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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Arron young - 2018-08-06
I have had mine 20 years female she be 21 right now I have noticed behavior for years they dont burrow when hungry or aggressive they get on the tips of there legs like there on there tippy toes the only time the use or hide in logs are when they don't fill safe on there environment the hang out in the open and have a lower relaxed body they drink water by putting one foot in the water it travels up theleg to the'mouth' they will hunt in the daytime they are a ambush predator there eye sight not very good and are a more effective in day time hunting than at knight

Nelly - 2015-10-12
I Bought a Rose hair about 8 months ago, the pet store said he had been there for a year. I gave him an appropriate sized home and have cared for him. I only held him twice in the beginning to put him from box to tank, and to my bed, back to tank. He would be anti social since then and would lift up his front legs when I put my hand down in the tank. I decided to give him a lot of space. I've seen him grown more and more social coming out the cave, he even molted. THE REAL QUESTION: I decide to put my hand down to see if he would crawl on me, after 8 months! He went rapid to my hand, I got startled and removed it. I tried thinking it through and put my hand down a second time, he moved about more rapid to it, what does this mean?? I've stood outside his tank often and let him observe my hands so he knows they mean no harm, and he sees them pouring in the water. What does this mean??!

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  • Susie - 2018-03-26
    That is what mine does. I believe it is because they are scared. Not sure thou
Susie - 2018-03-26
How do you tell if you have a male or female? My rosehair t has molted 3 times in the last 7 months. Is this unhealthy or maybe something is wrong?

Anonymous - 2017-09-09
Looking to buy a female rose-haired tarantula!!

Dylan - 2015-10-04
I've had my rose hair for over 15 years she used to eat regularly and molt once a year she hasnt molted in almost 4 years now and she has rejected all food i have offered for the last year or so is she at the end of her life cycle or is this normal for older tarantulas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-10-04
    Females can live up to 20 years, so maybe she is getting ready to molt.
  • Jesse - 2017-08-09
    Sorry if you late to help, but iv had friends whose Rose hairs didn't eat for 2+ years, these awesome tarantulas act so different from one another even tho there the same species,but yeah, rose hairs are sooo unpredictable...I'm so glad mine burrows and makes itself a awesome lil chill spot most people say they'res just sit and don't do much so I'm real happy I got a real active Rose hair...she is such an kick ass tarantula!!!
Madison H - 2015-08-18
So I have a Rose Hair that I've had for about a year and a half and she has never really ate. I think she's eaten maybe 5 crickets since we have gotten her. This never initially concerned me though because I know that they can go a while without eating. I have always kept her temperature and humidity at good levels and she always had good shape so I figured I was doing everything right. The thing is she just recently molted (her first time doing so since I have gotten her and I think her first time in a while) and she still isn't eating. I know that they don't eat directly after but it has been about 2 and a half weeks. I've offered her food hut she seems scared of it. Ever since her molt, her legs have become very spindley and her abdomen is shriveled. All she does is sit in her hide and she doesn't move. I'm worried because I'm leaving for a trip tomorrow for 5 days and I don't want anything to happen to her while I'm gone. What should I do? Why isnt she eating? And how can I make her come out of her hide?

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  • Madison H - 2015-08-18
    Also I don't know if she is female or male. We got her from someone who got her from someone else, so we aren't entirely sure about her age either. I've guessed that she is probably around 4 or 5 years old. I say that she is a girl because that is what the previous owners said.
  • Madison H - 2015-08-18
    PLEASE HELP I am very worried about her
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    Adults females will only molt about once a year at most, while adult males usually never molt. I understand your concern about your spider not eating, but they really shouldn't even be offered food for at least a week after a molt as it takes them time to recover.  At this point though, being 2 1/2 weeks, you could try offering a cricket before you go, just in case your spider wants to eat (don't leave the cricket in the enclosure if it doesn't eat). But other than that there's probably not much you can do.
  • Rachael - 2015-08-25
    Maybe the food is too big.
  • Michelle - 2015-10-10
    I am a complete novice and have been reading the page turner: The Tarantula Keeper's Guide. It states that sometimes a T will eat a cricket if you kill and gut it first. Maybe that could be something to try.
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.
  • Cat - 2015-03-11
    How often should I be changing substrate in the cage? Should I be spraying the substrate with a mist of water... The last log I had in there seemed to Get mold on it and I worry about her... Ugh
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-03-11
    As long as the substrate is dry and clean (no decay, dead food, or mold) than it doesn't need to be changed. As far as humidity, these tarantulas don't need it too high, 60 to 80% is suggested. Rather than misting the substrate, you can put in some sphagnum moss and just mist that. If the moss gets mildew, it's easy to take out and replace.
  • Urban - 2015-03-21
    How often should I mist the substrate?
haley - 2014-11-15
my rose hair has a strange thing on her butt is a batch of hair missing

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  • Cat - 2015-03-11
    Mine does too, it seems a bit like a scab... I am new at all of this. She has not eaten in weeks, seems depressed (if spiders get depressed). When I received her as a gift for Christmas I was holding her daily but then she jumped and I jumped and I got scared so I haven't held her I. A couple months. Can this affect them? Would she be better off if I found her someone that will hold her everyday, I feel so bad!
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-03-11
    They are actually happiest as visual pets. Although some tarantulas may tolerate handling (this species being one that will), they don't prefer it.
charlie - 2013-07-29
My rose hair has not eaten for two years now and still not eating. Just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or if this is natural?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-29
    Two years? I am not sure a tarantula can live for 2 years without ANY food. It seems like she must have eaten something at some point by now. Are you sure she hasn't eat a cricket and you just missed it?
  • brigette - 2015-02-24
    Mine started to eat once I added the right amount of light. Make sure you have a temp of around 80degrees and that there is some humidity in the cage. Use a newspaper to cover the top to prevent the humidity from getting out and water spray the interior of cage (away from spider)
brigette - 2015-02-24
I bought my rose hair from petsmart about 6 months ago. We tried feeding her like they said they did daily. But she/he wouldnt touch anything. In 6 months she maybe ate 4 crickets and was losing her size. After multiple trips to petsmart finally realized she needed a light in the cage...duh. It was like night and day and she will eat almost 4 to 5 times a week now. But she has grown fast, and now she is webbing the bottom of her cage, is she going to molt? Or? I heard she wouldnt eat during molting but I need more crickets cuz she is still eating them every day or so. temp in cage is a steady almost 80 and we spray for humidity, but she is still eating. I am not sure if she is a she or a he either? But should I clean out the webbing? how often?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-24
    She sounds like she's doing great, glad you got her a light:) Spinning a web is perfectly normal. I would leave the web, and keep feeding her (about once a week) as long as she is eating.