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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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Alejandro - 2013-04-23
I got my juvenile baboon a week ago. She has molted less than a month ago and is currently in a temporary housing. She is a little more than an inch long, and spends most time in the bottom of the jar. I threw in there some sticks for her to climb onto. Looking for a proper housing. What would you suggest on size? I looked for some kind of a bottle housing so its tall and has room for some depth in the soil to burrow. I have not found yet what i want but will continue looking.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    As adults they have up to about a 6' (15 cm) leg span, and will need at around a 5.5 gallon aquarium, or an enclosure that's about 12x8x8 inches (30x20x20 cm) in size.
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Kevin McLellan - 2013-04-15
I have 3 pink toe tarantulas...my problem is they are behaving abnormally....one I don't think is dead...may be molting...not been moving ...so i put all 3 in separate enclosurs...keeping warmth and humidity up the other 2 don't move around a lot now either...but when gently blown on...lift their legs...odd behavior to me...these are new pets and I don't handle them as I don't want them stressed out...I have other tarantulas...a large rosey and 4 astd babies...I am worried about them...any hep would be appreciated as i live in rural saskatchewan...and it is hard to find reliable information out here thanx kevin

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    I think moving them to their own enclosures was a good move. A molting tarantula is at risk! All else you describe sounds like you are doing the right things. Maybe wait and see what happens now.
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Cassy - 2013-04-14
My bird eating spider (alice) she is just over one and healthy. She just malted however her old coat and prey she keeps in her burrow. I'm really concerned, as i know you should keep their cages clean from dead prey (well what's left of them anyway) and i can't reach into her burrow and get any of it. Should i just build a whole new set up for her and start fresh? Also, what is the best way to transfer her to a new cage as she is always in her burrow? Unfortunately as much as i tried, she doesn't like being handled.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Doesn't sound like her molt is causing her any problems. It's not the same as dead prey and won't really contaminate the environment. So maybe just wait and see. Give it some time and eventually you'll be able to get it out would be my thought.
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Codey Holloway - 2013-03-31
any tips on the housing?  like what cage size and should i get a lamp?  i live in reno nevada desert. its very dry here. hot days cold night. should a get a humidiphire?

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Susie Parker - 2007-08-18
I find it unbelievable that anyone would have such a creature living in their home! I am a severe arachnaphobic!

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  • TK75 - 2013-03-28
    I can't believe you could be that afraid of something so much smaller and weaker than you. It's not like its a highly venomous spider like a Black Widow or Sydney Funnelweb. Your much more likely to get hurt by a dog or horse. Are you afraid of those too?
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Glen & Emily - 2008-11-04
Hi, me (Glen) and the Mrs (Emily) bought our stunning Pink Toed Tarantula about 3 weeks ago. She is our 1st ever Tarantula and has taken some getting use too. She was only small when we purchased her but amazingly quick!. She seems to be eating and growing well and enjoying living in her Terarium. I think that she is getting ready to shed her skin because she has built an amazing web inside her log and has dug right down through her substrate to her heat mat that is placed in her terarium. (Any Help or info about making her life easy whilst molting would be very much appreciated). OW AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT AS A 1ST TIMER THIS SITE AND THERE INFO HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY HELPFUL AND DETAILED. I did alot of research about tarantulas and which 1 would be best for us and the sites we visited dont have half the info that this site has.

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  • ANTHONY CRENHAW - 2013-03-24
    I just got a pink toe, and read that you have a heat pad in the tank with yours. . . So i'm wondering is it ok to put a small heat rock in the tank with mine?
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holbee - 2013-03-15
Hi,my friends Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula she hasn't moved today, but was very active last night. Her legs are not curled under, but are twitching. Does anyone have any advice please.

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