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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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terry - 2008-08-29
I just had a night in hospital due to an orange baboon bite, no display, no warning just jumped and bit my index finger. Intense burning pain to finger followed by burning bruiselike feeling that progressed up to shoulder. Was put on oxygen and antibiotics. Pain eased after around 5 hours, finger was numb approx 12 hours during this. Heart rate and blood pressure went high, now approx 26 hrs later no pain to finger but there is to base of digit which showed bruising and am now getting random joint pain and cramps to legs arms and neck. Spider was not provoked in any way and I've kept various spiders for many years, this is my first time bite. Little knowledge around on reactions to bites so I thought I'd post this. I am male 51, 6ft, 18 stone, and never had any reaction to bee or wasp stings... Editor's Note: WOW! Thanks for sharing this important iformation! This knowledge can go a long way in helping other hobbyists be prepared and take preventative measures.

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  • went - 2010-07-23
    Okay, are you sure you didn't provoke it, but having said that I have been told that old world tarantula spiders, are nasty and aggressive, so they may attack without provocation.
  • Penny - 2010-12-06
    Old world tarantulas don't have urticating hair for defense which is one reason it is thought they are so aggressive. Mine would take the defensive position every time I fed her.
  • Simon - 2011-03-30
    I've learned from raising a mombasa that they are known to do that unfortunately it was my ex that found out the only thing I've done to keep being bitten from mine considering his attitude problem is to either talk gently to him or sing to him when I'm servicing his cage & make sure that I keep a close eye on him as well & it's bad that he did bite but I'm just glad that it was an adult & it only happened once.
  • DaniĆ«l - 2012-01-12
    Hey everyone, just thought I share this - was bitten by a Starburst Baboon Spider while camping at De Hoop this December. Scary experience and I can confirm the note of Terry above, the pain was severe and I experienced similar symptoms. I did not see the spider at all before the bite and must have frightened it accidently to evoke the attack. Thinking of getting one as a pet as after reading more about these special creatures I found them very interesting......
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-11-17
    This is one T I find fascinating and a bit comical. He/she definately earns the  knickname (Orange Bitey Thing) that has been bestowed upon this sp. of Tarantula. I remember the 1st time I heard someone refer the OBT in this manner and it still brings a chuckle out of me. My T-hobby has grown into 26 spideys, most of them were purchased as spiderlings (or slings) and are all 'new world'. Their venom is much less signif. that the 'old world T's. These are fairly easy to breed and the females will actually care for their 'male' partner by sharing the food etc. until she has been bred.

    All T's are eye popping lil guys and even though she  colors up nicely, she'll let him and her 'guardians' have it every chance she's given.

    Incredibly interesting hobby but use your tong religiously to feed etc.  He/she is just waiting for the OBT change to nail ya.
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Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
I just got an OBT - a little over 3' from tip of right front to tip of left back leg and stocky so I presume a still juvenile female. I have her in a 10G aquarium with 4-6' of shredded coconut husk for bedding and a Y-shaped cork round leading down into the bedding for a natural hide. She stays in my office, which is typical office heating during the winter and cooling during the summer. The lights are on when I am there and off when I am not. Should I add any supplemental lighting or heat? Perhaps a day/night light? Specific recommendations would be greatly appreciated. She is VERY skittish to vibration or touch but not approach; I am really looking forward to watching her over the next several years (hopefully).

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  • Ted MacRae - 2013-11-16
    Here is a photo of her.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    Wow, she's a real pretty little lady!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    It sounds like a good environment temperature-wise. I'm thinking the office temperature is so regulated itself, that it may not change significantly and so you may not need any black/red night lighting. What a fascinating creature you get to watch:)
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Daniel Foster - 2013-06-30
I've just recently brought a Spider. First time getting one all cause of a youtube video of a guy doing a voice for a spider. A nice Mexican Red Knee, 1'5 inches legspan you can say I am really enjoying the experience though I do have a bad fear of spiders. A bit ironic but it's such a nice experience I am always worried about her not eating or touching the water bowl. She has stayed hidden in her den but is eating. I know they don't always eat but sometimes I do worry but I try not to as it's in its nature. Is there any advice people could give me in case as I want this expience to go smoothly but I know faults or possible a molting death can occur.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-01
    It sounds like you are doing a good job so far! My best advice is to just keep her cage clean and a good temperature/humidity. Remove any uneaten food/prey items within a day to make sure they don't harm your spider or attract parasites. The temperature should be between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit, with a humidity level of around 55%. Mist the cage every few days to keep it this way. Also make sure she has a deep, slightly moist substrate to burrow in, such as peat moss.
  • Dannykunkle@yahoo.com - 2013-11-16
    She is in a moth so she is shating like a snack after it get do it won't eat and do not touch it gave it to 3 or 4 weeks
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Paula Foley - 2013-11-14
Our Rose H T has been acting very odd lately . She has not eaten for a couple of weeks (not too concerned on that). But when we go and look into her 'house' she freaks out. She taps her legs very quickly and wobbles around almost toppling over. She could be due to shed. We have had her for 3 years and she has shed twice with no problems. Any advice ?

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