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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Kristin - 2012-04-09
I have a Texas brown tarantula that I inherited from my cousin after he was killed. I have never had one so have been learning. I came home and found it on its back under its hiding place. It freaked me out I was so upset I thought it was dead so I removed hiding place and quickly turned it over and gave it water. Now I have read that it was getting ready to molt so what do I do now? Put the hiding place back in its habitat or just leave it alone? Can someone give me some good information?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-10
    I would just put her back as best as you can - as close to where you found her.
màtt - 2011-11-13
Wow! That's a big spider!

bethany - 2011-10-25
Hi I had a couple questions about my new wild caught tarantula. I got it a 5 gallon container, and I'll get that stuff to put in the bottom (I have different stuff in there now). okay, how do I tell if it's male of female? It's leg span is a little over three inches, so it is not full grown correct? My other one is that when I first got it it was in a VERY small container for 2 days and it made a web. I put it in the five gallon one and it has been in there for over a week, but it has not made a web. Should i be worried? Any other tips are much appreciated! thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I wouldn't worry - timing and newness and getting around is all. He will aclimate to the new enviornment and do his web thing when he feels like it.
Greg Hunt - 2011-10-18
Found an Oklahoma Brown on my stove top this morning at six am. He is a young spider about four inches across. Gave it a home in a lage tank I have. Gave it a little water

John S - 2010-10-31
While pulling lumber out of our garage, we managed to injure an OK Brown that was living in the lumber pile. One leg is hurt. I don't want to put him out, since it'll probably be curtains for him. We're thinking of keeping him to see if the leg heals. Any suggestions on setting up the cage? Do we have a prayer of him surviving? We like these spiders, but have never kept one before. Any advice would be welcome.

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  • Deanna - 2011-03-09
    Have you thought of asking a vet or person who handles spiders? They might know what's best for him. But yes, pulling him out will only injure him further.
  • JulieGrace - 2011-08-19
    I have read that spiders can regenerate injured or even lost limbs through their next molt. Since taratula care is one of the cheapest for pets, I would just keep him/her until they molt and see what happens!
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    Isn't it frustrating when people dont listen to what you're saying? I know I think so and that is why I'm replying to youre QUESTION. Here it is; I have two tarants and this is my experience. I'm guessing you meant put him outside when you said this and you're right, he would most certainly meet his demise in this comprimised condition so you'll need to set up a taranterrium. oklahoma browns (and all tarantulas) should be kept in rather cramped
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    Enclosures. A 5 gallon aquarium is fine. Go to the plant store and pick up a brick of organic fert-free cocanut coir. Follow directions on the side and finish off by drying it out on a cookie sheet in a WARM oven. It should be barely moist- NOT wet when youre done. Just enough to clump in the hand when squeezed. mix in some sand(3coir-1sand), 3-4 inches deep and nestle a broken flower pot(terra cotta) on its side to simulate burrow
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    enclosures. a 5 gallon aquarium is fine.go to the plant store and pick up a brick of organic fert-free cocanut coir. follow directions on the side and finish off by drying it out on a cookie sheet in a WARM oven. it should be barely moist- NOT wet when youre done.just enough to clump in the hand when squeezed. mix in some sand(3coir-1sand), 3-4 inches deep and nestle a broken flower pot(terra cotta) on its side to simulate burrow
  • Mike Jabbs - 2011-10-18
    -When you see it sitting in the entrance in the evening waiting for prey you've succeeded. This can sometimes take a while. If you start the burrow it moves in sooner. Provide a shallow water dish that it can lower its BODY into to drink, keep v.clean. feed 3 crickets/day till its full,fasting for 30 days is common. a tight fitting lid is essential, wire mesh 1/4 inch square, *they chew through window screen in hours. no basking light is needed, they're nocturnal. Mist 1/2 the tank every 4 days (a.m.) to provide dew and keep humidity proper. Keep tank out of sun. A young one will have a new leg in 1-2 molts, an adult might take1-2 years to molt and just lose the leg. Keep in calm, draft-free place. Females can live for 20-30 years,....yes, years. Males up to 5. Remove dead cricks and poop and you'll only need to clean out the entire tank once, maybe twice a year. tarants should have no odor.GOOD LUCK
Jon - 2011-08-27
I just experienced this spider while I was laying in bed watching TV and felt something crawling on me. First thing I did was flung it off my arm and ran out screaming, I do not like spiders. When I calmed down, I went on the hunt for it found in my hat, took a picture and it's a tarantula.

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  • jordan castro - 2011-10-04
    Just today I found an oklahoma brown tarantula.....IN ARKANSAS!
  • jordan castro - 2011-10-04
    But my extremely stupid mom wont let me keep it! >:(
Samantha G. - 2011-07-12
I love catching and raising Oklahoman Brown Tarantulas because they are so easy to catch, are very calm and doctile, and are simple to care for. I love showing off to my friends by picking up my "terrorfying" pet, OK Brown, tarantula with my bare hands and its really funny to put the tarantula in a friends face. LOL. If you want to know more about my tarantula and other "savage" pets email me at or visit my website at

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    I like your website. I especially like the quote "Every little soul has a purpose." Thank you for sending it to us.
Isaiah - 2010-10-08
I have had lots tarantulas and I like the Oklahoma brown best!

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  • JC - 2010-11-02
    +1 to Isaiah. Same here.
  • Christina - 2011-07-11
    I do too, but so far that is all I have had, since I live in Oklahoma :)
    My husband and kids found one at the baseball field. She went right up on to my hubbys hand and she has been with us ever since! We found a small male, and put him with her. Well after a day, he is gone, and she is fatter lol... It's funny to see people get all scared of her!
J Strotman - 2011-05-29
A co-worker gave me a Texas Brown Tarantula he had caught at home. I read that the female can live up to 25 years. How do you tell the difference between the male and female?

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  • J Strotman - 2011-05-29
    Never mind. I just found the answer in the above text. So I'm a tard.
Kody - 2011-05-23
Last night I found a OK Brown tarantula in my shoe (it was dark and I slipped into my shoes that were outside on the porch). What a surprize to my bare toes! Dumped it out, now tonight I find it hanging on to a trim board on the underhang over my front door. Is the rain/storms bringing it closer to the house. (we live in 4 acres of trees) Why inside my shoe, lined crocs, looking for a nesting spot?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-24
    I guess he figured it was a good spot, nice comfy, dark and safe. It would have scared the whatever out of me though. I had a little mouse in my snow boot one time at work. I changed from my boots to my shoes and left the snow boots under my desk. I think the mouse was cold and that happened to be the place he decided to settle in. That was some scream I let out when I felt the mouse.