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Lynn - 2012-05-30
Hello, my name is Lynn. I have a pink toe tarantula and have had her for about a year now. Recently I had to go out of town and before I left she had molted and was starting to eat regularly like she has always done. Well, while I was out of town she managed to get out of her cage. Now she is somewhere in my bedroom and have looked everywhere where I assumed she would be and have been unsuccessful in finding her. I'm concerned because I have 3 cats but they don't go into my room. Do you have any suggestions as to where she might be hiding? Thank you for your time.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-05-30
    Look for some were dark and warm/damp that's your best bet, these lil buggers love hiding so it will be a challenge
  • kain - 2012-06-04
    Try between your mattress
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Ian Beattie - 2011-06-09
I have a pink toe,which has just had its first molt,but I have noticed his abdomen has shrunk to a abnormal small size, which looks totally out of proportion to his body. In fact it looks quite weird.
I have had a few different spiders over the years and I have never seen anything like this before. I have his picture on this site before his molt. I will try and get one after his molt if I can get one of him, but he stays in his web behind his plant now all the time. Any help would be grateful??? thx.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-09
    Your little guy just went through a molt so it hasn't been eating or drinking. It is probably dehydrated. Someone suggested a wet paper towel - Your tarantula could get hydration from the towel placed close to him. I am a little afraid of a bowel to close because he might drown and I don't know your lay out and a towel you can put behind the plant. Not under him though.
  • Ian Beattie - 2011-06-11
    Thx for the advice. I have a little bowl for him with little beads in it. It stops them from drowning ,but he hasn't come down from his web which is in the top of his tank for over a month now. I've put crickets in his web, he doesn't bother with them. As for water ,i spray on the glass side by his web ,,
  • Ian Beattie - 2012-01-26
    Im sad to say ,i found my pink toe dead today ,he was starting to eat again and had really started to come out of his hiding den ,and show off ,,,:(
  • sue hughes - 2012-05-28
    Sorry your pink toe tarantula has died.
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Dina - 2008-02-26
My husband and I have a rose haired tarantula, we have had her for 6 years and we love having her. Our 7 year old daughter wanted her own tarantula and she picked out her pink toe named Midnight. The pink toe is not as socialable and jumps every time we try to hold her. Our rose hair we handle quite often. The pink toe jumped from my husband's hand to land on my 4 year old son's face, to his surprise, and since he is used to our rose hair he patiently waited for daddy to take her off his face. We are hoping that the pink toe will get more comfortable with being held eventually. We love our tarantulas and they are wonderful pets.

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  • chance - 2012-05-24
    My pink toe never jumps but if you don't want him/her to jump so far when you hold him/her put your other hand in front of the t so it doesn't jump
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Teri - 2012-05-19
Today I found a hairy legged spider (dark brown/quarter to half-dollar leg-span). It had a brilliant, almost neon blue & white egg sac. I took it to a dry creek bed and let it go...any clues as to what type spider this was....

Thanks!

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Darrin - 2011-03-22
I just bought my red rose from a petco...I'm a little nervous of touching her, I don't think she's comfortable yet. I have a little cave for her, should I change that to something else....I really need help with this, I think she's really comfortable. It's making me comfortable too, can some one help, I try covering the tank up. So that it would be less light....but she still hasn't moved.

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  • Ryan - 2011-03-26
    I'm by no means a tarantula expert, but I remember what my rose hair did when I first bought her. I had a reptile log place on 4-5 inches of soil that had been purchased at the pet store as well. It took her a few days to start wandering around the enclosure, and she did some funny things with her reptile log that seemed odd. They know what they are doing and they will rearrange things to their liking as they become more comfortable. As long as you don't have a light directly over her cage (which you shouldn't) the ambient light from windows and other overhead light fixtures is just fine for the spider. The reason they don't eat much is because they don't move much, and expend less energy than other animals. My rose hair sat in her burrow for about 15 days prior to molting. Even when she's not molting I'll go 24 -48 hours without seeing her venture from her burrow. I would not worry too much about her unless she starts losing patches of hair off her abdomen. Try feeding her every other day, if the food isn't taken with an hour or less remove it and try again in a couple days. Hope this helps :)
  • josh - 2011-04-27
    It's common for a rose hair not to move. They are not a very active species. For the environment, make sure there is at least three to four inches of soil, as the rose hair is a burrowing species. You will know your spider is comfortable when he/she starts to spin a web all over the environment. The only times you should cover the tarantulas tank, is when you use aerosols, or when it is cold. The aerosols can be potentially dangerous, or even fatal.
    any questions, contact me at joshjoshandchey@aol.com. good luck! and have fun.
  • erica - 2012-05-18
    i have two...one spins webs all over, the other does not...ever. the one who doesn't spin a web has been non-responsive for the past two days and very sluggish for the day or so before that. in fact my daughter said "she's tipping sideways"...but then went back to normal and hasn't moved since. was she trying to tip over to molt and something went wrong? i tried to gently prod her and she hasn't moved or responded...she's not curled up nor does she look "dead"...should i leave her where she is for awhile or should i dispose of her??
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Christopher Riley - 2012-04-11
I got a pink toe. I had exotic pet store guy put him in habitat for me but guy never picked it up he used box to get it out does this mean it will bite if picked up ? Or was pet store scared? And it's not sexed

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-11
    The fella was probably afraid or just used to doing it like this. These little guys can get nervous when so many people pick them up, put them down and pick them up all day in a pet store. No reason to be nervous - just go slow until you are both cpomfortable with each other. Then just lay your hand down flat and sorta place it under him and he should just come on up. Not sexed - that is difficult to do. There are several videos on U Tube which show you how you can determine the sex of yours. OK?
  • Christopher Riley - 2012-04-11
    Yeah, will need to read my books. It says every thing on all tarantulas. How to figure its sex out.
  • Lisa - 2012-05-14
    Sexing a tarantula is not as hard as you might think. We have Rose Hair, Mexican Red knee, Texas Wild, and A Pink Toe. The males are usually smaller. Their abdomen, or 'booty' as we call it, is more a tear drop shape. It is really narrow close to its body. The females booty tends to be bigger and doesn't taper. I hope you have many happy years with your baby. Good luck. We learn more every day with ours.
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crystalcleary - 2012-05-08
Is it possible to breed a pink toe tarantula with a red knee tarantula?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    No, they are two separate species, so can't reproduce. Also, they have different breeding habits.
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Paul L. - 2012-05-01
I am new to T's as well. Years ago i had one, but moving constanly freaked him out, I needed to give him to someone who would care for him and keep him in one spot. Now i have another, his name is Harley and he is the coolest creation EVER! I love to watch him eat, is that weird? I mean, when he does all the things that T's do for prep, actual dining etc. Okay, shoudl I not do that? Is he thinking why is this freak watching me eat? Anyway, mine did not eat for about ten days after we got him home. The substrate was wet, it was a new environment etc. After the substrate dried though, awwww hell, it was lights out for the crickets!!!!! Another question, why does he ball up the web he set down to eat on after he is done? And, the last time he ate, he did not eat all of his meal like the times before. Is that nromal?

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tony - 2010-06-01
I just bought my pink toe, after purchasing its environment /cage/terrarium a few days prior in preparation for it. Temp and Humidity are good (within norms), water is in cage, but tonight on its "cave" I found some odd milky-like mucus. Almost looks like bird droppings. She/He has not eaten much since I just got her and only put in 2 crickets one of which I still see alive.

Any idea what this might be? She/He seems to be climbing and moving around, sticking to the corners and moving here and there. What do you think this mucus could be?


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  • louise - 2010-06-22
    It's the poo from your spider don't worry just wipe away as and when you can.
  • will 101 - 2010-08-14
    I just got mine too and I have a girl. They can live for 25 years mine has mucus I think it could be from them having 8 legs.
  • slingfan07 - 2012-02-22
    Wow Will I feel bad for your T.
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marina - 2012-05-06
I have two rose haired tarantulas. I love them alot they are awesome to have around they don't seem to mind my two cats that love to watch them espieclly when they eat. If you are considering a tarantula I highly reommend one.

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