Animal Stories - Rose-haired Tarantula


Animal-World Information about: Rose-haired Tarantula

The Chilean Rose Tarantula has been an important spider for more than thirty years!
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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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amy - 2011-07-21
My boyfriend has a Rose-haired Trantula and I'm scared of spiders! However I'm starting to learn more about them..can ya'll give me some advice on this pet?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    There is quite a bit of information in the Animal World article and that link is here.

    http://animal-world.com/encyclo/reptiles/spiders/rosehairtarantula.php It is OK if youhave your pets and he has his. Nice when you share but not completely necessary. Go slow.
  • Jessica Kidd - 2011-08-11
    Deff go slow. You know what helped my mother get used to mine? My baby Teisha is very active, so I bought her a dwarf hamster ball, and she enjoys rolling it around on linoleum floors. It helped a lot of my friends overcome their fear to see a spider rolling around in a gerbil ball. They're only 5 dollars at petsmart. It took Teisha about a week to adjust to it, but she loves it now. My dog chewed the lid, and she's become rather depressed, even sitting in the corner of her cage by the ball, trying to get to it through the glass. You can't force it, they can sense your emotions.
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Nathan Holbrook - 2011-07-20
I am moving and cannot keep my spider. I just want to know where I might be able to sale it? Please anyone with any idea of where i can sale it please email me.

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Will Miller - 2011-07-15
My rose haired tarantula has a piece of bark she sits on all day and night, never coming off from the bark.. I just got her two days ago, but it seems like a problem. She hasn't gone inside of the bark or anything. Could someone help me with this?

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  • Jesse - 2011-07-15
    My male did that for the first week, and then I realized the the bedding I had him on was too moist. These tarantulas are wild-caught in the Chilean desert, so they don't actually need much humidity and they prefer completely dry substrate. That being said, your female might just take a while to get used to the new home. My male took about four days before he started exploring his tank; now he doesn't do much again. So just give her some time and she'll come around.
  • Will Miller - 2011-07-15
    Alllright, thanks for the advice. I think it's just that she has moved to a different place, because i keep her in a coconut fiber bedding, and it's almost completely dry, but other then that she is fine.
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Anonymous - 2011-07-11
My Rose-haired Tarantula is 2 years old she didn't eat so we got her some wild cave crickets and she loves them. We tried everything else but it didn`t work. She only ate the cave crickets.




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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Least is wasn't caviar. Good going though cuz you figured it out.
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Brandon - 2010-11-08
I have had my rose hair for 3 days and it's very docile but doesn't seem to want to eat. If you have anything you might think would help plz tell me.

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    Give it sometime to get used to its surroundings.
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Donna - 2010-11-17
My son was recently given a rose haired tarantula. He lives with his father who isn't always as responsible as I would like. My son told me last Friday that he was out of crickets for his tarantula. He fed her on Thursday. She seemed a little lethargic too, although maybe it's normal for them to not move much in their habitat. I asked his father and new wife if they needed money for crickets. She said "No. He didn't tell us he was out. We will take care of it." Now (on Wednesday), I called and he still doesn't have crickets. The spider hasn't eaten for a week.
I'm trying to help him the best I can from afar. He was told to feed the spider every other day. She (spider) is not full grown- she looks about 1/2 the size of most of the pictures and videos I have seen. How often does she need to eat, and is it ok for him to catch bugs sometimes to feed her? I told him maybe he could turn on the light near a window at night and wait for bugs to come to the window, and then catch one or a few and give to her. Are moths ok? Are most ordinary bugs ok? About what percentage of bugs -other than crickets- can she eat and still be healthy?

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    They can go months without eating and yes he can catch bugs for it. Just avoid feeding it ants and absolutly no bees.
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christian - 2010-11-17
I have had a rose hair for a while and I only handled her a couple times. Now every time I try she bites at me. Someone give me info on why this happens.

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  • Ricky - 2011-06-28
    There may be something stressing her out. They often get defensive when they are about to molt. Just be patient with him/her.
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Kelzey - 2011-04-29
I have had my rose hair for about 11 years and now I am worried. For about 5 days it has been in the corner of its cage and hasn't moved. I don't think it is dead. I am pretty sure it isn't molting. Anyone else experience this? I have read that when they are dead their legs curl under and he has his legs up more.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    The life span for a female rose haired is 15 - 20 years and yours is only 11, so hopefully that is in your favor. Based on what I have read in the attached article from Animal World, it does sound like morlting. Realize that some molting years can be worse than others. Read the article and see what you think. If if doesn't sound like it is molting, please give us more information, if possible and we will try and find out. OK? Did the temperature decrease rapidly at all?
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-03
    Thank you for your reply. She went through molting less than 2 years ago and the time before that was much longer so I am not sure. She is also not on her back (yet anyway) When I checked on her yesterday she had moved about an inch and looks the same now. Looking at her. she looks like she is half the size she used to be. I never thought I would be this upset about something happening to her.
  • Todd - 2011-05-16
    I'm sure you're good in terms of caring for her (after 11 years), but make certain she is well-hydrated. If need be, place her on a wet paper towel- don't get any free water in the book lungs (on the underside), but if she thrusts her face into the towel and "drinks" then she's dehydrated.

    That's the first thing that comes to mind, anyway. Good luck.
  • Heather - 2011-05-26
    Mine is doing the same thing but I've only had her for about 5 years. She's bunched up in the middle of her cage and wont move or anything. I gave her water and everything and yesterday she was trying to walk a little but she was shaking really bad and now shes just in a little ball barely moving. She molted about 6 or 7 months ago and I'm all tore up so I know how ya feel.
  • Kelzey - 2011-06-05
    Thank you everyone. Sad to say but Tobey went to spider heaven :(
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