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allysia - 2013-09-30
About a week ago I got a new rose hair from a pet store. This is my second rose hair. I'm kind of nervous about holding this one because it is younger than my previous one. The one before I got from a friend and I trusted it more because I've seen it has been handled before. But this one every time I open its cage it runs witch makes me nervous it's gonna bite me. My spider is very active and eats well, it seems to have adapted to its cage well. I really want to hold it but it freaks me out when it runs from me. I know they say lay your hand in its cage for it to get used to, but I'm nervous about it. Can anyone help me understand why it tuns and how to get use to it?

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lenny negron - 2013-09-14
Can someone help me please. I bought a rose hair back in 2002 and he has been an awesome pet. Shes molted in the past without any problems, her last most was about a month ago. I dropped some crickets in for her but she did not bother with them. I noticed that her eyes where white and felt really hard like a cocoon. Since her molt she hasn't been very active and will not eat. She has been in the same spot for the past 2 weeks and all her front legs are leaning towards the left. I called a breeder and explained it all to him. He told me spray warm water and see if she rubbed off the skin from her eyes and also said that it's rare but he has heard that sometimes spiders go into a double molt within weeks of each other. Well the warm water didn't work, cause she just stood there. As for her molting I'm still waiting. But if anyone here can help me I will be very glad.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Wow, that is most interesting and it sounds like you have a great breeder, about as informative as they come:). Let us know if she experiences a double molt.
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Susan - 2013-09-07
Help. My Mexican Red Knee tarantula seems sick. She is 12 years old, I've had her since she was 4 weeks old, and I've never had any problems with her. She's always been very healthy. This morning I noticed her in the corner of her tank, with her legs tucked a little too closely to her. Normally, when I touch her abdomen, she gives me a little scurry and hair kick, but not this morning. Very slow, docile attempt at kicking hairs. (I should note that I don't handle her often, so she's a bit skiddish) She let me pick her up without any attempt to get away. Her tank heater is functioning. I changed her substrate about 2 months ago (shredded coconut, shells which she's been using for years), She has been eating normally, although it's been about 2 weeks since I've fed her, but I'm a little weary of putting any crickets in the tank while she is in this state. help, help, help. I love this tarantula and I have no idea what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Unless you are  certain it is a female it could be old age. Males have a shorter lifespan than females, living around 10 or so years while females live up to 25-30 years. Other thoughts are it could be getting ready to molt or it could be dehydrated. If there's a chance it's dehydrated, putting it into an ICU setup could help... i.e. a jar lined with damp paper towel. Than see if it gets better in a day or two. Wishing you the best!
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Kim - 2013-09-03
My tarantula Sprinkles wasn't eating so I thought she was in the molting process, a few months went by and she didn't molt. I put one cricket in the cage and she ate it within a few hours, so I went and got her more. Then yesterday she trapped all 5 of them that I put in there and she spun them in a web. I thought she was going to eat all of them, and when I got up this morning she hadn't. They are just sitting there in the web. Should I take this out or will she end up eating them?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-03
    I'm not sure if she will eat them or not. I would give her a couple days and then remove them, as you don't want to leave decaying crickets in there for too long.
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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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