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 - 2011-10-05
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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PF - 2011-09-14
Hello, I put up 6 pictures of my G. rosea and I named the all 6 pictures G. rosea. Also, here's a web site on how to identify the sex of your tarantula: http://www.birdspiders.com/faq_sex.php

Have a nice day!
PF

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  • PF - 2011-09-19
    Hello, no I don't have much experience in the arachnid world, I just started. If I seem experienced it's because I read a lot before buying any pet and I continue while I have it.

    Yes I intend on staying because even if litterature helps a lot, hands on experience shared by other people is precious information.

    Have a nice day!
    PF
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-22
    Wow, I've had Tyrone for 18 yrs and was told he was 1 when I got him from the pet store, in the mall. He at first would molt a couple of years apart, now it's about every 4 yrs or so. Right now I'm nervous because he's not responding. I'm hoping he's molting, but this one is quite different. He normally turns upside down, but has not as of yet. I hope he's ok. Glad to hear of other teenage rose hair tarantulas out there!
  • PF - 2011-09-26
    Hello, from what I have read males live only up to 5 or 6 years compared to females (15 to 20 years). I also read the record of the oldest rosy reached 30 years. Also, females will molt during it's life compared to males, males will shed until adulthood and then stop. Wow, she's an old girl at 18 years old, your relationship with her must be really good!

    I haven't had the chance yet to see a molt so I can't tell you my own experience. I'm actually a little nervous. I'm scared that she will be caught in her old exoskeleton even if I make sure that there's enough humidity. I have a felling that my new Brachypelma is close to molting.
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PF - 2011-09-09
Hello,

Last night I finally picked up my rosy after 2 weeks of having her and it went fine, so I decided to pick her up again tonight. After a few minutes she flicked her abdomen hairs and I put her back in her cage right away.

When she does this behavior when I handle her, should I worry that she will bite?

Will she get used to me? And will she, one day, enjoy comming out of her cage? I don't want her to become aggressive. I know I should not manipulate her too much, but I would like her to get use to me. Any suggestions?

PF

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  • PF - 2011-09-10
    Thank's for the info. I didn't have the word "tame" in my mind but more the expression "get used to me". You are right they are not creatures that like to be handled and in the future I will avoid manipulating it as less as possible. I can't imagine the bite of my rosy and I have been stung by a bee once when I was a child, but I don't remember how much it hurt. I have a parrot that bites really, really hard, so I imagine that my rosy hurts less...

    PF
  • branden martin - 2011-09-20
    I've never had trouble handling my rosy
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-22
    She and I are a lot more comfortable with each other. I'm not scared of her anymore and I see a difference in her character (less skittish). She even lets me rub her hairs on her legs. I don't completely touch the legs, just the tip of one or two hairs very very slowly. She's an amazing creature!

    PF
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PF - 2011-09-21
Hello,

I just bought, yesterday, a brachypelma boehmei and she is 1.5 inches long. She's extremely calm compared to her other 5 sisters. She eats very well, I gave her 1 cricket and she immediately jumped on it. Her name is Ms. T as in Mr. T. I bought her at Tarantula Canada. They have been studying tarantulas for the past 15 or 20 years; they gave me very good advice and they are extremely professionnal. Here's their website : http://www.tarantulacanada.ca/

I will post pictures of her soon.

PF

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    H4y, thanks for the website - looks interesting.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-22
    You are welcome.

    Hey, I see from your picture that you have a blue front or yellow front if I'm not mistaken. I have a 30 year old blue front myself, his name is Cesar. How old is yours? What's his or her name? For those who don't know what is a blue or yellow front, they are amazon parrots. Mine is extremely agressive and dosen't like men! I also have an african grey (age 10-12 Years), I've had her since the age of 6 months old. The pictures are on the web site under the name of Cesar and Poussi.
    Have a nice day!
    PF
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Scott - 2011-09-20
Hi,I'm just wondering if anyone can help me. I bought a rose hair for my wife almost 2 yrs ago and it has been a great pet. But recently she has started to act really weird. In the 2 yrs we have had her she has molted once and it was a big molt. She has a water dish that has cotton in half of it and she has moved most of the cotton out and around her cage. She will go to a corner and act like she wants to climb out and just stand in the corner and run up the glass for a long period of time. Her abdomen has gotten smaller. As far as i know,she still eats,just not as much as she was 2 weeks ago. Any help would be great.

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