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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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harri hiltunen - 2012-06-27
king baboon is rare species.when you disturbing spider, that keep hissing sound . like a cat. front legs is curved.

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  • Andrew - 2012-08-07
    How agressive would you say a pink babbon spider would be I have owned a chili rose and a black trapdoor but  I want a more active spider
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Curtis Sowers - 2012-08-06
I have him in coconut husk does that effect him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    Shouldn't bother him at all - doesn't seem to bother them in the wild. 
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Curtis Sowers - 2012-08-05
I bought a pink toe 3 days ago named Titan. I let him get used to his tank and he ate 3 crickets in 2 days ,but every time I try to hold him he bites me. I am being gentle. I haven't dropped him yet but he won't stop bitting me. Please help me my email is curtistheamazing@gmail.com HELP it's so frusterating he also about 5-6 months old.

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  • anon - 2012-08-06
    Don't try to physicly pick him up, try resting yor fingers on the flat in front of him or a few fingers flat on the tree. Some like to be left till they come out from hiding, always approach him from the front. Shower his tank with water, at least every four days but don't get him wet.  I  use a 3rd of a cup. He miight also prefer locust.  You'd be amazed what they devour in 1 meal ,
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Harry Jackson - 2012-07-09
Hi, my mexican redknee has not eaten now for almost 12 months and I am getting quite concerened. She has not molted since I have owned her and that is almost 3 years now. She has a large bald patch on her abdomen, but it is not dark it is an orangey/brown colour? Her setup includes a heatmat, waterdish and tree bark hide with a coconut subtrate which I keep humified. She is pretty small and has gone quite pale in her colourings, when I first got her she was a very bright orange and black. Any suggestions please? - I have spoken with the reptile shop where I brought her form and they say this can be normal????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-09
    It isn't all that unusual according to red knee owners.  Seriously, many go months without eating.  12 months seems like a long time and I sure don't know how they do it but they seem to be able to.  There isn't much you can do about it.  Have you tried all the various live insects? 
  • Mickey Teesdale - 2012-08-01
    I would be afraid that a Tarantula would not be Satan, based on their behavior after studying them. The key is they are tricksters with their molting. Mickey It's smarter to let the Butterfly Pavillion own them.
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Shaun Roland - 2012-03-29
I just recently, as of 3 days ago got a juvenile rose haired. I unfortunately dried out the substrate, and am having problems maintaining humidity, I'm keeping it at 70% or above, but it is quite a committed task. Anyhow, since she's just newly home, and I've kinda bugged her a bit fixing the cage up good, and misting which she doesn't seem to enjoy.... would it be a bad idea to move her our to place more moist substrate and deeper substrate, I'm at about 2 barely inches, and would like to achieve 3 inches with more moist substrate. I'm just afraid of over stressing him out and causing him to die.. please help!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    Give it a little time to relax a bit. Can always use a fish tank heater in a jar of water to produce more humidity.
  • kane - 2012-04-01
    I'm twelve years old and I am from malta and I have a chilean rose tarantula too. All tarantulas need a dry and a bit humid place and offer her or him a tube like bowl to go in when disturbed or to go in and about once per 3 weeks spray some water on her or him soil. Don't forget to offer her a water bowl to drink, but normally she will absorb water from the humid place. Your tarantula will not be stressed in that type of place I don t see temperatures and my tarantula was never stressed.
  • mario - 2012-04-04
    Rose hairs are supposed to have dry substrate. They do not do well with high humidity. They do best on play sand or dry eco earth.
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    Yes, Rosies are a desert species. 70% is more than fine, and after time they'll adapt to 55-60%. Anything above 75% and the spider will usually start climbing the walls to try and find a drier place. They hate to get wet also, so try to avoid misting near her. You can go deeper with the substrate if desired. My female is in a 10 gallon tank and I filled it on a gradient 7' on one side down to 4' on the other, and she dug under her hide about 5' down and 6' across, so far across i can't see her when she's all the way in. so cool!
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Karen - 2012-03-10
I have had a chilean rose hair for about 2 years and this has never happened before like about 2 months ago she stoped eating and walking. I thought she was shedding but she didn't flip upside down and she is getting cracks in her legs

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  • Lace - 2012-04-20
    I have not heard of this before. But if she is getting cracks on her, I hear people use super glue to close up the cracks. (my mom even does this to her fingers when this happens) If she may have stoped walking because the cracks in her legs hurt her to much and it's to much stress for her to walk.
  • Paul L. - 2012-05-01
    How old is she Karen? Did you get her as a sling or as an adult?
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    Could be that the spider is a male, and has a short life span. Does the spider have tibial hooks on the front legs? When the male mature the hooks tend to get them stuck when molting and they die. Mine managed to make it through one molt, and molted very quickly, but shortly after from old age he passed away, but seemed to dry up and crumble as he did. Hopefully this is not the case with your T, but it's natural, and while it's always hard to lose one after bonding with it, it's exciting to raise another one. I agree with trying the glue, and keep the cage a little extra humid (about 70%, not too crazy cause Rosies go nuts in high huumidity) and good luck!
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Vuk Šćepović - 2012-05-12
I have heard that A.versicolor have big death rate when they are slings :( I am going to buy one sling and can you tell me how to keep them alive and healthy all the time. Thanks :)

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    This is true, I would just be very careful and take care of it to the best of your ability, if you do this you should have no problem.
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sox - 2010-12-02
Ours has molted for the second time and its f*$*in massive and beautiful can't wait til we get our second tarantula idk what we are getting yet but hopefully a chilian white knee.

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    If you don't mind getting something a little more fast and skittish, I would recommend a Green Bottle Blue, I have one and it's colors are just beautiful, totally makes up for its attitude. They don't have that bad of an attitude, easy to take care of. And since they are heavy webers they are very fun to watch.
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carman - 2012-05-16
My aunt gave my son a tarantula and the cage was gross so I went to the pet store and bought all the things they told me to but it hates it, it won't come off the side of the glass and go down into the mossy stuff or go into his log anymore? What should I do?

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Is it am arboreal tarantula, if so climbing the glass is normal. It is for terrestrial tarantulas too, tarantulas can walk up glass as easy as we can go rock climbing
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