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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Peter - 2010-08-10
I've have a new spider aprox 2 months now, and recently it has become very weird, it has made a large ball from its soil, and has stopped eating about three weeks ago. It has made a lot of webbing in the last few days and today it seems to be still almost on its side and does not move when I gentle touch it. Is it dying or ready to molt> Any help please!

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    Ready to molt I should imagine, some species sometimes molt on their sides and not on their backs, like the salmon pink tarantula.
Ana Harrison - 2010-09-07
I just bought a chille rose yesterday and really like it, so far I'm just reading up about it but they are very easy to look after. I'm just worried about the temperature although its just roughly below 80 , I'm just worried.

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    72 degrees farenheit is ok and up to 80 degrees is fine , room temperature is ok for roses.
Luna - 2010-11-11
I've had my rosie for a little less than a year. Lately she seems sluggish and doesn't walk around like she used to when I would handle her. She's always on her water pillows just chillin... is she dehydrated?

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    Sounds like she mite be , or she could be about to molt. If you make sure that you fill a jam jar lid with water that will help , also make sure that is refreshed every day. It's rare that you see a tarantula drink from a water bowl but they also need the humidity. hope this helps, good luck.
derrick blyth - 2010-09-16
Had my spider a week now and think they are, well cool. Held it a few times but it hasn't eaten since I've had it. Getting a bit worried about it but its a spider, what do I know, it will eat when it wants I suppose. She's very docile and big but if anybody wants 2 give me any helpful information, I would be very grateful.

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  • SAmm - 2010-09-28
    They are only supposed to eat once a week so I think that she is just fine (:
  • Tyler - 2010-11-04
    No need to be alarmed. Tarantulas can go for months without food and only eat when they feel like it. Also they tend to stop eating a few months before they molt. Hope this helps.
  • Phil - 2010-11-12
    Don't be overly concerned about it eating, it will eat when it wants to. I find pinkie or even fuzzy mice do well, protein-wise. I have had my Rosehair for more than 20 years & she goes into fasting periods on occasion. If it's a female, as long as her abdomen is plump & round & she is active I wouldn't worry too much.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-12
    Your spider will eat when it's ready I have a rose hair and a bird eater my rose is a big boy and the bird eater is very big as well but for the most part if the spider is not eating try and keep the temp at a constant level.
  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    She might need some time to acclimatise to her new surroundings, just let her be for a week and she should be ok, hope this helps.
oscar abney - 2011-11-28
My male rose hair was in his last days. His legs were giving out and his reaction time was very slow , so I let him mate with a female I have . The mating was successful, but the female went right after him as soon as he was done. They mated before many times and this has never happed , he is a big male and has over powered her before but this time he just gave up and gave him self to her. Why did he do this ? Did she no he was in a weak and was going to die anyway?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    That is just the nature. A males life expectancy isn't great and he managed to get away before but just not this time.
Anonymous - 2011-09-03
So I found a cricket. Tonight I went to go toss it in her cage she tried to pounce on me (yes I do know why). My question is do spiders have mood swings? I've been around her for over a year now and she has always been so lazy and inactive but for the past 2 weeks she has been extremely active and man is she fast! She molted a little over a month ago, after molting does that make them more active? How often will she molt? Is there anything I can buy for her cage for entertainment? She has what looks like half a hollowed log and a water dish that's it. I'm just wondering why she has this sudden burst of energy, she's constantly running around her cage, she's cool to watch and I know she's not hurt or anything like that I'm just being inquisitive as to why shes so active now. Also I have heard when they molt that you are supposed to leave the "Shell" in the cage for a couple days, so something about it bonding? Is this true and why?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-04
    Because you tarantula molted just a month ago, and is now quite active, I'm wondering if maybe you have a male. Author Philippe de Vosjoli in his book, "Arachnomanina...", describes this process for the Rose-hair...A few weeks after the adult molt, a male begins to construct what is called a sperm web and uses it to deposit a "spermazoa" product that it then absorbs into its palpal bulb. After this the male becomes unusually active and it would be the time to introduce a female for mating.

    I have never heard of it being necessary to leave the discarded molt in the enclosure. Quite the contrary, people say that if you can take it out while it's still soft, you can shape it to look good before it dries hard. Also, it sounds like the enclosure you have is fine for the tarantula, any other ornaments would basically be for you rather than the spider.
  • Norman Munro - 2011-11-18
    Hi I have had my northern gold for little over a year and a half she moulted twice the first went great she was still docile. I would let my kids hold her she would climb on my face (see pic) but this weekend she moulted again now she is possesed girl gone crazy. I am fearful to look at her. I hope she isn't picking up on my new fear of her as I miss holding her perhaps it is just a short term thing
craig - 2011-11-05
hi i have a chilean rose and it's flat out on its front and is not moving is this an other way for it 2 shed its skin???

Aileen - 2011-11-04
I have a male Chilean Rose tarantula, he is 4 years old and can be quite nervous. He also goes through phases of not eating, sometimes lasting up to 3 months. He is quite active and spends a lot of time moving around the enclosure and also enjoys getting out and roaming about every chance he gets! The strange thing is, he has never moulted. In all the time I have had him, he has grown a bit bigger but has never shed his skin. My question is, is this normal and also is there anything I can do to keep him more entertained and less anxious? Thanks!

claireleone - 2011-11-02
Hi all , im about to take delivery of a chile rose on sunday night - Its the victim of a divorce . Both parties going back to parents and neither set willing to have the spider in their homes . I've always liked them but never had one - The vivarium is a mess , the spider has not been looked after at all I'm surprised it's actually alive . I keep reptiles so not completely daft , have read some good points on here . It's a male I'm told , and it's miserable as sin the poor thing . I want to do really well by him 'sympathy vote'. I'm getting a small exo terra viv tomorrow and would like some advice on its heating please .. Experienced keepers very welcome :-)

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  • PF - 2011-11-03
    Hello, there's some good info. on this website when you look up Grammastola rosea. The basics are at least written. I own two G. roseas, one male and one female. First, at this time of year they are in hybernation so if you see he's not eating, that's why. I try to feed mine one cricket every three days and if they don't eat, I just take it out and try again in another 3 days. They can go up to 3 to 4 months without feeding.

    Since your's is a male, it's possible that it's on its last days. Males will only live 5 to 6 years compared to females (15-20 years).

    The enclosure can be a minimum of 10 gallons with a light of 15 watts. That's what I have. It's better for them to be colder than hotter. The room temperature should be 20oC during the day and 18oC during the night. For the humidity, they don't like to humid. When I put water in the bowl, I spill some of the water around it and I put the bowl near the light so the water can evaporate.

    For substrate, it's a personnal choice, I put grind up coconut bought from the pet store and it works just fine.

    If he's not too agressive and like to be picked up (even if it's not recommended) you can make him walk on the floor. My female enjoys roaming on the floor with supervision of course. I let her roam for about 10 to 15 minutes and when I put her back in her cage she goes to the top trying to come out. I don't leave her out more than that since my floors are cold. But, usually spider prefer staying in their enclosure.

    Hope this helps.
Jessica Brown - 2011-10-26
Well I have discovered why my T was digging around. lol. It was making a deeper burrow so SHE could feel safe making her nest. lol Little did we know he was a she till the eggs came out last night. I'm trying to find out when I need to take the eggs from mom and when to open the sac. So we have renamed her Sookie. lol

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  • PF - 2011-10-26
    Hello, did you mate her with a male? I didn't know that Ts would lay eggs even if they didn't mate. I know that some insects (I know that spiders are not insects) will produce young by parthenogenese but I never heard of this type of reproduction in spiders. I will ask my biology professor.

    Have a nice day!
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-27
    I got this T from the petstore. I'm thinking that she came from the wild and I did some research and found out that Ts can store the sperm for up to a month. So I think if she came from the wild she stored the sperm till she felt safe again. That's all I can think of. Do you know how long before she needs to eat again after laying eggs?
  • PF - 2011-10-27
    Ah! Of course, I didn't think of them mating in the wild before being caught. I forget that most rosies come from the wild. I have no clue when they start feeding again. I know that they stop at this time of year because they go into hybernation, mine stopped eating. I was told that they should start feeding again in 2 or 3 months. Also, it is during this time of year that they mate, just before going into hybernation. A breeder told me that if I want to mate my female, it's a good time to do it, so I did. The breeder told me that rosies will lay their eggs after hybernation. Keep us in touch on how your eggs go.

  • kieron - 2011-10-29
    i have a rose t but she is extremely aggressive was wondering what can be done to calm her?????? would like any advice as had her 3 years and can't handle her at all
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-30
    Honestly? I would just leave it alone. My hubby just recently add a Thai Tiger to our collection and she's VERY aggressive. I'm terrified to do anything to her tank. I have 2 rose and 1 golden rose. None of them are aggressive.