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 - 2011-09-21
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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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-20
    Sounds like she might be reaching sexual maturity and looking to create a burrow and/or a heavier molt. They are usually around 4 years old when they reach sexual maturity so yours is a little young.
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Tiara - 2011-09-18
Hello all,
I have had my girl for 18 years. Love her dearly! She only molts about every 2 years or so now. Has anyone had a rose hair that long? Does anyone know what the general correlation between age and molting frequency is beyond, "the young molt more and the elderly molt infrequently.". I have been to sites that say they only live 4-6 years. Clearly that is not the case. Most sites shy away from giving any kind of range. I had 2 other roses that I got from someone. No idea how old they were or how long she had them, but one was little, comparatively speaking, and died within a year of having it. The larger one, bigger than my Tiara, died a few years after I had it. Just looking for any info anyone may have. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-19
    The males usually only live 4 - 6 years but the females have been known to go to 15 years or longer. You are doing well and glad you are enjoying.
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Barbara - 2011-06-11
I have had my tarantula for little over a year now and she has molted twice in a 6 month period. Is this something I need to be worried about? I feed her 3 large crickets once per week and lately either she won't eat or it will take her up to a week to eat them. Also, I put a 2 in bed of Hertz corn cob substrate in her enclosure. Is it appropriate? Or should I use soil or sand? I do have a cave for her to hide.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    Recommended substrates are some of the following peat moss, potting soil, horticultural vermiculite, orchid bark, and coconut fiber bedding. Garden soil should be strictly off limits! Typical garden soil may have a heavy load of contaniments toxic to your little guy. Corn cob is not recommended. They burrow into the soil and corn cob can fall. Your little guy could potentially get hurt. Yes, they do burrow and the substrate should be at least 3 inches deep and moist but not wet or puddles. The motling is OK. A cave might be nice but plants or a piece of driftwood would be good. Do not use soil you dig up from outside and corn cob could be dangerous.
  • PF - 2011-09-08
    The corn cob that sge's talking about is sold in pet stores. The cob is shredded in very small pieces, like small pebbles. It's harmfull for parrots since it smells good an they tend to eat it, which can cause intestinal blockage. But for a Rosy, I don't think it should matter since they don't eat it. I read that a tarantula will hang on the wall of its enclosure if it dosen't like the substrate and will stay there until the substrate is replaced.

    PF
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Cristina Rodriguez - 2011-09-03
We purchased our Rose Hair named Tilly in Feb. She's awesome, doesn't mind being handled at all. This whole summer she's pretty much gone w.o eating, we were all worried she was gonna die and kept fussing over her. But thankfully we were just worrying too much and last night she finally molted! She looks so pretty! :)

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-03
    Great
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Amy - 2011-09-01
Toby-we spent some time talking about it and I agree with you, I guess I was starting to feel bad that the spider is always confined to her cage, I've only ever had the basic pets cats and dogs so I guess I'm more used to dealing with them. The more I read I'm realizing spiders are a whole different world. So I'm gonna leave him with the spider ordeal and I'll stick with what I'm used to:)

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-01
    I think that is wise. We all have a cage. Some call it a house, some an apt, some a cage. Hopefully our cage gives us plenty of room for all our needs and large enough to have our food, and things we like. Humans can go in and out of their cage as they choose. Now dogs get to go out, horses too and even some cats and birds - outside their cage. But if the dog or cat had been inside for 90% of its life - hey I don't think it much wants to adjust to something new.
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Amy - 2011-09-01
My boyfriend has a rosehair, that I just hated when we 1st got together, I've always hated spiders but after a year now I find her very intriguing problem is since I've been so scared of her she has been kept inside her cage. I like the idea of putting her in a gerbil ball and letting her run around the house but do you think she'll bite if she hasn't been handled much for 10-12 yrs? Looking for advice on how to tame it, not that I'm sure she'd bite but don't want to chance it.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-01
    When my daughter was a teen, she truly believed that if boyfriend and girlfreind they had to like ALL the same things. The same music, songs, movies, books, hobbies, hiking etc. She would eliminate a fella if he thought s particular song best and she thought another. I tried to say all people are different and it is a good thing. Not all people have to like the exact same things. If you are nervous, then the furry fella will sense that and he will be nervous. I am sure there are many other things you and your fella have in common - this can be one of his things. I am told the bite is like a bee sting and possibly worse scenario is you are allergic. Most likely just a sting and more likely not to get bit. But it bothers you. If my boyfriend liked to parachute - I sure wouldn't have an objection but I am not going to do it.
    It is OK to be different. If she has never been handled in 10-12 years - I wouldn't pick her up. I'd also think about her. Can you remotely imagine this absolutely totally enormous hand coming into your room to pick you up. Think King Kong. This is strictly an opinion - If it is his pet - let him do it.
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alexia - 2011-08-23
I've had my tarantula for about 3 months and she's always been very nice and lets me hold her and has never bit my but these past few weeks she freak's when I touch or try and hold her. I'm worried is she starting her molt proses or is there something wrong? please help I'm vary worried

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Kurt van Wyk - 2009-02-24
I purchased a sub-adult male rosie from my local pet shop quite recently and he is absolutely fascinating! His name is Tom by the way. He is my first tarantula and is certainly not a handling pet (then again, I don't think TARANTULAS are even a pet that is meant to be handled)! I would not recommend this species as a particlularly good beginner tarantula because of their massive mood swings. Great site by the way!

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  • SYLVAN - 2010-04-21
    Mine has never in a year had a mood swing and is always handle-able and has never bit me this is the perfect tarantula for beginners and experts alike.
  • savannah - 2010-07-28
    You just got to get used to them.
  • natalie - 2010-12-10
    In my experience with baby sitting a male tarantula over the summer, the males seem to be more aggressive then the females. I loved the spider so much my parents were sweet enough to buy me my own, we got a female. She is very calm but doesn't necessarily like to be bothered. She will put up with me to a point before she raises up her legs but when I go to introduce her to my family and friends out of her cage she is a perfect little girl. U think she is close to multing too she's acting a bit strange. By the way has anyone ever woken up to find their tarantula hanging upside down from the room of it's cage? It freaked me out when Angel did that a day or two after she came home.
  • betsy - 2011-08-22
    Yes I just purchased my beautiful one yesterday and last night and today both in the evening he or she not sure yet was hanging upside down on the top of the cage it freaks me out. I am afraid she/he will fall and get hurt. Going to look into a different lid. I wonder if she /he wants out? I saw fangs I will hold off. I did however pet her the first night and shortly after had an itching burning sensation on my neck for a couple days now. I dont know if it had anything to do with her hairs.
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Anonymous - 2011-08-21
I got my rose hair tarantula about 2-3 months ago and lately she's been acting very weird, she freaks out of nowhere when I open her cage and when I try and hold her she jumps out my hand. But when she freaks she moves all legs up n down really fast, I'm worried what should I do? Help please.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    It may be getting ready to molt, though that is a bit different behavior. Usually they try to hide and will flip on their backs around this time. It's best not to handle it for awhile, wait and see if it does go through a molt. With it being this jumpy, you could risk it falling and that can be fatal.
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