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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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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Danielle Marie Cross - 2011-06-02
Allright, I'm back with another question! My spider keeps webbing herself into her little rock hut I have bought for her... She just started this within the last couple months.... About 4-6. I dont have any clue why! But she webs off the entrance and the little window and will hide herself in there till I forcer her to come out! Why is this??? It's frustrating. lol I enjoy spending time with her but I hate having to mess with her webs :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    I think this might help. It is on U-Tube and it is a pink toes tarantula that webbed herself in and is eating her first meal after 8 months. Amazing to me. This is the web address and you go right to the video. I would imagine this would be making you crazy but appears to be normal.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfP7PkKGgwg
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    I do not know for sure but will try and help. Calling on anyone who knows the answer please help. From what I have read tarantulas create webs for a number of reasons. They create a web so if their is food but they don't want to eat it right then they can wrap the food in the silk of the web and store it for later. They create a web when they wish/need to molt. The male creates a sperm web. They also create a web to close off the entrance to their hideout. Is it possible that your tarantula is just doing their normal thing but you keep taking the web away? If you don't take the web away, what happens? Please someone who has more knowledge come forward.
  • Danielle Marie Cross - 2011-06-04
    I never really take it away from her. She has done it multiple times within the last fews months and I destroyed it once. I don't wanna destroy it :( I always feel so bad... but she will actually web herself in for months at a time.... I will feed and water her but she doesn't even seem to notice :/
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-04
    Is the web vertical? Do you have her in a vertical enclosure (that is, it's taller than it is wider). Pink toes are arboreal (tree) spiders, so we as keepers want to give them a place to live that mimics their environment. In nature, they live vertically up in the trees and build vertical tube webs that they live in, waiting for prey to pass by. So if that's what she's doing, it's natural, leave her web alone. Even if her webbing doesn't sound just like that, I'd leave her and her web alone. It sounds like she'd prefer a vertical structure (I use a piece of driftwood that I left in the oven at about 300 for 30 min to kill off any potential bad stuff) and a live snake plant, to a rock enclosure on the ground.
  • megan - 2011-06-16
    The web building happens with females for different reasons with the same underlying factor-STRESS. Before molting, which is very stressful on their bodies, they may make a bunch. It sounds to me there are external stressors, so her primal instinct is kicking in telling her to protect herself. I know you don't want to hear that but think of it this way-if a being was so big that it could crush you in it's hand, and kept coming to your apartment, tearing down your front door, you'd be pretty stressed, right? And you'd try to get the door back up to protect yourself. That's all she's doing..So give her a deeper tank with live plants and long sticks to climb. Be sure to talk softly and don't place her by objects that emit a lot of elecricity. DO NOT TEAR DOWN HER WEBS! She'll never trust you if you force it. Hope that helps a little! (If you have questions email me@ uglysleep7@gmail.com)
  • Danielle Marie Cross - 2011-06-19
    Awesome! Thank you guys. Your tips actually helped a lot! I appreciate it :) I don't have her in a very tall tank.. I have one in my garage so I'm gonna switch her over tomorrow and see how that works for her and I :) I don't have much for her to climb on either... I have her tank EXACTLY how it came from the pet store.. the pet store I bought her from isn't very nice so it doesn't surprise me they didn't have her in her proper habitat. I will definitely be switching it up for her and better it! And mimic it as good as I can to the wild! Thanks again everyone :) :) :)
  • erica - 2011-07-13
    Mine has been in there for months. They do that before they molt.
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Dom greenfield - 2011-06-28
Hi this is Dom again my tarantula (toes) has been my pet for about 6 months now and was a year old when I got her but I've never seen her eat anything and I always find the dead crickets or mealworks in her tank. I dont know if shes sick or getting ready to molt or what. My mom says shes pobably getting ready to molt but I'm not sure. thanks for the help! -Dom

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    It is not uncommon for a pink toed tarantula to not eat for a few months - some have said even up to a year. This usually happens before molting. Does you little gal have what she believes is a safe place? Many times if the pink toed doesn't feel they have a safe hiding place, they feel stress and will not eat. You should remove any old food or food particles from her enclosure each day. Mom is probably right and she is going to molt but just check and see if you feel (from her perspective) if she has a safe place to hide where she feels secure and unafraid.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    I understand why you feel she has safe places with the plants and shady areas. However, if you can see her, then she can see you and to her, that is not safe. So just make sure she has some sort of secluded area that is dark that she can retreat to. She is probably molting though.
  • Dom - 2011-06-28
    She has lots of shady places and plants she likes to hide under so I'd say she's pretty comfy in there.
  • Dom - 2011-06-28
    She has lots of shady places and plants she likes to hide under so I'd say shes pretty comfy in there.
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Leticia Caldwell-Costello - 2011-06-27
I am going on vacation in August for 11 days. How should I care for my pink toed tarantula while I am gone? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    If you feed your Tarantulas well before going on your vacation, no one should need to come over daily and feed them for you. It would be nice if someone could come over but tarantulas can skip meals for a couple weeks, if well fed ahead of time. They will need water during this fasting period but make sure you don't just leave water in a bowl where it can possibly drown. Fill a low bowl with rocks or marbles to maintain humidity and make sure your little guy has water.
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