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MarshaMarshaMarsha - 2014-09-15
This evening we caught a Brown Tarantula that was sitting on the side of the highway. I have a mealworm 'farm' so a constant food source including worms &beetles. Will he need crickets also? We've always wanted a pet T so we're very excited & want to give him a happy home. :)

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Mairead - 2014-09-09
Hi everyone. I am doing an investigative project at college and I have chosen to use our Pink Toe. It has never been handled before and so I'm going to attmpt to make it easier to handle. Already so many of your comments have been so helpful but I was just wondering if anyone had any personal advice they could give? I have handled tarantulas before but never tried to handle one that is not used to being handled. The Pink Toe is already an adult and so I'm not sure how this is going to play out. Please do let me know if anyone has any advice or ideas that I could iclude. Thanks!

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  • Xayin - 2014-09-09
    Common Pink Toe tarantulas (Avicularia Avicularia) are very gentile. I recommend only holding the spider when it's out of its web and has a serious case of the 'walkies'. If the spider is out of its web but isn't walking around, use the same approach as you would a terrestrial T. first brush the hind legs/abdomen with a soft paint brush and if the spider doesn't react negatively, then it's in the 'mood' to be held. Then gently scoop it into your hands trying not to drop the spider. (There are several ways of picking up a tarantula, check out Youtube, you can find a lot of info about handling tarantulas there) If the spider is spooked it is likely to shoot poop and is quite likely to jump. (just a side note, the genus Avicularia are known to jump when spooked, they don't normally flick hair and they don't usually bite). With this in mind I would handle them near the ground or on top of a table. Also, Avics are arboreal spiders, so once you're holding it, it will begin to walk up your body. I have found that the arboreals I've had like to sit on the back of the shoulder, near the top of the shoulder blade, where the shirt isn't ruffled much. At any time when handling the spider it might spook for any unknown reason, don't freak out, keep your head and wait a while for the spider to 'chill', then continue handling it. I don't normally recommend handling arboreals because they are generally a lot more fragile than terrestrials. so one fall from chest height can break the spider's legs or worse rupture the spiders abdomen. I hope this helped you. Good luck in your project.
  • Paige - 2014-09-14
    I would agree with the advice the person above me gave. Also, I would keep in mind it shouldn't really matter that the tarantula isn't handled. They don't necessarily get 'used' to handling. They are simple, instinct driven creatures who don't have the mental capacity to feel. That being said, I would agree to being careful because they are a bit jumpy and can get spooked easily. I held my adult not too long ago and I didn't even do anything to necessarily spook him I just breathed out a little too loud one breath, and I kid you not he scurried up my arm and was crawling on my back within like 2 seconds!! My boyfriend was there to safely grab him thankfully, but I definitely wasn't used to that! Haha but good luck I'm sure it'll be fine as long as your careful :)
  • Mairead - 2014-09-14
    Thank you so much guys! I will keep all of that in mind. I only asked as the technicians at college specifically asked me to handle it to see if it could be held by other students as I'm the only one comfortable with the tarantulas hehe. I'll let you know how it goes.
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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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Christopher Riley - 2012-07-04
OK this got out of control I'm putting mine in a 5 gal fish tank. The pet shop sold mine to me also bought the recommended tatarium but my pink toe webbed it even his water bowl and the tatarium door. I got to move him to a fish tank got ? will it make a new web?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    Yep, they will make other webs - just comes naturally.  They do it to give themselves a protected spot and also to get food.  Sounds like yours might be going to an extreme, does she have a safe place - maybe a hollow log or something for her to hide in and feel protected?  Just a thought but I think the 5 gallon is a good idea. 
  • heather - 2014-03-14
    Humidity and circulation of air. Period. This is what makes slings live. I don't think any info past this is more important! Get a humidity/temp gauge from zoomed 8.99 each. It will save lives.
  • Gary mills - 2014-09-11
    Hi guys after a bit of advice I just got my first baby avic ( my first T am a beginner ) I have a tank for her is ventilated at top and at the side problem I have tho is she's made a home in top left hand corner of the door, which equals to, hard to feed her. How would I move her so she at least can be on the rear end of the tank? Thank you in advance.
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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.
  • chuck - 2014-06-09
    never ever had a problem with mine and its been 3 years.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-09
    This is why we need to do research and actually know how to care for tarantulas before getting into old worlds. Old worlds are not meant to be handled. As a matter of fact I handle none of them. That post is 8 years old but there are still people out there who have no experience with tarantulas and they try to handle OW. Major lack of common since.
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Alejandro - 2014-09-09
Hello everyone,about a year and a half I found a Texas brown on my backyard, I figured it because it looks exactly like the one on the picture, except it has darker black legs, but I don't know if its a male or female. When I found it I ran to the store and bought a 10 gallon fish tank and made a pretty decent terrarium, I filled almost 3\4 of it with desert dirt (didn't know if should use sand) for it to dig a burrow, but still I made a big shelter for it, I think the spider is fine, it eats a cricket every week or so and always keep its water dish with fresh water, in a room where the temp is always between 70° and 85°, it loves it, it moves around a lot and is very active at night. It actually just molted, I thought it was dying but it turned out it was molting and finished in about a day; that was 2 weeks ago and I just fed it a cricket, I wanted to let it rest after the molt. So the problem is, the spider is very aggresive, whenever I touch it it will immediately get in a defensive position and raise its front legs, and will bite if touched. I want to know what to do because I want to handle it, I've never done it, but I'm afraid that if it bites me I may drop it and hurt it. Anyone have some advice? I'm also starting to think it may not be comfortable in the terrarium and I'm thinking maybe it is better if I set it free, because it is very aggresive, can you tell me what to do or what I'm doing wrong? This is a wild spider, which I adopted because I was afraid my cat would eat it, as it was in my backyard. Thanks!

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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.
  • Rhijanna Edney - 2014-08-30
    Make sure it has lots of water.
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Anonymous - 2013-07-06
Hi I just got a rose haired tarantula a day ago and yesterday he moved a lot but today he barely moved. He ate now crickets and he moved about 5 inches please help this is my first rose hair tarantula and I don't want him to die. The temp is 80 and the humdity is around 50.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-08
    He may just need some time to adjust to his new environment. If he is eating and has access to water I wouldn't worry just yet. Keep his cage clean, mist it occasionally, and make sure he has a private place he can retreat to, such as a log or a rock cave.
  • Margaret - 2013-08-24
    Ummmmm you're not supposed to mist rose hair tarantulas at all. They are a dry species and prefer not to be misted. If you do mist it will make her uncomfortable and she'll climb about her tank like a nut case.
  • AJ - 2013-11-05
    Hi I have a rosie and they hate being misted, I only to keep humidity at an acceptable level 50 sounds good for a rosie, but only do a light mist towarfs the water bowl make that the 'moist area' don't do the whole tank - they like it dry so you want your substrate to be dry and have at least a dry end of the cage if your getting used to regulating humidity
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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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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-29
    I wouldn't worry at this point, she's probably fine. It's normal prior to a molt for the Chilean Rose Tarantula to stop feeding for a week or so and sometimes may produce silk webbing. Also, these tarantulas have been known to go for months without eating.
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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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