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Wade - 2012-09-10
Just brought a babboon home today. I've had many years of casual experience with tarantulas...but have only had one previous old world. What is the easiest way to maintain the correct temp & humidity during the winter?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Generally winter is a drier period, of course that depends on where you live. These tarantulas like a dry environment, more so than other species. Temperature is usually regulated with lighting, with red or black bulbs used at night.
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Keeley - 2012-08-10
I've had my tarantula for almost 5 years now, i thought she was going to shed but i'm not to sure, for almost 3 days now she has been moving her enclosure about completely and I don't know whether it's a sign of stress or maybe she just fancied a change, but she's even put a lot of the enclosure into her water and I try to change her water whenever she does it but she comes back with more, I don't know what to do or what is wrong with her, please help!

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  • Keeley - 2012-08-14
    Okay thank you so much, I will try that, where should I put them? all over?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    She is probably going into a molt but I would put a bunch or marbles or clean stones in the bowl -- also male tarantulas life expectancy canbe as short as 5 years where the females is around 15.  She might just be re-arranging the tank to give herself a secure location to molt.
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Jenny - 2012-05-31
Hey so I held this spider in the petstore. I loved it he is way cool and not to jumpy but my friends are scared. We had an issue moving him into the cage so he is all hyper still I thought I should just give him little bit to calm down but I'm kinda scared to hold him now any advise?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Let the little fella settle in for a couple of days and then just hold your hand in the cage for a few minutes a few times a day so he gets used to your hand going in and out. Move slowly. Also give yourself time to watch your spider and start to understand his movements. When you believe the spider is relaxed around you and you are now relaxed around him just lay your hand palm up in front of him about 2 inches or so. Do that and just keep your hand still and then just move your hand palm up closer to him. Eventually (few days to a week) you should be able to just slide your hand under his belly and pick him up. You get him off the same way - just lay your hand palm down in the cage and sorta pull your hand out gently from underneath him. It tickles. You can even just let him touch your inger until you get used to him OK? Just go slow and give both of you some time.
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Jeffery moorman - 2012-09-01
My tarantula has been very busy closing off half of his cradle with webbing as well as rolling dead carcasses up in webbing, my question is why roll up the dead carcasses?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Hmm... don't know:) Maybe it's just handy, and he wants his food source close.
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Latina - 2012-09-01
My 2 year old Tarantula has been for a week spinning his web and has made a tunnel where he cant even reach his water and barely can see him. He looks likes he's going to molt, but dont know. He made a web ball under him, is this normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    Yep - is normal.
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Haylee - 2012-03-26
Hey I need help !
I've had my Goliath bird eating slide for nearly a month now. At first I would see her out at night but now she has dug a burrow I never see her she has closed it off as well what does this mean? Is she hybernating ? Will she be ok ?

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  • PF - 2012-04-05
    Don't worry, she's fine, in nature their burrow can be very deep. I never see mine, she's always hidden and if I want to see her, I have to lift the hide and gently push her out. When I do that she flicks her hairs like crazy saying to me, you are bothering me, quit it, lol!
  • Andrew - 2012-08-28
    i was wandering if you could help me i have just baught a baby salmon pink birdeating spider and since I put it in the tank it hid inside its cave and has blocked the entrance with its ground. I never see it coming out. I have being feeding it and it is eating well but I can't tell if there is anything wrong with him if you could please reply
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CMM - 2012-08-23
I've been in the what some would call exotic animal hobby. I've had snakes since I was 5. Geckos, frogs, mantids, etc etc etc. I've been keeping tarantulas for a decade now and had everything from a king baboon, to 8 kinds of pokeys, and even a few new world terrestrials. I've always heard of the nasty temperaments and even worse toxicity of the poecilotheria species. With my experience with snakes I've learned that there are individuals that go against the typical norm temperamental wise. And the same can more than likely be said for Ts. It's really a case by case understanding. I've had snakes who are supposed to be nasty and aggressive ad they were quite the opposite. And vice versa. Same with so called 'beginner' tarantulas. I've experienced rose hairs worse than my king. Basically in short I would never recommend holding or handling your pokeys simply of the danger to the tarantula, but also the danger of the venom. I unintentionally held my P. Rufilata. I took my eyes off her enclosure while feeding next thing I knew she was on my hand. She never once skittishly ran or became aggressive. I held her for a few minutes and put her back she was quite the doll. Still never held her again though! She was a big girl lord knows the venom she held. So, CASE BY CASE. INDIVIDUAL BY INDIVIDUAL.

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Curtis Sowers - 2012-08-21
My pink toe had a huge web at the petstore but hasn`t built a web in his new cage. It`s been 3 weeks should I be worried

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-22
    No  it is normal - new cage,location sounds etc.  She is fine.
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j.ramirez - 2011-01-17
Hi, I own a pink toe tarantula, and I just found out that it's a boy pink toe.
I wanted to know how would I know when to mate these species..?

R-

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  • Justin young - 2012-08-15
    Just look it up on youtube or keep looking on the internet
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andrew bishop - 2008-11-16
Hi, my name is andrew and I own a 3" male pink toe. Recently I noticed that it hasn't been able to climb glass anymore, its feet wont grip the glass. I dont know if it is hurt or sick or if it is normal. If you could email me if you know whats happening it would be greatly appreciated. My email is sax_man91@yahoo.com, thank you!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-03-19
    Has anyone gotten back to you about your pink toe not being able to climb the glass? If they did, will you tell me what they said?
  • Dan - 2012-08-09
    If mine is any indication, not sticking to the glass means there's a moult coming. I've had Indy for about 6 months, and I don't think she ever touched the bottom of her terrarium until she just... Fell. I was in the UK at the time, and by the time I got home, just a couple days later, her old skin was laying in the bottom of her web.
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