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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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.

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... Thankya much


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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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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@
  • 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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?
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.
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!