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Will - 2007-08-02
I am an eleven year old kid and I first obtained my pink toe tarantula at the age of five. The owner before me had the spider for about 5 years so I had a pretty old tarantula. unfortunately she died last month but I am looking to purchase another pink toe, they make great pets. My mom even had fun with sharpie (my spider's name) I have a breeding couple of cornsnakes, 4 baby snakes, and a chilean rose hair tarantula that were all inspired by sharpie. I'd say if your gonna get a pet, pink toe is the way to go!

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Illinois Jules - 2007-07-25
On my oldest/younger brother (Scott)'s girlfriend (Tracy)'s land in SE OK, last spring (May 2006)they caught a smallish (half-dollar size) Oklahoma Brown immature female tarantula spider to show me - Since those crawlies live there.
To that date I was NOT a spider fan! Big time! No way! Fear!
Don't get me wrong - The general bug, insects, fuzzy beasts, reptiles, amphibians - basically everything else, was great fun and cool with me!
Just not - SPIDERS!
Until - Grethel.
She looked like a small brown furry bear - with 10 walking legs.
I fell into ... Great Like. ([smile] - Still, some small fear was involved)
That was then... Now she has become an Arachnid Spokesspider.
She is so docile and polite that she has scampered mildly across or been handled by as many as a half-dozen wary spider-phobes at times. A pet I will cherish forever. Illinois Jules

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Adam - 2007-07-22
I have had my current rose hair for about a year and a half and I have seen it molt now TWICE. I am sure this is a common thing but I am amazed that it could put itself through such a transformation twice. Also, my Pink Toe has also just recently molted in a verticle position (it makes a tube shaped web) inside of its web. I recommend to anyone with a rose hair to try a pink toe next. It is cool to see the differences between the opportunistic burrower variety as opposed to the all out climber. Enjoy all, I am out to get a cobalt blue now and i will post my progress.

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Adam - 2007-07-22
I have had a rose hair for over a year and a half with much success including several moltings per spider, so I decided it was time to try another species. I have had my pink toe now for a few months and I have been very happy with the spider. On top of it being an amazing climber (something I am not used to with the rose hair), it has also created a cone of web for itself. I do see the need for a verticlally inclined environment, however I am using a 5 gallon tank of the usual proportions with a standing log in the corner and the spider seems to be comletely productive. Currently, as I am writing this post my pink toe is performing a verticle molt within its tube of webbing. Anyways, i recommend this animal to anyone wanting to start a spider hobby. Now its off for spider number 3, a cobalt blue.

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Lennie W. Collins - 2007-07-16
If you are a "beginner" to the hobby or want a beginner tarantula that is a little more "colorful"(active) than the Rose Hair, this would be it! They usually kick "hairs" when you first try to handle 'em BUT they quickly calm down. They are for sure the most colorful of the Brachypelma Genus family. They are VERY rare to get these day so if you have a chance to buy one...DO IT, DO IT! Don't let the price scare ya away! But if you can't, any one from this family will make a excellent choice.

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Lennie W. Collins - 2007-07-14
All the comments about the Rose Hair is CORRECT. I have a 5 inch "Pushover" female. When I handled her she gets in the defensive posture but then draw her legs inward to signal "Please don't hurt me". I have seen one that looked like a brown version of the Colbalt Blue. It actually charged at me ready to bite. With any and all pets you must learn their behavior. Mine almost bit me because she was in the premolt stage and I did not realize that until a week later when she was on her back pulling herself out of her old skin.

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Lennie W. Collins - 2007-07-14
My Pink-toe is 4 inch babydoll. She is very cool. Unfortunately living in the heat and humidity in Austin, Texas means the fan and/or the air conditioner needs to be on. That means sometimes the air blows on her and she becomes skittish and the do-do shooter. This is why my 6 year old son dislikes her. But after a few minutes she is calm and lovable again.

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Lennie W. Collins - 2007-07-14
I have a 4 inch female and she is adorable. I have not handle her the last 3 weeks because she is guarding her eggsac. Yes she will fend me off because that is her natural instinct as a mother: TO PROTECT HER SPIDERLINGS! If you get one do get it from the pet store because from the wild you don't know what you will get.

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J.Dale. - 2007-06-26
From an old UK keeper of many things over the years including four kid`s and a wife.
I have at present three Chillian Rose spiderlings about 2 months old. Looking for information concerning these had lead me here. I saw four Pink Toed spiderlings at my usual food and sundry supplier. After reading some of the comments about these I will be warming up the Ford in a short while and taking a ride.I will then boast that I have also some Pink Toed spiderlings. At the age of 55 and thanks to a weird daughter. I am now into Tarantullas. Or as I like to call them. My babies. Totally fascinating. You can keep hamsters and the like. It`s just a great pity that the local Vetenarian is not keen on spiders. He declined to give them a check up lol. Sorry if I am a bit offtrack. I do find that if you ever get the chance to comment to people about them it`s a real bonus. They will find it a bit boring.. Still they can talk about their cat`s etc. Give me my little hairy friends anytime. Fascinating coments by other owners of these much misunderstood pet`s. I enjoyed reading them. I was considering a name change for myself. Arachnid Phobia.. But the wife isnt keen.. Oh well.. Good luck.....

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Arthur J. Lewis - 2007-06-25
I live in Oklahome and have picked up the alleged brown Tarantula. They have very long, very black, very sharp fangs. Upon measuring the fangs, I found it to be 1/2 inch long. While measuring it the spider bit repeatedly at the measuring stick. When I dropped it the spider took up attack posturing and came towards me. I captured it in a can and let it calm down undisturbed. After about ten minutes I looked in the can and gently put a long stick into the can turning the spider over for inspection. The spider struck at the stick repeatedly squirting clear venom along the bottom of can. My neighbor was watching closely while I did this and became scared when it started venom squirting from the sharp black fangs. The venom is of sufficient toxicity to make small children very ill. Be careful if you catch a wild Brown Tarantula here in Oklahoma, you will see how vicious they can get when messed with like a child does when at play.

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