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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Susan Hammons - 2011-03-29
A freind of mine just gave us a rose tarantula. She is beautiful. She is not eating and has webbing on the floor of her housing. I am scared to hold her because the person that gave her to us had her for 2 yrs and did not hold her. I am also allergic to bees and I am afraid the I will be allergic to her. Can someone please tell me what to do and if she may be molting?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    The Rose Haired Tarantula is one of the more docile and loving creatures of this nature. However, it does have venom and in rare cases it will sting. During a molt, they do refrain from eating - or at least eating little. Based on the webbing, as you describe it, I would say she is molting. Is it possible it is a he? Males go through a major molting around 4 years old.
  • josh - 2011-04-27
    Don't worry if your chilean rose hair is not eating. It only means that your spider does not need the food, or may soon be molting. Tarantulas may go six months without eating, and for the molting, don't worry at all. The tarantula will spin a thick web in a small area, then flop itself on its back. It appears dead or dying, due to the flailing, no worries. It's normal. The whole process will take at least a few hours. if you have any questions, contact me at joshjoshandchey@aol.com. I am a proud owner of going on six years. good luck! and have fun. (sorry for the lengthy message)
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ashton - 2011-04-16
What do you do if your tarantula sits in a web for weeks?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    Sure can't talk them down. Read the article on the the Rose-haired as behaviors are mentioned in there. There is also the need for the tarantual to have a substrate and a hidey hole. The article does say they are quite docile and will stay quite lethagic prior to molting. I think it would help to read the article. Get back to us if you have an additional question or concern. OK?
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Carey Lawton - 2010-06-08
I have had two rose spiders and have held both. Although large in size both have never bitten me. I think they are great. I like to watch them. They are amazing. I don't understand why people are so scared of them.

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  • chad - 2010-08-28
    Me too.
  • rosi - 2011-02-19
    I got 2 ts 1 is a rose and the other is a blue cobalt most people I know are scared of my beauty's they quiver n gasp I think they acting silly they don't understand the intelligence of these ts I would only recommend these ts if people are confident if they not leave well alone and buy a pet rabbit if you are jumpy around ts and any 1 gets 1 it could bite with you being nervous only get 1 if you feel you can look after them properly ..........
  • alex - 2011-02-27
    That's cool. I just got 3 rose haired yesterday, I love them...quick question...do you keep them together in 1 cage or do you have separate cages? Not sure if I should separate them or keep together....they seem fine in one cage, sometimes fight but is that what they do like how dogs play fight?
  • glenda - 2011-03-25
    Nope. If you keep them together they can become territorial and kill each other. I had a divider in a 50 gal. tank, and my female got on the other side. When I came home, the male was cowering in the top corner and she had gone inside his tunnel and was laying down new web. They didn't get along at all. She would always raise her legs up chase him lol
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Noal - 2008-04-03
I would really love to get a pet tarantula, but no one in my household can even look at them. I don't understand what's so scary about spiders. I need to think of a way to get them to like them =).

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  • julie - 2011-02-14
    You couldn't get a better pet than the rose they are cute and very easy to handle when I first got my rose I must admit I was a little nervous but the more I am with her gets better each time. When I first brought her home some of my friends and family members were nervous about having a tarantula in the house but now everyone is used to her they love her to bits...
  • glenda - 2011-03-25
    My sister was actually the one that was most afraid of spiders in my family and she bought my first one. lol I remember she used to make me get up, and check her room for daddy long legs, and she's 20! My family has actually gotten so used to them, I was allowed to get more. The spider helped them overcome their fear of spiders...which I found ironic....
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Lou - 2011-02-21
I was given a chilean rose (Penelope) for my 21st birthday and I love her even more than my dog. I am quite worried about her at the moment though. My boyfriend said that when he bought her the shopkeeper fed her a cricket and she ate it right away. I have now had her for seven months and she has not eaten once. I tried to feed her again earlier today..every time the cricket came near her she shied away. It even crawled through her legs and she just lifted them away from it. Should I try feeding her something else? She has a lot of webbing around the tank.
Also I am worried about the comments on here concerning heat mats. I had to move Penny out of my living room because it's a converted garage and I think it's way too cold for her. I got a heat mat and it just seemed to make one little area really hot while the rest of the tank stayed cold. She started acting quite strangely with it there so I took it away and moved her to another room again. It was the shopkeeper of the reptile shop that told me to get the mat though! Very confused.
(Out of interest, does anyone name their crickets as well? Mine are called Derek. =]] )

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  • Donatello - 2011-03-01
    The lack of eating, with webbing is largely stating that your Chilean Rose is about to molt, try her with crickets, but take them out if she shows no signs of interest within 2 hours, mostly because the crickets can harm her after she has molted and her exoskeleton has not hardened.

    She just may not like being handled, DEFINITELY DO NOT HANDLE HER WHILE MOLTING OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER A MOLT, this could kill your spider.


    About a week after she has molted, after she has been fed, and eaten, place your hand down slowly, about 3-4 inches in front of her, and slowly tap her abdomen, urging her to move forward, she/he should climb straight onto your hand.

    Hope This Helps.
  • ren - 2011-03-01
    My rosie went one year without eating before her last molt. Make sure you provide a shallow dish of water if she is not eating to make sure she doesn't dehydrate. Chilean rose tarantulas are generally fine with room temperature, so if you are using a heating pad, make sure she can get away from it if it is too hot. I have had my rosie for 10 years, and she has never required heat. Off topic...anyones T's do a happy dance after eating? Mine does! Spins in circles and taps her feet after eating :)
  • Troy - 2011-03-09
    I got my son a rosie a few months ago. It's in a 10 gallon tank. 2 1/2 inches of mulch, a water dish, piece of driftwood at one end and a pumpkin hut at the other. That's it. We fed a cricket to her every other day. At one point she dug a hole under a third of the driftwood. She also developed a bald spot on her backside. She later did not act interested in food. So we stopped feeding her and just kept her water dish full as web sites had suggested. Three weeks ago on a Sat. morning, I came into the room where she is kept and saw that she was in that hole upside down. Her legs were not drawn into her body like she was dead, so I figured she must be ready to molt. Her legs flexed every so often. You know that it took almost 12 hours for her to completely come out of the old skin. We did not bother her for a couple of weeks. We let her get adjusted again. She starting eating a cricket then. She's doing just fine. Taking care of a tarantula is kind of like fishing or hunting. You have to have patience. This is our family's first tarantula and just like you good folks we have learned a lot just by reading comments like these. Thank-You and good luck. Troy
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Olivia - 2010-12-20
My tarantula has not moved. He is curled in a ball. I reached into the cage and he moved but I am still worried.

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  • Donatello - 2011-02-27
    Just bought it? If you've walked it home, or bus, anything which shakes the terrarium severely then he's probably stressed, leave him for a couple of hours to settle down.
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Anonymous - 2010-05-04
Libby is her name she is a great pet even a friend of a family my dog loves her.

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  • juli - 2011-02-14
    Hi I have got a rose haired tarantula I love her she's the best she likes to be held but I don't hold her a lot in case this unsettles her but they make great pets I would be lost without her.
  • rosi - 2011-02-17
    Hi I have a rose tarantula I'm getting a colt bolt blue tomorrow I have been to the pet shop to look at her she is amazing she just a baby awww I can't believe how stunning she is can't wait to get her ;)
  • rosi - 2011-02-19
    Well I got my blue cobalt she lovely she can't be handled like my chile rose but she is amazing and the color is outstanding I love my spiders and next weekend I'm getting a mexican red kneed can't wait ...........
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Ever - 2008-05-26
My best friend, who is far more awesome than given credit for, got together six friends of ours and herself, of course, and my family for a plot... They surprised me on Saturday with an AWESOME birthday, which I totally was NOT expecting. I didn't much want to do anything for "my special day", but Saturday was soooo fun. Well anyways, we all got lunch and she told me, "You have to open my present LAST, okay?" And I said back, "O...kay.....I'm scared now, but okay". Little did I know, right? Yep! If you guessed, you probably guessed right: A Chilean Rose was right there in front of me. I was pretty much only able to say: "Dude? I LOVE YOU." She laughed and said, "Remember how I told you that I was going to put a tarantula by your bed?!" And it was so cute, there were two little boys who wanted to come see but were a little too afraid to venture near.
So yeah, that's this little one's story. XD
Dunno male or female just yet, still pretty small and don't know how old... But! In a few days I'm going to take this little guy out and let him/her get more acquainted with the rest of the surroundings. I would have already done so, but I wanted to let him/her adjust and calm down from the shock. I mean, (s)he was shuffled around so much then. Between the pet store, bff's house, her house-to-car, car driven, car-to-restaurant, restaurant-to-car, car driven, car-to-house, thru house to my room where (sh)he was placed on the bed, and finally bed-to-desk! I'd want a few days to relax and calm back down, too!
That, and, I'm almost positive that I got him/her very close to a molt! (S)He's been spinning webs around the enclosure.
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  • julie - 2011-02-14
    Hi I would just like to say how I got my rose tarantula.
    I have got a bearded dragon who is 5 yrs I went to the pet shop to get a basking bulb. While I was there the owner got out the rose tarantula I thought she was the most beautiful thing I had seen apart from my dragon while I was there I asked if I could hold her he let me and I knew the moment I held her I fell in love with her and brought her home she has settled very well and likes being held I couldn't imagine not having her but I never thought I would of been the owner of a tarantula.,,,,
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ashley - 2009-09-10
I adopted my tarantula this morning, and I think she is just amazing!! The humane society wouldn't even touch her. I don't know much about them, and would greatly appreciate any help! She seems to enjoy being held, I read about a smaller tank, so I bought a 5 gallon. I don't know how old she is.. Her legs are about 3 inches long if that helps? She has eaten! Would you recommend a heat pad, or a light? How can I tell if she is molting? Is webbing in her tank good, and what is the clear liquid she oozed on my arm? Was that urine?? How do I know if she is content or not? Should I bring her to a vet, or a specialist to make sure she is in good health? Thank you so much! You site is terrific!

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  • Bret - 2010-02-17
    Heat pads that go under the tanks are the best exo-terra makes them and they are awesome and actually inexpensive. Webbing usually means they've eaten, they will lay it down as they're eating to make sure if lost, it won't get away. The clear liquid concerns me, sounds like hemolymph Hemolymph is the tarantula's "blood" and it is a clearish-whitish-pale bluish liquid. You should take her to a vet specialist. Besides that sounds like she will be taken very good care of. Great job in adopting one, your new baby is probably very thankful.
  • dk - 2010-04-12
    Do not use a heat mat... this can and will kill the spider off, it will cause hot spots and cause the spider a lot of stress and problems, also it can virtually cook your Tarantula. If you are using a heat mat put it at the side of the container about a cm away.... but other than that don't use them... room temperature is perfect, as for the clear liquid it could be blood, if it's clear fluid it is but if its creamy coloured or clear with an oval shape mingled in there, congrats your spider has took a poo on you lol.
  • julie - 2011-02-14
    Hi I have rose tarantula I have read your comment about not using a heat mat the pet shop where I got my rose from told me to use one it came with her tank I have turned off her mat as I am worried this could do her harm I don't live where it's very warm and I'm worried if she gets too cold if I stop using the heat mat I love my rose and want to do the best for her.
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Kathie - 2010-08-13
I have a rose haired tarantula, which I purchased about 2 months ago. She/he is in a ten gallon aquarium. Half of the aquarium has sand the other half is wood chips. I have also distributed small piles of rocks randomly through out the cage. There is also a coconut cave for her /him to hide in. She is usually very docile and up till now was held often. Today I tried to hold her and she became defensive so I just let her/him be. We noticed a little while later that she was picking up the wood chips and some of larger stones and putting them in her coconut cave. She /he seems to be moving everything around and putting choice things in the cave. Why would she/he be doing this?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-02-13
    She is trying to block the entrance because she is stressed. Mine completely covered both ends of her coconut log when I put in too many crickets once. Just give her time and let her do whatever she wants. Moving the items back will stress her out more and she will become more aggressive.
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