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marcel - 2014-03-27
I am trying to get a Goliath bird eater for my first tarantula. Would this be a good idea? I always thought it was pretty cool that a spider could get this big and I really would like to have one. The idea of a giant spider sitting on my shoulder while playing 360 sounds good. Please if anyone has any advice please comment.

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  • pete - 2014-06-19
    Hey man that's not really a good idea, they are very unpredictable and it could release hairs in our face and that would really suck. If anything you should get a rose hair tarantula they are about 5'' and extremely calm ... pete
  • Beastie girl - 2014-07-11
    Dude u don't want a goliath my friend once had one, it bit him
  • Lily - 2014-07-11
    Don't dude mine got in the habit of biting
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Lily - 2014-07-11
I have a female tarantula name fluff and she has lately been biting me and my friends how can I stop this she has a 20 gallon tank and she gets fed well I don't want to return her I love her a lot but she has to stop biting

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Paulette - 2013-07-16
We've had our Chilean Rose Hair for about a year now. She just had her first molt. When we got her she looked a bit rough, had a bald spot on her abdomen and was very tentative. Now she has a lovely web nest, eats voraciously and since her molt looks more beautiful than ever. She has entertained children at my kid's school and was quite a good sport about it. Very docile animal despite her rather large fangs. Keeping her well-fed has its advantages. I must say, she seems quite content to be left alone and handled sporadically, but shows no aggression when handled. Yes, after her molt she has been more energetic. Her leg span and body size cover the palm of my hand so I would say she is at about three inches in size! I cannot imagine what she will be like at 6 inches. That will be an utterly MASSIVE tarantula! I look forward to seeing it though.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-06-19
    Just lost my baby shy of 16 years! A few days ago! Very docile spider very well kept but it was her time! :(
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Anonymous - 2008-08-19
the indian ornimental spider should not eat the crickets with there shells on !

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  • Mike Jabbs - 2012-02-09
    So do you wait for crickets that are molting and offer those? That would be very inconvenient
  • chuck - 2014-06-09
    why not? I have had mine 3 years and she has had no problem with the shells.
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Genny Floyed - 2009-08-14
I have had my baby (ok so she's 5) for quite a while. Yes when I first got her she was bratty but can you blame her? Now 5 years later she is a cuddler! Loves to be held.
I disagree with those who say it would be a bad first pet tarantula. If you read up on the breed you will know how to handle them and when to give them their space. Just like all pets sometimes they don't want to be bothered. But if treated properly the rose hair is a wonderful tarantula to have. It takes patience to get the spider acclimated to you handling it. You can't expect to get it home and immediately start handling it. It took Kiwi a good year to fully be ok with being outside her home and being handled.
I do however do not recommend any tarantula for children. Most lack the patience it takes to get the spider comfortable being held.
Also .... I have NEVER been bitten... :-)

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  • Gabrielle Coulter - 2010-12-20
    Well I'm 12 an I just got my tarantula yesterday and she is very sweet and it likes to be held by her owner but she goes crazy when someone else tries to hold her. I'm a little worried that she might bite someone :P...
  • Cristina Rodriguez - 2011-07-07
    I got my husbands his (Tilly) for Valentines Day :) She doesn't mind being handled, even walks all over my five yr old boy! Best pet ever.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-11
    Sorry, NO spider likes to be handled. None. They tolerate it to different degrees but unless you have one that spoke to you or comes when you call it...
  • Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
    Umm Hi I'm just a little worried because I got my Rose-Hair yesterday, (Rosie!) and I don't really know her yet, so I don't know how she will act if I touch her or pick her up. Should I risk it and try it? I don't want her to bite me, or be uncomfortable please reply! Thank you!
  • stuart lloyd - 2014-06-06
    Hi we just got one more added. They are great we got her today ftom a pet shop in leeds and she is really cute we called her sandy. As long as you take great care in picking her or him up and don't drop her. She shouldnt bite =D we treat both our spiders as if they wer a part of the family so enjoy what you got. Or if you're that worried take her back to the pet shop and ask them to pick her up for you and let her walk on your hand then your know she or he will not bite you...
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Barb - 2012-09-28
My boyfriend has a female Goliath Bird Eating spider who is now pushing her body against the top of the cage and I think she's trying to escape. I'm very afraid of her and I am terrified she will get out. The cage is making cracking noises and I'm over it. Where can we take her to get rid of her? Thanks! Barb

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  • Tim - 2012-10-05
    Don't just get rid of her, sounds like it's time to buy a new cage.
  • Laura Foster - 2012-10-26
    Defnitely buy a stronger tank. If she can reach the lid, its probably not deep enough. Does she has room to burrow? There are lots of arachnid and reptile rescuers who will take her off your hands for free. If you are scared of spiders they probably aren't the best pet for you.
  • kirk - 2012-11-04
    If you really want to get rid of her and dont want to get a better cage i would be more then happy to help you my email is albakirk@hotmail.com
  • Dan - 2014-06-05
    The best thing to do is release the spider to a local children's playground.
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brandon baber - 2014-05-30
I had my female rose hair for about 4 mouths now and she absolutely hates me I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I love her she hates me. When I try to get her out she runs from one side of the tank to the other side and she is not about to molt, she has been like this since I got her and she has not molted since I got her. I feed her once a week, all I want is for her to be happy and not be scared of me but that's all she can be. I got to the point where I give here her own space and just don't mess with her, it's worrying me. Des she need to molt but can't and getting agitated or is she just not friendly? I just don't want her to not be happy.

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becca99 - 2013-09-26
I got my first rose-hair in april 2012 and since then she has shed twice but after the second shed(i think it was sometime between may and july) she started to become more aggressive and every time I went to put my hand in there a week after she reared up at me and threatened to flick hairs so I thought I'd give her some time but now everytime I go to pick her up she goes to bit me I feed her once a month and make sure she has clean water everyday, I just don't know what to do I don't want to get bit or anything but I also don't want to get rid of her I miss handling her please can someone help? Thankyou

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    Rose Tarantulas are known to be unpredictable. Some will start out like yours, passive and then get aggressive, especially after a molt. Others will start out aggressive and then become passive. Basically I suggest leave her alone until these moods pass.
  • Peter - 2014-05-04
    I just read your post and the first thought I had was why do you only feed your tarantula once a month? You should be giving her at least 3 crickets a week let alone one a month. That may be making her apprehensive. Try feeding her regularly and you will find her temper will change.
  • clay - 2014-05-29
    Yea if I only ate once a month I'd be a little cranky too! This spider must eat 2 to three crickets a week.
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This guy - 2013-12-04
Hi there, I have a Brachypelma Smithi at the moment and I have had him for about one week now .... I soo want to hold him but it's a little scary .... Does anyone know any good techniques to hold him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    See the Handling section above for some great tips!
  • Natalie - 2014-05-21
    I have a female mexican red knee ( currently very active & having a good spin on her viv walls) i've had her a week this friday & have no bother with getting her out. Tonight was the first time. Yes she flicks a little at first but is fine once out. If you gently persuade your t with your finger from her side she will make her own way up & just have your hand ready. Don't be too gentle, you don't want her to think you're a cricket. Just push with your finger. Mine makes her own way out really which is handy xx
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Morgan Lewis - 2014-04-23
My pinktoe that I just got yesterday is doing pretty well, but I have to keep her under a heated light of 75 watts sitting on top of the cage until I can get her a heating pad. She goes up to the top of the cage (normal) but she sits directly under the light (is this normal?). I know that her sitting right under it could potentially cook her, so I will move it but she just follows the light. What should I do? Should I be worried?

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