Animal Stories - Oklahoma Brown Tarantula


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The Oklahoma Brown Tarantula is one of the most docile species of tarantula!
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maegan - 2013-11-23
We have had are Arkansas T for a month and a half. When I first put him in his new habitat, he was very active, climbing the walls and hanging from the top. He ate fine 2-3 crickets a week. Now for the past 3 weeks it will not eat, is very skinny, and seems to have trouble walking. He looks drunk when he does move. I have not changed anything in the habitat. The temps in our house change a lot and I tried to make the humidity higher but read that this is not ideal. The temp in the room never gets below 60 but can get up to 82 we are on wood heat. This is our first T and need some advice. I have no idea if it is female or male.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    There could be damage from a previous molt or some sort of internal disease. There may be some pretty major internal issues going on,  indicated by your tarantula having problems moving. Spiders in part use hydrostatic pressure, where they pump their legs with water to move.  So hard to know, recovering from a molt, or microscopic (bacteria, virus, fungus), or macroscopic (fungus, nematode, other parasite). Good luck.
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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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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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Brian - 2009-09-28
My friend Anthony caught a male Tx Brown in Amarillo at a job sight and brought it to me, cause I've always had snakes, spiders and scorpions as pets. Even being caught in the wild it is very docile. Watching it catch crickets is really amazing, I've never seen a spider or scorpion go after its prey with such fury!

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  • Richard - 2010-06-06
    I live in amarillo and the 1 I found in my yard is VERY aggressive. I still have not picked it up.
  • Greg Hunt - 2011-10-21
    Let it walk into a jar.
  • Julie White - 2012-12-31
    Like the Oklahoma terrapin (tortoise), tarantulas seem to have individual personalities!!
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Julie White - 2012-10-02
The best way to give a tarantula water is to place in the terrarium a small to medium size plastic jar cap in which you put wet cotton. The tarantula can suck the water from it. You can refill it with a water dropper or with a teaspoon full of water. When the cotton starts to get dirty or brown, wash the cap and replace the wet cotton. This way you don't have an open water dish that can spill and wet the environment and the tarantula can get the water more easily. Same goes for your water source for feeder crickets.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-03
    Can also use a small sponge.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-05
    Yes you can use that but it is not a very good idea, it grows bacteria everywhere... Same with a sponge, it is NOT safe for your tarantula... Better off just using a plain shallow water dish
  • Julie White - 2012-12-31
    I rinse and wipe out the dish and rinse and wring out the cotton balls a couple of times a week and fill with fresh water. There are plenty of bacteria in the wild too, remember.
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rachel - 2011-08-25
i was at my sisters house earlier,an she stepped out her front door,an stepped on a oklahoma brown tarantula,or it looks just like this one. Well her lil 3 or 4 month old puppy run out the door an ate it. Few minutes later he began foaming at the mouth an tring to vomit,what should I do for him? will he be ok?

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  • Curtis - 2012-12-15
    get it to the vet immediately because tarantula have irritating hairs that could kill the dog
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    If it were a mature dog it would not be a big deal at all.  The hairs would just irrate its throat.  He should be fine but a vet visit is a good idea.  In many countries people consume tarantulas.
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Jeffery moorman - 2012-09-01
My tarantula has been very busy closing off half of his cradle with webbing as well as rolling dead carcasses up in webbing, my question is why roll up the dead carcasses?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Hmm... don't know:) Maybe it's just handy, and he wants his food source close.
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carman - 2012-05-16
My aunt gave my son a tarantula and the cage was gross so I went to the pet store and bought all the things they told me to but it hates it, it won't come off the side of the glass and go down into the mossy stuff or go into his log anymore? What should I do?

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Is it am arboreal tarantula, if so climbing the glass is normal. It is for terrestrial tarantulas too, tarantulas can walk up glass as easy as we can go rock climbing
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Skwiggles - 2012-06-08
Last night I found about a 2-3 inch Oklahoma brown tarantula. After some convincing i talked my mom into letting me keep it. We now have it in a 10 gallon aquarium with about 5 inches of peat moss on the bottom and a nice little borrow. I have a few questions though and would greatly appreciate help. 1. The water container I am using is just a lid that is about 3/4s an inch deep and an inch, maybe more tall. I partially burried it to make it shorter, is this sufficient? 2. While fixing up his/her cage my mom bumped me and Joseph fell about 4 feet and barely avoided concrete, landing on carpet instead. afterward a clear somewhat milky fluid was leaking from his leg where it attaches to him/her is it ok? I've heard dropping them is pretty much an insta kill but other than the leg thing he seems ok. 3. Is only peat moss a good thing for his cage? or should i use something else 4. the pet store folks suggested a spray bottle for occasional use. should I use it and how often? 5. I have put a cricket in his cage and he hasn't eaten it yet. Should i just leave it in? once he does eat it should I pet in another one right away? should I always keep one cricket scampering around his cage? if not how should I go about feeding him. Also he hasn't eaten since I found him is he ok? 6. how can i tell if its a male or female? its butt hairs are a little gingery, and it has two small legs(I know they aren't legs) coming out its butt, does this mean boy or girl or nothing? its legs black, its abdomen is dark brown and its head is a lighter brown almost tan. Another odd thing I noticed when i found it is that it has a relatively deep dimple on its head. Is this normal 7. Maybe he's just getting used to his environment, but he acts a bit clumsy and moves his legs in the air a lot, could he be blind? that's probably a dumb question but he looks like a silly goose some times reaching for stuff that isn't there. thanks a lot for the help, I hope to see answers soon. i know I have a lot of questions and if you can't answer all of them just help with the ones you can. thanks again.

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  • Skwiggles - 2012-06-08
    sorry for such a long post. I was also wondering if anyone could shed some light on his/her possible age. Because they mature after 5 years and grow to be 4-5 inches, I am assuming 2-4 years, but i don't know jack about tarantulas so maybe someone who knows more can help.
  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Hello, your water dish seems fine I wouldn't worry about that. Normally when you drop a tarantula it is an insta kill, but if it's abdomen is in good shape I think its okay. If its leg is really in bad shape, the tarantula will actually rip it off itself to avoid further damage, don't worry about that, if a tarantula looses its leg it is a real bummer but it will regenerate the leg within a few molts. You can use peat moss in the cage, it just depends on what you prefer, I prefer using coconut fiber. A spray bottle is a good idea, for some tarantulas all they need is a water dish for humidity, but if the Oklahoma Brown needs extra humidity, spraying the cage with the spray bottle every once in a while is good. I would not leave a cricket wandering around the cage for more than one day, if the tarantula does not eat it, take it out as leaving it in there can stress the tarantula out. Don't worry about it not eating some tarantulas fast (not eat) for long periods of time. So if it doesn't eat, just remove the cricket and try again next week, it will eventually eat trust me! One of my tarantulas (a Chilean rose hair) wouldn't eat for three months, then one day she decided she was hungry and ate a couple crickets. One more thing, if your tarantula molts and there is a cricket inside the cage remove it immediately! Even something small such as a cricket can kill a tarantula right after it molts, if it molts, give it at least a week to give her time for her exo skeleton to harden, then you can feed as usual. Those little legs on the back of your tarantula are called spinnerets, they make the web. To tell if it is a male or female, you can look on the underside of the abdomen, it is hard to explain but if you see a horseshoe like shape it is a male, if you see a horizontal line it is a female. I would suggest looking it up on youtube..You can also tell from the most just use a magnifying glass. The dimple on its head is normal, and the way it's legs are in the air is just how they walk. Or it cold be a defense pose if it isn't moving and it's legs are up showing their fangs. And one more thing, all tarantulas are pretty much blind, they rely on the hairs on their body to 'see'. Hope I helped, and have fun with your tarantula!
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Teri - 2012-05-19
Today I found a hairy legged spider (dark brown/quarter to half-dollar leg-span). It had a brilliant, almost neon blue & white egg sac. I took it to a dry creek bed and let it go...any clues as to what type spider this was....

Thanks!

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