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Phil M. - 2006-02-12
I've had my T. blondi for about 5 months. It is quite easily startled and short tempered. There's nothing quite like the sound of if its fangs hitting my metal tongs as I attempt to remove food scraps and feces from its enclosure. The urticating hairs from this species are extremely irritating. I have found a pair of arm-length rubber gloves to be very useful. You must be very careful not to get any of those hairs near your eyes,nose, or mouth.
It has a 9" legspan and is in a 20 gal. long aquarium with about 7 inches of Eco-Earth/vermiculite/peat moss mix. Heat is supplied with a 60 watt ceramic heat bulb during the day, a 15 watt red night bulb 24 hours a day, and an undertank heater placed on the side of the aquarium. Humidity is maintained by misting daily and covering about 2/3 of the screen top with a sheet of acrylic. The temperature stays around 80F day/74F Night. Humidity is 80%. Surprisingy I feed this spider mostly gut loaded crickets(the largest ones I can buy) several times a week. About once a week it gets a Madagascar hissing cockroach. Of the tarantulas I have, currently, this one requires the most maintenance. Due to its aggressive nature required living conditions, and feeding regimen, I don't recommend this one to anyone new to the hobby.

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Jimmy - 2006-02-11
my trantula is so sweet i bought it for 15 dollars at petco and when i got it home i put it on my moms bed to scare her and it did!!!! after that i put it in my cage and now it loves it and likes to hunt little critters that i throw inside every now and then. even though this spider looks mean its really nice and doesnt mind if you hold it!! a great pet indeed

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jamie n - 2006-02-08
i have two corns of my own.
one is a black corn and one is a cream sicle corn.
its perfectly normal if your corn does not feed before shedding.
look in the eyes to see if they are smokey, to see if it is shedding or not.

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M. Cherry - 2006-02-06
I just purchasesd an albino corn snake for my family and I, and though I don't know a lot about her yet, we are thoroughly enjoying her! I have 2 small children and 2 dogs and they think she's great. I think she and my husband have really taken to each other too. She is very mild-mannered, curious and friendly. I can't wait to learn more about her and watch her grow!

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Josh - 2006-02-06
i stumbled upon this site regarding some information regarding my ball python and for what i found i thought i could pass on some hopefully useful info to those who could use it,

i have an aquatic fish tank with about 2 gallons of STERILE local soil, peat moss potting soil ect. and i love to plant things in my tank, but it seems every time i plant something it gets mowed over by my herp, so planter beware.

Always when planting make sure EVERYTHING you use must be sterile, and most times than not check for mold.

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Animal-World info on Pink-toed Tarantula
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Frank Saplamaeff - 2006-02-03
This site is pretty good compared to the ones I've seen today, small but correct. the only thing I would suggest is putting cotton in the water dish as an owner of three. I find it helps to keep them from drowning, mostly if you have differant sized tatantulas in the same tank.

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Jean - 2006-02-02
I got tired of having the traditional pets that everyone expects one to have, so I bought a Rose-Haired Tarantula, and a Bird Eating Spider. My Goliath was sick apparently when I got him. He died several days after I purchased him. I also have just recently purchased two Pink Toed Tarantulas. One is still a baby spider. The other one is a half size bigger. The smallest stays on the floor of the taranium and the bigger one likes to stay on the wall close to the top of the taranium. I love my tarantulas. I just respect and take care of them and their environments. But I am too scared to hold them for fear of possibly getting bitten.

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Jordan - 2006-01-29
Never try feeding your snake when it is shedding. This will damage and scar the snakes new skin.

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Jim Blomberg - 2006-01-29
I have to agree that a hot rock is not a good thing to have in your cage. A mat heater under the tank and a ceramic heater above, and black lights will be much better.
My red tail is about 6mo. old 30" long and is a fantastic snake. no bites yet, eats very good, I just switched over to pre-killed with no problem.

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Animal-World info on Pink-toed Tarantula
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Becky - 2006-01-25
this was really helpful. i am planning on adopting a pink toed tarantula and was just curious about a few things which were answered. thanks a bunch!

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