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Peter - 2010-08-10
I've have a new spider aprox 2 months now, and recently it has become very weird, it has made a large ball from its soil, and has stopped eating about three weeks ago. It has made a lot of webbing in the last few days and today it seems to be still almost on its side and does not move when I gentle touch it. Is it dying or ready to molt> Any help please!

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    Ready to molt I should imagine, some species sometimes molt on their sides and not on their backs, like the salmon pink tarantula.
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Ana Harrison - 2010-09-07
I just bought a chille rose yesterday and really like it, so far I'm just reading up about it but they are very easy to look after. I'm just worried about the temperature although its just roughly below 80 , I'm just worried.

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    72 degrees farenheit is ok and up to 80 degrees is fine , room temperature is ok for roses.
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Luna - 2010-11-11
I've had my rosie for a little less than a year. Lately she seems sluggish and doesn't walk around like she used to when I would handle her. She's always on her water pillows just chillin... is she dehydrated?

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    Sounds like she mite be , or she could be about to molt. If you make sure that you fill a jam jar lid with water that will help , also make sure that is refreshed every day. It's rare that you see a tarantula drink from a water bowl but they also need the humidity. hope this helps, good luck.
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derrick blyth - 2010-09-16
Had my spider a week now and think they are, well cool. Held it a few times but it hasn't eaten since I've had it. Getting a bit worried about it but its a spider, what do I know, it will eat when it wants I suppose. She's very docile and big but if anybody wants 2 give me any helpful information, I would be very grateful.

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  • SAmm - 2010-09-28
    They are only supposed to eat once a week so I think that she is just fine (:
  • Tyler - 2010-11-04
    No need to be alarmed. Tarantulas can go for months without food and only eat when they feel like it. Also they tend to stop eating a few months before they molt. Hope this helps.
  • Phil - 2010-11-12
    Don't be overly concerned about it eating, it will eat when it wants to. I find pinkie or even fuzzy mice do well, protein-wise. I have had my Rosehair for more than 20 years & she goes into fasting periods on occasion. If it's a female, as long as her abdomen is plump & round & she is active I wouldn't worry too much.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-12
    Your spider will eat when it's ready I have a rose hair and a bird eater my rose is a big boy and the bird eater is very big as well but for the most part if the spider is not eating try and keep the temp at a constant level.
  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    She might need some time to acclimatise to her new surroundings, just let her be for a week and she should be ok, hope this helps.
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oscar abney - 2011-11-28
My male rose hair was in his last days. His legs were giving out and his reaction time was very slow , so I let him mate with a female I have . The mating was successful, but the female went right after him as soon as he was done. They mated before many times and this has never happed , he is a big male and has over powered her before but this time he just gave up and gave him self to her. Why did he do this ? Did she no he was in a weak and was going to die anyway?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    That is just the nature. A males life expectancy isn't great and he managed to get away before but just not this time.
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Anonymous - 2011-09-03
So I found a cricket. Tonight I went to go toss it in her cage she tried to pounce on me (yes I do know why). My question is do spiders have mood swings? I've been around her for over a year now and she has always been so lazy and inactive but for the past 2 weeks she has been extremely active and man is she fast! She molted a little over a month ago, after molting does that make them more active? How often will she molt? Is there anything I can buy for her cage for entertainment? She has what looks like half a hollowed log and a water dish that's it. I'm just wondering why she has this sudden burst of energy, she's constantly running around her cage, she's cool to watch and I know she's not hurt or anything like that I'm just being inquisitive as to why shes so active now. Also I have heard when they molt that you are supposed to leave the "Shell" in the cage for a couple days, so something about it bonding? Is this true and why?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-04
    Because you tarantula molted just a month ago, and is now quite active, I'm wondering if maybe you have a male. Author Philippe de Vosjoli in his book, "Arachnomanina...", describes this process for the Rose-hair...A few weeks after the adult molt, a male begins to construct what is called a sperm web and uses it to deposit a "spermazoa" product that it then absorbs into its palpal bulb. After this the male becomes unusually active and it would be the time to introduce a female for mating.

    I have never heard of it being necessary to leave the discarded molt in the enclosure. Quite the contrary, people say that if you can take it out while it's still soft, you can shape it to look good before it dries hard. Also, it sounds like the enclosure you have is fine for the tarantula, any other ornaments would basically be for you rather than the spider.
  • Norman Munro - 2011-11-18
    Hi I have had my northern gold for little over a year and a half she moulted twice the first went great she was still docile. I would let my kids hold her she would climb on my face (see pic) but this weekend she moulted again now she is possesed girl gone crazy. I am fearful to look at her. I hope she isn't picking up on my new fear of her as I miss holding her perhaps it is just a short term thing
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màtt - 2011-11-13
Wow! That's a big spider!

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Kristie - 2011-10-13
We just got our first trantula (Pink Toe) on October 9th from a pet store. On October 11th she molted which being that we had just purchased her 2 days before we weren't expecting. She molted just fine with no complications. She was missing a leg and with this molt she has gained it back. Being that we are new to having a pet trantula we are unsure of the best way to keep the temperature regulated. We have been told different things from different pet stores on which is better - Heat Lamp, Heat pad for underneath, a rock decor that gives off heat that goes right inside... I dont know which is best and which will be the most satisfactory for my Pink Toe... HELP???

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  • tina lilley - 2011-11-11
    You really don't need to worry about providing extra heat. During the summer it is plenty warm enough and in the winter we provide the heat ourselves through our central heating. As long as you are warm so will she be. I panicked about all this kind of stuff when I got my 1st T - Cherry (chilean rose) I have more recently got a pink toe which is far more docile. It's not the temperature you need to worry about, as long as she has good humidity she'll b fine
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craig - 2011-11-05
hi i have a chilean rose and it's flat out on its front and is not moving is this an other way for it 2 shed its skin???

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Chrissy Peel - 2011-08-31
Wow, such interesting information. I just bought my first pink toe she is 6 mths to 1yr old, and tiny. Any suggestions as to how to get over nervousness to handle her (DIVA)? When I took her out of the plastic container to put her into her home, she jumped which scared me lol and I sent her flying I know that's not good but I was not expecting her to be so fast. Any suggestions would help and Diva would appreciate it thanks.

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  • kenny - 2011-09-29
    Hi Chrissy. I just got a pink toe about 2 weeks ago and I have handled them before I think they were rose hair anyways they did not jump or move fast and when got this one home I took him out but I did it in my bath tub. I researched them first before I got it and I knew they jumped and all that stuff so I gently touched his back leg so he got out of his little cage he came in and when he got out I just put my hand in front of him and he got on. I just was very gentle and he did not try to jump but he did run from hand to hand so when you wanna handle your pink toe just put him in your bath tub and try to be really gentle and don't be scared so you don't throw him. lol Thats what works for me. I guess they all have there own personaility but mine does not bite or even go into a threat posture or show his/her fangs. Do you know if it is a him or her? Do you know how to tell? I'm really not sure. I tried looking it up but mine might still be to young to tell and has yours molted yet??
  • Chrissy Peel - 2011-10-10
    Hi Kenny, Mine is a female I ordered her specifically from a reptile store. They sex them by looking at their mouth. I can't remember the details but I'm sure if you look it up you'll find the info "good luck". Well I haven't picked Diva up but she has enclosed herself in a neat web almost like a funnel going from the top of the tank down into her wood log it's so cool. I think she's getting ready for her first molt. Our first spider "Mr.Bill decided to molt at 9pm and because there's no telling how long it will take we couldn't stay up to watch but boy did he grow! Thanks for your reply Kenny.
  • kieron - 2011-10-28
    Hi I just bought pink toe to found they seem to prefer to be coaxed out with paint brush method gently coax to opening of tank and let come on to hand in own time this is best done with tank on floor to stop flying lesson for spider lol
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-11-04
    I read that on the underbelly where the body meets the butt the females will have a sort of pocket where they store the sperm from the male and the males (besides the bulbs in front) have a triangle patch, almost bald, in the same spot. I hope that helps. You can also try checking out some sexing sites.
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