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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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Animal-World info on Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
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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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Justin - 2013-12-18
These animals are critically endangered, I have no concrete evidence but I would like anyone to let me know if they know. I am wondering if buying or selling these, or any critically endangered species, is legal or not?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    Yes this species is critically endangered in its natural habitat. Those found as pets are most likely captive bred specimens. Some times the endangered status of an animal does impact keeping them in captivity, but even then legalities regarding keeping them is usually often location based. Usually captive bred specimens are fine.
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Dan - 2013-08-28
I have had my Pinktoe for about two and a half years, and she has built herself a nice big condo at the top of her terrarium, as she has done in the past. She just went through a moult, so I'm leaving her be for a while before I try to get the old shell out. My question, and I cannot seem to find an answer anywhere, is how often is it recommended to remove her web? I understand that they build it for reason, and I want to leave it as long as possible so as not to stress her, but let's face it, she eats in there, and as clean a critter as they are, the web gets, let's call it 'juice' on it, as well as day to day dirt and dust. Thoughts?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    I haven't seen the answer to this either, but I would bet that after the molt would be an okay time. Then she would have time to rebuild before she molts again.
  • justin - 2013-11-16
    It is a guy it getting sperm on it lagers to have sexes so it needed that web so please do not mess with it
  • Dee - 2013-11-26
    Hey, 'Dan', I had the same problem for the first few years with mine. When her housing gets a little too covered in s*it and her web gets too much for her habitat, I transfer her to a new one...not easy to do but that's why I keep her in a 10 gal. tank-easily afford a new one once a year and the feed don't breed!
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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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