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Jay - 2013-08-30
Hi everyone! I recently got my girlfriend a T for her birthday... Kwaku is her name (not my girlfriend's name) and she has settled very well into her vivarium. She seems to have a favorite corner and has built herself a beautiful little web in it. One issue though - it has been a while since she has left that corner, she has pretty much enclosed herself in there except for one opening near the top she seems to just fit through but doesn't use... Is she ok? Should I be worried or is there something I need to change/do? Thanks....

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-31
    I would be worried if she never eats. As long as she is eating, I wouldn't worry too much. How long has it been since she came out? Other things you can do include making sure the environment is optimal. Make sure to spray the cage every few days to keep the humidity right, keep the cage clean, provide clean water, and make sure the temperature stays around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Jay - 2013-09-04
    Thanks Jasmine. I'll keep an eye on the humidity... she eats fine-every second or third day. She actually poked her head out yesterday so all seems fine!
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-05
    That's good to hear! Keep us posted!
  • Jay - 2013-10-04
    She molted! It was an amazing thing. Happened over night (as suspected) and now the small leg she had when we first got her is now normal size!
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mannaz - 2013-04-06
I recently bought 3 of these from a shop in Plymouth devon called Two by Two. 2 of them were slings and one was a bit bigger the 2 smaller ones were due a molt. One of them molted fine no problems at all the humidity levels were all correct and temperatures all ok. The other small one went for a molt but never managed it and died this morning. When I explained it to the pet shop they weren't interested in it. I only had it about 4 weeks so I am seeking legal advice regarding this. I would never buy anything else from this shop be careful if you are thinking about it! Once you have bought it they just don't care.

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  • mark - 2013-10-04
    I know what you mean the same happened to me with a theraphosa blondi. How much did your gooty cost>? Sorry about your T mate it sucks.
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allysia - 2013-09-30
About a week ago I got a new rose hair from a pet store. This is my second rose hair. I'm kind of nervous about holding this one because it is younger than my previous one. The one before I got from a friend and I trusted it more because I've seen it has been handled before. But this one every time I open its cage it runs witch makes me nervous it's gonna bite me. My spider is very active and eats well, it seems to have adapted to its cage well. I really want to hold it but it freaks me out when it runs from me. I know they say lay your hand in its cage for it to get used to, but I'm nervous about it. Can anyone help me understand why it tuns and how to get use to it?

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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.
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Moe Rosca - 2006-09-19
I had this spider for a month. the day i got it i tried to hold it and it bit me. i had to go to the hospital, it's bitten me 5 times at least. i sold it to a guy who killed it accidentally because it bit him, and he had an allergic reaction to its
venom and he almost died! so i held a chilean rose-haired tarantula and it never tried to bite me, it rocks. so i suggest the chilean rose-haired tarantula but what ever you do, never...EVER...EVER get an ornamental tree spider.

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  • John Green - 2013-07-21
    These spiders are sweet hearts. They are just shy. There have been no deaths from tarantula bites. The chances of being bit by a tarantula are very rare. The chances of severe side effects from a bite of this genus are significantly low against the number of bites. Moreover, tarantulas will warn you several times before they actually bite.
  • Arachnafaria - 2013-09-20
    Never pick up a tarantula unecessarily. Owned spiders for years. Never needed to pick one up. They aren't cuddly pets. Now a very beautiful tarantula has been killed unecessarily because people can't resist picking up a tarantula. Before you ever purchase any pet (whether it's a tarantula, dog, cat or anything else) DO YOUR RESEARCH! Indian orantmentals are well known for biting. Several Old World tarantulas are biters as they don't flick hairs as a form of defense.
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lenny negron - 2013-09-14
Can someone help me please. I bought a rose hair back in 2002 and he has been an awesome pet. Shes molted in the past without any problems, her last most was about a month ago. I dropped some crickets in for her but she did not bother with them. I noticed that her eyes where white and felt really hard like a cocoon. Since her molt she hasn't been very active and will not eat. She has been in the same spot for the past 2 weeks and all her front legs are leaning towards the left. I called a breeder and explained it all to him. He told me spray warm water and see if she rubbed off the skin from her eyes and also said that it's rare but he has heard that sometimes spiders go into a double molt within weeks of each other. Well the warm water didn't work, cause she just stood there. As for her molting I'm still waiting. But if anyone here can help me I will be very glad.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Wow, that is most interesting and it sounds like you have a great breeder, about as informative as they come:). Let us know if she experiences a double molt.
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Susan - 2013-09-07
Help. My Mexican Red Knee tarantula seems sick. She is 12 years old, I've had her since she was 4 weeks old, and I've never had any problems with her. She's always been very healthy. This morning I noticed her in the corner of her tank, with her legs tucked a little too closely to her. Normally, when I touch her abdomen, she gives me a little scurry and hair kick, but not this morning. Very slow, docile attempt at kicking hairs. (I should note that I don't handle her often, so she's a bit skiddish) She let me pick her up without any attempt to get away. Her tank heater is functioning. I changed her substrate about 2 months ago (shredded coconut, shells which she's been using for years), She has been eating normally, although it's been about 2 weeks since I've fed her, but I'm a little weary of putting any crickets in the tank while she is in this state. help, help, help. I love this tarantula and I have no idea what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Unless you are  certain it is a female it could be old age. Males have a shorter lifespan than females, living around 10 or so years while females live up to 25-30 years. Other thoughts are it could be getting ready to molt or it could be dehydrated. If there's a chance it's dehydrated, putting it into an ICU setup could help... i.e. a jar lined with damp paper towel. Than see if it gets better in a day or two. Wishing you the best!
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Kim - 2013-09-03
My tarantula Sprinkles wasn't eating so I thought she was in the molting process, a few months went by and she didn't molt. I put one cricket in the cage and she ate it within a few hours, so I went and got her more. Then yesterday she trapped all 5 of them that I put in there and she spun them in a web. I thought she was going to eat all of them, and when I got up this morning she hadn't. They are just sitting there in the web. Should I take this out or will she end up eating them?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-03
    I'm not sure if she will eat them or not. I would give her a couple days and then remove them, as you don't want to leave decaying crickets in there for too long.
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Jerica - 2013-09-02
A couple of days ago my little brother pointed to a brown tarantula running across the carpet! He was no bigger than a quarter! So I set up a pen with some oklahoma dirt and some rocks along with a jar lid with some water. He likes to hide under a pile of dirt that he made himself! He is a goofy little guy but seems to like his enclosure. He won't eat though and runs from the crickets I put in there for him to eat. I found out he is molting so I took out his crickets and began fattening them up so when he is ready to eat:) Although what is the best base for his enclosure? He has a lighter spot on the middle of his abdomen, is that a bald spot from molting or is it just what his skin looks like? Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-02
    Sand and peat moss will make a good substrate to go on the bottom of the enclosure. You could just go pick some up at a pet store. As far as the light spot on his abdomen, I'm not sure what it is. As long as it isn't a sore or appearing to cause him any problems, I wouldn't worry about it!
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PaulaP - 2013-08-21
I think of all the pets I have had over the years....and there were MANY....My rose haired tarantula Delielah is my favorite! Now that people have gotten to to her...(even the UTMOST arachnophobes) LOVE her too! She is awesome! If you are thinking about getting one DO IT!

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