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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Keeley - 2012-08-10
I've had my tarantula for almost 5 years now, i thought she was going to shed but i'm not to sure, for almost 3 days now she has been moving her enclosure about completely and I don't know whether it's a sign of stress or maybe she just fancied a change, but she's even put a lot of the enclosure into her water and I try to change her water whenever she does it but she comes back with more, I don't know what to do or what is wrong with her, please help!

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  • Keeley - 2012-08-14
    Okay thank you so much, I will try that, where should I put them? all over?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    She is probably going into a molt but I would put a bunch or marbles or clean stones in the bowl -- also male tarantulas life expectancy canbe as short as 5 years where the females is around 15.  She might just be re-arranging the tank to give herself a secure location to molt.
Jenny - 2012-05-31
Hey so I held this spider in the petstore. I loved it he is way cool and not to jumpy but my friends are scared. We had an issue moving him into the cage so he is all hyper still I thought I should just give him little bit to calm down but I'm kinda scared to hold him now any advise?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Let the little fella settle in for a couple of days and then just hold your hand in the cage for a few minutes a few times a day so he gets used to your hand going in and out. Move slowly. Also give yourself time to watch your spider and start to understand his movements. When you believe the spider is relaxed around you and you are now relaxed around him just lay your hand palm up in front of him about 2 inches or so. Do that and just keep your hand still and then just move your hand palm up closer to him. Eventually (few days to a week) you should be able to just slide your hand under his belly and pick him up. You get him off the same way - just lay your hand palm down in the cage and sorta pull your hand out gently from underneath him. It tickles. You can even just let him touch your inger until you get used to him OK? Just go slow and give both of you some time.
Shaun Roland - 2012-03-29
I just recently, as of 3 days ago got a juvenile rose haired. I unfortunately dried out the substrate, and am having problems maintaining humidity, I'm keeping it at 70% or above, but it is quite a committed task. Anyhow, since she's just newly home, and I've kinda bugged her a bit fixing the cage up good, and misting which she doesn't seem to enjoy.... would it be a bad idea to move her our to place more moist substrate and deeper substrate, I'm at about 2 barely inches, and would like to achieve 3 inches with more moist substrate. I'm just afraid of over stressing him out and causing him to die.. please help!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    Give it a little time to relax a bit. Can always use a fish tank heater in a jar of water to produce more humidity.
  • kane - 2012-04-01
    I'm twelve years old and I am from malta and I have a chilean rose tarantula too. All tarantulas need a dry and a bit humid place and offer her or him a tube like bowl to go in when disturbed or to go in and about once per 3 weeks spray some water on her or him soil. Don't forget to offer her a water bowl to drink, but normally she will absorb water from the humid place. Your tarantula will not be stressed in that type of place I don t see temperatures and my tarantula was never stressed.
  • mario - 2012-04-04
    Rose hairs are supposed to have dry substrate. They do not do well with high humidity. They do best on play sand or dry eco earth.
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    Yes, Rosies are a desert species. 70% is more than fine, and after time they'll adapt to 55-60%. Anything above 75% and the spider will usually start climbing the walls to try and find a drier place. They hate to get wet also, so try to avoid misting near her. You can go deeper with the substrate if desired. My female is in a 10 gallon tank and I filled it on a gradient 7' on one side down to 4' on the other, and she dug under her hide about 5' down and 6' across, so far across i can't see her when she's all the way in. so cool!
Karen - 2012-03-10
I have had a chilean rose hair for about 2 years and this has never happened before like about 2 months ago she stoped eating and walking. I thought she was shedding but she didn't flip upside down and she is getting cracks in her legs

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  • Lace - 2012-04-20
    I have not heard of this before. But if she is getting cracks on her, I hear people use super glue to close up the cracks. (my mom even does this to her fingers when this happens) If she may have stoped walking because the cracks in her legs hurt her to much and it's to much stress for her to walk.
  • Paul L. - 2012-05-01
    How old is she Karen? Did you get her as a sling or as an adult?
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    Could be that the spider is a male, and has a short life span. Does the spider have tibial hooks on the front legs? When the male mature the hooks tend to get them stuck when molting and they die. Mine managed to make it through one molt, and molted very quickly, but shortly after from old age he passed away, but seemed to dry up and crumble as he did. Hopefully this is not the case with your T, but it's natural, and while it's always hard to lose one after bonding with it, it's exciting to raise another one. I agree with trying the glue, and keep the cage a little extra humid (about 70%, not too crazy cause Rosies go nuts in high huumidity) and good luck!
Darrin - 2011-03-22
I just bought my red rose from a petco...I'm a little nervous of touching her, I don't think she's comfortable yet. I have a little cave for her, should I change that to something else....I really need help with this, I think she's really comfortable. It's making me comfortable too, can some one help, I try covering the tank up. So that it would be less light....but she still hasn't moved.

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  • Ryan - 2011-03-26
    I'm by no means a tarantula expert, but I remember what my rose hair did when I first bought her. I had a reptile log place on 4-5 inches of soil that had been purchased at the pet store as well. It took her a few days to start wandering around the enclosure, and she did some funny things with her reptile log that seemed odd. They know what they are doing and they will rearrange things to their liking as they become more comfortable. As long as you don't have a light directly over her cage (which you shouldn't) the ambient light from windows and other overhead light fixtures is just fine for the spider. The reason they don't eat much is because they don't move much, and expend less energy than other animals. My rose hair sat in her burrow for about 15 days prior to molting. Even when she's not molting I'll go 24 -48 hours without seeing her venture from her burrow. I would not worry too much about her unless she starts losing patches of hair off her abdomen. Try feeding her every other day, if the food isn't taken with an hour or less remove it and try again in a couple days. Hope this helps :)
  • josh - 2011-04-27
    It's common for a rose hair not to move. They are not a very active species. For the environment, make sure there is at least three to four inches of soil, as the rose hair is a burrowing species. You will know your spider is comfortable when he/she starts to spin a web all over the environment. The only times you should cover the tarantulas tank, is when you use aerosols, or when it is cold. The aerosols can be potentially dangerous, or even fatal.
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  • erica - 2012-05-18
    i have spins webs all over, the other does not...ever. the one who doesn't spin a web has been non-responsive for the past two days and very sluggish for the day or so before that. in fact my daughter said "she's tipping sideways"...but then went back to normal and hasn't moved since. was she trying to tip over to molt and something went wrong? i tried to gently prod her and she hasn't moved or responded...she's not curled up nor does she look "dead"...should i leave her where she is for awhile or should i dispose of her??
Paul L. - 2012-05-01
I am new to T's as well. Years ago i had one, but moving constanly freaked him out, I needed to give him to someone who would care for him and keep him in one spot. Now i have another, his name is Harley and he is the coolest creation EVER! I love to watch him eat, is that weird? I mean, when he does all the things that T's do for prep, actual dining etc. Okay, shoudl I not do that? Is he thinking why is this freak watching me eat? Anyway, mine did not eat for about ten days after we got him home. The substrate was wet, it was a new environment etc. After the substrate dried though, awwww hell, it was lights out for the crickets!!!!! Another question, why does he ball up the web he set down to eat on after he is done? And, the last time he ate, he did not eat all of his meal like the times before. Is that nromal?

marina - 2012-05-06
I have two rose haired tarantulas. I love them alot they are awesome to have around they don't seem to mind my two cats that love to watch them espieclly when they eat. If you are considering a tarantula I highly reommend one.

Editor's Note - 2012-05-01
I love my Delielah!!! She's the coolest and most gentle creature I have ever had(and I've had lots of critters over the years. I did get "fanged" once on my knuckle....It was just a little jab, no ill effects at all.I think she was PMS'ing or something!! But I've handled her since and she's been sweet as ever!!She molted last year, but I MISSED IT!! I was on vacation!!! I left the molt in there for a while...but then took it out and kept it!!! It was like one of my kids losing their first tooth!!!

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  • Paul L. - 2012-05-01
    Okay, gotta ask, what was it like to be bitten? Excrutiating or just like damn, I just got bit by my T? Did she dry bite ya or did she release some venom with the bite?
Catherine Bridges - 2012-04-12
we have two one rose and one skeleton and the rose has not shed at all we have had them for a year or close to the skeleton has molt two to three time is it normal for that to happen

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-12
    Yes, normal.
Anonymous - 2012-03-22
We got our spider from one of my fiances co-workers. We never have liked spiders but the guy told us that his kids played with it, but that is also why he parted with it. I need some pointers on caring for it. We have a 10 gallon aquarium and it has about 3 inches of soil a log for it to go in and sleep and another branch like decoration that as soon as we put it in it doesn't want to come out and it has a rock like water bowl. We bought a light. It's red and put it on the wire top but the humidity and the temp doesnt seem to want to stay right. We put a cricket in it and it has yet to eat it, been in there for about 2 hrs. I've been doing some research but I can't find a good answer. If someone with some experience could help it would be great?! Thanks

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  • Anonymous - 2012-03-24
    It does a lot thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
  • Kevin - 2012-03-23
    I have had my rose-hair for 10 years and as she has gotten older her appetite has always been odd. She just ate 30 crickets (in 3 days)after her molt and has barely wanted to do anything since. . . Sometimes she goes months without touching them and i take them out, now they do always need to have a small dish with water and a sponge in it. They have some odd eating habits so no need to worry there. Mine does not especially like a lot of light and sunlight is an absolute no-no. Maybe the light is putting off too much heat. I also keep it really humid for mine i try for like 70-80% which you can get to by using terrarium moss and misting regularly. (oh and mine climbs and falls a lot so the fluffy moss is also good for her protection as well) hope this helps.