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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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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    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.

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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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      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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        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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          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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            Jessica Kidd - 2011-08-11
            Okay. So I have a Rose-Hair, she's a bit older.. I believe around 5-6. She hasn't been eating very well in the 3 months I've had her.. I'll give her a couple crickets, and they're both still in there 2 days later when I check to see if she ate them, so I'll remove them.. she didn't eat for a month.. Then I gave her a dehydrated mill worm, and she nibbled it, but still didn't eat. Her abdomen had a spot that had a lot of fuzz, and she sat still and allowed me to get all of the fuzz out, and chilled out a lot when I was done, even retreating to her coconut to sleep. Is she getting ready to molt? Should I be worried about the fuzz? It wasn't hairs like many of the forums I've read said.. it was just brown fuzz. Help? I've known her for a couple years, because she was my friends, but my friend couldn't care for her anymore. She's comfortable with me, and in her tank.. so I'm not sure what's wrong?? :c

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            • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
              Good news is they have a longer life span 15 - 20 years. Is it a female as the males life span is a lot shorter. Not eating is usually a sign of molting. Fuzzy bottom - wow need more information there. Is your humidity high enough? Possibly trying to build a web and too dry and so the web got stuck? I can't visualize what you are asking. Please more info or maybe someone else here knows more. Check the humidity though. People have written in and some of their rose hairs haven't eaten anything (during molting) for up to 6 months. Amazing.
            • emma williams - 2011-08-17
              She might be preparing to molt. My girl chilli didn't eat for the 4 weeks I've had her, then 4 days ago she had her first molt and boy she was ravenous after. She literally ripped the cricket outta my hand. So don't worry jess she,ll be fine. Tarantulas fast before a molt . Love emma from london, england. xx pease you can email me any time if you have any quiries.
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            richard - 2011-02-22
            My rosea is mean not all are nice lol.

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            • Anonymous - 2011-02-27
              My handsome, best friend curtis is about 6 months old and I hold him all the time. I even accidentally accosted him while he was molting and he was a good boy and didn't bite. If you treat your tarantula like a scary thing and don't hold him he will become unsocial. Also I held him the first night I got him and let him crawl all over me. I was terrified of spiders before too and Curtis has helped me see that they are just like puppies.
            • Jessica Kidd - 2011-08-11
              I tell mine she is beautiful all the time. She gives kisses, and loves to watch herself in the camera when I skype my boyfriend. I also like to put my finger or lips up to her tank when she's in her log, and she'll come up to my finger/lip and touch the side her her arm.
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