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deirdre - 2012-11-28
I've just got a new female rose and I'd like to know how venomous they are? Would I need hospital treatment if she did bite me? I'm new to this so any advise would be a gr8 help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    It is a sting - I have been told (I have not been bitten) but similar to a bee sting.  Where a person can run into problems is if they allergic.  Otherwise it just hurt locally and you should wash it off with a betadine or anticeptic solution, put some ice on it and go on back for another try. 
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Sumit - 2012-11-28
Too cute! I'm not AT ALL a fan of snakes or other crepy-crawly critters, but I've always had a soft spot in my heart for geckos. Why, I have no idea especially after a college friend's pet gecko peed all over me several years back. I hear it's a defense mechanism, so there's your fair warning!

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VALJEAN - 2008-03-13
Well, I had one scorpion. It was kind of bluish green and I don't actually know if it was an emperor or a malaysian. It was not aggressive but it pinched me a lot of times. It ate geckos and other stuff (because in the Philippines you can't find good feeders without great cost). It was not that aggressive either, it usually crawled onto my palm if I placed my palm in front of it. Unfortunately it died because I was ignorant in taking care of it at that time. It lived for only 3 weeks in my care, but I'm planning to buy another one so I've read a lot of info about both species of scorpions. I live in the Philippines and would like to know what kind it was. Again, it was bluish green and it was very cheap, costing only 500 - 700 pesos, about 8-13 bucks.

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  • motasm - 2010-05-27
    Looks like malisian scorp cause the emperor is always black.
  • Robert Rosas - 2011-05-26
    i have an emperor scorpion..where in the philippines u r living??
  • Robert Rosas - 2011-05-26
    asa ka sa phillipines??
    you know where i can buy any kind of scorpions??
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Eddie Douglass - 2012-11-26
My Rose Hair 'Subie' was fine in her coconut shell, after she molted we got her a bigger cave like dwelling, (she got bigger)now she wont go in.........should I wait or put her coconut back? First time parent here, any help please appreciated, I searched everywhere. Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    If you have the room, I'd put both in and let her get used to the new larger one as she wishes on her time frame.  She can use the coconut in the interim.  A little security.
  • Eddie Douglass - 2012-11-27
    Thank you Charlie................will do.
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william blood - 2012-11-26
I have a pink toe (got it from a pet store) that has laid eggs and I've read all about raising but can't find out how long u must keep the spiders befor giving them away (or selling)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    The eggs hatch in about 8 weeks.  I'd give it another two weeks after that to make sure they are all eating crickets and then you should be able to seel or give them away. 
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Scorpion Hater - 2010-09-18
You are all nutso! Just wait until they invade your home where your 17 month old child is! Yeah, having them as pets is too cool for me. It's going to be fabulous when the escape and sting you and you walk around all day and night with a blacklight scared for your childs life! See I just got unfortunate with the house I bought and didn't know that there was a ton of bark scorpions living in and out back of my home. To keep them as pets is the strangest thing I've ever heard of... and breeding them!

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  • scorpionluver - 2010-12-17
    So you're scared of them ''wow''seriously I'm 11 and not scared I have a desert hairy scorpion, but you shouldn't be scared.
  • anonymous - 2010-12-20
    Why don't you turn negative to positive? Like start selling them and getting rid of them at the same time earning money? It helps you and your family get income at the same time put smiles on the scorpion lovers faces :D
  • Artur Miniu Minczuk - 2011-02-24
    I understand that it is not fun to live in a house with scorpions crawling around but it's not a reason to call people who love scorpions nuts. It is different when you keep your scorpion in a tank from which he can't escape than seeing them around the house and having to check your clothes for them. You shouldn't be hating on the scorps but on yourself because you didn't check the house.
  • Eric Peters - 2012-04-07
    Umm dude, I have owned 2 scorpions. My dad has owned multiple tarantulas. I'm 13 and not scared and I'm not nuts
  • Krystal - 2012-07-31
    I agree with u....me and my husband were laying in bed talking with the lights on and my nephew came in and said 'there is a scorpion in your bed!!!' so I freaked out. I'm not scared of the scorpion persay but in fear for my children so I must agree with scorpions being pest!!!
  • Rusty - 2012-11-25
    I completely agree with you, I am an outdoorsman, hunting and fishing guide and scorpion student/scientist. I do not however want to put down anyone who is also like me and finds them interesting and enjoys learning more about them in there own way, that is your right. As I take a look at everything that I do and choose to do I find that my great joy is finding these creatures in there own habitat and choose study them there. Although you and I may agree on the subject others will oppose I get where where you are coming from, and I hope everything is working out for you, just remember not every scorpion lover has a tank full of them of is breeding them.
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Tina - 2012-11-23
My son and daughter-in-law have a rose haired and right now the front left leg is just curled under the body and won't walk on it at all why is this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-24
    Gosh that's a little unusual. The legs will curl when they go into a molt, but being just one leg, I'm wondering if it was hurt. As long as it eats and can still get around, when it does molt the leg should hopefully get back to normal.
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lee - 2010-10-07
Can a Sulcata tortoise live outdoor in my garden? I live in California, Los Angeles and the weather is 70 to 90 day time, 40 to 60 night time.

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  • laurie - 2012-11-20
    yes but you have to keep a very close eye on them and if they are not fully grown birds will try to eat them and also sulcata tortoises hate and do not go well with dogs
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luke gravett - 2012-11-20
i own a bradlyselma smithi or more commonly known as the red knee tarantula and the funny thing i found out is when you place a insect on the palm of your hand the tarantula will ran at it and strike it, and when you do this it will come to you and if you do this a certain amount of times the tarantula will become comfortable with your palm and will walk towards it searching for food, it will recognise your hand immediatly. i would recomend wearing a glove for the first few times as the tarantula may mistake your finger for a insect.

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caroline - 2012-06-07
Hi everyone,l have a rose haired have had it for 6 years. l want 2 know how do l know it's a female or male? l can't touch it everytime we put r hands in the tank she raises up on the 2 bottom legs we did buy it ,when it was a few years old ,l can hold other one just not mine ,it has shed twice thanks if any comments :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    I would place money that it is a female.  Males don't have that kind of life expectancy - usually just around 5 years where the females have been klnown to go 20 years.
  • caroline - 2012-06-08
    Hi thanks ,for the reply. I thought it was a female. How would l be able 2 pick her up as she doesnt let me and when l do she raises up on her 2 back legs.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    You don't want to pick her up when she is standing on her hind legs - she is scared.  Let's go slow - she is no young thing and not used to being picked up so just try and lay your hand - palm up - on the floor of her enclosure.  Just leave your hand there palm up for a minute or so and then extend the time.  Put your hand in slowly and remove slowly but just lay it on the bottom.  If (when) she comes over as she is curious - be still and let her sorta 'SNIFF' you like a puppy would.  Keep your hand still.  Just as with a puppy and he gets to know that you are not going to hurt him - so it would (could) be with the rosie.  When (if) you become very comfortable and the rosie is getting on the palm just lift slowly - at first jus an inch and then put your hand down.  Then go a couple of inches and then out of the enclosrue and then you should be able to pick her up.  If she does not take an interest in your hand after several days of just sitting your hand palm up on the bottom - just let it be.
  • bubba - 2012-09-29
    Hey, I've had a rose haired tarantula for almost 4 months now. It just shed yesterday. Should I take out the molted skin or leave it?
  • luke gravett - 2012-11-20
    yes you need to take it out, it may attract parasites and when the spider is in its softend skin state it may be vaunrable to certain parasite or crickit bites so also keep the spiders food to a small stature.
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