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sally - 2012-10-09
How do you tell the sex of your tarantula

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  • Niki - 2012-10-21
    the legs if there legs are longer (girl) widder(boydont understand all and ask me 615-215-9079
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Delphinia - 2012-10-09
I have had a rose-hair for about 2 weeks now. She (I think a she) has been fine and only reared up at me once. I have touched her back legs and had her fine with that, and thought I would try putting my hand in to start getting her used to it. I had my hand laying in the cage, palm up, for about 2 seconds when she jumped at my hand. She didn't rear up first or anything, and didn't hurt or bite me. I have been trying to find out why she might have done this, and haven't been able to find any information about it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    Sounds like it is very nervous. It is not being overly aggressive... but definitely not wanting to be interactive. Tarantulas don't actually relish being held, though this type of tarantula is one of the most docile. You may want to check its habitat to see if its comfortable - the temperature and humidty - and see that it has a place for it to retreat like with a piece of  driftwood or bark.
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Wilder - 2011-04-18
I very much enjoy this one, though I'm having a VERY hard time locating someone who still has spiderlings, they're a popular breed apparently! I DO, however, have 2 Sri Lankan ornamentals, and 2 Chilean rose-hairs, though am wanting something with more color to add to the collection... Awesome spider though!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    You have a full house.
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    I don't know where you live and if you live outside of Canada, I don't know what are the procedures for exporting T. Here's the website of Tarantula Canada inc.: http://www.tarantulacanada.ca/English/English.htm , there's also, in the States, a breeder named John he imports from Tarantula Canada. I don't know if he has ornamental blues. I found him on youtube and he does very good videos on how to take care of T, species specifiacations, etc. On youtube type in Jon3800 and send him a message. There's also on youtube Tarantulaguy1976, I have never spoken with him but I know that he breeds ornamental blues. Hope this helps.

    Good luck!
    PF
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Isabel S - 2012-09-26
I just got a rose hair last Sunday (3 days ago) and I thought maybe I could hold it for the first time today. It ran away and picked up its back legs when I tried to nudge it from behind. Does it still need to acclimate or is it aggressive? Oh and it just ate 2 crickets an hour or two ago. Maybe it was still digesting. This is also my first pet tarantula.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-27
    For a few times (maybe 10) just lay your hand in the enclosure - palm up for 5 to 10 minutes so she gets used to your hand.  Usually they just relax a litttle and come over to see what it is.  It tickes cuz they will use their feet (don't know what you call that) and just touch your hand.  be real still.  Eventually it should just sorta climb up on your hand - lift real slow and then maybe pet its head and put it down.  Do this several times and then you should be good to go.  Go slow - my favorite thought is KING KONG coming into my room while I am sleeping and it would scare me.  Your hand is King Kongs to that little gal.
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Lou - 2011-02-21
ALSO I forgot to add..this really stupid question but I'll ask anyway. The reptile-shop man said that if she felt attacked, she would rear up (raise her front two legs) so I should move away quickly. But the times when I have tried to hold her, I have pub my hand flat in front of her (to allow her to walk onto it) but obviously, to do that she has to raise her front legs. Now I can't tell if she is doing this to walk into my hand or to attack, so I just move away anyway. Is there a difference in the way they rear up that will enable me to tell what she is doing?

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  • ren - 2011-03-01
    I would leave her for a while...if she is going to molt, you don't want to bother her. If she is going to bite something, she will rear up...it looks a lot different than walking. It will kinda look like she is sitting on her butt with her front two legs all bent back to expose her fangs.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-25
    If she/he were rearing up, you'd know. She/he would have already bitten you :-)
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    They won't always bite. Sometimes they sort of slap with they're front legs to let you know they don't want to be bothered, but you'll definitely know the sifference between walking and a threat posture when you see one. If the front legs and pedipalps go way up, and don't come down.. back off
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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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