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Kourtney - 2013-02-28
I just got a Goliath bird eater. Ate the pet store she was beautiful and they said she was eating well that she needed to eat again in like two days. Well I offered her a little mode but she never took it. Then I found her completely submerged in her water dish and it was full of water. When she got out her legs aren't really working. Two look like they are stuck to her butt and its getting smaller. The people at the pet store said she might try to molt. I have other tarantula and none of them sat in their water bowls. It just freaking me out. I don't know if she's OK or not. Someone please help me.

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  • Jesse_hutch - 2013-10-31
    Your Birdeater may be having difficulty in shedding, particularly if the temperatures in the enclosure are not correct or if she has been out under recent stress after she has begun this process. Extreme changes in tempreature can deangerously increase stress levels so I would advise handling or irritating her, this process is a natural one and unfortunately there's not much you can do, my advice is to make sure the tempreature is correct and she has sufficient depth in her burrow, once done I would leave her to it, to minimise stress.
  • Mack Hodge - 2014-03-02
    I thought it strange my goliath did the same thing, staying in the water dish with water in it but it was trying to molt, it went through a perfect molt yesterday...
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mark bawden - 2014-01-03
hi i have a 10 month old chilean rose before she molted i could pick her up every day she would just stay there for hours but now she wont even put a leg on me she has never been aggressive to me never shown her fangs flick hairs some times what could this be can you help thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I can't tell you why your tarantula tolerated handling more easily before the molt. However, tarantulas are a visual pet and don't like to be handled. They should be enjoyed by observation and handled rarely, only when necessary. The Chilean rose tarantulas are less aggressive than other species, but the flicking of hairs is an aggressive action and her way of indicating that she does not want to be handled.
  • Clark - 2014-02-17
    Females often become less tolerant after their maturing molt. They are also known to eat less. I've had females become down right aggressive after molting and some refuse food until after mating. Then they try to fatten up for reproduction. Remember, no tarantula NEEDS holding; it is we who want to hold them.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-12
hi, ever since my red knee was put into a 10 gal it hasn't been out of its hide like at all. it is about 3in long. could the tank be too big?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    I doubt the tank size is the problem, I would check to make sure you have adequate substrate and humidity.
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Justin Stumbo - 2014-02-07
I have a juvenile otb and I've had he for two months now. She's been on a two cricket diet per week now but for some reason hasn't eaten for almost two weeks:/ I tried putting the cricket in her burrow thinking she'd eat but she ran out the other end. Not sure what's going on with her. Temperature seems to be right but the guy at the pet store said to keep it a little damp for moisture. Any help would be much appreciated. I just want the best for this little creature

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Sounds like it may be preparing for a molt. See molting info under the 'Diseases: Ailments/Treatments' section above.
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Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
Hello! I just got my Rose-Haired Tarantula yesterday, I'm a little worried about how to approach her. When I adopted her there was no helper to tell me about her, (well no one knew.) and so I'm worried because I don't know how she will react to me touching or picking her up. Last night she ate her first cricket and this morning I added another so that there is three at all times. Am I doing anything wrong? PLEASE give me tips or tell me if I'm doing something wrong. Thank You! SIDE NOTE: I have wanted this Tarantula for 3 years and I REALLY want her to stay alive, please reply ASAP! Also: HUMIDITY: 65 TEMPERATURE: 70 degrees

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    What a great pet you have. Please take the time to read the care information up above. It will answer many of your questions, including handling and feeding. You'll want to slow down on the crickets:P
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Genny Floyed - 2009-08-14
I have had my baby (ok so she's 5) for quite a while. Yes when I first got her she was bratty but can you blame her? Now 5 years later she is a cuddler! Loves to be held.
I disagree with those who say it would be a bad first pet tarantula. If you read up on the breed you will know how to handle them and when to give them their space. Just like all pets sometimes they don't want to be bothered. But if treated properly the rose hair is a wonderful tarantula to have. It takes patience to get the spider acclimated to you handling it. You can't expect to get it home and immediately start handling it. It took Kiwi a good year to fully be ok with being outside her home and being handled.
I do however do not recommend any tarantula for children. Most lack the patience it takes to get the spider comfortable being held.
Also .... I have NEVER been bitten... :-)

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  • Gabrielle Coulter - 2010-12-20
    Well I'm 12 an I just got my tarantula yesterday and she is very sweet and it likes to be held by her owner but she goes crazy when someone else tries to hold her. I'm a little worried that she might bite someone :P...
  • Cristina Rodriguez - 2011-07-07
    I got my husbands his (Tilly) for Valentines Day :) She doesn't mind being handled, even walks all over my five yr old boy! Best pet ever.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-11
    Sorry, NO spider likes to be handled. None. They tolerate it to different degrees but unless you have one that spoke to you or comes when you call it...
  • Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
    Umm Hi I'm just a little worried because I got my Rose-Hair yesterday, (Rosie!) and I don't really know her yet, so I don't know how she will act if I touch her or pick her up. Should I risk it and try it? I don't want her to bite me, or be uncomfortable please reply! Thank you!
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Tinus Botha - 2013-12-24
Hi, I have had my red knee for 4 days now and it is .3 inch long and it already ate 5 crickets and now i wonder if I am over feeding it? please help                 



P.S. She is female and called Morticia(Like in the cartoon 'the Addams Family'.). lol

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Justin - 2013-12-18
These animals are critically endangered, I have no concrete evidence but I would like anyone to let me know if they know. I am wondering if buying or selling these, or any critically endangered species, is legal or not?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    Yes this species is critically endangered in its natural habitat. Those found as pets are most likely captive bred specimens. Some times the endangered status of an animal does impact keeping them in captivity, but even then legalities regarding keeping them is usually often location based. Usually captive bred specimens are fine.
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This guy - 2013-12-04
Hi there, I have a Brachypelma Smithi at the moment and I have had him for about one week now .... I soo want to hold him but it's a little scary .... Does anyone know any good techniques to hold him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    See the Handling section above for some great tips!
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Dan - 2013-08-28
I have had my Pinktoe for about two and a half years, and she has built herself a nice big condo at the top of her terrarium, as she has done in the past. She just went through a moult, so I'm leaving her be for a while before I try to get the old shell out. My question, and I cannot seem to find an answer anywhere, is how often is it recommended to remove her web? I understand that they build it for reason, and I want to leave it as long as possible so as not to stress her, but let's face it, she eats in there, and as clean a critter as they are, the web gets, let's call it 'juice' on it, as well as day to day dirt and dust. Thoughts?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    I haven't seen the answer to this either, but I would bet that after the molt would be an okay time. Then she would have time to rebuild before she molts again.
  • justin - 2013-11-16
    It is a guy it getting sperm on it lagers to have sexes so it needed that web so please do not mess with it
  • Dee - 2013-11-26
    Hey, 'Dan', I had the same problem for the first few years with mine. When her housing gets a little too covered in s*it and her web gets too much for her habitat, I transfer her to a new one...not easy to do but that's why I keep her in a 10 gal. tank-easily afford a new one once a year and the feed don't breed!
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