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Dale Lesoway - 2013-03-13
can you put Goliath bird eater in 20 terrarium

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-13
    It will out grow it eventually.
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kyra - 2010-03-20
Hello everyone. I want a tarantula but I'm scared of anything with legs! I hate the feel of anything crawing up me! I didn't want to have to handle it or the food in anyway and I don't want anything that can't jump or aggressive! The other thing is how do u clean it out without touching the spider and keeping it safe? What would be the best spider for me as I have read up a lot of things about spiders and one say something and the other says something else. I dn't have a fear of spiders, just anything that crawls and has legs. It's that bad, I can't pick up a ladybird! with my own hands. can anyone help me x

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  • Danielle - 2010-04-17
    I would recommend the Chilean Rose Tarantula. They are not agressive and are very easy to care for. You do not have to handle the food directly (crickets), just simply dump them in the cage.
  • Kourtney - 2013-02-28
    I am the same way sort of. My husband has about five different spiders and do not handle them. My husband is navy so when he deployed I take care of them. How I transport them to other cages to clean theirs is the very large spoon strainers. I just scoop them up with that and it does not hurt them. Also I never touch the crickets I go to the store and get how many I need then just drop them in the bag. I would say get a rose hair. We have one and she's the most docile out of all of them. Also its like she knows when my husband is handling her. He can pick her up and sit her on the table and she won't move but rather watch him clean out her cage and wait.
  • brad - 2013-03-04
    I have a Mexican red knee, she was hard to find and expensive (she is a protected species, and just plain not as common as you may think). I'd recomend that, you can get a cricket keeper for crickets, the crickets hide in tubes and you tap them out into the tank, the closest you'll have to come to handling them is cutting the tip on the bag, you may want to ask for no egg crate so they all hide in the tubes, not the eggcrate, And I'd recommend a soft (dollar store is fine, just nothing rough) paint brush to coax it around, just gently brush its abdomen and lead it into a temporary container (air holes!).
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Spiderman - 2013-02-22
I have many exotic pets. They enjoy our interactions during feedings. I give them all large cages with live plants and the best possible environment. The less I handle them the happier and more comfortable they become. Why does every pet have to be scratched behind the ear or be taught to say 'polly wants a cracker'. Don't say it's for anybody's safety.

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martin lewis - 2012-11-27
Hi, I've recently purchased my first burgandy goliath spider about 2 weeks ago ....... humiditys kept around 90 - 95 with temp of 26 c. 6 inches potting soil with a burrow which I put in for her also got large water dish in there 2 ! Thing is I haven't seen her at all. I know she's still alive.  Just wondering if there's something wrong with her ?? I got her out of her hide yesterday just to check but she hardly moves, shows no aggression at all plus her abdoman is bald which shows shes been stressed !! A lot diffrent to what I've read about them online. Is this normal behaviour or is she just settling in ??? cheers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    I can't know whether you furry fella is NORMAL or SETTLING IN but I do know it takes them awhile to settle in and they do go through stress when moved.  You have differnt scents, sounds, voices and environment than he is used to and takes awhile. 
  • martin lewis - 2012-11-27
    Tthing is I'm inpatient and I wanna see her lol. Heard they were a very active species but not seen her out yet  and yeah I have read it takes a while to for them to settle in properly .......... I'm propably over reacting ! cheers anyway
  • emyr thomas - 2013-01-18
    Hi, I've been keeping goliaths for over 20years. The goliath is a nocturnal spider, it normally only comes out of its burrow /hole when its dark. The general rule is that if you're spider is happy you will not see it, & if its going bald & lethargic - it might be going into moult! Hope this helps you, if you need more info please contact me, cheers.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-06
    thanks for the info m8 :)
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Gosh I guess nobody really knows around the internet, or here, about what's going on with her.  I'm wondering how she is now, since its been a few weeks. Can you tell us what's been happening.... did she go through a molt, is she still hiding, anything different in her appearance or behavior... yeah I'd love to hear!
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-20
    Yes she was in the molting stage she very close now i would say within next few weeks she will of shed ... I ll keep you all updated :)
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Chris - 2012-05-06
Hi just bought a Martinique pink toe and was wondering what is the best way to house it , what plants to put in to help with humidity and what heating and range of lighting to use

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-19
    Use a heating lamp not heating pad psd will burn his belly
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clifford madewell - 2013-02-13
About 1967 I was north of hominy okla. On a plato in my car. I was told about a tarantula run I had know Idea what it was. Well I found out very soon. when the ground of that plato turned brown and was moving toward me. I jumped into my car closed me windows and before I could start my car the ground all around me was covered with tarantula's. needless to say I started my car and got out of there as fast as I could. I didn't open my car door till I got to Cleveland okla. I really would like to remember where it was and more information about it. I haven't found that place again.

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tyrone - 2013-01-03
Hello ive had my rose haired tarantula for about 1 month now and ive tried feeding it locust but she dosent seem to be eating shes made a web in her tank but i dont think shes due to shed because when i bought her from the shop they said she hasnt long shed or eaten but that was bout 4-5 weeks ago so cud you tel me if you think anythinks wrong or give me some infomation as its my first time of owning a rose haired turantula also if shes not eating locust what else shud i try her on plz

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Try some crickets.  Is tank warm enough?
  • william n stockton ca.moving north or west - 2013-02-12
    i have my third chilean rose hair.they r programmed by GOD,to know when to eat or not.they can go a long time without eating.i put different food n her tank for the crickets variety,pizza,berries fruit vegetables,cereal,chinese goji berries a multivitamen.crickets know what to eat.dont feed crickets seaweed the computer says.i eat seaweed cause its healthy.i put bread cake cookie, carrots broccoli turkey hamburger.they say tarantulas only eat live food,my latest 1 nibbled on a pepperoni slice 2 days,i thought only the crickets would eat.in nature bugs find everything.variety is the spice of life.i eat much health food stuff.i put a few chia seeds n tank,crickets r still eating chia seeds that sprouted on the sponge.i dont think crickets ate any of the oatmeal i placed n there.im gonna try some soy milk or almond milk next.i might try juice soon.vary cricket nutrition will vary spiders diet.i have held all 3 spiders,almost daily.never been bitten n 9years.i have let maybe 500 people hold all 3 total,and nobody has been bitten,not once.i take them to the malls,many hold them.1 girl thought she was bitten,the little claws pinch a bit.peace shalom grace peace mercy from GOD our Father,and the Lord JESUS Christ
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Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-01-29
Your Skittles is 'beautiful'. I totally understand your concern, but everything you've mentioned is pretty normal for a rose-hair. They're sometimes referred to as pet rocks because they can sit in one place for what seems like forever. I have several different species, some are juv.-adults and some are babies and I get anxious when they won't eat either. But, all we can do is to keep trying every few days or so. I do know to look for things that say there's a problem like being all huddled with legs under neath them, shriveled abdomen due to humidity problem, etc. I would say you've done a great job with yours. She's a really nice girl and sure shows she trusts you. I am really enjoying watching mine develop and grow. Check out the online sellers and maybe think about adding to your hobby. There are so many different species to choose from. One of my favorites is my GBB (GreenBottle Blue). I bought her as a 1/2' baby and she's flat out a PIG! LOL She's molted 3 times since I got her and this last molt darn near doubled her size. This one is semi-docile, and has smacked at me one time when she got ticked with me trying to prod her with my paint brush, but normally she's pretty calm. Her colors are out of this world! Good luck and again great picture.

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nick - 2013-01-29
My chilli rose (skittles) has just been cleaned out recently and has gone off her food and stays on her log constantly. I've had her about 6 months, she hasn't shed yet, she's over a year old according to the pet shop and I'm concerned as she used to be really greedy. How long does it take them to shed I'm new to this can you help me. Oh yes she's spinning a lot too. Should I remove her log?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    It sounds like Skittles is getting ready to molt. Just before a big molt these tarantulas will stop eating for anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Don't feed it during this time as crickets could do considerable damage to your spider. They will also often spin a web during this time. This gives the tarantula a soft place to lie while going through the extremely stressful molting. and it also helps to keep bugs away. Good luck:)
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lisa - 2011-11-30
Hi, I could do with some advice please. I have a 3 year old red knee and she is lovely. I've only had her about a month and she would let me hold her and she was quite happy, but she has now turned. She will flick, hairs and rear up her front legs, and that's only when I change her water bowl. If I try to touch her she runs. She is feeding really well, to well I think as she always eats what I put in her tank x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    Could just be a phase for reaching sexual maturity. She also could be starting a major molt although they usually stop eating then. Possible stress - have you moved the enclosure or major temperature change. Anything different?
  • lisa - 2011-12-01
    When my husband got her from the pet shop she was just in a plastic box with a water bowl,but her new tank is all set up right for her. I don't know how long she was in there for or why they got rid of her? Do you think she could be hungry? The first week she ate 10 crickets. I've read that you can over fed them so I haven't feed her this week. thanks for your advice x
  • simon - 2011-12-18
    The tank you have put her in is not to large is it? We find the mexican can get stressed in large enclosers unlike our white knee and goliath who love to roam round looking for trouble .
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-22
    No, the tank is quite small and the pet shop recommened it. She just seems to have the hump the whole time, she even reared up when i changed her water the other day, shame as she is so lovely i just wanna hold her,
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    I also have a 3 year old I've raised from a baby. She hasn't burrowed much at all for a couple molts, but is absolutely lovely about being handled (however stubborn, as she won't move when nudged lol). I have heard of phases sometimes with a tarantula where their attitude has changed. It could be the case here. It could also be that she is hungry and after a meal, and has to adjust to you entering the tank when she is not well fed. I'd also look at where she's at at the time, as some tarantulas can be protective when they're in their burrows. I hope she changes for you, as they are wonderful T's to hold. Just be careful about letting them walk on you when sitting still. My gf did and she mistook her pajamas for soil and tried to dig to safety, at first with her front legs, then her fangs! When my gf reacted she shut her mouth, as if to apologize for the misunderstanding, but it was a close call lol
  • lisa - 2013-01-27
    She has settled down really well and I held her today, she has also grown out of her tank so I've moved her to a bigger one, think she might be getting ready to moult again as she has a bald patch that is turning darker by the day and she hasn't eaten for a few weeks.
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