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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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Aileen - 2011-11-04
I have a male Chilean Rose tarantula, he is 4 years old and can be quite nervous. He also goes through phases of not eating, sometimes lasting up to 3 months. He is quite active and spends a lot of time moving around the enclosure and also enjoys getting out and roaming about every chance he gets! The strange thing is, he has never moulted. In all the time I have had him, he has grown a bit bigger but has never shed his skin. My question is, is this normal and also is there anything I can do to keep him more entertained and less anxious? Thanks!

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Megan - 2010-06-07
I have just, today, purchased a mexican red knee. It is my first tarantula but my dad had one when I was really little. Due to it being a private sale, there was little information given out. She appears to have just molted as there was a skin in her tank. However, at the base of the abdomen, is an orange patch which should be black and has no hair on it. Should I be concerned or will this change as she appears to have just molted?

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  • Nate - 2011-02-08
    I can't say for sure, because I don't have a picture and your description is a little vague, but I believe what you are seeing is a "bald spot" on the abdomen where the spider has kicked off its urticating hairs. As this usually takes a while, I doubt that the tarantula has recently molted. Dealers often leave the previous "skin" in the container with the spider so the buyer can attempt to sex it from the previous molt. This "bald spot" should not be a problem and the hairs will be replaced during its next molt.
  • PF - 2011-10-12
    I'm not an expert yet but if your T has just molted it should not have a bald patch. If your talking about the cephalothorax that is orange, it's maybe a Brachypelma bohemei instead of a Brachypelma smithi. Heres a web site with pictures of Ts, you can look and see if this is what you see on your T: http://www.tarantulacanada.ca/English/English.htm

    Good luck!
    PF
  • Josh - 2011-10-27
    My red knee does the same thing... About 2-3 weeks after she molts the hairs both black and orange fall right off of her. This has happened to me the last three molts. I'm wondering if it's temperature change or tank surroundings?
  • PF - 2011-11-03
    Hello, I know what you are talking about, if you click on the picutre of the Antille pink toe tarantula at the top of this page, does the bald patch look like the bald patch on the T? If yes, all my Ts have that, I thought my rosies had dandruf then I noticed that all my new slings have it, although my Ts still have hair on that spot. I haven't looked into it but I will. Here's a hypothesis: maybe the hairs on this spot has a more irritating effect on the skin since they are rougher and have more barbules. And when they are irritaded, they reach that spot specifically when they flick hairs. Maybe someone has an exact explanation.

    PF
  • PF - 2011-11-03
    I got the info. I was looking for and my hypothesis is right. The bald spot on the abdomen is due to the excess hair flicking. That spot contains rougher hairs with barbules that irritates the skin compared to the rest of the body. When a T is really nervous, it will flick it's hairs more up to a point that it becomes simply a bald spot.
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kieron - 2011-10-29
Got a pink toe bless sweet thing would like to converse with other ts owners

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  • Rolly Manning - 2011-11-03
    I have a pink toe, chilean rose and orange baboon (o.b.t.). I'd like to share info with others. :)
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claireleone - 2011-11-02
Hi all , im about to take delivery of a chile rose on sunday night - Its the victim of a divorce . Both parties going back to parents and neither set willing to have the spider in their homes . I've always liked them but never had one - The vivarium is a mess , the spider has not been looked after at all I'm surprised it's actually alive . I keep reptiles so not completely daft , have read some good points on here . It's a male I'm told , and it's miserable as sin the poor thing . I want to do really well by him 'sympathy vote'. I'm getting a small exo terra viv tomorrow and would like some advice on its heating please .. Experienced keepers very welcome :-)

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  • PF - 2011-11-03
    Hello, there's some good info. on this website when you look up Grammastola rosea. The basics are at least written. I own two G. roseas, one male and one female. First, at this time of year they are in hybernation so if you see he's not eating, that's why. I try to feed mine one cricket every three days and if they don't eat, I just take it out and try again in another 3 days. They can go up to 3 to 4 months without feeding.

    Since your's is a male, it's possible that it's on its last days. Males will only live 5 to 6 years compared to females (15-20 years).

    The enclosure can be a minimum of 10 gallons with a light of 15 watts. That's what I have. It's better for them to be colder than hotter. The room temperature should be 20oC during the day and 18oC during the night. For the humidity, they don't like to humid. When I put water in the bowl, I spill some of the water around it and I put the bowl near the light so the water can evaporate.

    For substrate, it's a personnal choice, I put grind up coconut bought from the pet store and it works just fine.

    If he's not too agressive and like to be picked up (even if it's not recommended) you can make him walk on the floor. My female enjoys roaming on the floor with supervision of course. I let her roam for about 10 to 15 minutes and when I put her back in her cage she goes to the top trying to come out. I don't leave her out more than that since my floors are cold. But, usually spider prefer staying in their enclosure.

    Hope this helps.
    PF
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