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oscar - 2012-02-26
Please help rose was walking around just fine and then she just stopped moving in a frozen state. She's been like this for a few hours now. Even when i touch her she just sits there. Don't know what to do

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Tarantulas do this. It is no unusual. They can FREEZE in position for hours and even days. When they decide to move, it is usually with a great deal of speed. If she is not in a tank, I would sorta gently slide her onto a piece of paper and put her in the tank as when she decides to move, it could be anywhere. If she is in the tank, just let her be. It could also be the start of a molt.
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Kayd - 2012-01-24
We purchased a Rosie in late October. It seems to be female and recently (4 or 5 days) stopped eating. She spread web all over the tank and especially near the entrance to her burrow. She seemed to really be eating a lot just prior to this. I was expecting a molt, but two days ago she completely sealed off the burrow. She dug a little deeper into the burrow so in curiosity I got out a flash light and to our shock there is a large egg sack. She keeps herself wrapped around it and is very thin now. Is this possible that she could have mated three months ago and is just now producing an egg sack?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    Hey congratulations - looks like you have a gal. From the time mating occurs between a male and female tarantula, it can be 1 - 5 months before an egg sac is actually produced so you probably purchased a pregnant female. She will start to eat like crazy and then finally a web will be created to hide the sac and then the egg sac will be produced. So yes, very possible and likely your little gal mated a few months back and is just getting areound to producing the egg sac.
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Joey - 2010-12-19
I just got a Pink Toe Tarantula yesterday and his back legs aren't hairy, are they supposed to be like that?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    Most have hair on their legs, and they will 'regrow' hair when they molt. I wouldn't worry about it as long as it is eating and active.
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marlene32 - 2011-01-13
I just got my spider today. I was so excited that when I bought it I didn't even bother to ask any questions about it. All I know is that it's a pink toe. It's a baby (: what do I do to add humidity?

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  • henry - 2011-07-09
    Use a water bottle with a mister but make sure not to mist the tarantula itself. Also a shallow water dish could provide some humidity but make sure to keep a sponge or rock in it so your tarantula doesn't fall in.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-21
I love my boy toe pinky he's all grown..

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william - 2012-01-27
I have a rose hair i have had it for about a year and it has been fine. However just recently she has been spinning webs everywhere and digging alot. Now it seems she has encased herself in a large webbing looking like a bubble can you please tell me what is going on. It would be extremly helpful i am a bit worried.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    No problem. She is just getting ready to molt. Normal behavior and frequently will not for month or more.
  • Leraky Man - 2012-02-01
    Well, I recently purchased a female Rose Hair, and she has done the same thing yours is doing. She is just getting ready to grow, which is a very good thing. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, your little girl may be a little bigger. Please message back if she dosnt molt in the next month or so
  • Cathrine Graham - 2012-02-12
    I went on holiday and my grandson looked after my ruby. He got her a new tank but she won't eat. It's only been a week so should we wait a while to see if she will eat or put her back in her little old one Cath
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    Cath, I wouldn't worry for awhile. They will and can go a few months without eating and will do so when they are getting ready to mold and actually molting. Yours is probably not eating because it is getting acclimated to the new tank. Let it go for a week or so - should be fine.
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PF - 2012-02-06
Hello, I just bought (Saturday) my first female Theraphosa blondi and I'm really enjoying her. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her. She's sweet in nature, I even gently tested her with prongs at the pet store and she showed no agression. Naturally she's skittish so I have to go really, really, really slow in my movements. This morning I gently pet her legs without a fuss. Maybe (and I expect) her to change in time, maybe when she becomes sexually mature her temper will be more agressive. Now she measure about 6 inches in leg span, maybe more. I haven't found a name for her yet but I will find soon.
I just felt like sharing with you my new T. blondi.
Have a nice day!
PF

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nicole - 2012-01-14
I have a question my rosie has not ate in 5 months she still acting great she just wont eat she loves when we hold her an we let her out of her cage to just walk around the house for a while she acts healthy i just dont want her to starve to death plz plz plz help what should i do .

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  • PF - 2012-01-16
    Don't worry, these days G. rosea are in hybernation and will eat less or stop eating for about 3 months. My female and male have stopped eating completely and since they're in hybernation, I have been recommended by a renown breeder to lower the temperature at about 16 degree celcius if possible. You can still pick her up and do as usual, my female climbs her cage when she wants out.

    Have a nice day!
    PF
  • Leaky Man - 2012-01-20
    Well, I recently purchased a Chilean Rose Hair, and I am extremely pleased with her. She ate very, very good the first week and a hlaf or so. (Normally 5 crickets or more a day) then, all of a sudden, she just stopped eating. She moves around alot, so i dont think she is approching a molt. Then I found out that Chilean Rose Hairs will actually go through periods of not eating. She seemed to become even more docile after she stopped eating, so I wasnt complaining. As long as your tarantula still moves around, and its abdomen is still plump and not shrivveled, she should be fine. Good luck with your G. Rosea!
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jen - 2008-11-20
We have had our tarantula since Feb and she hasn't molted or looked like she is going to molt. Is this normal when fully grown or should she continue to molt for life? She still eats although not as much as she probably should and is fairly small! HELP!! :)

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  • emma williams - 2011-12-02
    How big is she? She will moult less and less as she gets older. Once a year 4 a adult, what species is she? e williams.
  • PF - 2012-01-16
    Maybe it could be a male, my male is smaller than my female. If it's sexually mature, males will have tibial hooks and bulbs at the end of their pedipalps. If you don't see any, wait until the next or two molts, maybe these will show. Don't worry for the size, maybe it's still a juvenile, a pet store clerk has one of 10 years old and she only has a leg span of 2 inches. They take a very long time to grow because of their slow metabolism.

    Also these days, their are in their dormance period and that will last about 3 months, so it's normal that they eat less or stop eating completely. Both, my female and male have stopped eating and I lowered the temperature to about 16 degree celcius until hibernation is over.

    Have a nice day!
    PF
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Tim McD - 2012-01-12
I recently noticed a small hole on my rosehairs lower back, and I was wondering if this is normal, or if it indicates any sort of health problem. Any tips you guys may have will help. Thanks :)

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  • Brian Dzenkiw - 2012-01-13
    Hi Tim,

    I think that hole your describing in your tarantulas carapace is called the central apodeme, it's normal. This is an area of muscle attachment.
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