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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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gabe - 2011-01-15
I'v had my goliath for about a week couldn't wait to get her never had a" t "with that kind of appetite.

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  • Betty - 2011-02-15
    How can I get one?
    I want one for a pet
    How much do they cost?
    Can they be shipped?
  • steve. - 2013-08-20
    Hi there. Where did you buy it? I've always wanted one. I live in nsw.
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charlie - 2013-07-29
My rose hair has not eaten for two years now and still not eating. Just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or if this is natural?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-29
    Two years? I am not sure a tarantula can live for 2 years without ANY food. It seems like she must have eaten something at some point by now. Are you sure she hasn't eat a cricket and you just missed it?
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Jonathan - 2011-03-15
I have had my rose hair for 8 months now and she is the most awesome pet ever! Before I got her, I was severely arachnophobic, terrified of any spider that I saw. But she changed all that, I have never been bitten nor has she displayed any signs of aggressive behavior. This website has been extremely helpful in teaching me about how to care for her and how to read her body language. They are like people in that they all have their own unique personality. Her name is Morticia and she loves to cuddle with me. I get her out and as soon as I take the lid off her enclosure she practically kills herself trying to get out and into my hand. Once in my hand she'll crawl up my arm and eventually nestle somewhere on my neck like she's snuggling and won't move at all, even if I move myself. I even took a 2 hour nap one afternoon and she stayed on my neck the entire time (probably not a good idea in hindsight since I could've rolled over and squashed her to death) but she was perfectly behaved as always. I DEFINITELY recommend this species for first time spider enthusiasts like myself. Just treat them right, follow the directions on this site and they'll be a friend for life. I look forward to many more years with my spider!!!

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    I know exactly what ya mean. My rose sakura is so gentle and patient with me. She's my angel she loves me to tickle under her abdomen,and lets me groom her, gently of course. We have such a close bond she is so gentle and friendly . I dont know what I would do if I lost her. Roses are wicked tarantulas arent they?.
  • Marygrandma Moodymare Thirsk - 2013-07-29
    Aw that's so sweet. I got my rose on saturday the 27th. I have handled her on the 1st day but wanted her to settle into her new tank etc. She has eaten 2 crickets since then so today I touched her with a paintbrush so she didn't think I was. She stood and she stuck her abdomen up at me then reared. I think maybe Tom lil just put my hand in to see if she comes to my palm.
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tony - 2012-04-24
My mexican red-knee has has developed a white patch on its abdomen, have you any ideas what it could be please!

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    It probably just kicked some hairs while you weren't looking.
  • Casey - 2013-07-20
    It could be a fungus growing on or around the spiders book lungs. This is caused by bacteria in the environment. Have you kept the tarantulas environment clean and at the correct humidity? Bacteria can grow from TOO MUCH humidity in the terrarium (cage). Make sure you clean all insect remains after every feeding and change the bedding at least every 3-6 months. Moisture causes bacteria to grow. Misting your tarantulas cage once per week should be sufficient enough for humidity and moisture. If it is a fungus you should do some research or talk to an expert about how to heal your T. Fungus on the booklungs can be potentially fatal to your tarantula if not resolved as soon as possible.
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Jared - 2013-06-18
Hi 2 all!! I've been collecting Tarantulas now 4 close on 2 years.. I've had 1 escape from its enclosure & more recently I had another pass away! Other than those 2 isolated incidents, I've had an extremely pleasant experience with my tight collection of 14 spiders! I have several burrowing species, some obligate & some opportunistic!? I also have several terrestrial species (bird eaters), a semi-arboreal GBB & most recently I purchased # 14, a Guyana Pink Toe!  My 1st true-arboreal Tarantula! Its an incredibly vividly colored species but unfortunately not much is known about this particular species as its relatively new to the Pet-Trade. If anyone has any comments about that specific species/variety of Pink Toe Tarantula, then plz do share!! :) As 4 the 'sponge in the water dish'.. Obviously not a good idea as a permanent fixture, but a helpful tool when transporting (terrarium & all)!! As 4 the comment about your Tarantula that you think may be dying  (the 1 that's less than a year old). Well, u may not know this but some species of Tarantula are prone 2 hibernation in the colder ragions during the winter months!? So is it not possible that your T may in actual fact b hibernating?  My Brazilian Giant White Knee Bird Eater isn't a species prone 2 hibernation, yet it is currently hibernating in a burrow under its water dish!! Now when I say 'hibernating', its more of a case of the spiders metabolism slowing down due 2 the lower air temps & the fact that its a cold blooded organism!? As well as a form of fasting (pre-molt fasting)!! So there really isn't anything 2 worry too much abt, u could try & increase the temp with a heating pad, heated lamp, etc.. Or if you're in a colder climate then perhaps its best 2 just keep the temp as ambient as possible 2 keep it comfy & let nature take its course!?! Not much is known in the area of Tarantula Medicine so best take people's opinions with a pinch of salt!? Mine included!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-18
    I really enjoyed your entire post! Refreshing to hear such interesting experiences and cool info. And I especially like your last sentence... '... best take people's opinions with a pinch of salt!?'... lol. Well said:)
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Nick Palmer - 2012-03-24
I have pink toe that has not been moving around like she did or been eating. What is the best way to keep the humdity up?

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  • Christopher Riley - 2012-05-22
    They build a web to stay in at night they become active
  • Ian - 2013-06-18
    Not sure how long you've had your T. It may be preparing to molt. In that case, not being as active and not eating are perfectly normal behaviors. Get yourself some peat moss and terrarium substrate, get it wet, and apply heat. Heat pads are best. Be careful with heat lamps, they are Not good for humidity, only temperature. Eventually you'll have to add moisture to terrarium every so often. I spray inside 1-2 times a week. If your T has made quite an epic web and maybe even closing off openings, it's definitely gonna molt. During the process, humidity is really important. If its not a major hassle, consider putting your terrarium in the bathroom while you run hit water bath or shower to create humidity.
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Chris Townsend - 2013-05-23
have a metalic pink toe maybe a her have had for little over a month 1st week gave her 6 crickets as store recommended she ate them ... 2nd week gave her 6 more she ate 2 the rest died on there own.. waited an extra week 6 more hasnt touched them ... has me worried but shop told me they can go long times withotu eating ... noticed last 2 days she has been at the bottom not climbing as usual, so i paid attention to what she has been doing she tries to climb but is sliding down the glass like she is not sticking. I have read others ask this question is it normal? I have seen from its normal to molting around the corner. I guess im just worried is my 1st and have wanted one for years and well wife finally gave in, the no eating and now not being able to climb has me sorta freaking.

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  • Chris Townsend - 2013-05-24
    worried it may be dieing but is much younger than a year old no hooks on legs etc. but i guess all i can do is wait see what happens
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-05-24
    From the comment you made regarding your A. avic's age and the fact that there aren't any hooks on the 2 front legs, I would say you're on the right track in eliminating the 'dying male' comment. I would be more inclined to look into the possibility of mites, small ants, mold etc. being the problem and once those are eliminated, consider that it could be going into a pre-molt. Also, increase the humidity-tree spiders mainly come from the tropics. They require high humidity and like the temp. to be in the mid. to high 70's. Oh, and should you lose your lil guy/gal-DON'T GIVE UP or think it's your fault. Avics do have a higher than normal mortality rate. Why? I don't know. I have 28 spideys now, most I raised from tiny 1/2' slings. Amazing watching them grow. Check out Petcenter USA, Net-bugs, and Jamiestarantulas. All 3 online vendors really care about what they're doing and all 3 are into captive breeding. I started out with 4 lil slings and have been adding a few each month. Oh and welcome to the Hobby!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-25
    Cheryl, you have some great info! (Especially since we now know this little fellow isn't close to being a year old)  I really learned a lot from your post on all sorts of things about these guys... awesome! One of the best tips is about the common practice to use sponge in their drinking water, but the fact that a sponge can become a bacteria haven is really a good piece of info. Thanks so much for sharing all your expertise:)
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-24
    With it not climbing the glass and not eating, I'm thinking you may have a male that's nearing the end of its life. They are more frail looking than the females and only live for about a year.
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-05-24
    Before you give up on your A. avic., consider a few other things such as the humidity ad temp. I have several different sp. of Avicularia Tantulas and in observing them, I've found that they require high humidity. I make sure my substrate is moist and I also mist the inside of their cage, making sure I don't spray the lil guy. Also, check for mites or other observable parasites. I had a problem with tiny sugar ants invading my cages and, believe me, the pink toe showed it's stress by huddling in the bottom of the cage. I totally cleaned the inside of their cage, replaced substrate etc. Then wiped down the area around them with vinegar. So far, no more ants.

    Another option could be that it' gone into pre-molt. They become real quiet and cease to eat during this time. In a week or two, depending on the sp. (sometimes longer) they will turn over onto their back and begin to molt. Don't bother the T during this process or you could kill it. They are very fragile during this process and won't eat afterwards until their exo-skeleton has hardened back up.

    I would also note that 6 crickets is a bit too much. Over feeding is thought to shorten their lives. One or two crickets are plenty. Oh and one last thing. Use a small plastic lid or purchase one, for their water and don't use any sponge in the water. It can breed germs big time.

    To determine the sex of your pink toe, look for tiny hooks on the front legs of your T. The male uses these to pin back the females fangs during mating. Also, are the pedipelps, (smaller legs on each side of their mouth area) the same thickness through out or do they look to be fatter, more bulb like on the ends. Also, a male will have much longer, more spinkly legs than a female and it's over all body structure will appear thinner more gaunt than a females.  You can also find pictures of what the sex organs look like. This will also determine the sex.

    Personally, I'd consider many other options before thinking it's about to die for what ever reason and giving up on it.  Maybe it's just too cold, or gettig ready to do a molt, or doesn't like something in the cage aka type of substrate, mold, mites etc.  In the mean time, go online and check out some of the great info. sites available and also the websites that sell T's.  Take it from one hooked hobbiest. Baby T's are fun to raise and there's so many sp. to choose from. My 3 favorite vendors are Net-Bugs in the N.E., Jamies T's and Petcenter USA both in Cal. 

    Oh and should you lose this spider for what ever reason-don't give up having a T as a pet.  Good luck to you!!!
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Naomi - 2013-04-26
I have owned a number of types of tarantulas including 2 rose hairs and have found 1 thing to be true with most they adapt well to (but it takes a little time)change. If you upgraded cage size or changed the decore, more or less humidity than it's use to, temp changes, anything like that will set some back. I had one that went several months without eating come to find out she wasn't happy in her old home.after a week in her new home she started to web and is eating 2 large crickets per week now. Another thing to try is mabe a smaller prey than what you are now trying to feed it. If your pet dosen't eat just remove the prey, and try again in one week. Hope this helps

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    That is great info to know, because I didn't realize they could sometimes be so particular.
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