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Julie White - 2012-10-02
The best way to give a tarantula water is to place in the terrarium a small to medium size plastic jar cap in which you put wet cotton. The tarantula can suck the water from it. You can refill it with a water dropper or with a teaspoon full of water. When the cotton starts to get dirty or brown, wash the cap and replace the wet cotton. This way you don't have an open water dish that can spill and wet the environment and the tarantula can get the water more easily. Same goes for your water source for feeder crickets.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-03
    Can also use a small sponge.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-05
    Yes you can use that but it is not a very good idea, it grows bacteria everywhere... Same with a sponge, it is NOT safe for your tarantula... Better off just using a plain shallow water dish
  • Julie White - 2012-12-31
    I rinse and wipe out the dish and rinse and wring out the cotton balls a couple of times a week and fill with fresh water. There are plenty of bacteria in the wild too, remember.
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heather stacy - 2012-12-23
I've had my tarantula for over a year now and it has only molted once..is this normal or should it have molted more and how cn u be sure wat the sex is..I was told it is the line on their belly.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-23
    If it is growing slowly that is normal. Mature males have longer legs and are somewhat more fuzzy in appearance. The female remains stocky and bulky throughout its life. There are reports that mature males are more brightly colored than females but they can be quite variable in color.
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Cheryl Luhrs - 2012-12-20
I was around several adults and helped care for spiderlings. I encountered creatures that were NOT creepy, crawly but highly evolved, interesting, clean, fun, spiders. They're a big reason we don't have insects up to our neck.

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Jenni - 2012-12-04
I wonder if someone can help. I bought a T blondi 1st instar. This baby is just about 2cms, but very pale (pink) in colour. The T blondi's I have researched are all grey/black and have rather elongated front legs. Is there a stage when they are actually pinkish in colour or have I been duped.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-19
    It sounds like it is still small, so maybe there is a color change as it matures. Don't know, but maybe you could ask the person you bought it from what's up with the color.
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Alonso - 2012-12-18
I just bought a G. rosea, but I see that she is actually very small. Her legspan is like 7 cm, but the web page tells me that this spider has actually 4 years. What's their actual adult size? They have such a slow-growing rate? Or is it just impossible for my spider to be 4 years old? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-18
    5 inches is normally 4 years old.  Yours is much younger I would have to say.  7cm is probably 2 or 3 years old..
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Anonymous - 2012-12-13
help, I've had my Chilean rose for over a year, she stopped eating approx 3 mths ago. last month (late oct) she moulted, since then she still hasn't eaten and now seems lethargic and is having trouble walking. this morning she was upside down in her water dish, although still alive I fear she's close to death. any ideas???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-13
    They do usually molt upside down.  How is the temp and humidity?  May starting to hibernate?
  • Angie Fell - 2012-12-17
    She has already molted, she hasn't eaten for months, I think she's dehydrated. I set up spider icu, she looks a tiny bit better but that's all. Haven't found her upside down again but still not eating and still not walking properly.
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rachel - 2011-08-25
i was at my sisters house earlier,an she stepped out her front door,an stepped on a oklahoma brown tarantula,or it looks just like this one. Well her lil 3 or 4 month old puppy run out the door an ate it. Few minutes later he began foaming at the mouth an tring to vomit,what should I do for him? will he be ok?

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  • Curtis - 2012-12-15
    get it to the vet immediately because tarantula have irritating hairs that could kill the dog
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    If it were a mature dog it would not be a big deal at all.  The hairs would just irrate its throat.  He should be fine but a vet visit is a good idea.  In many countries people consume tarantulas.
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Logan Olson - 2012-04-30
Just got a Mombasa Baboon and set up her amazing enviroment in a 55 gal tank. She will be very happy here and sure enough a day or two after i bought her she has gone and started to molt. My other T did the same thing years ago as she grew up in a small cage and the moment she was able to stretch out she molted. Looking forward to this very aggressive T and watching her grow up for years to come.

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Your post looks great except for the 55 gallon tank, maybe you meant 5 gallons that would be more reasonable.
  • h.s. oflaherty - 2012-12-04
    Just wanted to say I bought my baboon and set 'her' up in 5 gal. tank. The spider was not bigger than a half inch around. When I put her into the tank I thought I was ripped off as didn't see it. Could not find cricket small enought to feed her. Was at least two months before I saw her for first molt. She is 9 months old now and her body length (not legs) is 2 and one quarter inches long!! Very orange, very agressive when provoked (do that to see if she stands up to her rep. and she does. Her fangs are about 1/4 inch long! Let me know how yours is doing. They live a long time so we might talk a few times. Good luck.... steve
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Grace Collins and mom - 2012-12-03
My daughter and I have a rosehair tarantula. It is spinning a web in the corner of its cage. I am afraid the cage has a bit of mold around its water dish an I now no I don't have enough soil in her pen as well. My question is should I interrupt her right away an clean the mold and add more soil or just let her be. I believe she is getting ready to molt and I'm worried about her getting sick from the mold. I always clean the top soil about once a week but the bit of mold I at first thought was her webbing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We are new with spiders and have only had her about two months.She is a very hardy eater and has close to doubled in her size almost two thirds of a balled up fist. Please reply.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-03
    You say the rose hair is in he corner spinning a web?  If she is in the corner, then just pick up the wter dish to clean it and gently add the aditional soil you need to (not around the rose-hair).  Clean the dish of mold and back in action.  It shouldn't really dirupt the rose-hair if you go slow.
  • Grace Collins and mom - 2012-12-03
    Thankyou for your quick reply. I thought it would be fine.  I just didn't want to desturb her while she is reading herself to molt. Thanks again your friend and spider enthusiast. P.S. we also have alovely ball python an a wonderful pet rat. Thanks again.Gracie.
  • Grace Collins and mom - 2012-12-03
    Thankyou for your quick reply. I thought it would be fine I just didn't want to desturb her while she is reading herself to molt. Thanks again your friend and spider enthusiast. P.S. we also have alovely ball python an awonderful pet rat. Thanks again.Gracie.
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deirdre - 2012-11-28
I've just got a new female rose and I'd like to know how venomous they are? Would I need hospital treatment if she did bite me? I'm new to this so any advise would be a gr8 help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    It is a sting - I have been told (I have not been bitten) but similar to a bee sting.  Where a person can run into problems is if they allergic.  Otherwise it just hurt locally and you should wash it off with a betadine or anticeptic solution, put some ice on it and go on back for another try. 
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