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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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jamie slater - 2013-01-23
Hi I've had my chilli rose about 2 years now. I've recently bought a heat mat and changed her substrate. But since the change she won't move much, isn't feeding and the tank she's in keeps steaming up? She sits on a log which is the highest point on the tank.and I'm worried the tank is too wet or moist? Help please I love my spider and just want what's best for her. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-25
    How long has it been since she molted? She may be getting ready to molt and it is just a coincidence that she is acting this way. However, maybe the heat rock is making the environment too warm? You may want to remove it and see if her behavior changes. They do need some humidity (60-80%), so it sounds like the tank is humid enough. Do you mist her tank? If so, maybe reduce how often you are doing that. Keep offering her food to give her an opportunity to eat.
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Anonymous - 2013-01-23
hi im new to all of this.. ive had my chilli for about a year now and up untill a few days ago havent used a heat mat. so was wandring if its ok for the tank to steam up if you like?? i keep wiping up te sides because i think its to wet in there.. please help i am a bit worried. also i changd her substrate 2 days ago and havent seen her move onto it once. she just stays on her log??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-23
    I would remove pad.  Sometimes these get way to hot and hard to control.  The power coming in to the mat may be throwing the spider off as they can sense to sound and vibrations from the power source.
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Amber - 2013-01-20
Hello:) I'm the proud owner of a Chilean rose and goliath. I got my rose over a year ago and in that time she's molted once. Now it's going on the second year I've had her and she's been acting a lot different she hasn't eatin in almost a month and for her considering how much of a pig she is its uncharacteristic. She's also begun spinning frequently and she's went from a grayish color to tan with her abdominal area being very dark and ashy. Plus she is normally a sweetheart i usually cant put my hands in the tank without her trying to crawl up my arm.I'm assuming she's going to molt I just wanted to know is it uncommon for a t to get this light of a color??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-21
    Sounds like it is getting ready to molt.  Just make sure there is water provided.
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nene - 2012-11-27
i know it might sound stupid.... but can tarantulas be trained? ive had my pinktoe tori for abit and everytime i open the cage and say tori and tap on the glass she will come out and run to my hand, is that normal? im loving it she has so much personality

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-27
    They can be trained to a point.  Like most pets they will get use to the owner and the routine and will normally respond to consistant stimuli.  It is more unique that it is doing it not for food though!! You have a special spider.
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jennifer - 2012-12-20
We had our pink toe for 3 days and he built a web that cacooned him in a corner where we could bearly see him. Then a few hours later he tore it all down and put it into a ball that he is sitting on. We had to take him out to put stuff in the bottom and he will not let go of the ball and he has been sitting on it without moving for a day now. What is that ball???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    You may be lucky!!  It sounds like it is an egg sac.  Since you just got the spider, it is a good chance it was around a male and bred.
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Alisha - 2012-12-22
I am wanting to build a full terrarium for my Pink Toe with live plants, for a real habitat feeling. That will be approx. 5-6 feet tall and about 5 feet wide. I am wondering what all plants can I put with the Pink toe? Any good suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    Spider will love that!!  There are many plants that will work; boxwood, pilea, swedish ivy, lipstick plant, nerve plant and the list can go on!   Hope that helps.
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Curtis Sowers - 2013-01-13
My t hasn't been able to climb glass for about 2 weeks. He just slides down it. Is that normal

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-13
    Some seem uncomfortable to climb glass almost acting if they are scared to fall.  Would almost be like us trying to walk on air.   Also if the glass is damp they would have trouble grabbing on without sliding.  If you see them unable to climb wood or other objects then there may be an issue.
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gemma - 2013-01-13
My rosehair is 2 and been in an icu for 4 days now and doesnt' seem to be getting better. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

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Anonymous - 2013-01-01
I have had a number of exotic animals in my care and I must agree with the the comment that one must take animals on a case by case basis. Because the indian ornamental is an arboreal species, it stands to reason that most of their food comes to them on the fly, so to speak. Therefore many times their bites are reactive. Some species are plainly better off not handled if one can avoid. Just because you can hold a spider doesn't necessarily mean that one should.

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