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allysia - 2013-09-30
About a week ago I got a new rose hair from a pet store. This is my second rose hair. I'm kind of nervous about holding this one because it is younger than my previous one. The one before I got from a friend and I trusted it more because I've seen it has been handled before. But this one every time I open its cage it runs witch makes me nervous it's gonna bite me. My spider is very active and eats well, it seems to have adapted to its cage well. I really want to hold it but it freaks me out when it runs from me. I know they say lay your hand in its cage for it to get used to, but I'm nervous about it. Can anyone help me understand why it tuns and how to get use to it?

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becca99 - 2013-09-26
I got my first rose-hair in april 2012 and since then she has shed twice but after the second shed(i think it was sometime between may and july) she started to become more aggressive and every time I went to put my hand in there a week after she reared up at me and threatened to flick hairs so I thought I'd give her some time but now everytime I go to pick her up she goes to bit me I feed her once a month and make sure she has clean water everyday, I just don't know what to do I don't want to get bit or anything but I also don't want to get rid of her I miss handling her please can someone help? Thankyou

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    Rose Tarantulas are known to be unpredictable. Some will start out like yours, passive and then get aggressive, especially after a molt. Others will start out aggressive and then become passive. Basically I suggest leave her alone until these moods pass.
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brittany - 2010-12-21
My name is Brittany and I live in portland oregon and I have one but I can no longer keep it and I was wondering if anyone knew any websites I could try to sell it on or if a pet shop would buy it?

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  • Dennis - 2011-09-04
    Hello, how much do you want for it?
  • David Kinney - 2013-07-24
    How old is your Sulcata Tortoise? How much are you asking for? I live in Gresham OR.. I may be interested if the price is right. I just bought a hatchling from Turtleshack for $100.00.
  • Debbie Foyle - 2013-09-26
    Brittany, Were you able to sell your Sulcata Tortoise? If not how old is it and what sex is it ? I have a large male and am considering a companion for him.
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Moe Rosca - 2006-09-19
I had this spider for a month. the day i got it i tried to hold it and it bit me. i had to go to the hospital, it's bitten me 5 times at least. i sold it to a guy who killed it accidentally because it bit him, and he had an allergic reaction to its
venom and he almost died! so i held a chilean rose-haired tarantula and it never tried to bite me, it rocks. so i suggest the chilean rose-haired tarantula but what ever you do, never...EVER...EVER get an ornamental tree spider.

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  • John Green - 2013-07-21
    These spiders are sweet hearts. They are just shy. There have been no deaths from tarantula bites. The chances of being bit by a tarantula are very rare. The chances of severe side effects from a bite of this genus are significantly low against the number of bites. Moreover, tarantulas will warn you several times before they actually bite.
  • Arachnafaria - 2013-09-20
    Never pick up a tarantula unecessarily. Owned spiders for years. Never needed to pick one up. They aren't cuddly pets. Now a very beautiful tarantula has been killed unecessarily because people can't resist picking up a tarantula. Before you ever purchase any pet (whether it's a tarantula, dog, cat or anything else) DO YOUR RESEARCH! Indian orantmentals are well known for biting. Several Old World tarantulas are biters as they don't flick hairs as a form of defense.
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Animal-World info on Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle
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Tony D - 2010-01-16
Yes, you are right. Softshells are a difficult species and fare poor in captivity. I want to get a smooth softshell for my birthday, and right now I'm doing plenty of research. I bet the smooth and spiny softshells both have relatively similar care requirements. Great website you guys have. Keep up the good work. It will really help me.

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  • Justin Thorpe - 2013-08-25
    How often should they be fed pellets? And how many pellets?
  • john - 2013-09-19
    I caught one while fishing a few days ago it was about ten inches around a friend told me they were an endangered species and illegal to have in captivity, don't know if it is true. I caught it in a pond and released it in a strip pit after me and the little ones played with it. I would have given it to you. Happy Birthday check legality, hope you get one, it was pretty cool.
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Richele - 2013-09-17
I have two young (under a year) RES. Unfortunately early on they learned about dried shrimp and krill, so now I can't get them to eat anything else. They do eat some dried meal worms though. I spray a hearty amount of multiple vitamins as well as calcium on their food before giving it to them. Occasionally they'll eat small pieces of carrots or green leaf lettuce, but not as often as I think they should. Any suggestions on how to get them to eat a better variety of food? Oh and I feed them in a seperate tank which they stay in for about 20 to 30 minutes, so they don't free feed.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    As adults these turtles are primarily vegetarians. My two red-eared sliders are about 18 years old, but when I got them (at 8 years old) the lady who had them fed them only shrimp! Well, I put them in my pond and began to feed them a commercial turtle food, and sometimes a pond Koi food. There are also some plants in the pond.  When that was all they were offered, they began to eat it. They will still come up, hoping for a shrimp treat, and I give them some once in awhile. But they now know it is just that... a treat.
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Animal-World info on Rose-haired Tarantula
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lenny negron - 2013-09-14
Can someone help me please. I bought a rose hair back in 2002 and he has been an awesome pet. Shes molted in the past without any problems, her last most was about a month ago. I dropped some crickets in for her but she did not bother with them. I noticed that her eyes where white and felt really hard like a cocoon. Since her molt she hasn't been very active and will not eat. She has been in the same spot for the past 2 weeks and all her front legs are leaning towards the left. I called a breeder and explained it all to him. He told me spray warm water and see if she rubbed off the skin from her eyes and also said that it's rare but he has heard that sometimes spiders go into a double molt within weeks of each other. Well the warm water didn't work, cause she just stood there. As for her molting I'm still waiting. But if anyone here can help me I will be very glad.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Wow, that is most interesting and it sounds like you have a great breeder, about as informative as they come:). Let us know if she experiences a double molt.
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Joel - 2013-02-27
I have had my red foot zissou for about a month now. Firstly, he really has only taken to bananas. I'm assuming this was what he was given a majority of the time at the pet store. Is there a good way to transition him? Doesn't seem like he eats at all if there are no bananas. Secondly, he never poops in his water dish. He poops on the ground, and today i caught him eating it. I've read that this can be normal. . . . Is it?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-27
    I would suggest continuing to offer him a wide variety of foods, with few bananas. I would hope that over time he would warm up to other types of foods as well. I would also keep an eye on his stools - if they are excessively runny then he is probably not getting the proper nutrients. It is normal for tortoises to eat their stool sometimes too. Yours may be getting additional nutrients from it.
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-05
    No. Too many bananas are VERY unhealthy for your tortoise. The best diet for a baby redfoot tortoise would be romaine lettuce, kale, and escarole as well as collard greens in the Leafy greens section. For vegetables, I suggest very well grated or sliced thin carrots. Use baby carrots for grating and slicing thin. Mushroom is always another option. For fruits, this is supposed to be a very half percentage of their diet so feed strawberry slices, mango cubes, watermelon slices of red stuff, and feed a banana slice once or twice a month during a leafy greens and fruit feeding time. Feed your tortoise TWICE a day, using the food schedule I found for you. SUNDAY Leafy greens MONDAY Leafy greens with fruit TUESDAY Leafy greens WEDNESDAY Leafy greens with vegetable THURSDAY Leafy greens with fruit FRIDAY Leafy greens with meat SATURDAY Half amount of leafy greens as usual I hope this helps very much for I have a red foot tortoise as well and she is as healthy as possible. I have a tip for you though. That 10 gallon tank won’t be helpful for long for red foot tortoises can grow to 20 inches (50 centimeters) and the minimum for a red foot tortoise for the enclosure size is 40 gallons. Make sure that you have soil that is not moldy and make sure your tank is low in height and very wide. Go to Big Al’s, (in Canada) in Scarborough if possible. They have tanks for 99.99 dollars that are PERFECT. DO NOT GET ANY TURTLE KITS FOR YOUR TORTOISE. And make sure you have a soaking area to cool off if your red foot gets a little tired of the humidity. Make sure the red foot never stays underneath the heat spot lamp for longer than 15-20 minutes. This can kill your red foot. If your red foot is not defensive when you pick it up, then something is wrong. Check for scarps of broken legs. If you found anything or nothing go to your veterinarian for a observation.
  • bettycole - 2013-09-13
    I have a redfoot. Got him because I felt sorry for him $60.00. He always poops when I pick him up to be in the house. He does not bite I feel bad he is afaid of me. I feed him all the above except bananas. Caught him eating dog poop today, already had 5 flowers 2 lettuce, romaine leaf a small piece of dog food. Called vet said ok as long as not his only thing he's eating and he eats other things first.
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Barbara Rector - 2012-06-18
Are there any serious health issues with painted turtles? I've heard there shells can fall off if they don't get enough sun, and to give them a calicum supplement. Is there any other concern that I need to worry about?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    yes salmonella is a common turtle disease people catch easily if they dont wash there hands.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Actually the person responding as 'Anonymous' is not quite correct. Salmonella is not a turtle disease, it is a bacteria with over 200 strains. We come in contact with it all the time. Raw chicken that you fix for dinner, along with turtles as well as other reptiles are known to be carriiers of some strains. The best protection for your health and that of children is to be sanitary, and wash your hands regularly and teach your children to do so, especially after handling a reptile or any other animal for that matter.
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JUSTINMILL - 2012-05-13
I have a midland painted turtle i got from a freind who found it in the lake hear in ohio. i have it in a fish tank do i need a heat lamp or doe's it have any diseases i have kids and dont want them to get sick what should i doo?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-14
    It depends how big it is. Always should wash hands before and after handling turtles. You should have a basking light in the tank.
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    yes painted turtles do carry diseases, the smaller the turtle the bigger the risk. the diseases they carry is called salmonella and it could be deadly but only if you dont wash your hands. yes they do need a heat lamp the best one to get is the deep dome lamp fixture they sell them at petco. and they need a special UVB light bulb also sold at petco
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Salmonella is a bacteria and it isn't restricted to turtles, although they are ones getting all the credit for being carriers. Actually, there are over 200 strains of salmonella bacteria. One of the common places we all come in contact with it is when we are preparing raw chicken for dinner.

    So yes... washing your hands is the best protection against contracting illness from these bacteria... in all your endeavors. Children are especially at risk, so teach them to wash their hands regularly.. when handling reptiles especially, because we know there is a salmonella bacteria exposure there.
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