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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kassidy - 2012-03-07
These and pink toes have to be the absolute best spiders ever. I used to cry when I saw one then I started researching tarantulas and decided I wanted one. Now I have no fear and I am absolutely in love with mine :) i

ashley - 2012-03-01
I've had mine for a year now she's still a juvi. In the time I've had her she's eating 1 locust and never any signs of molting. I've tried everything to feed her and starting to get annoyed wasting money on boxes of live food for her to ignore any live food. Tonight I annoyed her with a locust to the point where she ate it then spat it back out again, any ideas on whats wrong?

oscar - 2012-02-26
Please help rose was walking around just fine and then she just stopped moving in a frozen state. She's been like this for a few hours now. Even when i touch her she just sits there. Don't know what to do

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Tarantulas do this. It is no unusual. They can FREEZE in position for hours and even days. When they decide to move, it is usually with a great deal of speed. If she is not in a tank, I would sorta gently slide her onto a piece of paper and put her in the tank as when she decides to move, it could be anywhere. If she is in the tank, just let her be. It could also be the start of a molt.
Kayd - 2012-01-24
We purchased a Rosie in late October. It seems to be female and recently (4 or 5 days) stopped eating. She spread web all over the tank and especially near the entrance to her burrow. She seemed to really be eating a lot just prior to this. I was expecting a molt, but two days ago she completely sealed off the burrow. She dug a little deeper into the burrow so in curiosity I got out a flash light and to our shock there is a large egg sack. She keeps herself wrapped around it and is very thin now. Is this possible that she could have mated three months ago and is just now producing an egg sack?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    Hey congratulations - looks like you have a gal. From the time mating occurs between a male and female tarantula, it can be 1 - 5 months before an egg sac is actually produced so you probably purchased a pregnant female. She will start to eat like crazy and then finally a web will be created to hide the sac and then the egg sac will be produced. So yes, very possible and likely your little gal mated a few months back and is just getting areound to producing the egg sac.
william - 2012-01-27
I have a rose hair i have had it for about a year and it has been fine. However just recently she has been spinning webs everywhere and digging alot. Now it seems she has encased herself in a large webbing looking like a bubble can you please tell me what is going on. It would be extremly helpful i am a bit worried.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    No problem. She is just getting ready to molt. Normal behavior and frequently will not for month or more.
  • Leraky Man - 2012-02-01
    Well, I recently purchased a female Rose Hair, and she has done the same thing yours is doing. She is just getting ready to grow, which is a very good thing. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, your little girl may be a little bigger. Please message back if she dosnt molt in the next month or so
  • Cathrine Graham - 2012-02-12
    I went on holiday and my grandson looked after my ruby. He got her a new tank but she won't eat. It's only been a week so should we wait a while to see if she will eat or put her back in her little old one Cath
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    Cath, I wouldn't worry for awhile. They will and can go a few months without eating and will do so when they are getting ready to mold and actually molting. Yours is probably not eating because it is getting acclimated to the new tank. Let it go for a week or so - should be fine.
nicole - 2012-01-14
I have a question my rosie has not ate in 5 months she still acting great she just wont eat she loves when we hold her an we let her out of her cage to just walk around the house for a while she acts healthy i just dont want her to starve to death plz plz plz help what should i do .

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  • PF - 2012-01-16
    Don't worry, these days G. rosea are in hybernation and will eat less or stop eating for about 3 months. My female and male have stopped eating completely and since they're in hybernation, I have been recommended by a renown breeder to lower the temperature at about 16 degree celcius if possible. You can still pick her up and do as usual, my female climbs her cage when she wants out.

    Have a nice day!
  • Leaky Man - 2012-01-20
    Well, I recently purchased a Chilean Rose Hair, and I am extremely pleased with her. She ate very, very good the first week and a hlaf or so. (Normally 5 crickets or more a day) then, all of a sudden, she just stopped eating. She moves around alot, so i dont think she is approching a molt. Then I found out that Chilean Rose Hairs will actually go through periods of not eating. She seemed to become even more docile after she stopped eating, so I wasnt complaining. As long as your tarantula still moves around, and its abdomen is still plump and not shrivveled, she should be fine. Good luck with your G. Rosea!
jen - 2008-11-20
We have had our tarantula since Feb and she hasn't molted or looked like she is going to molt. Is this normal when fully grown or should she continue to molt for life? She still eats although not as much as she probably should and is fairly small! HELP!! :)

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  • emma williams - 2011-12-02
    How big is she? She will moult less and less as she gets older. Once a year 4 a adult, what species is she? e williams.
  • PF - 2012-01-16
    Maybe it could be a male, my male is smaller than my female. If it's sexually mature, males will have tibial hooks and bulbs at the end of their pedipalps. If you don't see any, wait until the next or two molts, maybe these will show. Don't worry for the size, maybe it's still a juvenile, a pet store clerk has one of 10 years old and she only has a leg span of 2 inches. They take a very long time to grow because of their slow metabolism.

    Also these days, their are in their dormance period and that will last about 3 months, so it's normal that they eat less or stop eating completely. Both, my female and male have stopped eating and I lowered the temperature to about 16 degree celcius until hibernation is over.

    Have a nice day!
Tim McD - 2012-01-12
I recently noticed a small hole on my rosehairs lower back, and I was wondering if this is normal, or if it indicates any sort of health problem. Any tips you guys may have will help. Thanks :)

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  • Brian Dzenkiw - 2012-01-13
    Hi Tim,

    I think that hole your describing in your tarantulas carapace is called the central apodeme, it's normal. This is an area of muscle attachment.
Monica Hunt - 2012-01-12
Good evening,
We have had our Rose Haired Tarantula for about 1 month. She has started making a web around the opening of the cave like area within her tank. She then started to add the bedding pieces to her web. She has built what would resemble a wall to close the cave with her inside. Do you have any suggestions as to what she may be doing?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    Most likely your tarantula is getting ready to molt or reproduce. Most Rose haired tarantulas are wild caught. If female, it may be gravid and be getting ready to lay an egg sac. If male, they make a sperm web.
paul - 2012-01-06
Ive had my rose for over a year now when I first got it i was told it was a few months old,its not eaten now for about 2 mths. About a month ago I bought a exo-terra 12x12x12 due to other tank been damaged. I then did the enclosure with the correct substrate depth and put in moss which my rose was'nt keen on. Suddenly my rose started to burrow and web everywhere,to my amazement today the burrowing has got to the glass the substrate is piled to one side and the dry side of the tank is slowly dissappering through the burrowing. What is my rose doing or trying to tell me,the more I read the more answers and confused I get

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-06
    One thing seems to be fact in life and it is the more a person reads and the older a person gets, the more confusing their life becomes. No one can know for sure what is happening with your Rosie but my really big guess is that it is getting ready to do a big time molt. It has stopped eating and some have been known not to eat for up to 6 months. It is buidling a hidey hole to be safe and away from predators during its molt. Yes it will hide and then even hide more in a webbing. Just got to wait it out.
  • paul - 2012-01-06
    Thanks for your reply over etty my rosie,the 1 thing am sure of is it ate very well before it stopped eating,this was usually 3-4 medium size hoppers or 1 maybe 2 giant locusts a week. There is no weight loss or signs of poor health as it often hunts about the burrows entrance. I keep sayin its a (it),has all the colouring of a adult female is around 5 inches has no bulbous pedipalps or tibial hooks just don't want to be let down if it is a male either way its a happy part of family!