Animal Stories - Pink-toed Tarantula

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The Pink-toed Tarantula is Energetic and friendly, making it fun to keep!
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Nick Palmer - 2012-03-24
I have pink toe that has not been moving around like she did or been eating. What is the best way to keep the humdity up?

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  • Christopher Riley - 2012-05-22
    They build a web to stay in at night they become active
  • Ian - 2013-06-18
    Not sure how long you've had your T. It may be preparing to molt. In that case, not being as active and not eating are perfectly normal behaviors. Get yourself some peat moss and terrarium substrate, get it wet, and apply heat. Heat pads are best. Be careful with heat lamps, they are Not good for humidity, only temperature. Eventually you'll have to add moisture to terrarium every so often. I spray inside 1-2 times a week. If your T has made quite an epic web and maybe even closing off openings, it's definitely gonna molt. During the process, humidity is really important. If its not a major hassle, consider putting your terrarium in the bathroom while you run hit water bath or shower to create humidity.
Chris Townsend - 2013-05-23
have a metalic pink toe maybe a her have had for little over a month 1st week gave her 6 crickets as store recommended she ate them ... 2nd week gave her 6 more she ate 2 the rest died on there own.. waited an extra week 6 more hasnt touched them ... has me worried but shop told me they can go long times withotu eating ... noticed last 2 days she has been at the bottom not climbing as usual, so i paid attention to what she has been doing she tries to climb but is sliding down the glass like she is not sticking. I have read others ask this question is it normal? I have seen from its normal to molting around the corner. I guess im just worried is my 1st and have wanted one for years and well wife finally gave in, the no eating and now not being able to climb has me sorta freaking.

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  • Chris Townsend - 2013-05-24
    worried it may be dieing but is much younger than a year old no hooks on legs etc. but i guess all i can do is wait see what happens
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-05-24
    From the comment you made regarding your A. avic's age and the fact that there aren't any hooks on the 2 front legs, I would say you're on the right track in eliminating the 'dying male' comment. I would be more inclined to look into the possibility of mites, small ants, mold etc. being the problem and once those are eliminated, consider that it could be going into a pre-molt. Also, increase the humidity-tree spiders mainly come from the tropics. They require high humidity and like the temp. to be in the mid. to high 70's. Oh, and should you lose your lil guy/gal-DON'T GIVE UP or think it's your fault. Avics do have a higher than normal mortality rate. Why? I don't know. I have 28 spideys now, most I raised from tiny 1/2' slings. Amazing watching them grow. Check out Petcenter USA, Net-bugs, and Jamiestarantulas. All 3 online vendors really care about what they're doing and all 3 are into captive breeding. I started out with 4 lil slings and have been adding a few each month. Oh and welcome to the Hobby!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-25
    Cheryl, you have some great info! (Especially since we now know this little fellow isn't close to being a year old)  I really learned a lot from your post on all sorts of things about these guys... awesome! One of the best tips is about the common practice to use sponge in their drinking water, but the fact that a sponge can become a bacteria haven is really a good piece of info. Thanks so much for sharing all your expertise:)
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-24
    With it not climbing the glass and not eating, I'm thinking you may have a male that's nearing the end of its life. They are more frail looking than the females and only live for about a year.
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-05-24
    Before you give up on your A. avic., consider a few other things such as the humidity ad temp. I have several different sp. of Avicularia Tantulas and in observing them, I've found that they require high humidity. I make sure my substrate is moist and I also mist the inside of their cage, making sure I don't spray the lil guy. Also, check for mites or other observable parasites. I had a problem with tiny sugar ants invading my cages and, believe me, the pink toe showed it's stress by huddling in the bottom of the cage. I totally cleaned the inside of their cage, replaced substrate etc. Then wiped down the area around them with vinegar. So far, no more ants.

    Another option could be that it' gone into pre-molt. They become real quiet and cease to eat during this time. In a week or two, depending on the sp. (sometimes longer) they will turn over onto their back and begin to molt. Don't bother the T during this process or you could kill it. They are very fragile during this process and won't eat afterwards until their exo-skeleton has hardened back up.

    I would also note that 6 crickets is a bit too much. Over feeding is thought to shorten their lives. One or two crickets are plenty. Oh and one last thing. Use a small plastic lid or purchase one, for their water and don't use any sponge in the water. It can breed germs big time.

    To determine the sex of your pink toe, look for tiny hooks on the front legs of your T. The male uses these to pin back the females fangs during mating. Also, are the pedipelps, (smaller legs on each side of their mouth area) the same thickness through out or do they look to be fatter, more bulb like on the ends. Also, a male will have much longer, more spinkly legs than a female and it's over all body structure will appear thinner more gaunt than a females.  You can also find pictures of what the sex organs look like. This will also determine the sex.

    Personally, I'd consider many other options before thinking it's about to die for what ever reason and giving up on it.  Maybe it's just too cold, or gettig ready to do a molt, or doesn't like something in the cage aka type of substrate, mold, mites etc.  In the mean time, go online and check out some of the great info. sites available and also the websites that sell T's.  Take it from one hooked hobbiest. Baby T's are fun to raise and there's so many sp. to choose from. My 3 favorite vendors are Net-Bugs in the N.E., Jamies T's and Petcenter USA both in Cal. 

    Oh and should you lose this spider for what ever reason-don't give up having a T as a pet.  Good luck to you!!!
Kevin McLellan - 2013-04-15
I have 3 pink toe problem is they are behaving I don't think is dead...may be molting...not been moving i put all 3 in separate enclosurs...keeping warmth and humidity up the other 2 don't move around a lot now either...but when gently blown on...lift their legs...odd behavior to me...these are new pets and I don't handle them as I don't want them stressed out...I have other tarantulas...a large rosey and 4 astd babies...I am worried about them...any hep would be appreciated as i live in rural saskatchewan...and it is hard to find reliable information out here thanx kevin

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    I think moving them to their own enclosures was a good move. A molting tarantula is at risk! All else you describe sounds like you are doing the right things. Maybe wait and see what happens now.
Glen & Emily - 2008-11-04
Hi, me (Glen) and the Mrs (Emily) bought our stunning Pink Toed Tarantula about 3 weeks ago. She is our 1st ever Tarantula and has taken some getting use too. She was only small when we purchased her but amazingly quick!. She seems to be eating and growing well and enjoying living in her Terarium. I think that she is getting ready to shed her skin because she has built an amazing web inside her log and has dug right down through her substrate to her heat mat that is placed in her terarium. (Any Help or info about making her life easy whilst molting would be very much appreciated). OW AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT AS A 1ST TIMER THIS SITE AND THERE INFO HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY HELPFUL AND DETAILED. I did alot of research about tarantulas and which 1 would be best for us and the sites we visited dont have half the info that this site has.

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  • ANTHONY CRENHAW - 2013-03-24
    I just got a pink toe, and read that you have a heat pad in the tank with yours. . . So i'm wondering is it ok to put a small heat rock in the tank with mine?
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.
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.
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.
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.
william blood - 2012-11-26
I have a pink toe (got it from a pet store) that has laid eggs and I've read all about raising but can't find out how long u must keep the spiders befor giving them away (or selling)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    The eggs hatch in about 8 weeks.  I'd give it another two weeks after that to make sure they are all eating crickets and then you should be able to seel or give them away. 
Anonymous - 2012-08-24
Can you use tap water in their water dish?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    If you have city (if you pay for water) water then the water has already been treated so it is safe.  If you have well water, tiy cab have the water tested, usually for free, at a pet store or purchase a kit to test the water with.  Chances are real good , if you can drink it so can they.
  • Mark Kwiatek - 2012-11-04
    Isn't chlorine a concern in tap water? I always use distilled water or water that was carbon filtered to remove the chlorine?