Animal Stories - Pink-toed Tarantula


Animal-World Information about: Pink-toed Tarantula

The Pink-toed Tarantula is Energetic and friendly, making it fun to keep!
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tony - 2010-06-01
I just bought my pink toe, after purchasing its environment /cage/terrarium a few days prior in preparation for it. Temp and Humidity are good (within norms), water is in cage, but tonight on its "cave" I found some odd milky-like mucus. Almost looks like bird droppings. She/He has not eaten much since I just got her and only put in 2 crickets one of which I still see alive.

Any idea what this might be? She/He seems to be climbing and moving around, sticking to the corners and moving here and there. What do you think this mucus could be?


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  • louise - 2010-06-22
    It's the poo from your spider don't worry just wipe away as and when you can.
  • will 101 - 2010-08-14
    I just got mine too and I have a girl. They can live for 25 years mine has mucus I think it could be from them having 8 legs.
  • slingfan07 - 2012-02-22
    Wow Will I feel bad for your T.
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matt - 2010-12-20
I have never seen the molting process, and today my pink toe finally molted. I was worried at first because I thought it was dead. It hung its self by the front two legs, really crazy looking. Wish I could have seen it molt. I have heard you should not feed them, but it already has crickets and anole lizard in the cage? Should I try and remove them?

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  • Matthew - 2012-04-05
    Don't remove them not unless you want too because it will reject food before and after molting -- well a little after and when it gets to the point where it wants to eat it will.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-21
I love my boy toe pinky he's all grown..

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Stacey S - 2011-12-27
My new Pink Toe has eaten 3 crickets in 2 days. We waited a day to give her the fourth. Were hoping she eats it within 24 hours. The people at the Pet store said she was in shock and was not moving or eating but she sure has since we brought her home. Also, the pet store told us to mist her area and not to buy a water dish. I keep hearing all types of stuff about the water dish/sponges. We just have a spray bottle as the pet store advised us to just mist her area a few times a day and she will drink the drops. I'm confused. Any suggestions from experienced owners?? How often to feed and how to provide water are our main concerns.
Thanks

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  • Lee - 2011-12-30
    I have had my pink toe taranulas for several years now and found that using water absorbing polymer crystals has been working well. If you can't find any, some rinsed pebbles in the dish, to raise the water, works as well. With feeding; tarantulas let you know when they are full and will not eat when they had enough. As long as their water dish is always full and housing kept humid, feeding them one big meal once a week is fine. Tarantulas can go a while without food but water is very essential. You might want to keep some crickets handy in a container with some small holes on the lid, some substrate, a bottle cap of wet sand or dirt for them to drink, and one kibble of dog food for them to eat. This will help them stay alive longer till the next time you feed your Pink Toe. Oh, another thing, if you tape some suran wrap or plastic on top, so that three quarters of your tarantulas cage lid is covered and the other quarter is left for ventalation, you are able to retain much more humidity in the cage for alot longer and wont have to be misting as much. Hope this helped.
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Kristie - 2011-10-13
We just got our first trantula (Pink Toe) on October 9th from a pet store. On October 11th she molted which being that we had just purchased her 2 days before we weren't expecting. She molted just fine with no complications. She was missing a leg and with this molt she has gained it back. Being that we are new to having a pet trantula we are unsure of the best way to keep the temperature regulated. We have been told different things from different pet stores on which is better - Heat Lamp, Heat pad for underneath, a rock decor that gives off heat that goes right inside... I dont know which is best and which will be the most satisfactory for my Pink Toe... HELP???

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  • tina lilley - 2011-11-11
    You really don't need to worry about providing extra heat. During the summer it is plenty warm enough and in the winter we provide the heat ourselves through our central heating. As long as you are warm so will she be. I panicked about all this kind of stuff when I got my 1st T - Cherry (chilean rose) I have more recently got a pink toe which is far more docile. It's not the temperature you need to worry about, as long as she has good humidity she'll b fine
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Chrissy Peel - 2011-08-31
Wow, such interesting information. I just bought my first pink toe she is 6 mths to 1yr old, and tiny. Any suggestions as to how to get over nervousness to handle her (DIVA)? When I took her out of the plastic container to put her into her home, she jumped which scared me lol and I sent her flying I know that's not good but I was not expecting her to be so fast. Any suggestions would help and Diva would appreciate it thanks.

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  • kenny - 2011-09-29
    Hi Chrissy. I just got a pink toe about 2 weeks ago and I have handled them before I think they were rose hair anyways they did not jump or move fast and when got this one home I took him out but I did it in my bath tub. I researched them first before I got it and I knew they jumped and all that stuff so I gently touched his back leg so he got out of his little cage he came in and when he got out I just put my hand in front of him and he got on. I just was very gentle and he did not try to jump but he did run from hand to hand so when you wanna handle your pink toe just put him in your bath tub and try to be really gentle and don't be scared so you don't throw him. lol Thats what works for me. I guess they all have there own personaility but mine does not bite or even go into a threat posture or show his/her fangs. Do you know if it is a him or her? Do you know how to tell? I'm really not sure. I tried looking it up but mine might still be to young to tell and has yours molted yet??
  • Chrissy Peel - 2011-10-10
    Hi Kenny, Mine is a female I ordered her specifically from a reptile store. They sex them by looking at their mouth. I can't remember the details but I'm sure if you look it up you'll find the info "good luck". Well I haven't picked Diva up but she has enclosed herself in a neat web almost like a funnel going from the top of the tank down into her wood log it's so cool. I think she's getting ready for her first molt. Our first spider "Mr.Bill decided to molt at 9pm and because there's no telling how long it will take we couldn't stay up to watch but boy did he grow! Thanks for your reply Kenny.
  • kieron - 2011-10-28
    Hi I just bought pink toe to found they seem to prefer to be coaxed out with paint brush method gently coax to opening of tank and let come on to hand in own time this is best done with tank on floor to stop flying lesson for spider lol
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-11-04
    I read that on the underbelly where the body meets the butt the females will have a sort of pocket where they store the sperm from the male and the males (besides the bulbs in front) have a triangle patch, almost bald, in the same spot. I hope that helps. You can also try checking out some sexing sites.
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kieron - 2011-10-29
Got a pink toe bless sweet thing would like to converse with other ts owners

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  • Rolly Manning - 2011-11-03
    I have a pink toe, chilean rose and orange baboon (o.b.t.). I'd like to share info with others. :)
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Diane Davis - 2011-10-31
I have a pink toed tarantula but for the last 6 months or so has not eaten. She will kill but not eat it. Also for about a month she left her web and stayed lower to the ground than usual. I have had her for about 2 yrs and have not seen her behave this way. Any idea what is going on with my spider?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    I can't tell you for sure but it sounds like she is going into her first major adult (puberty or whatever) molt. They frequently do not eat - even for months during this time and seem to be OK with it. I have read it is not unusual for them not to eat for this prolonged period of time. It would make me crazy but not unusual.
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brooks - 2011-10-23
My pink toed shed her skin in her web. It is stuck in there with her, but I don't want to bother her because of the sensitive time. Will she clean house, or do I need to extract it at some point. Is this normal? Very weird.

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Paige - 2011-07-05
I have a pink toe and the crickets that I put in there for her to eat are eating the sponge that holds her water. I've bought 6 different sponges and am having to keep buying them... how can I fix this? Please email me if you have an answer... poetic_emo_devil@yahoo.com Thankya much

Paige

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-05
    Take a very shallow dish and fill it with marbles and add water as needed. That will also help keep the humidity up. Some use wet cotton balls. Weird that crickets would eat sponges - I think.
  • Dustin Martin - 2011-08-30
    Hi i saw that u were having a problem with ur crickets eating ur sponges. I have a few tips that may help. First off, if ur crickets are eating ur live plants, sponges, etc. I found the best thing is to just put either a baby carrot or a little chunk of potato in ur tank. Crickets preffer those over almost anything. I would suggest the carrot. Also contrary to popular belief its not very healthy for a spider to drink thru sponges. Sponges tend to hold mold and other bacteria that can accumulate pretty quickly. (washing and wringing out ur sponge doesnt always work) So there for when ur spider pulls the water thru the sponge its filtering it thru all that mold and bacteria. i use a little bit of aquarium gravel in the bottom of my dish and leave the water line even with the rock line. so the top of the water looks bumpy from the tops of the rocks. This will allow ur spider to draw water thru the rocks aswell as give them something to stand on while drinking. finallyreleased@hotmail.com
  • Luke - 2011-09-27
    Hi, you should not use sponges for your tarantula, as long as its legspan is the size of the water bowl it should be fine (a shallow water bowl that is) if you are really worried put a small rock or something like that in the water bowl.
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