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Editor's Note - 2012-05-01
I love my Delielah!!! She's the coolest and most gentle creature I have ever had(and I've had lots of critters over the years. I did get "fanged" once on my knuckle....It was just a little jab, no ill effects at all.I think she was PMS'ing or something!! But I've handled her since and she's been sweet as ever!!She molted last year, but I MISSED IT!! I was on vacation!!! I left the molt in there for a while...but then took it out and kept it!!! It was like one of my kids losing their first tooth!!!

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  • Paul L. - 2012-05-01
    Okay, gotta ask, what was it like to be bitten? Excrutiating or just like damn, I just got bit by my T? Did she dry bite ya or did she release some venom with the bite?
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aimee - 2009-03-04
My friend has one named gloria and it's really surprising to read how aggresive they are. I don't know about you but it's the laziest pet in the house and hasn't displayed any aggresive behavior to the hundreds of people who've handled it in the 2-3 months he's had it. I hope it's not sick or anything.

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  • Marc - 2010-07-30
    It's like if you own a tiger. It might not be aggressive if it's been taught to be around humans, and it's well fed, but one day it might have fear or his instincts might get stronger and, pop, it will attack.
  • Simon - 2011-03-30
    So long as the tarantula is eating on a weekly basis & the colors & hair look vibrant & fuzzy it should be ok mine is very lazy unless it involves food or making someone back away because he does not like to be messed with, if you have any questions please let me know I have been raising & caring for tarantulas of all kinds for 21 years so please ask away I do not mind at all.
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Vuk Šćepović - 2012-04-21
I will buy him for my birthday! I can't wait because its in November :(
And I have a question!
Can I put it near to my men-eating plants or it is a bad idea?

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john - 2012-04-18
Who are their predators?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    Not sure if this is what you mean but various birds, reptiles or even mites can be predators of these guys.
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Catherine Bridges - 2012-04-12
we have two one rose and one skeleton and the rose has not shed at all we have had them for a year or close to the skeleton has molt two to three time is it normal for that to happen

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-12
    Yes, normal.
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matt - 2010-12-20
I have never seen the molting process, and today my pink toe finally molted. I was worried at first because I thought it was dead. It hung its self by the front two legs, really crazy looking. Wish I could have seen it molt. I have heard you should not feed them, but it already has crickets and anole lizard in the cage? Should I try and remove them?

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  • Matthew - 2012-04-05
    Don't remove them not unless you want too because it will reject food before and after molting -- well a little after and when it gets to the point where it wants to eat it will.
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Kristin - 2012-04-09
I have a Texas brown tarantula that I inherited from my cousin after he was killed. I have never had one so have been learning. I came home and found it on its back under its hiding place. It freaked me out I was so upset I thought it was dead so I removed hiding place and quickly turned it over and gave it water. Now I have read that it was getting ready to molt so what do I do now? Put the hiding place back in its habitat or just leave it alone? Can someone give me some good information?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-10
    I would just put her back as best as you can - as close to where you found her.
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Brett - 2010-06-01
How do you determine a tarantula's gender?

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  • marian miner - 2010-06-12
    the male will have hooks on the front of his legs you will notice them and they will not shed as much, they will be a little smaller, and they will spin a small area that they sit on like a blanket. They also will tap their front legs. females,they are larger,they spin the webs,thats all I can say about the females I hope that helps you.
  • poli - 2012-03-31
    You should wait until your spider is a good size. Once it molts spray the molt with a spray bottle until its moist enough so that it will unfold. Then looking at the molt, gently spread out the outer layer of the abdoman that would be the spiders tummy. The 2 white sacks are their book lungs. It's how they breath. The best way to tell if its a female or male is right in between the book lungs. There should be a large slit, an opening that if you were to take a toothpick you would be able to easily insert it into this slit and see it slide right through the skin and out the other side. This is characteristic is strickly FEMALE, its how she collects the male sperm. A male spider will not have this slit! Best to wait until your spider molts. Check youTube for a step by step video of this process!
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Anonymous - 2012-03-22
We got our spider from one of my fiances co-workers. We never have liked spiders but the guy told us that his kids played with it, but that is also why he parted with it. I need some pointers on caring for it. We have a 10 gallon aquarium and it has about 3 inches of soil a log for it to go in and sleep and another branch like decoration that as soon as we put it in it doesn't want to come out and it has a rock like water bowl. We bought a light. It's red and put it on the wire top but the humidity and the temp doesnt seem to want to stay right. We put a cricket in it and it has yet to eat it, been in there for about 2 hrs. I've been doing some research but I can't find a good answer. If someone with some experience could help it would be great?! Thanks
Mackenzie

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  • Anonymous - 2012-03-24
    It does a lot thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
  • Kevin - 2012-03-23
    I have had my rose-hair for 10 years and as she has gotten older her appetite has always been odd. She just ate 30 crickets (in 3 days)after her molt and has barely wanted to do anything since. . . Sometimes she goes months without touching them and i take them out, now they do always need to have a small dish with water and a sponge in it. They have some odd eating habits so no need to worry there. Mine does not especially like a lot of light and sunlight is an absolute no-no. Maybe the light is putting off too much heat. I also keep it really humid for mine i try for like 70-80% which you can get to by using terrarium moss and misting regularly. (oh and mine climbs and falls a lot so the fluffy moss is also good for her protection as well) hope this helps.
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rose - 2008-08-02
The pink toe does not start out metallic, but the Versicolors do. The picture is of a verisicolor. It is not the avicularia avicularia, it is the avicularia versicolor.

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  • Rachel - 2010-11-09
    No it isn't it is the avic avic the versi is more colorful...
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