Chilean Rose (Grammostola rosea)
Bolivia, Northern Chile and Argentina.
This species is found in many habitats,
mostly deserts and scrubland.
a) Common NameChilean Rose / Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula.
The Chilean Rose is one of the most commonly traded tarantulas in the pet trade
today. It is considered the best starter species for anybody who wants to
get into the hobby of keeping tarantulas. This species of tarantula is popular because it is a combination of being fairly large,
hardy and docile.
The Chilean Rose is readily available and can be found in two
different colour phases:
1. A tan to brown overall colour with pink hairs and a pink carapace.
2. Red hairs all over the body.
e) GrowthRelatively slow. Juveniles shed often, though.
f) Full Grown Size11.5cm – 14cm (4.5 - 5.5 inches).
Females: 15+ years. Males generally live less than half that.
KEEPING THIS SPIDER IN CAPTIVITY
a) Cage setup
Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic container with air holes. Adults
can live in a 1ft (10-gallon) tank. Floor space is more important than
5 - 7.5cm (2 to 3 inches) of peat.
No decorations are really needed, but
as this may very well be your first cage set-up, you can experiment by adding plastic plants,
21 – 29°C (70 - 85°F)
75 to 80%
f) Water source
Sub-adults – adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Spiderlings can be fed on pinhead crickets and other small insects.
Adults can be fed on large crickets and other large insects, as well as
an occasional pinkie mouse.
This species is known to go on hunger strikes for months at a time. Do not be
alarmed if your tarantula goes for a few months without eating anything.