Animal Stories - Tarantulas


Animal-World info on Rose-haired Tarantula
Animal Story on Rose-haired Tarantula
List Animal Stories on Rose-haired Tarantula
More info at Animal-World
Angel912 - 2009-12-20
I've had my Chilean Rose Hair for a year and a half, and he's the best! Definitely a great first tarantula. I've seen a lot of these comments say otherwise, but in my experience I have handled him a LOT (he loves crawling on people's heads ^^) and no mood swings.
If you're not convinced about the docility and easy handling, however, some good things to know before handling your tarantula are the body signals. Whenever anyone wants to take out my lovely, I make sure to 1) completely remove the lid - you have a better opening to pull away if you're jumpy. 2) be gentle and not immediately intrusive - if you only intrude a little in his space, you can still see his reactions: rearing up means go away, jumpy means you should leave him be for a while, and a calm stand-still means go ahead. 3) keep an eye on him while he's out - you can tell if he's getting anxious or irritated or wanting to be left alone.
As far as feeding goes, it depends on age. The younger they are, the more often they need food. But keep to a regular schedule. For mine, I usually feed him a gut-loaded cricket once a day or every other day, unless there's been a break from lack of availability. (I catch a lot of his food rather than buy)
REMEMBER: if you put ANY food in there, and it's not gone within 24 hours, take it out. ESPECIALLY if your spider is moulting. Even crickets can do serious damage during this time, due to the fragility of the cuticles, both new and old.
Mine's at it's second molt since I've had him and both times he stops eating for 2-6 weeks before hand and approximately 2-3 weeks after. If yours is nearing a moult, you'll know by how he looks (you will see more cracks along the old cuticle the closer he gets), how he acts (slowly moving, not responding to extensive outer stimuli, refusing to eat anything even if it crawls under/over him), and what the habitat starts to look like (mine has a half-log that he'll burrow in, blocking the entrance with a TON of the moss and webbing - he basically creates a wall, held together tightly - and webbing will be not only over the moss in his burrow but over all of the moss in his entire home - he makes a sturdy, sticky floor). Don't freak out when he's on his back, legs up! If he's like that, do NOT touch him or give any food - he is in a fragile state and even the crickets' mandibles can kill him.
If you moisten the habitat, be careful that you don't overdo it. Too much moisture can cause mold and bacteria to grow and will kill him if it grows extensively.
Hope these tips help somebody out, and I know that if you take the time to get to know one of these amazing creatures, you will learn to love them. :)

Reply
beejay - 2009-12-17
The best thing my wife ever bought me for HER birthday present in September 2009!!! What a beauty she is and how docile. She does not seem far from fully grown now according to her size, and let us handle her from the moment she came home from the pet shop. She is called NID - if she'd come via the internet I would have called her e-NID. Tell everyone to get one because of the fascination they provide when moving around (either outside or inside her environment) or catching their prey (when not sleeping)

Reply
Sommer - 2009-12-15
My brother's friend had a rose-hair tarantula while they were renting a house. A few months later, the friend moved out and left the cage with what he thought was a dead tarantula. Obviously he didn't know much about tarantulas and how to care for them, because almost 8 months after the guy moved out my brother calls and says he has just found a tarantula in his laundry room behind the dryer! He managed to get the tarantula in a small container, and for some unknown reason brought it to my house. I'm terrified of spiders, but after having it for a couple days I got attached. I purchased a cage and all the extras to make his environment cofortable. I'm really kind of glad all this has happened. The tarantula is so pretty and interesting to watch. (Especially when eating!) I never thought I would own a tarantula and would still be horrified if it got out, but overall it's been a really cool pet!

Reply
Animal-World info on Pink-toed Tarantula
Animal Story on Pink-toed Tarantula
List Animal Stories on Pink-toed Tarantula
More info at Animal-World
jesse - 2009-11-18
I've had my pink-toe for about a week now and I absolutely adore her! I just moved her into an new enclosure last night, with some plants and some sticks for her to climb and make her web in. I felt kind of bad doing it as she had just finished building her web in the container I received her in :(! But luckily she seems to be comfortable in her new enclosure as this morning I watched her for over an hour as she started building her web... such fascinating creatures.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Megan - 2010-04-07
    Hi, I'm getting my pink-toe tonight and I'm really nervous, I don't want anything bad to happen to it, do you have any advice for a new mom? Also, do you ever handle yours?
Reply
Amanda - 2009-11-17
My pink toed, Sorcha is very docile and friendly. I'm looking to get her a friend! I love this site, thanks for the helpful information.

Reply
Animal-World info on Oklahoma Brown Tarantula
Animal Story on Oklahoma Brown Tarantula
List Animal Stories on Oklahoma Brown Tarantula
More info at Animal-World
Natalie Vogel - 2009-11-08
I live in Piedmont,Ok and see a ton of these during the late summer and fall. I usually see them crawling up the side of the house. My husband told me they were wolf spiders but I googled it and it said wolf spiders only get to about two inches. These are definitely not wolf spiders because they're about four inches with the legs. I am deathly afraid of spiders and having one walk right up to me one night was a memorable experience.

Reply
Animal-World info on Rose-haired Tarantula
Animal Story on Rose-haired Tarantula
List Animal Stories on Rose-haired Tarantula
More info at Animal-World
Glenn - 2009-11-01
I just purchased my first rose hair last week, I named her Isis, her body is about 2 inches already, so I don't think she is that young. I went to another pet store friday to purchase a larger container, and they had another rose hair, so, I bought that one also. Another female, so, I've decided to call her Arista. Her body is larger, about 2 and 1/4 inches, and her legs are about 3 inches, so I don't think she is that young either. The interesting thing is that Arista has more of a blue look to her. I read about people feeding locusts to their pets, but the pet stores where I live only carry crickets.

Reply
val - 2009-10-28
I have had my Terry now for 2 months. He is lovely, he is a bit apprehensive when the hubby holds him but will walk all over our youngest son and me. It is fascinating to watch him kill and eat his prey of crickets but at the moment he is letting his locust walk all over him. He may think they are too pretty to eat! If you do get 1 of these I do hope you enjoy it as much as we are. I am so glad I finally got him as a pet. xx

Reply
Animal-World info on King Baboon Spider
Animal Story on King Baboon Spider
List Animal Stories on King Baboon Spider
More info at Animal-World
nobi98 - 2009-10-11
Got my king baboon since yesterday and can't wait to see it grow. This buddy is pretty active one!

Reply
Animal-World info on Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
Animal Story on Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
List Animal Stories on Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
More info at Animal-World
mark goddard - 2009-10-04
Hi, I have owned my red kneeded called tricky for nearly a year. He/she is called tricky due to the the way that it blasts it's hairs at me whilst trying to pick it up. He/she is a really good escapist, often finding it tricky hiding in my draws or climbing up my walls, lol.
These spiders are surprisingly strong when it comes to lids! I have now placed a weight on the lid of his\her enclosure.

Reply

About Animal-World

Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.

Visit Animal-World