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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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John S - 2010-10-31
While pulling lumber out of our garage, we managed to injure an OK Brown that was living in the lumber pile. One leg is hurt. I don't want to put him out, since it'll probably be curtains for him. We're thinking of keeping him to see if the leg heals. Any suggestions on setting up the cage? Do we have a prayer of him surviving? We like these spiders, but have never kept one before. Any advice would be welcome.

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  • Deanna - 2011-03-09
    Have you thought of asking a vet or person who handles spiders? They might know what's best for him. But yes, pulling him out will only injure him further.
  • JulieGrace - 2011-08-19
    I have read that spiders can regenerate injured or even lost limbs through their next molt. Since taratula care is one of the cheapest for pets, I would just keep him/her until they molt and see what happens!
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    Isn't it frustrating when people dont listen to what you're saying? I know I think so and that is why I'm replying to youre QUESTION. Here it is; I have two tarants and this is my experience. I'm guessing you meant put him outside when you said this and you're right, he would most certainly meet his demise in this comprimised condition so you'll need to set up a taranterrium. oklahoma browns (and all tarantulas) should be kept in rather cramped
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    Enclosures. A 5 gallon aquarium is fine. Go to the plant store and pick up a brick of organic fert-free cocanut coir. Follow directions on the side and finish off by drying it out on a cookie sheet in a WARM oven. It should be barely moist- NOT wet when youre done. Just enough to clump in the hand when squeezed. mix in some sand(3coir-1sand), 3-4 inches deep and nestle a broken flower pot(terra cotta) on its side to simulate burrow
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    enclosures. a 5 gallon aquarium is fine.go to the plant store and pick up a brick of organic fert-free cocanut coir. follow directions on the side and finish off by drying it out on a cookie sheet in a WARM oven. it should be barely moist- NOT wet when youre done.just enough to clump in the hand when squeezed. mix in some sand(3coir-1sand), 3-4 inches deep and nestle a broken flower pot(terra cotta) on its side to simulate burrow
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    -When you see it sitting in the entrance in the evening waiting for prey you've succeeded. This can sometimes take a while. If you start the burrow it moves in sooner. Provide a shallow water dish that it can lower its BODY into to drink, keep v.clean. feed 3 crickets/day till its full,fasting for 30 days is common. a tight fitting lid is essential, wire mesh 1/4 inch square, *they chew through window screen in hours. no basking light is needed, they're nocturnal. Mist 1/2 the tank every 4 days (a.m.) to provide dew and keep humidity proper. Keep tank out of sun. A young one will have a new leg in 1-2 molts, an adult might take1-2 years to molt and just lose the leg. Keep in calm, draft-free place. Females can live for 20-30 years,....yes, years. Males up to 5. Remove dead cricks and poop and you'll only need to clean out the entire tank once, maybe twice a year. tarants should have no odor.GOOD LUCK
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Jessica Brown - 2011-10-13
My rose haired is acting really funny. We've had him (I think its a male) for about 2 mo. and he's starting to dig out all the flooring under his water dish. He's done this everyday for the past 2 weeks and I'm not sure why. He's not a burrowing spider. Our female has never dug anything out really other that a few pieces out of her house. If anyone can offer some advice would be nice.

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  • PF - 2011-10-17
    Hello, I've seen on youtube, if I'm not mistaken that is where I saw it, someone had a rose hair that did some digging and rearanged the enclosure. Maybe you can go and see. I know that each spider has his own character and yours loves to dig and burrow even if it's not a borrowing species. Maybe males are different from females and the males will do some borrowing. Let us know if you get a right answer.

    PF
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-17
    Thank you for your advice. I watched some of the videos. Some of them have made some very extravagant tunneling systems. We just got a Thai Tiger this week and I'm really looking forward to seeing its burrow and webbing. It is very agressive and likes to walk up and down the walls.
  • PF - 2011-10-18
    If you look up for Jon008 I think, he's a specialist on Ts and he can give you a more precise answer to your question. Good luck on your new T!
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James Carr - 2011-06-19
Hello. I had my blondi for about 2 months and she is just over a year old, during its first moult it lost a leg. A week later I gave her a large locust, she did not eat it that day; I went to see her in the morning to see if she had eaten it. But when I looked in she was dead! The locust was dead too. Though I don't think the locust would have killed her. HER FANGS WERE BURIED INSIDE HER OWN BODY! It obviously looks like she killed herself! Would this be the case? I was so upset about it. I have heard they can rip off their own limbs? Maybe she was stressed about the locust just being in the tank?
Please help!

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  • Brandon M - 2011-07-09
    I don't have a Goliath but I do have a Rose hair. And I've had mine for bout 5 months. When my rose hair molted, he lost a leg. If the leg doesn't come out right or is injured, they will break them off to avoid further damage. The insect could have very well have bit the spider though. A large cricket can bite a spiders leg and they'll have to break it off. Now my spider was found in his water bowl about a week ago and is now just twitching. He wont move at all so I want to go ahead and suggest, make sure your water bowl isn't bigger than the spider.
    I hope this helps you with your next spider. Just remember, they are dangerous but they can still be hurt. So do what I do and only feed when he/she is hungry. And make sure that the insect or whatever you feed it isn't much bigger than the spider.
  • Brandon M - 2011-07-09
    Also, it won't kill itself with its fangs. They always have them tucked like that to protect them.
  • tom - 2011-09-20
    You have a spackterded spider there or you DID have a spackterded spider my adivice?: put it on your teachers head or in the fridge!!
  • emyr thomas - 2011-10-07
    Hi. you're goliath lost a limb during moulting because the enviroment in which you kept it was too dry !!! and you shouldnt have fed it for at least 2 weeks after it moulted !!! The tank it lived in should be damp and humid , about 90%. It wouldn't have lost a limb if this was the case , and when its moulted its new fangs are very fragile, they need at least 2 weeks to harden up before you feed it again !!! You obviously should read up about caring for youre spider to avoid this happening again !!! Look on the internet for care sheets on youre chosen spider !!! we all make mistakes , hopefully you wont again, poor spider !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • PF - 2011-10-12
    Hello. Could it be possible that something is toxic (insecticides or pesticides) in your enclosure? It's a little odd that both have died about the same time, unless the locust had puncture wounds. If not, I would evaluate the possibility of toxins, either in the substrate or other material used. Since the Goliath is bigger than the locust, the toxins might have taken 2 months to take effect and only one night for the locust since it's smaller. If you still have the cage in tact, put in a few crickets and leave them there, see if they die within a few hours to a day or two. If so, before putting another T in disenfect the cage and change every thing. Sometimes new equipement can be full of industrial residues (dust, toxins, etc.) that we ignore about, it's a good thing to clean everything before installing your T.

    It happens that spiders loose a leg, but it rejuvenates at the next molt. If the loss was really bad, I suppose that it would have died a lot sooner.

    Good luck in you enquirery!
    PF
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PF - 2011-10-12
Hello,

I just posted 3 pictures of my new Brachypelma bohemei spiderling. The title of the pictures are New Brachypelma bohemei.

PF

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Holly Adams - 2009-11-11
Hi! I just got my Guyana Pink Toed young male home tonight. I really wanted a female, but will get to know this guy just as well. He is about 1 1/2" long and I made a arboeral tank for him with the live plants, vines, water with a rock in it and substrate (not anything with chemicals in it). Still haven't named him yet, thought of Flash, because he moves rather quickly..hmm good name. Ok, so it's Flash. Flash is my first pet tarantula and I am already looking forward to getting a Chilean Beauty after having Flash around for awhile. I guess you can say this empty-nester still loves having kids around..Hopefully, soon my husband and I will have a blog or website about our managery of animals and reptiles to share with everyone else, should be lots of fun, at least to me. Good luck to us all with these aricnid friends!!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-10-12
    Hello, I can relate to you enthusiasm. I got my first Grammastola rosea (Rosy) a month and a half and two weeks later a Brachypelma bohemei. Now I have contacted my breeder to by a Brachypelma smithi, a Brachypelma verdezi and a Brachypelma albiceps. I have to wait since they are too small to bring home and to determine the sex. I also have a managery of animals : 2 parrots, 3 ferrets, 1 mean gander, 2 bearded dragons along with my Ts. I have been wanting to make a website a long time ago but never have the time. With all these animals, I would like to start an interpretation center for children or go in schools for educational purposes.

    Have a nice day!
    PF
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lesia sammis - 2011-10-11
i just got a Goliath Bird eating Tarantula. I have had it now for almost 2 weeks. It has already ate 2 pinkies, 1 a little older and a fuzzy. It has no problem eating. I still have lots to learn. getting a bigger tank ready for it. I really hope it's a girl but they don't reach maturity for 3 years. A female can live up to 20 years and a male 4 to 5 years.

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  • PF - 2011-10-11
    Hello, I suggest that you don't give mammals to your T. I learned from a breeder/biologist that mammals and birds are extremely hard to digest because Ts don't have the enzymes to break down the fur (feathers), bones or cartilage. Also, they are too rich (too high in calcium) which can cause molting problems. In the wild they don't eat mammals or birds or if they do, it's an extreme rare occasion. You are better off giving them insects. Your insects should be well gutted with good food that has vitamines, minerals, etc. so when your spider eats, it gets all the nutrients needed.
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Mick - 2008-10-06
Dearest fans and collectors of rare spiders and tarantulas,
Please check the endangered species list, Indian taratulas may not be in exsistence in the near future. Loving collectors are going to kill them all. Human greed ruins this planets living things. You just love them to death! How nice,that's real love! Regards, Mick.

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  • Derek - 2010-03-28
    They are captive bred. If anything the "greedy collectors" are going to be what allows the species to continue if it should happen to go extinct in the wild.
  • Diego Jimenez - 2010-04-27
    Oh come on, Mr.greenpeace, you should know that some species have such small populations in the wild that is just impossible for them to survive long term without the help of captive breeding, I'm not just a collector, I'm a biologist and, believe me, I know that captive breeding this and other genus of tarantulas (like Selenocosmia and Brachypelma) will help to boost their survival chances for the future.
  • Cat - 2010-05-05
    Yes I completely agree with this. I've checked the endangered species list and this spider is on it along with a bunch of others.
  • daniel - 2011-02-03
    Hey mick, that was not the smartest comment....the more people that become interested in the gooty sapphire the more they will be bred....spiders make awesome comebacks when people develop interest...and that's a fact! So buy one today if you really care :)
  • john - 2011-03-19
    Dear Mick last time I checked It's perfectly legal to own Indian Tarantulas.
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    Yes alot of them are on the CITES endangered list but there are alot of breeders out there that do breed these endangered species. You have just be careful where you buy your pets. It's preferable to buy them from a breeder than a pet store. I bought my first G. rosea (not on the endangered list) from a pet store not knowing there were breeders out there. If I would have known, I would have bought it at the breeders just like I did for my Brachypelma Bohemei (endangered species). Imports and exports are not aloud anymore for many species. It's the same thing for parrots. I have 2 of them, one came from a refuge the other from a pet store who dealt with breeders. I bought my African grey at the age of 4 months old, not even weaned yet and brought her home when weaned (age 6 months).

    Buying pets needs to be thouroughly researched and you need to be properly informed. It took me one year of research and preparation before getting my parrots... You just need to make sure that the animals bought are not wild caught, miss treated, etc.

    PF
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PF - 2011-10-05
Hello, I finally found my T she was wondering around when I got up during the night. I almost stepped on her, she moved away fast towards the fridge when she saw me, but I was able block her just in time. I'm very happy and releived to have her back.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    Good for you....
  • david - 2011-10-06
    it's probaly a egg sack
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    Do they make egg sacs even if they haven't been mated? I would be very surprised since I never heard of a T doing that before.
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    By the way, it's been 6 days since she's back in her cage and she's doing really great. I thought that her character might have changed and her wild instincts would have kicked in but it hasn't, she the same gentle girl as before.

    PF
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PF - 2011-10-11
Hello, I have a molting question. I read about ecdysis in tarantulas and how they act before, during and after they molt. I would like to know what is the molting frequency? My G. rosea molted about a month and a half ago and I was wondering when will she molt again? Do they molt every 2 or 3 months or more? She seems to be getting bigger, maybe it's my imagination. It's the same thing for my juvenile B. bohemei. They are both very good eaters.

Thanks!
PF

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