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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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.
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 :(
jolene - 2011-06-04
My spider is doing the same. She is in the corner and won't move. Should I mess with her? It just happened today. I dont know the stages of molting. I have had her for 2 to 3 yrs. She has not shedded yet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    Molting: One of the most common reasons for your pet to demonstrate unusual behavior is due to a molting period. As they outgrow their existing skin all tarantulas regularly go through an extensive molt, shedding their entire skin as well as the linings of their mouth, respiratory organs, stomach and sexual organs.
    The process starts well before the actual molt. For several weeks prior to shedding they will be growing a new skin under their old one. During this time it is not unusual for a tarantula to get quite lethargic and even stop eating. There may also be lots of web spinning activity as they prepare to molt.
    Leave her be for a couple of days and just keep an eye on her. Per Animal World "When they begin to molt, they lay on their backs with their legs up in the air looking as if they are dead. Be sure not to disturb your tarantula when you see this. The shedding process goes quickly and smoothly as long the environment has adequate humidity.
    Once they have shed, their new skin is pale and very soft. The amount of time it takes for your pet to fully recover and be back to eating well will vary from a day or so up to several weeks depending on its size."
oscar abney - 2011-05-09
How many times will a male make a sperm web?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Males live about 4 - 7 years and females about 20 years. The male usually dies within a few weeks after succesful mating. He may spin more than one sperm web in order to succesfully mate but I don't know how frequently.
oscar abney - 2011-05-08
How long will a male live after mating?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Article attached you can click on but basically it says the male will live a few weeks after a succesful mating. Doesn't seem quite fair. Right?
  • oscar abney - 2011-05-09
    Man that really sucks because my male noble 5, is a looker. He is a big fellow too, full of color and life. Well at least he passed on those good genes.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Yeah, that doesn't seem quite fair does it?
oscar abney - 2011-05-07
Will a small female molt after mating, or wait till she drops her sack?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-05-07
    Adult tarantulas will generally molt only one or two times a year. It can be less than a week, to several weeks, or even months after a successful mating that the female will create an egg case or sac to lay her eggs in. But not sure if a female will molt or not between mating and laying her eggs. If you know when her last molt was, that can help you determine if she is due for a molt or not.
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 I am a proud owner of going on six years. good luck! and have fun. (sorry for the lengthy message)
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?
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 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
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....