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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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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Kristi - 2009-05-19
Our family just got a Pink-Toe over the weekend. We are housing it in a Lizard Lounge made by Oceanic (if anyone knows what this is). We have a heating pad under the tank but this doesn't seem to be enough to keep the temp up. So, we are also using red & black heat bulbs...the problem we are having is they are cracking the glass lid!! The glass lid is key to keeping the humidity up. Clearly there are many problems with this issue. Does anyone have a solution to this problem besides having a custom screen lid made? Help.

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  • Cali-Cartel - 2010-02-23
    Try a humidifier or humidor. If you can move the cage, place it in a bathroom with hot shower running for about 10-15 mins.
  • Matthew - 2010-02-27
    You need to have the enclosure well ventilated. If you do not the spider will grow mold in its lungs. Which would kill it quickly. Try plastic wrap with a lot of little holes in it.
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Lenette - 2009-03-03
The humidity of the Pink Toe tarantula should be between 78-82% not as low as 65% and allowing the cage to dry out between spraying can also cause problems for this animal as they need to have high humidity and temperature.
One thing that can make this a difficult pet to have in captivity is that they need to have ventiliation in the cage making it more difficult to keep humidity.
We learnt the hard way and now have success with the pink toes and have a breeding pair.

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  • mitch - 2010-02-24
    i just got a pink toe and I am concerned about keeping the humidity at the correct level(s); do you have any suggestions?
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jesse - 2009-11-18
I've had my pink-toe for about a week now and I absolutely adore her! I just moved her into an new enclosure last night, with some plants and some sticks for her to climb and make her web in. I felt kind of bad doing it as she had just finished building her web in the container I received her in :(! But luckily she seems to be comfortable in her new enclosure as this morning I watched her for over an hour as she started building her web... such fascinating creatures.

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  • Megan - 2010-04-07
    Hi, I'm getting my pink-toe tonight and I'm really nervous, I don't want anything bad to happen to it, do you have any advice for a new mom? Also, do you ever handle yours?
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Amanda - 2009-11-17
My pink toed, Sorcha is very docile and friendly. I'm looking to get her a friend! I love this site, thanks for the helpful information.

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evani - 2009-08-20
OMG! my teacher bought a pink toed tarantula. Its a baby and its like really gross, but REALLY cool. Like half the time im sitting watching the spider spin a web during class. It's so interesting!

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