Animal Stories - Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula


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The Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula is a gorgeous, friendly tarantula that's great for beginners!
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This guy - 2013-12-04
Hi there, I have a Brachypelma Smithi at the moment and I have had him for about one week now .... I soo want to hold him but it's a little scary .... Does anyone know any good techniques to hold him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    See the Handling section above for some great tips!
  • Natalie - 2014-05-21
    I have a female mexican red knee ( currently very active & having a good spin on her viv walls) i've had her a week this friday & have no bother with getting her out. Tonight was the first time. Yes she flicks a little at first but is fine once out. If you gently persuade your t with your finger from her side she will make her own way up & just have your hand ready. Don't be too gentle, you don't want her to think you're a cricket. Just push with your finger. Mine makes her own way out really which is handy xx
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paula - 2014-03-30
My tarantula is motionless?

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mark bawden - 2014-01-03
hi i have a 10 month old chilean rose before she molted i could pick her up every day she would just stay there for hours but now she wont even put a leg on me she has never been aggressive to me never shown her fangs flick hairs some times what could this be can you help thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I can't tell you why your tarantula tolerated handling more easily before the molt. However, tarantulas are a visual pet and don't like to be handled. They should be enjoyed by observation and handled rarely, only when necessary. The Chilean rose tarantulas are less aggressive than other species, but the flicking of hairs is an aggressive action and her way of indicating that she does not want to be handled.
  • Clark - 2014-02-17
    Females often become less tolerant after their maturing molt. They are also known to eat less. I've had females become down right aggressive after molting and some refuse food until after mating. Then they try to fatten up for reproduction. Remember, no tarantula NEEDS holding; it is we who want to hold them.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-12
hi, ever since my red knee was put into a 10 gal it hasn't been out of its hide like at all. it is about 3in long. could the tank be too big?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    I doubt the tank size is the problem, I would check to make sure you have adequate substrate and humidity.
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Tinus Botha - 2013-12-24
Hi, I have had my red knee for 4 days now and it is .3 inch long and it already ate 5 crickets and now i wonder if I am over feeding it? please help                 



P.S. She is female and called Morticia(Like in the cartoon 'the Addams Family'.). lol

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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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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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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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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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Cheryl Luhrs - 2012-12-20
I was around several adults and helped care for spiderlings. I encountered creatures that were NOT creepy, crawly but highly evolved, interesting, clean, fun, spiders. They're a big reason we don't have insects up to our neck.

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