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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PF - 2011-09-08
Hello,

I just bought my rosy just a week ago and I'm taming her very slowly. I encourage her to move up to the top of the cage and try to gently push her onto my hand one leg at a time. Last week she had 6 legs onto my hand, she stayed for a minute then went back into her cage. I try and do this only once a day. I have noticed that if I can't do this exercice for a day or two, I have to start all over again gently encouraging her to come out and feel my hand.
I just think that taming this type of critter takes times and lots of patients and most of all, lots of gentle handling.
I read that some of you pet your rosy, but I have read that it stresses them alot and can cause them to be agressive. The first few days, I would pet mine also finding it extremely soft, but now I avoid petting her prefering it to come onto my hand.

PF

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  • PF - 2011-09-08
    I will, I don't want to scare her and at the same time I'm getting used to her. I thought that once a day every day was going slow. She's my first and I'm not too sure myself. If you think I'm going to fast, should I tame her every other day or less, maybe once a week?

    Thanks!
    PF
  • PF - 2011-09-08
    Lol, Oh! O.K. Yes, I already do, she's very skittish and cover her eyes when I get close even when I approach slowly.

    Thanks!
    PF
  • Justin Anderson - 2013-11-02
    Tarantulas aren't something you tame. They more tolerate us. Use care when picking them up and be slow. Fast movement stresses them out. They are well tempered and docile but they prefer to be left alone. They can be handled you just have to slowly coax them onto your hand.
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allysia - 2013-09-30
About a week ago I got a new rose hair from a pet store. This is my second rose hair. I'm kind of nervous about holding this one because it is younger than my previous one. The one before I got from a friend and I trusted it more because I've seen it has been handled before. But this one every time I open its cage it runs witch makes me nervous it's gonna bite me. My spider is very active and eats well, it seems to have adapted to its cage well. I really want to hold it but it freaks me out when it runs from me. I know they say lay your hand in its cage for it to get used to, but I'm nervous about it. Can anyone help me understand why it tuns and how to get use to it?

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lenny negron - 2013-09-14
Can someone help me please. I bought a rose hair back in 2002 and he has been an awesome pet. Shes molted in the past without any problems, her last most was about a month ago. I dropped some crickets in for her but she did not bother with them. I noticed that her eyes where white and felt really hard like a cocoon. Since her molt she hasn't been very active and will not eat. She has been in the same spot for the past 2 weeks and all her front legs are leaning towards the left. I called a breeder and explained it all to him. He told me spray warm water and see if she rubbed off the skin from her eyes and also said that it's rare but he has heard that sometimes spiders go into a double molt within weeks of each other. Well the warm water didn't work, cause she just stood there. As for her molting I'm still waiting. But if anyone here can help me I will be very glad.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Wow, that is most interesting and it sounds like you have a great breeder, about as informative as they come:). Let us know if she experiences a double molt.
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Kim - 2013-09-03
My tarantula Sprinkles wasn't eating so I thought she was in the molting process, a few months went by and she didn't molt. I put one cricket in the cage and she ate it within a few hours, so I went and got her more. Then yesterday she trapped all 5 of them that I put in there and she spun them in a web. I thought she was going to eat all of them, and when I got up this morning she hadn't. They are just sitting there in the web. Should I take this out or will she end up eating them?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-03
    I'm not sure if she will eat them or not. I would give her a couple days and then remove them, as you don't want to leave decaying crickets in there for too long.
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PaulaP - 2013-08-21
I think of all the pets I have had over the years....and there were MANY....My rose haired tarantula Delielah is my favorite! Now that people have gotten to to her...(even the UTMOST arachnophobes) LOVE her too! She is awesome! If you are thinking about getting one DO IT!

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charlie - 2013-07-29
My rose hair has not eaten for two years now and still not eating. Just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or if this is natural?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-29
    Two years? I am not sure a tarantula can live for 2 years without ANY food. It seems like she must have eaten something at some point by now. Are you sure she hasn't eat a cricket and you just missed it?
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Jonathan - 2011-03-15
I have had my rose hair for 8 months now and she is the most awesome pet ever! Before I got her, I was severely arachnophobic, terrified of any spider that I saw. But she changed all that, I have never been bitten nor has she displayed any signs of aggressive behavior. This website has been extremely helpful in teaching me about how to care for her and how to read her body language. They are like people in that they all have their own unique personality. Her name is Morticia and she loves to cuddle with me. I get her out and as soon as I take the lid off her enclosure she practically kills herself trying to get out and into my hand. Once in my hand she'll crawl up my arm and eventually nestle somewhere on my neck like she's snuggling and won't move at all, even if I move myself. I even took a 2 hour nap one afternoon and she stayed on my neck the entire time (probably not a good idea in hindsight since I could've rolled over and squashed her to death) but she was perfectly behaved as always. I DEFINITELY recommend this species for first time spider enthusiasts like myself. Just treat them right, follow the directions on this site and they'll be a friend for life. I look forward to many more years with my spider!!!

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    I know exactly what ya mean. My rose sakura is so gentle and patient with me. She's my angel she loves me to tickle under her abdomen,and lets me groom her, gently of course. We have such a close bond she is so gentle and friendly . I dont know what I would do if I lost her. Roses are wicked tarantulas arent they?.
  • Marygrandma Moodymare Thirsk - 2013-07-29
    Aw that's so sweet. I got my rose on saturday the 27th. I have handled her on the 1st day but wanted her to settle into her new tank etc. She has eaten 2 crickets since then so today I touched her with a paintbrush so she didn't think I was. She stood and she stuck her abdomen up at me then reared. I think maybe Tom lil just put my hand in to see if she comes to my palm.
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Naomi - 2013-04-26
I have owned a number of types of tarantulas including 2 rose hairs and have found 1 thing to be true with most they adapt well to (but it takes a little time)change. If you upgraded cage size or changed the decore, more or less humidity than it's use to, temp changes, anything like that will set some back. I had one that went several months without eating come to find out she wasn't happy in her old home.after a week in her new home she started to web and is eating 2 large crickets per week now. Another thing to try is mabe a smaller prey than what you are now trying to feed it. If your pet dosen't eat just remove the prey, and try again in one week. Hope this helps

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    That is great info to know, because I didn't realize they could sometimes be so particular.
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tyrone - 2013-01-03
Hello ive had my rose haired tarantula for about 1 month now and ive tried feeding it locust but she dosent seem to be eating shes made a web in her tank but i dont think shes due to shed because when i bought her from the shop they said she hasnt long shed or eaten but that was bout 4-5 weeks ago so cud you tel me if you think anythinks wrong or give me some infomation as its my first time of owning a rose haired turantula also if shes not eating locust what else shud i try her on plz

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Try some crickets.  Is tank warm enough?
  • william n stockton ca.moving north or west - 2013-02-12
    i have my third chilean rose hair.they r programmed by GOD,to know when to eat or not.they can go a long time without eating.i put different food n her tank for the crickets variety,pizza,berries fruit vegetables,cereal,chinese goji berries a multivitamen.crickets know what to eat.dont feed crickets seaweed the computer says.i eat seaweed cause its healthy.i put bread cake cookie, carrots broccoli turkey hamburger.they say tarantulas only eat live food,my latest 1 nibbled on a pepperoni slice 2 days,i thought only the crickets would eat.in nature bugs find everything.variety is the spice of life.i eat much health food stuff.i put a few chia seeds n tank,crickets r still eating chia seeds that sprouted on the sponge.i dont think crickets ate any of the oatmeal i placed n there.im gonna try some soy milk or almond milk next.i might try juice soon.vary cricket nutrition will vary spiders diet.i have held all 3 spiders,almost daily.never been bitten n 9years.i have let maybe 500 people hold all 3 total,and nobody has been bitten,not once.i take them to the malls,many hold them.1 girl thought she was bitten,the little claws pinch a bit.peace shalom grace peace mercy from GOD our Father,and the Lord JESUS Christ
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Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-01-29
Your Skittles is 'beautiful'. I totally understand your concern, but everything you've mentioned is pretty normal for a rose-hair. They're sometimes referred to as pet rocks because they can sit in one place for what seems like forever. I have several different species, some are juv.-adults and some are babies and I get anxious when they won't eat either. But, all we can do is to keep trying every few days or so. I do know to look for things that say there's a problem like being all huddled with legs under neath them, shriveled abdomen due to humidity problem, etc. I would say you've done a great job with yours. She's a really nice girl and sure shows she trusts you. I am really enjoying watching mine develop and grow. Check out the online sellers and maybe think about adding to your hobby. There are so many different species to choose from. One of my favorites is my GBB (GreenBottle Blue). I bought her as a 1/2' baby and she's flat out a PIG! LOL She's molted 3 times since I got her and this last molt darn near doubled her size. This one is semi-docile, and has smacked at me one time when she got ticked with me trying to prod her with my paint brush, but normally she's pretty calm. Her colors are out of this world! Good luck and again great picture.

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