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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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.
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.