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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Charlie - 2014-10-04
A friend of mine gave me a Texas Brown Tarantula and I been reading and saw what he eats but will he eat a lizard? He is about 3 inches big and his tank is about 12x12x24inches

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    They will eat small lizards, as well as crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, and even  pinkie mice.
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MarshaMarshaMarsha - 2014-09-15
This evening we caught a Brown Tarantula that was sitting on the side of the highway. I have a mealworm 'farm' so a constant food source including worms &beetles. Will he need crickets also? We've always wanted a pet T so we're very excited & want to give him a happy home. :)

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Alejandro - 2014-09-09
Hello everyone,about a year and a half I found a Texas brown on my backyard, I figured it because it looks exactly like the one on the picture, except it has darker black legs, but I don't know if its a male or female. When I found it I ran to the store and bought a 10 gallon fish tank and made a pretty decent terrarium, I filled almost 3\4 of it with desert dirt (didn't know if should use sand) for it to dig a burrow, but still I made a big shelter for it, I think the spider is fine, it eats a cricket every week or so and always keep its water dish with fresh water, in a room where the temp is always between 70° and 85°, it loves it, it moves around a lot and is very active at night. It actually just molted, I thought it was dying but it turned out it was molting and finished in about a day; that was 2 weeks ago and I just fed it a cricket, I wanted to let it rest after the molt. So the problem is, the spider is very aggresive, whenever I touch it it will immediately get in a defensive position and raise its front legs, and will bite if touched. I want to know what to do because I want to handle it, I've never done it, but I'm afraid that if it bites me I may drop it and hurt it. Anyone have some advice? I'm also starting to think it may not be comfortable in the terrarium and I'm thinking maybe it is better if I set it free, because it is very aggresive, can you tell me what to do or what I'm doing wrong? This is a wild spider, which I adopted because I was afraid my cat would eat it, as it was in my backyard. Thanks!

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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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