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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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Diane Davis - 2011-10-31
I have a pink toed tarantula but for the last 6 months or so has not eaten. She will kill but not eat it. Also for about a month she left her web and stayed lower to the ground than usual. I have had her for about 2 yrs and have not seen her behave this way. Any idea what is going on with my spider?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    I can't tell you for sure but it sounds like she is going into her first major adult (puberty or whatever) molt. They frequently do not eat - even for months during this time and seem to be OK with it. I have read it is not unusual for them not to eat for this prolonged period of time. It would make me crazy but not unusual.
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Jessica Brown - 2011-10-26
Well I have discovered why my T was digging around. lol. It was making a deeper burrow so SHE could feel safe making her nest. lol Little did we know he was a she till the eggs came out last night. I'm trying to find out when I need to take the eggs from mom and when to open the sac. So we have renamed her Sookie. lol

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  • PF - 2011-10-26
    Hello, did you mate her with a male? I didn't know that Ts would lay eggs even if they didn't mate. I know that some insects (I know that spiders are not insects) will produce young by parthenogenese but I never heard of this type of reproduction in spiders. I will ask my biology professor.

    Have a nice day!
    PF
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-27
    I got this T from the petstore. I'm thinking that she came from the wild and I did some research and found out that Ts can store the sperm for up to a month. So I think if she came from the wild she stored the sperm till she felt safe again. That's all I can think of. Do you know how long before she needs to eat again after laying eggs?
  • PF - 2011-10-27
    Ah! Of course, I didn't think of them mating in the wild before being caught. I forget that most rosies come from the wild. I have no clue when they start feeding again. I know that they stop at this time of year because they go into hybernation, mine stopped eating. I was told that they should start feeding again in 2 or 3 months. Also, it is during this time of year that they mate, just before going into hybernation. A breeder told me that if I want to mate my female, it's a good time to do it, so I did. The breeder told me that rosies will lay their eggs after hybernation. Keep us in touch on how your eggs go.

    PF
  • kieron - 2011-10-29
    i have a rose t but she is extremely aggressive was wondering what can be done to calm her?????? would like any advice as had her 3 years and can't handle her at all
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-30
    Honestly? I would just leave it alone. My hubby just recently add a Thai Tiger to our collection and she's VERY aggressive. I'm terrified to do anything to her tank. I have 2 rose and 1 golden rose. None of them are aggressive.
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PF - 2011-10-26
Hello, I have a breeding question. I just bought a male Grammastola rosea to mate with my female Rosy. How can I proceed in introducing them without him beeing eaten? And how can I compare a fight with a real mating situation? I have had the male for 4 days now, should I wait, he seems comfortable in his environment?

Thank you!
PF

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I found this article on how to set up and breed tarantulas. I thought it seemed pretty complete and may help you start. Go to breeding tarantulas hope it helps.
  • PF - 2011-10-26
    Thank you very much!
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bethany - 2011-10-25
Hi I had a couple questions about my new wild caught tarantula. I got it a 5 gallon container, and I'll get that stuff to put in the bottom (I have different stuff in there now). okay, how do I tell if it's male of female? It's leg span is a little over three inches, so it is not full grown correct? My other one is that when I first got it it was in a VERY small container for 2 days and it made a web. I put it in the five gallon one and it has been in there for over a week, but it has not made a web. Should i be worried? Any other tips are much appreciated! thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I wouldn't worry - timing and newness and getting around is all. He will aclimate to the new enviornment and do his web thing when he feels like it.
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Anonymous - 2011-10-25
My red rose dosen't really move that much

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-25
    They don't. Not a lot anyway.
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brooks - 2011-10-23
My pink toed shed her skin in her web. It is stuck in there with her, but I don't want to bother her because of the sensitive time. Will she clean house, or do I need to extract it at some point. Is this normal? Very weird.

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Greg Hunt - 2011-10-18
Found an Oklahoma Brown on my stove top this morning at six am. He is a young spider about four inches across. Gave it a home in a lage tank I have. Gave it a little water

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