The aim of
this tarantula BLOG is to give an insight into how I decided to set up and look
after a Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) Spiderling.
This blog on the Chilean Rose has been going for quite a
while and I'm still updating it so remember to give me feedback and come
|07.12.2005 - Spider in the Post|
Spiderlings have arrived (both my Chilean Rose and Curly Hair). They came today. Got
delivered to the office and I made
sure there was someone there to collect them. The spiders were okay and looked healthy.
|The Spiderlings were well packed and kept safe within a couple of 35mm camera cartridges.|
|The base of the box is covered in (at the most) an inch of
vermiculite. This is a 'mica' based mineral available in many garden
I purchased mine at B&Q for 4 pounds UK. You get a very big bag for that price (at the very least 5 litres). Many spiders like to burrow and
make a little nest. Vermiculite is ideal for this. I have heard that sand is not meant to be used, though peat and vermiculite is a good idea.
This will all depend on where your spider is indigenous.
|I then popped the camera cartridge into the box, teased off the lid,
and gently pulled out the tissue. The Chilean Rose Spiderling was happily sitting on
the tissue paper. Previously I have removed the tissue paper in the bath incase the Spiderling escaped, but this time I was brave and
opened it in the kitchen. At first the spider was a slow to move, but a slight prod with my finger encouraged him to move.
|The Spiderling when in the tank happily started to explore straight away and wandered about. It's about 10mm including it's legs - tiny!|
|08.12.2005 - feeding Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) Spiderling|
|I acquired some 'pin head' crickets. These are possibly the smallest
crickets I have ever seen. They are very small, and I had great
in getting them out the packet. In the end I used a small piece of paper and encouraged them onto it with my finger. I then popped them in
the tank with the curly hair Spiderling. I needed a couple of them as the relative size of the ferrero rocher box is like a football field. After a
couple of false attempts, the Spiderling finally got hold of one of the crickets and scurried off to eat it. I removed the remaining crickets.
On the photo below the marbled effect behind is the heat pad which is used to keep the spiders warm.
|20.03.2006 - The Spiderling Diary Continues|
|It's been a while since I wrote in the BLOG - this is primarily
because I thought I'd try a different approach to the diary this time as
recording everyday I feed them seems a little time consuming (especially when I have two Spiderlings and both are fed at the
same time)! You may find that the sister BLOG relating to the Curly Hair Spiderling has similar content. Bear with me on this
one and remember that there may be other people out there who need to look at the Curly Hair diary and not this one.
|25.03.2006 - Food Stuff|
|The Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) seems to need to be fed approximately one to two
times a week. This depends on the size of the cricket.
I have given him crickets the same size and he seems to have no problem with these though they do fight back more
than the smaller variety. I have been feeding my crickets on a mixture of butternut squash, and carrot. I tried feeding
them some bacon, but for some reason they didn't take to it like the last lot of crickets I had.
|26.03.2006 - Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) Spider Skins|
|Although I haven't got the dates written down the spider seems to
shed it's skin every four to six weeks. Though this will
depend on how often it is fed. As a general rule they do not east a few days either side of molting and the crickets
should be removed if they have not been eaten within several hours. From my experience, if they spider is hungry it
will pursue the cricket with some ferocity. If it runs away the spider is either not very hungry or the cricket is too large for
it. The latter is usually only applicable to very small Spiderlings.
|27.03.2006 - Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) Interactivity|
|I have noticed a weird thing with the Chilean Rose Spiderling. When
you blow on the top of his tank, he comes out
and sits on the camera cartridge. If you blow again he moves about as though he's trying to find out what is
happening - sometimes fast and jumpy, sometimes slow. Continued blowing on the top of the lid the Spiderling puts
it's front legs on the roof and stays there. Further blowing the Spiderling actually goes upside down on the lid and
then has a tendency to fall off and then hide.
|28.03.2006 - Photogenic Chilean Rose Grammostola Rosea Spid|
|I managed to finally get some images of the spider last night after
teasing it out by blowing on top of the tank. The spider
has grown considerably since she was delivered and is a lot more confident. Soon after I took these pictures she disappeared
into her house. I then fed her. It was a bit of a battle as the cricket was very jumpy and at one point jumped out the tank
and onto my hand - I was sure the spider was about to follow it. Luckily the cricket made the mistake of jumping back into
the tank and almost into the spiders jaws.
Like the Mexican Red
Knee, the Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) does a little dance when the cricket is being
eaten. Once again I think this
|06.04.06 - Non Hungry Spids|
|Spiderling still not eating and not moving around much. When a
cricket is placed in the tank she raises her front legs and shoos it
away then hides in the camera cartridge. Her colourings have turned darker and she is spinning a lot of silk recently (both on the floor
and even some of it attached from the lid of the tank to the camera cartridge!.
|07.04.06 - Shedding Spiderling|
|I checked the Spiderling this morning and she was all white. Looks
like she has shed her skin in the night though I couldn't really make
where it was. She certainly looks bigger than before and no doubt quite hungry!
|10.04.06 - Bigger Spider and New Home|
|As with my Curly Spiderling, the Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) is
starting to grow in will soon need a new home. I'm not sure what
to do about this as I need a solution which will fit on my kitchen surface and allow the head pad to do it's work.
|11.04.06 - Chilean Rose Spiderling|
|Fed Spiderling today. It was only a small cricket. I figured that
because it was so soon after her shed I should make sure I used a
which would not damage her if it started to kick (this is something crickets seem to do sometimes when in their final death throes).
As a general rule the Spiderlings stand on their tip toes when the crickets' kick, when they are really struggling they do the opposite
and pin the cricket to the floor using their thorax and the spread their legs and abdomen upwards to avoid damage. It's quite a sight and
I've only ever seen the Chilean Rose do it once with a very big cricket (in comparison to the size of her).
|12.04.06 - Wandering Spiderling|
|As the Spiderlings grow, they seem to get more and more inquisitive.
Wandering about and exploring their environment more and
more. Today when I opened the lid of the tank the Spiderling wandered up the side and onto my hand. She is getting very confident
and I have a feeling that soon she'll be on my hand. I'm not sure what I'm going to do if she decides to move very fast or bite me - I'm
worried about hurting her by dropping her or freaking out when she sinks her fangs into me. There is also the small possibility of me
being allergic to the venom which would put me into anaphylactic shock. Not ideal.
Still, I'm going to have to
pick her up sooner or later and might as well start when she is small.
If anyone has any advice about handling
|13.04.06 - Spiderling BLOG Updating|
|Well, it seems like I've gone against what I suggested I was going
to do earlier and I'm keeping the BLOG fairly up to date. I think the
hardest thing is to get started, especially with Spiderlings which can spend a great deal of their time either stationary or hiding. They're
also difficult to photograph when they are very small (as they run and hide at the first sign of danger). The Chilean Rose is even
more active than usual and I think it wants to escape from its house. It still sits on top of its camera cartridge and puts its legs on
the roof - especially when there is a noise. I am making the assumption that their feet are very sensitive and can pick up all sorts of
vibrations not only from their webs but also from other objects.
|As you can see in the new
photographs the Spiderling is growing and the colours are becoming more
pronounced. Note also the hair
increase on the legs. The Chilean Rose has also been spinning more web on the top of the camera cartridge.
|26.04.06 - Chilean Rose Spiderling Feeds Again|
|I've tried feeding the spider a couple of times over the last week
but it has not been interested. Last night I decided to have another go
with a small cricket which kindly went and hid. It took several minutes to appear and when it did the spider finally had some food.
I had to move the Spiderling this morning as the builders were in. It's currently in my bedroom (still in tank).
|28.04.05 - Moving Again|
|Spiderling has spent a great deal of time in his camera cartridge
since he was moved rooms because of the builder coming in. I think it's
colder on the floor than in the kitchen where he currently resides. I'll be moving him back soon.
|01.05.06 - Hungry Spiderling|
|I fed the Chilean Rose today. At first the Spiderling hid when I
opened the tank and then the cricket moved and the Spiderling shot out
hidey hole and got the cricket. The Grammostola Rosea out of all the Spiderlings I have had seems to move the most.
If anyone who is undecided about a Spiderling and is wondering which
breed to get, so far I don't think you can go far wrong with one of
It is certainly very
curious and will regularly wander about and investigate objects in it's
home. If you run your finger across the tank (e.g. from left to
The Spiderling still goes mad when you blow on the top of
the tank. It's the most bizarre thing to watch. I've still not held it
|04.05.06 - The Wandering Hungry Spiderling|
|Spiderling has been wandering about at lunch time when I had a look
at her. She seems to notice the change in light and comes out to see
going on. I popped a cricket in which wandered about a bit. The Spiderling took a few steps towards it, a few more, a very cautious couple more
steps and then pounced. She got it good and proper. Usually the crickets will fight, or at the very least resist and twitch - but this one didn't move
when she'd got it.
|05.05.06 - Spiderling Skins|
|I have taken some comparative photos of the Spiderling skins. Note how small the curly Spiderling skin is!|
|08.05.06 - It's just not cricket..|
|You know when you have one of those day?... I had one of those days
today feeding the Chilean Rose. The cricket I picked must have
been fed on dynamite. I've never seen one of the little blighters jump so much, or so high with the minimal of stimulus. Usually a prod
on the backside towards the spider means they wander about a bit, worse case scenario they wander in the wrong direction. This
cricket jumped. It jumped hard, it jumped fast and it jumped EVERYWHERE. It took a good ten minutes for it to finally make the mistake
of jumping into the jaws of the spider. Even then it was still twitching and the spider had to climb between the camera cartridge and the
side of the tank to avoid the desperate last kicks of the cricket.
|12.05.06 - Not hungry...|
|Tried feeding the Spiderling a small cricket today but it wasn't
having any of it.. The Spiderling came out its hidey hole to see what was
going on and the cricket walked right up to it, but the Spiderling just ignored it. I'm assuming it is going to shed within the next couple
of weeks or so. It is looking considerably smaller than the Curly Hair Spiderling, who last night had the biggest cricket I've ever seen.
|16.05.06 - Shedding Spiderling|
|I think the Spiderling shed today. Although there was no skin to be seen, the Spiderling was very white!|
|19.05.06 - Eating Spider|
|Spiderling pounced on a cricket today. He was VERY hungry and wasted no time in devouring his prey. I found the shed skin in his little house!|
|22.05.06 - Eating Spiderling 2...|
|Although I'd only fed the Spiderling a couple of days ago - she
seemed quite active and interested in things going on outside. I popped
cricket in. The cricket jumped, but it made the mistake of jumping at the Spiderling and was quickly caught and eaten. The Spiderlings appetite
has increased significantly since shedding!
|26.05.06 - Ever Hungry Spiderling...|
|Popped a cricket into the tank today. It didn't last a second. I
wasn't sure how hungry the Spiderling would be as I only fed him a
days ago - but the Spiderling didn't waste any time in going for and getting the cricket. As with the Curly Spiderling once the Chilean Rose
had got the cricket it did a little dance and then went into it's hidey hole.
|04.06.06 - It's not cricket!|
|I went to the pet shop on Sunday to get some more crickets for my
spids. After looking at all the other reptiles I asked for some medium
crickets. As usual, they didn't have any and would be getting some in on Tuesday (this magic day were crickets rain from the sky and spiders
rejoice. It's not the first time they've given this excuse and I often wonder why they don't simply buy more crickets if they keep on running out.
If they get a delivery once a week then the crickets don't die in a week.
Anyhow, I figured my spids were going to need feeding this week
and so the chap asked me would I be interested in some locusts (as he
I took one of the locusts out of the tank (well it jumped out,
they're like that) and opened the Spiderlings tank. Next minute the
|06.06.06 - The Locust...|
|I got one of the locusts out and had a hold. They are very strange
little creatures. This one is one of the bigger individuals in the
To my knowledge they don't bite (that is to say it didn't bite me when I was holding it) but they do have one hell of an appetite, a lot more
so than the crickets! The colourings are quite amazing and they have the ability to jump a foot or so when on my very slippy worktop. They
have the curious ability to stick to just about anything too, whereas the crickets were unable to climb the sides of their plastic houses - these
little beasts tend to spend a lot of time on the ceiling next to the air vents.
An amusing thing to do is surprise them. It only takes a couple of
them to jump and then it kind of sets off a chain reaction were they are
|08.06.06 - The Spiderling|
|Fed Spiderling AGAIN today. She seems to like the locusts!|
|11.06.06 - Food for thought|
|I spoke too soon. Gave the Spiderling a locust and it attacked it
and then let it go. It kept on following it round the tank but not
anything to it which was a bit weird. I took the cricket out. I assume it didn't get bitten as it is still alive after a couple of hours.
|19.06.06 - Skin Shedding|
|The Spiderling appeared to have grown this morning! It had shed
it's skin. As usual it is spending it's time in strange positions and
lying flat out. The colour hasn't come out yet but it does look at lot furrier.
|22.06.06 - Hungry Spider!|
|I decided to have a got at feeding the Spiderling today. The locusts
do not seem to jump about as much as the crickets when they are in the
tank. I popped one in and the Spiderling came over and had a look. Wandered up to it and grabbed it without a fight. As the Spiderling get bigger
the amount of time it takes for them to eat them reduces rapidly.
|25.06.06 - More Food!|
|The Spiderling's appetite is very high. I fed her again today. Her
hunting technique appears to have changed and become more relaxed. She
doesn't run around after the food any more. Instead she wanders up to the locusts and simply picks them up. I think it's because the way the
locusts don't go mad like the crickets do. I'm not sure why this is, they simply do not seem to put up any fight, or even jump. The crickets on the
other hand have a habit of just going totally nuts - jumping, running, kicking. Anything to try and get away. Non have made it mind, but they do
put up a damn good effort!
I've actually run out of food for the spiders at the moment. I'm not too sure what to get them next. The locusts have certainly gone down well!
|27.06.06 - New Photo of the Chilean Rose Spiderling (Grammostola Rosea)|
|I haven't taken many photos of the Spiderling recently. One of the
main reasons for this is because it's getting quick big - and when I
open the lid of the tank the Spiderling is quick to investigate what is going on and quite often tries to get out. I think it has learnt that when there
is a great deal of movement - then there is usually food on the way. A sort of invertebrate example of Pavlov's dogs - Spiderman's Spids!
The Spiderling has grown considerably since I last took a photo of
him. I've been unable to get his shed skin out the tank too as he comes
|03.06.06 - Finally Fed|
|I haven't fed the spid for a couple of days. Ran out of crickets and
couldn't get to the cricket shop! Finally got round to going at the
weekend and bought
some locusts and crickets. Figure variety is the spice of life! Popped a locust in the tank and it was eaten barely before it hit the vermiculite!
|05.06.06 - Feeding Again|
|Another day another cricket eaten.|
|10.06.06 - More feeding|
|Locusts are being consumed left right and centre.|
|01.07.06 - DANGER! SPIDERLINGS! HOLDING THEM CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PASTA'S HEALTH!|
|Okay - so it wasn't the best idea - but I got home from work and
decided that I would handle the Chilean Rose. I opened the tank and the
didn't move much. So I got a bit of pasta spaghetti and brushed the floor. Because the Spiderling has created a thin layer of web over the vermiculite
it can sense what is going on in it's immediate environment.
The Spiderling moved over towards the pasta. I moved the pasta to the
side of the tank and popped my hand there. The Spiderling started to
Needless to say I moved my hand and the pasta and popped the lid back
on. Although the Spiderling isn't very big and I don't think I would
I fed the Spiderling soon afterwards with a cricket.
|07.07.06 - Feeding Spiderling|
|Spiderling was fed today!|
|11.07.06 - More Food for Spiderling|
|Spiderling had a locust popped into the tank. As usual it approached the locust slowly and then pounced at the last second.|
|14.07.06 - Locusts go down well|
|Fed the Spiderling who was quite active yesterday. She was wandering
around the tank quite a lot. The locust tried to jump and was caught
mid air by the Spiderling and quickly eaten.
|27.07.06 - Not hungry|
|I've been away for a week so I'm not too sure if the person who was
tasked to feed spids has fed them much - all I know is that they didn't
bother changing the crickets and they're all dead, along with my cactus... The Spiderling is not hungry at the moment though so I guess it is
going to shed it's skin soon.
|30.07.06 - Shedding Spiderling|
|Spiderling has shed it's skin. It is looking a lot bigger than it
was, and by that I mean the difference in size is massive. The
looks like a proper tarantula!
|31.07.06 - New Home Creation|
|Okay - Spiderling now in his new home... Here's how I did it.
First off I've got two Spiderlings so I had to find a tank which could
fit them both in AND be big enough for them to grow. This means I had to
When I bought the tank I noticed there was a DIY shop over the road
so I wandered in and asked them for Perspex. Luckily they had an
|Next you need to work out how big the tank divider will be. I popped
the tank on it's end and drew round it on a piece of card. Remember
to take into around the fact the divider is going INSIDE the tank (i.e. minus the width of the glass from your drawing). Also take into
account the shape of the roof. Spiders and crickets are very good climbers, if there is a gap between the divider and the lid they may well
climb over - you don't want to have spider wars!
I used a large hacksaw (though you could probably use an electric saw) to roughly cut around my template. I did this on a workbench.
|Once the Perspex was roughly the correct size and shape I used a
Bosch Disk Sander (I prefer to call them whizzers) to get a more
accurate edge to the Perspex. The best way I found to do this was to place the plastic in two pieces of wood and clamp them together
using the workbench. I then whizzed the plastic down until it was up to the cardboard template. The whizzer is very fast and although
it looks like there is quite a lot of plastic to remove it took a matter of seconds. At this stage it is best to take your time as making a
mistake now could be costly. Note: You must use the correct safety equipment when doing this as bits of plastic are flying everywhere!
Once the plastic was
roughly the right shape and size I took it out and tried to fit it in
the tank. I'd been a bit generous with my
I then used varying grades of sandpaper (or glass paper) to take the
edge off the plastic and to shape the top so it fitted snugly into the
|The picture above shows how I attached the plastic divider to the
tank. I'd spent some time wondering about this and had come up
with all sorts of ideas involving plastic extructions and glue - in the end I figured I was making the solution far too complicated and
opted for clipping in the plastic. This way you don't need to worry about poisoning the spiders with glue (some are highly toxic) and
if I want to remove / adjust the diver at a later date it will take a matter of seconds.
The vermiculite was added next (this also adds to the
stability of the plastic divider) as was some water. I popped the
|01.08.06 - Wandering Spiderling|
|The Spiderling has been doing a lot of exploring today. Almost as
soon as I'd opened the lid it became curious and started to wander
about - though it had a bit of a problem getting over the side of the old spider house. In the end it climbed onto the plant pot and
scooted down the side.
In the morning the Spiderling had spun strands of silk all
over the place. It was hiding behind the plant pot and every so often
I popped a locust in the tank and the Spiderling caught it quickly and then hid again.
I've removed the old tank from the Spiderlings new house now.
|02.08.06 - More wandering|
|I popped a piece of pasta into the tank today and the Spiderling ran
at it like a bat out of hell. It appears that is has covered the floor
of the tank now with it's silk so it can tell of approaching creatures. I then popped a locust in - it's weird the spider didn't pounce on it.
It just wandered up to it, popped it's legs on the locust and then picked it up. No struggle, no dramatic swift jumping spiders or running
around - almost like the locust wanted to be eaten and the Spiderling grudgingly accepted.
|03.08.06 - Walkabout|
|Spiderling has been enjoying it's freedom these past few days. Are
Chilean Rose arboreal? I didn't think so! She spends a lot of her
time climbing up the side of the tank and then walking about and then down again. I guess having an extra dimension to walk in
makes the tank even bigger in a way.
I popped a small cricket into the tank which the
Curly Hair Spiderling didn't want and the Spiderling literally caught it
in mid air and
|05.08.06 - Feeding!|
|Fed the Spiderling again. It's fine mesh of silk over the vermiculite offering the perfect early warning system for food!|
|07.08.06- More Feeding!|
|At this rate the Spiderling is going to eat me out of house and home. It's always hungry!|
|10.08.06 - Feeding Again|
|The Chilean Rose Spiderling appears to be the most hungry little
devil I've ever seen. Every time I feed her, she eats! She was fed
|12.08.06 - More Scoffing|
|The Spiderling is still hungry!|
|15.08.06 - Flying Locusts|
|Because the Spiderling has covered the entire floor of the tank in a
fine layer of web, the locusts find it very hard to move about. The
web is actually quite thick and literally covers everything. The locust jumped out of my hand today and the Spiderling caught it while
sitting on the plant pot before it landed!
As with my Curly Spiderling BLOG I have even managed to sort out a spell check.... So this BLOG should make a bit more sense!
|16.08.06 - Changing the BLOG?|
|Spiderling hasn't been doing much really other than wandering about
the tank, and occasionally coming to look to see what I am
up to in the kitchen.
As with my Curly Spiderling BLOG I'm thinking about changing
the format / colours etc. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on this
|21.08.06 - Hungry Hairy Spiderling|
|The Spiderling's appetite is somewhat of a mystery to me. It
doesn't really do anything, and yet it is ALWAYS hungry!? Is it possible
overfeed a Spiderling? It looks like I'm about to find out.
|22.08.06 - Still Eating|
|The Spiderling is still eating like a trouper. It spends quite a lot
of it's time standing at the front of the tanking watching me cook.
I think it might be aware now that when I open the lid to the tank it is going to be fed (as opposed to me trying it eat it).
|23.08.06 - Growing fatter!|
|I'm still not sure if it's possible to over feed a spider so I am
feeding the Spiderling as much as possible. I assume it will stop
eating when it is no longer hungry. It's eaten three days on the trot now without showing any sign of stopping! I'm not about tonight
to feed it, but will see if it's still hungry tomorrow!
|25.08.06 - More Feeding|
|The Spiderling is still eating whatever I give it. I fed it a big
juicy locust today. The web seems to be very effecive and not only do
locusts get stuck in it, they also pinpoint the exact location of the prey to the predator. If you look on the picture above you can see
where the Spiderling caught a locust as it jumped onto the plant pot. The black mark is the Spiderlings venom (I assume it is the
venom as this is the same colour as the venom when the Curly Spiderling has missed its prey.
|26.08.06 - Feeding Again|
|The Spiderling is still eating and showing no sign of stopping or slowing down. I don't think she is hiding the locust corpses anywhere.|
|29.08.06 - Still Eating|
|I took the photo of the Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) just before
I fed her. Although she doesn't react in the same way to scratching
on the side of the tank (I don't think she can sense it like she used to be able to do on the plastic) she does still come and see what is
going on when there is movement in the kitchen.
|01.09.06 - Crunchy Silent Crickets|
|I decided to up the game a bit this weekend and purchase some larger
crickets. I went for one's titled 'Medium Silent Crickets'.
These are about two or three times bigger than any cricket I've fed the spider before. Though the locusts are quite big, they are mostly leg.
The crickets are fat and round and scurry about very fast as well as sometimes jumping (the locusts only really jump and can not move
very fast otherwise).
The crickets aren't actually silent to be honest. I
was bringing them home in the car and I could hear the little fellas
singing away to
Okay, so it was nothing like being on holiday.
I popped one of the the crickets in with the Chilean Rose Spiderling and
it pounced on it straight away. The noise wasn't very nice, a
I asked the guy in the shop about if it was possible to
overfeed the Spiderlings as I have been feeding them almost non stop the
The chap in the shop said that it
was a good idea to feed the Spiderlings on a mix of foods as the
crickets contains lots of moisture
|04.09.06 - Low Fat High Fibre Diet|
|I decided to feed the Spiderling again today. I gave it a great big
juicy female which jumped as soon as I put it into the tank. It makes
me wonder sometimes as it jumped right into the Spiderlings jaws - as an evolutionary escape mechanism, I've not yet seen a
cricket actually jump away from the Spiderling...
|The Spiderling (as usual) wandered about
with the cricket in it's mouth for a bit and then went into it's plant
pot. The cricket was still
moving a good tens minutes after it had been caught (I assume something to do with the calcium ion channels still firing in it's muscles
as it should have been long since dead. The Spiderling popped the cricket down, covered it in some web (though not like you see garden
spiders do with their thick envelope) and then picked it up again in it's mouth.
|05.09.06 - More Feeding|
|I wondered if the Spiderling could possibly be hungry today so I
gave him another cricket. Once again, somehow she found space for it...
I'm assuming that the Spiderling is actually going to be massive when it next sheds. No doubt I'll have to put it in another tank soon.
|06.09.06 - Still Eating|
|Fed the Spiderling a nice big juicy cricket again|
|07.09.06 - Two Houses|
|The Spiderling has moved it's two plant pots together so the larger
apertures are touching. I've no idea how the Spiderling managed to do
this but it did it at night. It has also started to join the plant pots together with silk. Both the upper surfaces are covered in a fine layer of silk
and the Spiderling has made areas of the silk cross from one plant pot to the other. Near the substrate the Spiderling has spun excessive
amounts of silk making a little barrier.
I fed the
Spiderling another large cricket. It picked it off with a minor
struggle. Because the Spiderling is getting quite big and is still very
|11.09.06 - Another Hiding Spiderling|
|The Spiderling has been spending a lot of it's time weaving more web
across from one plant pot to the other. I've tried feeding it but it is
not eating and it's spending a lot of time in it's new nest. I am still making the assumption that it will shed soon as this is classic
Spiderling shedding tactics! That is, stop eating and hide!
|15.09.06 - The Builders|
|Always prepare for the worst. Always. The Spiderling has decided to
shed when I have got the builders coming tomorrow and I need to move
the tank so it doesn't get damaged. Typical! Any other day would have been fine but the Spiderling has decided that this would be the best time
to undergo it's delicate and complicated metamorphosis. I managed to delay moving the tank to the last minute and luckily the Spiderling
had shed it's skin and was hiding so I haven't seen it.
|19.09.06 - Exploring|
|The Spiderling has been out exploring it's environment today. It's massive, but still not eating.|
|28.09.06 - Food!|
|Spiderling ate today at last! It didn't seem in any hurry and just wandered over to the cricket and kinda picked it up!|
|29.09.06 - More Food!|
|Fed Spiderling again today! Seems to be up to his old tricks of
eating all it can again!!!! It has started to excavate a little hole by
it's plant pot
and spends quite a lot of time down there!
|30.09.06 - Still Feeding|
|I popped another cricket in today and the Spiderling ate it straight away.|
|01.10.06 - Food Glorious Food|
|The Spiderling is still taking in the food. It's abdomen has grown considerably since shedding as it absorbs the crickets.|
|02.10.06 - More Food|
|The Spiderling has returned to normal. Eating all the time! Never getting full.|
|03.10.06 - Another Cricket Another Day!|
|The Spiderling has been roaming around quite a lot lately. It's
getting quite big, but this hasn't seemed to slow it down. If anything
getting faster as it gets bigger. When I fed the Spiderling today it caught the cricket mid air. Still not sure how they do this!
|10.10.06 - More Crickets|
|The larger crickets I have bought don't half chirp a lot - but at
least it didn't say on the packet that they were silent crickets like
lot I bought which made a noise!
|15.10.06 - Feeding|
|The Spiderling is still hungry unlike the Curly Hair Spiderling. I keep on feeding it and it keeps on eating!|
|17.10.06 - More Food|
|The cricket got stuck in some random web which the Spiderling has
been spinning recently. The Spiderling had to go up to the web and
pluck the cricket out!
|20.10.06 - Watering|
|The Spiderling ate again today. I bought a water sprayer from B and
Q today as I'm aware that the Spiderlings may not be getting as much
water as they should. The mister works really well spraying the sides (I've been popping water in by the heat pad and letting it evaporate and
then condense on the colder sides of the tank previously). I've come to the conclusion that a sprayer gives me greater control - though I
did spray the Spiderling by accident when it had the cricket and it was not impressed. It ran as fast as it could (with a mouth full of cricket) into
one of it's flower pots! and sulked.
|25.10.06 - Dreams|
|I had the strangest dream last night that the Spiderling walked out
of it's tank, up my arm and onto my head. Where it bit me. It was
not pleasant and really has put me off picking it up. The Spiderling has been roaming the tank a little bit. The weather is getting
colder though here in the UK so the Spiderling has spent quite a lot of it's time sitting near the heat pad.
|31.10.06 - Not Doing Much|
|The Spiderling has been spending most of it's time not doing a great
deal and sitting next to it's heat pad. Like the Curly Hair I assume
it's going to shed soon. When I tried putting a cricket in the other day it went to investigate but didn't bother trying to eat it.
|02.11.06 - Fit|
|The Spiderling hasn't been doing much recently. It spends most of
it's time hiding my the plant pot next to the heat mat.
I took the lid
off to day and the Spiderling didn't do anything for a moment and then
had a fit trying to hide somewhere. I'm not too
I popped a cricket into the tank and the Spiderling went to have a
look (it is the most curious creature I have ever encountered
|10.11.06 - BIG Spiderling|
|I got home at lunch time today to find the Spiderling upside down.
It had made a sort of nest outside it's plant pots using large amounts
webs and was just lying there. I left it be, when Spiders die they don't go on their backs. I've been trying to work out how it turns over, if it
climbs up something then flops or if it can actually turn itself. If anyone knows, please send me an email from the contact page!
finishing work in the evening I checked the Spiderling and it looked
considerably bigger and was the right way up. The shed skin
|11.11.06 - Shed Skin|
|The Spiderling has moved it's shed skin from wherever it was hiding
it. As you can see it has made a nest in which it shed
it's skin. I am assuming the silk protects the Spiderling from the ground and insects accidentally wandering in and disturbing
it when it is shedding. The Chilean Rose web does not appear to be used to specifically catch the prey, but I am certain it is used to
alert the Spiderling at to where it is.
|15.11.06 - Curious Big Spiderling|
|The Spiderling hasn't been doing much at all over the past couple of
days. It's been sitting in it's nest next to the heat pad and wasn't
taking any crickets.
I spotted that she was in her plant pot
today and decided to take a chance and pop a large hopper in. The
Spiderling ever curious came
|17.11.06 - More Food|
|The Spiderling has regained it's appetite and is happily eating
again. I fed it my last locust today. As you can see from the image I
have removed the Spiderling old skin. Sometimes they guard it with a passion, other times they chuck it out of where they are nesting
|22.11.06 - Feed Me|
|The Spiderling has been wandering about it's tank quite a lot.
Though I think it's favourite place is next to the heat pad. Maybe I
consider getting a more powerful one? I need to get some more crickets fairly quickly
|23.11.06 - Crickets Galore|
|I decided to try out another pet shop today for crickets. Poulton
Aquatics. They've got a good selection of food and a really good
selection of animals (from fluffy cute rabbits to fluffy spiders). I bought some singing black crickets and some size four locusts. It's quite
handy actually. This pet shop grades their food so you can say which size you want in a number. The locusts go up to six so I'm
thinking about getting some of those next time - the Spiderlings will love having a fight with those.
The Spiderling came over to investigate what I was doing (I was
pushing the locust about with my wooden pointed). The
|25.11.06 - Food|
|Fed the Spiderling again. It's still a hungry little fellow. I do
need to change him soon. Might do it this week. Just don't want to get
or have him escape and me chase round after him!
|01.12.06 - 1 Year old... Nearly|
|Well the blog has been up for nearly a year now and many thanks to
all who have read and written in about it. Thanks to
Mark (I did email you back but your email address doesn't seem to exist) too who suggested the use of Wax Worms to
feed the Spiderlings. I'm looking into that and I've emailed the people at the website you sent over.
been slowly going through the blog too and correcting typo errors. This
will probably take ages. I also believe I need to change the white
this nasty feeling that the Spiderling can pretty much handle anything I
can give it, maybe bar people. But it's had a go at me a couple of times
need to change the vermiculite of the Spiderling. No doubt I'll do it
this weekend at some point. I've been trying to work out if the
Apparently the locusts are called Schistocerca Gregaria and are desert locusts orginating from around the Middle East. Isn't Google a wonderful thing!?
|04.01.07 - Happy New Year!|
|Well, it's been a hectic few weeks here what with Xmas and all the
parties etc which occur about this time of year... I'll be filling in
more of the
blog in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to check back soon!
|05.01.07 - Bigger Spider|
|The Spiderling hasn't been eating as much recently. It's dug under it's piece of bark and spends quite a lot of time there.|
|29.01.07 - Spiderling Diaries|
|Winter has arrived in the UK with dropping temperatures and lots of
harsh weather (at last)! I've been checking my heat
pad behind the Spiderlings quite a lot to make sure that it's still on. It's strange though at the Spiderling has spent a
great deal of it's time on the side of the tank AWAY from the heat and behind the bark. It's as though it's too hot for it.
The last week or so has also seen the Spiderling
hiding underneath the bark. All you can see is his feet sticking out
The brown crickets I have been giving him recently (he hasn't been
very hungry) have the ability to jump quickly and
I thought that the Spiderling might have mites, but I haven't been
able to see any on him. There are a couple of white
|07.02.07 - Grammostola Rosea Spiderling Sitting|
|The Spiderling hasn't been doing much lately. It seems to spend most
of its time sitting on the bark and watching
me cook - unless I drop something like a pan and then it runs off and hides in the plant pot.
|12.03.07 - Still sitting Spiderling|
|The Spiderling still hasn't eaten. I've tried on numerous occasions
to give him some locusts and although it goes
over to see what they are and follows them about it still hasn't eaten any of them.
As with the Curly Spiderling I expect it will shed in the next couple
of days (probably some time this week). Their
I did find a mite the other day in a wetter part of the tank. I'm not
too sure if there are any more, but I'll keep an eye
|26.03.07 - Digging Spiderling|
|The Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea) Spiderling has not been a great digger. Today
however it appears to have
excavated underneath its piece of bark. The last few days it's been spending a great deal of time under there hiding
and the next minute it's
dug a bloody great big hole which I'm rather impressed with.
The Spiderling is still not interested in food - though it is
interested in anything in it's tank. As usual it goes over and
Although I don't think I've mentioned it before I
regularly spray the sides of the tank with water (though I avoid
|25.04.07 - Not eating|
|The Spiderling still hasn't eaten anything. It's been months since
it last had a bite to eat. It's been doing a lot of
|04.05.07 - Digging Again|
The Spiderling isn't hungry. I tried feeding it last night but it wasn't
having any of it. The cricket ran in and then hid - it
was a real pain in the arse trying to get it out again.
The Spiderling has been doing
a lot of digging though again. I'm thinking about changing the tank
|07.05.07 - All Change!|
I decided to change the Spiderlings tank, clean it out, and add new
vermiculite. I popped the Spiderling in a plant pot
(he wandered in okay) and then removed all the vermiculite I could and gave the tank a good scrub. The glass is a
lot cleaner now.
I then popped a good
couple of inches of vermiculite in and then the bark (washed in boiling
water). I put it at a
|08.05.07 - Food at last!|
|I left the Spiderling to settle for a day and then tried giving it some food! It finally ate a cricket. After about 8 weeks of fasting!|
|06.08.07 - Quiet Spiderling|
The Spiderling has been quite quiet. Recently I have changed the
substrate to peat and vermiculite mix which I will
photograph and post here on the website
|15.08.07 - More Food|
The Spiderling seems to have started to eat again after months of not
wanting food. I fed her a locust and it wandered
up to it and ate it.
|20.08.07 - More eating|
The Spiderling ate another locust today. Though it also decided to move
it's bark. I've no idea how it picked it up and
turned it over!?
|26.08.07 - SPIDERLING ESCAPED|
Okay crisis management appears to be my forte. I got back to my flat
after a weekend away and found the Spiderlings
tank lid off. On closer inspection I realized the Spiderling wasn't in the tank which meant it had escaped.
Luckily I figured it would not have got very far. Spiders
like dark places and are not known for their ability to fly. A warm
I popped her in a little box and then put her back in the tank. She
didn't move for a long time (12 hours or so). I thought
|18.09.2007 - Hungry Spiderling|
The Spiderling has eaten today. It has also been doing a lot of digging.
Somehow it had managed to move it's bark
out the way but I put that back. It's got a nice little nest now to hide in.
|22.09.2007 - Ignoring Food|
|The Spiderling ignored the cricket I dropped in the tank the other day, and then the cricket hid and I couldn't get to it.|
|24.09.2007 - Cricket Hiding|
The cricket is still hiding and every so often makes an appearance.
Still can't get to it and the Spiderling has
started to spin webs!
|28.09.2007 - Dead Good|
|I think the cricket is dead. But I can't get to it as the Spiderling has made a proper little nest!|
|29.09.2007 - Shedded Out!|
The Spiderling has shed his skin! That's why he didn't eat and that's
why he made a nest. The Spiderling is
hiding and not come out.
|03.10.2007 - Still Hiding|
The Spiderling has been moving about his nest (the skin has moved) but
not come out. Or at least I haven't seen it
wandering about like it usually is; investigating this, investigating that!
|08.10.2007 - Exploring Spiderling|
I think the Spiderling has grown in size, but it's hard to tell. It
finally came out of it's nest at the weekend to see what was going
on. As you can see from the image above the Spiderling's skin (which I have removed) is very brittle and breaks up easily. The
Spiderling wasn't hungry when I tried to feed it a locust (or grasshopper as my mate calls them)!
|Eating Locusts - 12.10.2007|
The Spiderling ate! It zoomed out it's hidie hole and ate a locust I'd
Below is a picture of the Spiderling when it had escaped the other week! And yes, I like candy floss! I've still no idea how it got on the floor!
|Well Fed Spider - 20.12.2007|
The spider is eating a lot again now. I has been moving about and I
bought some black crickets last week to feed it.
Winter is here and the days are cold - luckily the heat pad keeps the spider warm but it never seems to spend much time next to it.
|10.03.08 - Larger Spider|
The Spiderling has eaten a couple of crickets since I last wrote in the
blog. Not many though. It didn't really like the large flying
locusts, though it did eat one.
I've bought a digital thermometer and a
hydrometer for the tank so I can monitor the temperature and the amount
of water in
Personally I would not recommend the Exo Terra hydrometer - and invest in a digital one.
|04.02.09 - Spider Still Going Strong|
It's been nearly a year since I last updated the blog. The spider hasn't
shed in all this time so I assume it's an adult. It
is still eating though and is as curious as ever.
I've updated the blog with a couple of additional features. Remember
to contact me if you have any questions. I always
|23.02.09 - Chilean Rose Close Up Photograph|
As the spider gets older it seems to move about less in the daytime and
more at night. I'm thinking about popping some
more objects in the tank for it to explore, probably some bark. It hasn't been interested at all in the plant pot and I think that
they really do prefer smaller enclosures to bigger ones. Note on the photo below the web which allows the spider to 'hear'
where the cricket is pretty much anywhere in the tank.
|18.05.2011 - Do Chilean Rose spiders drink?|
|The spider continues to move about. I have noticed if I don't spray the tank for a while and then spray the side of the tank with a none mist setting (so the water dribbles down the side) the spider will actually go up to the water, press his mouth against the glass and drink. Awesome!|
|It's been ages since I last updated the blog, but you'll be glad to know the spiderling is fully grown and happy enough.|
|Check out this video of a chilean rose spiderling eating. Chilean Rose Spiderling eating.|
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