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Kathy - 2010-09-03
I was just given an adult pink toe. Read up on it but I'm not seeing anywhere if its poisonous? I am assuming not? Anyways I have a heated aquarium its all set up with dirt and her nest up in the corner. My questions are: How do I go about handling it for the 1st time? I'm kinda scared but sooo intrigued! How can you tell how old she is?

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  • heather - 2014-03-14
    Handle her. She will be fine. I was scared at first, but I now have to refrain from kissing her! Bond with her, learn from her, don't be afraid of her... Does your family dog or cat have HUGE teeth? Why is it that you are not afraid of them? Experience is the answer. Hold her and learn.
  • Simon- grant - 2014-08-11
    My gf got me a t for my 18, birthday and I was just wondering should the heat pad be buried in the sand in the tank or just places under the tank
  • Jeremy - 2014-08-19
    To answer your question kathy, ALL spiders have venom including tarantulas. For most species including yours it doesn't amount to much more than a bee sting... unless you develop an alergic reaction. As for handling, Id be a hypocrite to tell you not to. Pink toes are usually not quick to aggression ( although this varies on the individual) the species is VERY "flighty"... very quick. If you're hesitant on handling it in any way, Id suggest you start with a slower species. If the first time you go to handle your tarantula and it takes off up your arm and into your hair, there may be panic, and you may end up injuring or losing your tarantula. .. or both. Be careful. Start small. Have help from someone that has experience. As for the tank warmer.... definitely goes on the ouside of the tank.... be careful with tank warmers... tarantulas typically do well between 72-82 degrees. With this in mind HEAT kills them quicker than COOL. Monitor this carefully.
  • Jeremy Mische - 2014-08-19
    ...on another note simon-grant, i notice youre using "sand" as substrate. .. You should really REALLY consider switching to something more appropriate like coconut husk, sterile soil, vermiculite... the sand isn't going to adequately regulate humidity, and combined with your heat pad you stand a good chance of frying your tarantula. ..
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Cat - 2014-08-18
So I just got a chilean rose tarantula a while back. Love her very much! She is still kinda small. She recently has stopped eating completely. I left a cricket in her pin to make sure of this and she hasn't touched it in about 4 to 5 days now. She is also webbing A LOT! I don't really know what's wrong with her. She is usually active and gentle but has recently only tried climbing out, stays in corners, and is very moody. Can anyone tell me what might be wrong.

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Duffy - 2008-09-13
I've been keeping spiders for about 13 years now, and I've had my goliath for just over a year. She about 3 years old with a leg span of about 8 inches, so another few years and she would have reached full sized. I strongly agree with gary, beginners should not start with a goliath. As impressive as they may be they can be a handful, as they are very sensitive to cage conditions, ie humidity and temperature, and they one of the most active spiders I've come across.
Although they can be agressive they're not the most agressive I've kept. If I open my goliath's cage she usually crawls into the corner and I'm able to move around the tank freely. The most agreesive I've come across is the thailand black, it's short haired and short tempered! I've almost been bitten quite a few times while trying to sort out a thailands tank. They will bite anything, leaves, pens containers, even had it killing locust just because they were in it's way, not to feed!

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  • owenkitto - 2011-01-18
    Re my bird eating spider

    I have my day time temp at 82F

    and my night time temp at 70F.

    Is this right? I have a wooden viv 2 foot by 2 foot
    with a 50W infrared bulb by Exo Terra.

    And I keep it relatively humid not excessive she just huddles in the corner of the tank and sleeps in the day am I doing things right?
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Jenn Lewis - 2014-07-22
Hi My Room mates and i were handling are Pink toed Tarantula this evening and while holding her she shot out web i was just wondering if this was normal or if there might be something wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Tarantulas will should 'hairs' from their abdomen when they are stressed, it is a defense mechanism and signals that they are uncomfortable.
  • TC Brown - 2014-08-16
    I've a had my pink toe for a little while now. I've noticed that when she is handled a lot she starts to leave a few web strands. I think she does it instinctually. Like as a life line. I also noticed that when she just around one or two people she more chill. But when passed around. (You know how kids get), her hairs seem to stiffen and instead of shooting the hairs she lays down and rubs her abdomen on you. It doesnt hurt but it itches until you move her back to her cage and brush off the hairs. She very fun and agile like described she jumped a few times from my shirt to hand. Neat creature. I say handle it til she's tired and then put her away. Its a cool pet and isn't likely to bite. I let her chill on my shirt everyday.
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Donna - 2014-06-10
I've had my rose hair now 3 months. She has curled up up side right. There's a milky substance coming from her rear. She hasn't eaten in 4 weeks. Before she had gotten this way she moved about all twitchy like. I'm afraid she's dying. Someone please tell me what's up?.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It may just be poop. Their excrement, which comes out of the rear of their abdomen, has a milky look at first, then it dries to a chalky white and is odorless.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-14
    If she's upside down its molding or regrowing new skin leave her alone when molding because if she don't or gets disturbed during she'll get sick an might die
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Chuck - 2014-06-17
Hi guys, I picked my Goliath ( morticia) up from the pet store two days ago. She's very active at night, but she's just been sitting in her half full water dish all morning today. She's about a year old, can anyone explain? Thanks in advance.

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  • steve - 2014-08-12
    she is very thirsty, goliath birdeaters like to be kept a 80 degrees f, and 6 80% humidity. Good luck
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Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
Hello! I just got my Rose-Haired Tarantula yesterday, I'm a little worried about how to approach her. When I adopted her there was no helper to tell me about her, (well no one knew.) and so I'm worried because I don't know how she will react to me touching or picking her up. Last night she ate her first cricket and this morning I added another so that there is three at all times. Am I doing anything wrong? PLEASE give me tips or tell me if I'm doing something wrong. Thank You! SIDE NOTE: I have wanted this Tarantula for 3 years and I REALLY want her to stay alive, please reply ASAP! Also: HUMIDITY: 65 TEMPERATURE: 70 degrees

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    What a great pet you have. Please take the time to read the care information up above. It will answer many of your questions, including handling and feeding. You'll want to slow down on the crickets:P
  • Jocelyn Meza - 2014-08-10
    Keep her in a tank that is about ten gallons, have her in dirt about 3-4 inches high, have a hideout for her, its very important. They normally eat about 3-4 insects a week depending on their age and size. Always have a bit of water in a small container.
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Jocelyn Meza - 2014-08-10
Hey everyone, I have a female rose hair tarantula and I've been having her for about two weeks and she has not eaten at all, I try feeding her live meal worms and still wont eat, her environment is about 2 ft. Lenght and width. Lately she has been very inpatient and wont stop moving and trying everything to get out , so about three times a week I take her out so she can walk around, & I put her in a smaller container to make sure she eats but she just won't

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Lyn Torcatos - 2014-08-09
Our avicularia versicolor's spitting out white-bubbly-like discharges and hasn't been eating for a month now..any idea what is happening to her...thanks a lot..

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    These tarantulas are known to sometimes stop eating for no apparent reason, sometimes for up to a year. In nature they will eat heavily in one feeding, then go for months before they eat again. In captivity they only need to be fed about once every two weeks. The white discharge underneath her abdomen could just be a nice amount of tarantula poop.
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Phillip Van Blerk - 2014-05-14
Hi, I recently adopted a Mombasa golden starburst baboon spider, and have no idea what to do? I am aracnafobic don't like spider at all since one nearly killed me, but I'm trying to get over it, any advice???? I've got an enclosure for her but no idea what to do, or how to handle het, all I knw is she is old aged, about 10cm big and very agressive, also very beutifull, may I ask for any pointers?

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  • Leanne - 2014-08-01
    Simple answer to handling. don't. Obts are extremely aggressive and will bite if they have to. The bite is very painful. They're not recommended for beginners for this reason. They're also very fast. She is best left alone with the enclosure only opened to feed or clean which requires a lot of care and undivided attention from you. Honestly, if you're afraid of spiders an obt is not the pet of choice.
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