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sean - 2014-02-27
My pink toe hadn't eaten in about two weeks and now he's having problems gripping the glass. He can't climb the side of his terrarium, when he tries he just slides down or falls off. If anyone has any ideas please help me by responding.

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  • Sydney - 2014-03-08
    My 1 1/2 year old mexican red knee female is currently experiencing the same problem and I have no idea why.
  • Jennifer - 2014-03-08
    Our pink toe has recently started sliding down the glass as well. He has no traction and falls a lot. He's been spending time down on the substrate, and I'm wondering if his toes are dirty. I haven't seen him grooming for awhile and he used to do it quite often. He is an adult male, so I don't know how much longer he will live. I hope the slippery feet isn't a sign of old age.
  • sean - 2014-03-13
    Now my pink toe has cocooned himself at the bottom of the cage, I'm hoping this is just a stage before the molt. Please help if you know something I don't.
  • Nora - 2014-04-23
    It sounds like you are misting/spraying the walls of the vivarium. Pinktoes grip is amazing and if yours has moulted; the moult has grip as well. My advice would be to spray cooled boiled water onto the susbstrate (two quick sprays should do) and any plastic plants you may have in there.
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-09
    Tarantulas will often act this way before moulting.
  • Rhijanna Edney - 2014-08-30
    Make sure it has lots of water.
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Anonymous - 2013-07-06
Hi I just got a rose haired tarantula a day ago and yesterday he moved a lot but today he barely moved. He ate now crickets and he moved about 5 inches please help this is my first rose hair tarantula and I don't want him to die. The temp is 80 and the humdity is around 50.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-08
    He may just need some time to adjust to his new environment. If he is eating and has access to water I wouldn't worry just yet. Keep his cage clean, mist it occasionally, and make sure he has a private place he can retreat to, such as a log or a rock cave.
  • Margaret - 2013-08-24
    Ummmmm you're not supposed to mist rose hair tarantulas at all. They are a dry species and prefer not to be misted. If you do mist it will make her uncomfortable and she'll climb about her tank like a nut case.
  • AJ - 2013-11-05
    Hi I have a rosie and they hate being misted, I only to keep humidity at an acceptable level 50 sounds good for a rosie, but only do a light mist towarfs the water bowl make that the 'moist area' don't do the whole tank - they like it dry so you want your substrate to be dry and have at least a dry end of the cage if your getting used to regulating humidity
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Cat - 2014-08-18
So I just got a chilean rose tarantula a while back. Love her very much! She is still kinda small. She recently has stopped eating completely. I left a cricket in her pin to make sure of this and she hasn't touched it in about 4 to 5 days now. She is also webbing A LOT! I don't really know what's wrong with her. She is usually active and gentle but has recently only tried climbing out, stays in corners, and is very moody. Can anyone tell me what might be wrong.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-29
    I wouldn't worry at this point, she's probably fine. It's normal prior to a molt for the Chilean Rose Tarantula to stop feeding for a week or so and sometimes may produce silk webbing. Also, these tarantulas have been known to go for months without eating.
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Duffy - 2008-09-13
I've been keeping spiders for about 13 years now, and I've had my goliath for just over a year. She about 3 years old with a leg span of about 8 inches, so another few years and she would have reached full sized. I strongly agree with gary, beginners should not start with a goliath. As impressive as they may be they can be a handful, as they are very sensitive to cage conditions, ie humidity and temperature, and they one of the most active spiders I've come across.
Although they can be agressive they're not the most agressive I've kept. If I open my goliath's cage she usually crawls into the corner and I'm able to move around the tank freely. The most agreesive I've come across is the thailand black, it's short haired and short tempered! I've almost been bitten quite a few times while trying to sort out a thailands tank. They will bite anything, leaves, pens containers, even had it killing locust just because they were in it's way, not to feed!

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  • owenkitto - 2011-01-18
    Re my bird eating spider

    I have my day time temp at 82F

    and my night time temp at 70F.

    Is this right? I have a wooden viv 2 foot by 2 foot
    with a 50W infrared bulb by Exo Terra.

    And I keep it relatively humid not excessive she just huddles in the corner of the tank and sleeps in the day am I doing things right?
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Jenn Lewis - 2014-07-22
Hi My Room mates and i were handling are Pink toed Tarantula this evening and while holding her she shot out web i was just wondering if this was normal or if there might be something wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Tarantulas will should 'hairs' from their abdomen when they are stressed, it is a defense mechanism and signals that they are uncomfortable.
  • TC Brown - 2014-08-16
    I've a had my pink toe for a little while now. I've noticed that when she is handled a lot she starts to leave a few web strands. I think she does it instinctually. Like as a life line. I also noticed that when she just around one or two people she more chill. But when passed around. (You know how kids get), her hairs seem to stiffen and instead of shooting the hairs she lays down and rubs her abdomen on you. It doesnt hurt but it itches until you move her back to her cage and brush off the hairs. She very fun and agile like described she jumped a few times from my shirt to hand. Neat creature. I say handle it til she's tired and then put her away. Its a cool pet and isn't likely to bite. I let her chill on my shirt everyday.
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Donna - 2014-06-10
I've had my rose hair now 3 months. She has curled up up side right. There's a milky substance coming from her rear. She hasn't eaten in 4 weeks. Before she had gotten this way she moved about all twitchy like. I'm afraid she's dying. Someone please tell me what's up?.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It may just be poop. Their excrement, which comes out of the rear of their abdomen, has a milky look at first, then it dries to a chalky white and is odorless.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-14
    If she's upside down its molding or regrowing new skin leave her alone when molding because if she don't or gets disturbed during she'll get sick an might die
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Chuck - 2014-06-17
Hi guys, I picked my Goliath ( morticia) up from the pet store two days ago. She's very active at night, but she's just been sitting in her half full water dish all morning today. She's about a year old, can anyone explain? Thanks in advance.

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  • steve - 2014-08-12
    she is very thirsty, goliath birdeaters like to be kept a 80 degrees f, and 6 80% humidity. Good luck
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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
  • Jocelyn Meza - 2014-08-10
    Keep her in a tank that is about ten gallons, have her in dirt about 3-4 inches high, have a hideout for her, its very important. They normally eat about 3-4 insects a week depending on their age and size. Always have a bit of water in a small container.
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Jocelyn Meza - 2014-08-10
Hey everyone, I have a female rose hair tarantula and I've been having her for about two weeks and she has not eaten at all, I try feeding her live meal worms and still wont eat, her environment is about 2 ft. Lenght and width. Lately she has been very inpatient and wont stop moving and trying everything to get out , so about three times a week I take her out so she can walk around, & I put her in a smaller container to make sure she eats but she just won't

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Lyn Torcatos - 2014-08-09
Our avicularia versicolor's spitting out white-bubbly-like discharges and hasn't been eating for a month now..any idea what is happening to her...thanks a lot..

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    These tarantulas are known to sometimes stop eating for no apparent reason, sometimes for up to a year. In nature they will eat heavily in one feeding, then go for months before they eat again. In captivity they only need to be fed about once every two weeks. The white discharge underneath her abdomen could just be a nice amount of tarantula poop.
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