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Megan Davies - 2014-04-22
Hi I am trying to set up for the arrival of my baby bearded dragon.  Lighting is an issue.  I have a proper 4 foot long 50 cm high tank that has a mesh top and side ventilation.  I purchased it second hand and it came with a flouro fitting that sits ON THE TOP OF THE MESH (mesh - thin metal plate that has many close together holes not wire mesh)  It is 90cm long.  I have sourced the Exoterra 10.0 Reptile One tube. Will enough UVB/UVA get through the mesh?  I will have 2-3 different height basking spots..... Or should I just get a bulb? Although I have read bulbs are not ideal.... very confusing........



Also with the heat, I found a website that said for basking light a normal bright household bulb with a kelvin rating around 3000 but not under 2900 is sufficient and avoids buying 'speciality' products that do the same thing. I was looking at roughly a 75W that I was going to try to hang INSIDE the tank ziptied to the mesh so I can adjust the height with the different weather. I'm thinking that a heat bulb sitting on top of the mesh will lose a lot of heat because of the nature of the mesh and it will also heat it up which could cause other safety issues. Advice would be very appreciated.

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Steven - 2014-04-20
Hey guys my bird eating tarantula is a male name Jimmy. He just got out of a Molt 2 days ago. But now I just came home to see him curled up in a sitting position. I poked him to see if he would move like always but this time he stayed still. His eyes look open and I can see his back leg moving a little. I hope he is not dying, I do not know what it could be if he just got out of a molt. Maybe stress? Or something. He has fresh water but the problem is he is curled in not moving.

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Crystal Galvan - 2014-04-19
Hi I live in phoenix az. I got two African spurrs, I have had them since they were quarter size about 5 or 6 years now. One is bigger than the other and I do see them either mating or practicing. They have a big hole that they both live in. I feed them trimmings from my grocery store I work at and water them every day. I really never knew much about them but they always seemed happy. Lately the smaller turttle has not been coming out every day and I have noticed she dug a little tunnel on the other side of their hole away from the male. She would normally be directly behind him. Is it possible for her to be laying eggs or is she too young? When they were babies I always had a heat lamp but once they dug their hole they didn't come to their little house anymore so I have not had a heat lamp for about 4 years. They seem very healthy no signs of any sickness and shells are perfect. Just worried about her not coming out, she is too deep for me to try and pull her out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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paula - 2014-03-30
My tarantula is motionless?

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Sierra Dawn - 2014-03-10
Okay so I've had my rose H T for about a month. Her name is madam octa and she's about 6 months old now. Sometimes she doesn't mind me holding her but others she freaks out. One thing I have noticed is she responds very quickly to my voice. If I sit by the cage and softly call out 'giiiiirly' she will face me and start moving towards me trying to go through the glass to get to me. I take her out and put her on my bed but she doesn't move much.  At first she would crawl all over me and sit and when I would place my hand out in front of her she wouldn't care at all and just slowly and calmly move up and over it. Now she moves away from my hand and gets very startled and curls up. I can't see why. I don't have loud noises or sudden movements. I wait for her to get comfortable before I start touching her. It confuses me on how to get her used to me. I have wanted her for so long I just want her to feel comfortable. Also her humidity and temp in her cage is good and she eats and drinks. I've noticed she cleans her mandibles a lot too. Help with advice on handling her please?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm. Maybe she is getting close to molting? Or something else in her environment may be off which is just causing her to be feel more uncomfortable with things. Does she have a good place to hide? Or maybe you are just catching her at her 'off times'. All tarantulas have times when they are more irritable and just like to be left alone. I would just keep trying and hopefully she will warm up to you again.
  • Laura - 2014-03-28
    I have had our rose hair since 2003 and just recently she has had green spots show up on her back and abdomen. Any idea of what causes this?
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Animal-World info on Antilles Pink Toe Tarantula
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heather - 2014-03-19
A few signs that may indicate that your pet is not acting or feeling normal are a loss of appetite, lethargy, looking overly skinny, or pacing the enclosure. OK... I'm getting all the above from my 1 1/2 yr old female... Anyone have any ideas? She's not eaten in 2 months.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Sounds like she might be in a pre-molt stage. I wouldn't worry too much, as these little guys have been known to fast for 3 months or even longer before they finally molt.
  • heather - 2014-03-27
    Thanks for the reply... it helps knowing that she can live on for 3 months without food. She's sooo skinny, weak and and her nails are dull, she can no longer do anything but walk on the bottom. 3 months is coming up and no eating! I'm soo worried. but I wait. and wait. and breathe. and wait.
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jix - 2010-05-02
Hiya, I saw my pet this morning with one leg missing. Does it grow back?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-07-08
    Next time it molts it should start growing back.
  • Ifrit - 2013-02-03
    The leg will not grow back, it's a spider not a reptile or starfish.
  • Allan - 2013-02-11
    It will grow back after a moult or two.
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-23
    It will not grow back. Even touching them during a molt can severely damage them for life.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-22
    Yes, the leg will regenerate at the next moult. My 7 legged B.beohmei shed last week and now has her leg back.
  • CrossyRox - 2014-03-23
    Legs DEFINITELY grow back, it may take a couple of moults but it WILL return! Happened to a friend of mines Brazilian Black. Right as rain again after a couple of sheds and wasn't hindered at all in the mean time! :)
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vanity - 2014-03-16
I just purchased a female albino corn snake last night. I popped her today to confirm it was in fact a female. I was scared to hurt her and I still am scared that she's gonna die because I popped her. She hides a lot. I've tried avoiding handling. How long should I wait before handling her? Should I just wait till after her first feeding?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It's generally suggested that you wait at least a week before handling a new corn snake, to give it time to acclimate to its new home.
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mia exotic - 2014-03-16
Hi... I own a snake myself... but it's not a Ball Python. Mine is a Retic Python... Been keeping him since he was a baby (1 1/2 months old ) & now he is 11 months... and 6 feet long :)

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Animal-World info on Antilles Pink Toe Tarantula
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Lucy Cortes - 2011-03-12
My daughter just got a pink toed tarantula and I would like to know if it is poisonous?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-04
    All spiders are poisonous however the poison that they some carry isn't harmful to humans.
  • PF - 2012-04-05
    You still have to watch out because, even if they are not dangerous to humans, she still can have an allergic reaction and go into an anaphylectic shock. I have 17 tarantulas and I react very badly to the uricating hairs and I have no clue if I'm seriously allergic if I get bitten. So just be carefull and enjoy your T.
  • Christopher Riley - 2012-07-04
    If your not allergic to tarantulas then they are non poisonous to you but if you get bitten they cause pain an if allergic to them you probably can die from bite just be careful stay safe
  • Dave - 2012-09-06
    There is no such thing as a poisonous spider. Spiders are venomous. Venom has to be injected to take effect, while poison must be ingested.
  • Michael Connachan - 2012-10-29
    No it is venomous.
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2012-12-15
    ALL spiders are venomous but the New World T's venom isn't as strong as T's from the Old World. Plus, many New World T's are considered very docile, including Avic. Antilles Pink-Toes. Only thing I can say about them is they're skittish, smart, and 'fast'! They'll move so fast at getting away, you'll wonder if they aren't using a portable teleport. Your daughter picked one of my favorites...smart gal!! Grab your mouse and read some of the Gazillion reviews on the Avic. But, be careful, these creatures will get under your skin...and you'll have to have your own pet T. LOL
  • heather - 2014-03-14
    It IS poisonous! BUT like a bee sting. Not a problem. The antigen is not allergenic. Swelling and redness mostly. Enjoy them... human bites are 1000 times worse!
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