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william blood - 2012-11-26
I have a pink toe (got it from a pet store) that has laid eggs and I've read all about raising but can't find out how long u must keep the spiders befor giving them away (or selling)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    The eggs hatch in about 8 weeks.  I'd give it another two weeks after that to make sure they are all eating crickets and then you should be able to seel or give them away. 
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Tina - 2012-11-23
My son and daughter-in-law have a rose haired and right now the front left leg is just curled under the body and won't walk on it at all why is this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-24
    Gosh that's a little unusual. The legs will curl when they go into a molt, but being just one leg, I'm wondering if it was hurt. As long as it eats and can still get around, when it does molt the leg should hopefully get back to normal.
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luke gravett - 2012-11-20
i own a bradlyselma smithi or more commonly known as the red knee tarantula and the funny thing i found out is when you place a insect on the palm of your hand the tarantula will ran at it and strike it, and when you do this it will come to you and if you do this a certain amount of times the tarantula will become comfortable with your palm and will walk towards it searching for food, it will recognise your hand immediatly. i would recomend wearing a glove for the first few times as the tarantula may mistake your finger for a insect.

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caroline - 2012-06-07
Hi everyone,l have a rose haired have had it for 6 years. l want 2 know how do l know it's a female or male? l can't touch it everytime we put r hands in the tank she raises up on the 2 bottom legs we did buy it ,when it was a few years old ,l can hold other one just not mine ,it has shed twice thanks if any comments :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    I would place money that it is a female.  Males don't have that kind of life expectancy - usually just around 5 years where the females have been klnown to go 20 years.
  • caroline - 2012-06-08
    Hi thanks ,for the reply. I thought it was a female. How would l be able 2 pick her up as she doesnt let me and when l do she raises up on her 2 back legs.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    You don't want to pick her up when she is standing on her hind legs - she is scared.  Let's go slow - she is no young thing and not used to being picked up so just try and lay your hand - palm up - on the floor of her enclosure.  Just leave your hand there palm up for a minute or so and then extend the time.  Put your hand in slowly and remove slowly but just lay it on the bottom.  If (when) she comes over as she is curious - be still and let her sorta 'SNIFF' you like a puppy would.  Keep your hand still.  Just as with a puppy and he gets to know that you are not going to hurt him - so it would (could) be with the rosie.  When (if) you become very comfortable and the rosie is getting on the palm just lift slowly - at first jus an inch and then put your hand down.  Then go a couple of inches and then out of the enclosrue and then you should be able to pick her up.  If she does not take an interest in your hand after several days of just sitting your hand palm up on the bottom - just let it be.
  • bubba - 2012-09-29
    Hey, I've had a rose haired tarantula for almost 4 months now. It just shed yesterday. Should I take out the molted skin or leave it?
  • luke gravett - 2012-11-20
    yes you need to take it out, it may attract parasites and when the spider is in its softend skin state it may be vaunrable to certain parasite or crickit bites so also keep the spiders food to a small stature.
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Delphinia - 2012-11-05
My spider did another interesting thing. I was trying to move her into a smaller container so I could clean the larger one, and first she raised up her front legs, and then she put her legs down, put her abdomen up, and 'squirted' something at me. It was a white liquid, and seemed like a warning. I haven't been able to find anyone who has heard of this.

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  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    It's going through its period and trantula blood is white so just wait a couple weeks or get a male trantula for it to go away.
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jesse - 2012-09-30
I just recently got my tarantula her name is ZELDA and she is beautiful as ever went past our first molt together..(killer) so I figured her out she's very chill. Eats about 2 to three crickets every three days, roughly.  But now....shes spinning her food in webs ....never seen this. Why is she doing this

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-01
    They say they do it to protect the food to eat later or to protect themselves while eating it.  There are actual videos of this on u tube. 
  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    Cause you named her after a video game character so it's upset and it eats when it's upset so change the name to something cool like Tyrone. No Tyrone is not my name nor anyone I knows name.
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Cindy Fortin - 2010-07-12
We just got our tarantula and I have a question. Herck secreted a white milky substance does anyone know what it is? If you could please let us know that would be great thanks :)

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    it's poo , dont worry .
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-13
    Are you sure that it's poo?
  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    The substance is normal the white substance is the trantula's blood.
  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    Trantula poo is black anyways.
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Alison - 2012-11-12
Hello. I have owned a Goliath Bird Eater, Salome, for about 3 months now. She seems health and stays active most of the time. I peered into her cage yesterday and noticed that she had started to dig/burrow in the corner of the cage. I looked a little closer and notice that just inches from her was one of her legs completely off of her body (with no other leg to replace it as if she had molted). I'm freaking out. Is this normal? I can't find anywhere on the internet where such a thing is addressed. She was still alive when I left for work this morning. Please help!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    Spiders have the ability to shed legs the way starfish can regrow their body parts. All spiders have a joint in their legs near the base which breaks away when the leg is grabbed or caught in something. The open stump is closed off by muscular contraction at the joint and blood loss is immediately stopped. If a leg is injured in any way the pider may decide that it is more trouble than it is worth and pull it off itself.  The leg will not totally be replaced with the next moult, it will take several sheds for the new leg to be the same length as the other legs
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kirk - 2012-11-04
i have a goliath and she only sits in her water dish she will not eat or move from her water dish. I there something wrong with her?

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Anonymous - 2012-08-24
Can you use tap water in their water dish?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    If you have city (if you pay for water) water then the water has already been treated so it is safe.  If you have well water, tiy cab have the water tested, usually for free, at a pet store or purchase a kit to test the water with.  Chances are real good , if you can drink it so can they.
  • Mark Kwiatek - 2012-11-04
    Isn't chlorine a concern in tap water? I always use distilled water or water that was carbon filtered to remove the chlorine?
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