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sean - 2014-02-27
My pink toe hadn't eaten in about two weeks and now he's having problems gripping the glass. He can't climb the side of his terrarium, when he tries he just slides down or falls off. If anyone has any ideas please help me by responding.

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  • Sydney - 2014-03-08
    My 1 1/2 year old mexican red knee female is currently experiencing the same problem and I have no idea why.
  • Jennifer - 2014-03-08
    Our pink toe has recently started sliding down the glass as well. He has no traction and falls a lot. He's been spending time down on the substrate, and I'm wondering if his toes are dirty. I haven't seen him grooming for awhile and he used to do it quite often. He is an adult male, so I don't know how much longer he will live. I hope the slippery feet isn't a sign of old age.
  • sean - 2014-03-13
    Now my pink toe has cocooned himself at the bottom of the cage, I'm hoping this is just a stage before the molt. Please help if you know something I don't.
  • Nora - 2014-04-23
    It sounds like you are misting/spraying the walls of the vivarium. Pinktoes grip is amazing and if yours has moulted; the moult has grip as well. My advice would be to spray cooled boiled water onto the susbstrate (two quick sprays should do) and any plastic plants you may have in there.
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-09
    Tarantulas will often act this way before moulting.
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paul d - 2014-05-07
My soft shell turtle (squrtel) is a female, I found it in garden lakes rome, ga. Although small, she has a big appetite. I caught 1 before. I kept the water cold and clean and he was well fed and 5 days later he was in turtle heaven. Now we have a club called club wild, it is only 1 dollar to join if you want to learn more about animals. Thanks for listening.

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MIKEY - 2014-05-01
The matamata turtle looks like lavos from chrono trigger.

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Morgan Lewis - 2014-04-23
My pinktoe that I just got yesterday is doing pretty well, but I have to keep her under a heated light of 75 watts sitting on top of the cage until I can get her a heating pad. She goes up to the top of the cage (normal) but she sits directly under the light (is this normal?). I know that her sitting right under it could potentially cook her, so I will move it but she just follows the light. What should I do? Should I be worried?

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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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Animal-World info on Goliath Bird-eating Spider
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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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Kat Von - 2009-06-22
I have had my T. blondi for a few months now and she is so sweet. I don't hold her unless I have to move her to clean her cage because she is nervous and kicks hairs and I don't want to stress her out. But she never bites or tries to bite. She stays hidden most of the time and if I lift her hide, she runs out just long enough to be seen and then goes back under to hide again. She is a voracious eater--she had her 3rd pinky last week! I have 10 other tarantulas as well. I have 3 rose hairs, the goliath, a greenbottle blue, Indian Ornamental, Gooty Ornamental, Togo starburst, Antilles pink toe, curly hair, and Brazilian salmon bird eater. They are a great hobby and interesting to watch and care for.

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  • bob - 2010-03-18
    Cool!
  • ashley - 2010-05-12
    That's very awesome.
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-27
    Are you Kat Von D.?
  • Will W. - 2014-04-17
    Sounds like you have an awesome collection. Where and how did you get a Gooty?!?
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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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