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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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....
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
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.