Animal Stories - Rose-haired Tarantula


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The Chilean Rose Tarantula has been an important spider for more than thirty years!
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Sierra Dawn - 2014-03-10
Okay so I've had my rose H T for about a month. Her name is madam octa and she's about 6 months old now. Sometimes she doesn't mind me holding her but others she freaks out. One thing I have noticed is she responds very quickly to my voice. If I sit by the cage and softly call out 'giiiiirly' she will face me and start moving towards me trying to go through the glass to get to me. I take her out and put her on my bed but she doesn't move much.  At first she would crawl all over me and sit and when I would place my hand out in front of her she wouldn't care at all and just slowly and calmly move up and over it. Now she moves away from my hand and gets very startled and curls up. I can't see why. I don't have loud noises or sudden movements. I wait for her to get comfortable before I start touching her. It confuses me on how to get her used to me. I have wanted her for so long I just want her to feel comfortable. Also her humidity and temp in her cage is good and she eats and drinks. I've noticed she cleans her mandibles a lot too. Help with advice on handling her please?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm. Maybe she is getting close to molting? Or something else in her environment may be off which is just causing her to be feel more uncomfortable with things. Does she have a good place to hide? Or maybe you are just catching her at her 'off times'. All tarantulas have times when they are more irritable and just like to be left alone. I would just keep trying and hopefully she will warm up to you again.
  • Laura - 2014-03-28
    I have had our rose hair since 2003 and just recently she has had green spots show up on her back and abdomen. Any idea of what causes this?
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Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
Hello! I just got my Rose-Haired Tarantula yesterday, I'm a little worried about how to approach her. When I adopted her there was no helper to tell me about her, (well no one knew.) and so I'm worried because I don't know how she will react to me touching or picking her up. Last night she ate her first cricket and this morning I added another so that there is three at all times. Am I doing anything wrong? PLEASE give me tips or tell me if I'm doing something wrong. Thank You! SIDE NOTE: I have wanted this Tarantula for 3 years and I REALLY want her to stay alive, please reply ASAP! Also: HUMIDITY: 65 TEMPERATURE: 70 degrees

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    What a great pet you have. Please take the time to read the care information up above. It will answer many of your questions, including handling and feeding. You'll want to slow down on the crickets:P
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Genny Floyed - 2009-08-14
I have had my baby (ok so she's 5) for quite a while. Yes when I first got her she was bratty but can you blame her? Now 5 years later she is a cuddler! Loves to be held.
I disagree with those who say it would be a bad first pet tarantula. If you read up on the breed you will know how to handle them and when to give them their space. Just like all pets sometimes they don't want to be bothered. But if treated properly the rose hair is a wonderful tarantula to have. It takes patience to get the spider acclimated to you handling it. You can't expect to get it home and immediately start handling it. It took Kiwi a good year to fully be ok with being outside her home and being handled.
I do however do not recommend any tarantula for children. Most lack the patience it takes to get the spider comfortable being held.
Also .... I have NEVER been bitten... :-)

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  • Gabrielle Coulter - 2010-12-20
    Well I'm 12 an I just got my tarantula yesterday and she is very sweet and it likes to be held by her owner but she goes crazy when someone else tries to hold her. I'm a little worried that she might bite someone :P...
  • Cristina Rodriguez - 2011-07-07
    I got my husbands his (Tilly) for Valentines Day :) She doesn't mind being handled, even walks all over my five yr old boy! Best pet ever.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-11
    Sorry, NO spider likes to be handled. None. They tolerate it to different degrees but unless you have one that spoke to you or comes when you call it...
  • Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
    Umm Hi I'm just a little worried because I got my Rose-Hair yesterday, (Rosie!) and I don't really know her yet, so I don't know how she will act if I touch her or pick her up. Should I risk it and try it? I don't want her to bite me, or be uncomfortable please reply! Thank you!
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Paula Foley - 2013-11-14
Our Rose H T has been acting very odd lately . She has not eaten for a couple of weeks (not too concerned on that). But when we go and look into her 'house' she freaks out. She taps her legs very quickly and wobbles around almost toppling over. She could be due to shed. We have had her for 3 years and she has shed twice with no problems. Any advice ?

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Anonymous - 2013-07-06
Hi I just got a rose haired tarantula a day ago and yesterday he moved a lot but today he barely moved. He ate now crickets and he moved about 5 inches please help this is my first rose hair tarantula and I don't want him to die. The temp is 80 and the humdity is around 50.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-08
    He may just need some time to adjust to his new environment. If he is eating and has access to water I wouldn't worry just yet. Keep his cage clean, mist it occasionally, and make sure he has a private place he can retreat to, such as a log or a rock cave.
  • Margaret - 2013-08-24
    Ummmmm you're not supposed to mist rose hair tarantulas at all. They are a dry species and prefer not to be misted. If you do mist it will make her uncomfortable and she'll climb about her tank like a nut case.
  • AJ - 2013-11-05
    Hi I have a rosie and they hate being misted, I only to keep humidity at an acceptable level 50 sounds good for a rosie, but only do a light mist towarfs the water bowl make that the 'moist area' don't do the whole tank - they like it dry so you want your substrate to be dry and have at least a dry end of the cage if your getting used to regulating humidity
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AJ - 2013-11-05
Hello! I have rosie - Henrietta - and I just recently had to do a tank cleaning, I was able to move her to a separate tank without a problem and she seems to be enjoying the new tank (I needed to do a substrate change)...she seems to be walking/climbing up her logs and the top of her burrow no problem, but last night I noticed she was trying to climb the glass and was having a problem, what scared me is she went to the top of her log and stretched out between the end of the log and glass and tried to go up the glass...she fell! I heard it across the room, ran over amd she was uninjured thank goodness...I'm curious if there's something I can do with the glass so she can climb and not take such risks - I've also found she did some house decorating near her burrow (half log) but doesn't seem to want to go in it....any advice would be great...my first T haf her a few months and she been great

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PF - 2011-09-08
Hello,

I just bought my rosy just a week ago and I'm taming her very slowly. I encourage her to move up to the top of the cage and try to gently push her onto my hand one leg at a time. Last week she had 6 legs onto my hand, she stayed for a minute then went back into her cage. I try and do this only once a day. I have noticed that if I can't do this exercice for a day or two, I have to start all over again gently encouraging her to come out and feel my hand.
I just think that taming this type of critter takes times and lots of patients and most of all, lots of gentle handling.
I read that some of you pet your rosy, but I have read that it stresses them alot and can cause them to be agressive. The first few days, I would pet mine also finding it extremely soft, but now I avoid petting her prefering it to come onto my hand.

PF

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  • PF - 2011-09-08
    I will, I don't want to scare her and at the same time I'm getting used to her. I thought that once a day every day was going slow. She's my first and I'm not too sure myself. If you think I'm going to fast, should I tame her every other day or less, maybe once a week?

    Thanks!
    PF
  • PF - 2011-09-08
    Lol, Oh! O.K. Yes, I already do, she's very skittish and cover her eyes when I get close even when I approach slowly.

    Thanks!
    PF
  • Justin Anderson - 2013-11-02
    Tarantulas aren't something you tame. They more tolerate us. Use care when picking them up and be slow. Fast movement stresses them out. They are well tempered and docile but they prefer to be left alone. They can be handled you just have to slowly coax them onto your hand.
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allysia - 2013-09-30
About a week ago I got a new rose hair from a pet store. This is my second rose hair. I'm kind of nervous about holding this one because it is younger than my previous one. The one before I got from a friend and I trusted it more because I've seen it has been handled before. But this one every time I open its cage it runs witch makes me nervous it's gonna bite me. My spider is very active and eats well, it seems to have adapted to its cage well. I really want to hold it but it freaks me out when it runs from me. I know they say lay your hand in its cage for it to get used to, but I'm nervous about it. Can anyone help me understand why it tuns and how to get use to it?

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becca99 - 2013-09-26
I got my first rose-hair in april 2012 and since then she has shed twice but after the second shed(i think it was sometime between may and july) she started to become more aggressive and every time I went to put my hand in there a week after she reared up at me and threatened to flick hairs so I thought I'd give her some time but now everytime I go to pick her up she goes to bit me I feed her once a month and make sure she has clean water everyday, I just don't know what to do I don't want to get bit or anything but I also don't want to get rid of her I miss handling her please can someone help? Thankyou

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    Rose Tarantulas are known to be unpredictable. Some will start out like yours, passive and then get aggressive, especially after a molt. Others will start out aggressive and then become passive. Basically I suggest leave her alone until these moods pass.
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lenny negron - 2013-09-14
Can someone help me please. I bought a rose hair back in 2002 and he has been an awesome pet. Shes molted in the past without any problems, her last most was about a month ago. I dropped some crickets in for her but she did not bother with them. I noticed that her eyes where white and felt really hard like a cocoon. Since her molt she hasn't been very active and will not eat. She has been in the same spot for the past 2 weeks and all her front legs are leaning towards the left. I called a breeder and explained it all to him. He told me spray warm water and see if she rubbed off the skin from her eyes and also said that it's rare but he has heard that sometimes spiders go into a double molt within weeks of each other. Well the warm water didn't work, cause she just stood there. As for her molting I'm still waiting. But if anyone here can help me I will be very glad.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Wow, that is most interesting and it sounds like you have a great breeder, about as informative as they come:). Let us know if she experiences a double molt.
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