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Genny Floyed - 2009-08-14
I have had my baby (ok so she's 5) for quite a while. Yes when I first got her she was bratty but can you blame her? Now 5 years later she is a cuddler! Loves to be held.
I disagree with those who say it would be a bad first pet tarantula. If you read up on the breed you will know how to handle them and when to give them their space. Just like all pets sometimes they don't want to be bothered. But if treated properly the rose hair is a wonderful tarantula to have. It takes patience to get the spider acclimated to you handling it. You can't expect to get it home and immediately start handling it. It took Kiwi a good year to fully be ok with being outside her home and being handled.
I do however do not recommend any tarantula for children. Most lack the patience it takes to get the spider comfortable being held.
Also .... I have NEVER been bitten... :-)

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  • Gabrielle Coulter - 2010-12-20
    Well I'm 12 an I just got my tarantula yesterday and she is very sweet and it likes to be held by her owner but she goes crazy when someone else tries to hold her. I'm a little worried that she might bite someone :P...
  • Cristina Rodriguez - 2011-07-07
    I got my husbands his (Tilly) for Valentines Day :) She doesn't mind being handled, even walks all over my five yr old boy! Best pet ever.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-11
    Sorry, NO spider likes to be handled. None. They tolerate it to different degrees but unless you have one that spoke to you or comes when you call it...
  • Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
    Umm Hi I'm just a little worried because I got my Rose-Hair yesterday, (Rosie!) and I don't really know her yet, so I don't know how she will act if I touch her or pick her up. Should I risk it and try it? I don't want her to bite me, or be uncomfortable please reply! Thank you!
  • stuart lloyd - 2014-06-06
    Hi we just got one more added. They are great we got her today ftom a pet shop in leeds and she is really cute we called her sandy. As long as you take great care in picking her or him up and don't drop her. She shouldnt bite =D we treat both our spiders as if they wer a part of the family so enjoy what you got. Or if you're that worried take her back to the pet shop and ask them to pick her up for you and let her walk on your hand then your know she or he will not bite you...
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george vaughan - 2014-06-06
We just had a female box turtle lay her eggs in our back yard. It is in a very private part of our back yard and we plan to let the eggs hatch and let the turtles go back to the area around our lake as this is where they came from and I think they will be better off there.

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shiela - 2010-08-07
I have seen a turtle snake here in our place. We are having our bonding time at pizza parlor with my family when turtle snake just came out in the area of entrance door. One of pizza house crew suddenly grab it and wanted to put it in a cellophane (sando bag) but he was suddenly bite by it a little wound he encounter..then I was wonder if it is okay for his health or he may need some professional assistant if possible? Could anyone answer please...

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  • Raul Supiter - 2010-10-10
    Good day. Actually I am also asking if turtle snake is venomous because a turtle snake was given to my wife as a pet but she is worried if it is venomous as it is being called turtle snake. If so, it is dangerous for our kids and to our household. If there is any clarification given to me I would be very glad. Thanks!
  • Noelle - 2014-06-06
    As said above, these animals are best left in the tank to observe and enjoy looking at them. NOT to be handled a lot. They are a nervous species and if they get too stressed their immune systems will lower and they could get sick. It is not always easy to recover an exotic animal when it gets sick so it is best that you take care of them well to prevent it in the first place. Please provide your turtles with all they need, places to hide, correct diet, basking light and frequent cleaning of water (more information above), in order to prolong the life of your turtle, and the enjoyment of your family. They can be a lot of work but very interesting to have.
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Barb - 2012-09-28
My boyfriend has a female Goliath Bird Eating spider who is now pushing her body against the top of the cage and I think she's trying to escape. I'm very afraid of her and I am terrified she will get out. The cage is making cracking noises and I'm over it. Where can we take her to get rid of her? Thanks! Barb

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  • Tim - 2012-10-05
    Don't just get rid of her, sounds like it's time to buy a new cage.
  • Laura Foster - 2012-10-26
    Defnitely buy a stronger tank. If she can reach the lid, its probably not deep enough. Does she has room to burrow? There are lots of arachnid and reptile rescuers who will take her off your hands for free. If you are scared of spiders they probably aren't the best pet for you.
  • kirk - 2012-11-04
    If you really want to get rid of her and dont want to get a better cage i would be more then happy to help you my email is albakirk@hotmail.com
  • Dan - 2014-06-05
    The best thing to do is release the spider to a local children's playground.
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Wendy Hall - 2014-06-02
I just acquired 2 red-eared sliders from a friend who had them in an aquarium at his home.  I have had them at my home in their own pond now for 2 weeks,  they seem to be adapting well.  Today I came home to find one of them laying upside down, but not like she fell that way, in a flat area, upside down.  Is this a sign of sickness and what can I do?  I turned her right side up and will continue to observe for now.

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  • Emma - 2014-06-03
    Take him to a vet.
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Jim - 2014-06-03
I just got pinched by one while moving a trash can about 30 minutes ago...It hurt like heck and I feel sick to my stomach..I will let you know how bad it really is...

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Chris - 2014-06-02
I was fishing the Fox River in Illinois by one of the dams. I had my 2 daughters with me and I cast my pole in the water with a worm and bobber, set the pole up to rest on a rock, ran over to my kids that were in this gazebo by the river, looked at them then looked out at some other fishermen, then look down and just like that I caught a MALE spiny (found out after much research) but he was a good ways out of the water. My Girls loved him right away so I brought him home and added him to our 55 gallon corner tank that I have with a Large mouth Bass and a Green Sun fish that's the size of an adult had and they get along great, only thing I need to do is switch out the gravel bedding and put sand. My kids and the spiny are very happy. Very cool animal to watch swimming around.

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mtg - 2012-01-08
I clean the turtle tank once a week but that does not even seem enough. Is there something particular about African side-neck turtles that requires more cleaning than usual of their tanks? (Nasty smell)!

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  • veela - 2012-01-24
    Like most water turtles, Side-necks are very messy. They require a minimum 55 gallon tank for a small male and a strong canister-type filter: one that filters at least twice the size of the tank. For instance, if you have a 100 gallon tank, you'll need a minimum 200 gallon filter. You'll also need weekly partial water changes. Feeding the turtle in a separate container helps keep the water clean, too. I know this sounds like a lot but you'll be rewarded with a sparkling tank and a happy, healthy turtle.
  • Raven - 2012-01-27
    TurtleClean is a bioactive liquid that will break down watse in the water while the filter removes the large/small impurities in the tank. Weekly cleaning is a must no matter what though
  • Vicki - 2014-05-31
    So you take your turtle out of the tank and put it where to feed it? And how often do they eat? Thanks kind of new at this.
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Joshua - 2014-01-14
So, I got a Sideneck about two months ago, and he (I'm assuming it's a he, I have no guarantee) shares a tank with a Yellow Slider. He usually just hides under the basking platform and eats very little. I've tried varying the water temperatures, different foods, all sorts of things. He is incredibly inactive, and how little he is eating is worrying me. He doesn't mind being handled, and will even let me pet his neck while I'm holding him. Any help would be welcome

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    It could be the time of year as they may hibernate or become inactive during the cooler months.
  • Vicki - 2014-05-31
    I know I just got one about a week ago and you said exactly what mine is doing just waiting to hear more comments :)
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Animal-World info on Rose-haired Tarantula
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brandon baber - 2014-05-30
I had my female rose hair for about 4 mouths now and she absolutely hates me I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I love her she hates me. When I try to get her out she runs from one side of the tank to the other side and she is not about to molt, she has been like this since I got her and she has not molted since I got her. I feed her once a week, all I want is for her to be happy and not be scared of me but that's all she can be. I got to the point where I give here her own space and just don't mess with her, it's worrying me. Des she need to molt but can't and getting agitated or is she just not friendly? I just don't want her to not be happy.

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