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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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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Lophj Purae Omallia - 2011-04-03
i just bought my pink toe yesterday his name is alucard when i first got him he moved around a bit but now he hasn't been moving and his feet for some reason no long sick to the glass/plastic and anyone tell me why this is im kinda worried he is my first and i would like to keep him as long as he lives and i would be vary sad if he past sooner then he should

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-03
    This type of spider should be very active, but likes to feel protected with places of refuge. There's few things that come to mind, your tarantula could be lethargic because it is getting ready to molt, it could be stressed - most likely with its environment, or it may have been dealing with stress and possibly not eating for a while.

    What you can do is try to make it comfortable...

    This is an arboreal spider, meaning that its natural habitat has lots of plants with plenty of hiding places. So to help, make sure its new environment has plants or other decor with plenty of hiding places. It needs to be dry and warm, around 80 degees, and then be lightly misted every couple days for humidity. Hope this helps! Good luck.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-04
    His feet not sticking to the glass can be a sign that he's about to molt.
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Dom - 2011-06-03
I just got a pink toe a month ago off of craigs list. She's 1 year old and in good health but I've checked sites and it says different results on how long shes going to live. If someone could give me an answer it would be much appreciated. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    The average life span of a female is 6 years, usually somewhere between 4 - 8 years and they reach maturity in 2 - 3 years. Some have been known to live as long as ten years. The males die a few weeks after the first mating. They mature around 2 - 3 years also. But life span for them is around 4 years - sooner if they mate. That isn't real nice or fair but just the way it goes.
  • Dom - 2011-06-03
    thanks :)
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Samantha Martindale - 2011-04-20
My pink toed may have an injured leg and it doesn't have pink on that toe but it seems to be moving and climbing just fine. I'm worried we just brought him home today.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    How is it doing? Sounds like he just hurt his toe in transport and rubbed a little fur off. Is that what happened?
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Eva-Elise - 2011-04-20
What type of plants are safe to have in the terarium with a pink toe?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-20
    Click on the link for the Pink-toes tarantula and that will give you some ideas as to housing. I have also looked it up and recommended were sticks and branches that your friend can climb or hide with. Airplants and moss have been recommended. Just make sure the plants are non-toxic. Using peat moss as a substrate has been recommmended and from anything I can find out, either live or artificial plants will work. They need to be able to climb and to hide.
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Danielle - 2010-08-14
Yesterday I bought my first Pink-toed Tarantula :) couldn't be happier! But I was wondering, I read on the internet it says theu need humidity... Is this correct? If so, how much?? I do not want to put more then she needs in her tank.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-15
    A little further up this page under temperature and humidity requirements it says - "This species will do best if you maintain the enclosure at 78 to 82 F with a humidity level of 65 to 75%. "
  • Brady - 2010-08-25
    Try to keep the humidity above 60%. 70 to 80% is ideal. Make sure the enclosure is not so damp as to allow mold growth.
  • Timmy - 2010-10-12
    You don't have to worry about it. You can mist lightly if you want to, but it's really not necessary. I have always kept my tarantulas dry. They don't like getting wet or walking on wet ground. In more than 10 years keeping tarantulas, I have proven to myself that all the misting and trying to keep a humid environment is a myth. It seems to do nothing besides grow mold and parasites and stress the animal.
  • Flinch - 2010-12-03
    Yes they do need humidity. I keep my Pinktoe's enclosure around 70 to 80% humidity. Once the enclosure was at 90% but the tarantula was fine. I would buy a hygrometer to measure the humidity.
  • ERIC - 2010-12-08
    A small sponge soaked with water. Wring out but not to much. I use a natural sponge about 2 by 3". But it all depends on the size of your enclosure.
  • hannah - 2010-12-10
    I'm currently studying the pink toed tarantula for a major assignment for college. I read the other day they need 80 - 90% humidity. Spray it a little bit daily and spray their web this way they can drink =D
  • James - 2011-02-06
    Hi. About the thing were you was saying. You were worried about how much you put in. I have got mine yesterday and I have some fake plants, a log, gel water, a polyestryne back ground. She is pretty much happy behind the log. So I hope yours is like mine!
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James - 2011-03-22
How often do pink toe tarantulas shed their skin? Ellie [my pink toe tarantula] is getting pale on her abdomen. She has got a pale circle. Please let me know what it is asap. Thanks....

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Melie Guzek - 2011-03-20
I just purchased my female pink toe tarantula, and she looks relatively young but I am assuming she is not quite full grown. My friend says she is "ready to breed" I didn't want to breed her but I want to know how old she is - when do they sexually mature? How many more molts will I get to see?

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James - 2011-02-06
My Pink toe tarantula is getting quite pale on her abdomen. So I went on this and found out that she was shedding. Her name is Ellie. I bought her yesterday. She is my first tarantula. Anyway the man said she had a sign that she was shedding as he said that the hairs on her abdomen will start to disappear. So I'll see how she gets on!

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