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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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.
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.
Angii - 2011-02-11
I got my baby Yami Ryo for my sixteenth birthday. She has been with me through everything I can imagine. My boyfriend knows that she will always be number one in my life. I love to watch her but unfortunately I can't hold her she likes to bite. She also loves to play with her food. I watched her get chased by a cricket then all of a sudden turn around and eat it. She also likes to attack water when I pour it in to her bowl. She will attack retreat attack retreat. I love her!

matt - 2011-01-31
I own one her name is rose because of her beautiful pink color on her back. At first I was afraid to pick her up because she's a spider so I used to pick her up with a glove and I was surprised on how smart she is because one time when she was on the glove I tried to put her in my hand and I started to get nervous and she noticed and simply walked backwards back onto the glove after that I knew that she didn't want to bite me and she also has a great personality and she's very friendly my gf was afraid of her till I showed her she doesn't bite. One time she fell off the table that scared the crap out of me 1 because I thought she was going to die 2 the cat went at her and she stood up on her back legs and hissed really loud but she let me pick her up.

Brode\'s mom - 2011-01-29
3 days ago our little webby dug a hole and climbed in. We thought she might be molting. She has not moved. :(She was a gift for my 3 year old son, who is now 5. So I started to do a little digging of my own. Found out that when they get old, they lose the hair on their back. So I think we have lost our little webby to old age. So today I will take my son down to the pet shop and get another: )And this time I will be sure to not let the girls freak out withe tongs when they try to get, it out of the cage.

Anonymous - 2010-10-02
I have moderate arachnophobia but have become fascinated with an orb weaver who has so graciously made a new web for me to admire every evening on my back porch. I have been studying spiders and think maybe getting a tarantula will help qualm some of my fears. I especially was happy to read that these spiders don't need to be handled often. I wouldn't mind looking in on it and feeding crickets. That sounds like a hobby I might need to adopt.

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  • Shannon - 2010-10-25
    I highly suggest it. I'm actually using my two T's to help one of my friends overcome her arachnophobia. If you're not planning on handling often though, I do suggest a habitat that the tarantula can walk around in moderately. My Beau (Rose Hair) is pretty chill and generally just hangs out in the the middle of her tank, but Frankie (California Ebony) REALLY enjoyed the extra leg room (haha) when I upgraded his to something bigger.
  • anna - 2011-01-13
    Having a tarantula really helped me calm the fear. Also I work exhaustive hours and I needed a pet that was quiet and didn't require much pampering. My green bottle blue was a great choice for me.
Clay - 2010-12-25
Hey all! This may be a ridiculous question, as it seems like multiple sources indicate that determining the sex of a new-born baby Chilean rose is nearly impossible, but is there a way to tell? I just got one of these little ones for Christmas, and the pet shop called it a female. Is it possible for them to have known? Or do they just call them all females, knowing that that's what people shop for?

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  • montana - 2011-01-01
    Hi first I would need to know the size of the tarantula and see a picture of the molt that would tell me if it were a male or female I have been breeding rose hair tarantulas for 8 years and at the moment I have 500 little spiderlings and 10 different grammostola species. The newborn cilean rose hair tarantulas are extremely hard to sex if not impossible you'd have to have a pretty powerful microscope that was extremely powerful my guess is that the pet shop dosen't even know much about them be careful spiderlings are very prone to dehydration and can die fairly easily I keep mine on a lightly dampened paper towel and you need to check it twice a day ask the people if they know the scientific name which is grammostola rosa but don't tell them that if you have any more questions email me @
heather matheson - 2010-10-31
My chilean rose loves being inside oasis, the only problem is i hardly see her out now unless i remove her from it. She just loves stretchin out in there and enjoying the peace i think.

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  • Brooke - 2010-12-23
    Well if you want to see her more then I suggest giving her a clear see-through oasis or a more cave like one that allows you to see into easier.
coral - 2010-12-04
Well my rose hair doesn't hide or try to dig and hasn't eaten since I've gotten it do you think that my holding it may have caused this problem or would you say she is only molting? This is starting to worry me would changing vlads diet possibly help?

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  • Janice Place - 2010-12-13
    If you just got her/him, they take a while to adjust to their enclosure. I will just tell you how i do with my cinderella. Her house is a 5 gal. Snap down, i use eco earth, dry, they come from desert , brushland. I have a 6 inch clay flower pot, on its side, for her house. Small water dish, w/ marbles in it, so crickets won't drown. I don't put plants or anything, because spider's are almost blind, they go on vibration to find food. She eat's a different amount, some time's 2 large crickets, she's 5 inches across. Put some food in for the crickets.
richard - 2010-04-16
Just got my chilean rose hair, SHEEBA, two weeks ago. Still don't know if it's male or female. Very docile, no problem with being handled. I have a question... when my tarantula rubs its back leg against its spinnerets, and moves whatever it is from there to her mouth, what is she doing? Is she eating her silk? I'm a little confused by this action. Also please, I need an easier way to tell what sex my rosea is. Thanks

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-04
    Your spider is eating her silk many spiders do this almost all it is quite normal for them to do this action because they take time to create more silk it's kind of like recycling for spiders.