My rose hair tarantula that I got yesterday just sits and the top of a corner and moves sometimes

Dylan rose hair

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She's no very large so I think she's young. I don't know if she's about to molt but I just want to make sure I'm caring for her the correct way. I have her in a tank 4 times her body, shallow water dish, and heat pad on the side. Am I doing this right
 

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no, get rid of the heat pad, they burn and kill tarantulas. use a space heater for any heating. if temps are higher than 70 youre fine. tarantulas commonly explore and wander when introduced to a new cage, dont worry about that.
post a pic of the spider and cage, please.
 

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Tarantulas in general dont move a lot. Yours might just be exploring as this is a new environment for her. She needs to get accustomed to it. Another reason for her climbing might also be the heat pad which is not necessary as was previously mentioned. The heat from the. bottom might be bothering it so this is why it is climbing. Also excessive heat might cause evaporation which raises the general humidity above this species' liking.
 

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Definitely post a pic of your setup. When you say "top of a corner" do you mean it climbed up to a corner or is it down on the substrate? They will climb, but G. rosea is an arid species so make sure your substrate isn't wet.
 

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Tarantulas in general dont move a lot. Yours might just be exploring as this is a new environment for her. She needs to get accustomed to it. Another reason for her climbing might also be the heat pad which is not necessary as was previously mentioned. The heat from the. bottom might be bothering it so this is why it is climbing. Also excessive heat might cause evaporation which raises the general humidity above this species' liking.
Heat pad is on the side. ;)
Is she sitting in the corner where the heatpad is?
I don't think additional heating is needed for where you live, and G.rosea can handle a lot in terms of temperature. Room temp should be fine.
Damp substrate is not what they like, she could be climbing to avoid it.
 

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My Rosie lived theough 11 Scottish winters at room temps of 17C just fine :)
 

Dylan rose hair

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no, get rid of the heat pad, they burn and kill tarantulas. use a space heater for any heating. if temps are higher than 70 youre fine. tarantulas commonly explore and wander when introduced to a new cage, dont worry about that.
post a pic of the spider and cage, please.
 

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Which kind of substrate you used, man? Btw I would raise a little bit part of the substrate, just for create and offer to your G.rosea an alternative.

Also I will add a piece of cork bark for hide (Theraphosidae loves those, trust me on this words, man).

Keep the water dish full.
 

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not as bad as some. :)
i dont know what sub youre using but i highly recommend peat moss or eco earth. raise the sub level another couple inches, add a water dish and keep it full, remove heat pad, switch out that hide for something else more solid. also, if you have a screen lid on there, you might want to look into switching it out for acrylic.
 

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not as bad as some. :)
i dont know what sub youre using but i highly recommend peat moss or eco earth. raise the sub level another couple inches, add a water dish and keep it full, remove heat pad, switch out that hide for something else more solid. also, if you have a screen lid on there, you might want to look into switching it out for acrylic.
Agreed . Get rid of that gravel . A big bag of peat moss will only set you back a few bucks .
 

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A hide should be made from wood, or something that won't break down like PVC. Cardboard has no place as a hide.

That sub is not appropriate, like mentioned, coco fiber, eco earth, jungle mix, peat moss or just plain cheap topsoil are all better options.

Just so you are aware, rose hairs can deal with cooler temps than most, even consistent low 60's. If there is a species that has no use for added heat, this is it.
 
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