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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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 :)
Anonymous - 2007-12-16
I think my rose hair spider is amazing. When I went to the pet shop, I wasn't expecting to get a spider like I did. Now I think all people should have a rose hair. If you should come to this web-site, then you should get a rose hair tarantula.

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  • Dawn - 2010-06-26
    I just bought my first rose tarantula after thinking about it for awhile and she is awesome, I take her out and she sits with me for a little bit every other day or so, her name is Alice.
    I was wondering what they are like before they start moulting, any mood changes or anything, I'm going to the bookstore, but was wondering if anyone had any thoughts?
andy k - 2010-04-30
I bought my chilan rose on monday, she(susan spinswebs) is extremely frightened, she is also extremely unsociable and when I place my hand into the cage she rears up in a defensive way, any tips to get her more social, my first tarantula so still learning.

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  • Janice Place - 2010-06-01
    Hi, it takes time for them to get used to their enclosure. I use a 4 inch clay flo wer pot on it's side for her house. I use potting soil no added fertilizer, just plan soil. I have tried different substrates , like reptibark, never use ceder, she stayed on the side of her tank and wouldn't walk on it. They are almost blind and catch their food by vibration. Good Luck, Janice
becca - 2010-05-04
Hiya xx my male tatantula, bam, hasn't ate for well over a month and I'm worried as his abdomen is smaller is that normal before a shed? Please reply xx

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  • matthew - 2010-05-15
    Don't worry about it they all do that.
  • Janice Place - 2010-06-01
    Hi, sometimes they take a time-off. In the winter they can go for a month or more. I live in Florida, so we don't have snow or anything, but the weather does get cooler, even though she is inside. She is now eating me out of house and home, Ha,Ha, . They sometimes do not eat before a molt, you offer the food, if she doesn't eat it in several days, take it out and wait a bit longer, then try again. Janice
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Olivia - 2010-05-12
I just moved to Chile last year, and recently suffered an attack of hysteria upon seeing a wild araņa pollito for the first time. I just would like to say how much this site and your comments have helped me to understand how harmless they are, and to be more prepared for the next time I should encounter one. Thank you everyone!

Mary Pittman - 2010-03-06
I found an egg sac in her cave... do I take it out and put it in something else or just leave it? Will the babies be able to get through the screen tank cover?