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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Catherine Bridges - 2012-04-12
we have two one rose and one skeleton and the rose has not shed at all we have had them for a year or close to the skeleton has molt two to three time is it normal for that to happen

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-12
    Yes, normal.
Anonymous - 2012-03-22
We got our spider from one of my fiances co-workers. We never have liked spiders but the guy told us that his kids played with it, but that is also why he parted with it. I need some pointers on caring for it. We have a 10 gallon aquarium and it has about 3 inches of soil a log for it to go in and sleep and another branch like decoration that as soon as we put it in it doesn't want to come out and it has a rock like water bowl. We bought a light. It's red and put it on the wire top but the humidity and the temp doesnt seem to want to stay right. We put a cricket in it and it has yet to eat it, been in there for about 2 hrs. I've been doing some research but I can't find a good answer. If someone with some experience could help it would be great?! Thanks

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  • Anonymous - 2012-03-24
    It does a lot thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
  • Kevin - 2012-03-23
    I have had my rose-hair for 10 years and as she has gotten older her appetite has always been odd. She just ate 30 crickets (in 3 days)after her molt and has barely wanted to do anything since. . . Sometimes she goes months without touching them and i take them out, now they do always need to have a small dish with water and a sponge in it. They have some odd eating habits so no need to worry there. Mine does not especially like a lot of light and sunlight is an absolute no-no. Maybe the light is putting off too much heat. I also keep it really humid for mine i try for like 70-80% which you can get to by using terrarium moss and misting regularly. (oh and mine climbs and falls a lot so the fluffy moss is also good for her protection as well) hope this helps.
kassidy - 2012-03-07
These and pink toes have to be the absolute best spiders ever. I used to cry when I saw one then I started researching tarantulas and decided I wanted one. Now I have no fear and I am absolutely in love with mine :) i

ashley - 2012-03-01
I've had mine for a year now she's still a juvi. In the time I've had her she's eating 1 locust and never any signs of molting. I've tried everything to feed her and starting to get annoyed wasting money on boxes of live food for her to ignore any live food. Tonight I annoyed her with a locust to the point where she ate it then spat it back out again, any ideas on whats wrong?

oscar - 2012-02-26
Please help rose was walking around just fine and then she just stopped moving in a frozen state. She's been like this for a few hours now. Even when i touch her she just sits there. Don't know what to do

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Tarantulas do this. It is no unusual. They can FREEZE in position for hours and even days. When they decide to move, it is usually with a great deal of speed. If she is not in a tank, I would sorta gently slide her onto a piece of paper and put her in the tank as when she decides to move, it could be anywhere. If she is in the tank, just let her be. It could also be the start of a molt.
Kayd - 2012-01-24
We purchased a Rosie in late October. It seems to be female and recently (4 or 5 days) stopped eating. She spread web all over the tank and especially near the entrance to her burrow. She seemed to really be eating a lot just prior to this. I was expecting a molt, but two days ago she completely sealed off the burrow. She dug a little deeper into the burrow so in curiosity I got out a flash light and to our shock there is a large egg sack. She keeps herself wrapped around it and is very thin now. Is this possible that she could have mated three months ago and is just now producing an egg sack?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    Hey congratulations - looks like you have a gal. From the time mating occurs between a male and female tarantula, it can be 1 - 5 months before an egg sac is actually produced so you probably purchased a pregnant female. She will start to eat like crazy and then finally a web will be created to hide the sac and then the egg sac will be produced. So yes, very possible and likely your little gal mated a few months back and is just getting areound to producing the egg sac.
william - 2012-01-27
I have a rose hair i have had it for about a year and it has been fine. However just recently she has been spinning webs everywhere and digging alot. Now it seems she has encased herself in a large webbing looking like a bubble can you please tell me what is going on. It would be extremly helpful i am a bit worried.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    No problem. She is just getting ready to molt. Normal behavior and frequently will not for month or more.
  • Leraky Man - 2012-02-01
    Well, I recently purchased a female Rose Hair, and she has done the same thing yours is doing. She is just getting ready to grow, which is a very good thing. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, your little girl may be a little bigger. Please message back if she dosnt molt in the next month or so
  • Cathrine Graham - 2012-02-12
    I went on holiday and my grandson looked after my ruby. He got her a new tank but she won't eat. It's only been a week so should we wait a while to see if she will eat or put her back in her little old one Cath
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    Cath, I wouldn't worry for awhile. They will and can go a few months without eating and will do so when they are getting ready to mold and actually molting. Yours is probably not eating because it is getting acclimated to the new tank. Let it go for a week or so - should be fine.
nicole - 2012-01-14
I have a question my rosie has not ate in 5 months she still acting great she just wont eat she loves when we hold her an we let her out of her cage to just walk around the house for a while she acts healthy i just dont want her to starve to death plz plz plz help what should i do .

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  • PF - 2012-01-16
    Don't worry, these days G. rosea are in hybernation and will eat less or stop eating for about 3 months. My female and male have stopped eating completely and since they're in hybernation, I have been recommended by a renown breeder to lower the temperature at about 16 degree celcius if possible. You can still pick her up and do as usual, my female climbs her cage when she wants out.

    Have a nice day!
  • Leaky Man - 2012-01-20
    Well, I recently purchased a Chilean Rose Hair, and I am extremely pleased with her. She ate very, very good the first week and a hlaf or so. (Normally 5 crickets or more a day) then, all of a sudden, she just stopped eating. She moves around alot, so i dont think she is approching a molt. Then I found out that Chilean Rose Hairs will actually go through periods of not eating. She seemed to become even more docile after she stopped eating, so I wasnt complaining. As long as your tarantula still moves around, and its abdomen is still plump and not shrivveled, she should be fine. Good luck with your G. Rosea!
jen - 2008-11-20
We have had our tarantula since Feb and she hasn't molted or looked like she is going to molt. Is this normal when fully grown or should she continue to molt for life? She still eats although not as much as she probably should and is fairly small! HELP!! :)

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  • emma williams - 2011-12-02
    How big is she? She will moult less and less as she gets older. Once a year 4 a adult, what species is she? e williams.
  • PF - 2012-01-16
    Maybe it could be a male, my male is smaller than my female. If it's sexually mature, males will have tibial hooks and bulbs at the end of their pedipalps. If you don't see any, wait until the next or two molts, maybe these will show. Don't worry for the size, maybe it's still a juvenile, a pet store clerk has one of 10 years old and she only has a leg span of 2 inches. They take a very long time to grow because of their slow metabolism.

    Also these days, their are in their dormance period and that will last about 3 months, so it's normal that they eat less or stop eating completely. Both, my female and male have stopped eating and I lowered the temperature to about 16 degree celcius until hibernation is over.

    Have a nice day!
Tim McD - 2012-01-12
I recently noticed a small hole on my rosehairs lower back, and I was wondering if this is normal, or if it indicates any sort of health problem. Any tips you guys may have will help. Thanks :)

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  • Brian Dzenkiw - 2012-01-13
    Hi Tim,

    I think that hole your describing in your tarantulas carapace is called the central apodeme, it's normal. This is an area of muscle attachment.