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PostSubject: Newest addition to the family    10/29/2012, 1:55 am

This is my new rose hair tarantula! I am new to tarantulas so any advice on this particular species is welcomed Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 11:38 am

Congrats on the new addition!

Here's the best caresheet out there:

http://people.ucalgary.ca/~schultz/roses.html

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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 1:16 pm

Thanks a lot! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 1:28 pm

I see this guide mentions that a large amount of humidity is not required but yet my pet store guide states that there humidity should be 50 to 90% am i looking at the wrong tarantula? I have the rose hair tarantula haha i am so confused.
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 4:38 pm

Pet stores always have their information wrong.

You have a G. rosea.

Here's a little info on their natural habitat Smile :
G. rosea come from the margins and less severe areas of the Atacama desert. This is arguably one harshest places on the planet. Some spots have not had rain in recorded history. The temperatures there may reach 135įF (57įC) or higher in the Chilean summer and they may experience light frosts in winter. Although it's thought that the areas where G. rosea are prominent are not so severe. They've been reported from desert and semi-desert to scrub forests. In nature, they get most of their water from their prey and from fog that drifts inland from the Pacific ocean.


So basically, keep them on bone dry substrate with a small, shallow water dish.


And as with scorps, don't worry about it not eating. There are accounts of them fasting for 2 years.


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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 4:50 pm

Wow thanks the pet store told me to keep the substrate moist and the humidity at 70% i really hope i didnt harm him in those 2 days he had those conditions but i heard they are hardy. Definitely glad to have my facts straight! Thanks again I appreciate it cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 4:59 pm

Nah, those conditions didn't harm her.

However, she was probably a very pissy spider in those conditions. Laughing






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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 5:23 pm

Haha ya she was clinging to the glass and stuff so i kind of felt somethin was wrong. Well good glad we got that dilemma solved!
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    10/30/2012, 11:18 pm

Hey one more question! If you could haha my tarantula has been in the same spot for about 2 days now is this normal behavior sometimes? He isnt dead but just hasnt changed spots for a while. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    11/3/2012, 5:17 pm

Sorry for the late reply.

Yes, perfectly normal behavior for your T.

Similar to how emps are often called "pet hole", G. rosea are often called "pet rocks."

I've found that scorpions, in general, are slightly more active than tarantulas.

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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    11/4/2012, 5:50 pm

Right on! Good to know thank you so much for all the help it is much appreciated!

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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    11/4/2012, 11:00 pm

I have one more question say a tarantula went 3 or 4 days without a water dish haha I forgot to put it in before I left on a little mini trip while I was rushing around. Im thinking its fine I worry too much I guess?
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    11/5/2012, 4:48 am

Not a problem at all. I always fill the water cups of mine when feeding (this happens each 10-15 days) and have not had problems even when molting.
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PostSubject: Re: Newest addition to the family    11/5/2012, 8:51 pm

Thank you! I love how hardy these guys are! Not like caring for a dang dog thats for sure!
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