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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Emma - 2010-11-23
I work with animals during one of my hours in school (I'm a high school senior). We recently aquired a Rose-haired Tarantula, and it's very cool. But neither I nor my teacher has ever had one before, so we don't know if anything is wrong with it. We don't think it is eating, but it looks healthy enough. Any thoughts?

Miguel - 2010-11-22
I've had my tarantula for 6 years now, she was getting comfortable being handled by me. But one night I tried picking her up and she put her two front legs up. I think she was sleeping and I startled. This was a year ago and I haven't held her since. What can I do to get her to be handled by me again? Is it safe to pick her up now? or Do I have to start gaining her trust all over again.

Cindy Mench - 2010-10-03
I have had my female rose hair for 14 years she just suffered a bad molt. She picked a spot that wasn't flat her leg tips go different directions, hence walking is difficult. What should I do, is it time to say goodbye? :O(

Cynthia:) - 2010-09-18
I don't know what I was thinking but I accidentally panicked and flipped my webby when she was molting. I have had her for 7 years and most of the time I don't get to see the first steps of her molting well I guess it was my lucky year and I saw her upside down and I flipped her back over.. :( I read up on what that meant and I quickly went to her tank and put her the way she was, I think she's mad at me but I thought my lil webby was dying. :( It says she will be ok but I'll find out tomorrow and I owe her some huge crickets.. :)

Ken&Jen - 2010-09-07
Well My wife and I went to purchase a pink-toe, but to behold (took me about 2 months) I found out we had a cross breed spider, rose hair x Oklahoma brown crossbreed. We named him Jubejube. He's molted once since we got him which was about a year and 1/2 ago. Due to the aggressive nature of the Oklahoma in him we've decided not to handle him. He is awesome HUGE (about 5 3/4") but I love him ^^ he's so cool. He's now eating small baby (not pink) rats and he loves it. Seems to be very content when I talk to him or clean/move stuff around the tank.

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  • steve - 2010-09-14
    You shouldn't feed him mice and rats too much... it's way too much calcium... it won't be able to molt correctly causing death.
Teresa for Vincent - 2010-08-25
My 6-year-old grandson has had "Peter Parker" for 2 1/2 years. He has survived not eating for up to 3 weeks, but now he is on a schedule.
Peter Parker has just molted for the second time and he is as big as the inside of my hand. I am not sure how big they are suppose to get or how they live, but this last molt, Peter got really really big.
We do not hold him as he was bought for my grandson by his grandfather and no one has ever braved the waters on how to proceed with the initial contract.
We are about to get an Albino sand boa? I think it is called. Wonder if it is okay to put the cages next to each other or if they could spread mites/bad stuff back and forth? Any advice or personal knowledge is greatly appreciated.

Anonymous - 2010-07-30
I got my rose hair a few weeks ago, and every time I go to the tank to either watch or attempt to handle her, she runs around viciously. Her last molt was a week ago, and she is about an inch in diameter, just a spiderling. When I do manage to pick her up gently, she wont roam around at first like my last one did, she just sits in one position. I don't know if I am doing everything recommended in training the tarantulas, and your thoughts are appreciated.

Kim - 2010-07-06
About a year ago I purchased a Rose Hair (Rosa is her name) for my 7 year old son. Spiders are not necessarily my *favorite* of God's creatures, but Rosa is absolutely wonderful and I love her. I do most of her care (because face it, my son is SEVEN) which is very minimal. She has never ever been aggressive, even when my 5 year old accidentally grabbed her from the top (like picking up a rock, ACK!) and has always loved to be held and interacted with. I limit, for Rosa's sanity, the amount of time the kids are allowed to hold her, so they're not in and out of her tank a bunch of times a day irritating her. She's never been moody ... she's just a GREAT girl! :)

I have some questions about Rosa that I have not been able to find answers for. Rosa has a bald spot on her back. I saw that it said something about "high strung" spiders having this bald spot, but how do I know if Rosa is high strung? Also, Rosa has never, in the year I've had her, molted. I can't decide if she's grown at all. I am assuming she's eating, there's dead crickets all over her tank when I clean it. She's eaten a pinky mouse once right after I got her, but never since. Is there something I'm not doing right for her? Any guidance to make sure our little friend is comfortable and happy would be GREATLY appreciated.

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  • savannah - 2010-07-28
    Maybe she is molting.
savannah - 2010-07-28
My tarantula's so hairy. His name is charlote. Watch out for cute tarantulas because they can change on you any minute.

Andy - 2010-06-03
Hey guys, had my chilean rose for just over a month now and every time I go to handle her, I put my hand in slowly, and wait for her to walk onto my hand, but she rears up as if she if going to bite me?
Any tips would be much appreciated.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-06-18
    Stop trying to pick her up! Wait for a couple months.
  • Liz - 2010-06-27
    That's unfortunate... what you might want to try to do is urge her onto a flat stick (such as a ruler or something just a little broader). Once she is firmly on bring her out of the cage and place your hand under the stick. Hopefully she make the transition onto your hand. She might just need a little help getting acclimatize to you. After a certain amount of positive handing, she'll probably lessen how often she displays warning signs. Best of luck. ^^
  • tristan - 2010-07-12
    Hi I have the same problem, but maybe your one just needs time, could take up to a year to get used to you just let her be and give her space she will come around.
  • went - 2010-07-23
    I have heard that it usually takes at least a year before your arachnid pet gets used to handling, you must be patient, also I am told it is wise to handle a chilean rose, infrequently as handling causes stress for the spider.
  • Glen Pettifer - 2010-07-26
    I had the same problem. I figured in the end I must be doing something wrong and watched a tarantula program. It turns out that with docile tarantulas if you approach them slowly it can appear to them to be prey or like your "creeping up" on them and they can run off quickly. If you approach them over there carapace at the front of there legs, cupping your hand and pick them up quickly but gently they will stop and let you pick them up. You need a bit of confidence to hold your spider so I'd recommend putting your hand in the tank and try picking them up when there still put don't pull away as i used to when nervous that they'd run up your arm and escape. A lot of tarantula owners have the opinion its best not to handle them. I prefer to handle them to give them a friend! Persevere, get confident yourself and approach them from there front, cupping them off there substrate and they should stay still and slowly open your hand and the spider will more than likely have a slow walk around! I've loved T's since I was 14 and wouldn't live without them now :)