Hello I haven't posted here before ...Well! Welcome to this forum!
Are you a newbie to the hobby?If so, welcome to the hobby!
In any case, may I suggest reading the following two webpages?Stan's Rant
- READ AND HEED THE WARNINGS! READ THE BOOKS!Myths...
- Follow the sub-links too.
... but I'm the owner of a young female G. rosea (red variety).
... I've owned this tarantula about 7 months ...
Have you read Care and Husbandry...
... and she has not molten during that time. ...G. rosea
(a.k.a., Chilean rose tarantula), being from the other side of the planet, operate on a different calendar than most other tarantulas. Their seasons are 180° (i.e., six months) out of phase with us. While our Northern Hemisphere tarantulas molt in March through May, roses molt October through December. Until they make the dreaded "Hemisphere Shift." During the period during this adjustment they usually stop eating and stop molting. And, this can take 2 years to complete! (The record for fasting seems to be about 3 years, and the record for not molting
seems to be about 4 years.)
If it doesn't molt this fall, it may not molt until spring 2014! Or later!
... I recently noticed in her enclosure that she has taken about 10+ cricket carcasses from her burrow and littered them in a linear pattern towards the opposite side of the cage. ...
Cleaning house. They do that from time to time. It's a good idea to remove them as soon as possible, mostly because they invite infestations by mites and springtails. But, they also smell bad, soon the cage will be unbearable, and you'll find yourself doing an unscheduled cage cleaning.
Last item: Has anyone ever told you about
THE TARANTULA ENTHUSIAST'S LAMENTYou've been warned!(With many thanks to Frito-Lay for institutionalizing the progenitor of our little joke.)
"Like those potato chips,
you can't have just one!"