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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dillon - 2009-12-30
I bought my rosy at 6 weeks old for a few dollars, very affordable. She is now a little under 6 months old has molted for the first time, her fangs and designs are coming in. She loves to be handled but she does not like to burrow. She likes the feel of the plastic and will stay at the top of the cage until feeding. Best first tarantula.

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Angel912 - 2009-12-20
I've had my Chilean Rose Hair for a year and a half, and he's the best! Definitely a great first tarantula. I've seen a lot of these comments say otherwise, but in my experience I have handled him a LOT (he loves crawling on people's heads ^^) and no mood swings.
If you're not convinced about the docility and easy handling, however, some good things to know before handling your tarantula are the body signals. Whenever anyone wants to take out my lovely, I make sure to 1) completely remove the lid - you have a better opening to pull away if you're jumpy. 2) be gentle and not immediately intrusive - if you only intrude a little in his space, you can still see his reactions: rearing up means go away, jumpy means you should leave him be for a while, and a calm stand-still means go ahead. 3) keep an eye on him while he's out - you can tell if he's getting anxious or irritated or wanting to be left alone.
As far as feeding goes, it depends on age. The younger they are, the more often they need food. But keep to a regular schedule. For mine, I usually feed him a gut-loaded cricket once a day or every other day, unless there's been a break from lack of availability. (I catch a lot of his food rather than buy)
REMEMBER: if you put ANY food in there, and it's not gone within 24 hours, take it out. ESPECIALLY if your spider is moulting. Even crickets can do serious damage during this time, due to the fragility of the cuticles, both new and old.
Mine's at it's second molt since I've had him and both times he stops eating for 2-6 weeks before hand and approximately 2-3 weeks after. If yours is nearing a moult, you'll know by how he looks (you will see more cracks along the old cuticle the closer he gets), how he acts (slowly moving, not responding to extensive outer stimuli, refusing to eat anything even if it crawls under/over him), and what the habitat starts to look like (mine has a half-log that he'll burrow in, blocking the entrance with a TON of the moss and webbing - he basically creates a wall, held together tightly - and webbing will be not only over the moss in his burrow but over all of the moss in his entire home - he makes a sturdy, sticky floor). Don't freak out when he's on his back, legs up! If he's like that, do NOT touch him or give any food - he is in a fragile state and even the crickets' mandibles can kill him.
If you moisten the habitat, be careful that you don't overdo it. Too much moisture can cause mold and bacteria to grow and will kill him if it grows extensively.
Hope these tips help somebody out, and I know that if you take the time to get to know one of these amazing creatures, you will learn to love them. :)

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beejay - 2009-12-17
The best thing my wife ever bought me for HER birthday present in September 2009!!! What a beauty she is and how docile. She does not seem far from fully grown now according to her size, and let us handle her from the moment she came home from the pet shop. She is called NID - if she'd come via the internet I would have called her e-NID. Tell everyone to get one because of the fascination they provide when moving around (either outside or inside her environment) or catching their prey (when not sleeping)

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Sommer - 2009-12-15
My brother's friend had a rose-hair tarantula while they were renting a house. A few months later, the friend moved out and left the cage with what he thought was a dead tarantula. Obviously he didn't know much about tarantulas and how to care for them, because almost 8 months after the guy moved out my brother calls and says he has just found a tarantula in his laundry room behind the dryer! He managed to get the tarantula in a small container, and for some unknown reason brought it to my house. I'm terrified of spiders, but after having it for a couple days I got attached. I purchased a cage and all the extras to make his environment cofortable. I'm really kind of glad all this has happened. The tarantula is so pretty and interesting to watch. (Especially when eating!) I never thought I would own a tarantula and would still be horrified if it got out, but overall it's been a really cool pet!

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Glenn - 2009-11-01
I just purchased my first rose hair last week, I named her Isis, her body is about 2 inches already, so I don't think she is that young. I went to another pet store friday to purchase a larger container, and they had another rose hair, so, I bought that one also. Another female, so, I've decided to call her Arista. Her body is larger, about 2 and 1/4 inches, and her legs are about 3 inches, so I don't think she is that young either. The interesting thing is that Arista has more of a blue look to her. I read about people feeding locusts to their pets, but the pet stores where I live only carry crickets.

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val - 2009-10-28
I have had my Terry now for 2 months. He is lovely, he is a bit apprehensive when the hubby holds him but will walk all over our youngest son and me. It is fascinating to watch him kill and eat his prey of crickets but at the moment he is letting his locust walk all over him. He may think they are too pretty to eat! If you do get 1 of these I do hope you enjoy it as much as we are. I am so glad I finally got him as a pet. xx

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kat - 2009-08-20
My b-fren's spider saben got out of his 40 gallon tank and is nowhere to be found . He got out before like 4 times and always went to the same spot. I am scared I am going to wake up with him on my head. I will die! I love him but I won't pick him up.

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sprouty - 2009-08-15
Mine and my fiance's chile rose is called Maleficent (after the evil witch in sleeping beauty). We've had her about a month, she is fantastic. I love it when she does a weird tap dance thing on the crickets before eating them, she's evil and I love her for it.

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david beasley - 2009-07-28
I have several species of tarantula. I have had my chilean for two years, and he is the only one that has never bitten me. He is a sweetheart. If your child want's a spider, this is the one for you. Picture a teddy-bear with "8" legs. A cage will be useless.

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Ausin-Kain Heminger - 2009-07-19
They do not have needles, they are a species that have hairs that ich and burn. They flick for protection but this species is the most docile of its species. Look at them compared to others at pet stores, most flickers have bald abdomens, but the rose hair has most of its hair, or even all of it.

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