and add more soil or just let her be. I believe she is getting ready to molt and I'm worried about her getting sick from the mold. I always clean the top soil about once a week but the bit of mold I at first thought was her webbing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We are new with spiders and have only had her about two months.She is a very hardy eater and has close to doubled in her size almost two thirds of a balled up fist. Please reply.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-03
    You say the rose hair is in he corner spinning a web?  If she is in the corner, then just pick up the wter dish to clean it and gently add the aditional soil you need to (not around the rose-hair).  Clean the dish of mold and back in action.  It shouldn't really dirupt the rose-hair if you go slow.
  • Grace Collins and mom - 2012-12-03
    Thankyou for your quick reply. I thought it would be fine.  I just didn't want to desturb her while she is reading herself to molt. Thanks again your friend and spider enthusiast. P.S. we also have alovely ball python an a wonderful pet rat. Thanks again.Gracie.
  • Grace Collins and mom - 2012-12-03
    Thankyou for your quick reply. I thought it would be fine I just didn't want to desturb her while she is reading herself to molt. Thanks again your friend and spider enthusiast. P.S. we also have alovely ball python an awonderful pet rat. Thanks again.Gracie.
deirdre - 2012-11-28
I've just got a new female rose and I'd like to know how venomous they are? Would I need hospital treatment if she did bite me? I'm new to this so any advise would be a gr8 help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    It is a sting - I have been told (I have not been bitten) but similar to a bee sting.  Where a person can run into problems is if they allergic.  Otherwise it just hurt locally and you should wash it off with a betadine or anticeptic solution, put some ice on it and go on back for another try.