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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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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nick - 2013-01-29
My chilli rose (skittles) has just been cleaned out recently and has gone off her food and stays on her log constantly. I've had her about 6 months, she hasn't shed yet, she's over a year old according to the pet shop and I'm concerned as she used to be really greedy. How long does it take them to shed I'm new to this can you help me. Oh yes she's spinning a lot too. Should I remove her log?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    It sounds like Skittles is getting ready to molt. Just before a big molt these tarantulas will stop eating for anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Don't feed it during this time as crickets could do considerable damage to your spider. They will also often spin a web during this time. This gives the tarantula a soft place to lie while going through the extremely stressful molting. and it also helps to keep bugs away. Good luck:)
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jamie slater - 2013-01-23
Hi I've had my chilli rose about 2 years now. I've recently bought a heat mat and changed her substrate. But since the change she won't move much, isn't feeding and the tank she's in keeps steaming up? She sits on a log which is the highest point on the tank.and I'm worried the tank is too wet or moist? Help please I love my spider and just want what's best for her. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-25
    How long has it been since she molted? She may be getting ready to molt and it is just a coincidence that she is acting this way. However, maybe the heat rock is making the environment too warm? You may want to remove it and see if her behavior changes. They do need some humidity (60-80%), so it sounds like the tank is humid enough. Do you mist her tank? If so, maybe reduce how often you are doing that. Keep offering her food to give her an opportunity to eat.
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Anonymous - 2013-01-23
hi im new to all of this.. ive had my chilli for about a year now and up untill a few days ago havent used a heat mat. so was wandring if its ok for the tank to steam up if you like?? i keep wiping up te sides because i think its to wet in there.. please help i am a bit worried. also i changd her substrate 2 days ago and havent seen her move onto it once. she just stays on her log??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-23
    I would remove pad.  Sometimes these get way to hot and hard to control.  The power coming in to the mat may be throwing the spider off as they can sense to sound and vibrations from the power source.
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Amber - 2013-01-20
Hello:) I'm the proud owner of a Chilean rose and goliath. I got my rose over a year ago and in that time she's molted once. Now it's going on the second year I've had her and she's been acting a lot different she hasn't eatin in almost a month and for her considering how much of a pig she is its uncharacteristic. She's also begun spinning frequently and she's went from a grayish color to tan with her abdominal area being very dark and ashy. Plus she is normally a sweetheart i usually cant put my hands in the tank without her trying to crawl up my arm.I'm assuming she's going to molt I just wanted to know is it uncommon for a t to get this light of a color??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-21
    Sounds like it is getting ready to molt.  Just make sure there is water provided.
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gemma - 2013-01-13
My rosehair is 2 and been in an icu for 4 days now and doesnt' seem to be getting better. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

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heather stacy - 2012-12-23
I've had my tarantula for over a year now and it has only molted once..is this normal or should it have molted more and how cn u be sure wat the sex is..I was told it is the line on their belly.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-23
    If it is growing slowly that is normal. Mature males have longer legs and are somewhat more fuzzy in appearance. The female remains stocky and bulky throughout its life. There are reports that mature males are more brightly colored than females but they can be quite variable in color.
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