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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PF - 2011-10-26
Hello, I have a breeding question. I just bought a male Grammastola rosea to mate with my female Rosy. How can I proceed in introducing them without him beeing eaten? And how can I compare a fight with a real mating situation? I have had the male for 4 days now, should I wait, he seems comfortable in his environment?

Thank you!
PF

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    I found this article on how to set up and breed tarantulas. I thought it seemed pretty complete and may help you start. Go to breeding tarantulas hope it helps.
  • PF - 2011-10-26
    Thank you very much!
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Anonymous - 2011-10-25
My red rose dosen't really move that much

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-25
    They don't. Not a lot anyway.
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Jessica Brown - 2011-10-13
My rose haired is acting really funny. We've had him (I think its a male) for about 2 mo. and he's starting to dig out all the flooring under his water dish. He's done this everyday for the past 2 weeks and I'm not sure why. He's not a burrowing spider. Our female has never dug anything out really other that a few pieces out of her house. If anyone can offer some advice would be nice.

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  • PF - 2011-10-17
    Hello, I've seen on youtube, if I'm not mistaken that is where I saw it, someone had a rose hair that did some digging and rearanged the enclosure. Maybe you can go and see. I know that each spider has his own character and yours loves to dig and burrow even if it's not a borrowing species. Maybe males are different from females and the males will do some borrowing. Let us know if you get a right answer.

    PF
  • Jessica Brown - 2011-10-17
    Thank you for your advice. I watched some of the videos. Some of them have made some very extravagant tunneling systems. We just got a Thai Tiger this week and I'm really looking forward to seeing its burrow and webbing. It is very agressive and likes to walk up and down the walls.
  • PF - 2011-10-18
    If you look up for Jon008 I think, he's a specialist on Ts and he can give you a more precise answer to your question. Good luck on your new T!
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PF - 2011-10-12
Hello,

I just posted 3 pictures of my new Brachypelma bohemei spiderling. The title of the pictures are New Brachypelma bohemei.

PF

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PF - 2011-10-05
Hello, I finally found my T she was wondering around when I got up during the night. I almost stepped on her, she moved away fast towards the fridge when she saw me, but I was able block her just in time. I'm very happy and releived to have her back.

PF

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    Good for you....
  • david - 2011-10-06
    it's probaly a egg sack
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    Do they make egg sacs even if they haven't been mated? I would be very surprised since I never heard of a T doing that before.
  • PF - 2011-10-11
    By the way, it's been 6 days since she's back in her cage and she's doing really great. I thought that her character might have changed and her wild instincts would have kicked in but it hasn't, she the same gentle girl as before.

    PF
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PF - 2011-10-11
Hello, I have a molting question. I read about ecdysis in tarantulas and how they act before, during and after they molt. I would like to know what is the molting frequency? My G. rosea molted about a month and a half ago and I was wondering when will she molt again? Do they molt every 2 or 3 months or more? She seems to be getting bigger, maybe it's my imagination. It's the same thing for my juvenile B. bohemei. They are both very good eaters.

Thanks!
PF

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Amanda - 2010-11-27
My spiders abdomen looks a lot smaller and there is a white blob looking thing in his cave.... looks kinda hard but I'm completely confused because I don't know where it could have came from. Any ideas?

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    If is bigger than a marble, its probably an egg sac. Don't touch it!!!! If that's not what it is then I don't know.
  • Tom - 2011-10-03
    Sounds like spider poo
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PF - 2011-10-02
EMERGENCY. Hello, Friday night I fed my rosy and I didn't close my cage properly and she got out. I would like to know if someone has had the same experience in loosing you T. If yes, did you find it back? How did you find it? Whas it still alive and healthy? I know that rosies are terrestrial but can it still climb to reach a spot? Since they are nocturnal, can they decide to roam the house or will they stay in the same place? We looked all in the small place possible, I even passed the hairblower since they don't like wind in the hopes that it would come out.

Thank you
PF

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  • PF - 2011-10-03
    Thank you! I haven't found it yet and I think I won't either. It's very well hidden and won't come out. I haven't tried the cage since I put my smaller T in it. I don't mind if it's loose in the house. I'm just worried about her food and water intake. I hope one day she will come out.

    Have a nice day!
    PF
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PF - 2011-09-28
Here's some information that I have learned while I bought my B. boehemei. I don't know if some of you feed mice to your Ts but if you do it's not a good thing. The breeder/biologist told me that they don't have the enzymes to digest the bones, cartilage and fur even if it's a pinkie. I have asked because I wanted to give my Ts a pinkie thinking that it was very nutritious for them. She also told me that even in the wild they don't eat small mammals or small birds, it could happen but in the 15 or 20 years that she has observed them in the wild, she hasn't seen one eat that type of food. Ts have a very slow metabolism and it's hard for them to digest mice or birds. Also, a high dosage of calcium can cause shedding problems. Also, an adult mouse can injure the T by nipping and clawing its legs or abodmen while it's beeing captured. Even injected with venom, mice can have enough strength to defend itself. Any predator can be gravely injured by its prey.

PF

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PF - 2011-09-10
Hello, today I took the cage outside with my G. rosea in her cage to take pictures, first for its colors and second to see if it's a male or female. The first few minutes it was calm and then it started to walk all over its cage. It became really active and it came out of its cage, of course. I had my hand so it wouldn't go on the ground; I didn't want to loose it. Since it became very active as if searching for something. I'm thinking that maybe it's a male. I have a web site on how to identify females from males but it's quite hard especially if its young. If somone can give me their e-mail adress, I can send some pictures and if you can tell me if its a male or female I would appreciate it. It's a really georgous animal, especially when watched in the natural light.

PF

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    Maybe you can share the pictures on the gallery here too. Especially once you know what is what. I'd love to see them, and actually see the difference between the male and female! Here's the upload page
  • PF - 2011-09-12
    Thank you! I didn't know how to up-load the pictures. I will do it as soon as I transfer the pictures to my laptop. The only thing, the picture that I took of her underside are not good since she's/he's clinging in the corner, I will try again when the weather is nicer outside.

    PF
  • PF - 2011-09-13
    Hello,

    I posted 6 picture of my G. rosea. The title of my pictures are all G. rosea. Also heres a web site on how to identifie if you arachnid is a female or male : http://www.birdspiders.com/faq_sex.php

    I don't have the experts eye to identify my Rosy but with time and observation I will be able to do it. For now I just read and observe.

    Have a nice day!
    P.F.
  • PF - 2011-09-13
    Hello, I posted 6 pictures of my G. rosea, I named all my pictures G. rosea. Here's a web site on how to identify the sex of you tarantula : http://www.birdspiders.com/faq_sex.php

    Have a nice day
    P.F.
  • Spiderbreeder - 2011-09-24
    Well, if the spider is mature, then the males sometimes have mating hooks on their front two legs, and generally have longer legs and live about 1/4 the time females live. The mature female is thicker than the male and have shorter legs.
  • PF - 2011-09-26
    Hello, I'm not sure if she or he's mature yet. I'm going to wait a couple of months to a year and then see if the pedipalps have the reproduction bulbs (forgot the exact term). I just hope it's a female...

    PF
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