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My boyfriend bought my tarantula also. He mistakenly thought I liked spiders. Which I WAS terrified of them, and I finally got brave enough to hold this gentle spider and let her walk on my hands. I named her Charlotte. I was brave enough to even take the spider out of the cage by myself. From what I've seen they're very patient and calm.
That is a hilarious story because the EXACT SAME THING just happened to me. My boyfriend also bought my tarantula! and last night I saw her on her back and I thought she was dying! I started to cry and I was saying "god please don't let her die"!And this morning I looked inside her cage and saw 2 tarantulas, freaky.
After months of me saying I wanted a taranchula, my boyfriend finally broke down and bought me one. I just wish someone would have mentioned the molting process when we bought our spidey. I came home to find spidey laying on his back and I instantly started crying. But after flipping him back over was reassured he was still alive, only to find what looked like TWO spiders in his cage. I freaked out and really started crying. All this to come to find out it just shed. haha, last night was one h**l of an experience.
Answer for Jess 10-8-08 : I hope your tarantula's appetite is back to normal. My "spikey" had gone through almost the same behavior. She stopped molting, stopped eating and became very weak. I even remember seeing little white insect critters all over her body (like fleas on a dog). She eventually passed away. We only had her for 2 years (I really don't know how old she was). Just like you, I had no clue what was going on. Before she died, I gave her crickets hoping she'd eat . . . but the crickets were just jumping all over her and she was not responding at all, she avoided them, matter of fact. My best guess : probably your spider and mine ate a cricket in the past that had ingested some form of pesticide. And that cricket somehow we bought from the pet store or perhaps the cricket ingested the pesticide we sprayed in our own homes. I really do wish that your pet is better now. I felt terribly helpless for my Spikey.
I love my rose haired tarantula. I named her Pride, she's completely webbed in her liitle den thingy. I think she's either molting or building an egg sac. She's beautiful, and loves Crickets and meal worms. I tried feeding her a pinky, but she didn't eat it. I got my Rose Haired Tarantula from Pet Supermrket in Venice, Florida.
I'm writing in hope to get some good advice from people with experience on Rose haired tarantulas. I've had Rosy for almost two years now. 4 months ago I moved her into a larger tank (10 gallon) and made her the ideal enclosure (warm, deep bedding, many places to hide and climb, moist) and she hasn't eaten since. She hasn't molted in a 1 and 1/2 years. I moved her back into her original enclosure where she had been eating and molting and handle her much more (like I had in the beginning) and she still hasn't turned around. ANY ADVICE?!?! She seems to run away from anything I try to feed her like crickets and grasshoppers. I've tried provoking with tongs too and still nothing. She will die soon if I cannot get her too eat.
I have a chilean rose spider called rosie (how original!) and a pink toed tree spider called ballet pumps. Both are beautiful and I would recommend them as pets to anyone. If you want to handle them I would get a chilena, as pink toes move quite fast and can do big jumps.
I got a rose hair about 4 months ago and it is beautiful! I went to the pet store expecting to get a lizard, but my choice of a spider was so much better. He is so mellow and chill with me. I can honestly say that a spider has changed my life. In fact, he is my life :D I always hold him and pet him, it's amazing to feel him walk across my hands. Ah, what a gorgeous creation!
My friend had a spider (chilly rose). 1st time I had ever seen one, I was so fasinated by it. But 2 months later it died, I was so upset. I used to go to my friends just to see it. Then my other friend had 1 (chilly rose), so he said you can have it and I was really excited to get it home. When I got it home my mom flipped and fainted, it was soo funny. She made me get rid of it, I was really upset. I finally got it back off the person I gave it to, after fighting for it. But now it's got a little bald patch on its back end and won't move. It's not on its back. It's hiding in its hiding place I got against it all crinched up and won't eat. It's not been itself at all. I don't think it's shedding, I really don't know whats up with it. Please can anyone help me, I am really worried incase it dies and it's only young. Please. I would be really grateful, thank you from carolann & crox (my spider, lol)
I just purchased a rosehairtarantula and I love it.I had been given one before but was never told how to water the spider.So i just feed it lots of bugs and thought that it would drink the body juices. I was very unhappy to find out the hard way that they needed water when i found her not moving. I was sad and buried it in the back yard. Hope everything goes better this time.