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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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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Shaun Roland - 2012-03-29
I just recently, as of 3 days ago got a juvenile rose haired. I unfortunately dried out the substrate, and am having problems maintaining humidity, I'm keeping it at 70% or above, but it is quite a committed task. Anyhow, since she's just newly home, and I've kinda bugged her a bit fixing the cage up good, and misting which she doesn't seem to enjoy.... would it be a bad idea to move her our to place more moist substrate and deeper substrate, I'm at about 2 barely inches, and would like to achieve 3 inches with more moist substrate. I'm just afraid of over stressing him out and causing him to die.. please help!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    Give it a little time to relax a bit. Can always use a fish tank heater in a jar of water to produce more humidity.
  • kane - 2012-04-01
    I'm twelve years old and I am from malta and I have a chilean rose tarantula too. All tarantulas need a dry and a bit humid place and offer her or him a tube like bowl to go in when disturbed or to go in and about once per 3 weeks spray some water on her or him soil. Don't forget to offer her a water bowl to drink, but normally she will absorb water from the humid place. Your tarantula will not be stressed in that type of place I don t see temperatures and my tarantula was never stressed.
  • mario - 2012-04-04
    Rose hairs are supposed to have dry substrate. They do not do well with high humidity. They do best on play sand or dry eco earth.
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    Yes, Rosies are a desert species. 70% is more than fine, and after time they'll adapt to 55-60%. Anything above 75% and the spider will usually start climbing the walls to try and find a drier place. They hate to get wet also, so try to avoid misting near her. You can go deeper with the substrate if desired. My female is in a 10 gallon tank and I filled it on a gradient 7' on one side down to 4' on the other, and she dug under her hide about 5' down and 6' across, so far across i can't see her when she's all the way in. so cool!
Karen - 2012-03-10
I have had a chilean rose hair for about 2 years and this has never happened before like about 2 months ago she stoped eating and walking. I thought she was shedding but she didn't flip upside down and she is getting cracks in her legs

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  • Lace - 2012-04-20
    I have not heard of this before. But if she is getting cracks on her, I hear people use super glue to close up the cracks. (my mom even does this to her fingers when this happens) If she may have stoped walking because the cracks in her legs hurt her to much and it's to much stress for her to walk.
  • Paul L. - 2012-05-01
    How old is she Karen? Did you get her as a sling or as an adult?
  • Keith B. - 2012-07-04
    Could be that the spider is a male, and has a short life span. Does the spider have tibial hooks on the front legs? When the male mature the hooks tend to get them stuck when molting and they die. Mine managed to make it through one molt, and molted very quickly, but shortly after from old age he passed away, but seemed to dry up and crumble as he did. Hopefully this is not the case with your T, but it's natural, and while it's always hard to lose one after bonding with it, it's exciting to raise another one. I agree with trying the glue, and keep the cage a little extra humid (about 70%, not too crazy cause Rosies go nuts in high huumidity) and good luck!
Darrin - 2011-03-22
I just bought my red rose from a petco...I'm a little nervous of touching her, I don't think she's comfortable yet. I have a little cave for her, should I change that to something else....I really need help with this, I think she's really comfortable. It's making me comfortable too, can some one help, I try covering the tank up. So that it would be less light....but she still hasn't moved.

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  • Ryan - 2011-03-26
    I'm by no means a tarantula expert, but I remember what my rose hair did when I first bought her. I had a reptile log place on 4-5 inches of soil that had been purchased at the pet store as well. It took her a few days to start wandering around the enclosure, and she did some funny things with her reptile log that seemed odd. They know what they are doing and they will rearrange things to their liking as they become more comfortable. As long as you don't have a light directly over her cage (which you shouldn't) the ambient light from windows and other overhead light fixtures is just fine for the spider. The reason they don't eat much is because they don't move much, and expend less energy than other animals. My rose hair sat in her burrow for about 15 days prior to molting. Even when she's not molting I'll go 24 -48 hours without seeing her venture from her burrow. I would not worry too much about her unless she starts losing patches of hair off her abdomen. Try feeding her every other day, if the food isn't taken with an hour or less remove it and try again in a couple days. Hope this helps :)
  • josh - 2011-04-27
    It's common for a rose hair not to move. They are not a very active species. For the environment, make sure there is at least three to four inches of soil, as the rose hair is a burrowing species. You will know your spider is comfortable when he/she starts to spin a web all over the environment. The only times you should cover the tarantulas tank, is when you use aerosols, or when it is cold. The aerosols can be potentially dangerous, or even fatal.
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  • erica - 2012-05-18
    i have spins webs all over, the other does not...ever. the one who doesn't spin a web has been non-responsive for the past two days and very sluggish for the day or so before that. in fact my daughter said "she's tipping sideways"...but then went back to normal and hasn't moved since. was she trying to tip over to molt and something went wrong? i tried to gently prod her and she hasn't moved or responded...she's not curled up nor does she look "dead"...should i leave her where she is for awhile or should i dispose of her??
Paul L. - 2012-05-01
I am new to T's as well. Years ago i had one, but moving constanly freaked him out, I needed to give him to someone who would care for him and keep him in one spot. Now i have another, his name is Harley and he is the coolest creation EVER! I love to watch him eat, is that weird? I mean, when he does all the things that T's do for prep, actual dining etc. Okay, shoudl I not do that? Is he thinking why is this freak watching me eat? Anyway, mine did not eat for about ten days after we got him home. The substrate was wet, it was a new environment etc. After the substrate dried though, awwww hell, it was lights out for the crickets!!!!! Another question, why does he ball up the web he set down to eat on after he is done? And, the last time he ate, he did not eat all of his meal like the times before. Is that nromal?