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got the bug - 2008-10-23
Hi there, I got to say I love this spider and always have since the first time I saw a picture of one. I also got to say that I completely disagree with Mick's comments that we who love the rare and beautiful creatures will kill them out. Mick if you look further into the hobby you will see that many people are now having great success in breeding most species, which in turn means that they will never become extinct.
I do however understand what your saying as our race has wiped around numerous other animals out, of which I'm sure we have now learned our lesson from. As for tarantulas, I speak from experience when I say that captive bred specimens appear to have far less ailments and seem to also have a lot more color.
I hope I haven't offended anyway by putting my 2 pence worth into this, but someone has to defend us :) There will always be an arguement on this topic as many people don't understand exactly what is involved and just how much love and care some people put into it.

Anyway that's my view and I got to say GREAT PIC and excellent info. tyvm.

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  • Chris Hardwick - 2010-10-06
    We should actually be encouraging people to keep and breed this spider. If you look online you'll find that the habitat is only 100 square kilometers in a small area in India. Once they are gone from that small piece of land they will only be in the hands of collectors. We should encourage protection of the habitat as well as private breeding and distribution to collectors to ensure this species never goes extinct!
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    I completely agree on encouraging breeders. For example all the Brachypelmas (most of them) are on the CITES list and are now protected. No imports or exports are allowed but since they have been numerous Brachypelmas imported the hobbyists do breed them. The only thing is if you buy a species on the CITES list and you want to go out of the country where you bought it, you need certificates to prove that the T hasn't been caught in the wild. When I bought my Grammastola rosea, I bought it from a pet store and I realised later that they were captured in the wild just like the Brachypelmas. Then I started to search for a breeder which I gladly found and I wished I would have bought my rosy from them (Tarantula Canada inc.). Now I only buy from them.

    And yes I've gotten bitten by the bug, I just adore these creatures!

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got the bug - 2009-02-23
Hi again, gotta say I have this species and many other baboons and tbh, they are very mis-understood. These are not aggresive t's but more on the defensive side. They would prefer to run away than bite but will definitely bite if cornered.
As for being scared of spiders, I can speak from experience it is quite easy to pass. I used to be terrified of spiders but my partner really wanted one, so one day when I felt brave, I got my partner a curlyhair spiderling. I kept this on my computer desk and watched it day & night and after a few week of interest and reasearch I found myself the one who wanted spiders. It's now maybe a year on from that point and I have well over a hundred different species, many of which are supposed to be aggresive. But believe me, baboons ain't nothing compared to culyhair's, lol. I am far more scared of our curlyhair than I am of any of my baboons or pokies.
My advice as far as aggressiveness is concerned is that take no notice. I have so called aggressive t's that are relatively docile so to speak, and a few t's (e.g chille rosea & curlyhair) that are nasty. They will jump at my hand at the drop of a hat.
Like humans they all have their own personalities!

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  • Bedlom - 2011-03-12
    I have to tell you 'GOT THE BUG' you don't know what your on about, yes tarantulas can develop there own temperament's i.e I have a chillian rose hair who will NOT ever let you handle her moody cow, but to say that curlyhairs are more aggressive than a king baboon is not true,
    I have two king baboon's one adult and a recently bought baby and have kept curlyhairs in the past so I know what I am talking about,
    the king baboon is NOT for beginners that is a fact it is an extremely aggressive species if disturbed (like most tarantulas)
    the only other species I have kept that is just as aggressive as the king baboon is the Thailand black.
    Curlyhairs are perfect beginner tarantula's.
    But aggression should not swayed someone into buying one out of all the tarantulas I have owned chillian roses still make the best pets.
  • James Carr - 2011-06-20
    That is not true... King baboons are in general very very aggressive! I've been biten and injected with venom by one. It ambushed my hand the aggressive thing!
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kassidy - 2012-03-07
These and pink toes have to be the absolute best spiders ever. I used to cry when I saw one then I started researching tarantulas and decided I wanted one. Now I have no fear and I am absolutely in love with mine :) i

ashley - 2012-03-01
I've had mine for a year now she's still a juvi. In the time I've had her she's eating 1 locust and never any signs of molting. I've tried everything to feed her and starting to get annoyed wasting money on boxes of live food for her to ignore any live food. Tonight I annoyed her with a locust to the point where she ate it then spat it back out again, any ideas on whats wrong?

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.
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.
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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