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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bob - 2010-06-18
I am thinking about getting a pink toed tarantula, but I'm not sure whether or not to get the tarantula defanged. Got any suggestions?

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  • louise - 2010-06-22
    Yes do a lot of reading and understanding of what that spider will require and if you feel it's the spider for you then go for it, do you have any spiders already?
  • Alan - 2010-07-21
    NO - de-fanging a tarantula will render it unable to eat. I take it you are wanting to handle your spider and are removing any chance of it biting you. Pink Toe's can usually be handled without mishap but I recommend you learning how to do this from someone who handles tarantulas. Even though some advise against it, I've handled tarantulas and Emperor scorpions for over 20 years with no bites or stings. Good luck!
  • Fred - 2010-07-23
    Defanging will kill it! Been bit by a few of my larger species, all wet bites and really not that bad. T's need their fangs to kill their prey....defang=death. BTW Pink Toes are super docile, very fast though, you may want for your first T a curley hair, they are docile calm and very handleable, even more so then Rosies :)
  • michael - 2010-08-27
    No do not get them defanged, they are gentle tarantulas. i have one and it crawls on me and is preety docile
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Corey - 2010-03-09
I recently bought a pink toe tarantula and i thought it would be sweet if it could live peacefully with my desert hairy scorpion that i've had for several months. Everyone told me they would fight but neither of them seem to notice each other. The pink toe, being a tree spider stays up on the walls of the tank and the branches whereas the scorpion has a rock that he comfortably knows as his home. If the scorpion roams the grounds and the spider stays in the trees, i see no issue with keeping them together as they are both well fed. My only concern is that my pink toe has yet to build a web anywhere in the tank; although it has eaten a few crickets. so im wondering if it knows there is another animal in the tank and feels too stressed to build a web.. if anyone can help me figure out the problem that would be great!

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  • Jon - 2010-03-25
    You put a tropical spider that lives in trees and requires high humidity with a desert scorpion? The PROBLEM is they require two different habitats/environments. Try doing some reading and give the poor arachnids the proper enclosures they require. There is tons of information on the web. Read through a few sites for each species.
  • Cole - 2010-05-01
    Get a book on tarantulas. They eat each other so don't doubt it will attack the scorpion.
  • damonte ballard - 2010-06-28
    Well I think you should wait a while before trying to put them in the same terrarium together. But best of luck to you and take very good care of them. Peace.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-29
    Maybe you should separate them and the pink toed will come down. Cuz you said that your scorpion was roaming on the ground, maybe waiting for it to come down and fight it. If your scorpion is bigger than your tarantula then maybe it's scared.
  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    It is possible that the pink toe is not building a web because of the scorpion in the tank. It could be seen as threatening and probably should be kept in separate tanks.
  • mikey - 2010-08-27
    thats a good question i would like to kno too
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ROSIE - 2010-01-04
I have a pink toed tarantula and it has already shed its skin once. This time it has built a bigger nest and hid himself inside it. I know he is alive as it sticks its leg out every now and then. What I want to know is it shedding again or is it hybernating, as it has not come out for nearly four weeks. And if it is ok to feed it as I know you can't feed them when they are shedding.

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  • Pam - 2010-02-17
    Are you sure the spider doesn't come out at night? Tarantulas are mostly nocturnal.
  • stephanie hester - 2010-07-22
    Hi I hate pink toes they creep me out thanks. stephanie hester
  • JOSEPH - 2010-08-04
    This tarantula just has created it's own hide space. This is healthy, do not worry. A you can them 10 day after molting.
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Kaitlin - 2008-09-17
I just got my pink toe a few days ago and handled him for the first time yesterday.I was nervous because I thought he would jump off and land on the floor and die, but he didn't and I'm much more comfortable with him, lol. Although he seems to like to poop on me, even when hes not scared, and my teacher thinks its hillarious. But I mean he's not jumpy and loves to be held, so I hold him every chance I get because I love him. He likes his new house and has started building a web in it and I'm so happy for him. I love him, he's an amazing addition. It's cool because my science teacher is letting me keep him in the classroom so that everyone can enjoy him and hopefully become less afraid of the "terrifying" turantulas. Thanks for all the info. ~Kaitlin

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  • pink=fingerz - 2010-06-04
    lol, I have a pink toe and I've read that in their defense they will usually squirt poop at you in defense and if that doesn't work they will stick irritating hairs in your arm, face, hand whichever and then if all that fails and it becomes more scared it will bite! Just watch put as they are dangerous and can cause harm maybe even death in a human/baby but only if your allergic to the venom... I can't handle mine as hes a bit aggressive and hes a giant green pink-toe species so he isn't really aggressive by nature just personality lol. =)
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Morgan - 2010-04-24
I have a pink-toed tarantula and want to add another to my terrarium. Does anyone know if this will be feasible since one is significantly larger than the other? I think the smaller one is like 2/3 the size of my first one.

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  • Brandon - 2010-05-26
    A lot of tarantulas are prone to cannibalism, although the pink-toed tarantula are less likely. They can even be kept together in the same vivarium, and is often so. If they were the around the same size, I wouldn't worry about it. But since one is bigger, there is a possibility the smaller one might be eaten.
  • Benjamin Jackson - 2010-05-26
    I have a 3'' Guyana Pink Toe housed in the same enclosure as another of the same species, but it is only a 1 3/4''. They seem to enjoying each others company. I don't really want to tell you it would be okay and then you lose the smaller one. Each one(spider) is fairly different from another, in my opinion each and every single spider is different just like you and I. They have attitudes just like you and I, so pay attention to what they are saying by how they act.
    If you want to try your spiders out together, sit close and watch how they react to each other, keep an object in hand in case you need to separate them if they decide to get nasty attitudes.
    Good luck!
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Colleen - 2010-05-18
A friend of ours gave us his pink toed tarantula yesterday and we set up a new enclosure for her. She has been inactive for 2 days now. She is curled up with her legs under her and she hasn't moved (only slightly) since we got her. I don't think she is dead but she would be on her back if she was molting, right?

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  • Patrick - 2010-05-21
    She may be about to molt. You can't really go on what others say or do. My pink toe I had ate constantly and would occasionally sit idle then just randomly go berserk with energy. My Mexican rose haired tarantula has refused food for almost a year then sporadically eaten meal-worms and crickets for 2 days straight....these strange and mysterious creatures have such relatively slow metabolism that they can be dormant for long periods. I do know that the pink toes need to be able to climb, and relatively high humidity. She may be dehydrated, make sure she isn't exposed to sunlight either because I have seen them ball up in the sun. Pink toes are the best for pets I think, just don't get startled when they crawl all over you...LOL...they love to explore but not at all likely to bite. Hope this helped.
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Morgan - 2010-04-23
I bought organic potting soil thinking it would be free of harmful ingredients, turns out there is fertilizer in the soil. I was not sure if it would harm her so I have put her in a very small holding cage with "dirt" bought from the pet store. Is the fertilizer dangerous? Also, I am thinking about buying a second pink-toed tarantula. Is there a danger in the fact that one pink-toe is significantly larger than the other?

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aura - 2010-04-08
I just recently got one. And she hasnít eaten since she started molting and I think its cuz of her cage it's not tall itís wide but is a screen for the cover good ventilation? And how often should I mist her cage. I donít have a lot of $ to go buy her a new cage so I was wondering what I should do? She seems to get quite pouty when I donít hold her at least once a week. And I was wondering where I could get the right dirt for her. I live in Austin TX itís not the most ideal place for a tropical spider, simply because of the weather changes.

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  • Marie - 2010-05-09
    Hi...I have recently learned that tarantulas do NOT eat when they are molting and its dangerous to try and feed them because they're skin is so tender and soft that even a cricket could hurt them.
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Adam - 2010-03-24
I just bought one and i was wondering about handing it and having it in my hands and have it crawl on me, is this safe?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-24
    It is okay to let them crawl on your hand as long as you are very careful not to drop it or anger it. These particular spiders are very skiddish and very fast. They have a tendency to jump quickly and if they fall on the floor it can shatter their exoskeleton and kill them. It is best to handle them in their cage and make sure they cannot fall very far if they jump.
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stefan moor - 2009-12-15
ive had my common pink toe for about 6 months and i dont think hes eaten that whole time! he molted when i 1st got him but hasnt done anything since! he hasnt made a web and he just paces in his tank! i mist it every other day and the temp is always around 73 degrees! i dont know what im doing wrong! plz help

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  • Bret - 2010-02-17
    I successfully keep several Tarantulas and you need to make sure you mist it every day, humidity is key, and you also need to make the temprature a little higher. Remeber they are from a very hot country. Do this and he should be fine.
  • stephen - 2010-02-28
    Hi, I have a pinktoe and mine used to pace the tank when I first got him. He was in a big enclosure so I changed it to smaller floor space, but more height, and I put a log standing up in there with jungle plants. Seems to be ok as it has made webs and no longer paces. I keep misting the tank everyday, and it is eatin great... hope this helps.
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