Chilean Rose Tarantula

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula
Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula
 

One of the newest fads in pet ownership is giant fuzzy arachnids. These spiders are gaining popularity because of their exotic novelty. They are unique, easy to care for, the neighbors won't complain about them barking, and really neat to watch. There are many sizes and breeds in the pet stores to choose from, but if you choose to make one part of your family, do your research.

  • Choosing a Tarantula

There are more than 800 species of tarantula, and they are native to almost every climate. Tarantulas are broken into two groups: "old world" and "new world". Most of the old world species, or tarantulas from the eastern hemisphere, are too aggressive to handle, and should only be display spiders. Ground dwelling burrowing spiders are generally slower and more easily handled. The Chilean Rose (Grammostola rosea) is believed to be the best first time spider, by far. It's from Chile, and lives in the desert. It isn't aggressive or prone to biting, and it isn't a fast mover unless frightened. They can adapt to many environments, so they're easy to care for. Do your research. Learn everything you can about different spiders, including lifespan (females can live longer than fifteen years), what they eat, how often they molt, and what kind of habitat they need. A spider molts as it grows, or sheds its exoskeleton. Knowing how large your spider is supposed to get, and how often it's supposed to molt will be a good gauge for you to know if your spider is growing at a healthy pace. It's very important that you know how to care for your tarantula before you bring one home.

 

  • Habitat

Habitat is very important for your new pet. The Chilean Rose doesn't require very much space. Space may seem important, and natural, but a 5-10 gallon tank is perfect. The shape of your enclosure is important, and it must have a lid that your spider can't escape out of. Be sure that the width is at least three times the leg span of your spider. Also, be sure your tank isn't too tall. Twice the leg span is sufficient, because they climb the glass, and you don't want them to fall too far because they don't have a strong exoskeleton. Use 2 inches of peat moss, orchid bark, sandy sanitary soil, or vermiculite bedding, and provide a shelter for privacy. A hollow log or fish tank decoration work well. The temperature of the tank needs to remain between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit with 60-70% humidity. A small heat rock can be placed in the tank, as long as you check it regularly for hot spots. Provide a shallow water dish with some pebbles in it to prevent drowning. The heat source and the water dish will keep your tank humid. You can also spray a fine mist of water to keep humidity up. No lighting is needed for their enclosures, because natural lighting is plenty.

 

  • Handling

Take special care when handling your pet. They aren't deadly, but they are venomous. There is no record of human death due to tarantula bites. People bitten by tarantulas usually react the same way they would to a bee sting. Although not aggressive and docile, the Chilean Rose can be speedy if it's afraid. Most owners never get bitten. Your spider will give you a warning before it bites by rearing up on its back legs, and even making a hissing sound. Sit down while handling your spider. Don't rub your eyes with you hands until your spider is put away and your hands are washed. On the spider's abdomen are little hairs that can cause skin irritation. See a doctor immediately if one of them gets in your eyes. The hairs can be released just by handling them, and if they feel threatened, they will ‘throw' them at you with their back legs. Don't hold the spider high above surfaces, because if they fall, their abdomen will surely split, which is almost always fatal. Your spider's skeleton is on the outside. If the abdomen breaks, its insides will spill out, killing the spider. Very few are saved when this happens. Another problem is people freaking out, either because of being bitten, or the spider releases some itchy hairs, and they fling the spider into the wall, killing it. If you plan to handle your spider, you must be very calm, very careful, and very aware of what can happen.

  • Feeding

Tarantulas eat insects, such as crickets, mealworms, or roaches. Also, pinky mice and other spiders can be occasionally thrown in. You can purchase crickets and pinky mice at the pet store. Feed your tarantula weekly. They stop hunting when they are hungry, so don't overdo it, because you don't want the crickets to start attacking your spider. Most people get ten at a time. Remove any uneaten prey after being in the enclosure for 24 hours.

If you choose to have a tarantula, provide it the right habitat and food, you will have years of enjoyment watching your spider explore, eat, molt, and grow. Contrary to popular belief, they do have personalities, and all of them are a little bit different. They may be scary to some, but to others, they are fulfilling companions.

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andrew 8 years ago

i just got a rose hair i was so scared at 1st but i found out there not too scary so i hold him all the time ....my mom hates him but hes grate...also my sister hates him....and my dad....and my friend....ME AND 1 FRIEND WILL ONLY NHOLD HIM LOL he eats crickets and on occasion pinkies


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radgirl 8 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

My girl is almost nine, and she's been a really fun part of the family. My kids took her molts to school for show-and-tell and freaked everyone out. I've been known to use them to freak people out too.....shame on me!! She's never been agressive for a second, and I wish she could live to be fifty!!


hubito 8 years ago

i just got my rose and it is so cool but i dont know how to tell the gender so if you know this give me a comment


deamonsblack 8 years ago

hey i must admit u no ur stuff i own three chilean rosea and they r beautiful so i have given ur page the thumbs up


try 8 years ago

i bought my chilean in feb. and i cant really tell the gender


trey* 8 years ago

trey*

how do you tell the gender


Traci 8 years ago

I have a chilean rose haired and at the moment he is in his molting process. It's an amazing thing to watch :)


bradley 7 years ago

i bought mine a few months ago but it hasnt made a web or dug a burrow it just kinda sits there even at night and when i put a cricket in there i have to quite literally put it in her mouth before she even bothers to trry and eat it plz help me


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Bradley, your spider won't make a traditional spider web. When it's ready, it will web along the floor. It may not borrow, but you should get it a "hiding spot", which they sell for spiders and lizards at the pet store. Mine has a log cave to have her "alone time". Also, she will hunt and eat her crickets. My first question is, how old is she? Then, where did you purchase her, and did she seem thin or ill? My girl is seven years old, I got her when she was 1, and I purchase ten crickets at a time and put them in with her. She doesnt' eat right away, but she does like the hunt. If any die before she eats them, remove them immediately. Some times my girl eats them all within 24 hours, some times there's still one chirping in there a week later. It depends on her needs and how she's feeling.

She won't do anything until she feels her home is really hers. Make sure she has a heat source, a water source, and a shelter source. Use good bedding, and she'll start to explore. I also have driftwood that I found at the beach in with her(I cleaned it super good first), and she climbs it. If she feels too invaded, she won't be more than a statue of a spider.

I hope this helps!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

On sexing your spider. If it's still too young, it's a bit hard to tell, but when they reach adulthood it's much easier. Adult males have swollen pedipals(those are the "little" legs near the fangs that they don't walk on) and mating hooks in the second joint of the first pair of legs.

That's the easiest way for me. You can also look at the epigastric fold (it is located in the front part of underside of abdomen), but I'm not really good at that one.


bradley 7 years ago

thanks for the info lol my spider i bought it a few months ago and they said it was just a juvenile i bought it in a specialised exotic pet store i would say it is roughly 3-4 inches with legspan,i have a heat mat,vermulticate as the substrate wich i was told was the best thing to use for them and a what i think is suitable as a hidout is is a piece of wood with a cave like space in the middle of it jus like what you have realy


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

It sounds like you have everything you need for her. My girl is the same size as my hand, and the pet store when I bought her said she'd only molt 2 or 3 times, which is not true. She has molted every year since. I would keep doing what you're doing, and research. I said she was seven in my last post, I need to change that, I don't know what I was thinking, other than my friend's boy is turning 7 this week-my spidey-girl is nine, and she's still climbing the walls of her habitat like she was two. I have noticed that my girl webs more in bark than any other bedding, and she usually only webs after a big fat bunch of juicy crickets.

Another funny thing about her is that sometimes I get her mealworms, but she doesn't eat all of them all the time, and every once in a while one lives long enough to transform into a beetle and she pals around with it until it dies. One drowned in her water dish, and she stared at it all day and didn't move, even when I took out the beetle body.

I don't care what people tell you, she has moods. I know when to love her and when she wants to be left alone just by her actions. You're gonna have years of fun with her.


bradley 7 years ago

hi you have helped me allot thank you but could you send me a pic of your enclosure and the substrate just to see plz? mi email address is bradleyclarke9@hotmail.com


Eilis 7 years ago

hi my name is eilis & I'm getting a chilean rose trantula in june. anyone know how to look after them propley? I am new at having pet trantulas. :)


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

My girl's habitat is due for a cleaning next week, so I'll shoot it when I have it all opened up and pretty. She lives in a 25 gallon aquarium. You can find them very cheap if you contact a manufacturer in your area. If they have one that won't hold water, it's perfect for your arachnid.


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juggalo 4 eva 7 years ago

Hey radgirl thank you for all the info! I was wondering what kind of spider to get and you sold me on the rose hair! many thanks again!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Listen here, person who is leaving threatening, discusting, and innapropriate comments. I have reported you, and will never approve one of your comments. You can stop now.


JustineD 7 years ago

Hello, I just got a Rose Hair a little over a week ago after my wolf spider died who was a class pet from high school, she lived about 2 years. Any way, I've got everything in his 5.5 gallon tank that he would need, a water dish, a log hidey hole that he likes, a big chuck of moss for moisture and a hand full of crickets. He likes to sit under the moonlight lamp but I don't think he's eaten one cricket yet. I'm kind of worried.

(His name is Walter but I like to call him Fluffy)


JustineD 7 years ago

Also, I was told at the store that he had been eating about 5 small/medium crickets every other day.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

To JustineD:

Every animal, be it cat, dog, spider, or whatever, goes through a transition period. In general, most Rose Hairs don't eat five crickets every other day. Some times my girl will pig out, but usually when I put in ten large crickets, she spends about a week eating them.

Keep an eye on him and count your crickets every day.

Are you using different bedding than he had before?


JustineD 7 years ago

No I have the same thing they did. He was in a plastic cage with like a green carpet bottom, I bought him a glass one and used the same thing they had. I am going to get him some eco terra dirt this weekend though so he can burrow.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

That sounds great. See how things go, and if for some reason Fluffy doesn't eat for more than a week, then we can try a couple of different things.


joey 7 years ago

i just bought a chilean rose tarantula how do you tell the gender


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Joey:

On sexing your spider. If it's still too young, it's a bit hard to tell, but when they reach adulthood it's much easier. Adult males have swollen pedipals(those are the "little" legs near the fangs that they don't walk on) and mating hooks in the second joint of the first pair of legs.

That's the easiest way for me. You can also look at the epigastric fold (it is located in the front part of underside of abdomen), but I'm not really good at that one.


JustineD 7 years ago

Hi, Walter (fluffys momma here)

He's got his dirt and all that in his tank now.

He doesn't seem sickly but he doesn't eat much. I put about 6 or so crickets in there and it seems like i'm only replacing ones that die. I'm not sure though, I'll start counting them to see if he's eating them.

Also he doesn't seem to like the dirt, it's like he's crawling over it on this moss and log and not burrowing.

I think I have a strange tarantula haha.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hello there JustineD, give him some time to adapt. You'd be amazed at how long they can go without eating and still be fine. If he's still roaming around, then I wouldn't worry. I use bark chips as my girl's bedding, and she likes that and the vitamin sand. They have a glow in the dark kind, and I used to mix it with another color, and she seemed really active, but humidity was an issue. I had a hard time keeping her habitat humid enough with the sand, and when I switched to bark, she really loved it. My girl doesn't burrow, she hides in her holw, and she makes webbing along the floor.

Sometimes she pigs out on crickets, and some times most of them croak in her water dish over time, and she ignores them. When I worry about her not eating, I slice the end of a potato or an apple off and stick it in there. Some times she scrapes at it and eats some, sometimes she doesn't. If you do that, just don't let it get moldy at all, because you don't want him to get sick from Mycotoxins from mold spores.

They're very hardy, so unless he stops wandering his cage completely, or his abdomine seems to be shriveling, just keep doing what you're doing, let him adjust, try some different bedding when you do your housekeeping, and eventually he'll find something he likes, and you'll know.


JustineD 7 years ago

Thanks alot. I've have been watching his abdomine since I got him and I haven't noticed a change. He likes to try and climb up the cage and sometimes he does and I get so nervous that he'll fall on the dish or something and die. He seems to just like to sit on the moss or the wood tunnel rather than the dirt floor of the cage.

I'll try the potato/apple thing and see if he likes it,I was feeding those to the crickets until i bought the vitamin food/water stuff for them but I never put a piece in his tank.

Thanks!

-JustineD


manny  7 years ago

how do you know if its a boy or girl


manny 7 years ago

why dose it flicks there hair at people


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

They have little annoying hairs that they will flck if they feel threatened. The hairs are poisonous, but will only cause minor irritation. It's a defense mechanism. Sometimes they will flick so many that they get a bald spot, but dont' worry, this doesn't mean that your arachnid is sick. When it molts, there will be a full "butt" of replacement hairs to flick at you.


EMILY 7 years ago

HEY RAD GIRL...FIRST OFF LET ME START BY SAYING YOU ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF SPIDERS. I'VE HAD A CHILEAN ROSE HAIRED TARANTULA NOW FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS, (MY HUSBAND BROUGHT IT HOME WITHOUT ANY WARNING OR INSTRUCTION MANUEL). I STILL CAN'T DETERMINE THE SEX OF THE SPIDER, I SAW THESE FOLLOWING POSTS THAT YOU MADE:

On sexing your spider. If it's still too young, it's a bit hard to tell, but when they reach adulthood it's much easier. Adult males have swollen pedipals(those are the "little" legs near the fangs that they don't walk on) and mating hooks in the second joint of the first pair of legs.

(HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THE PEDIPALS ARE SWOLLEN, AND MATING HOOKS???)

BUT STILL CAN'T DETERMINE THE GENDER. IT'S ABOUT AB BIG AS THE PALM OF MY HAND WHEN IT'S SITTING NORMAL (NOT STRETCHED OUT). MY SPIDER HAS ONLY MOLTED 1 TIME IN THE WHOLE 3 YEARS. I HAVE PROBABLY ONLY HELD MINE 3-4 TIMES IN THE ENTIRE 3 YEARS I'VE HAD HIM/HER, SO I'M KINDA TIMID TO PICK IT UP. WE DON'T HANDLE THE SPIDER MUCH, WE LIKE TO WATCH AND JUST KINDA LET IT DO IT'S THING.

FIRST OFF I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE HUMIDITY PART OF THE TANK. I DON'T HAVE ANY TYPE OF HEAT SOURCE IN THERE WITH HER AND I THROW IN A DOZEN CRICKETS EVERY 2 WEEKS. I HAVE A LOG HIDE-A-WAY, THAT IT NEVER USES (MIGHT I ADD). I HAVE A HUGE TANK FOR THE SPIDER...IT'S GOTTA BE AT LEAST 150 GALLONS (IT THIS TOO BIG?!?).

I WAS CURIOUS...SHOULD I SPRAY IT WITH WATER. NOT DROWN IT, BUT LIKE A LIGHT SPRITZ? WOULD THAT HELP THE HUMIDITY? ALSO WHAT TYPE OF BEDDING DO YOU RECOMMEND? WOULD YOU SUGGEST BARK CHIPS LIKE THEY'D USE FOR IGUANAS? NOW I HAVE THIS SOFT COTTON LIKE GRAY PADDING... I'VE NEVER REALLY ASKED FOR ADVISE ON THE SPIDER, WHICH SEEMS TO BE DOING FINE, SHE'S NOT THIN OR SICKLY LOOKING. BUT AFTER READING ALL THIS I'M BEGINNING TO WONDER IF SHE'S HAPPY OR MISSING SOMETHING. I MEAN I DON'T SEE IT MOVING AN AWFUL LOT AND I DON'T EVER SEE IT DRINK, BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF DEAD CRICKET CARCASSES IN HIS CAGE. HMMM I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY. HOPE TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU SOON. THANKS EMILY


kirsty 7 years ago

hello, me and my boyfriend has got a chilean rose and its all of a sudden digging up the bark an moving it around, we are stumped to why he is doing it can you tell us why?


Lisa 7 years ago

Kirsty-

From what I've been reading, some tarantulas burrow into the ground to make a den. Chances are that your little guy is trying to build a burrow. It is sometimes best to just move it back after he pushes it around, but if you want to help him burrow, there are numerous ways.

I purchased a book before I got my Chilean Rose, simply titled 'Tarantulas'. The authors name is Jerry G Wells. There is a section on substrate that might be helpful. If you are using vermiculite, the burrow walls may collapse. You might try a mixture of half potting soil and half vermiculite for stability. Be cautious though, as potting soil may dry and become solid/dusty, neither of which is good for your tarantula. Any mixture you make should have at LEAST 1/4 vermiculite.

That was directly from the book, and I haven't tried it myself as my girl is still adjusting. Good luck with yours!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

I agree, your spider is burrowing, which is totally normal...and fun to watch.


Lisa 7 years ago

I just got my Chilean Rose yesterday, and wasn't really expecting her to eat right off the bat, but 5-6 hours later I had the privilege of watching her lay her web and catch one right in front of me. :]

I'm not sure if this is reason for concern or not. It would seem like a good thing, like I have my cage set up just right, but I'm wondering if she had not eaten for some time if they were not feeding her. I haven't gotten a chance to handle her yet, as I wanted to let her adjust to her new home, so I haven't checked her 'belly' for any problems or weak spots.

If she hadn't been feed well, is that going to affect her now, and could that have weakened her or made her ill in any way?

Also, part of my reason for not handling her is my nerves. I absolutely ADORE spiders and have held some much larger than her, but I'm nervous she will not take to me very well and bite me or flick hairs. I'm assuming, but want to be 100% sure, that she will raise her legs first? If she raises her legs that's it for me. I would be putting her right back where she was comfortable, but I'd like to know for sure that that will be her first defense. Do they ever skip warnings and go straight to flicking hairs?


dan666 7 years ago

As far as im aware they always give warning. even if its just a little bum wiggle. they will let you know if they are annoyed.

I dont think that your spider would go weak from not eating because my chillean rose has gone atleast a month without eating. its just what they do.

But if she doesn't eat i would advise taking out what she doesn't eat as it will annoy her.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

They are so hearty, I would just keep doing what you're doing. They can go without food in the wild for a very long time.

As far as warning signs, they will flick hairs at you as a first sign to back off, then before they bite(which they very rarely do-mine has never even raised up) they will raise up in a warning stance on their hind legs and show you their teeth. Some hiss while doing this. If your spider ever does this, back off.

The worry isn't so much that a bite would be so bothersome, it's more that you would throw your spider against the wall in shock from it and bust open its abdomin.

As for the hairs, they are a minor irritation. I have had hairs flicked at me while I was handling because the dog barked too loud at the mailman or something. I calmly and immediately put her away, strip, and climb into a cool shower, and that seems to stave off any real irritation. That has only happened a couple of times in her life-and she's old.

This is also a worry when you go to hold your spider. If you are afraid, you will flinch at movement and risk injuring it. Be calm, and remember that these are the spiders used a lot of times in movies, exotic pet shows, on the Tonight Show, and there is a reason for that-they are the calm teddy bears of spiders.


EMILY 7 years ago

. I STILL CAN'T DETERMINE THE SEX OF THE SPIDER, I SAW THESE FOLLOWING POSTS THAT YOU MADE:

On sexing your spider. If it's still too young, it's a bit hard to tell, but when they reach adulthood it's much easier. Adult males have swollen pedipals(those are the "little" legs near the fangs that they don't walk on) and mating hooks in the second joint of the first pair of legs.

(HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THE PEDIPALS ARE SWOLLEN, AND MATING HOOKS???)

BUT STILL CAN'T DETERMINE THE GENDER. IT'S ABOUT AB BIG AS THE PALM OF MY HAND WHEN IT'S SITTING NORMAL (NOT STRETCHED OUT). MY SPIDER HAS ONLY MOLTED 1 TIME IN THE WHOLE 3 YEARS. I HAVE PROBABLY ONLY HELD MINE 3-4 TIMES IN THE ENTIRE 3 YEARS I'VE HAD HIM/HER, SO I'M KINDA TIMID TO PICK IT UP. WE DON'T HANDLE THE SPIDER MUCH, WE LIKE TO WATCH AND JUST KINDA LET IT DO IT'S THING.

FIRST OFF I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE HUMIDITY PART OF THE TANK. I DON'T HAVE ANY TYPE OF HEAT SOURCE IN THERE WITH HER AND I THROW IN A DOZEN CRICKETS EVERY 2 WEEKS. I HAVE A LOG HIDE-A-WAY, THAT IT NEVER USES (MIGHT I ADD). I HAVE A HUGE TANK FOR THE SPIDER...IT'S GOTTA BE AT LEAST 150 GALLONS (IT THIS TOO BIG?!?).

I WAS CURIOUS...SHOULD I SPRAY IT WITH WATER. NOT DROWN IT, BUT LIKE A LIGHT SPRITZ? WOULD THAT HELP THE HUMIDITY? ALSO WHAT TYPE OF BEDDING DO YOU RECOMMEND? WOULD YOU SUGGEST BARK CHIPS LIKE THEY'D USE FOR IGUANAS? NOW I HAVE THIS SOFT COTTON LIKE GRAY PADDING... I'VE NEVER REALLY ASKED FOR ADVISE ON THE SPIDER, WHICH SEEMS TO BE DOING FINE, SHE'S NOT THIN OR SICKLY LOOKING. BUT AFTER READING ALL THIS I'M BEGINNING TO WONDER IF SHE'S HAPPY OR MISSING SOMETHING. I MEAN I DON'T SEE IT MOVING AN AWFUL LOT AND I DON'T EVER SEE IT DRINK, BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF DEAD CRICKET CARCASSES IN HIS CAGE. HMMM I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY. HOPE TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU SOON. THANKS EMILY


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Emily,

To sex your spider, google some pictures of swollen pedipals and mating hooks to know what you're looking for. It's hard to explain if you don't know what you're looking for to begin with.

As far as humidity, just get a spray bottle and spritz it in there. They are very harty, so you don't have to have an exact science. I would't spray your spider directly, but I would just spray the cage.

You spider has a huge cage, I'm sure that she's happy having all that free room. I use bark chips for my girl because she spins her webs across them and it helps keep the humidity better. With that said, you have to clean the habitat more often because of this reason. You don't want a mold issue.

I would bet that she's super happy though. I wouldn't worry. If she's not sick and she's thriving, she's fine.

Do you have any plant life or anything in there with her? You could really make it amazing for her with that much room. Mine is in a 25 gallon tank, which is fine for her. I have some halloween plastic bone decorations in there that she likes to climb on.

Ultimately, have fun with it, because they are amazing pets.

Hope this helps!!


dan666 7 years ago

I agree i have plant pots and fake trees and a little slate house and she ia always climbing over it all.

accidently sprayed my shelob once and she ran well fast. shit myself. wouldn't do it again..


EMILY 7 years ago

NOW THAT BRINGS ME TO ANOTHER QUESTION. SHOULD I PUT IN LIVE PLANTS OR PLASTIC PLANTS? I ALSO NOTICED THAT SHE DOESN'T MOVE MUCH, SHE IS IN THE SAME PLACE IN THE MORNING AS WHEN I COME HOME FROM WORK. EVERYONE ELSE IS SAYING THEY WATCH THEIR SPIDERS BUILD AND DIG OR SPIN THEIR WEB. MINE JUST KINDA SITS THERE, AND SHE ALWAYS HAS. SHE IS ALIVE BUT I WOULD LIKE HER TO BE MORE ACTIVE. COULD IT BE BECAUSE IT'S NOT HUMID ENOUGH? HER CRICKETS END UP DEAD BUT I DON'T SEE HER EAT. ALSO I WAS THINKING ABOUT BUYING HER A FRIEND. DO YOU THINK THEY'D KILL EACH OTHER, ARE THEY TERRITORIAL?


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Great finds 7 years ago from All around, but live in new york

Aren't all tarantulas "display spiders"?

I don't see the reason for handling it, they don't enjoy being touched, it'll get stressed or possibly die if it falls. I only keep mine for display, for handling I have my pythons lol


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Emily, if you get it a "friend" they will fight and one will die. The only people I have ever seen successful at having more than on in a habitat were pink toed, and I don't know how he managed to have them together.

Count how many dead crickets you pull out compared to how many you put in. If she's even eating one, it may be enough for her.

Get a spray bottle and spritz some water in the habitat every day to keep humidity up. It doesn't need to be wet. If you notice a lot of condensation on the sides, it's too humid.

Now, here's a funny story, I think I told back a ways in comments. My pet store was out of crickets one time, so I bought meal worms. Well, they burrowed down never to be seen again. I thought I'd pulled them all out because she wasn't interested in eating them until one day there was a beetle in the habitat with my spider. I watched for days wondering when she'd eat the beetle, but the beetle climbed on her and palled around with her until one day it fell into her water and died. When I noticed it, she was at the edge of her water dish just in a place unusual for her to sit. I noticed the beetle was dead and pulled it out. She sat in the very same place for an entire day, then hid in her log for a few more. I was really worried that she was depressed that she'd lost her beetle.

Over the years, I've gotten her a meal worm or two that became beetles, and although she never ate the beetles, she never let them get close to her either.

Strange? I think so, but true story.

She's attacked anything else ever put in with her. I had a friend babysit her while I moved, and he fed her 2 goldfish and a pinky mouse(she didn't like the pinky mouse, I think it freaked her out). Needless to say, he didn't babysit her anymore.

Now on to plants: Get some climbing sticks(I have plastic halloween bones). A live plant is okay, and will help with the humidity, but mine has always just torn them up and made a mess with them, so I stick to plastic things. That way she can rearrange and I don't have a dead plant to deal with, and there won't be mold issues. That's just me though, you have a really big enclosure, so get creative with it. They love things they can climb on and hide in. You have the opportunity to have a blast with your enclosure.


Moyze 7 years ago

hey radgirl i am wanting to buy this tarantula (chile rose) but i only need to no one last thing how do you know when they malt ?


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When they molt, you may think they are dead. If you see your spider up-side down, leave it be. If it stays that way for more than three days, it is dead, if not, it will slowly climb out of its old body. It's important not to mess with your spider for the next week or so(I give my girl 2 weeks), because its body will still be very soft and easily damaged.

Most people don't see their spider molt, they just notice that there seems to be two spiders when there used to be one. There are not two, one is your spider, and one is its old body.

Their skeletons are on the outside, and their soft body parts are on the inside, and when they grow too big for their exoskeleton, they have to shed it.

I send the exoskeleton to school with my kids for show and tell....or leave it on the counter for unsuspecting people to find and watch them scream and run away.

That's just me though :]


Moyze 7 years ago

thanks i now all i need now to get one i might do that to my girl she hates spiders but i have always watnted one since i was like 4 :)

MOYZE


Moyze 7 years ago

thanks i now all i need now to get one i might do that to my girl she hates spiders but i have always watnted one since i was like 4 :)

MOYZE thanks


Moyze 7 years ago

thanks i now all i need now to get one i might do that to my girl she hates spiders but i have always watnted one since i was like 4 :)

MOYZE thanks for


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Good luck with that one! Just make sure you have a good cage with no way of escape, and reassure her how strong it is.

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drey 7 years ago

Hey, i bought a chilean rose about 3 years ago around christmas time. It was just a tiny little spiderling when i got it, still pinkish and see-through. I was wandering how much it shouldve grown, because i think mine is a little dwarf. Its got a leg span of about 1.5 in. Please tell me if its just fine or if it has growing problems!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

I'm wondering....are you sure it's a chilean? They reach maturity at 3-5 years and should be 3-5 inches in leg span. Is yours closer to 2-years-old, or 3? I can't find anything anywhere about dwarf genes in Chileans, but I will keep looking tomorrow. Have you measured it with legs bent close into the body, or stretched out? Does it seem to be doing fine? It may just be slow to mature, but if it seems to be happy and healthy, I wouldn't worry too much. Is it moulting a few times per year now that it's not a spiderling any more? I'll see what I uncover for sure.


Lisa 7 years ago

You have been SO helpful radgirl!! The very first night I got my chilean she was so comfortable she ate and I got to see it!

Now, not long after, shes in her first molt!!!!! I am SOOO excited! I have a live feed of her (it may take some hours) here, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/charlottes-web . It is 9AM EST and she has been molting for close to an hour now! I will be leaving the cam on all day to witness her finally emerging!

Thanks again for all of your help! You're really a great source of information!


drey 7 years ago

i am almost positive its a chilean, its looks just like one, acts just like one,(sort of sluggish) and the store said it was one.it is a few months older than 3, but it seems extremely happy and i handle it with extreme ease. i will measure it again but im sure my first measurement was pretty close. thanks, and i will look also.


calvin 7 years ago

so i bought some mealworms for my rose hair and they're pretty slow moving and dont seem to get her attention like the crickets do, how should i get her to eat them? is it ok for them to be loose in the terarrium, i know they burrow down but will they come up for her to eat at night or something?


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Lisa-I'm glad I could help, it's great to see such a proud owner. You'll have years and years of fun!

Drey-There are genetic things that can happen to cause your spider to be a "dwarf", however there are no real studies that I can find because it either doesn't happen enough, it's not a big deal, or they don't usually survive. Either way, if it's happy and healthy, I would just enjoy it! It's not about how big they get, but how neat they are, right?

Calvin-Mealworms can wander if you want them to. Most people keep them in a shallow dish. They will burrow. Your spider may be like mine and not like them, or not eat them all, so don't be alarmed if you find a beetle in your habitat out of the blue. They are black and about an inch long. They aren't harmful at all. If she likes them, she will hunt them. It's hard to catch when one dies and starts to decay if they're burrowing though, so make sure you stick to a cleaning schedule. I let mine burrow before I realized I could use a dish(I used a peanut butter lid), and she never ate them. She is a cricket and apple girl. The coolest thing about them is that they're so hardy that you can try a lot of things with them and learn what each one likes.

HAVE FUN WITH THEM =]


Shelley 7 years ago

I had the wierdest thing happen tonight with my Chilean Rose (his name is Venom). I was whistling around his cage, and turned around and slowly started coming toward the whistling! Now at first I thought it was a coincidence, so I went to the other side of the cage and did it, he slowly turned and started walking toward that way too! Now I have looked this up online and no one had mentioned it! Would you be able to answer this, or maybe you can experiment with yours and see if she will do that too? Tel me I am not losing my mind! LOL.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hmm...that's pretty amazing. You know, he may associate that with being fed, or something he likes. SO much stuff that I've read says that they don't have personalities, they don't interract with their owners, and they're pretty much just novelty ornaments in a cage. Not so. In my experience with mine-her name is Jenna-in all the years I've had her, she's been happy, she's been depressed, she's been pissed off, and she's either wanted me to pay attention to her, or she's wanted nothing to do with me.

I think it's awesome, but you probably won't find a lot of research. Keep track of your progress and call it an experiment.

You're not loosing your mind!!lol!


Shelley 7 years ago

I am wondering if he thought that I was food! LOL. Thinking about it, maybe I sounded like a bird or something because I was sort of whistling like a bird would, you know the same sound over and over in intervals. I think he is on to me now though haha, because I started talking to hjm while I was doing it, and now he doesn't seem to follow the whistling today. BUT I just thought that was totally amazing when he did, and I know he was following the whistling sound last nite. Thanks for the reply! You rock!!


Tammy 7 years ago

I am still confused on how to tell if my turantula is male or female. Please tell me the easiest way to get this info. I will be very grateful to you. Thank you in advance for your time.


Tammy 7 years ago

Okay, I just read about the little legs there by the fangs and still am unsure about the whole swollen thing. I am not sure how big they should be so how can I tell if they are big? This seems so complicated. Why cant they be like puppies where you flip em over and check for the "belly button" as I refure to it to my children lol. Ugh! Please email me at theathfield383@yahoo.com if its not to much trouble. I'm not sure if I can find your website at a later date. I'm airheaded like that. Thank you in advance for your help.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hi guys, I'm currently searching for great pictures to show the difference between boys and girls. My husband was in a really bad accident last week, so please forgive me if my responses are slow to come. He's okay, but we're going to be drowning in doctor's appointments and such, and reorganizing life.

I'll be on soon, I promise, and don't let it stop you from asking questions or leaving stories, because I will still be working to make sure they all get read and answered. I love hearing from you!!

-Radgirl


juju 7 years ago

Hi Radgirl-

I have a G. rosea that was orphaned by a former roomate....literally left in front of my bedroom door with a note and a jar of loose change! She was already full grown when he go her, about a 5 inch legspan. He had her for about a year and i've had her for about 4 years. She has eaten normally, was fairly active and has molted twice in the 5 or so years she's been here. Last September 2008 she stopped eating and has still not eaten anything since then. I'm getting worried because over the last month she's been getting obviously skinny, hardly moves (and when she does VERY slowly) and she either sits on top of the water bowl all day or curls up in a ball and looks dead for hours at a time. I have read it's normal for them to not eat for months at a time, but is being lethargic and looking dead normal?

thank you i appreciate what you do here!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Looking lethargic and dead is not normal. Of course, the first factors I would look at are environmental. Have you changed brands of anything lately, bedding, food...have you added any toys or plants? If you're using evergreen wood, stop. It has oils in it that are bad for your spider, and can make her sick. If you've ruled out that it can't be environmental, you need to hydrate her.

Now, this is going to sound weird, but this is maybe her last resort. Get a small rubbermaid with a tight lid. This should be big enough for her to move around a bit, but small enough that she can't run around freaking out. Poke holes in the lid. Place a few wet paper towels in the bottom, but not covering the whole bottom, so she can have a dry place to rest too. Put her in it and let her be. SHe can't be in standing water, but since she's curled up around the water dish, she sounds dehydrated, and this will kill her. wet the paper towell when it seems dry, you can even do this with an eyedropper through a breathing hole if you're afraid she'll run. She probably won't since she sounds really sick.

Put the container in a dark place that won't get hot or cold, and leave her be. Check on her once per day, but don't disturb where she's at.

Hopefully that's all she needs. Keep your fingers crossed for her, and when she's doing better, give her back her home.

Be prepared that she may just be too sick. I hope she makes it. Thanks for reading.


juju 7 years ago

thanks for such a quick reply, i will definitely try that. as for the environmental changes....i have been using the same type of substrate that was in the tank when she was dropped off at my door. i change it when it looks to be too dry. i did add a plastic plant to the mix around the time this started but it's small and in a corner. otherwise no real changes. The tank is in the same place it's been for the last 4+ years, same feeding schedule, same food.

I changed the tank tonight to get the humidity back and she was crawling all over my bed the whole time. When i put her back in the tank she just curled right back up and has barely moved since.

thanks again for your advice.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

You're welcome, I hope she does alright.


juju 7 years ago

Well, a few days later and....i put her back in her tank and....SHE RAN AWAY FROM ME! I haven't seen her "run" (more like sprint) in months. This is a long way from what was going on last week. I mean, she was barely moving. I think she's gonna be okay.

Thanks again!


Jamison 7 years ago

Well what a superbly informative site... just reading through and I have the same rather bizarre burrowing problem with my young lady. I also note you want some pics for your explanation so I have included a link to see if I can help in any way.

Keep up the great work.

Kind regards

Jamison


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Juju-YEY! I'm so glad that she's doing well. I have thought my girl was on the brink of death a time or two myself, but she comes back. Maybe it has to do with their natural instincts to breed and not being able to.

Jamison- thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone finds something to make their spider's lives better.


Zach 7 years ago

hey i just got my first G. rosea and she moves around fine,m but she wont stop climbing to the top of her tank, im scared she will fall and it will be fatal, is this normal??.. also she doesn't use her half coconut i have with her, she insist on hiding under of in the plastic plants. and i thinik she has only eaten twice in about a week is this eating habit normal??. she is about 3-3.5 inches


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Zach-Just make sure she can't get her leg stuck in the lid so she doesn't hang by a leg and loose it. If your bedding is soft and your habitat isn't really tall, she'll be fine. They fall in the wild too. You just don't want her falling far and busting open her ab.

She can go a really long time without eating if she wants, and she will during her transition period. Just take out the dead cricket bodies that she doesn't eat, and don't overload her with them.

She'll get used to being in the habitat and to your comings and goings, and she'll be fine.

If she goes more than a month without eating, then you really need to pay attention, but if she's eating every week, she'll be totally fine.

Good for you for entering the world of Arachnids!


Joe 7 years ago

Ive just bought a Chilean Rose and its doing fine. I know all about it however there is one thing i keep wondering?! I am a DJ so i play alot of loud music, i want to know if this will affect the spider in anyway, or even kill it? i know that the hairs on its body are very sensitive so that might have something to do with it?

(JUST IF ANYONES WONDERING, I HAVEN'T TRYED BLASTING IT WITH TUNES TO SEE IF IT DIES OR NOT AND I WONT)


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JOE-Loud music won't kill it, but it may make it angry. I would find a place for it where it won't get blasted all the time. If it starts flicking all of its hairs off and developes a bald butt in a short period of time, it's crabby. Just keep an eye on it. Who knows, you may have a music loving arachnid!


Dani87GN 7 years ago

Hi radgirl! I came across your HubPage thru a Google search. Just trying to do research on the Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula. I adopted one from Petco Saturday (5/30/09). Someone returned him and the store was adopting him out for $5.00 so I couldn't resist. I've been waiting to get one and it seemed like a great opportunity. Plus I felt bad for him, little lonely spider - he was up for adoption for a week or so! My dad had a tarantula when I was younger so I'm a bit familiar with them. (also adopted 2 dogs: German Shepherd & Husky/Shepherd and took in a stray ferret - not all this weekend though lol - but just an idea of the kind of person I am)

His name is currently Octavius (aka Doc Ock - lol). I'm kind of toying with the idea of changing it but not sure.

I have a 10 gallon tank for him, subtrate is "forest bedding" with about an inch covering the bottom, a swallow water dish, hollowed-out tree ornament for him to hide in, and a cave to hide in. The tank is pretty basic but I figured he doesn't need much more. (btw - he fed the first night I had him home, figured if he was comfortable enough to eat then he should be ok)

I do have two questions (so far) though:

1. Should I have more substrate on the bottom of the tank? As mentioned, I am only about an inch from the bottom. At first he stayed on the walls, seemed unsure about the substrate then finally came down.

2. He placed a webbed "door" in the opening on the cave. What does that usually mean? Just a privacy spot / safety feeling for him? I've been trying to find something online and had trouble narrowing it down.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this. Have a great day!

Danielle


Joe 7 years ago

Thanks :)


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Dani-

Good for you for adopting! So many just die in pet stores that it really sucks.

To answer your question about your forest bedding:

I would just watch him, see how he does. Some like to burrow, mine doesn't, so I only have about an inch, and I also use forest bedding, because she likes it better. If you find that he likes to burrow, you might add some more. My girl spins her webbing along the bedding, and that's all she spins. She doesn't make big webs, or string them all around places, she just likes to walk on them. She's an odd one-lol!

Next, his webbing is his preference. He might be used to catching bugs in it, or he might just like it there. As he adjusts and gets used to his home, so will his habbits. He may just be a decorator, or he may actually have a practical use.

If he's eating already, I'd say he sounds pretty happy. You'll get to know his personality soon enough. Don't listen to books, websites, or people that tell you they don't have personalities and communicate with you. I can even tell when Jenna(my girl) is a bit depressed, like when her beetle friend died.

They are so funny! You should give yourself a big pat on the back for adopting not only him, but other animals as well. It's so important! We just had a puppy mill busted full of American Eskimo dogs, and I'm having a really hard time not driving over and getting one, even though I have two others!

You may not be able to save the world, but you can make it better a little at a time!

Have fun watching your new friend get used to his surroundings and your habits. It's really a fun experience, even if it really freaks out half of your friends =]


Xysti 7 years ago

Hi there. I'm so glad I found your site. I am hoping you can help me understand what has happened to my beautiful rose hair. I'll give you some background first. I adopted him from the shelter where I volunteer. I was arachnophobic but became touched by Bobo. He was brought in missing hair and one leg. I learned as much as I could and kept hi next to my chair on my office desk where I spend most of my time. I absolutely loved my spider. I had him almost a year or so. He is in a 10 gallon tank with a small water dish and a hollow domed wooden log. I feed him crickets. Last night I came back from a short vacation of just over a week. His water dish was empty, but full when I left. It was not hot inside my home and my father in law was staying here to watch over things. He would not normally consume that much water in a week, or even two. I found him on his belly, legs curled under him. I tried to get him to move, I just couldn't believe he was gone. I had left him 8 crickets. One in still alive, he has eaten the rest. What could have gone wrong?? I'm so sad that he's gone :(


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Xysti-

I hope I got to you soon enough.

Are you sure he's dead? When they moult, or shed their skin, they flip over and curl up and look dead, and some times it takes a couple of days before they climb out. When I say that they look dead, they look DEAD.

It's important not to touch them or mess with them during this proccess, and to not handle them for at least a week(I always wait two) after, because their exoskeleton is so thin and flexible that you can hurt them.

Make sure he's dead before you throw him out!!!! Moulting is a good sign that you're doing everything right, and he's growing.


corrina 7 years ago

hey ...great and highly informative site btw....i'm very impressed by your patience and diligence with answering everyone's questions....i've sought council with an entomologist friend...but you seem to be a fantastic source of information on this specific species.

I just purchased this rose hair a few days ago...it was very social and friendly for about 2 days..But now its not wanting to move from the top of its log. I've taken into acount environmental changes being severe. And it may feel overwhelmed. The tank is plastic (approx 10 gallons maybe a bit smaller), no heat source yet, as the weather has been very nice around these parts. usually 74 degrees in here majority of the time.

My concern is that even while it was fairly active for a couple days it did not eat the crickets i got for it...I put in some Flukers (calcium / water ) gel for it so it would have nutrition and hydration. There's plenty of peet moss along the bottom for coverage, which i spritz nightly for humidity (that's what it had before, so i thought it would enjoy the similarity). I took out all the crickets, as its been 48 hours and none of them were eaten..and i put a meal worm in a dish just in case it would crave that...

I'm highly concerned for this little fella.. going from highly active and curious to being frozen on the log seems bad. Its my first ever tarantula, and i want it to live a long fuzzie life...any advice ??

Thanks :)

corrina.windigo@gmail.com


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hi Corrina-

I would just give him some time. They are so funny about moods. Mine actually just spend a week and a half hiding, and I started freaking out. She comes back to normal just about when I start tearing her habitat apart.

Pull out any dead crickets as they don't get eaten, and he'll move when he's ready. He may be just shocked that his favorite spot isn't in sight or something.

You're doing all the right stuff, just be patient. He'll come around. Maybe, if you can remember what was in his habitat before, pick up some of the things he was used to and see if that gets him going.

He may also be getting ready to moult. They act depressed before that some times, then you find them flipped over and think they died.

He'll get used to your vibrations and noises over time too. He's just protecting himself by being a statue, more than likely.


Xysti 7 years ago

Yeah he was not flipped over. He was on his tummy and his abdomen was sunk in. He was for sure dead. I did leave him in there a few days. When they moult they flip to their backs, correct?


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Xysti-

Yeah, they generally will flip over on their back, or on their side when they are in a moult. I'm glad you gave him a few days to make sure.

Some times they just don't survive, either from the trauma he may have experienced before you adopted him, or for reasons unknown. They do get ill, and things can happen.

At least he was loved in the end of his life. Give yourself that much.


Jessica 7 years ago

well i have a rose haired tarantula that's about 13 years old probley older considering she was 6 when i bought her and i have had her my entire marriage of 7 years some how ants got in her tank so my husband being its his spider got the extra tank of her's and put her in it with her crickets (big problem) the tanks hasn't been used in age's she instantly went from being her bitchy self to now she is literally if she trys walking acting ( walking) drunk she seems to be getting progressively better at times and sometimes worse right now she is minus her substrate and has just her water bowl in there because i was trying process of elimination but i am leaning towards possible residual poison have gotten in the extra tank is it possible for her to have lived through that?also speaking to husband as i type he says all the crickets died after being put in the new tank........


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Jessica-

It does sound like some sort of toxin in the new tank was the problem. If she seems to be getting better, then I think she'll pull through.

I would give her som subtrate to make her more comfortable, and leave her alone as much as possible. Limit movement and sound around her. Make sure her humidity is good, and keep her water fresh. Don't use tap water, use distilled or rain water. Dim the lights and keep it dark in her area as much as possible. Check on her every day and hope that she can get the toxins out of her body.

For subtrate, you an use a good dirt, put it in a microwave safe container and microwave it for five minutes, let it cool(that is the most important part), bleach her cage, her water dish, her climbing toys, and anything else that you have in there for her, then put the cooled dirt in. It's a little more messy, but I'm learning that they really like it, and it's more natural.

I hope she does alright, but it does sound like toxins that are giving your old girl a run for her money. I hope she does alright. Let us know what worked or didn't.


Xysti 7 years ago

Thank you radgirl :) I love your site by the way. I miss my spider so much that I do want another one once I'm not so sad. I'll be coming back here to keep learning. Thank you so much for this site.


Derek 7 years ago

Damnit i come to you for advice on a damn chilean rose tarantula on mating but you have no 411. WTF is up with that and half the facts you had up there are wrong.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Derek-

I'm sorry I don't fit into what you're looking for. My facts are gathered from research, experience, and entemologists. If you have contrasting information, feel free to post it, and we'll get to the bottom of it using the above tactics.

I am against mating, as there are already farms and tons of people who smuggle them in, and so many of them die in shipping and in pet stores, therefore, you will have to get mating information from another source. I am sorry that I can't help you with that.


Mary 7 years ago

Hi! Thanks for all your great advice!

My rose hair, Scruffy, is about 4 years old with a 4.5 inch legspan. She has always been relatively happy and active. She usually eats around two crickets a week, but about two months ago, she started to gorge on about one cricket every day. She did this for about two weeks, and then she stopped eating altogether. I tried both crickets and meal worms, but she just ignored them, even when I shoved them in her face. I figured this was normal fasting, and thought she might be getting ready to molt.

Then a little over a month ago, I got in a fight with my boyfriend and got kicked out of the house. He put Scruffy and my other pets outside in the greenhouse, where it got down to 40 degrees F at night and up to 100 degrees F during the day. I'm pretty sure Scruffy did not like the temperature variation, particularly the extreme heat, which she is not used to. She protested by digging a burrow underneath her hide-away log, and thoroughly webbing over both entrances. My ex boyfriend left her there for almost a week.

I have since moved her terrarium out of the greenhouse and into a new home, in a new state, with me. I'm sure she did not enjoy the 5-day car trip across country, but I brought her into a motel room every night, so at least the temperature was steady. Her terrarium has been sitting undisturbed on my dresser for two and a half weeks, and she still has not come out of the webbed-in burrow she dug while in the greenhouse. I assume she's still recuperating from the recent stress, and I can see her through the glass bottom of the cage. She looks healthy, but I know she hasn't eaten in over a month, and hasn't had any water in at least three weeks. She hasn't molted either, which was my original expectation when she stopped eating.

I don't want to disturb her any more than she has already been disturbed, but I'm concerned about how long she has gone without food or water. Should I destroy her little sanctuary to get her to come out and eat? Should I spray water onto the webbing at the entrance? She is in there of her own free will, so I assume she will come out when she gets hungry enough, but I could be wrong. At what point should I really be worried?


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Mary-

Scruffy has been through a lot in the last month. I would try to get her to move in the most uninvasive way as possible. If you can spray her with some water just to get some movement, and maybe stick a cricket in her little hidey hole just to see what she does. If she doensn't eat it, take it back out. You can use long tweezers for this.

I wouldn't destroy her hole completely, but I would encourage her to come out by moving part of the web. Make sure she hears you and sees you often so that she has some sort of normalcy.

She probably went down under to stay warm.

She may still moult if she was mowing down on crickets so feverously there, so hopefully she's just preparing.

If she doesn't do something over the next week or so, trust your gut about breaking her out of her little hole. Try to be uninvasive first.

Can you see her moving around in there?


Mary 7 years ago

Thanks for your quick response. Guess what? I checked again this morning, and Scruffy has molted! I guess I got worried too soon. I will give her a few more days before I disturb her at all. Anyway, your advice is much appreciated, and helps give arachnofiles everywhere a piece of mind. Is there any way I can donate to your web fees? I figure it's the least I can do.


CCraig1984 7 years ago

Dear Radgirl, I just bought my Rose Hair Tarantula and I named her Lola. I still don't quite know if it's a he or she but I figure that if no one else knows then it won't matter, but she ate the first night I had her, last night, but when I go to put a pinky in there and she moves away from it like someone would to someone they didn't like. It kinda bothers me that I might have done something wrong but you did say that Jenna, (yours), only eats crickets and meal worms so idk any suggestions. Oh and I have a one gallon tank for right now but want to get her a bigger one in a couple of days and hold off on that last about er not wanting to eat the pinky because she came out and is "hunting" it right now but ty for all your great info!!!!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Mary, I am so glad to hear about Scruffy! They are just so strange about how they do things, almost like a person with severe OCD-lol! No need to donate to my web fees or anything, just pass any articles along that you like to anyone that you think might enjoy or get something out of them, and don't be afraid to post questions or observations, as I look at this site as a learning adventure for all of us =]

CCraig-I'm glad you have joined the ranks! Lola is sure to bring you a lot of fun and amazement as you share lives. I would suggest a larger habitat, but since you're already heading in that direction, I'm sure you'll find something great. I got mine from a fish store for a steal because it wouldn't hold water. The glass wasn't cracked, but it wouldn't stop leaking. Keep an eye on craigs' list and at garage sales too. You can usually pick up a ten gallon for pretty cheap. Just make sure to disinfect REALLY good before you put her in it, and use a natural cleaner, not something chemically. They are pretty sensitive to that stuff.

My Jenna won't eat pinkys. She did eat a goldfish once when I was visiting my mom and my ex husband thought it would be neat...but that is a whole other story, and I wouldn't recommend it. She flat out refused the pinky he tried to feed her, which is fine by me, because I kinda had a phobia about her starting to like meat and biting my hand. I don't know that I could stop the reflex of flinging her against the wall, and I would die if I broke her and she died. She's been part of my life forever. I do know other people feed them pinkys and don't get bit though, so that's my own fear, I think. The other thing is that they are sooooo high in protein, that you don't want to feed them to her very often.

She'll move away from you when you reach in for a long time. Jenna still does if I startle her, or if she's just in a bad mood-which does happen. If she turns her back to me, I know not to mess with her that day, or I'll be itching from her hair flinging frenzy for a while. She's so funny! Don't think you did anything wrong, or to offend her. They're wild arachnids, and their protective instinct is to move away from things.

Have fun with her, learn all you can, and don't hesitate to ask questions.


JustineDG 7 years ago

Hello, I had asked you some questions a little over 5 months ago when I got my c. rose hair Walter. I came back to your site today and wanted to let you know that he's healthy.

I still haven't seen him actually eat the crickets but they dissapear and I remove the dead ones. He hasn't molted yet and I'm hoping he's young, I have no idea of his age, I put a link in the url section so you can see a picture of his size.

I just returned from a week vacation and found that he has started to turn his half log into a tunnel and for some reason I think it's adorable.

I hope yours are doing well.

-JD


Joe 7 years ago

Hey Radgirl, readin your comments yesterday and you convinced me i've always wanted a terantula and i got a chili rose this mornin, its about 1.5 inch leg span and i'm just wonderin what to feed her (her name is cuddles). Is she too small for crickets? the guy in the pet shop seemed a bit hairy fairy and didn't have a clue bout it. Tanks a million!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Justin-I am so glad to hear from you again! I am so glad your spider has been doing so well! It's great to get updates. Keep up the good work!

Joe-Crickets come in large and small. You're right though, most pet shop owners really don't know much about rerantulas. Make sure you do a lot of research on the right subtrate(floor material), humidity, and care. The more knowledge you get, the better life she'll have. Good luck, and don't be afraid to ask questions any time.


Joe 7 years ago

Hey yea about the substrate, The terranium i got came wit substrate and a water dish and a cave, the substrate is kind of a redish orange sand? Just wondering if i should change this to something more specific to the spider?


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

I would watch and see how she does in it. I have used sand, peat, and bark, and Jenna preferrs bark. She likes to make a web all across the ground, and I think that's why she seems happier in it. Some make webs on their logs and such. Make sure that as we go into winter that she has a heat source.

The problem I had with sand was keeping the humidity right because it seemed to suck it all up. Keep an eye on that. Get a spray bottle with a good mist valve and spray in in her habitat morning and night. Just a spray or two, you don't want to cause mold issues.

Most of all, have fun!


Joe 7 years ago

Hey thanks, this is my first spider and i'm fascinated by her, she ate a cricket bout 10 minutes after i put it in the tank and she has been walkin round all over the place checkin ger new home, the floor is just covered in little spidey footprints. I feel like a proud daddy watchin her walk round.

What level should the humidity be kept at, there is a gauge on the side of the tank it reads bout 63 at the moment, also there is a temperature gauge that reads bout 24 degrees celcius. Are they ok or should do somethin to bring them up or down?


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

She'll thrive best in the temperature is at 21-24 degrees C. The humidity is best at between 60 to 80%.

I'm so glad to see that you feel like a proud daddy. It only gets better with time. Wait til you hold her first moult. I sent mine to show-and-tell with my oldest daughter, only she didn't tell anyone it was a moult until after they freaked out. Too funny.


Joe 7 years ago

Hey Radgirl, have ya any hints on handling her first time? I put my had out in front of her today and she crawled onto it but the second i started to move my hand to let her walk onto my other hand she lifted her ab and flicked hairs so i just let her back down into the tank, i'm a bit nervous to pick her up now after that, Just wonderin if ya have any tips?

Thanks a bunch your bein a great help i really appreciate it.


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nicko guzman 7 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

My rh was recently eaten by aother tarantula.Not sure how thy got mixed together.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Joe-hairs are bound to happen. Move slowly and let her get to know you. Start out by having her on your hand inside her habitat and go from there. Just know that nothing she can do is going to kill you, but your reaction can kill her. Breathe and you'll get the hang of it. Never freak out, because they can sense it.

Nicko-OMG, I am so sorry to hear about that! Do you have many?


jpstormy 7 years ago

My tarantula is almost ten. She has been great, but I think she might have gotten herself stuck and I don't know how to help her. She is hanging from the top of her tank by one leg, totally suspended. We haven't handled her in years and I don't know if trying to help her would do more harm than good. Could she be doing this on purpose?


Danielle 7 years ago

Hi again,

I just wanted to let you know the tarantula is doing well. I decided to name him Octavius (after Dr. Ock from Spider-Man). But I've just nicknamed him spider-man! lol (who knows...)

I am having one concern but think he is just close to molting. He usually has a nasty appetite and loves his crickets. The past few days he has not eaten them. There is only one left that I need to remove with a fish net. The weird thing is yesterday he was laying in his water bowl, most likely thirsty since he hasn't gotten any water from his meals. I got scared at first thinking he was a goner but then he moved, thank goodness! He is still very active, mostly at night. This is why I believe he may be going into a moult.

When he eats he usually lays a web underneath him. I laugh because it's like a guarantee that his prey can't run away if dropped.

Thanks again for your help!! I hope to hear from you soon! I love this web site and so glad I came across it.

- Danielle


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

JP Stormy-

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.

Jenna does that all the time, and I don't think it's on purpose, I just think that she jams one foot under the cage lid and can't get it out.

Here's what I do:

I get a big serving spoon because she freaks out when I open the lid and can't get a grip on the wall. I put the spoon just under her so she falls into it(if I put her butt in it, she uses that to fling herself over the lip of the habitat, and she's already in freak out mode, so it's not good) and I unhook her foot. She falls into the spoon, I set her on the ground, and she runs around freaking out for a minute.

I don't think she does it on purpose, and she's done it for the last five years or so about once per month. There's no rhyme or reason about being hungry or anything like that, so maybe it's her size.

Danielle-

I wouldn't worry about him laying in the water bowl. Sometimes they do that. Just make sure your humidity is good, and if not, spritz the tank every day.

It'll take time to get used to his molting habits.

Jenna always flicks all the hair off of her rear about a month before she molts. Then, I watch as the bald spot on her turns darker and darker, then I wake up to find her running around fresh and new, and I send the exoskeleton to school with one of the kids for show and tell....or I leave it on the kitchen counter and watch people freak out.

Oh, you have to have a sense of humor, right?

She also does the same thing with her webs. It's like she knows her new cricket schedule, and a couple days before, she'll start laying web all over her floor. Then she stands really tall and really still when they get dropped in.

They are fun, aren't they?


carl 7 years ago

my tarantula is rearing up when food is near.she is getting a bald spot which says to me she preparing for a moult,other signs are she has webbed the floor in her plant pot and often goes in there as where she never use to.she never use to rear up and has only started doing it about 4days ago.


carl 7 years ago

my tarantula is rearing up when food is near.she is getting a bald spot which says to me she preparing for a moult,other signs are she has webbed the floor in her plant pot and often goes in there as where she never use to.she never use to rear up and has only started doing it about 4days ago.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Carl-

She may be crabby and getting ready for moulting.

Just give her space and maybe refrain from handling her if she is showing signs of aggression right now.


carl 7 years ago

years ago i had another tarantula and she lived until she was 15,whenever she moulted she didn't get aggressive before or afterwards,what i would like to know is my new tarantula although she is aggressive now prior to her moult will her aggression go after she moults?she has been a placid spider and has been handled regular not just by myself but my partner and my children.i would hate to have to get rid of her if she stays aggressive and unhandable because ive just got rid of their fear of spiders.thanks for your reply to my last question and hope you can help me out with this


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Aggression is not a common trait in these guys, but every once in a while, I'm sure there can be a bad egg.

I would wait and watch her and see if she relaxes. If I had to guess, I would say that it has to do with her moult. I wouldn't be afraid of her. She's probably young and full of vigor after climbing out of that tight exoskeleton she's been wearing.

Let us know is she calms down. If not, we'll look at environmental issues.


CookieHarleyD 7 years ago

Hello there, i was wondering if you could help me with a few Q's i have. I got my Rose Hair about a year ago now, perty much rescued it from being abused i guess u could say (not being fed, no water, ... etc) anyways, i have no clue how old it might be, if or when its last molt was, male or female? (i think MAYBE a female) i feed at crickets, but just bought some wax worms today to try for it, and see it it might like them. I also notice on it that it seems to have missing hairs?, off its abdomen i think (the big round hump thing :oP) im trying my best to take care of it, the pet stores here also dont seem to know much, but the same info. that i can get off the net. I would appreciate some answers, thanks a bunch :o) By the way i call it buddy!!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Cookie:

My girl gets a bald butt right before a moult, so she might be getting ready to do that. I'm so glad that you saved her. You will find that pet stores don't know much about them, and a lot of internet sites are hard to understand.

Adult males have swollen pedipals(those are the "little" legs near the fangs that they don't walk on) and mating hooks in the second joint of the first pair of legs. It's hard to explain what you're looking for when sexing your spider, so I suggest googling images of mating hooks. I have a girl, so I can't take pictures of them, but it would be great for some one who has a boy to do that and post a link here.

Just make sure you keep doing what you're doing, and you'll learn her habits. They are all so different. I've read books by entomologists who claim that they are personalityless decorations, but that is not true at all. They all have unique personalities, and when you've had one as long as I have, you will be able to communicate with each other. She tells me when she's hungry, when she's crabby, and when she's feeling like she needs to get my attention. It sounds crazy, but anyone who has had one for a long time will agree, I'm sure.

Good luck, and congrats on your new friend!


pat 7 years ago

ive been reading some of the post you have here and most of them answered my questions like do they lose appetite before molting which it seems they do the bald spot on her rear meaning getting ready to molt but the one question i have is that i have her in a 75 gallon aquarium is that to big ? and if not do i need more than one water dish?


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Pat,

Tarantulas depend on feeling their environment. If she is pacing the perimeter of the tank constantly, it means she's stressed out from having so much land to cover. A tarantula that can 'feel' her entire environment is a happy spider. This could also cause lack of appetite, and cause her to flick her hair off more often too, because she's going to have more anxiety.

There are some exceptions to the rule, of course. I have heard people talk about keeping their large aquarium heavily landscaped with a lot of hidey holes for their spider, and they have happy spiders, but that is not very common. Most people scale down when they realize their spider is stressed. One person explained that he downsized because he created an ADHD spider, because it was always patrolling to make sure it's habitat was safe.

The rule of thumb is to get an enclosure four times longer than your spider will be as a full grown adult. Ten gallon habitats are perfect, and lizard enclosures work the best. I got mine from a fish tank place for super cheap because the seal wouldn't hold water, but we had to custom make a lid to go over it, because they can be quite the escape artists if they have a fish tank lid.

I hope this helps! The most important thing is to have fun!


pat 7 years ago

so maybe what ur saying is what's going on why shes not eating is because the enviorment is to big i have a couple 25 gallon aqariums i will try that or do u think maybe i should hold out to see if she molts cause she seemed happy before with the big one i have alot of stuff for her to hide plants burrows etc.


pat 7 years ago

but she did move around alot before she went dormant (so to speak) although she seemed happy u think maybe because of molting process i hate to think im miss treating her


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Pat, you aren't mistreating her. Mistreating her would be to shove her in a mason jar and call it good. If she's about to moult, don't mess with her, because the exoskeleton underneath is extremely soft and easy to break until she moults and even after. I don't handle mine for 2 weeks after a moult so she has time to get used to her new skin. If she doesn't moult in the next 30 days, or if she starts to shrivel up at all, I would move her. Keep and eye on the humidity, as it's harder in a larger tank, you can't just spray a spritz or two and call it good, you have to give the whole place a good spritz every day. Not a drenching, just a spritzing. She may be one of those spiders who doesn't get stressed about her surroundings.

Hope this helped!


carly aldridge 7 years ago

my husbands friend put our spider shedded skin on his girlfriends pillow!! and she was nt amused!!


pat 7 years ago

that's one thing i haven't been doing radgirl is spraying the tank i wasn't thinking that living in south louisiana it would be humid enough ill start spraying the tank every day and watch her for a month thanks so much for your advice ill let you know how it goes


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Good plan, Pat, let me know if you have any questions at all.


Matt 7 years ago

hey radgirl,from reading all the other posts you really know what your talking about, so i have a question...Ijust got my female rose hair,(beth),about a week ago,shes a year old and evry once and a while she will brush her tiny front legs against her fangs ...is this normal?, bc she does it for a good half hour-45mins....and she also spins the accastional web here and there but just a string of it or 2,is this also normal behavior?

Thanks!!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Matt-

This is totally normal. A tarantula's pedipalps(little front legs) are loaded with sensory hairs. They also use them to crush prey after they've injected them with venom.

A couple of things could be happening here. Beth may feel threatened by the move, something in her habitat, or something she can feel. She may be trying to hiss by rubbing her pedipalps. She may also be hungry. They are extremely clean, so she may be grooming herself, and she may do this forever. If she just moulted, she may be exploring her body, kind of like a baby human.

As for webbing, they all do it differently, and she's really young, so she may be experimenting.

This is all totally normal behavior for Beth, so don't worry. If it's due to her new surroundings, make sure that she's not getting bothered by vibrations, like being too close to a subwoofer or something. She's new, so give her about a month to acclimate.

All is well, if you have more questions along the way, you know where I'm at.


Matt  7 years ago

Oh ok thanks, and i was also wondering when do they usualy moult??


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

No problem Matt. They moult more often when they are younger, and it slows down as they reach adulthood. Health plays a big part in how often and when they moult.

A couple of weeks before, or sometimes longer, your spider may stop eating, drinking, web a large amount, and even barricade themselves into a hiding spot. Some are up-side-down for a couple of hours to complete the process, some are up-side-down for a couple of days.

You will learn your spider's eating and moulting habits as you get to know her. There isn't a particular "time" that is like a "moulting season" for them, it just happens as they outgrow their exoskeletons.

After she's done, make sure to remove the exoskeleton and do something good with it, like send it with a kid to show-and-tell, or put in on your kitchen counter and invite all of your friends over.

The point is, have fun. They are really amazing creatures, and I think you'll see why as you get to know her.


Matt 7 years ago

ok thanks that makes a lot of sence, but how do u know how much to feed them and when their hungary??


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Start by giving her two or three crickets. See if she eats them right away.

My spider is a piggy, and eats about ten crickets in a week. Still, some weeks she doesn't eat any.

Always take out the bodies if they die and she doesn't eat them. Always remove them after 24 hours if she doesn't either until you know it doesn't annoy her.

When Jenna is hungry after her little "fasts", she will climb the walls of her cage and stare at me, following my direction, like she's saying, "HELLOOOOOO!!!!". I have learned over time that she's telling me it's a good time to get some crickets in there, and she pigs out when I do.

I don't recommend not offering crickets for a week, but Jenna is nearing ten years old, and I know her very well. It takes time, and trial and error.

For now, just assume that she's going to want to eat 1 cricket every 2-3 days until you learn her habits.


Matt 7 years ago

wow ok great thanks for all your help...ill keep in touch on how shes doin and its good to know i have a someone 2 answer my tarantula questions...thanks again!!!:D


carl 7 years ago

hi ya again my spider has had all the signs of her molting but 2weeks ago she started dancing about on her toes and not doing much so i thought that she was pretty much ready to go but yesterday she got onto her back and start twitching her legs about and eventually slowed down to a twitch every now and then ending up with all of her legs curled towards her underneath as if she has died she hasn't moved at allsince then which would be about 17hours so i presume that she is dead by the way her legs have curled up and the lack of movement


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Matt-

You're welcome, I'm glad I could help.

Carl-Don't assume she's dead yet. My spider will lay on her back for up to 24 hours before she climbs out of her skin, and I've heard others say that they have spiders that will lay up-side-down for up to 2 days. I would wait 28 hours before calling in the coroner. I hope she's just being slow.


Ali 7 years ago

Hi there, I've been looking for advice about my daughters Chile Rose for such a long time...and now it seems I might get somewhere - this stuff is great, I have learnt so much already by reading through.

We bought Evie in April. They told me she was a "sub adult" (whatever that means!) - and she was happy enough to eat in the beginning. However, for over 2 months now she has eaten nothing. All we do is take out dead crickets and locusts. She spends all her time on her water dish. I say water dish, the pet shop told me to use bug gel - not water as they can drown.

After reading through these posts I have put WATER in her dish with some pebbles and I have made sure her tank is now moist - we weren't told to spray the tank. The poor girl has been in dryness for 2 months! No wonder she isn't right. I feel awful. My own fault for not finding your site sooner. The books didn't give me this type of insight.

As soon as we wet her bedding she buried in to it. She can't get enough - so I hope this works. Watching closley. Thank you so much. if you have any other tips for me - I'd appreciate it. My daughter is so worried about her - and rightly so - her butt is small now.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hi Ali, I'm glad you found me.

She's dehydrated. Much more time, and she would have started to shrivel. I know some people have that gooey water stuff, and they are successful, but I am not for it. My spider loves to lay in her dish when she's feeling hot or getting close to a molt.

Give her some time to get used to having water again, and don't worry about her drowning unless she is tiny. Make sure the water in the dish is deep enough for her to rest her abdomen in, because they really enjoy it from time-too-time, and with her so dehydrated, she's REEEEALLLY gonna like it.

Keep giving her crickets. Pull out the bodies, and hope she gets some food going, but she may be totally out of energy at this point.

I learned something from a guy who has tons of spiders and has raised them forever, and you can try it. It sounds strange, but slice off a piece of an apple and stick it in with her. Get it out after 24 hours and do it again. Apples have some magic nutrition in them that doesn't only work for people, but our 8-legged friends too. She may never touch it, but you may notice scratch marks on it when you remove it. That would be from her scraping it when you're not looking.

I totally forgot about this, as I was worried about my spider being sick about eight years ago, and I found him and pounded him with questions-I'm so glad it came back to me.

He said you can do the same thing with a potato, but I always used an apple.

If she doesn't improve, you can make an ICU, which is in a past posting, so just scan up and you'll find it, but try letting her get used to water again for a few days before you go that route, and only if she starts doing worse.

I hope this helps!!


Ali 7 years ago

I'm so glad I found you too! Evie is so much better! She is parading around...her abdomen is much much bigger and I have barely seen her at the water dish! She's like a new girl! I've taken the stones out, just in case she fancies a dip.

She still hasn't eaten though - and I have even held a locust right in front of her! She just walked off. It does worry us - so I've cut up an apple as you suggested.

I guess time will tell. Not sure what to do if her appetite doesn't return. Meanwhile - we'll see if the apple is scratched....

thank you so much for your help and support. You saved her life!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Ali, I am so glad to see that Evie is doing better. Try also putting in a couple of crickets and leaving them for three days. She may just want to hunt them for a while. After you take them out, wait a day, then put them back in. Keep doing this until she gets used to the routine and hopefully eats.

She may take a bit, as she's regaining strength and getting used to water again. When she's hungry, she will eat. They can go for quite a while without.

I'm so glad! Keep us updated on her progress.


Steve 7 years ago

Serious question: Me and my girlfriend bought a female chilean rose at a store in reading PA... well what we didn't know was that it was pregnant. we found out one day when we saw lots of little white dots running around the cage... we looked behind her burrow (which was a castle from a fishtank at the time) and found a 1/4 empty eggsack opened up. now my question... Can a female T lay more then one eggsack from a mating?


JackWaites 7 years ago

Hey i mightb e gettign a chilean rose can you just explain to me whats humidity,how do i control it whats a good substrate what do i do with the wate dish i live in north england so ist a bit cold


JackWaites 7 years ago

Hey i mightb e gettign a chilean rose can you just explain to me what's humidity,how do i control it what's a good substrate what do i do with the wate dish i live in north england so ist a bit cold


maya 7 years ago

hey there. this site helped me soo MUCH. i bought a red rose hair tarantula today, and i was wondering if a 5 gallon tank is too big for a spider with about a 1.5-2 inch span.. i'm worried to put her in the tank without knowing. also, i know that the tank is WAY too tall for her, could she climb out? i don't know if they can climb up glass because it isn't porous.. please get back to me asap. thanks!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steve-well, what an interesting thing to happen! They do not lay more than one egg sac, but one alone can contain up to 500 eight-legged babies. Are you reading up on what to do with all of your new little ones? If you plan on keeping them, you have to get a ton of little see-through containers to keep them in. Put a bit of the mommy's subtrate in with them, and feed them tiny crickets that are less than 1 week old. As they grow, the containers need to grow as well, and they shouldn't take up more than a quarter of the space. Then start calling stores that carry them, entomologists, zoos, whatever source you can find to help take them off of your hands. Oh, the size of cricket should grow with them too, but never be as large as they are.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Jack-Humidity is the amount of water in the air. You can usually keep it right by using pete moss for subtrate and making sure she has a water dish. If it keeps drying out, or to be safe, use a water bottle with a mister and spritz one time per day just to put water in the air.

You are going to want a heat source in there too, especially if it's cold. You do want a water dish so she can drink. There are lots of heat sources you can use, such as lights and rocks, but be aware that rocks can burn them(although I have used one in Jenna's cage her whole life). There are also heat sources that can go under the subtrate and under the cage, although I think that your spider should have a place to go when she is cold, and one to go when she's hot.

I hope this helps!


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Maya-Hi there, first off, congrats for deciding to have a spidey-pet, they are really fun.

They don't need porous glass to climb. The worry is that if it's too high, she could fall and split her abdomen open. Until she's bigger, that's not such a scare unless her habitat is full of stuff for her to fall on.

A 5 gallon is perfect, because she's going to grow and grow. Make sure she has a place to hide, a water dish that isn't full enough for her to drown in, and good subtrate.

If you don't have a lid that seals on pretty good, I would get one. They can sneak out of fish tank lids, push open light lids, and you don't want her to get out. My lid is custom made out of wood and plexi glass. We made the frame out of wood so that it fit snugly over the top of my aquarium without being easy to lift or leaving space. Then, we cut a piece of plexi glass to fit the frame and drilled holes in a 1 inch grid(so each hole has a hole one inch away in every direction) and screwed it to the frame. She can't get out, and it takes just a little human elbow grease to get it off.

Hope this helps!


maya 7 years ago

it helped bunches. i got a lid and it fastens well. so thank you. another question i have, could a stressed spider lunge? i bought her at a reptile show today, and she was in a tiny container for hours. i finally moved her into her tank and she moved around and continuously climbs to the top. i misjudged her size, she has about a 3 inch span so i'm not so worried now. anyway, my point was they had a sponge in the tiny container for her to drink from that was mildewed and i was disgusted that they'd take such poor care of her. i went to take it out but she was nearly on top of it so i slightly brushed her back leg with the lid to nudge her forward and she lunged around at me. i'm not sure if she was trying to bite or if i startled her. she is back to climbing up the walls and has no bald spot so if she was stressed she wasn't kicking up hairs.


maya 7 years ago

also, im not sure if continuously climbing up the walls is a sign that she's uncomfortable with the habitat i've provided. i can't get her a hiding place until tomorrow or so i have a water dish and very clean natural potting soil as her substrate. i held her earlier, and she's been mild in temperment, when i moved her to the larger tank i accidentally put my fingers right in her face and got no reaction. but when i put them behind her she calmly climbed out of the tiny container to the habitat as if she wasn't bothered. i'm not sure if i'm doing something wrong or not.


Maya 7 years ago

oh and she's taken a fancy to one corner of the tank.. keeps herself shoved up in that corner but isn't burrowing she's just sitting there. i'm also convinced that the man i bought her from misinformed me because the legs are thin and it is small bodied although it has a 3 inch leg span.. it's hind part is not round when you look from the side. it looks like sort of an oval.. and the thin legs make me think it's a male now, not a female. could it be dehydrated or is it normal for it's hind part to not be completely round? i don't know how old this tarantula is.. :/


Maya 7 years ago

from the pictures i've seen i know for sure it's not full grown.. is there any kind of signs i can look for other than what you've already said that it might molt soon? like change in color or something of that sort?


Maya 7 years ago

I am worried now. my tarantula has not moved AT ALL in the last 2 and a half hours.. same position in that corner.


Maya 7 years ago

i figured out what was wrong. she was hungryy! haha :] and i got her a good hiding spot.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Maya,

She's going to be stressed out for the first few days in her new habitat. She has to touch every inch of it, because they "see" what's going on around them by feel. Yes, they have eyes, and can see, but they really rely on feeling.

Over the next few months, and even up to a year, you'll be getting to know her habits. They are all a bit different, and they all do different things before a molt, when they're hungry, and when they're getting dehydrated.

I'm sorry to hear that she was stored in mildew. That's horrible. A lot of these guys have horrid lives in cramped spaces and don't survive.

She'll be having spurts of energy where she's running, and just like us, they get tired, so she's going to have times where she's just worn out. Once you have all of her goodies in with her, she'll get to know her area, and she'll calm down.

Make sure she has a water dish with actual water in it, just not enough for her to drown in. If she's dehydrated she'll love you for it.

I don't think she lunged at you, I think she was just scared. Until she gets to know your "vibration" patterns in your day-to-day life, she'll be jumpy. After a while, she won't even care if you jump up and down in front of her.

It sounds like she's adjusting well.

Hope this helped!


Maya 7 years ago

you've been such an amazing help to me. i put a few crickets in today and she instantly grabbed two haha

she's doing much better. i was worried at first but you put me at ease and i see now that what you're saying is true. i will definitely be coming to you for any other questions i have. you're a lifesaver! my baby thanks you too. I'm not sure what to name her though! in time, in time :]

maybe her personality will show me the right name for her.


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Maya-I'm so glad I could help. They are really fun to have, and I know you'll love her! They're really hardy, so don't worry about screwing up.

Mine got her name from a Stephen King story that I read in a compilation of short stories. It was part of the Gunslinger story, and there were vampire sisters that were going to kill the main character, Rolland, but one of them was good at heart, and gave her life to save his, and her name was Jenna.

Have fun naming her! She's going to be a great addition to your family!


Maya 7 years ago

thanks soo much :]

one last question before i leave you alone for a while, is it normal for her to eat 8 crickets in 2 days? does that mean they were starving her or could she just be a little piggy?


Maya 7 years ago

i decided to name her Scarlett


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radgirl 7 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Maya,

Scarlet is a beautiful name. She may or may not have been starving, she may just have to eat more to keep up with her energy in her new habitat. She may just be between molts and going through a growth spurt. She won't always eat like that, but from time to time she will.

Mine usually eats ten crickets in about 5 days, but some weeks she'll only eat 2, and some weeks she won't eat at all.


joe 6 years ago

hey radgirl i was talkin to ya on this back in july when i got my spider but i've run into a major problem, she won't eat, i've tried giving different types of crickets and even small locusts but she has no interest in them at all. she hasn't ate in about 6 to 7 weeks now. i have the humidity and temperature right in the terranium and i don't know what to do with her. any advice would be much appreciated, thanks very much, joe.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Joe-

First, make sure she has clean fresh water in a dish. Then, try a slice of apple. Watch it for little scratches in it the next morning as a sign that she's eating some of it.

I have talked to people who had spiders that didn't eat for 2 months without a problem.

I would check your bedding, make sure there aren't any little mites or something walking around in it. Check her out and see if you notice anything strange on her.

Then, think about environment. Is her habitat in a place where she gets hit by hot sun, where there are sudden loud noises, where there is a lot of activity, or where she spends too much time in the dark?

Is she running around her habitat like she's on a mission all the time? Is she lethargic? Does she appear shriveled at all? Is she acting normally? Does she have any bald spots on her rear? If so, what color does her skin appear to be(dark, or light)?

Think about anything that has changed for her recently.

I'll be looking for your observations.


joe 6 years ago

hey thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

I tried a slice of apple about 2 weeks ago but i couldn't see any signs that she even touched it.

I keep her in my bedroom which i only use for sleeping so there would be no loud noises and not much activity.

As i live in Ireland there is not much hot sun but she gets plenty of sunlight all day and she has a little cave to go into if she wants to get into the dark.

About 1 week before she stopped eating i noticed little mites in the terranium so i took her out and i washed everything (just with water, no soap or anything like that) and gave her fresh substrate and they haven't come back, i'm on constant look out for them.

Yes she has a small bald patch on her rear, its about one quarter the size of her ab right in the middle, her skin is kind of a light gray-white color. She has had this since i got her in july.

The only other things i have noticed strange is that she tends to tuck her legs in close to her body when she is staying still and she has never spun any web.

Thank you very much,

Joe.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Joe-

The only thing you can do is continue to offer her some food. If she doesn't seem shriveled up, and she's still moving around, and she has water, then keep doing what you're doing.

There are some pretty specific reasons a T doesn't eat: it won’t eat if kept too cold, if it is approaching a molt,if it has a fungal infection or is otherwise sick, or it's just not hungry.

Since she's had some mites, she may be not feeling well. Hopefully they didn't get into her joints, mouth, or book lungs. I want you to make sure you keep a very dry cage for her right now with a water dish until you can be sure the mite infestation is gone. Keep her cage super clean, and next time you clean it, use a mixture of 90% water to 10% bleach. She'll need a temporary home during this time, and when you clean it out, let it dry thoroughly for an entire day, then smell it. If you can still smell the bleach, rinse it again, let it thoroughly dry again for an entire day, and smell again. Do this until you smell NO bleach, as the fumes can hurt your T.

If you have any sort of wood ornamental stuff for her, you're going to either need to toss it and get new, or nuke it in the microwave for 2-5 minutes. Make sure you also put a cup of water in the microwave with the items, and NO METAL!! Don't ever put them back in with her until they are completely cooled and have NO hot spots.

The key to mites is to keep her habitat dry so they dehydrate before they get a chance to mate.

You can do this test once per week to see if there's still a problem: Turn out all the lights in the house at night for a while, then with a flashlight, shine it in her habitat. Be patient and let your eyes focus. If you see little points of light wandering around her subtrate, there are still some mites in there. It's best to set an alarm and do this in the middle of the night after the lights have been turned off for several hours.

Hopefully she will come out of it fine. It may be nothing. I hope this helped!


Joe  6 years ago

Hey thanks very much your a star, i'l do all that and hopefully she'l be fine. I'll keep ya updated on any progress. Thank your very much,

Joe.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Joe-we'll try anything until we get it right, right?

Good luck with her!


Damo2135 6 years ago

hey joe

just to let you no (from personal experience) its not rare that any tarantula may go weeks if not months with out eating. How long has he/she stoped eating for? please respond soon.

Please note that if your tarantula's are having little shakes or for some reason just occasionally shaking please let me no asap

if your tarantula is slow moving very docile and/or weak let me no.

and if your tarantula is becoming abit aggressive please do not disturbe her and respond asap

look out for these 3 simple sighns joe ok if she/he does not suffer any of these that's good due to 2 of these are very bad incurable illneses in tarantulas the last one may be premolt but dont take my word for it not till we no what's really going on

as for what sex for any tarantula look on the front legs (when mature) and look for pedlepalps (a nobly lump on the front legs) and hooks (also on the front legs) this indicates that you have a male. Also a good way of judgeing is the size of there arse lol males tend to be smaller than females. Regardless of weather you have male or female Chilean Rose Hairs there still rely on you (unlike some people i used to no killed there males because there life span was short) These T's are special i have 8 T's and i love every one of them unconditionally even when they give me a good nailing lol

i have 1 gramostola rosea (Chilean Rose Hair) 1 OBT (Orange baboon tarantula) or (Orange bitey thing lol) 1 Avicularia Avicularia (Pink Toe) 1 H.Lividum (Cobalt Blue) 1 B.Smithi (Mexican red knee) 1 Togo Starburst (2 inch spiderling) 1 goliath bird eater (she is huge lol) and a P.Regalise (4 inch) which i got bit by about 2 months ago :P yea that hurt lol i handle all my T's although some of them have massive warning sighns over there heads lol

some advice if any one does get an aggressive species not that people recommend holding these but it is ok if you want to under extreem caution though i find with a couple of these if your hand towers over them they go into thret posture but if your hand is bellow them there fine they'll walk on your hand no problem my cobalt blue i handle like i would a chilean rose hair and she is very skidish but as long as i dont tower over her and im slow when picking her up she is fine

but yea joe please respond asap and let us no yea and radgirl your a star guys you can learn alot from her in all fairness she is amazing in the advice she gives

remember guys unconditional love for ya T's you'll get so much more back from them n belive me tarantulas aint stupid your treat them with love and respect you get so much more back

high five to rad girl =]

joe your doing great but dont worry to much your Tarantula will be fine in time high five to you to =]


SoapYoyo 6 years ago

Hey radgirl. I am about to get a rose but i have some questions. When you feed yur tarantula, how many crickets do you feed it and how often. i have been looking at sum websites and they say to take any uneaten prey out of the cage in the next 24 hrs. Does this mean any dead prey, or just every all of the uneaten crickets whether they are living or not? And what do you do for the spiders heating? ANd just curious, have you ever been bitten be yur girl? Srry bout all those quesstions. LOL. Email me. Thx


soapYoyo 6 years ago

How long do female rosies live? Males?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Thanks, Damo, you are a true tarantula fan!!

SoapYoyo, Most people start by putting two crickets in at a time and taking them out if they don't eat them after 24 hours. My Jenna is a piggy though, and over the years, I've learned that she'll eat more than 2 in a 24 hour period most of the time, so I do a big no-no and put in ten(I know, T owners everywhere, cringe, but she's ten years old and healthy) and she usually eats them over a week, and if any die, I take them out. The thing about her is that she really will only eat once every 2-3 weeks, and if I introduce crickets too soon, they'll all die, and she won't touch them.

The point of telling you that is this: Your spider will have an algorithm all its own. It may want to eat two crickets once a week, but you won't know that until you get to your spider, and that will take some time.

Until then, I would put two or three in, and if your T hasn't eaten them in 24 hours, take them out and wait 24 hours to put them back in. If she's new to her home, she may not want to eat, and they might really annoy her, and that's why you remove them after 24 hours at first. It's not rocket science, feel free to experiment with the time and amount after she's adjusted to her new home. Just see what happens. If any of them die without being eaten, remove them right away so you don't get icky stuff in your habitat.

As for heating, there are a bunch of different things that T owners swear by. I have a really good really small heat rock that I check for hot spots all the time. She sits on it when she's cold, and it's been that way for ten years. A lot of people freak out about heat rocks, and want you to get other systems, but I've always used heat rocks with no issues. Just buy a mid-line one or higher, not the cheapest one, should you go with a heat rock. Some people don't offer heat sources at all, and others have the heat things that go under the subtrate. I like that she can be in a cool place or a warm place, and she likes it too. She even webs it all the time so it won't get away, lol!

I have never been bitten, and that's something that still scares me, so I don't handle her if she flicks hairs at me, I don't handle her if she hasn't eaten in a long time, and I don't handle her for 2 weeks after a molt. She's never been aggressive to me, like raring up at me or anything, but I can tell when she's just like, "Really? Today you're leaving me alone, or face the annoying itch of my butt."

Lifespan differs between females and males. Males live about 5 years, give or take, and females live 15 or more. I have heard of many of them living to be 20. The first year is the hard part, because they're in a new environment and you don't know each other. They're hearty, but stress can be hard on them, especially if they came from a place where they weren't cared for very well. If you have excellent husbandry, and never fling her against the wall and kill her because she bit you(that's my fear, hurting her, not me), then you'll have a lot of years of enjoyment.

If you do end up with a male, love it for all of his years, because a male shouldn't be cast away just because he has a shorter life span. People choose beagles as pets every day, and their life span is significantly shorter than, say a German shepherd. Like Damo said, many people kill them if they end up with a male. Sad.

Hope this helps!


Deano 6 years ago

hey Radgirl,

I am getting a chile rose in a few weeks and was just doing my research (great site).I have just a few questions please.

firstly do tarantulas pee and poop?if so do you remove them?

secondly My kit has come with a heat mat do you use one?where to put it? and what temperature should it be at?

thankyou Deano


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hi Deano,

First, congrats on your decision to become a T owner. They are really neat pets, and it's a fun hobby.

Tarantula waste is not an issue so long as you clean the habitat regularly. They do make waste, but really, it's super tiny. There's really no way to remove anything a T might make unless you don't keep a clean cage forever.

I do not use a heat mat. I know people who do, and they love them. I also know people who have cooked their spider because it heated the whole cage too much, or the subtrate was too moist and it cooked them. DO NOT use it if it's not controlled by a thermostat, and never put it inside the cage. Don't use it at all if it's more than half the size of the cage. If you use it, keep it at about 70-75F. I have heard of people attaching them to the underside of the lid of the cage because ground dwelling Ts dig as a way to get away from heat. It's an instinct. Again, you run into the problem of them not having a cooler place to go.

I have used the same heat rock forever. I know, I know, hot spots, burns, and all the lectures, but it's a small rock, I check it all the time for hot spots, and I like the idea of her having a cool place and a warm place. I didn't buy the cheapest crappiest rock, I bought a mid-line one, and it's worked forever. She loves it, she even webs it so it won't get away. She only goes to it when it's really chilly, and otherwise, she hangs out on the cool side.

Many people just keep the temp in the room in the seventies. I know that's not super efficient on the heating bill.

Hope this helps!


Deano 6 years ago

yeah that helps alot thanks.I think I am going with the same idea as you having a hot place and a cold place.That's what I done for my snakes in the past.

I am sure the heat mat has a gauge on it however if it doesn't I will be purchasing a heat rock.

will keep you posted thanks for the quick response.

Deano


Ali  6 years ago

Hi Radgirl,

Although we were successful in rehydrating Evie she still hasn't eaten. That is since April. However, since being rehydrated she was once again more energetic. So we were hopeful.

This morning my daughter pointed out that she had webbed everywhere around her - everywhere! like a bed. She looked like she was dying. I decided to not say anything to my daughter - just let her get on with her day at school. Deal with it later..

While she has been gone - Evie has suddenly started to molt! I am so excited! After all this time and we were so worried - maybe she was just getting ready to molt? Maybe that was why she wasn't eating?

Anyway - we are all looking in eagerly. I do hope she makes it - i know it's a risky time. Is there anything that I can do to make it safer for her? I have sprayed her cage in the hope she'll keep moist.

I know you may not get this in time - it might be all over by the time you read this but I just felt the need to include you as you were so kind and helpful!

I'll keep you posted.

Ali x


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Ali-I'm so glad to hear that she's doing so well. There really isn't anything you can do to make her safer other than not touching her. Her exoskeleton will be soft and she can get injured really easily. I would give her a day then put in crickets, and do the whole remove if she doesn't eat them or if they die thing. I have a feeling that when she feels up to it she's going to have the appetite of a monster!

I will watch for her progress.


Ali 6 years ago

She's out! She's made it! Oh it was so amazing - I was spellbound by the whole process. I think I love her even more now! She was so good at it!

She managed to just "slide out" in under 2 hours. It was so fast!

She is resting now, but I will do just as you say and try the whole feeding routine thing soon. I'm really hoping this'll be a turn around and that like you say - she'll have an appetite of a monster!

So good to talk to someone who doesn't think I'm deranged for being so engrossed in her!

thanks Radgirl! Speak soon x


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Ali-LOL, my own best friend won't go in the room Jenna lives in because she thinks I'm deranged. The exoskeleton scared her to death, I put it on my microwave and she freaked out!

Ahh, the life of a deranged spider junkie.

I'm glad to hear she did so well. I think she'll be fine, especially if she came through with all her legs.


Deano 6 years ago

hey radgirl,

i got my T named her Amber.Shes beautiful.i think she has settled in ok.not went near her burrow yet though.ate three crickets earlier.but I think i pissed her off because I kept looking at her and when I had the lid open she reared up but I think she may just be nervous.going to give her a few days alone.

So happy though Deano


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Deano-

Congrats on your new T, she's going to be so fun!!

If she rears up, let her have some space for sure!! It's good that she's already burrowing and eating. I think you have a healthy spider!


deano 6 years ago

hey just to give you an update and let other T owners know something.

I was changing Ambers water today she was in her burrow with head sticking out i put my hand in to pick up the dish and she raced at my hand and bite me.it was only a dry bite and she let go really quick.shes pretty aggressive.

firstly those people that say its like a wasp sting are wrong it hurts like hell lol

secondly I respect her more for defending her territory and shes something special I get attached to her more and more each even if she is a bitch.

deano


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Deano-

Hmmmm.....it's very rare that they act like that at all. They are the 'teddy bears' of the T world.

I'm wondering if she was either wild or abused before you got her.

I would be very careful with her from now on, because that is strange behavior. You may want to put a barrier in when you're cleaning or changing water to keep her in one half of the cage so she doesn't attack you any more.

She may just be a display spider. I hope she calms down for you.


deano 6 years ago

Ive got a divider built onto the tank so going to use it from now on.

I thought they were meant to nice and docile too that's why a choose this species.She was a captive breed.A dont know maybe she will calm down shes still a sub-adult.

It would be nice to handle her but Im not fussed if she just wants to be a display spider then a

Im fine with that shes still beautiful.lol

deano


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Deano,

Generally speaking, they are totally docile. It's very rare for them to be aggressive. I would just let time go on and see how she does. She may calm down.

Does she pace the tank at all?


deano 6 years ago

not at all.she seems quite content in her tank.eating fine,burrowing,drinking.its only the aggression that seems weird.

deano


Damo2135 6 years ago

im in need of ergent help !!

my friend has brought his T round to mine and the poor guy is in seriouse need of attention it is very dehydrated and could say unless something is done very soon it will die =[

i have been hydrateing it and kept high humidity to help but that's not the problem

the dip stick cut the fangs of his G.Rosea because he was scared of him/her biting him... i no this is abit of a long shot but is there any way that they could grow back with in the next malt or is there any way i can keep him/her alive ??

The Rosea is 3 inch leg span she/he still got plenty of life to live

please help if you can

damo


Ali 6 years ago

Hey there,

I waited a little while before I put any locusts in - and you were right...as soon as I turned my back and walked away she had it! She was one happy spider! YAY!(And we are very happy too!)

I am going to put another one in in case she is still hungry after it being so long since she's eaten - although I have to say she looks great!

I was a little concerned that I would put her off again if I put another in too soon - but I guess the worst that can happen is that I have to take it out again.


steve2k81 6 years ago

hi.

i got my spider last week for my birthday just got a few queries as i think everything else is spot on!

the humidity is currently at 60%

and temperaturt at 78 degrees

is this a good mix etc

incy has ate everything i have put in for her since last week which has been a cricket every other day so i assume shes doing ok.

just need to get some tips for ensuring that she has another source of water for the humidity in case she is literally drinking it all whilst i am out at work etc i have read about spraying the substrate and a lot of people conflict each other so a bit confused!!!!!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

For everyone who read Damo's post, please, please, never ever clip your spider's fangs. This would be like clipping your teeth and only giving you jaw breakers to eat. Unfortunately, the spider in his post has passed away. It was too late to save her. She likely starved to death since she wouldn't be able to liquefy her prey. She was severely dehydrated as well due to her torturous fang clippings. Had she made it to the next molt, she may have survived, but sadly, she did not. If you are afraid to have a spider as a pet, please, do not get one. They are not a fad, they are not a toy, and they are alive with blood and nerve endings too. They feel the pain you put them through with mistreatment. It's a sad day when some one would do such a thing.

I'm so sorry Damo, that you had to experience that.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Ali-I am so happy to see that she is doing well!! Good job on your husbandry, I think you will make a fine tarantula owner!! Now that she's doing well, you guys will get to know each other, and the rest will be fun!!

Steve-Humidity isn't an exact science for them. As long as they have some, they will do fine. spritz the tank once every day lightly(not soaking), and watch your subtrate for mold, and you should be fine. Make sure that she does have a water source for drinking. While you're at work, any fluctuation in the humidity isn't going to kill her, they are very hardy. It would take more time than that. If she's a tiny baby, make sure your water dish isn't big enough for her to drown in. I use a small lizard dish, and it's what I've always used, and I have to fill it once every 3-4 days.

It's kind of like a fish tank, the more times a day you are checking the PH and adding this and that, the more fish you'll kill. Just look over the habitat every day to make sure there's nothing funky, give a spritz once every day, and make sure there's food and water available as she needs it, and you'll do fine.

Over the next couple of years you'll really get a feel for her needs, feeding habits, molting habits(Jenna flicks all the hair off one spot on her rump, and it goes from light to dark as she gets closer to a molt. It's like she's showing me), and make sure you remove any dead food or exoskeleton.

Most of all, have fun. They are rewarding pets. I love Jenna, and I feel like she's part of my family.

Hope this helps!


steve2k81 6 years ago

thank u very much for the response to be honest regarding her grub she seems to be munching up every last drop of the crickets she is a sub adult but i think shes going to be a fine specimen as her abdomen looks spot on etc etc nice long hairy legs too!

i will keep a eye on the humidity but i assume as long as she is eating she should be fine i also have noticed her to be checking the lair out a bit more too she was walking the walls yesterday and for the first time in a week she has gone in her bark thing..... the shop advised leaving it a week before trying to handle her so ill be giving tht a shot tommorow now but can not wait to try her with it....


Damo2135 6 years ago

thankyou rad girl i tried to help the little guy as best as i could but she just passed away and there was nothing i could of done or any 1 could of done to prevent such a nasty act on the poor little rosey, The person that did this to that spider we had a massive massive fall out through it wich some say is abit over the top and maybe it was but that what he did to these gourgess tarantulas was cruel and spiteful and pure torture for the spider thanks for you comment it means alot and hope that no 1 has to see 1st hand of what this does to a tarantula because well its very sad and i found it very very upseting so

thanks again radgal your great


toad772 6 years ago

how long do males usualy live?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

toad-Males usually live 4-5 years. Since it is considerably shorter than females, many people kill the males. If you have a male, please, love him for all of his years.


toad772 6 years ago

I think mine is a female but im not sure but if it is a male I will love it just the same and is forest bark a good subtrate?


deathsniper 6 years ago

great site radgirl......i've had my rose for only 3 weeks now and she's been great eats like a pig though bit worried about overfeeding if i throw them in there will she eat them if she's hungry or not i dont know....her name is petra i think she's a female not sure the guy in the petshop said she was but i think he wanted rid of her she was in such a tiny cage i felt sorry for her but i think i have fallen for her now lol


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

toad-Great! I'm glad. I use bark because it holds humidity better, and Jenna seems to like it better because she spins webs all over the ground so her heat rock won't run away =] Just watch it for mold if you live in a humid place, and make sure you are diligent about removing dead crickets. You have to change it more often than other subtrates, but it's my choice. Jenna hated the sandy stuff. She spent all her time trying to get it off of her feet.

Deathsniper-Thanks, I'm glad you find it helpful. Don't worry about over feeding her, she'll stop eating when she's full. I'm so glad you are liking her, they are really fun.

Hope this helped!


toad772 6 years ago

I dont have to worry about dead crickets she eats superworms but the damn things burrow down almost instantly but they do come up at night and she gets them. I saw her eating one last night I would rather have them in like a bowl but a pill bottle cap isn't deep enough to keep them in and I don't want something to high that she won't try and catch them.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

toad-

I have a funny story about superworms. They turn into beetles, and one day one was just walking around with Jenna. She didn't eat it or flick hairs at it or anything, they paled around for weeks. Then one morning, Jenna was staring at her water dish, and you don't know it yet, but over time your spider will actually communicate with you in a way I can't explain. I could tell she was sad, and I looked in and there was her beetle buddy, floating drowned. I took him out, but she didn't move for almost 2 days, then she went in her cave and hid for a week.

I guess that's not a funny story at all, but it's funny that she had a beetle buddy.

You'll be able to remove the bodies of any she doesn't get when you clean her habitat, or when they pop up as beetles. If she's already eating them, then she knows how to catch them, so I wouldn't worry at all.


steve2k81 6 years ago

hi all got a bit of a weird query for u all to ponder!

chilli my sub adult female i tried to pick her up today in the way all have suggested to lay hand flat and let her walk on to it at her own will she came over slowly but gained confidence each step she finally came on but then with no warning or signs of stress or aggression started to sink her fangs in to my finger i obviously pulled away but did not harm her but if i had left it another second she would have done some damage,now the only thing i cn think of is maybe she was hungry the shop suggested feeding her 1 cricket every other day..... if anyone has any help regarding this please get back to me as i still love her and would love to try again...

regards SK


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steve,

I bet she was hungry. If she didn't show any signs of aggression, and she just bit you for no apparent reason, it's the only thing that makes any sense.

Try putting a few crickets in at a time and see if that helps her not think you're food.

I know people suggest picking her up that way, but I always put my hand in and pet her a bit, and she lets me know if she's up for it or crabby.

Then I sort of put her feet on my fingers and she climbs on.

If she's crabby, she flicks hairs at me and runs away. At that point, I close the lid and walk away.

Hope this helps!


Steve2k81 6 years ago

ok great thanks ill try putting a few more crickets and try the next day etc i did the same she started walking on to my fingers and just started to insert her fang lol poor cow thought i was food then she is biting the hand that feeds hope she did not like the taste


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steve, I should hope she didn't! She might be addicted to fingers!!

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toad772  6 years ago

im am kinda worried that my rosie is gun starve the superworms instantly go down and there are 2 in there but they never come up only the first one I put in was dumb enough to come up so should I keep trying with the superworms cuase that's what they fed her or should I switch to crickets


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

toad-If you're worried, get some crickets. They're the easiest in my experience.


toad772 6 years ago

is there anything I could do to make the superworms work like put more in the tank or lower the level of forest bark so that the worms cant burrow?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Toad-In my experience, your T either loves chasing after them, or doesn't even notice they're there. Jenna doesn't bother with them, because I think she's either too lazy or just doesn't like them.

Some people put them in with tongs right next to the T so that she sees it and watches it burrow. She either goes after it, or she knows it's there.

One super worm can make your T full for a while, so if she's not going after them, she may just not be hungry.

Keep an eye on her, and if she goes a couple of weeks, or a month without eating another one, then start thinking about alternate foods.

Hope this helped!


toad772 6 years ago

if I kill them a leave them in front of her den she eats them. not right away but after a few days


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

toad-

great! Sounds like she's got it down!


joe  6 years ago

hey radgirl,

just wonderin if ya have any more advice for me?

I was taking to you about 2 months ago about my spidey who at that stage hadn't ate in 6 - 7 weeks. She still hasn't ate since then and its nearly four months ago since she last ate. I'm getting really worried now about her as she is very small and generally doesn't move around much at all anymore, she just sits there looking the crickets. She even let one walk on her the other day. The tiny little cricket crawled up her leg, across her back and down her ab and spidey didn't even move a bit.

Any advice would be great thank you


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

joe-does she look shriveled?


Damo2135 6 years ago

Joe does spidey have any black markings/blotches on her abdomen ? if so she is in premolt congrads. If not get her in an ICU unit straight away and tell us if she has any of the following sighns....

has her abdomen shriveld up or look wrinkly ?

does she sit on or very near her water bowl ?

does her legs appear to be curling under her body slightly ?

Do you have any sighns of mold or pests (little bugs) in her home ?

has her colours lightend or darkend or stayed the same ?

does she show sighns of aggression when you touch her (flicking hairs, Trys to bite, threat posture) ?

is she triping over her self when she walks?

is she wobbly when she walks ?

does she look funny when she walks ?

have you ever fed spidey any wild caught food that you no off ?

have you ever ever fed her mice or pinkys ?

and have you tried her with meal worms or any other food ?

this is very important you answer every question ok just simple yes and no so we can all establish what is wrong ok mate but for now get her in an ICU unit ... This is how you build it ...

get a tub/cricket keeper put damp paper towls in the bottom of the tub/cricket keeper (make sure it is damp but not overly wet aka.. No water what so ever dripping from the paper towels) add a water bowl and put spider in there and close the lid (if you use a tub put air holes in) keep her in a dark and warm place or some were out of direct sunlight oncve you have done that come back and answer my questions ok mate oh and one more thing i referd to spidey as she but is spidey male or female ? just need too no but doesnt really matter but wuld help


Damo2135 6 years ago

oh and jon somtimes a Rosey will fast (there considerd the crazy spiders of the T world) the longest recorded G.Rosey fast to date is 2 years so try not to panic to much but again do what i said in ma previouse comment and answer questions just in case she/he aint fasting ok bud


Noxicity 6 years ago

Hi i just bought my first rosey (she is currently exploring the keyboard even as i type) in fact i've only had her for two days. Originally she was Christmas gift for my husband but even despite my fear of spiders i am very fond of her. We've named her Lilith and right now lives in a small plastic travel tank, although we are moving her to a 20 gallon tank after we get it cleaned out. I admit I was surprised when people talked about their roseys acting aggressively because my little girl has never flicked or threatened despite the amount of time we spend holding and playing with her. she hasn't eaten anything yet, and when in her cage barely even moves, i keep her substrate (the same kind they kept her in at the pet store) slightly moist and have a small heating pad under one corner of the cage (it is a very low heat) When she is out of the cage she moves around alot and seems to enjoy exploring (her favorite spot is my pillow which she eventually rests on as if content) However i am worried about moving her into the bigger tank, we are not sure what substrate to go with only that we want to at least put a layer of the wooden substrate over it because that is what she is used to. What would you suggest?


Noxicity 6 years ago

also, and i don't know if i am wrong on this, but she seems to enjoy it when i stroke the underside of her abnomin. she doesn't tense up or really move away, but does lift it slightly and relax a little bit


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

So sorry guys, I have been out for a while.

Great advice Damo, I hope Joe is doing alright.

Noxicity, if she's happy in her 20 gallon, I would let her stay in it. Some times they experience too much anxiety with a large habitat, because it's so much ground for them to cover, and they spend all of their time running around making sure all is well. 20 gallons is plenty of room for her.

You'll find that they are all different. Lilith likes the bottom of her abdomen rubbed, and my Jenna would prefer the top right where it connects to her sternum. She really doesn't like being messed with anywhere around her spinnerettes.

You'll find a lot of information here on these posts, so read through them and take what you don't know and leave the rest. There are so many books written on Ts by people who I swear must have never owned one. I find that the best advice is passed down by owners who are passionate about the breed. There are a lot of them on the web, and I have conversed with a lot that I have met at exotic pet shows and such.

I don't know it all, and I hope that I don't come across as pretending to. I have a T named Jenna who is nearing her tenth year, and she's taught me so much that the book that came with her didn't.

I will always do my best to pass down my knowledge, and if I don't know the answer to a question, I will track it down through trusted and proven sources, so don't ever be afraid to ask any question about your T, no matter how silly you think it sounds, or how complex your situation is.

I remember how fascinating and stressful being a T mommy was when I first got her, and I have had to ask a lot of questions along the way.

I hope this helps!!


Noxicity 6 years ago

It did, Lilith seems very content, when we are around she mostly just sits and chills but when we are gone shell eat and tonight we came home to find that she webbed over one end of a makeshift tunnel and was hiding out in it. Still no bites or flicks although if she does not want to be bothered she lets us know in her own quiet way. It has been alot of fun ^^


tony 6 years ago

is it ok to give my chilli tap water i've heard that spider water can get contaminated?


Trae 6 years ago

I just got my Chilean Rose a couple weeks ago, she's ate but not very much. Thanks for all your useful information on the safekeeping of them. I am a little afraid of handling her, but do anyways and she seems to have no problem with it, the first day i got her i didn't know about the itchy hairs on their butts and they made my fingers itch from touching them, haha. What is best to put at the bottom of the cage? Best and most easily accessible? Thank you.


Trae 6 years ago

Hey I have a couple more questions, sorry if they sound silly but they are sincere. Can spiders hear? I'm wondering this because I often listen to loud music and play my video games in my room where she's at, and I don't want to disturb her. Also, the heating lamp in her cage gives off a reddish color, is that okay or not? Thank you very much.


Damo2135 6 years ago

thanks rad girl i totally agree with you on the book thing to be honest iv read a few when i first started out in the hobby and on the odd occasion i do read but to be honest alot of them are so full of s**t if anything the info gives you advice on how to kill your T's off... the best advice like you said and again i back you up 110% the best advice you can get is from hobbyist's like your self not even pet stores or alot of reptile stores no what there talking about lol and definatly i dunt no it all either there is so much to learn and not enough time to learn it in and as much as many books state that all species are the same i beg to differ every single T has its own personality and all are diffrent in there own special little ways :P

welcome to the hobby (family) Noxicity, Trae and Tony hope your T's bring you alot of joy


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Tony, I've never given my girl anything but tap water, and she's always been fine. Of course, if there's something wrong with your tap water, you should be cautioned, but if you drink it, they can drink it. Besides, most bottled water is tap water. What it comes down to is whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Trae-I use bark chips that you can find in any pet store. They keep the humidity right, and I don't have to worry about it. It helps her make better webs, and I love it. You do have to make sure to clean more often, but if you love your T, you'll do that anyhow. Keep an eye out for parasites, because they love warm and moist. Every once in a while, just shine a flashlight at the habitat in the middle of the night, or when the tank has been in the dark for a few hours. If you see a bunch of little flashlights running around, you've got parasites. They are super easy to get, as they come in on crickets and such. I've never had a problem with them.

Spiders feel vibration, which is the same thing your middle ear does. They can tell who you are, they can tell what prey is, they get a little nervous if the construction crew is working on your street for too long, and they really don't like their habitat being set on a table that shakes all the time. Some get really irritated by loud music, some don't.

If you notice a lot of patrolling or agitated behavior, you're probably irritating her. If she's happy, eats fine, healthy, and lacks aggression, game on.

Your heating lamp is probably fine, but keep an eye on her, and make sure she always has water. I know some people who swear by them, and the color is always red so that it doesn't mess with the day/night thing, but I'm a heat rock girl myself. It's debatable either way, but what it comes down to is preference and not using the cheapest stuff on the market. I've never cooked anything on a heat rock. I check them all the time to make sure there aren't any really hot spots. I've always bought mid range stuff, and it's been great. On the other hand, people I know with heat lights have never cooked a spider, and swear mine will cook any day.

I did have an iguana burn her tongue on a light bulb once. I'm not sure how she scaled the lamp, or why, but she thought it was yummy looking and one vet trip later, she never did it again, lol. She lived to be sixteen years old on the same heat rock for the last ten of her years.

Really, if you feel good about what you have going on, and there aren't any problems, I wouldn't fix it if it's not broken. Don't let people make you feel bad when they tell you you're not doing it right, unless you do something horrible and lacking common sense, like clipping fangs(good god. That still floors me.)

Thanks for the support Damo, we have to stick together in this thing and share what we know and learn. As long as we strive for excellence as pet owners, the rest falls into place quite nicely.

Hope this helps!


Trae 6 years ago

Thanks for your feedback, wood chips are what I use, so I'm glad you recommended them lol. My T's name is Chilla, and I've noticed lately she's been a little grouchy; would this be maybe because she's in the pre-molt stage? She's missing quite a bit of hairs off her booty, and the color of the bald patch is pretty dark almost purple looking. Last time I tried to pick her up she flicked hairs at me :( and let me tell ya...she's a very good aim.


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Trae-I would bet she'll be climbing out of that exoskeleton soon. Make sure you don't try to hold her for a bit afterward. Some say a few days, some say a week, but Jenna doesn't want to be bugged for two weeks, she just wants to eat and run around.


steve2k81 6 years ago

hi all really need some questions answered!

chilli has been moving about her home now for a few days literally grabbing substrate and dragging it around and also has been webbing enormously!what does this mean!

she has also not eaten the last two feeds but how do i stop her webbing so much,i would appreciate any help


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steve,

It's okay if she's webbing. Let her do it, she's just making her habitat "hers". Some web more than others. If you haven 't had her for very long, keep an eye out for an egg sac incase she's nesting rather than webbing. My T webs a whole bunch, then not at all for a while. She always keeps her rock webbed though, incase it tries to run away, lol.

They sometimes don't eat for months with no explanation, so don't worry, just keep offering her food, and taking it out if it dies or she doesn't eat it.

Hope this helps!


steve2k81 6 years ago

ermmm!!! what the hell do i do!woke up this morning and she had cocooned herself in the webbing and there is yellow sort of mucus type stuff coming from her abdomen just slowly oozing out....... if this is eggs i dont have a clue what to do next as she has not been handled yet and have not had her for 5 weeks yet plz plz plz help


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Okday, where on her ab is it coming out? Since you posted this, have there been any changes? Does she have anything in her habitat that could cut her, or anything she could take a long fall from?

If it is an egg sac, contact the people you got her from and let them know. If you have the ability to send a picture, sent it to danjie25@hotmail.com with Tarantula Pictures as the subject line, then post here that you sent it incase my spam folder gets it, and I'll take a look.

If she's made a golf ball sized round thing, you can bet it's an egg sac, but don't panic, because it'll be about 6 weeks before anything comes out of it. You can take a crash course in raising tons of babies(only about 100 usually survive), or you can dispose of it in any way you see fit, but know that she will be aggressive to protect it, and you'll have to use a wooden spoon or something with a long handle to get it out of there. Call your local zoo and see if they want it before you remove it. Make sure you get through to the entomologists, or whoever's in charge of bugs and such before you ask if they want it, because the girl at the front desk will surely say no way.

If she's injured, the blood looks sort of like puss. Sometimes they can be injured in the molting process, but rarely. If they split their abdomen open, sometimes you can superglue it back together, but not always. Sometimes they just die with no rhyme or reason that we understand.

I hope she's alright, let me know.


steve2k81 6 years ago

hi radgirl panic over ! definately an egg sac, got in touch with a local exotic shop whom i will be taking the tank in its state now with chilli just keeping herself on top of the sac the guy there says he will remove it for me and i will try to raise the slings myself and try selling on defo wnt to keep one for my self though... just a bit unsure etc as being a novice and quite in shock of the whole process but in awe at the same time god i have only had her just over a month and now all this happened.. ill keep u posted in the developments and any more help will be much appreciated


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steve, congrats on your decision!! Most people would have disposed of them! Make sure you stay in touch with a local person who has experience breeding so you can get help all along the way. I am not experienced at all in breeding, but I will try to answer any questions you have.

Let us know how it is going!!


adam wood 6 years ago

hi my spider ab is gettin smaller and will not eat! he/she molted her skin on xmas day and he/she has not eatin in 6 weeks now is he/she ill plz help!!!!


adam woods 6 years ago

i dont want he/she to die


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Adam, first, how old is your spider? How long have you had her/him? Was he/she healthy when you got her? Does she have a water source? Is she drinking it? Is she active? Does she just look smaller, or is she shriveling up? Is she active? Has anything changed in her life recently? What kind of subtrate are you using, and when was her last cage cleaning?

They can stop eating for a really long time. I mean, a really, really long time. Keep offering food, and taking it out if she doesn't eat it, or it dies.

Next, hydration is always a culprit for sick spiders. If she's drinking water, and has a fresh water source, then she should be alright there.

If she's still active, I wouldn't stress, but if she's shriveling up, that's a bad sign.

Life changes, such as changes in habitat, moves, new sights and sounds, and vibrations can aggravate them and cause them to stop eating until they're sure they're safe. Even being too close to a loud speaker can make them angry. Is she acting aggressive at all?

A lot of times they don't eat after a molt, it's different with every one, and it's different with every molt.

Observe her and any changes and get back to me.

Hope this helps!


adam woods 6 years ago

she is 1 year old! she got a water dish down but not seen her drink out of it! since he/she molted its skin she not really moved i keep put food in but he/she just runs away from it!


adam woods 6 years ago

wat u mean by shriveling up?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Shriveling up, like, getting wrinkly and dried-out looking. Almost like her skin is too loose for her body.


adam woods 6 years ago

does not look like it is! it just looks like its just smaller i keep lookin at it every hour to make sure its not dead


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

If she starts curling her legs under her body, or starts looking like she's dried out and wrinkly, I would start to worry, but otherwise, just make sure she's got a clean habitat, that she's parasite free(after she's been in the dark for about 3 hours, shine a flashlight on her cage, and if you see little tiny points of light walking around, you've got mites), clean fresh water, and keep offering food, that's about all you can do. She's probably just not hungry, and therefore her ab is smaller, but she'll eat when she's ready.


adam woods 6 years ago

wen will she eat again its bin 6 to 7 weeks last time she had sumet to eat and i dont know if she drinkin tho


adam woods 6 years ago

i am use vermiculite for he/her beddin


adam woods 6 years ago

plus i av put fresh bedin in 2day! incase there wer any mites in the tank!!


adam woods 6 years ago

lettin u know that my spider is sat in her water dish is this a gud sign


steve2k81 6 years ago

update on chilli's egg sac, is now removed from her home and in a seperate home for the sac be about 5 weeks until the eggs will hatch if anyone knows of ways i can get rid of the brood let me know lol


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Adam, they can go months without eating, so just keep introducing food to her, and when she's ready, she'll eat. What are you feeding her? It's good she's playing in her water, that means she's not going to be dehydrated, which is the biggest concern. Vermiculite may be irritating her. A lot of owners have noticed their spiders trying to stay off of it, and it can stick to them kind of like if you were in a bowl of those little foam balls. You might try using some bark chips instead, and see if she eats then. They usually won't eat if they're irritated. It can dry out the humidity too. If she's still not eating after about four months, then it becomes not normal, but not unheard of.

Steve, Wow, you are gonna be a mega daddy. I would call all of your local pet stores and see who takes them, and I would start joining message boards and find out if anyone wants one. Definately keep in contact with your exotic pet store guy so you can rear them all right. I know you have to have billions of little containers, but I don't know what you put in them, when you separate them, or what they eat. Once they're big enough to sell, I'd run ads on craigs list and such. Make all of your friends buy one, lol.

Hope this helps!


adam woods 6 years ago

i keep puttin food in the day a take um out before i go bed! wen the food goes near her she run away or stands on her back legs


adam woods 6 years ago

i keep puttin food in the day a take um out before i go bed! wen the food goes near her she run away or stands on her back legs


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Leave the food in for 24 hours. She might only eat when it's dark. Some do. What are you feeding her?


adam woods 6 years ago

crickets


adam woods 6 years ago

she has blocked 1 end off her log and the cricket is inside wiv her will it try to bite my spider!


Trae 6 years ago

Hey Radgirl, my hunch was right and so were you. My Chilla was acting strange because she was about to begin molting, she's webbed a little circle and is upside down, it looks COOL! What special things should I do while she's molting? Can she move during this process? How do I go about spraying water on the wood chips while she's molting? Should I leave the heating lamp on? Will she want to eat as soon as she is finished molting? Thank you =]


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Adam, it's alright, crickets can't hurt her. She's hunting.

Trae-the most important thing to remember is to leave her alone. Never help her, never move her, and don't handle her after. I wait 2 weeks, but some handle after only 1 week. Her exoskeleton will be very soft when she comes out of the old one, and she can be mortally wounded very easily if you handle her. I would keep spraying water just like normal, one or two spritzes in the air every day. The heating lamp is fine to stay one. She may want food right away, some don't eat for up to a couple of months or so after, but mine wants ten crickets in the first four days almost every time. I'm so glad that molting was the issue, and have fun with that exoskeleton! If you have kids, send it for show and tell, if not, put it on the counter and watch people freak out when they notice it-it's really funny. Make sure you don't do it to ninety-year-old great grandma Milly or something though, you don't want to cause any heart attacks, lol!


Trae 6 years ago

Thanks for all the great advice, I'll make sure not to bother her; and to have fun with the exoskeleton without giving my grandma a heart attack lol, that part made me laugh. Thanks again radgirl.


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Trae-you're welcome!


adam woods 6 years ago

i av a dead bby pinky shud i try her wiv that


adam woods 6 years ago

wen i spray my tank i just spray in 1 stop coz thats wat pet shop say


christine  6 years ago

Hi i have just read all the posta above and have found some useful tips. i purchased my first T, Chilean rose called Bert just before christmas and he does some really funny poses, he seems to stand on tip toes and looks really tall,like he is afraid to settle or half of him is on his piece of log and the other half on the ground do you have any idea why? he has been ok until the last day or so. thanks


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Adam-I don't feed pinky mice. Think about your hand and how much that might feel like a pinky mouse to your hungry spider. One spritz per day is enough, it depends on how fine of a mist your sprayer makes.

Christine-What are you using for subtrate? It sounds like she doesn't want to touch it.


Trae 6 years ago

My T named Chilla has finished molting, and wow she looks beautiful, and GIGANTIC! She grew so much, I was surprised. I've noticed she moves around differently, almost like she hasn't gotten used to her new long legs yet, kind of clumsy. I didn't know the molting process was so short, otherwise I would have watched it happen more. Will her abdomen get bigger to match her legs? She looks a little silly =P.


adm woods 6 years ago

trae my spider molted its skin on xmas day and it is brill to watch! does her adbomen look smaller and has she had ewt to eat yet mine not eat yet


christine 6 years ago

Hi thanks for the reply he is on vermiculite and has been since i got him, its only the last couple of days that he has done this, only occasionally though, he seems quite happy normally sleeps either on the log or tucked just against it, he also seems to be a hungry boy approx 3 small-medium crickets every few days. he has a pinky color to his hairs when the light is on him. he will fit in the palm of my hand easily, if i had the courage to let him lol, what would you recommend to use for substrate? thanks for all the info and the good advice.


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scaredy cat 6 years ago from not of this planet ;p;

Hi i have just joined and my previous post was under Christine. the pic is of Bert. have just noticed you recommend wood chips are they any particular size or just a bog standard size once again thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

scaredy cat-I use the bark called repti-bark, you can find it at any pet store. Some do well with vermiculite, but some really don't like it. Mine doesn't, she freaked out and spent all of her time trying to get away from it, and get it off of her. I have talked to a lot of other owners who experience the same thing. It's pretty much a standard size in the reptile bark section, and you can reuse it by soaking it in hot water or putting int in the microwave(just the bark, lol, and the smell isn't awesome in the micro) for a few minutes. Just make sure you totally cool it off and that there are no hot spots before you put it back in, or you'll have a cooked spider. If you soak it, let it dry out quite a bit before you put it back in. I don't spray my tank very often because it really helps keep the humidity perfect. Mostly summertime is when I have to help it out. She likes it the best, and I've tried a lot of different things.

Hope this helps!


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scaredy cat 6 years ago from not of this planet ;p;

Hi radgirl, many thanks for your help i have just ordered some reptibark so will hopefully get Bert sorted and happy very soon. i will prob be back again and again and again lol i have found the info you have supplied so far much better than trawling the internet!

thanks again.


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adam woods 6 years ago

this is a pic of my t


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

scardey cat-we're all in this together, so feel free to give us updates, ask questions, and share information!

Adam, spidey's lookin good!


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adam woods 6 years ago

thanks she my pride and joy


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scaredy cat 6 years ago from not of this planet ;p;

hi just changed berts substrate, tried to move him by using a small soft brush expecting him to move but he spun round so quick to see what it was and frightened the life out of me lol.he is just sitting in the middle of his home not doing a lot ,he now has some hidey holes but i think he is still miffed that i messed him about abit, am sure he will settle soon though. don't know who is more scared me or him lol hope i get used to him soon. where i got hom from is really good as they will let me get used to the ones they have to help me overcome my fear lol


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

I read somewhere that if you look at pictures and watch videos of spiders a bunch, you'll get over your fear. It would be a good experiment!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

I read somewhere that if you look at pictures and watch videos of spiders a bunch, you'll get over your fear. It would be a good experiment!


Trae 6 years ago

Hey Radgirl, I need your help and advice once again. I have just moved my T, Chilla, into a new larger tank. I put the same kind of substrate in the tank that was in the last one, but she seems to HATE her new tank, even though it is much larger. She's starting to make me worried that she is going to kill herself because she is climbing to the top of the cage, she has a sore spot on her butt from doing this, how can I prevent her from climbing? I just bought her 10 juicy crickets and she has not ate in a while and doesn't even seem remotely interested in eating or drinking, I'm hoping she will come down and web, and burrow like she did in the other cage. She really has been acting strangely since her molting and new cage arrangements. Thanks so much radgirl.


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scaredy cat 6 years ago from not of this planet ;p;

hi Radgirl, i have no problem watching spiders but when they scuttle about with speed is when my heart races and i get the hot/cold sweats lol have held a few other T's but for some reason just worried about mine, maybe cos he is a lot smaller and not really used to be handled yet i wll get there.

Hope you get ya T sorted soon Trae, maybe its just a stress thing, Bert gone all funny and really scared since i changed his home too. Not that i no a lot as i am just a 4 week owner and a real novice lol


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adam woods 6 years ago

trae my spider not had ewt to eat 4 6 weeks now


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adam woods 6 years ago

will orchid bark do


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Trae-If the climbing is causing a hazard to her health, I would think about maybe going back to her old tank. She won't eat for a while after a move, most don't. If the tank is too big, they exhibit "soldier" behavior, constantly paroling the habitat. I would see how she does over the next week, take out anything that she could fall on and bust her abdomen, and just watch. If she doesn't start to calm down about her tank in the next 30 days at all, it may be more than she's comfortable having.

Adam-I have never tried that, you could try it and let us know!

Hope this helps!!


Steff 6 years ago

Hey,

I have had my spider for a few days now and she has not made any web at all and there has been 2 crickets in with her which she is not interested in. she would rather them stay out of hr way. i dont know anyting about her like age or when she last molted or when she was last fed as the guy didnt know and hadnt had her long at all. what do u suggest for me to do as she doesnt seem very lively except when handling which she loves, she sees my hand she comes trotting over and climbs up!


Steff 6 years ago

Hey,

I have had my spider for a few days now and she has not made any web at all and there has been 2 crickets in with her which she is not interested in. she would rather them stay out of hr way. i dont know anyting about her like age or when she last molted or when she was last fed as the guy didnt know and hadnt had her long at all. what do u suggest for me to do as she doesnt seem very lively except when handling which she loves, she sees my hand she comes trotting over and climbs up!


Trae 6 years ago

Thanks for the reply Radgirl, I took out her rock in case she tries climbing again and hurting herself again. She hasn't been climbing much anymore, so I guess she is getting used to her new tank. Although she still has not ate I'm sure she will soon! And I also have not handled her since she has hurt herself, I wouldn't want to hurt her and I'm sure she does not want to be touched, I'll just let her heal up.


Trae 6 years ago

Steff- My spider did not start webbing until nearly two weeks after I got her, and she didn't eat for the first week either. Your spider just has to get used to it's surroundings, I'm sure she will eat soon. =]


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adam woods 6 years ago

i went to my pet shop 2day and thay did not av that bark in saw i got sum plantation soil i put it and put sum crickets in and now she had a few crickets and she looks happy now


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scaredy cat 6 years ago from not of this planet ;p;

Are they supposed to web a lot as Bert hasn't made any effort, i have had him for about 4 weeks now and there is nothing? he seems more scared of me since his change of substrate so i am trying to leave him alone to settle am i just impatient and expect too much? i have no age or when the last moult was the same as Steff so i guess i will have to wait and see what happens and he will eat all i chuck at him, maybe i have the piggy version lol


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adam woods 6 years ago

hi scaredy cat my t put web all over her tank! get plantaion soil 4 ur substrate coz my t wud not eat or cum out of her log till i put that in! she had 4 crickets 2day and she has made a web! she look happier now


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steff-give her a few days to get used to her new digs. She should settle in and start eating within the first month. It sounds like she's pretty overstimulated since the guy before you hadn't had her long either. Congrats on your spider, they are totally fun! It's a good sign that she likes to be handled, I think you're gonna have a happy girl. She may be a heavy webber, she may not, it depends. Mine is not a heavy webber, and she really only rewebs her heat rock when I clean her habitat. I've seen Ts that web their entire space. Mine just doesn't want her heat rock to run away...either that, or she likes her crickets toasted. Once she's used to her space, her true self will come out.

Trae-good thinking, I think she just needed to scout her new boundaries and obstacles. Now that she's mapped it, she won't do the things that sucked much anymore, lol.

Adam-I'm so glad you found something that makes your spider happy, and that she's eating. That is awesome!

Hope this helps!


steff 6 years ago

hey thanks for the help. She hasnt eaten still and has done a small amount of webbing but the guy who had her before me said he had her a decent amound of time to know she isnt a big webber and she ate with her but she is picky. i offered her locusts but apparently she much prefers crickets so i am going to try her on those instead. Also was out on someone i knew the other day and she moved her fangs up and down however she did not bite. we thought she was going to but she just kept walking along his arm and then stopped doing it. was this because she was warning him or what cos i thought if she wasnt happy she would have just bitten him!


Trae 6 years ago

She's not eating and has webbed a little patch? Sounds exactly like what my spider did right before she began molting. If your spider is missing some of the hairs on it's abdomen and the bald spot is like blackish-purple it's probably going to begin molting. Radgirl-I still have not handed my tarantula, how long you think it will take for her to heal up completely? Or will she have to wait until her next molting to repair her injury.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steff-sounds like your spider knows what she likes, lol. When they are warning you that they will bite, they rear up on their back legs, and sometimes even make a hissing noise. If she moved her fangs, she probably just felt like there was an arm hair tickling them or something. I wouldn't worry. One thing I do want you to tell anyone who holds her is that if she does bite, it will suck like a bee sting, but hold still. You will not die, they are not deadly, but the reaction to fling her off will throw her into a wall and likely bust her abdomen. I wouldn't worry about it though, they very rarely bite.

Trae-I would guess that she's fine as long as there wasn't a break in her abdomen, or if she's not acting like it's still sore.

Hope this helps!!


steff 6 years ago

thanks. that makes sense with a hair or something. so the person holding her stayed very still and i did say that it would be lik a bee sting. She was scared when she saw her fangs but didnt flinch and then she just stopped moving them. i didnt think she would have bitten i thought there must be an explaination for it. thank you so much! if i have any more querys i will deffo be comeing here!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steff-Yes, it would feel like a bee sting, you know, how it's a poke followed by a stinging sensation. I have never been bitten, but talked to breeders who had, and from what they say, it is exactly like a bee sting. So, just be aware, that if it happens, to fight the urge to flinch and fling her off. I think she was just saying hello =]

Any time you have questions or stories, feel free to visit us here, and we'll be glad to help.


steff 6 years ago

yea i would never wnat to hurt her so i deffo wouldnt fling her off even if she did bite, i couldnt! the only other thing is she likes to climb whcih i didnt think was that normal. she is in a glass tank with like a mesh top and strip down the side. she manages to climb up that strip and then on the the thermometer and humidity reader and then gets stuck and i always get scared she may fall. i have saved her every time i see her do it as i dont want her to fall and hurt herself. i dont think shes unhappy in there but i just dont know lol.


steff 6 years ago

yea i would never wnat to hurt her so i deffo wouldnt fling her off even if she did bite, i couldnt! the only other thing is she likes to climb whcih i didnt think was that normal. she is in a glass tank with like a mesh top and strip down the side. she manages to climb up that strip and then on the the thermometer and humidity reader and then gets stuck and i always get scared she may fall. i have saved her every time i see her do it as i dont want her to fall and hurt herself. i dont think shes unhappy in there but i just dont know lol.


Sarah Smile 6 years ago

Rad Girl, you're a WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE!! I got my rh for Christmas. Morticia (Tisha for short) is a juvenile, and I love her!! My dad came across a Mexican Red Knee last summer, and we've all been hooked ever since. He has the Red Knee, an Avic Versi, who is still a sling, a RH and an Orange Baboon Starburst. Never thought we'd be such a spider family!!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steff-Just make sure there's nothing she can fall on that could hurt her under her favorite climbing spots. I have to save Jenna sometimes too, because she gets stuck some times. If she's climbing, she sounds happy. They really sort of hide, hold still, or exhibit 'soldier' behavior, which is constantly patrolling the tank, if they aren't happy.

Sarah-WOW! You are truly an enthusiast! Is your Baboon super aggressive? I heard they are biters. I love Red Knees, I think that they are my other favorite, because they are such docile teddy bears. Avics are so pretty after a molt, that will be fun! Congrats for entering the arachnid world!


faye 6 years ago

Hiya guys, im hoping that you can help me! I have a Chile rose on order and coming to me in a few days. I have everything it meeds (its still a spiderling!) But i was wondering on the feeding part? Ho do i prevent the micro crickets from escaping from the terrarium that i purchased?? Hopefully on of you loverly people can help!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Faye-it depends on the terrarium. Some people just put screen over the openings, or keep your spiderling in a smaller container until it's big enough for larger food. A lot of people use clear rubbermaid containers for spiderlings and poke small holes in the lid for breathing. If you do use a small container, make sure you don't leave it in direct sunlight, make sure your water source isn't large enough to drown her, and be very careful handling her, because they are fast when they are tiny.

Hope this helps!


Trae 6 years ago

Hello Radgirl, I just got another Chilean Rose. I told my brother to buy me another one, and he did, but he misunderstood me and though I told him I had a male one, which I'm pretty sure it's a female; but not completely sure. Anyways, he bought me another female, I can't keep them in the same tank, right? I have another 15 gallon for the new one, but it would be best if they could be in there with each other, just easier. Is this possible?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Trae-Don't keep them in the same tank. They will fight and one will loose. Totally separate. Even if you had a male, you wouldn't want them to live together in the same tank. Hope this helps!


Trae 6 years ago

Thanks for your help, ill keep them separate. I wanted to get a male to breed my large one (Chilla), how do you breed them? I know you have to put the male inside the females tank (or least I think so.) And I was thinking about keep them separate anyways because the new one is much smaller, her names Rosie :) thx Radgirl.


Trae 6 years ago

Hi again RadGirl, I was wondering if females have things that look like mating hooks too? I noticed on Chilla, she has the hooks on her second pair of legs, not the ones by her fangs but the next closest. Does this mean SHE is a HE? I didn't notice this until yesterday, when I was looking up how to tell male from female, and I was giving her water and she started climbing the tank like she always does, and I noticed she had mating hooks? Or HE. Is CHILLA a CHILLO? And if so how would I go about mating them? (but I'm going to wait until the female (Rosie) is more mature)


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Trae-

I found a great site on sexing them: http://www.tarantulas.com/sexing.html it has pictures of mating hooks and how to look at the molted exoskeleton. Check it out and see if that helps. As for breeding, I don't do it, so I wouldn't know the best way to do it. I would do some research and talk to some other breeders if you are interested. Also, make sure you don't need any sort of permit in your area to breed them and do some research on who you would be able to sell them to, because they have lots and lots of babies. I would suggest breeding your own crickets as well as your spiderlings mature so that you're not spending a small fortune feeding them.

Hope this helps!


Trae 6 years ago

Radgirl- That was a great website, and now I am definitely sure the one I thought was a female, is a male. The new one I got is for sure a female though.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Trae-glad I could help. So far that is the only site I have found with decent pictures of the mating hooks and a great explanation that people without degrees in entomology can understand.


Steff 6 years ago

Hey, i cmmented on here a little while ago and i just wanted to update you on my chillien called rosie (i know not very original but she came with the name and i do like it lol) she has since had her first meal which is fantastic, was amazing to watch. she has built webs and did obviously eventually catch 2 crickets in one sitting lol. she climbs a fair bit still but she has worked out how to get herself down and its all safe in there incase she does have a slip but i have never seen her slip shes got it down to a tee now lol. she seems very happy and handleing her is soo easy, she likes coming out as she loved sitting in my hands which are warm. i cant remeber how long i have had her now but she deffinatly part of the family.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Steff-glad to hear that she is adjusting so well. Congratulations on your new family member!


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scaredy cat 6 years ago from not of this planet ;p;

Hi, just to let you know Bert has just moulted for the first time since i have had him, it was a pretty scary time for me! lol. he has just thrown his old clothes in a heap at the back of his hidey hole and is sporting some nice pink tinged ones. i have also got another Grammy, Ernie, who is full grown and loves to be handled, he has given me so much confidence for when Bert is ready to come out to play.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

scaredy cat-I am so glad that things are working out! Make sure you remove his molt and if you have kids in school, send it for show-and-tell. The more people learn about spiders, the less fear they will have of them.

Keep us posted!


Digibullet 6 years ago

try puting your rose hair on face over eye then open your eye to see her undersides ive done few times it kinda freaky cause i feel she might think my eye is a creature... risky but fun... diff my spider something wrong she wont move she wont eat when i pick her up she seems week and wheni put her back she stays in the position i put her i mean to the t and it never looks comfortable for her please tell me shes ok ive only had this one for 3 months and still have yet to see eat is there anything i can do i have crickets in there i have bought 3 times last batch ive kjust left in for a week now cause she needs to eat!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Digibullet-Is she an older spider? Does she have a water source? Does she look shriveled up? Has she eaten at all? Was she always like this? Does anything appear to be broken? Is there anything oozing out of her? Where did you get her?

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a tarantula, so give me sort of a run down of how the last 3 months have gone, and I'll do my best to help.


Drummer2978 6 years ago

I have had my Chilean Rose for some time now, but all of a sudden she has started to become aggesive. Firstly it thought she was about to moult but that never happened. she's still eating well. but she has gone from naice and easy to handle to very aggresive in quite a short time. Any Ideaa?

Regards

Drummer2978


Drummer2978 6 years ago

I have had my Chilean Rose for some time now, but all of a sudden she has started to become aggesive. Firstly it thought she was about to moult but that never happened. she's still eating well. but she has gone from naice and easy to handle to very aggresive in quite a short time. Any Ideaa?

Regards

Drummer2978


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Drummer-Has anything changed recently? Have you moved, moved her, has a big construction job started in your neighborhood? Did you buy a new stereo system? Spiders "hear" by vibrations. Usually, if a spider becomes aggressive who wasn't in the past is angry with you about something, and a lot of times it's environmental. Sometimes even buying a new cat who pays too much attention to it will set them off.

By nature, Rosies aren't aggressive, so I would take stock of any changes in her life, and see if you can narrow it down. If she's being aggressive, don't force her to be held or played with. She's telling you to back off for a reason, and it's your job to find out what that reason is. It can be as simple as using different subtrate or the paving crew down the block shaking your neighborhood in a way that you can't feel, but she can.

I hope this helps!


tony 6 years ago

can u starve a rose haired tarantula i've had mine for bout a year and a half


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Tony-Yes you can starve any tarantula. Is yours not eating?


Shaun 6 years ago

Would it offend my tarantula to attempt to pick her up when she is in her webbing ? or touching her webbing at all ?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Shaun-you can give it a try. She'll let you know if she's not okay with it. I have to destroy webbing every time I clean Jenna's cage, and she hasn't tried to kill me over it yet.


Jemma Cook 6 years ago

Hi there,

I just brought my first Tarantula (Doris) a couple of weeks ago, she's a sub adult Female Chilian rose & i love her to bits (never thought I'd say that about a spider). Just had a few questions to make sure I keeping her in the right conditions? she's in a square 30' exo terra terrarium with front and top opening making handling easier, spider life substrate, cork hide, shallow water dish with drinking sponge, hanging artificial plant, heat mat at one end, thermometer which is reading 24c and hygrometer which is reading 51? She eats really well about 2-3 large locusts a week, and has webbed the substrate under her hide? Some time she comes out her hide to great me when I approach, there doesn't seem to be any aggression when she does this? Last night when feeding I noticed she was going round in circles and back and forwards webbing the substrate wile eating? And today under her hide she has been lifting all her legs up and down, does this mean she's approaching a shed or something else? Would she stop eating when a shed is on the cards? Also I can't find any left overs (carcases) of the locusts I feed her?

Sorry so many questions, Kind regards Jemma


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Jemma-First of all, congrats on joining the world of arachnids. I'm sure you will love having her. It sounds like you're giving her a great life. She will eat all of the locust bodies, so there won't be any left-overs. You'll learn what her cues are as you get to know her, she'll tell you when she's unhappy, and you'll just know, then you use trial and error until she is happy.

You can't really predict when she'll molt until you've seen how she acts. My T webs her subtrate all the time, it just means she's in a good mood(for mine anyway), it's like when a cat is happy and kneads you with its claws. She might just be stretching out and enjoying her new space. It's hard to say what kind of life most of them had before they get forever homes, so she might be simply happy.

My T also webs her heat rock so that it can't run away. Every time I clean her cage, she immediately ties that thing down. A lot of them web the subtrate to make it feel more solid.

Keep doing what you're doing, and you'll learn her personality in no time. Best of all, have fun!

Hope this helps!


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Jemma.Doris 6 years ago

Thanks for the reply Radgirl, I got Doris from my work which is an Aquatic/Reptile shop so I had a bit of time to get to know her first. But how she was kept before that I have no Idea and she does have more space now.

I had always been scared of all spiders and at the same time fascinated by them, but since starting work at this shop and having the chance to handle one I was in love. It was a choice between Doris and another Chile Rose which I think may be a Boris but he was more of a mover when out. But think I might have to bring him home too, he was sold to the shop as another female chile but they look completely different in body shape? Have also just brought a Curly Hair which should be getting next wednesday.

Have made the spider area of the shop my demaine and will make sure all T's go to good home with all the right advise on caring for them.

Thanks for your help, Kind regards Jemma


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Jemma-You're welcome, any time. I think you're gonna love it.


Shaun 6 years ago

Thnx so much!!! i think most of the learning needs to be done by just time spent. I almost get offended when people refer to Diablo as a "bug" ive had him for 5 days now and even i see emotions in him. My brother just recently got one too so it will be nice to share our experiences together and learn from each other. They should live long lives with us. Through my reading i have found that you use a heat rock ? ive always tried to avoid them because ive heard some animals will burn themselves on it from too much time spent on it. Reptiles mostly, i didnt even know tarantula's enjoyed heat like that. I dont want to keep you too long but i do have another question or two.

How often do you clean the environment ?

What do you know about their "droppings"?

My place can become VERY humid, how will air conditioning effect him?

And oh yeah your the best Rad !!!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Hi Shaun, to answer your questions about the heat rock, I have always used them, I had an iguana that lived for 16 years, and she never burned herself, so I have always had good experiences. I do, however, check them often just to make sure heat isn't concentrating in one place. I have replaced a couple, but never due to that, only due to the cord being an issue. I have heard of people who have had burns on their animals, but have never actually met some one who has. Not that I'm trying to sell them, that's just my experience. I have also heard of people's heat mats cooking spiders too, but have never met anyone who uses them that thinks that could happen. Spiders are pretty smart, and they won't really sit around on anything if it's too hot. The key is making sure they have a place to go to get warm, not keeping their whole habitat warm, because just like us, they sometimes need to cool off instead of warm up.

I clean the environment about once every couple of weeks, and by clean, I mean tidy. My T gets really agitated if I do it any more than that. Once per month, I do a total clean, but there have been times in her tenure when I have had too much life going on, and she's survived just fine, so there is no need to be obsessive about it. Just use common sense, you know, if it's really moist, you spilled water filling her dish, or something funky is going on, clean more, if everything looks great, stick to about once per month for a deep clean, more only if your spider won't hate you for it. You'll learn her behavior.

They do make droppings, but if you're cleaning the cage often, they will never become a problem.

I would not let air conditioning hit his cage directly. I have air on in the summer, and Jenna has never freaked out about it, but she's in the warmest room of my home, so I don't really worry too much. You want there to be enough humidity for her, so if the ac is cutting that out of the air in your home, use a spray bottle to spritz her habitat with water every morning. Really, they love that anyway, as long as you're not drenching them.

I am excited for you and your brother on your new journey with your 8-legged friends! I hope this helps!


Brigid_GDS 6 years ago

Hey Rad girl and fellow spidey-lovers. My friend recently acquired a rose hair (Lady) she so super cute and so clever we can't stand it! However we're both very timid about handling her. I'm not concerned about the bite or the hairs my main concern is hurting her and handling her properly. Is there a difference between curious touching and a defensive pose? When i first introduced my hand to her she lifted her front feelers pretty high (not like the back bend attack stance i've seen but enough to make me hesitate)after i did that she walked around the tank a bit, at the time i was thinking she was trying to find my hand again but I'm wondering if it was agitated patrolling. I know all spiders are different but is there a safe place to pet her? Also, once we do get the courage to handle her and should something happen what's the best way to put her back? Just wait for her to get off or can you pick her up by her body in between her legs and place her down? Any type of suggestions on handling her would be so appreciated! Thank you!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Brigid.

I understand your hesitation, I was very afraid in the beginning that I would hurt her. It's a good idea to keep something like a tubby smaller than a shoebox out just incase you get too nervous, or she gets unruly, that way you can just put it over the top of her and slide the lid VERY GENTLY underneath, coaxing her to climb on it to slide it the rest of the way. If you panic, she will panic too, because she can feel your vibrations way better than you can.

You can pet her abdomen, most of them love that, after you get used to handling her, you will find that there isn't much to it at all.

The thing you need to watch for is her actually raising up on her hind legs and bearing her teeth. It's sort of scary, and you'll get the hint right away. Some have even been known to hiss while doing this, which would make it even more obvious. If she does this, LEAVE HER ALONE, and that's really all she wants.

Most people make sure their spiders are not hungry when handling also, for fear of being an easy treat for a starving T. I've never experienced this, but I have read it.

Her front feelers probably just were curious, if she wasn't acting angry, she was probably just fine. If for some reason she flicks hairs, she will usually do it when you reach into her cage, but if she does while you're holding her, don't panic, place her in the tubby, put the lid on, and go wash yourself off right away. DO NOT rub your eyes, scratch anything itchy, or try to rub them off. Close your eyes while you disrobe, and get in the shower if they were aimed at your head, and rinse off thoroughly with your eyes closed, not rubbing them. If one gets INTO your eye, flush immediately with an eye washing solution. If irritation persists, contact your doctor. If you have a severe allergic reaction, call 911.

As for bites, if you feel a bee sting sensation, freeze. Do not panic, or you will hurt her. Place her calmly in her cage or the tubby, and secure the lid. Wash the bite thoroughly with soapy water. Mix a small amount of powdered meat tenderizer with a few drops of water to make a paste. Pack this paste onto the bite. It will be painful and look nasty because of the size of the fangs, but not because of the venomous nature. Most people bitten only experience mild irritation. If you have a rare but severe allergic reaction, call 911 immediately. After the pain has died down a bit, wash again with soapy water, and keep an eye on the wound as it heals.

If you injure your T because of a bite, secure it in the tubby and tend to yourself first. Then, inspect your T for injury. If the abdomen has been split open, sometimes you can super glue it back together, but chances are, you'll lose your T. Don't panic if a leg is the only missing piece, it will come back at the next molt most likely.

Always wash your hands with soapy water after handling to insure you don't have a stray itchy hair on you, because you don't want that to end up somewhere it shouldn't be.

Most importantly, just relax and have fun. You'll learn her personality in no time.

I hope this helps!


lukey 6 years ago

Wow some amazing tips there i'm getting a chilean rose tommorow so the last few days i've just spent some time getting it's home set-up and doing my research on them and i think i'll come back here if i have any questions.


tony  6 years ago

yes it has been eating but with money being really tight she when bout 2 months of not eating after a molting period and i was not sure what would happen to her i fed her last week and she murdered 8 out of 10 crickets


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Lukey-If you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to ask.

Tony-some times they can go that long without eating. Make sure that if you can't feed her, you contact your local exotic pet store and talk to them about it. Some times they will barter with you. Here, crickets are .10 cents each.

Hope this helps!


acemartin 6 years ago

hi radgirl

i have a 2 year old chilerose and for the past 4 month's she not been eating do you now what could be wrong as i dont want to lose her


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

acemartin-

Sometimes they just don't eat for a while, but there are some factors that can contribute. Have you had her most of her life? Has there been any recent changes like a move, new pets, new baby, road construction in your neighborhood, a new surround sound system, a change in what you use for subtrate, a new cage, new things IN her cage, new neighbors(if you are in an apartment), new roommate, or has she been placed in a new room?

Changes in your home's vibrations can cause them to stop eating. Is she displaying any strange symptoms such as marching around the perimeter of her cage? Has she molted lately? Does she have any visible injuries? Is she showing any signs of aggression? Is she drinking water?

Think about these questions and let me know if you narrow anything down.


acemartin 6 years ago

i have just go a leopard gecko for my little girl but that is in her room

so apart from the gecko there is nothing new.

she look's well its just that she not eating, also her back end look's quite big


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acemartin-I would think she's just heading into a molt then. Keep an eye on her and note any changes. She's fine unless she starts shriveling or acting really strange.


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acemartin-I would think she's just heading into a molt then. Keep an eye on her and note any changes. She's fine unless she starts shriveling or acting really strange.


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acemartin-I would think she's just heading into a molt then. Keep an eye on her and note any changes. She's fine unless she starts shriveling or acting really strange.


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Leenyanne 6 years ago from Redditch uk

hi there i have spent the day reading through your entire thread and I think you offer some really good advice I have kept Ts for 9 years i have (bare with me its getting to be a long list)

0.0.1 Acanthoscurria geniculata- giant white knee sling "Mavis"

0.0.1 Aphonopelma caniceps- Big bend gold sling "Action Juan"

0.1.0 Aphonopelma seemari- Zebra leg "Fluffy" (may have been re-classified as Rhechosticta seemarnni)

0.0.1 Brachypelma albicpes-Aemula Gold Red Rump "Ruby"

0.1.0 Brachypelma albopilosum- Curly hair "Homer"

0.0.1 Brachypelma Smithi- Mexican red knee spiderling "Poppy"

0.1.1 Grammastola Rosea- Rosie Adult & spiderling "Boris" & "Doris"

0.0.1 Euathlus sp."RED"- Chile Flame spiderling "Fifi Trixiebelle"

0.0.1 Nhandu chromatus- White Striped Bird Eater spiderling "Alan"

(the numbers ie 0.0.1 as above are male.female.unsexed)

the slings are all recent additions this year and i am addicted now lol

I came across this thread when looking into Boris' odd behaviour today she has be wondering around all day moving soil chilmbing glass generally on a mission though i dont think she is going to malt :S so will just leave her too it see how she goes i think. We have had her for 9 years and she was prob a 2 or 3 when we had her as we had her from a friend who runs a reptile rescue centre. so you have inspired me to start a hub of my own about my beautiful T's and as the spkings are new to us i thought it a good way to share my experiences as we learn and to get advice from others who have experience. I was apalled to tears when I read about the poor poor T whose fangw were clipped some people are stupid and cruel beyond all belief that will stay with me forever it broke my heart poor little thing. Also i wanted to pass on a little advice through experience and advice from others on T injuries I know u mentioned super glue but I have also heard corn flour/corn starch works really really well to stop a bleeding T from well bleeding from a fall or casting off a leg etc. Also substrait i use peat moss with all my T's which is just potting soil really though u must make sure its chemically unaltered from pestacisdes/fertilisers also on occation we have used coca bark which hey also love. Sorry for waffling on I didnt realise i had this much lol (excuse all typos i am crap at proof reading)


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Leenyanne-It's so good to see that people are really in love with spiders. Thank you for reading our thread. I say our, because every reader who has asked a question or contributed to it has made it partially theirs. It's an article that has really turned into a community.

My Jenna is my only T. She's nearing ten years too, and I've had her since she was 1. I got her as a Christmas gift-I know, right? Weird. But, she was perfect, and I've been in love with her ever since.

I have also read corn starch is great, or even other anti-coagulants like quick stop. What they do is cause the bleeding to slow and clot, but it won't seal a wound shut. If you have a minor wound, by all means, I would totally recommend corn starch. We even use it on our mammals if we accidentally cut the quick when trimming nails. If the abdomen is busted open though, corn starch won't keep it closed. Even using super glue, there is a high likelihood that it won't survive. They are so hardy, yet so fragile.

Thanks for bringing that up, I never really thought about minor wounds and corn starch-duh, haha.

I agree about the idiot who clipped the fangs. I think maybe he should have his teeth pulled out and his arms tied behind his back, and sent off to fend for himself. People need to understand that when you have a pet, you have it as it is. You don't alter it for your own purpose. Spaying and Neutering mammals is the only real exception to that rule. Don't have a cat if you can't handle it's claws, and don't get a spider if you don't want to be around fangs.

I also use peat moss. Jenna likes it the best. It sounds like Boris is alright. She might just be spring cleaning. Jenna does that sometimes, especially right after I clean her cage. She has to web down that heat rock to keep it where it belongs, haha!

Great to hear from you!!


Jordan 6 years ago

I also have found this page after searching round with google.

Bought my first chile rose 2 days ago, but was wondering if it is ok that it has eaten 6 crickets in 2 days? Also when first handeled it walked slowly from hand to hand but now runs very fast, which worries me that Im doing something wrong, also it makes me jump! Any ideas? Thanks


acemartin 6 years ago

hi radgirl just to let you know my chile rose died today dont know why she just did


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acemartin-I am very sorry to see that your T didn't make it. Sometimes they just don't. She could have been sick, she could have had an internal injury, there's just so much that can happen with them. I hope her death won't deter you from having one again.


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acemartin-I am very sorry to see that your T didn't make it. Sometimes they just don't. She could have been sick, she could have had an internal injury, there's just so much that can happen with them. I hope her death won't deter you from having one again.

Jordan-let her eat. She may be bulking up for a molt. Jenna has been known to down ten overnight. Not very often, but she has done it before. She won't eat herself to death, so if she'll eat them, let her.

Hope this helps!


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sealboy84 6 years ago

Hey radgirl, thanks for putting up a lot of great information. I've had a few Ts including one of the meanest wild caught Desert Blondes that I have ever seen. I tell people that he died of "mean-ness".

I"ve had "Rocky" for about a week now and once I figure out how... I'll put up a picture of him.

Jordan, until she calms down a bit, I wouldn't handle her too much. If she falls it could kill her.

Thanks again radgirl, I'll be bookmarking your page for future reference.


Peter 6 years ago

Hi i bought my rosea 20 days ago and i'm new to the hobby.I noticed that she climbs the walls often,she has a hiding spot but she avoids it,she has a water dish and everything looks great but i'm worried if climbing the walls is ok.If you know something help me.


Philly81 6 years ago

Hi radgirl! I stumbled upon your site while I was surfin the web for different info on tarantulas. I read some of the posts and your responses and I wanna say you seem really caring and knowledgable about these creatures. I actually found your site entertaining as well. I just have a question that maybe you can answer for me.

I bought a Chilean Rose Hair 4 days ago, first tarantula I've ever owned. The store manager recommended her to me. I watched him handle the spider which crawled calmly over his hands and arm no problem. I haven't handled her yet, I wanna get her used to the new surroundings. I bought 5 crickets and put them in her tank. However she just stayed in one spot, even when one cricket practically crawled underneath her! She shifted slightly and that was it, so I figured she wasn't hungry. Then about an hour later I check on her and see she's munchin away on a cricket. I think she ate 2 I'm not sure.

Then, last night, my girlfriend found a large cricket in the bathroom. She caught it and put it in the spider's tank. I was at work so I didn't see what happened, but she said that that tarantula was on that cricket "like a lightning bolt" (her words), and in fact attacked it so viciously she actually slammed her body against the side of her tank (where she was supposedly sitting when fed the cricket)! And the day before that, I peeked in at her while she was. Facing in my direction and she darted at me. Now my girlfriend's all freaked out and doesn't want me handling her or even have her out of the tank. I told her that the spider's breed is only aggressive when it comes to food, and she saw the store manager handle the spider. Can you clarify on what the deal is with my tarantula? I wanna pick her up, handle her, maybe even play with her (well to a reasonable degree anyway). Now I'm wondering if I should. Any suggestions? Thanx (I know this is a long post, sorry!)


becca1994 6 years ago

hey, i got my chilean rose tarantula yesterday and it has been eating loads of crickets, is that normal?

And how long should i let it settle in for before holdong it?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Sealboy-Thank you for your kind words. If we can't have any fun while we're learning, what's the point, right? ;]

Peter-They love exploring. If you just got her, let her climb and explore. When it becomes strange, or she won't touch the ground, then it's time to look into environment, but other than that, she'll be fine. Every so often I have to rescue Jenna because she'll hook her foot really good where the lid of her habitat touches the top of her cage. TO keep her from freaking out, I just open the lid and put a big plastic or wooden spoon under her(I learned the hard way that metal sort of freaks them out), and she lets go, and I set her down. That maybe happens once every year, but she's on the walls at least twice a week. She climbs the walls and clicks the glass when she's hungry. She's such a wierdo, lol.

Philly-Give her some time. She's freaked out, she's got new surroundings, and giant strangers staring at her that she's not used to having. She has to tune into the vibrations of her new life. If she seems agitated after a couple of more weeks, then we can start talking about her environment. You never really know about their life before either, she may have been starving, and too nervous to eat the first ones in front of you, but then ravenous once she felt comfortable. They are wild creatures, and the way they hunt in the wild is brutal. Just remember that part, and the rest will fall into place. Hit me up again if some time goes by and she's still lunging. Keep movement slow and use soft speaking. Giant surround sound systems can take them some getting used to, but we've always had a rock-and-roll household, plus I have four kids, so Jenna's used to noise. It took her about two weeks to settle in, but after she tuned herself to our lives, she was good to go.

Becca-You can try to hold her whenever you feel comfortable. I held Jenna the day I brought her home. Some times they need more time. Read her and let her make the decision first. If she rears up or lunges, don't jump, but calmly take your hand out and try again the next day. She might be really hungry, who knows how often she was fed before you. Take some time to get to know her. She won't eat herself to death.

Hope this helps!!!


Philly81 6 years ago

Thanx radgirl, I'll try that. She actually seems a lot more mellow than she did before. The last couple times I looked in at her she didn't lunge, in fact I checked on her last night and she was actually looking out at me, as if sayin "Hey pay attention to me!" Thanx for the advice and I'll keep ya posted on her.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Philly81-Glad I could help. You'll get to know her in no time.


Philly81 6 years ago

I think so too. Bought 5 more crickets for her today. Big fat ones. She's taken 2 so far and it looks like she's workin on a 3rd. She stalked the 2nd one I fed her for about 10 minutes, finally cornering it and literally snagging it in mid-air when it tried to hop away! Pretty entertaining. Tomorrow I'm gonna try picking her up and see how she acts. Seems like she's comin around though. Thanx again! Love your site!


gum 6 years ago

i killed myn


levi 6 years ago

Hi, great site, i bought my first tarantula about a month ago, its about 2cm in size, i bought it as a Mexican fireleg, but now not so sure, because she looks exactly like a chilean rose. she stopped eating about a week and a half ago, i chuck a cricket in there every 2nd night, but if she hasnt taken it by the morning i remove it, and she is getting a bald patch on her abdomen, so i'm hoping for a moult soon, to see if she gets the fireleg colouring or if the petshop sold me the wrong spider. Her name is Wednesday by the way, no clue if it is really a girl, but i also have a 5 month old green iguana and we named it Avo and refer to it as a him. i hope she's a girl, would like to give breeding a go. anyway, thanks again for the great site


Philly81 6 years ago

Handled my T for the first time today. She was really good. Had to coax her a little bit to get her in my hand, but she was really mellow once she was in my hand. I put her back in the tank and now she's climbed to the top of her tank by the lid and she just hangs there now, like she wants more attention. Is that normal?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Philly81-Great! I'm glad she's coming around. It's totally normal for them to want more attention. You will learn her cues over time. Jenna hangs at the top of the cage when she's hungry, and sort of moves her fangs. If she wants attention, she just hangs out.

Gum-I'm so sorry that yours didn't make it.

Levi-Thanks for the kind words, I hope your little spider shows you what she is before too long!


Philly81 6 years ago

Hey Radgirl, something else I was curious about. I heard that CRH tarantulas like being petted on their abdomens, as long as you're gentle about it. Is that true? And also, the reason I'm asking is because I tried doing that with my girl a few times. Each time she moved a little bit, but she didn't really seem agitated. Then finally, about the tenth time, she kinda hunched over and raised her abdomen off the ground. I heard that tarantulas will do this if they're annoyed or feel threatened so I just left her alone after that. However, she didn't rear up, she didn't show her fangs, hell she didn't even turn around to face me. She just hunched over and raised her abdomen. Any thoughts? Thanx


jeb 6 years ago

has one of your spiders died.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Philly81-I wouldn't worry unless she tries really hard to get away or rears up. She may just like it. She might have been assuming the position to flick her hairs at you though, so just be cautious and aware. You'll learn her behaviors quickly. What's normal for one is not for another.

Jeb-I have not experienced that myself.

Hope this helps!


j young 6 years ago

i have had my rosie for 7 years two days ago i thought she went to molting on her back in a hole and she still hasnt moved whats crazy is my scorpion died about a week after they ate and now my baby how long till i call her dead


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

j young-OH NO!!! It sounds like you got some bad food. I have heard of that happening before, but not for a really long time. Mites from food is more of an issue than food killing them. I am so sorry to see that, you must be devastated. I recommend most people give it a week before they remove their spider.

Has anyone in the neighborhood fumigated lately? Sometimes pesticides from neighbors can seep into your home and kill your pets.

I am so sorry. I can't imagine what it will be like the day I loose Jenna.


Philly81 6 years ago

Yea, now that you mention it, she did have her hind legs curled up towards the top of her abdomen a little bit, so she might've been preparing a "hair-assault"! Like I said, I left her alone after that. Picked her up a couple days later when she was climbing the side of her tank and she was perfectly chill. Weird! Love your site and thanx for the advice. Hope I'm not posting comments too much!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Philly81-Anytime. You're not posting too much. Knowledge is power, and better animal husbandry is going to give your little friend a better life. Thank you for your kind words!


jyoung 6 years ago

can u give us a good website to purchase a goliath bird eater r good spider thank u


leil 6 years ago

um i have a rose hair and she wont eat she has not in a week at all and i let her pout every morning then get her in 15 to 20 min but she dont want to eat and i dont know hoe long they can survive without food

plz someone help

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shithead 6 years ago

i want a chilean rose hair


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

jyoung-you should look up exotic pet dealers in your area and call them. I don't really recommend a bird eater unless you are really a serious spider owner because they are NOT friendly, they are VERY aggressive, and only for display. They are not for the beginning owner. Make sure you get all of the information from a local exotic dealer before you purchase one.

Leil-They don't eat that often. One week is fine. Some go months without eating at all. Just put some food in for her every few days, leave it for a day, if she doesn't eat it, take it out, then offer it a few days later. She'll eat when she's hungry. If she stops eating for a really long time and starts to look shriveled up, then it's time to worry.

shithead-I think you need a new name and a rose hair =]

I hope this helps!!!


Arachlover 6 years ago

I live in Namibia in Africa on the cost where most of the time it is very misty or foggy and i dono if it will be ok to get a chilean tarantular i love spiders very much and very facinated about them and want to get to know them more, your advise will be most appriciated


Arachlover 6 years ago

Oh and my friend says that it would be better getting a Rangoon Mustard tarantular, i dono if his just kidding but my friend says they are better for bigginners but i actualy want a chilean do you think i should get a rangoon? And if also ok pls tell me how to take a T out of its cage and prevent it from bitting me and also to prevent me actualy hurting it. Once again your advise will be most appriciated.


Philly81 6 years ago

Man, this spider's a pig! She literally ate a dozen crickets in 3 days (actually, she's chowin' on the last one right now). And less than a week ago she scarfed a pinky mouse and 3 more crickets! So you figure that's 15 crickets and one mouse in a week. Am I feeding her too much? Is she preparing for a molt? Or is it just a hearty appetite? Also, is it true that CRH Tarantulas are easier to handle after they've fed well? Just curious


Philly81 6 years ago

You know what? I think she might be preparing to molt, because I checked on her before I left for work and I noticed a big, shiny spot on the top of her abdomen. it wasn't bald, there was still some hairs covering it, but there was less hair this morning than there was last night, and as I said, the spot was very shiny and kinda speckled a little. You think she's preparing a molt?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

arachlover-I would suggest a Chilean or a Mexican red-knee for beginners. That would be my choice. They are both hardy, docile, and not aggressive. I wouldn't worry about the fog and such where you live as long as they have a habitat that has humidity and warmth, food, a hidey hole, and a water source.

Philly81-Jenna goes through binge periods too. They won't eat too much, so if she's eating, I say feed her. You're probably right about her getting ready to molt. Jenna's abdomen gets really dark before a molt because you can see the new hairs.

hope this helps!


Arachlover 6 years ago

Radgirl thanks very much I have read through your whole site and found it very resourceful Im gona tell all my friends about it. I have been searching all over the Internet just to get these answers And finely got them thanks to you and your site,And now i don't know what else to ask because i have everything on this HubPage. Thanks once again, now i know that it would be safe getting a Chilean T and it being ok.


Arachlover 6 years ago

Sorry i said thanks to much times. :)


Philly81 6 years ago

Yea, if I can figure out how to attach a picture I'll send it to you, if that's alright. You can see clear as crystal the shiny spot, while still covered with hairs, is definitely noticeable.


Arachlover 6 years ago

I just wanted to ask how you know if your T is sick or hurt and what to do


Philly81 6 years ago

Hey it's me again. Is it absolutely essential to remove uneaten crickets or other prey from the enclosure? Because I dumped a whole bunch (about 5 or 6) in at once and the ones that she wasn't currently chawin away on hid from her. This was during the binge I told you about. I left the crickets in there for almost 3 days. They were still healthy, and I would remove the top of the enclosure and poke at the crickets until she would snag them. As I said, she ate all of them. Should I not do that anymore?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Arachlover-Don't be sorry! I'm so glad that you found this thread resourceful. I think that if we just take a little piece of the knowledge of every T owner, we just might get them to the end of a full happy life, lol!

You will know just by getting to "know" your T if she's sick or hurt. I don't know how to explain it, but I can tell just by the way Jenna is acting if she's hungry, or if there's something bothering her, or if she just wants attention. Things to look for are missing legs, open sores, shriveled abdomen, weird behavior, pulling her legs in like she's turning into a ball, if she has mites. It depends on what's going on with her whether or not you can do anything about it. They are very hardy, but not all make it past the first year in a new home. Just pay attention to her cues and you'll know what is normal behavior and when she's trying to tell you that something's wrong.

Philly-It sounds like she's getting ready to molt to me. I'd just do what you're doing, and don't freak when you find her up-side-down, and when she climbs out of her old body, don't mess with her for at least a week(I wait too because Jenna made it very clear that I needed to give her 2 weeks, haha).

About removing crickets, it's really up to you. I have a pig for a spider, so I very rarely have to remove one, and it's usually because it was an idiot and drowned in the water dish. Some people are very insistent that you have to remove them, some spiders get very irritated by them if you leave them in for more than a couple of days. If leaving them in didn't make her crabby, don't worry. If one dies, for sure, get it the heck out of there. I wouldn't leave them in forever, but there isn't any harm as long as your spider is a happy camper.

Hope this helps!


Philly81 6 years ago

K cool, thanx a lot Radgirl, your site's been a big help! Yea she's kinda skittish when I touch her and that shiny spot's still there. I'll keep ya posted on her. Luv your site and thanx again!


Generic7000 6 years ago

radgirl, I cannot thank you enough for all the interesting and usefull information this/ your site has provided me with!

I live in Pretoria, South-Africa and my housemate and I each picked up our 1st T's today, mine being the CRT and his the Curly Hair (his is +/- 6 months old). I am unfortunatly unsure of mines age (the seller couldn't guess, but said roughly the same as the CH), but he/she's about an inch wide and almost an inch tall. Oddly it's the most adorable yet glorious organism I have come to "own" or rather share my habitat with- I love it so much already :D

I would like to hear your verdict on artificial heating though (only semi-heating of course, like a lamp or something warm underneath? I have done a bit of research by now but would like an experienced keeper's opnion), as it is winter here now and I don't want the habitat or the peats temperature to drop below warm/musky conditions..?

I will keep following the thread, and many many thanks from me and Pandora! :)


Generic7000 6 years ago

Additionally I would most certainly not be unthankful for any useful tips, advice or information! Thanks again radgirl and everyone else ;)


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sealboy84 6 years ago

Hey Radgirl... it seems that you have some new fans. I picked up a couple of orphans today. I also created a page for myself. I don't want to get in trouble for self promotion so I am not going to post the link. but I will say that it is on hubpage and the you can see my three Ts there.


natallie88 6 years ago

hey radgirl . I have a chilean rose called Rosey she is about 10 11 years old , had her since she was young . She has been totaly healthy and shed most years but all of asudden she has well looks like a sore or hair loss on her abdormen ?? . She has a pot of spider gell / criket water and she will sit in an drink . The tank is sprayed about 2 times aweek and she hates it . Any help ???


Philly81 6 years ago

Holy crap! I came home from work and checked on Cora (my T). I found her sprawled out face down on her belly. Not crouched, not hunkered down but straight up sprawled out like a human playing dead! Legs flat and facing forward, and abdomen on the ground! I went to remove the top of her cage to see if she was alright and she regained her footing, and is still in classic pose. Scared the hell outta me! Is she alright?!


sytorra 6 years ago

i am now a 8th grader n i hade my chilen rose spider since i was n 2nd grade. at first he was just a science fair project buh then he started doin strange stuff so i kept him for an extra year so i can revew my old project. after that science fair i was goin to set it free but my older cusins liked to play with him and pick him up to scare people. im to scared to pick him up cuz i dnt want to kill my lil baby but i hade hum for 7 years no and i feel like me and roseavelt [my spider] have a relly strong connection.


sytorra 6 years ago

i am now a 8th grader n i hade my chilen rose spider since i was n 2nd grade. at first he was just a science fair project buh then he started doin strange stuff so i kept him for an extra year so i can revew my old project. after that science fair i was goin to set it free but my older cusins liked to play with him and pick him up to scare people. im to scared to pick him up cuz i dnt want to kill my lil baby but i hade hum for 7 years no and i feel like me and roseavelt [my spider] have a relly strong connection.


sytorra 6 years ago

dam rad girl do u kno how many times u comment on this. we all kno u proud of your self but god dam u is fukin up this web sit with all your unexiting comments. and if u plan to say any thing bak i suggest u dnt cuz best n beleve i do fight grown people


Philly81 6 years ago

Hey Radgirl, still waiting for a response but in the meantime jus wanna say your site kicks ass and has been a big help. Don't let that little punkass wimp get to you. Yea I mean you sytorra! Keep up the good work Radgirl.


sambo 6 years ago

Hey, I just bought a chilean rose for my mums birthday and s silly as thia does sound, is it normal for her to spin a web in the corner in order for her to eat? And how long will it take. Before she eats her crickets?? Were new to all this so are still finding out about her character etc. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks. Xx


Becca1994 6 years ago

Heyy, haven't been on this for a while, had loads of exams, i held Aragog(big Harry Potter fan) and it was amazing, holding him loads now and its really awesome even though loads of my friends are freaked out and wont come in my house anymore :L is there certain signs you should look out for when they are going to shed their skin? xD btw thanks for the help last time radgirl, your awesome! xD


Eros  6 years ago

I just got my first spider and she has eaten 2 crickets and a pinky mouse is it too soon for her to eat a pinky she is the size of my palm and seems to be doing fine. I believe her to be a female and I named her Octavia Shock. Do they all need heat ? I live in california in a tiny apartment it ranges from 70-80 degress. And spritz once a day? How often do I change the substrate and do they need hides? Thanks I been looking over some of the info and its amazing what these spideys can do =)

email me at erosalternativeego@yahoo.com


Paul 6 years ago

Hey, how do you know when your tarantula is beginning to molt?


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Dear readers,

I apologize to everyone who has asked a question in the past month or so and not received a response. Family reasons pulled me away for a bit. I hope all of your 8-legged friends are well!

Paul-When Jenna is ready to molt, she doesn't eat, she kicks the hair off her butt and her bald spot turns black(the hair underneath her exoskeleton). I then know that some time in the coming weeks, she's going to molt. Every spider, however, is different. After 4 or 5 molts, you'll know her cues.

Eros-If your home stays that warm all year, I wouldn't worry about a heat source, however, if you keep the ac on and your home doesn't stay warm, I would consider a rock. You can also get a rock and plug it in only when temps get low. Living in Cali, you're gonna want to make sure your humidity stays up by spritzing the habitat once every day with a fine light mist. Don't drench, just a little. As for pinky mice, here's a good rule of thumb: If it's bigger than your spider, don't feed it to her.

Becca-see Paul's answer.

sambo-when you first get your spider friend home, one of two things will happen. Either she'll eat like a big fat pig and freak you out, or she'll not eat for weeks, or even a couple of months, and, well...freak you out. They take time to adjust to change. The vibrations in her new home are different, and she will want to learn them all in order to feel comfortable. They all have favorite places to spin webs. Jenna spins hers over her heat rock to keep it from running away(I think, anyway, haha). Just make sure to take any cricket bodies out of the tank if they die, and eventually she will eat when she's hungry enough.

Philly81, I am so sorry I left you hangin! I think she's fine. She's probably just stretching. Had she just molted? Jenna some times acts funny after a molt, like she's stretching into her new exoskeleton or something. If she's eating, spending time moving around, and not injured, I wouldn't worry. she's just funny!

Sytorra-I'm sorry that my lack of response made you angry. I will start by saying that I am so glad you kept him instead of setting her free. Setting exotics free is very dangerous to local habitats, so you made an excellent choice by keeping him. I'm very glad you have a connection. If you haven't handled him in the 7 years you've had him, it might freak him out, so if you choose to, start off slow. Maybe, put your hand in and let him explore it a few times before actually picking him up. If he does bite, which he will only do if extremely threatened, freeze. Don't jump, you'll fling him into the wall and he'll bust his abdomen, which is almost always fatal.

Natalie88-She might be getting ready to molt. Jenna makes a bald spot right before she molts. I don't use gel stuff as a water source because I've seen too many times that a spider will die from dehydration from it. Don't get me wrong, some live forever on it, but I hate having to teach some one how to make an ICU from dehydration. If you've always used it, I'm sure it's fine, but if you just got her, watch her closely. Keep spritzing the tank once every day for her. She acts like she hates it because of the shock of getting hit with water, the same way you would on a hot summer day getting hit by the hose. You like it, but it initially shocks you until you're used to the temperature of the water. Gel won't contribute to humidity at all, so keep spritzing and have fun!

Sealboy-I went to your site, beautiful spiders! I'm so glad that you take orphans in. So many people get them and then realize that they don't want them and abuse or try to kill or free them. It's a damn shame.

Generic-I use a rock. There's a lot of controversy with them, because old rocks had hot spot issues(although mine is as old as Jenna, so it's an old one). It's a small one, so it doesn't take up much space, she webs it down, and sits on it when she wants. I know people who use matts successfully, and there are some who use lamps. The problem most find with lamps is that they heat the entire tank. You want your spider to be able to go to a cool spot if she feels too hot, or visa-versa. That's why I chose a rock. I have always used rocks for snakes and lizards too, and I have never experienced a hot spot problem. That said, I always buy mid-range equipment. I don't waste money on the super expensive, but I definitely don't buy the cheap stuff, which I think most people do, and that's why they have hot spot problems. I have never been happy with the mats, so I don't really mess with them. Lots of people swear by them though. If you do get a rock, just check it from time to time by putting your hand on it and feeling for hot spots.

Again, I apologize for leaving any questions unanswered, and I hope this helps!!


Philly81 6 years ago

Thanx for replying radgirl. Hope all's good with your family. Yea Rozzie (I changed her name) seems great. I pick her up and handle her everyday. She hasn't molted yet, but then she hasn't eaten anything in almost a month, even when I fed her. The spot on her abdomen (I think) is slowly gettin darker so maybe she'll finally shed. Yea she's something else! I can understand how you feel about Jenna, if anything happened to Roz I'd be devastated. People think I'm nuts but hey, she's my pet and a part of my family ya know? Thanx again for gettin back to me, hope all's well and I'll keep ya posted.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Philly81-She's totally displaying molting behavior. The black on her abdomen is the new hair under her old exoskeleton. Just keep doing what you're doing. As she gets closer to molting, she'll probably want to be held less, and absolutely not for 2 weeks after. Some only wait 1 week, but I give Jenna 2 just to make sure her new exoskeleton is nice and hard, and she likes that. She would flick hairs at me if I tried any earlier. They are pretty awesome!


Philly81 6 years ago

Okay. The spot seems to "change color" depending on the angle and light that you look at it in. Actually, do you have an e-mail address I can send pics to? I took a bunch of pics and that spot definitely changes in appearance. If you do that'd be great, if not, no shakes either. Thanx. Sorry to keep buggin you about this.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

You can email any pictures to PortlandParentingExaminer@gmail.com.

She's changing under that exoskeleton as she approaches a molt. It's sort of neat.


Philly81 6 years ago

Gotcha! Thanx radgirl, you been a big help!


Arachlover 6 years ago

Hi Radgirl i went away for a while and could not read your response but now I know everything i needed to know and was worried about, now i can get a tarantular and give it a happy life thanks to you. I will definietly recommend this sight to anyone who wants to know about tarantulas. Thanks alot Radgirl.


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Arachlover-

Thanks a lot! I think that it's communities like this where people come together to share stories, information,and real research that make people like you want to be great spidey parents!!


Philly81 6 years ago

Is it normal for tarantulas to web a lot before they molt? Because Rozzie only had a small "carpet" of webbing when I first bought her, and now she's got "curtains" to match, as well as fresh webbing on her little log. I put an artificial branch in her cage a few weeks ago and she webbed all over that too! It's almost to the point that I can't get my hand in there anymore without disturbing her "art", I'd guess you'd call it. Any thoughts?


Arachlover 6 years ago

Hey Radgirl, I just wanted to know how you must pick up a tarantular without hurting it. Im very worried that i might hurt it or somthing.


chileroselover 6 years ago

hi i got my tarantua yesturday its so cute but in was thinkin does it matter how many crickets u give ur spider cause i can not tell how many it has eaten.

also my spider is a sub adult and im worried it is a boy who will live for a year do u know any way of finding out which sex it is

1 more thing im i okay to pick up my spider im worried he/she will hate me and if ican pick her up would getting her to climb in to a small container and laying your hand for her to clmb on be a good idea ????


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

chileroselover-

Let me start by saying congratulations on your new pet! It can be scary at first getting used to handling a big spider, but over time you'll see that they really aren't aggressive at all unless they really feel threatened.

About crickets-if you're not seeing dead cricket bodies in your spider's habitat, she's eating them. Remove any dead bodies, and don't worry about a head count. A lot of times brand new spiders will either not eat for months or eat everything in site based on how they were treated before they came to live with you. They will not over eat and get fat. You'll know when she's had enough.

About the sex-google pictures of male and female Ts to get an idea of anatomy. It's easier than explaining breeding hooks without a picture.

Hope this helps!


chileroselover 6 years ago

thanks for replying :)

ive got another thing she tends to climb on the walls well put half her body up it is this normal


chileroselover 6 years ago

hi again ,

she is still doing it -trying to climb the wall but i stroked her with a paint brush and she was really calm


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Chileroselover-Climbing is normal. They like to do it, so I wouldn't worry. Just make sure her habitat isn't really tall, because they fall a lot, and you don't want her to fall from high enough to create an injury.


chileroselover 6 years ago

oh thanks thats okay then my tank is not very high because i couldn't fit my arms down to the bottom of the big tanks :)


boo_goddamnit 6 years ago

My rosehair lost its pedipalps during his last molt and also did sum damage to his fangs and has not eaten in a few months now, i can throw in a cricket and he wants to eat it but can not, just ends up killing it trying to eat it, any advice on what else i can feed him??


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

boo_goddamnit-It is very rare for a T to loose its pedipals during a molt. Without knowing the extend of fang damage, I really don't know what to feed him. Make sure you keep him hydrated. If his abdomen starts to look shriveled, you may have to put him in an ICU to rehydrate him. If you used a really long pair of tweezers and held the food to it's fangs, do you think it could eat some of it?


Philly81 6 years ago

Rozzie's finally molting!! Came home last night and found a new "carpet" on the floor of her cage, in addition to all the new decor I told you about that she spun a few weeks back. Checked on her again about an hour later and found her upside down and laid out. Can't wait'll she's finished!


chileroselover 6 years ago

hi its me again ive started to know the personality of my tarantula now ...... she seems a bit aggressive but it dont matter to be honest i wasn't going to hold her any way cause i know if she did bite of something i would accidentally chuck her in to the wall or drop her and also if she did bite i have a thing were i bleed for ages after small cuts so you know that would be bad .

im a bit worried about newly named tinkerbell as she tends to raise her abdomen in the air a bit .is this a defensive measure if it is it i dont see why she is doing it because sometimes she does it even when no ones in the room .

could she be doing it at the crickets in her tank because there was a beetle on her foot when she was doing it.

thanks


chileroselover  6 years ago

she has went back down now after about 3hours she raised her abdomen in 2 places :( weird.

sos got another question but does it mean ts are asleep even when they are not in there tunnel thing cause mine stays out all day unless she wants to get to the other end of the tank using the tunnel . also is she asleep when she buts her legs up covering the front part of her face


Philly81 6 years ago

She finished her molt about 48 hours ago. She's beautiful. Her legs seem kinda long in proportion to the rest of her body though, and her abdomen seems smaller than before. Not shriveled, just smaller. Is that normal?


Angelique 6 years ago

i have a wild chilean rose hair tarantula.she loves her new home thank you for all the help and info.i save her off the road their was only some cars.she was almost run over.about 3 days ago.i was afraid to hold her but its night time but in the morning i am going to hold her.THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INFO.


chileroselover 6 years ago

sorry in last comment i meant to put

"when she PUTS her legs up covering her face"

also what are signs of molting tinkerbell has put down a few strands of web and is staying in the same place

thanks


chileroselover 6 years ago

ahhhhhhhhhhh please help i opened the tank to my tarantula and i didn't even do anything on she ran off


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Philly-They can be sort of out of proportion after a molt, I wouldn't worry.

chileroselover-do you mean your T ran away and you can't find her? She will like dark places, and will be hiding, and she's more likely to move at night when there are less vibrations. Be careful that all of your windows and vents are closed, and good luck! She'll more than likely turn up somewhere. Let me know if you find her!!

Angelique-You are a great person to have saved her. Start slowly introducing yourself to her before you just pick her up, and see how she reacts. She may be so scared that she'll just run away, or she may be glad to not have to hunt for food ever again. You never know.

Hope this helps!


chileriselover  6 years ago

sorry i went a bit OTT with the comments and im so sorry i didn't mean she ran out of her tank i opened her tank and she ran in her log thing and i heard that that was not good but she has not done it since. its weird sometimes she like drags her bum across the floor and makes her front tall but doesn't raise any legs though do u know what she is doing

and.........

does it mean ts are asleep even when they are not in there tunnel thing cause mine stays out all day unless she wants to get to the other end of the tank using the tunnel .

thanksx


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Chileriselover-

No worries. It just sounds like she has a personality. As long as she's eating and drinking and she moves around, I wouldn't worry about her behavior unless she's patrolling constantly.

If she runs away every time you put your hand it, then she is afraid. It will take some time for her to get used to the idea of being handled.

They don't only sleep in their tunnel. They do pretty much whatever they want. Sort of like a cat.

Hope this helps!


Sphinx 6 years ago

I was wondering, what brand of enclosure is that picture of in the article, id love to get my hands on one they are seemingly quite nice.


Tornadoflame 6 years ago

HI Radgirl

Ive been searching for a good Chilean Rose Forum a long time now his looks like it Im From South Africa and i got a chilean Rose Sling about 2 weeks back still small about 5 cm or so im worried i know they can go long without food and that they reign from the Atacama Desert in chile when i got the sling it was pinkish and you could like almost see trough the exoskeleton but has hairs and so on nice and red lol but had not eaten anything yet mealworms nor crickets trying each day adomen still looks nice and fat and it loves walking on me in the manner that it dont want to go back in the cage lol im keeping it in a smallish plastic container with sand substrate and rocks those tipe you get at a riverside seems to like it bacause it walks around and sit on the rocks Im new at this thing but did do homework before getting it but know i feel stupid not knowing what to do

Thanks

Corban

South Africa


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Corban-The general rule of thumb I'm getting from breeders is that you need to make sure the food is relative to the size of the T. It may not go after things that are larger than it, so make sure you're feeding tiny mealworms to start. I have also been told that some times you have to put their food in a jar lid or something to keep it from burrowing so the baby T can find it better.

Keep offering food and when it's hungry, it will eat. Right now, it sounds really small, so I would just keep doing what you're doing, keep track of how many mealworms you put in, leave them overnight, then count them in the morning. Use a small container for the worms, such as a lid to a small jar of cherries or something that your baby will have no problem getting into.

Maybe it just has stage fright.

Hope this helps!


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Spynx- You can find the enclosures at http://www.tarantulahomes.com/

I do not have one, so I cannot give an opinion. Mine is from a fish tank retailer that I got for super cheap because it wouldn't hold water.

Corban-The general rule of thumb I'm getting from breeders is that you need to make sure the food is relative to the size of the T. It may not go after things that are larger than it, so make sure you're feeding tiny mealworms to start. I have also been told that some times you have to put their food in a jar lid or something to keep it from burrowing so the baby T can find it better.

Keep offering food and when it's hungry, it will eat. Right now, it sounds really small, so I would just keep doing what you're doing, keep track of how many mealworms you put in, leave them overnight, then count them in the morning. Use a small container for the worms, such as a lid to a small jar of cherries or something that your baby will have no problem getting into.

Maybe it just has stage fright.

Hope this helps!


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Tornadoflame 6 years ago

I also think so what is the normal time for t's to ajust to their new home ? and what would you recomend for feeding ?

Thanks for the help atleast im not alone


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radgirl 6 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Tornadoflame-

It depends on the T. Some adjust right away, some take a month or so to be comfortable in their new homes. A lot of it has to do with the vibrations in their new home and where they came from. Some of it has to do with their personality.

People feed everything from crickets to mealworms to locusts and even pinky mice. I feed Jenna crickets because it's what she prefers. She won't eat mealworms or any other bugs, and I have a weird thing about feeding pinky mice because I don't ever want her to think my hand is a pinky mouse or something, but that's just me.

Hope this helps!


jeffrey walmsley 6 years ago

hi ive been feeding my chile rose on locusts and she is not interested now.but still active.i spray the tank.and also put a light in there.to keep her warm.and warms up to it.and now she laying webs on the floor as she shed her skin but not to much of it though.i am still a novice with tarntulas.it would be helpful for a bit more advce as you know alot about them.my email is .jeffwarm@hotmail.co.uk.thanks many


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Tornadoflame 6 years ago

The breeder i bought her from feeds all his t's gut loaded pinhead crickets so i think it is my best bet but i will keep doing what i am doing every night it will eat some time last night i also moved he/she out of the main living room where the pc and stereo system is into my room hope that is better thank you for your help


sparks 5 years ago

Radgirl- I bought my female T about a week ago. She was aggressive at first, Flicking hairs when i switched her cage, an for this first week she has eaten about 8 crickets. Now i keep the humidity pretty well in her cage an bought a himidity reader. I keep a red heat lamp on top of the cage for warmth an a lizard rock for her water. The pet stores told me to keep a sponge in there so she can drink along with so the crickets can get outta that water before they drown. (Which does help :P) i bought a kinda of substrate bedding that you soak for 30 mins before you can tear it up an put under her. She has half a log, A couple fake vines hanging in her cage, an a little wooden thing she came with. The store said she was bred there an is about 6 months old. Which she isn't large but isn't big. But here the past two days she hasn't moved much. I can handel her with ease an she isn't easily scared. She will move if i give her a lil push on the butt an every time i go to reach in the cage or put crickets in a pet her or at least her leg so she knows i there. She has stayed on top of the little log the store gave me with it right under the heat lamp, an won't go after any crickets, nor will she move unless i reach in to pet her to make sure she is ok. (BTW i named her kaia) I love her so much already the 5th day i had her she just sat on my shoulder for a hour an a half while i was on my lap top playing music. She seemed to enjoy the ones she could feel the beat to, as she would slowly move her pedipals. :) It's cute. But i'm worried with her not moving so much an just staying on that rock if i am doing something wrong, or if she just really likes the heat. The first few days i used a under the glass heater about the size of the log i bought which she stayed under for a few days an the heat thermostat was set at 70. But as i've sad i'm worried maybe she is sick or something. She won't climb on my hand yet but she has only flung hairs once an that was when i was switching her into the 10 gallon i bought. Any advice would be very helpful! As i am nervous this is my first T, An already is one with the family.

Thanks!


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sparks88 5 years ago from Missouri

BTW (sorry decided to creat a account, name change. lol) I do appreciate all the advice on this page there is so much knowledge that the books just don't cover. AMAZING is all i have to say. BTW the head pad under her log as been removed. about a day ago cause i thought maybe it was making the cage floor too warm for her.


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sparks88 5 years ago from Missouri

ok so update already. She has finally started to make a little movement. But she is wiping her pedipals on the underneath of her an moving her teeth in an out. . .Think she is trying to molt? or just clean herself?


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radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Jeffrey-Hi there, welcome to the world of spiders. Glad to have you. You're doing everything right. Try different foods. My Jenna only likes crickets and apples. Some like mealworms. Have fun learning her personality!!!

Tornadoflame-Good planning, I hope it eases her a bit. Let me know if you have more questions!!

Sparks-It sounds like she's getting ready for a molt. Be careful using a sponge, make sure it's really wet, or she could dehydrate. Danger signs are shriveled abdomen, curling legs underneath, or being up-side-down for more than a day or two. They go through periods where they like to scamper and where they don't. Some will go weeks on end without eating. She sounds really happy though, so I would just keep doing what you're doing and see what happens.

Hope this helps!!


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sparks88 5 years ago from Missouri

Thanks for the info. I've seen her using the sponge to drink with. i change her water everyday. Her hairs are getting white. Is that a good sign or a bad sign? she has picked up eating more an been alot more active. i got her a 20 gal tank. An she webs EVERYTHING! lol. BTW her pic is my display photo. I just changed it. Take a look


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Aaaargh she is still not eating since i got her she has not fed at all Need to stress ? keeping water bowl filled she is still walking around and some days just sits in the hide abdomen still looking nice and fat, tried crickets and mealworms just ignoring it turns away and walks another way I hope she knows she is not going to grow nice and big if she does not eat Noticed she got some sort of whitish colour when i hold her in the light its as if the skin is darker underneath but she still likes to be handeld do not want to get off lol

Is still love spiders thinking of getting a Curly hair think im hooked would a curly hair eat better ?lol


sambo  5 years ago

i am getting a chilean rose trarantula but i dont know what decorations to put in the cage


sambo  5 years ago

i am getting a chilean rose trarantula but i dont know what decorations to put in the cage


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Sparks-she's beautiful, and she sounds like Jenna's soul sister(as far as webbing everything). I think she's totally healthy and normal, keep doing what you're doing!

Tornadoflame-give her a chance to get used to her surroundings. Put some crickets in and leave them for 3 days, then count how many are left. She may just be picky. Some only eat at night when you're not looking.

Sambo-Get her a hiding place and something to climb, but not high enough for her to fall and bust her abdomen. Other than that, too much stuff can stress her out. I have some plastic bones, a log cave, a water dish, and a heat rock. That's it, and she's happy as a clam.


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sparks88 5 years ago from Missouri

She hasn't molted yet. But her abdomen is getting quite large which means she is healthy right? i am currently using a uv light during the daytime to help with her getting uv an digestion. she loves it. Lately she has been getting a little skidish when i go to pick her up. Should that be something to worry about?


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Haha im so Jealouse you guys all have Big rosies myne still a sling but i think the reward i going to be good seeing it growing bigger from this small speck size if he/she just can start eating i have even chandged the substrate to coco peat atleast he/she not climbing up against the sides anymore but no eating yet but abdomen still looking plump and healty Very nice looking spidey Sparks whats her size ?


ARTASSASSIN 5 years ago

MY CHILEAN ROSE IS 2 AND IT ABDOMINE IS REALY SMALL AND WRINKLY IS THAT OKAA FOR A TWO YEAR OLD PLEASE I AM WORRIED


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Sounds like its sick you should get it in a icu immediately sounds like it lost lots of liquid follow youtube link to se how to make an icu for your t leave it there till its fully hidrated again hopes he makes it :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lAx1z6vKZE


RocCity 5 years ago

Hey All,

Quick questions I'm hoping you can help me out with! I just got a beautiful Chilean Rose Hair yesterday and got her into the terrarium. It's a 10 gallon tank with coconut bark bedding, water dish, half-log hiding space, and fake plants. I keep the temperature around 82, but am curious as to what to keep the humidity at. The pet store had it extremely arid (around 30%) to mimic the desert area from where it naturally lives, but many forums I've been on suggest a higher humidity (60-70%). Which should I keep it at?

Secondly, not hours after she entered the tank she built a full-on barrier to the opening of the burrow. I think that she was trying to burrow, but there is no way out of the den now. Should I open it back up for her or leave her be? I'm trying to eliminate as much stress on her as she gets acclimated to the new environment, but am worried that she'll be trapped in there. I can see her from the opposite end of the tank, and she's just hanging out in there. Is this OK?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!


SD 5 years ago

Hi Guys

i have had my chilli for just over 2 months now. she is called rosie and wow does she have a personality!

a few questions ,, do they have any other reason to web? or is it just for malting ? x


artassassin 5 years ago

can you ovrfeed them and wa happens when you do my is fine now i done a icu it worked great


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Well artassassin he/she will have a hefty appetite now but be happy my Rosie have not ate in 3 months now and it still a sling i'll recommend about feeding once or twice a week with your choice of feeder insects usually crickets very glad the icu worked he/she would not have made it i think SD They webbing is normal it means they are making it their home webbing in nature are used by them for sensing their prey Tarantulas are actually blind they know the difference between light and dark thats about it so all is done trough vibration Webbing is not bad Roccity Humidity wise i will say right about 70 - 80 i use coco peat and i spray the substrate 1ce a week and its fine Do not worry if she wants to get out she will she is maybe due for a molt or just very skittish give her a week or 2 Enjoy you guys hoped i helped


Arachlover 5 years ago

Hey again, Have no clue what to do anymore, Namibia does not have a T anywhere except in SA, im thinking on flying one over but dont know how to pack it (any tips)thanks :)


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

This video will help you alot in packing a t's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmBAb8C0qQc

Enjoy


artassassin 5 years ago

thank you alot tornadflmae the i cu worked i feed her 3 time s a week she is back to normal thanks alot again


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Glad i could help sounds normal

Have a good one :)


mel 5 years ago

hi just wanted to know if any1 can sex a tarantula had mine for few months pet shop was pretty sure is female n all my research says the same she has recently molted oh my god amazing!!!!


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Look for mating hooks on first 2 legs and swollen pedipalps then you will know its a male thats the easiest females have larger bodies than males Where males have longer legs in proportion to body


artassassin 5 years ago

can you pick all tarantulas up


Mevludin Ramadanovic 5 years ago

LOl i Have 3 Spiders I Was scare Too Death From Spiders Thane I Decided To Purchase 1 Male Rose Hair Tarantula After 3days I Search t On The Internet About e Spiders And found Out Thar Kind Cool ihhi Know I Have 3 Spiders,

1,Female Rose And 1 Male Rose ,And 1 Pink Too,

Am Only Holding The 2 Male Spiders Because The Female Its Kind Aggressive Don't Know Why But I Thing Its The Natural Way That Female's Are Aggressive ihihih ??


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Its not recommended to handle any T but you Grammostola and Brachypelma T's are the best for handling all your old world t's are very agressive like Lasiodora species and african and indian baboon spiders Its is a Big DO NOT HANDLE ME !


Darren 5 years ago

I have been a proud owner of a chilean rose spider for 19 years! Yes its the same one. Always very docile and scared of most thing..(except food) recently she has started getting aggressive, raising up when i change her water or feed her. Is it just old age or sexual maturity? I am slightly concerned thats all..

Darren


artassassin 5 years ago

how often a year do they shed/molt


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

artassassin depending on the age of the T ?Slings will molt a few times a year were an adult Chilean Rose will only molt one time during a year but they are known to skip some years Darren my tought is old age that is a very old spider for captivity just keep doing what you are doing have you ever had a male with her ?


Lisa 5 years ago

Radgirl-

I posted 20 months ago here when I had just gotten my rose hair, thought I'd say thanks again for your help!

In that time my tarantula, previously Charlotte now Charlie, has molted twice. His second molt was his sexual maturing molt, so I was very upset to think I would only have him a short while longer. However he molted back on March 3rd and is still with me on December 21st. I still love him to death and will be very sad when he leaves me, but he's been a fantastic animal ambassador, helping many people overcome their fear of spiders. I could not have asked for a better tarantula. :]

Thanks again for all your help in keeping my first (definitely not my last. :]) chilean rose hair.


Darren 5 years ago

Thanks for your Reply Tornadoflame. I have never had a male in with her, never had a friend who had a spider. Just me. shes a beautiful Spider, still has her colour. Shes is more on the flame side of red. I am starting to feel that there are less yeas ahead with her than there are behind. Its sad to think this, the aggressivness just concerns me thats all. She is happy, and eats regularly.I love her to bits! Thanks again!


RocCity 5 years ago

Hey All,

As I previously posted, the day I brought my new addition home, she built a barrier at the end of her log home that essentially boxed her in. With some advice from users on this forum, I left her in there and chalked it up to her just being skittish in a new environment. It's now almost 2 months later and she's still in there! I don't think she's ready for a molt or anything. Twice a cricket has snuck into the lair and she's eaten it. Should I leave the den as is? I figured that if she wants to get out she probably can. Thanks in advance for your advice!


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radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Sparks-sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I hope all is well.

Artassin-Thank goodness it worked out! I'm so thrilled when I hear about ICU success stories because it's really risky when they get that sick to begin with.

Ts molt as they grow, more when they're younger and less as they grow old. Jenna molted about 3 months ago and before that, I thought she might be done because it was a year. You can hold any T you are brave enough to hold, but let me warn you that some have a very seriously painful bite like the bird eater, some don't like people at all like the tree spiders, and some just have a plain mean disposition. If you want Ts to hold, I suggest a rosie or a mexican red knee variety.

RocCity-I would check on her frequently and make sure she's not getting dehydrated. I think it's time to maybe get her a new hidey hole and see if she does the same thing. Two months is just too long for her to be stuck in a hole.

Lisa-you have a GREAT attitude! I love it!

Tornadoflame, thank you so much for fielding questions in my absence. I would hate to think that some one could lose a T because I didn't have the ability to get to their question. You have been quite like my angel.


Clay 5 years ago

Wow! First off, looks like I just found the mother-load of informational sites here - thanks for all you're doing.

So, having just lost our pet wolf spider to (I assume) old age, my girlfriend was cool enough to give me a baby Chilean rose spiderling for Christmas. Please forgive me if any of my questions have already been covered here, but here goes:

Is there a "too young" to handle these guys? She's about the size of a pinky-nail right now and kind of transparent. We took her out of her little jar tonight to let her walk around on the bed for a bit and just sort maneuvered her to climb onto our hands - can't say she seemed thrilled by any of it, but not bothered, either. Should I just hold off of doing this with her at this point, or am I right in thinking she'll just be better prepared for a future of hanging out with me?

Also, I see that it's extremely difficult to determine the sex of these until adulthood - do you think the pet store people were "putting us on" by telling us that this is a girl? Is this nothing better than a 50/50 guess?

Thanks in advance...

- Clay


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sparks88 5 years ago from Missouri

Ok, so i switched her name to kyra. . . She loves the vibration the name makes an comes to it. :) She laid a non fertile eggsack. is that normal? I thought she was sick at first. scared the heck outta me! haha. she is still very skiddish when i go to get her outta the cage. But she is loves being held. An it's so cute. When she is sittin on my shoulder she moves her pedipals to the vibration on the music. An def has a personality. she runs when rap is on! haha. she loves sittin on my shoulder though. An she has grown well. i just took a great pic an there is a phot from a couple days ago. T's are amazing pets i've fallen in love with kyra! lol. She is an amazing pet. An i def have enjoyed decorating her 20 gal terranium. She loves all the room. but she don't web much. Does that mean she is un happy?


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radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Clay-WOW! Congrats! It is too early to handle her but not too early for her to get to know you. They are fast and very fragile at this age, and you wouldn't want to lose her. I'm actually very surprised to see them sell one that small, and I can't imagine they could tell if it was a boy or girl. The people at the pet stores here can't even tell you the correct type of T they have. You can familiarize her to you by putting your hand in the tank and holding still for a while. Then she'll get used to your vibrations and as she grows she'll be less scared when you do start handling her. Use your best judgment when you make that decision. There really is no wrong answer, but the smaller they are, the easier they are to lose.

Sparks: Some web a ton, some not at all. It's just what she wants to do. I've seen some that web everything all over the place, and Jenna only webs down her heat rock. I think you're doing a great job, keep it up =]

Hope this helps!


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sparks88 5 years ago from Missouri

So what about the non fertile eggsack? Is that normal that she laid that? I took her to the exotic vet when she laid it. An he didn't have any real answer lol


mel 5 years ago

hi we got our chilean rose in september after lots of research!!!!! (this bit being majority) it moulted in november wow great experience scared hell out if us stopped eating bout 2 weeks after we had her!!!!

she ate loads after moulting now barely eating!!! odd cricket!!!

started climbing up tank, explanation appreiciated this is new 2 us.

also how do i deffo know it is female?


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radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

sparks88-In nature infirtility happens with everything. It doesn't mean she'll have any less life or quality of life, or that she can't reproduce ever. It just means that this sac was not fertilized for whatever reason. It could have been a million reasons.

Mel-They are really not like clockwork about eating. Some times they eat a ton, others not so much. Jenna loves climbing the tank, especially when she's telling me it isn't clean to her standards, she needs water, or she just is feeling playful.

If she hasn't reached her sexually maturing molt, it is going to be hard to tell if she is female. There are quite a bit of posts above that explain what mating hooks look like and how to sex them. When they're mature, it's much more obvious than when they're little.

Hope this helps!


RocCity 5 years ago

Thanks for the advice radgirl! He came out of his den (turns out it was a male after all!) and has been relatively active since. In fact, last week he molted. Should I take the molt out of the tank or leave it as is? Also, I'm having difficulty keeping the humidity in the tank at an acceptable level. Even if I spray it daily it never really gets more than 50% or so. This doesn't seem to be bothering the tarantula (the pet store had it very arid...about 25%) but I worry that it's not humid enough. What would you advise?


Joshua 5 years ago

I just recently bought a rose-haired tarantula and i cant seem to get the humidity up any suggestions. And also is it normal to put about a dozen crickets in and he/she eats them all in one day or does he/she store them


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Joshua change your substrate i use coco peat it works the best for me my humidity is always above 85 keep the water bowl filled and spray 2 times a week that should solve your problem


Jeffrey'sdaddy 5 years ago

Hey radgirl, I've been hitting up lots of sites on chilean rose hairs and most say to feed the spider like 3-6 crickets a week. But they give no reason as to why you cant feed more than that. My spider eats 3 a day, Is it okay to feed him that much?


Atheena 5 years ago

I got a rose hair tarantula 6 months ago and she or he is alredy starting to shed.my dad alredy pet her or him and lucy(my tarantula) dosint really like him just went fast but whith me she is nice and slow.


Ryan 5 years ago

My rose died at the age of nine what is the average lifespan for a male :(


Crazy jen 5 years ago

I got a Rose hair a wk ago saturday.I've handled it n wen I do it poos on me can u tell me y this is.am I doin summit wrong.?


Jim 5 years ago

I got a female rose hair for my son near Christmas . I was told it is female and that it is six years old . It is in a 5 galon tank with a wooden cave clay water dish . There is a wood based mulch in her habitat. She has put web down once and she has barikated herself inside her log a couple times.she piles the substrate up until it is closed . She has ate only one cricket since December . We are getting concerned. The previos owner told us she had molted 3 times over six years .


RocCity 5 years ago

Jim - my male did the exact same thing when I first got him! He piled the substrate up and barricaded himself inside of the den for several weeks. After reading through this forum (and some tips from TornadoFlame and RadGirl), I broke down the barrier. Within days, he molted! It's possible that your female is about to do the same. Mine ate rarely, barricaded himself inside, and did not move around too much right before the molt. I've also heard that you can tell by the coloring (it gets darker before a molt). Hope everything goes OK!


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

She is in premolt my curly and rose has both been in premolt for about a week now not feeding them curly has a bold spot waiting for it to change dark brown now but the rosie will probably be first a good sign for premolt is they web a lot and i mean a lot and some barricade themselves in after the abdomen turned dark you can expect a week for the spider to molt for big spiders smaller may be much faster Spray a lot keep humidity much higher than normal it makes the exoskeleton nice and soft which results in a nice and easy molt for the spider Enjoy :-)


Waylon 5 years ago

Hello, i have just gotten a small chilean rose its about 1cm big and i was wodnerign if my vivarium se tup for it is ok, atm it has a small plastic walled terarium about 20cm by 12 cm and 15cm high, i got around 5cm of substrate in there and just a small piece of palstic grass to act as a hide away for it.


Waylon 5 years ago

May i also add that its roaming it quite extensivley


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Waylon that is way to big for such a spiderling i will recommend that u use a small clear deli container about 3 to 4 times its leg span wide use about 3cms or so substrate recommend that u use coco peat or peat moss and use a small pill jar as its hide away works wonders the reason it is roaming like that is the enclosure is to big for it also it can be the substrate Spray daily against sides of enclosure it will drink water from there do not put in a water bowl its still way to small.Regards


Waylon 5 years ago

Problem is this is the smallest container we get in malta sadly but i do spray the peat moss on the sides to keep moistier up and its been drinking ill try to find smaller containers, and i think it dug a small hole overnight


Taylor 5 years ago

Help help!! I just bought a rose hair and she has what looks like dry skin on her back, it's white an almost flaky, I've been doing research but can't find ANYTHING, what is it?? How can I help her?! =( please help!


Kmarie2023 5 years ago

Hi RadGirl!

I am a brand new T "mom", and am wondering about the temperature and humidity in my T's habitat. The humidity is at about 30/35% and the temperature is about 70/75F. Is this okay for my T? I don't want him/her to get dehydrated. Any help you can give me is very much appreciated!!!!!!


hannah wilson 5 years ago

ive just bought a chilean rose tarantula and was wondering if its okay to use the solid water/ jelly stuff instead of fresh water?


magpie 5 years ago

me and my patner are getting a female chilean rose in about 2 weeks and was wondering does the heat matt go inside the tank or on the outside the heat matt is a 12 watt matt but it doesn't get very hot and was wondering what the better option is with the heat matt?????


Dave 5 years ago

Hi I've got a Chilean Rose named Kylie. She is brilliant, my daughter baught her for me to cheer me up after the sudden death of my Dad last new years day. I got up this morning and she was on her back its so strange to find but exciting knowing she will malt. Anyway just had a call at work from my wife to say she has malted. I know i have to leave her alone, but for how long, and what can i do to help when the time is right, like what food and what amounts cause I know she is fragile. But how will I know the time is right to feed her. Also can I still spray her domain now she has just malted or should i wait.


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Dave

Give her time to complete her molt keep enclosure moist and humidity up its best to say not to feed her for a week or 2 but the best way to tell is to look at her fangs if its still white/red better not try to feed her if its completely black you can try otherwise she will injure herself or probably run away from the food

Have a good one


Dave 5 years ago

Thankyou that helps, books are really good to gice you some help, but when these events happen many more questions arise that you never considered. I have been tipping very carefully some water on to her substrate and keeping the dish topped up. Is this ok because I dont want to spray her home and then get some on her that makes her jump. I have to say though even though I missed the event i'm chuffed my 6 year old boy got to see it all and was nearly late for school. Its totaly amazing what they go through I just hope she makes it ok. cant wait to watch her eating again. I will keep in touch, very pleased I found your site.


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Dave

How old is your rosie now ? Rose hairs is very beautiful spiders the only thing i don't like about them is their eating habits and growth rate .I have a red color form rosie and got it when it was n mere 1.5cms its now much bigger but was hard work but worth while .You can spray no problems just dont spray on her

Have a good day

All the way from South Africa


Dave 5 years ago

Hello South Africa, Kylie is doing very well. In the night she moved her self into her cave and I have checked through the glass every now and again and can see that she is moving around. I guess she wants some private time. Its an incredible and surely tiring struggle to extracate themselves from the old ectoskeleton. I'm not sure of her age, my Daughter believes she is about 1 year. Is there anyway I could better determine this ??. Also is it possible to send you some pics of her before she molted (only if your interested)


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Dave

Yes its an amazing what they have to go through what a feat!I have a Curly hair it molted into a mature male about 2 and a half weeks back has not eaten anything yet so ya will keep trying to present food to him.Hahaha but you know a mature male spider only has one thing on his mind at that time. You can mail me some pic if you want to You can determine it through the amount of molts

Mail:tornadoflame100@gmail.com

Have a nice one

Regards Corban


Jade 5 years ago

Im thinking of taking my uncles 2 year old chilean rose , charcoal. shes really friendly but i have no clue at how to handle her, also what do they need in their enclosure? i need alot of help before taking her on because i dont want to bring her into an un-fit habitat , however right now i have a 75 ltr fish tank + plenty of fish ornaments for her to hide in. thanks x


Dave 5 years ago

Kylie, is still doing well she has been camped out in her cave since last Wednesday when she molted. So I take it she is relaxing and building her streangth. I check on her reguarly and can see she has either moved or is moving at that time. She seems to like stretching her legs straight out. Will send you some pics soon.


magpie 5 years ago

me and my partner got a chile rose about 2 weeks ago she 8 months she has plenty of food in her tank but she isnt eating what should we do her abdomen has also started to shrink....???????


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radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Tornadoflame-I am so thankful that you've got my back. There have been some personal things in my life the past few months that have taken my time. Your information is clear and concise, and I feel good knowing my readers have been taken care of in my absence. Thank you so much.

Magpie-It's very common for them to not eat for even a period of months when they move to a new home. Your vibrations are completely different than where she was before. Here's what to look for:

Water-if she's getting dehydrated, she will also not eat, shrink, then die. Make sure she has a good water source that she can get to. Make sure it's not deep enough to drown her, but has enough water that she can hydrate. I don't recommend water gel, because I have seen too many T's become dehydrated and die because they either don't like it, or they can't consume it. If she doesn't drink and continues to shrink, look above in the message thread for instructions on building an ICU, but she's so new to you, so I would give her a while to settle in.

Food-It isn't as necessary for them to eat as often as new owners think. Make sure you're feeding size appropriate food and don't change what they like. Mine will only eat crickets and every once in a while I give her an apple slice to pick at because she likes it. She won't eat any sort of worms or locusts. If she continues not to eat and becomes more shriveled, she may need an ICU.

Bedding and humidity-Make sure she has clean appropriate bedding and isn't mite infested. You can shine a flashlight on her in the middle of the night in the dark to see if there are mites on her. They will look like tiny points of light. Make sure it's humid enough, but not musty. Humidity isn't as important as bedding and mites though.

Vibrations-Is she near a speaker or in a room where the surround sound is up loud a lot? Is there a construction project going on on your street? Pay attention to the sounds your T is feeling and determine if they might be scary to her. Is she marching around the tank constantly? Is she near hot or cold airflow?

These are all things to think about, and if she's still having a problem in a week, we can talk about adjusting something for her. Also, know where you got her from and make sure it's a reputable source.

Hope this helps!

Radgirl


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Hi Radgirl welcome back :-)

Its a pleasure i do it for the love of the hobby

I just cant get enough when it comes to t's as you can see did lots of research and i came a long way.By the way i saw mites in my rosie's enclosure think it came from the mealworms i feed her (little white specs) how would i go to work in destroying them :-) ? Im thinking of taking out the substrate and laying it in the sun to dry that would surely kill them and just rehidrate the sub after ??

Have a nice one


Dave 5 years ago

Kylie looks brilliant she came out of her cave last Thursday 9 days after her molt. She looks beautiful nice pinky / red colouring. My god is she eating now. Its a pleasure to watch her hunt. The best one yet was a cricket that moved and then stayed perfectly still. She was not sure were it was so started hammering her feelers down to make it move and give a way its location. It worked and she pounced like a flash. Amazing !!!Thankyou for your help it was invaluable.


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radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space Author

Tornadoflame-I went straight to the experts for this one. They all suggested new substrate and a good cleaning with super hot water in the tank. They said get rid of any live plants if you have them because they'll promote mite growth. All of them said that not even putting your substrate in the microwave will kill them.

I asked about soaking it and laying it out in the sun, and they said soaking it would just improve the habitat and they might multiply faster.

I hope this helps!

Dave-Congrats on your happy spider!


kurenai 5 years ago

what if tarantulas abdomen breaks and spill out? will it die?


Dave 5 years ago

Just a quick question, Kylie is doing fine and eating well. However are there limits to what she should eat daily or weekly. She still has a good appetite, but is there a danger of overfeeding. I have read that when they have had enough then they will leave it and then try them in a couple of days time. Kylie will have eaten everyday for 2 weeks on Thursday after her fast before and after molt.


Dave 5 years ago

Sorry I will add the Crickets are small variety and she leaves no leftovers. Thanks.


Jen 5 years ago

I was handling my chilean rose hair, Pearl, and she defecated on my hand. Does this mean anything? Did she do that because she felt bothered or was I just holding her at the wrong time?


Jen 5 years ago

I was handling my chilean rose hair, Pearl, and she defecated on my hand. Does this mean anything? Did she do that because she felt bothered or was I just holding her at the wrong time?


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Kurenai-Yes, it will most likely die. I have heard of people successfully using super glue to save them, but it rarely works. That is why it is so important to remember that if you are bitten, you risk hurting your T more with your reaction than the venom hurting you.

Dave-She will not over eat, so if she wants to eat, feed her. There may come a time where she doesn't eat for a long time, so let her feast. =]

Jen-It doesn't mean anything about how she feels about you, just that her body had to function at that moment. They can't tell you they have to go, and if you have them out and they can't get to where they would normally go, they're gonna go. There's no way to tell either, so keep holding her, and love her no matter what she does to your hands. =]

Hope this helps!


stuart 5 years ago

hello i'm stuart and i have a chill rose but its acting up i konw its about to shead but he or she is not doing what a t shoud do its wanting more and more food but i,ve still only given it 7 crikes a week and when i put my hand in its run away but when my girlfrend put her hand in its gos to her.

i have done nothing wrong to it and it has only been it stared to lose the hairs on the abdomen. why


Arachlover 5 years ago

Hi again!i got my chile about 3 months ago . it took me about 6 months to just get it here from south africa. apparently they dont sell T's in namibia and the only way to get one is by filling in a whole lot of papers. And what really makes me angry is that in namibia and south africa we have baboon tarantulas and you may not keep them, you may only kill them! which is very stupid. if you talk about t's here people dont know what you even saying! i really think it's time that we start to promote t's in namibia!


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Arachlover do you speak afrikaans ? I live in south africa i did not think they had a problem with that in namibia but ya i live in the eastern cape and they also do not want me to keep taratulas dut i have 3 now

Have a nice one

Good to hear from people not that far away


Crazy jen 5 years ago

Hi radgirl need sum help.I've got a Chilean rose, not sure if it's a male or female it's called chile.(or bob as my boyfriend calls it).any way I've had chile 4 3 months now and it's only just started 2 borrow.it doesn't have a hide out as the pet store said I didn't need one. It's got a heat mat and has dug up all the substrate on the same end as the heat mat and I'm not sure why is it coz she's not getting enough heat. Please can u give me sum advice. Ps love the site it's brilliant.


Arachlover 5 years ago

Tornadoflame: its also good to hear from someone so close who has a love for the same hobby!And yes, ek kan afrikaans praat.How did you get your t's?


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Arachlover dit is goed ek is bly haha.You can go and check i ordered online petbugs.co.za very nice place and service and cheap .i have pics on my fb profile if you want to check my spiders. If you want you can just ask my name.Enjoy


Arachlover  5 years ago

That would be awesome!what is your name? i would really like to see your t's.


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Tornadoflame 5 years ago

Arachlover my name is Corban Peacock you can just add me .And what would your name be ? At this stage i only have pics of 2 of my t's the curly and rosie my Lasiodora Parahybana Salom pink bird eater still very small :-D

Enjoy


dalton 5 years ago

my tarantula has been mean lately. When i want to hold her and i touch her she just turns around and tries to bite or raises up.I noticed she has been mean since i fed her a cricket and the cricket was biting her fangs and front 2 small legs a couple of nights ago. Could she be hurt from the cricket or just mad? She has never been mean before and she is a rose hair tarantula


sly87 5 years ago

hi just wondering do you deal with other species of tarantulas other than chilli rose?


Amy 5 years ago

I got a rose hair for mothers day. The pet store guy said we need to fatten her up since she was small....She died a few days later. I loved her attitude. She cuddled and crawled right up to me. I miss her. So we went back to the store and they gave us another. She is kind of skiddish and fans her legs out when I try to pick her up. Do you think she will ever get used to me? She is beautiful just a careful one. The have totally different personalities. They are great pets and fantasitc to watch.


Janna 5 years ago

My daughter's tarantula has enclosed itself in a web ball, and underneath it is a yellow mucus looking stuff (looks kind of like a chicken egg yolk). We've had the tarantula several years and have never seen it do anything like this. What is going on? I tried to take some photos, although it was hard to get good ones: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aggiejanna/sets/72157...


spiderboy 5 years ago

Um My spider Is in his hide she web her self in why is that


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