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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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AJ - 2013-11-05
Hello! I have rosie - Henrietta - and I just recently had to do a tank cleaning, I was able to move her to a separate tank without a problem and she seems to be enjoying the new tank (I needed to do a substrate change)...she seems to be walking/climbing up her logs and the top of her burrow no problem, but last night I noticed she was trying to climb the glass and was having a problem, what scared me is she went to the top of her log and stretched out between the end of the log and glass and tried to go up the glass...she fell! I heard it across the room, ran over amd she was uninjured thank goodness...I'm curious if there's something I can do with the glass so she can climb and not take such risks - I've also found she did some house decorating near her burrow (half log) but doesn't seem to want to go in it....any advice would be great...my first T haf her a few months and she been great

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PF - 2011-09-08
Hello,

I just bought my rosy just a week ago and I'm taming her very slowly. I encourage her to move up to the top of the cage and try to gently push her onto my hand one leg at a time. Last week she had 6 legs onto my hand, she stayed for a minute then went back into her cage. I try and do this only once a day. I have noticed that if I can't do this exercice for a day or two, I have to start all over again gently encouraging her to come out and feel my hand.
I just think that taming this type of critter takes times and lots of patients and most of all, lots of gentle handling.
I read that some of you pet your rosy, but I have read that it stresses them alot and can cause them to be agressive. The first few days, I would pet mine also finding it extremely soft, but now I avoid petting her prefering it to come onto my hand.

PF

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  • PF - 2011-09-08
    I will, I don't want to scare her and at the same time I'm getting used to her. I thought that once a day every day was going slow. She's my first and I'm not too sure myself. If you think I'm going to fast, should I tame her every other day or less, maybe once a week?

    Thanks!
    PF
  • PF - 2011-09-08
    Lol, Oh! O.K. Yes, I already do, she's very skittish and cover her eyes when I get close even when I approach slowly.

    Thanks!
    PF
  • Justin Anderson - 2013-11-02
    Tarantulas aren't something you tame. They more tolerate us. Use care when picking them up and be slow. Fast movement stresses them out. They are well tempered and docile but they prefer to be left alone. They can be handled you just have to slowly coax them onto your hand.
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Ste Hendrick - 2009-02-24
hi I've just obtained a baby baboon, and I'm wondering what you guys think is the best way to provide moisture. I've read two conflicting methods, one source tells me to keep them quite dry (more so than other Ts) and another tells me to keep them above 85% humidity. Whats your input?

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  • Frank - 2013-10-14
    I advise that your substrate be moist enough just to the point that it shows moisture on the inside of the glass below the substrate line. Also keep water available at all tmes. At times, I may 'mist' the aquarium if the moisture starts to go away....
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Tait - 2013-10-05
My goliath has been in its den for a while now and hasn't been eating and not sure if it's been moving a lot at all. Just wondering what the problem is or even if there is a problem?

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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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