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Sierra Dawn - 2014-03-10
Okay so I've had my rose H T for about a month. Her name is madam octa and she's about 6 months old now. Sometimes she doesn't mind me holding her but others she freaks out. One thing I have noticed is she responds very quickly to my voice. If I sit by the cage and softly call out 'giiiiirly' she will face me and start moving towards me trying to go through the glass to get to me. I take her out and put her on my bed but she doesn't move much.  At first she would crawl all over me and sit and when I would place my hand out in front of her she wouldn't care at all and just slowly and calmly move up and over it. Now she moves away from my hand and gets very startled and curls up. I can't see why. I don't have loud noises or sudden movements. I wait for her to get comfortable before I start touching her. It confuses me on how to get her used to me. I have wanted her for so long I just want her to feel comfortable. Also her humidity and temp in her cage is good and she eats and drinks. I've noticed she cleans her mandibles a lot too. Help with advice on handling her please?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm. Maybe she is getting close to molting? Or something else in her environment may be off which is just causing her to be feel more uncomfortable with things. Does she have a good place to hide? Or maybe you are just catching her at her 'off times'. All tarantulas have times when they are more irritable and just like to be left alone. I would just keep trying and hopefully she will warm up to you again.
  • Laura - 2014-03-28
    I have had our rose hair since 2003 and just recently she has had green spots show up on her back and abdomen. Any idea of what causes this?
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heather - 2014-03-19
A few signs that may indicate that your pet is not acting or feeling normal are a loss of appetite, lethargy, looking overly skinny, or pacing the enclosure. OK... I'm getting all the above from my 1 1/2 yr old female... Anyone have any ideas? She's not eaten in 2 months.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Sounds like she might be in a pre-molt stage. I wouldn't worry too much, as these little guys have been known to fast for 3 months or even longer before they finally molt.
  • heather - 2014-03-27
    Thanks for the reply... it helps knowing that she can live on for 3 months without food. She's sooo skinny, weak and and her nails are dull, she can no longer do anything but walk on the bottom. 3 months is coming up and no eating! I'm soo worried. but I wait. and wait. and breathe. and wait.
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jix - 2010-05-02
Hiya, I saw my pet this morning with one leg missing. Does it grow back?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-07-08
    Next time it molts it should start growing back.
  • Ifrit - 2013-02-03
    The leg will not grow back, it's a spider not a reptile or starfish.
  • Allan - 2013-02-11
    It will grow back after a moult or two.
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-23
    It will not grow back. Even touching them during a molt can severely damage them for life.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-22
    Yes, the leg will regenerate at the next moult. My 7 legged B.beohmei shed last week and now has her leg back.
  • CrossyRox - 2014-03-23
    Legs DEFINITELY grow back, it may take a couple of moults but it WILL return! Happened to a friend of mines Brazilian Black. Right as rain again after a couple of sheds and wasn't hindered at all in the mean time! :)
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Lucy Cortes - 2011-03-12
My daughter just got a pink toed tarantula and I would like to know if it is poisonous?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-04
    All spiders are poisonous however the poison that they some carry isn't harmful to humans.
  • PF - 2012-04-05
    You still have to watch out because, even if they are not dangerous to humans, she still can have an allergic reaction and go into an anaphylectic shock. I have 17 tarantulas and I react very badly to the uricating hairs and I have no clue if I'm seriously allergic if I get bitten. So just be carefull and enjoy your T.
  • Christopher Riley - 2012-07-04
    If your not allergic to tarantulas then they are non poisonous to you but if you get bitten they cause pain an if allergic to them you probably can die from bite just be careful stay safe
  • Dave - 2012-09-06
    There is no such thing as a poisonous spider. Spiders are venomous. Venom has to be injected to take effect, while poison must be ingested.
  • Michael Connachan - 2012-10-29
    No it is venomous.
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2012-12-15
    ALL spiders are venomous but the New World T's venom isn't as strong as T's from the Old World. Plus, many New World T's are considered very docile, including Avic. Antilles Pink-Toes. Only thing I can say about them is they're skittish, smart, and 'fast'! They'll move so fast at getting away, you'll wonder if they aren't using a portable teleport. Your daughter picked one of my favorites...smart gal!! Grab your mouse and read some of the Gazillion reviews on the Avic. But, be careful, these creatures will get under your skin...and you'll have to have your own pet T. LOL
  • heather - 2014-03-14
    It IS poisonous! BUT like a bee sting. Not a problem. The antigen is not allergenic. Swelling and redness mostly. Enjoy them... human bites are 1000 times worse!
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heather - 2014-03-14
My Acularia Versicolor (matinique) is pacing frantically and wasting away! No eating and constant walking and walking...any ideas? She's skinny as heck! No wrinkles in the abdomen yet, but I do have another female versicolor sling/adolescent enclosure nearby... what is the problem? Pacing and shrinking!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It does sound like its nervous about something, it could be the other in close proximity, but I don't know for sure. However, they do loose weight quickly when they are nervous.
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Kourtney - 2013-02-28
I just got a Goliath bird eater. Ate the pet store she was beautiful and they said she was eating well that she needed to eat again in like two days. Well I offered her a little mode but she never took it. Then I found her completely submerged in her water dish and it was full of water. When she got out her legs aren't really working. Two look like they are stuck to her butt and its getting smaller. The people at the pet store said she might try to molt. I have other tarantula and none of them sat in their water bowls. It just freaking me out. I don't know if she's OK or not. Someone please help me.

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  • Jesse_hutch - 2013-10-31
    Your Birdeater may be having difficulty in shedding, particularly if the temperatures in the enclosure are not correct or if she has been out under recent stress after she has begun this process. Extreme changes in tempreature can deangerously increase stress levels so I would advise handling or irritating her, this process is a natural one and unfortunately there's not much you can do, my advice is to make sure the tempreature is correct and she has sufficient depth in her burrow, once done I would leave her to it, to minimise stress.
  • Mack Hodge - 2014-03-02
    I thought it strange my goliath did the same thing, staying in the water dish with water in it but it was trying to molt, it went through a perfect molt yesterday...
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mark bawden - 2014-01-03
hi i have a 10 month old chilean rose before she molted i could pick her up every day she would just stay there for hours but now she wont even put a leg on me she has never been aggressive to me never shown her fangs flick hairs some times what could this be can you help thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I can't tell you why your tarantula tolerated handling more easily before the molt. However, tarantulas are a visual pet and don't like to be handled. They should be enjoyed by observation and handled rarely, only when necessary. The Chilean rose tarantulas are less aggressive than other species, but the flicking of hairs is an aggressive action and her way of indicating that she does not want to be handled.
  • Clark - 2014-02-17
    Females often become less tolerant after their maturing molt. They are also known to eat less. I've had females become down right aggressive after molting and some refuse food until after mating. Then they try to fatten up for reproduction. Remember, no tarantula NEEDS holding; it is we who want to hold them.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-12
hi, ever since my red knee was put into a 10 gal it hasn't been out of its hide like at all. it is about 3in long. could the tank be too big?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    I doubt the tank size is the problem, I would check to make sure you have adequate substrate and humidity.
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Justin Stumbo - 2014-02-07
I have a juvenile otb and I've had he for two months now. She's been on a two cricket diet per week now but for some reason hasn't eaten for almost two weeks:/ I tried putting the cricket in her burrow thinking she'd eat but she ran out the other end. Not sure what's going on with her. Temperature seems to be right but the guy at the pet store said to keep it a little damp for moisture. Any help would be much appreciated. I just want the best for this little creature

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Sounds like it may be preparing for a molt. See molting info under the 'Diseases: Ailments/Treatments' section above.
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Tinus Botha - 2013-12-24
Hi, I have had my red knee for 4 days now and it is .3 inch long and it already ate 5 crickets and now i wonder if I am over feeding it? please help                 



P.S. She is female and called Morticia(Like in the cartoon 'the Addams Family'.). lol

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