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Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
I just got an OBT - a little over 3' from tip of right front to tip of left back leg and stocky so I presume a still juvenile female. I have her in a 10G aquarium with 4-6' of shredded coconut husk for bedding and a Y-shaped cork round leading down into the bedding for a natural hide. She stays in my office, which is typical office heating during the winter and cooling during the summer. The lights are on when I am there and off when I am not. Should I add any supplemental lighting or heat? Perhaps a day/night light? Specific recommendations would be greatly appreciated. She is VERY skittish to vibration or touch but not approach; I am really looking forward to watching her over the next several years (hopefully).

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  • Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
    Here is a photo of her.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    Wow, she's a real pretty little lady!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    It sounds like a good environment temperature-wise. I'm thinking the office temperature is so regulated itself, that it may not change significantly and so you may not need any black/red night lighting. What a fascinating creature you get to watch:)
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jenna - 2014-10-05
So I have a pink toe and he's been in a ball for weeks now, idk what to do, he won't eat And when and if he does move it seems like he's 'limping' idk what to do please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Usually for up to a few weeks before they molt, a tarantula will stop eating and its physical appearanc and behavior will change. Sometimes they will even fast for longer periods of time, for no apparent reason.
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Charlie - 2014-10-04
A friend of mine gave me a Texas Brown Tarantula and I been reading and saw what he eats but will he eat a lizard? He is about 3 inches big and his tank is about 12x12x24inches

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    They will eat small lizards, as well as crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, and even  pinkie mice.
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carolyn - 2014-10-04
Hi i got my juvenile mexican red knee on the 9th sept it had it's first shed last sun so fed it yesterday as i know their body needs to harden up before they can be offered food i droped the locust in and it took it straight away will i offer another one today or will that locust be enough till it's due another feed unfortunately i don't know if it's male or female and couldn't examin the abdomen on it's first shed as it had totaly shrivled up and because i don't know the sex i have decided to call it tango :)

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Terry - 2014-09-29
i have a rose hair tarantula and for about a week has been under a rock in the cage. I can see thru the bottom of the glass an see my tarantula but she is not moving. Do they have to be on there backs when molting? She is right side up and do not want to disturb her if she is molting.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    Yes, they will flip onto their backs to molt. By its behavior, it may be getting ready for a molt soon.
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Onetimehowett - 2014-09-28
I got a Ross haired Chilean tarantula about 2 months ago I've been taking good care of him and I have been holding him he usually just climbs in my hand but recently a he started moving around alot and wouldn't get in my hand at all and today he won't move at all even when I poke him what is wrong with him is he ok and I'm pretty sure he's not molting they get on there back when they molt

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Even though he's not molting right now, it sounds like he may be getting ready too.
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Ky - 2014-09-28
My pink toe has completely covered her tank in Web and blocked herself off from the water dish, I don't know if I can tear the Web while she's in it because she refuses to come out. She's also not eaten for more than 3 weeks and her abdomen has gotten skinnier, what should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    I would make sure she always access to the water, but the web and not eating can be typical behaviors. Read some of the other comments too, because these behaviors are often discussed.
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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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