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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luke gravett - 2012-11-20
i own a bradlyselma smithi or more commonly known as the red knee tarantula and the funny thing i found out is when you place a insect on the palm of your hand the tarantula will ran at it and strike it, and when you do this it will come to you and if you do this a certain amount of times the tarantula will become comfortable with your palm and will walk towards it searching for food, it will recognise your hand immediatly. i would recomend wearing a glove for the first few times as the tarantula may mistake your finger for a insect.

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caroline - 2012-06-07
Hi everyone,l have a rose haired have had it for 6 years. l want 2 know how do l know it's a female or male? l can't touch it everytime we put r hands in the tank she raises up on the 2 bottom legs we did buy it ,when it was a few years old ,l can hold other one just not mine ,it has shed twice thanks if any comments :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    I would place money that it is a female.  Males don't have that kind of life expectancy - usually just around 5 years where the females have been klnown to go 20 years.
  • caroline - 2012-06-08
    Hi thanks ,for the reply. I thought it was a female. How would l be able 2 pick her up as she doesnt let me and when l do she raises up on her 2 back legs.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    You don't want to pick her up when she is standing on her hind legs - she is scared.  Let's go slow - she is no young thing and not used to being picked up so just try and lay your hand - palm up - on the floor of her enclosure.  Just leave your hand there palm up for a minute or so and then extend the time.  Put your hand in slowly and remove slowly but just lay it on the bottom.  If (when) she comes over as she is curious - be still and let her sorta 'SNIFF' you like a puppy would.  Keep your hand still.  Just as with a puppy and he gets to know that you are not going to hurt him - so it would (could) be with the rosie.  When (if) you become very comfortable and the rosie is getting on the palm just lift slowly - at first jus an inch and then put your hand down.  Then go a couple of inches and then out of the enclosrue and then you should be able to pick her up.  If she does not take an interest in your hand after several days of just sitting your hand palm up on the bottom - just let it be.
  • bubba - 2012-09-29
    Hey, I've had a rose haired tarantula for almost 4 months now. It just shed yesterday. Should I take out the molted skin or leave it?
  • luke gravett - 2012-11-20
    yes you need to take it out, it may attract parasites and when the spider is in its softend skin state it may be vaunrable to certain parasite or crickit bites so also keep the spiders food to a small stature.
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Delphinia - 2012-11-05
My spider did another interesting thing. I was trying to move her into a smaller container so I could clean the larger one, and first she raised up her front legs, and then she put her legs down, put her abdomen up, and 'squirted' something at me. It was a white liquid, and seemed like a warning. I haven't been able to find anyone who has heard of this.

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  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    It's going through its period and trantula blood is white so just wait a couple weeks or get a male trantula for it to go away.
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jesse - 2012-09-30
I just recently got my tarantula her name is ZELDA and she is beautiful as ever went past our first molt together..(killer) so I figured her out she's very chill. Eats about 2 to three crickets every three days, roughly.  But now....shes spinning her food in webs ....never seen this. Why is she doing this

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-01
    They say they do it to protect the food to eat later or to protect themselves while eating it.  There are actual videos of this on u tube. 
  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    Cause you named her after a video game character so it's upset and it eats when it's upset so change the name to something cool like Tyrone. No Tyrone is not my name nor anyone I knows name.
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Cindy Fortin - 2010-07-12
We just got our tarantula and I have a question. Herck secreted a white milky substance does anyone know what it is? If you could please let us know that would be great thanks :)

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    it's poo , dont worry .
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-13
    Are you sure that it's poo?
  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    The substance is normal the white substance is the trantula's blood.
  • Ooga Booga - 2012-11-18
    Trantula poo is black anyways.
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Delphinia - 2012-10-09
I have had a rose-hair for about 2 weeks now. She (I think a she) has been fine and only reared up at me once. I have touched her back legs and had her fine with that, and thought I would try putting my hand in to start getting her used to it. I had my hand laying in the cage, palm up, for about 2 seconds when she jumped at my hand. She didn't rear up first or anything, and didn't hurt or bite me. I have been trying to find out why she might have done this, and haven't been able to find any information about it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    Sounds like it is very nervous. It is not being overly aggressive... but definitely not wanting to be interactive. Tarantulas don't actually relish being held, though this type of tarantula is one of the most docile. You may want to check its habitat to see if its comfortable - the temperature and humidty - and see that it has a place for it to retreat like with a piece of  driftwood or bark.
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Isabel S - 2012-09-26
I just got a rose hair last Sunday (3 days ago) and I thought maybe I could hold it for the first time today. It ran away and picked up its back legs when I tried to nudge it from behind. Does it still need to acclimate or is it aggressive? Oh and it just ate 2 crickets an hour or two ago. Maybe it was still digesting. This is also my first pet tarantula.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-27
    For a few times (maybe 10) just lay your hand in the enclosure - palm up for 5 to 10 minutes so she gets used to your hand.  Usually they just relax a litttle and come over to see what it is.  It tickes cuz they will use their feet (don't know what you call that) and just touch your hand.  be real still.  Eventually it should just sorta climb up on your hand - lift real slow and then maybe pet its head and put it down.  Do this several times and then you should be good to go.  Go slow - my favorite thought is KING KONG coming into my room while I am sleeping and it would scare me.  Your hand is King Kongs to that little gal.
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Lou - 2011-02-21
ALSO I forgot to add..this really stupid question but I'll ask anyway. The reptile-shop man said that if she felt attacked, she would rear up (raise her front two legs) so I should move away quickly. But the times when I have tried to hold her, I have pub my hand flat in front of her (to allow her to walk onto it) but obviously, to do that she has to raise her front legs. Now I can't tell if she is doing this to walk into my hand or to attack, so I just move away anyway. Is there a difference in the way they rear up that will enable me to tell what she is doing?

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  • ren - 2011-03-01
    I would leave her for a while...if she is going to molt, you don't want to bother her. If she is going to bite something, she will rear up...it looks a lot different than walking. It will kinda look like she is sitting on her butt with her front two legs all bent back to expose her fangs.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-25
    If she/he were rearing up, you'd know. She/he would have already bitten you :-)
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    They won't always bite. Sometimes they sort of slap with they're front legs to let you know they don't want to be bothered, but you'll definitely know the sifference between walking and a threat posture when you see one. If the front legs and pedipalps go way up, and don't come down.. back off
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Keeley - 2012-08-10
I've had my tarantula for almost 5 years now, i thought she was going to shed but i'm not to sure, for almost 3 days now she has been moving her enclosure about completely and I don't know whether it's a sign of stress or maybe she just fancied a change, but she's even put a lot of the enclosure into her water and I try to change her water whenever she does it but she comes back with more, I don't know what to do or what is wrong with her, please help!

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  • Keeley - 2012-08-14
    Okay thank you so much, I will try that, where should I put them? all over?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    She is probably going into a molt but I would put a bunch or marbles or clean stones in the bowl -- also male tarantulas life expectancy canbe as short as 5 years where the females is around 15.  She might just be re-arranging the tank to give herself a secure location to molt.
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Jenny - 2012-05-31
Hey so I held this spider in the petstore. I loved it he is way cool and not to jumpy but my friends are scared. We had an issue moving him into the cage so he is all hyper still I thought I should just give him little bit to calm down but I'm kinda scared to hold him now any advise?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Let the little fella settle in for a couple of days and then just hold your hand in the cage for a few minutes a few times a day so he gets used to your hand going in and out. Move slowly. Also give yourself time to watch your spider and start to understand his movements. When you believe the spider is relaxed around you and you are now relaxed around him just lay your hand palm up in front of him about 2 inches or so. Do that and just keep your hand still and then just move your hand palm up closer to him. Eventually (few days to a week) you should be able to just slide your hand under his belly and pick him up. You get him off the same way - just lay your hand palm down in the cage and sorta pull your hand out gently from underneath him. It tickles. You can even just let him touch your inger until you get used to him OK? Just go slow and give both of you some time.
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