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How to Care for Your Chilean Rose Tarantula

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An adult Chilean rose hair tarantula.

An adult Chilean rose hair tarantula.

Tarantula: Fad or Here to Stay?

One of the newest fads in pet ownership is giant fuzzy arachnids. These spiders are gaining popularity because they are an exotic novelty. They are unique, easy to care for, and really neat to watch. Plus, the neighbors won't complain about their barking. There are many sizes and breeds in the pet stores to choose from, but if you decide to make one part of your family, do your research.

Choosing a Tarantula

There are more than 800 species of tarantula, and they are native to almost every climate. Tarantulas are broken into two groups: "old world" and "new world" tarantulas. Most of the old world species, or tarantulas from the Eastern Hemisphere, are too aggressive to handle, and they should only be used for display. Ground-dwelling burrowing spiders are generally slower and more easily handled.

Chilean rose hair tarantulas are from Chile and live in the desert. They aren't aggressive or prone to biting, nor are they fast-moving unless frightened. They can adapt to many environments, so they're easy to care for. Do your research. Learn everything you can about different spiders, including lifespan (females can live longer than 15 years), what they eat, how often they molt, and what kind of habitat they need. A spider molts, or sheds its exoskeleton, as it grows. Knowing how large your spider is supposed to get, and how often it's supposed to molt, will be a good gauge for you to know if your spider is growing at a healthy pace. It's very important that you know how to care for your tarantula before you bring one home.

A variety of tarantula habitats.

A variety of tarantula habitats.


Habitat is very important for your new pet. The Chilean rose doesn't require very much space.


Space may seem important and natural, but a 5-10 gallon tank is perfect. The shape of your enclosure is important, and it must have a lid that your spider can't escape out of. Be sure that the width is at least three times the leg span of your spider. Also, be sure your tank isn't too tall. Twice the leg span is sufficient, because they climb the glass, and you don't want them to fall too far because they don't have a strong exoskeleton.

Bedding and Shelter

Use two inches of peat moss, orchid bark, sandy sanitary soil, or vermiculite bedding, and provide a shelter for privacy. A hollow log or fish tank decoration works well.

Temperature and Humidity

The temperature of the tank needs to remain between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit with 60-70% humidity. A small heat rock can be placed in the tank, as long as you check it regularly for hot spots. Provide a shallow water dish with some pebbles in it to prevent drowning. The heat source and the water dish will keep your tank humid. You can also spray a fine mist of water to keep the humidity up.


Take special care when handling your pet. They aren't deadly, but they are venomous. There is no record of human death due to tarantula bites. People with tarantula bites usually react the same way they would to a bee sting. Although not aggressive and docile, the Chilean rose can be speedy if it's afraid. Most owners never get bitten.


Your spider will give you a warning before it bites by rearing up on its back legs and even making a hissing sound. Sit down while handling your spider. Don't rub your eyes with your hands until your spider is put away and your hands are washed.

Urticating Hairs

On the spider's abdomen are little hairs that can cause skin irritation. See a doctor immediately if one of them gets in your eyes. The hairs can be released just by handling them, and if they feel threatened, they will ‘throw' them at you with their back legs.

Common Handling Issues

Don't hold the spider high above surfaces, because if they fall, their abdomen will surely split, which is almost always fatal. Your spider's skeleton is on the outside. If the abdomen breaks, its insides will spill out, killing the spider. Very few are saved when this happens. Another common problem results from people freaking out, either because of being bitten or the spider releasing some itchy hairs. They fling the spider into the wall, killing it. If you plan to handle your spider, you must be very calm, very careful, and very aware of what can happen.


Tarantulas eat insects such as crickets, mealworms, or roaches. Also, pinky mice and other spiders can be occasionally thrown in. You can purchase crickets and pinky mice at the pet store. Feed your tarantula weekly. They stop hunting when they aren't hungry, so don't overdo it, because you don't want the crickets to start attacking your spider. Most people get 10 at a time. Remove any uneaten prey after it has been in the enclosure for 24 hours.

Enjoy Your New Tarantula

If you get a tarantula and provide it with the right habitat and food, you will have years of enjoyment watching your spider explore, eat, molt, and grow. Contrary to popular belief, they do have personalities, and all of them are a little bit different. They may be scary to some, but to others, they are fulfilling companions.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


Bra on March 26, 2015:

i have a rose hair also. her name is Hayes but every time i hold her she moves a lot do that mean she's scared ? or she just likes to walk around ? my brother told me thats when she gets aggressive so i just sit her back in her cage and don't bother her for a while

semo1895 on January 09, 2015:

radgirl.. sooo I've had my rose hair for about 4 years and she's molted once. for about the last year she hasn't eaten. like before I'd put crickets in her cage and if they got near her she would pounce. now she either ignored them or goes away from them. also she's kind of curled up.. kind of looks shriveled. I sprayed water in her cage (not on her directly) and she spread her legs out and started walking around. then she curled back up and went by her water dish. I'm not sure what is going on.. the whole not eating thing is really worrying me because she used to eat all the time

Heather on October 26, 2014:

rad girl, Sooo glad I found you here. I have a rosy. She hasn't eaten in at least two months. I've been watching her for changes. A couple of days ago I noticed that she has little crystal type things on her. Like a grain of salt. (Just a few) and today I saw on her back. (The flat shiny pink thorax) that it now has a small hole and the line down the middle is more prominent then before. Is the a sign that she is getting ready to molt? Or is she sick? I've had her since Valentine's Day. This would be her first molt since I've had her, if that's what's about to happen. I sure hope so.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on February 18, 2013:

Hi Nate. Can you give me a current update?

Nate on November 23, 2012:

Hey, me again, she's not rubbing her fangs together anymore but I noticed she pushed a lot of the dirt inside her hut near the entrance where she put down some web. Is she just burrowing or is this more serious like laying eggs or dying?

Nate on November 22, 2012:

Hi, I got a rose hair not too long ago and it seems to have been acting normal but right now she's made a web around her hut and is kind rubbing her fangs together. . . Is that normal?

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on November 05, 2012:

I would love that! I love hearing people who take in a pink toe. They are aggressive, not really friendly, have a shorter life span, but are beautiful to watch. Definitely keep me updated!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on November 05, 2012:

My, it has been some time since this comment was posted. I am sure all is well, but let me know if it was not.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on November 05, 2012:


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Hi Radgirl on June 18, 2012:

Just an update on my Spiders. Kyle aged 10 months the chilean shed a week ago and has produced a new leg after the trauma of having to help him molt 2 months ago when one of the legs became stuck. Linda my Red Knee has shed for the 6th time in 12 months and is aged approx 14 months, she is slightly aggressive but I respect that. Well she has decided that she wants to climb out of her enclosure when I lift the lid off. So she now comes out every night for 1 hours walk about. ( you have to be a T lover for anyone to appreciate this spectacle) But last Sunday (Fathers Day) My Wife and Daughter bought me a 4 month old Pink Toe -Avicularia. I think its a boy but not 100% certain he is stunningly fascinating and he is in a arboreal enclosure. To think all this started from a Chilean Rose named Kylie, who is no longer with me. If you dont mind I will keep you posted on 'Avi's progress.

Heather on June 04, 2012:

I have a question I have a rose hair not sure the age we found it but he is molting and went though the web and now the web is over part of him is this ok I dont know what to do.

ValixE421 on May 31, 2012:

He's been acting normal now, I ended up changing his enclosure around, I put organic peat moss in, along with some vermiculite. Also put a log inside propped up by another (put pressure on it, won't fall) and he's been acting alot happier

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 30, 2012:

Oh my, I saw your first comment first! I am so glad she's improving. Sometimes they just refuse everything for a while when they are moved to a new home. I will be keeping her in my prayers.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 30, 2012:

Sarah J,

It sounds like she's getting close to a molt. Sometimes they just have crazy behavior because it's weird growing new skin under your skin, then crawling out of your skin. Sometimes it gets sort of hinked up a bit and makes them seem crazy. As long as she's not displaying soldier behavior(constant marching around the perimeter of her tank) and she's got food and water available, I'd just keep an eye on her and maybe not handle her until her molt is over and her exoskeleton has had some time to harden up again.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 30, 2012:


Sometimes they just seem to act like mad hatters. He may be getting ready to molt and just not happy about how he's feeling. My Jenna hides sometimes because she just doesn't feel pretty before and after a molt. How old is he?

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 30, 2012:

Lovin it!!

Sarah J on May 16, 2012:

Have put her in an ICU and she is looking better this morning, still not herself but is brighter, so i'm gussing she was dehydrayed after all.

She upgraded to a much bigger home when I got her last week and I think that maybe she hasn't found her water source yet. When she recovers I will also mist more often.

This site has been a big help - Thanks.

Will keep you updated on her progress.

Sarah J on May 15, 2012:

Hi Radgirl. I got a new chili rose last week and I'm a bit concerned.

She's not my first T (my first was a male who lived for 4 years) but she is the tamest I have had. My boy spent a lot of time hiding away so i didn't really see him that much and couldn't really observe his behaviour.

She is only youngster (not sure of her age but she is about the same size as my boy when he was fully grown) and has been hand reared in captivity and handled every day. I want to keep up her handeling so have taken her out every day for 5/10 mins and she's been active and alert.

The problem is that today i noticed she was sitting with her legs curled under. She was very lethargic when I got her out and curled up on my hand. She curled up again right away when I put her back.

She is standing and moving on tiptoes when promped but her walk is wobbley and laboured - she is also webbing when she moves.

I hope she is just preparing to shed but she ate only a few days ago and is not balding.

The humidity is ok and she has water so I don't think she is dehydrated.

The main questions I have are:

1. Do all T's stop eating before a shed?

2. Is "drunken walking" usual before a shed?

3. Is sitting with legs under usual before a shed?

Hope you can advise.


ValixE421 on May 10, 2012:

I love your page, it's a great help, I came across it because I looked up wether or not mealworm beetles were a threat to my rosie.

Anyway, I'm concerned about my T. His name is Gustave, it's been a week or so since he has eaten, he has been webbing lately and has covered the entrance to his rock cave with vermiculite, he literally barricaded himself inside his hide. I'm not sure if I should see if he's alright in there or to leave him alone... He really likes it in his cave because that's the spot I put the heat mat under, but I figured he would leave atleast once in awhile.

Dave on May 09, 2012:

Hi there, you were right it took a couple of weeks, but Kyle mushed his first two crickets and then started eating whole ones and is continuing to let me know when he is Linda the Red Knee shed again just under 2 weeks ago that is her 5th shed in 10 months (I have quite a collection of skins) She really is beautiful and very powerful to look at. She seems to shed like taking off a sock so fast and it never fails to impress me the effort that goes into it. Brilliant site keep it up...please.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 08, 2012:


This is normal. A happy spider is a webbing spider. Mine webs the ground and her heat rock. It's the first thing she does after a tank cleaning is run over and throw a web around her heat rock so it won't run a way. The only problem I see is if removing the lid will cause her harm or cause you to lose her from running away. If that's not the case, let her do her thang.

Hope this helps!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 08, 2012:


It sounds like you have done everything you can do. Now you just need to wait. I hope by now he has come out of his molt. I don't handle Jenna for 2 weeks after a molt because she is crabby about it, so give him some space.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 08, 2012:

It doesn't matter. My rule of thumb is that if she hasn't eaten in a while, I keep my thumbs away. Jenna lets me know if she's crabby or not when I open the tank. If she turns her back on me, I know the next move is itchy hair flinging. I don't really pay attention to her eating vs handling her unless she has refused food for a while.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 08, 2012:

Copper, I would just observe. She may just be rearranging her house the way she likes it. It may be for a molt, but it may just be because she wants to be more comfy.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 08, 2012:

Daniel, temp should be at about 70-75 degrees, and humidity should be at about 70-80%/ I say about because you don't want to find yourself obsessing about humidity and temp. My girl has a heat rock that she uses if she's cold. Mostly she just puts a web around it so it stays put and doesn't run away. Too high of humidity can promote things growing in tour tank that you don't want. Too little can dry them out. I just would spray a fine mist a couple squirts every day, maybe twice every day if you live in a super dry area. Keep a water dish also that they can sit in if they need to cool off. In the summer, Jenna lives in hers.

Hope this helps!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on May 08, 2012:

Dave, if your T is refusing food, it's okay. They can go for quite a long time without. Just keep offering and leave them in overnight to see if he's just waiting until dark.

I'm really sorry about your loss. I hate it when they don't make it, but I'm glad you got right back on the horse and continued on. I LOVE Mexican red knees. They are just as docile as Chileans and stunningly beautiful.

Bryn on May 03, 2012:

Hi, my tarantula has spread webbing across the bottom of the cage, but recently molted and now climbed the walls of the cage and made a web in the top corner and is hanging out there. Is something wrong?

Laura on May 01, 2012:

Hey Radgirl. I have a Chilean Rose Hair tarantula that I have been taking care of for almost 4 months. This is my very first tarantula. He always seemed to be very active until yesterday when I realized he was curled up on his side. I have seen his legs moved, but I don't want to disturb him too much because I don't want his molting to go bad if he is molting. I always make sure his water dish is full, and his humidity is at a good level. I keep a humidity and temperature thermometer in his 10 gallon tank to keep track of his temperature and humidity. When I noticed he was in this position and done some research about this being a possible molt, I did remove the cricket from his tank to keep it from doing any damage. Since this is day two of him being like this, I'm scared he may be dying. I noticed a little bit of webbing near him but not directly under him. I also noticed some of the coloring on his legs seem to be fading.

Duck on April 30, 2012:

How much space does my darling need after she eats? I don't want to jostle her if she is digesting, but I'm not sure when that is, or if it matters. Do you have any thoughts on the matter? Your feed is great! I hope your husband is alright.

Copper on April 03, 2012:

I have a Rose hair Trantula and this one is very different from the ones I have taken care of before. I have had here for many months an I am using bark chips for its bedding but I noticed today that it is moving it from her housing and taking it out.. Why is this happening is it getting ready to molt? Since I have had it, it has not molt. please let me know thank you

Daniel on April 03, 2012:

Hi again radgirl , I bouth a thermo/hygrometer to place it inside my T vivarium to moniture that every thing is ok. It seems that it perfectly works but I don't know what's the best temperature and humidity for my chilean rose. Can you help me please , I think I've esagerated with humidity cause now it's reading 90% at a temperature of 25 celcius.

Dave on April 03, 2012:

Hi Radgirl, I lost my Chilean Rose 'Kylie' last December during a molt. She did not make it. I was gutted. Previous to this I also bought 3 month Mexican Red knee. She is stunning and has molted 5 times and is so powerful looking. Anyway my daughter bought me 'Kyle' a 4 month Chilean, he is quite a character. He molted 3 weeks ago and sadly he lost a leg. I know this happens and I understand how he heels and what will happen next and the new leg he will grow. My concern is he is lively and everything else, but not eating. I place in crickets and take them out after a day or so. He just seems agitated by them. His fangs are nice and black so physicly he is ready. Can you offer any advice.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 23, 2012:

Stoges16, there was a period of time where mine lived with a host family for a year. It was hard on me, she was only about three years old, and I was devastated that she would hate me. It took about a month for us to get back to normal. It's funny, like she threw a tantrum at first, then forgave me. Don't give up, as long as you know she's being taken care of, things will be fine.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 23, 2012:


I would first look at habitat. Is there anything in your environment that might be agitating her? Spiders are in tune with vibrations, so take a day to really pay attention to the noises in your home. Where speakers are, if there's road work on your street, and things. If there is nothing to change, then give her some more time. They get freaked out at change for a bit, so she'll come around.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 23, 2012:


First I want to congratulate you on your choice of pet. You are going to love it.

Second, to answer your question, they have individual personalities like people. Some are more active at night, some in the morning, and some only when you're not looking. If he's eating and his habitat are suitable and he's not being aggressive, he should be fine. They get weird before a molt, and it will take a few for you to get to know his behavior. Mine lets me know, "Hey, I'm molting soon, I will flick butt hairs at you if you try and bug me". A couple of weeks later I wake to find her exoskeleton and a happy girl.

Hope this helps!

Stoges16 on March 23, 2012:

hi, i got my esmeralda about 2 years ago not positive about how old she was but she about 1/3 the size she is now. iv been away from her for about 7 months now and am worried that when i get back she wont know me. before i left she was starting to act defencive when i would try to hold her. and i know no one at home has been handleing her and i know its the first thing im going to want to do when i see her again. how should i go about it do u think?

Kristen on March 20, 2012:

stressful* when just refilling the water dish becomes an issue

Kristen on March 20, 2012:

Hey radgirl! I have a question... I just got my rose hair, Scarlet, a week and a half ago and I have some concerns.

I bought her at a reptile expo and held her multiple times, and every time she was so mellow and sweet, which is the reason why I couldn't bear to go home without her. The people who owned her also stated that she was the "go-to" tarantula to have people hold so that gave me high hopes for her as my new pet spider!

I got her home and after a couple of days, decided to try and handle her! I gently touched her abdomen with a paintbrush and she automatically started raising her fangs and front legs. I assumed it was because she was stressed from the move, so I let her be another three days, and tried to take her water dish out to clean it, and even THAT caused her to become very defensive and upset. Since then, I've been too nervous to even stick my hand in the cage, because I'm honestly confused with why she is acting so defensive. She has a great sized tank, a nice water dish, a cave-like structure to hide under and a good amount of substrate. Should I just leave her be for the next few weeks? Is she just really overwhelmed by the new cage and home? Please let me know. I would like to handle her and it's a bit stressed when just refilling the water dish becomes an issue :(

Christina on March 19, 2012:

I just turned 15 and I got my first rose haired turantula. He's in a 10 gallon tank with a heating thing, a hollow rock and a hollow log, he had a dry and moist end, with crickets once every other day. I buy 10 to 12 crickets at a time. Sometimes he eats a lot but other times I just remove dead crickets. I know they can store up, but ever since he's stopped eating them, it seems like he's more active at night. I have done a lot of research, but nothing is telling me why he's like that. Mitikah is about 10 months old, and he's probably going to molt soon... He's very friendly ad sociable, but sometimes he just sits in the same spot for a day or so... Is that normal for him to do? Or should I be worried?

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 19, 2012:

You know, there is a bit of a controversy here. Some people will say to remove them after 24 hours. I buy them ten at a time and put them in with Jenna. Three days later, she's usually chomping on her last one. It's never caused harm to her and she always eats them when she's ready. If one dies, take it out. If your T seems super agitated by them and isn't eating them, take them out. If you feel like taking them out, take them out. Otherwise, if she'll eat them, let her hunt them down and eat them. That's my advice, hope it helps!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 19, 2012:

She may be molting. Keep an eye on her, but don't touch her. She should crawl herself out of it in a couple of days or less, but sometimes it takes a little longer. Then let her be for at least a few days for her new exoskeleton to harden up.

renee villegas on March 18, 2012:

is it okay to leave all the crickets inside the aquarium with the tarantula??

Daniel on March 18, 2012:

Hey Ambz2012 I think your Chilean is molting , leave her on her own for a while let say a week , I'm waiting for mine to do that but all she wants is eating right now lol , molting is like a rebirth for tarantulas ,just not even feed her for now. Radgirl will tell you exactly what to do cause I'm a biginner just like you , bought mine in january too :)

Ambz2012 on March 17, 2012:

Hey I bought a Chilean rose in January and she's really sweet. I love her loads and she let's me handle her. But when I checked on her before she was lying on her back and it's starting to worry me!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 14, 2012:

Okay, this is going to sound strange, but I want you to let your house get good and dark for a few hours at night. Then, I want you to shine a flash light in its tank. If you see a bunch of little glowy things, then she might have mites.

Sonya on March 12, 2012:

My stepson has a tartantula he got for his birthday in June. Lately we have noticed it not acting normal and are not sure what is wrong. It will get in its water dish and sit and not move for days and when it finally comes out there will be a little pile of white dots. Then it will finally come out and we think everything is ok and then its back in the water. It has done this several times lately.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 07, 2012:

Don't worry about her abdomen getting too big. She will molt as often as she needs to for her growth. They don't overeat, but sometimes they don't eat for a month, so it's okay to feed them all they will take. My girl has been known to eat 2 or 3 crickets in a day heading into a molt, then she won't eat for 3 weeks. They are all different, they are all awesome, and I'm excited for your journey!

Daniel on March 07, 2012:

Thanks radgirl , I'm glad to hear I was doing the right thing cause I kept feeding her each day , skiping a day or two not feeding her sometimes , always taking a look at her abdomen , cause I read that it is not good for her if the abdomen get's too big.

I'm looking foward for her mutation , but from her hunger I think I still got to wait for months lol.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

If she's not pacing like a soldier, she's got fresh water, and she gets food, she's happy :)

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

You first should talk to an exotic pet dealer and get all of the information you could possibly get. This is a pet that could live more than ten years, so you have to be willing to make that kind of commitment, and your parents have to be okay with that too. Google exotic pet owners in your area and just start talking. They will help you decide.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

I love seeing such vigor in owners!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

When she tried to bite you, did she rare up and bare her fangs? Was there any hissing? That's strange behavior, so give her some time to adjust slowly.

They almost will never eat things that are already dead, but a few days won't kill her. She needs nice live food.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Thank you!

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Thank you Daniel, and congratulations on your new family member! You are going to love it. Let her eat as much as she wants. She will go through periods where she doesn't eat at all, so giving her food when she'll eat it is key. If she likes worms, make sure you give some to her every once in a while too. Mine hates them, but loves the beetles they turn into. She's such a weirdo lol. Just keep learning, and you'll do great. If you can get past the first year, you're golden, because most of them will live long if they get past that milestone.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

There are males that can be as big as your hand. It depends on your hand also. The best way to tell is to google pictures of mating hooks and see if your T has them. I've seen some big males. My female is smaller than average.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Hi there, I would give her some more time to adjust. Sometimes they just take a while. I would give her an actual water dish unless she's super tiny. Make sure it's shallow enough that she can stand in it without drowning. Contrary to what some pet store clerks who really have no idea about them will tell you to use gel water or a sponge, but they really do like grooming, and it gives them a place to cool off. Don't worry if she doesn't eat for a while. They usually don't at first. Keep trying, and when she's hungry, she'll eat. Leave the crickets in overnight and see what happens.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

They all have different personalities. Some are more anxious than others. Check your environment first. Make sure there aren't speakers near her habitat or anything that would cause excess vibrations. Sometimes they are just hermits.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Bug bombs are deadly to Ts. Make sure you always clean the area thoroughly and don't ever leave the habitat in the room being bombed.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Mine does that when she's grooming.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Jer, she should be fine. If her abdomen was cracked, then worry.

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on March 06, 2012:

Put your T in a smaller container with a lid(make sure there are air holes) and clean it out, then put her back.

Natalya on February 27, 2012:

hey, i was just wondering how to know if my tarantula is happy?

hi on February 24, 2012:

spiders are cooll

Brynn on February 19, 2012:

I'm only ten and i really want a tarantula. How much whould it cost to get one? Where is the best place to get one. What should i feed it. Where can i buy its cage and play items? How much would it all add up to? Will it hurt if he/she bited me. Whats the best breed of spider i can get.

Brynn on February 19, 2012:

I'm thinking about getting a tarantula. Where should i buy one. I live in Canton GA. What breed should i get. I'm only ten. I really need help if i get one. What should i buy it? Where should i buy its cage.

I love my baby girl on February 19, 2012:

Im so happy! Three days ago I got my baby girl,but I wanted a bearded dragen. Alos we wernt prepared so I found this sight. At fist I was scared to hold it, and she was scared of me, but my mom let it crawl on my hand, then I was afrid to pick it up, but my friend stayed the night and I picked it up, and now im not afraid. Then my mom bought her self a bearded dragen, and when I hold it it jumped out of my hands and I didnt like it. Today I bumped my head and my baby girl saw and crawled over to the side of the cage, I want to hold it so badly but Im sick so I cant. Now Im so happy that my mom didnt buy me a beared dragen, because my baby girl is the best animal in the world! No wait, the best thing in the world!

jjohn2 on February 16, 2012:

hey, I just got my girl and when I tryed holding her she was scared an tryed to bite me, needless to say I put her back in her cage and washed my hands. I think she is getting ready to molt soon. I have a queston, my mom bought almost all dead krickets, and all thier was was two live ones so i gave them to her and she still seems hungery. I wont get new krickets for a few days, maybe a week. Should I let her starve or give her the dead ones. and if only for a week the temputure isnt what it should be will it be bad? I know i should of looked i up before I got it, but it was a surprise from my mom. What if I cant get any bedding till a while? And the best thing I an do for a food bole is a damp spounge? and I do think she is skinny, is that a sign of any thing? sorry for my terrable spelling, I just turned thirteen today.

Duane on February 16, 2012:

I've been doing research on the Chilean rose as I'm planning on getting one soon. I stumbled along this site and it's been very helpful. I'm sure when I finally get him or her I know have the knowledge to take great care of it! :)

Daniel on February 01, 2012:

Hi , radgirl , just bouth a chillean rose last week. I've read plenty how to pet it cause I intend to keep her the best way possible. The petshop owner said that at first will not eat for long time. He said his took 7 months to eat first time. Mine seems to like her place I made for her and after 2 days was eating my first mealworm. Now she is eating nearly 1 each day tough she is far away from adult size. Is that bad to give her food as many as she wants? Would it be better to have some diet?

After I read some of your comments now I intend to buy her some crickets so she will not lose the apetit for hunting.

Thanks for your answers you are very very very help full.

Stephen on January 26, 2012:

Use a small sponge soaked in water and just re soak everyday if you don't want to spray

charis on January 24, 2012:

hi marsel u do not need to spray but put like 4 drops of water by the bolw and rose haiers are dosile so thay dont move much if u wont to no more just give me a call and i dont think u need plastik plants but i cold be rong heres my phone number now i dont work so u can call me win ever im just trying to be helpfull becos win i gont mine no one wonted to help thats y i got on here to see what other ppl have to say sum ware vary helpfull but im the type of prson that wont to help every one so like i sade u can give me a call win ever thank u God bless u

charis on January 24, 2012:

hi sumone on here asked how u can tell if its a girl or boy this is how u can if your rose hair spider is biger than the palm of your hand its a girl if its not its a boy

Marsel on January 21, 2012:


I've been reading attentively and this is all so great! I just recently got a rose hair. She's a beautiful halthy looking girl (I named her Alisa :) My hubby was scared at first but is getting more and more interested in her :D

Here's my issue, (although I've had her for only a couple of days, she doesn't move mych.... Is she supposed to be active? Should I give her more time to adapt? I got her with the tank, stone bowl, log and plastic plants all in a tank as a package deal so I am sure the habitat is what it is supposed to be, I make sure her bowl (with a sponge, cause i was told that's the only way they drink water) has some water in it. I handle her fine, I think she likes to sit on my palm :)

BUT I don't / haven't yet sprayed the tank. When I got her I was told that just keeping the bowl moistis sufficient humidity for her... So do i actually need to spay the tank? Could it be that that's the reason why she hasn't been very active? Yesterday she paced around for a while, but that's about most movement I've seen her do.

I just put 3 crickets in there but she didn't budge... she doesn't look starved at all, she's got a healthy color, has no bald spots whatsoever, and has healthy size... Should I just keep doing what I do, or should I worry that she doesn't burrow, or eat (yet, I mean it has been only a couple of days since i had her).

I know this is a soon post, since I just got her, but I want to be sure I am providing a happy life for my girl, I have been doing a lot of research to be sure I am well knowledged in this, but your input would be most appreciated!!! :) Thank you!!!!

Dave on January 20, 2012:

Hi again again, Gizmo shed nearly 4 weeks ago and has been in her hole since. She has blocked the hole so nothing can get in. I thought she was coming out at night when I saw the old body had been moved but the soil hasnt moved in a while now. I was wondering if it is common for them to hide away for so long??

Cheers Dave

Christopher Riley on January 20, 2012:

ok this going sound like a weird question but dont want my tarantula to die in the process when brung back in room but queston is can my rose hair die from a bug bomb if was removed before the bomb an took bak after words will it kill y tarantula hope not i alsoneed to kill centipedes as they are dangerous to spiders an rather the other stuff that is danger to my t to dies

Tracy on January 16, 2012:

Do you no why my spiders rubbing his legs with his legs?? Hes been doing it all morning.

Jer on January 15, 2012:

Hi! I'm pretty worried, my rosey fell from about 7-7.5 inches. She's about 3-3.5 legspan but there doesn't seem to be an abdomen mark in the sand where she landed. I'm still very worried, she stayed motionless for ten seconds in a sprawl then walked straight to her hiding spot where she still sits now. Please help!

johng5 on January 14, 2012:

hi if anybody could help thaat would be great.

my mam has just been giving a rose as a present

she was wondering how often do u clean the cage out?

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on January 13, 2012:

Chris: Congratulations and welcome to the arachnid world! I would start by reading the entire comment thread and then let me know if you have any more questions.

chris lala on January 11, 2012:

I recieved a rose Chilean tarantula for christmas. They said she's a 3yr old female. I don't know anything about them. Can you help me out

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on January 10, 2012:

Narali-Start by putting your hand in the habitat with her. Let her climb over it and get a feel for how it feels for one to walk on you. Next, take a deep breath and pick her up. You can keep your hand in the habitat, but whatever you do, don't get scared and fling her. She'll surely bust her abdomen and die. Do it a little longer each time, and you'll soon learn to love her.

Dave-Good. Remove the body and keep feeding and watering her and eventually she'll get comfortable. If she's coming out at night, it's just a matter of time.

Andrew-If she's new, keep an eye on her hidey hole and make sure she's not building a marble sized ball out of web. If she is, she might have come to you preggers. If not, it's not abnormal for them to hide for a while. Monitor the situation and let me know if you need anything else.

Hope this helps!

Dave S on January 10, 2012:

Hi again, gizmo shed about 2 weeks ago but still hasnt come out of her hole. I thought she would be wanting to eat loads after shedding. Do they uaually hide them selfs for this long after a shed?

Cheers Dave

Andrew C. on January 06, 2012:

I adopted my Rose Hair about a week ago. I think I have a pretty good set up, having a little difficulty with the humidity though. Not sure of the sex, I hope its a female. She has seemed pretty happy exploring her territory but last night she went into her cave I provided and she clumped together some substrate with her web and filled in the door and windows. I was wondering if that means she is mad at me or hibernating or sick. If you can let me know that'd be great. It's hard to find accurate info on the net for some reason. I want to keep her happy and satisfied.

Dave s on January 05, 2012:

It did help thankyou. Not yet been able to get a good look at gizmo. He/she is still in it holes, Its been moving at night though because it has taken its old body out of the hole, got back in and blocked the entrance/exit again. It really doesnt want to be bothered yet lol

Narali on December 31, 2011:

Iv been scared of spiders all my life.So I decided to buy an rose hair to get rid of the fear. I'm super scared of picking it up. When I try to pick it up she puts her legs up:( It's so funny! I have so many different reptiles and animals that Iv never been afraid of. But my rose hair Bella is freaking me out. My children want to pick her up but I won't let them. PLease!! I need to find the courage to overcome this fear. Thank you:)

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on December 31, 2011:

Mistycat-Ohmygoodness!! I was starting to fear my Jenna was at the end of her life, 22 years makes me feel so much better that I could have another decade with her =]

I would just let her go. I don't know if there's a specific time that it takes, I know sometimes they just die and other times they take a long time. Think of it like letting an elderly person go and do what you can to make her comfortable and feel your vibrations. I'm very sorry for your loss, but it sounds like you gave her a wonderful life. God bless you for being such a good arachnid parent.

Dave-Okay, then she shouldn't be digging to lay an egg sac. I would just let her come out on her own terms. Up higher in the thread there are a lot of ways listed that you can tell if your T is a girl or boy, but the best way is to google mating hooks male Chilean rose hair and look at the pictures.

Hope this helps!


dave s on December 31, 2011:

Hi again, yes its a new spiderling, it has shed about 5 times now. This is the first time she and dug a hole in the soil and blocked the entrance. I keep checking the spider and it seems happy at the min so Im not going to disturb it just yet.

How do you know if it is male or female?? It was too small to tell when I got it.

Thanks for your reply

mistycat on December 30, 2011:

Hi radgirl,

I've had my rose hair for 22 years! yes 22, but about 5 days ago she went into her first death curl ever and he abdomen is small. I put her in icu for now because she is still alive and moving ever so slightly but still curled tight. Do you know how long a death curl lasts before they go? And if she is in any pain? Should I do something? I'm assuming it's just her time because she's so old. I can't believe she's lived this long as it is. Thank you

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on December 29, 2011:

Roaster-I'm glad this thread helped!

Dave-This isn't a new T is it? Have you had her for a while? I always remove the body just because my kids love to take it to school for show and tell. She's never been aggressive to her exoskeleton, but she doesn't like to come out of her log until I get it out of her tank. If you can get it out without making her super crabby, go for it. If not, wait til she comes out to eat.

Amanda-I am so glad you chose him. Most of the males are left to die because they have half the life span, and I think that's so sad. They deserve love to! Kudos for you!!

Amanda on December 29, 2011:

I got a Chilean Rose today. The pet shop told me it's a boy. He is pretty big. When I put him in his tank I stuck a couple of crickets in with him and he attacked and ate them both straight away. Watching him hunt and eat was fascinating.

He is sooo beautiful too. He is a chocolate brown colour with a vibrant pink star that covers his back (not abdomen)

I am so pleased I chose to get him. He is making a wonderful addition to our family of 1 Dog, 1 Cat, 1 Corn Snake and an African House Snake

Dave s on December 29, 2011:

Hi my chilean rose and dug a hole in its tank and blocked the hole so nothing can get in. It has shed but still not tried to get get of its hole. I have been told to take its old body out because they sometimes attack it. Im not sure if that is true but I`d still like to take the old body out. Should I wait untill its dug its way out??

Cheers Dave

roaster on December 23, 2011:

hi radgirl thanks for the advice, the guy at the pet store must have made a mistake with the ages of my tarantulas, my chilean must be around 6 years old as she has roughly 5 inches leg span if i have the right info, my mexican red knee must be 17 months as it is only the size of the top of my thumb and my other red knee is around 5cm. thanks again roaster

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on December 19, 2011:

Christopher, I would not try to do that. They will more likely kill each other.

Roaster-when they are tiny, it's easy to loose them or hurt them, so it's recommended that your handling starts slowly by just having your hand in the tank and letting them climb on it. As they grow and get used to you and you get used to the way they move, you can start handling just outside the tank. Grow together and she'll learn to trust and love you.

Cassy-When they are little they molt more due to their rapid growth. Make sure she has water that she can climb into if she's feeling dehydrated that isn't deep enough for her to drown in. Many of them die in transport which is why I recommend purchasing them straight from a local exotic pet expert. Shipping is really hard on them. Watch her for a few days and see if she moves, but don't touch her. If she is molting, she's very fragile. You may want to place her in an ICU in case she's dehydrated. Make sure whoever you bought her from has a policy about DOA(dead on arrival).

Hope this helps!!


cassy on December 17, 2011:

Hi, I recently ordered a pink toe tarantula and she arrived almost four days late. When she arrived she was curled up still in the shipment box, i gently transfered her into a small empty critter keeper. There were also two slings traveling with her and they survived just fine. One made an escape as I went to give it some moisture. Due to the slings surviving I am thinking the pink toe is just molting. She looks to be around two inches and apparuntly molted last on 12-1-11 it is now 12-17-11, Is it possible that she is just molting? do tarantulas molt that often?....I was VERY excited when she arrived and i would be ecstatic if she were just molting. Please let me know if there is some hope of her being alive and how I can tell???

roaster on December 17, 2011:

Hi there i have a chilean rose who is about 17 months old, ive had her for a little over a week, the guy in the pet store says i shouldnt handle her, but reading some of the older posts on here it seems he is not very clued up on arachnids nor am i to be honest, just wanted some advice on wether i should handle her or not.

thanks roaster

Christopher R. on December 16, 2011:

i got a rose hair an i want to get others was wondering can i breed her with different species of tarantula?

radgirl (author) from Somewhere in outer space on December 16, 2011:

I apologize for being gone so long. Bfair333, she may be carrying an egg sac. Be careful to not let your tank get too dry with a heating blanket. Contact your local exotic pet store owner to talk to them about Ts having babies, because they have a lot, and they get big, and it's a big responsibility and a LOT of work to raise them up from spiderlings.

To everyone else, I am really sorry and hope you don't feel too neglected. I have had life circumstances that have taken me away, and I vow to do a better job keeping up with this thread.

My Jenna is doing well, however is really old and doesn't get around like she used to. I hold her less now because she's old and moody, but I still love her. I'll be really sad when she finally leaves me.

I hope you and your arachnids are all doing well!

bfair333 on December 12, 2011:

I bought a chilean rose in June 2011.I was wondering how you can tell if the trantula is going to have babys?She made a small white ball of webing that she carries around with her all around the tank.Shes in a 10 gal tank with a heating blanket wraped around the tank.With using that it makes it easer to control the temp. in the tank.

chastie on November 13, 2011:

spiders are scary