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maegan - 2013-11-23
We have had are Arkansas T for a month and a half. When I first put him in his new habitat, he was very active, climbing the walls and hanging from the top. He ate fine 2-3 crickets a week. Now for the past 3 weeks it will not eat, is very skinny, and seems to have trouble walking. He looks drunk when he does move. I have not changed anything in the habitat. The temps in our house change a lot and I tried to make the humidity higher but read that this is not ideal. The temp in the room never gets below 60 but can get up to 82 we are on wood heat. This is our first T and need some advice. I have no idea if it is female or male.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    There could be damage from a previous molt or some sort of internal disease. There may be some pretty major internal issues going on,  indicated by your tarantula having problems moving. Spiders in part use hydrostatic pressure, where they pump their legs with water to move.  So hard to know, recovering from a molt, or microscopic (bacteria, virus, fungus), or macroscopic (fungus, nematode, other parasite). Good luck.
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terry - 2008-08-29
I just had a night in hospital due to an orange baboon bite, no display, no warning just jumped and bit my index finger. Intense burning pain to finger followed by burning bruiselike feeling that progressed up to shoulder. Was put on oxygen and antibiotics. Pain eased after around 5 hours, finger was numb approx 12 hours during this. Heart rate and blood pressure went high, now approx 26 hrs later no pain to finger but there is to base of digit which showed bruising and am now getting random joint pain and cramps to legs arms and neck. Spider was not provoked in any way and I've kept various spiders for many years, this is my first time bite. Little knowledge around on reactions to bites so I thought I'd post this. I am male 51, 6ft, 18 stone, and never had any reaction to bee or wasp stings... Editor's Note: WOW! Thanks for sharing this important iformation! This knowledge can go a long way in helping other hobbyists be prepared and take preventative measures.

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  • went - 2010-07-23
    Okay, are you sure you didn't provoke it, but having said that I have been told that old world tarantula spiders, are nasty and aggressive, so they may attack without provocation.
  • Penny - 2010-12-06
    Old world tarantulas don't have urticating hair for defense which is one reason it is thought they are so aggressive. Mine would take the defensive position every time I fed her.
  • Simon - 2011-03-30
    I've learned from raising a mombasa that they are known to do that unfortunately it was my ex that found out the only thing I've done to keep being bitten from mine considering his attitude problem is to either talk gently to him or sing to him when I'm servicing his cage & make sure that I keep a close eye on him as well & it's bad that he did bite but I'm just glad that it was an adult & it only happened once.
  • DaniĆ«l - 2012-01-12
    Hey everyone, just thought I share this - was bitten by a Starburst Baboon Spider while camping at De Hoop this December. Scary experience and I can confirm the note of Terry above, the pain was severe and I experienced similar symptoms. I did not see the spider at all before the bite and must have frightened it accidently to evoke the attack. Thinking of getting one as a pet as after reading more about these special creatures I found them very interesting......
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-11-17
    This is one T I find fascinating and a bit comical. He/she definately earns the  knickname (Orange Bitey Thing) that has been bestowed upon this sp. of Tarantula. I remember the 1st time I heard someone refer the OBT in this manner and it still brings a chuckle out of me. My T-hobby has grown into 26 spideys, most of them were purchased as spiderlings (or slings) and are all 'new world'. Their venom is much less signif. that the 'old world T's. These are fairly easy to breed and the females will actually care for their 'male' partner by sharing the food etc. until she has been bred.

    All T's are eye popping lil guys and even though she  colors up nicely, she'll let him and her 'guardians' have it every chance she's given.

    Incredibly interesting hobby but use your tong religiously to feed etc.  He/she is just waiting for the OBT change to nail ya.
Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
I just got an OBT - a little over 3' from tip of right front to tip of left back leg and stocky so I presume a still juvenile female. I have her in a 10G aquarium with 4-6' of shredded coconut husk for bedding and a Y-shaped cork round leading down into the bedding for a natural hide. She stays in my office, which is typical office heating during the winter and cooling during the summer. The lights are on when I am there and off when I am not. Should I add any supplemental lighting or heat? Perhaps a day/night light? Specific recommendations would be greatly appreciated. She is VERY skittish to vibration or touch but not approach; I am really looking forward to watching her over the next several years (hopefully).

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  • Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
    Here is a photo of her.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    Wow, she's a real pretty little lady!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    It sounds like a good environment temperature-wise. I'm thinking the office temperature is so regulated itself, that it may not change significantly and so you may not need any black/red night lighting. What a fascinating creature you get to watch:)
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Daniel Foster - 2013-06-30
I've just recently brought a Spider. First time getting one all cause of a youtube video of a guy doing a voice for a spider. A nice Mexican Red Knee, 1'5 inches legspan you can say I am really enjoying the experience though I do have a bad fear of spiders. A bit ironic but it's such a nice experience I am always worried about her not eating or touching the water bowl. She has stayed hidden in her den but is eating. I know they don't always eat but sometimes I do worry but I try not to as it's in its nature. Is there any advice people could give me in case as I want this expience to go smoothly but I know faults or possible a molting death can occur.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-01
    It sounds like you are doing a good job so far! My best advice is to just keep her cage clean and a good temperature/humidity. Remove any uneaten food/prey items within a day to make sure they don't harm your spider or attract parasites. The temperature should be between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit, with a humidity level of around 55%. Mist the cage every few days to keep it this way. Also make sure she has a deep, slightly moist substrate to burrow in, such as peat moss.
  • - 2013-11-16
    She is in a moth so she is shating like a snack after it get do it won't eat and do not touch it gave it to 3 or 4 weeks
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Paula Foley - 2013-11-14
Our Rose H T has been acting very odd lately . She has not eaten for a couple of weeks (not too concerned on that). But when we go and look into her 'house' she freaks out. She taps her legs very quickly and wobbles around almost toppling over. She could be due to shed. We have had her for 3 years and she has shed twice with no problems. Any advice ?

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
AJ - 2013-11-05
Hello! I have rosie - Henrietta - and I just recently had to do a tank cleaning, I was able to move her to a separate tank without a problem and she seems to be enjoying the new tank (I needed to do a substrate change)...she seems to be walking/climbing up her logs and the top of her burrow no problem, but last night I noticed she was trying to climb the glass and was having a problem, what scared me is she went to the top of her log and stretched out between the end of the log and glass and tried to go up the glass...she fell! I heard it across the room, ran over amd she was uninjured thank goodness...I'm curious if there's something I can do with the glass so she can climb and not take such risks - I've also found she did some house decorating near her burrow (half log) but doesn't seem to want to go in it....any advice would be first T haf her a few months and she been great

PF - 2011-09-08

I just bought my rosy just a week ago and I'm taming her very slowly. I encourage her to move up to the top of the cage and try to gently push her onto my hand one leg at a time. Last week she had 6 legs onto my hand, she stayed for a minute then went back into her cage. I try and do this only once a day. I have noticed that if I can't do this exercice for a day or two, I have to start all over again gently encouraging her to come out and feel my hand.
I just think that taming this type of critter takes times and lots of patients and most of all, lots of gentle handling.
I read that some of you pet your rosy, but I have read that it stresses them alot and can cause them to be agressive. The first few days, I would pet mine also finding it extremely soft, but now I avoid petting her prefering it to come onto my hand.


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  • PF - 2011-09-08
    I will, I don't want to scare her and at the same time I'm getting used to her. I thought that once a day every day was going slow. She's my first and I'm not too sure myself. If you think I'm going to fast, should I tame her every other day or less, maybe once a week?

  • PF - 2011-09-08
    Lol, Oh! O.K. Yes, I already do, she's very skittish and cover her eyes when I get close even when I approach slowly.

  • Justin Anderson - 2013-11-02
    Tarantulas aren't something you tame. They more tolerate us. Use care when picking them up and be slow. Fast movement stresses them out. They are well tempered and docile but they prefer to be left alone. They can be handled you just have to slowly coax them onto your hand.
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Ste Hendrick - 2009-02-24
hi I've just obtained a baby baboon, and I'm wondering what you guys think is the best way to provide moisture. I've read two conflicting methods, one source tells me to keep them quite dry (more so than other Ts) and another tells me to keep them above 85% humidity. Whats your input?

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  • Frank - 2013-10-14
    I advise that your substrate be moist enough just to the point that it shows moisture on the inside of the glass below the substrate line. Also keep water available at all tmes. At times, I may 'mist' the aquarium if the moisture starts to go away....
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Tait - 2013-10-05
My goliath has been in its den for a while now and hasn't been eating and not sure if it's been moving a lot at all. Just wondering what the problem is or even if there is a problem?


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