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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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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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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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