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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Dagnir - 2009-02-05
My rose hair as been acting weirdly lately. she moves backward and the lifts her behind and draw lines with it in the aquarium. I've had my rose hair for about 12 years now and she never had that behavior. Can someone explain this behavior to me please?

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Tania - 2009-01-30
I got a chilean rose a week ago to get over my strong fear of ALL spiders. It's a sub-adult at 8 months old and I have done a lot of research. I believe it's gonna molt as it's not eaten since I had it and is now getting grumpy and showing threatening behaviour, and isn't moving much either. Also its rump has gone darker with an ever darker bald patch. I can't seem to get the humidity above 64% but "psycho" seems to be okay. I have to wait for my red knee as it hasn't hatched yet at the stockists. I have now totally gotten over my fear of spiders and would recommmend chilean rose to anyone as a pet. They are docile when not in pre-molt stage but are not fast moving, so risk of dropping or injury is less likely. I just wish that I could be certain 100% that it's gonna molt.

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michael a - 2009-01-29
I have seen my own rose hair turn blue in coloration. I have bred a red one with a black one. and am planning to breed a purple one with a purple one really soon.

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desiree - 2009-01-02
I bought my tarantula some months back and ever since then I have fallen in love with her. My mom wasn't really for it at first but she was the one who ended naming her, Isabelantula. I found that the best way to get her out and hold her is to coaz her into something then onto my hand. I'm constantly trying to learn more about my spider and I try to teach others that she's not as scary as they seem to believe.
I want more but for the time being but my mom won't let me.
I suggest that anyone who wants a pet that easy to keep care of to get a tarantula, I love mine.

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RHONDA - 2008-12-30
I like your websight and was just wanting to know how do you tell a male from a female rose haired tarantula? I was told once but forgot if you would please email me back and let me know all you can about them. Thank you.

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cameron - 2008-12-23
I'm going to get a rose hair tarantula and I'm sure I'm going to love it! My mom is freaking out about what she's going to do when I go to college. She says she'll give it to someone, but I think she'll be attached to it when the time comes. I plan to name my tarantula Sid. Thanks for all the tips btw.

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B.Kelly - 2008-12-22
As this is likely to be the spider people purchase if they wish for a handleable pet, here's a few tips. Firstly, by far the easiest way to pick up a Tarantula is to put your open palm in front of it and carefully coral it onto your hand with a paintbrush. Take it slowly, place your hand in the tank in front of the spider (but at a distance) and gauge it's reaction, if it looks aggressive, give up now. If the spider reacts calmly or not at all it's likely safe to gently prod it and let it walk onto your hand. Make sure your movements are slow and that you do not breathe on the spider - sudden movements and the sudden gust of breath can frighten the spider, either causing a bite or a scared spider that jumps and falls from your hand (anything over 1-2 feet drop can prove easily fatal). Do not attempt to handle your spider if it recently shed as it will be very fragile until the new carapace hardens and also may be more defensive than usual as a result.
Just remember to take it slowly and carefully and your spider should be fine with being handled.

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B.Kelly - 2008-12-21
My Chile Rose molted the other day, normally a very good feeder, I woke up to find my beloved spider suddenly with about 16 legs and two abdomens. Needless to say I sat and watched this amazing display, something truly incredible about it. She's a good 5" legspan now (tip front-left, to tip rear-right) and incredibly docile and friendly. If one places a hand near the tank, she has been known to climb the side and sit on the offered hand.

Don't expect all Chile Rose to be docile however. A good friend of mine made that mistake with a recent purchase of his and quickly found himself on the receiving end of a bite. There was little provocation, his hand in the tank and the spider darted forward and bit.

Makes me even more appreciative of how lovely mine is. =)

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Allison Genevieve - 2008-12-21
These spiders are fantastic, easy to handle and easy to keep. Mine have all seemed to go through periods of refusing to eat for months at a time. I currently have one male, Ares, and a female, Shelob. (along with a female Green bottle blue T.) They live in 10 gallon tanks side by side and offer me hours of enjoyment. I love teaching people that spiders are not to be feared and not all spiders are as aggressive as they have been led to believe. I will continue to keep these amazing animals for many years to come.

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jessica - 2008-12-20
My son wanted a tarantula for his 7th birthday. I wasn't ready for one then. I bought him one 2weeks before christmas. He was so happy, we now handle it together. My undecisive feeling for spiders has never been scared, but now I'm cool with them. The Chilean rosa hair we now call McKala is a part of our family and we love her. McKala has bit my son once but it wasn't severe. When I found out why McKala bit him, he told me he was trying to play paddicakes with her. OOO I was laughing so hard. She didn't punture the his skin but it was quite the experiance.

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