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Chilean Rose Tarantula

Chilean Rose Tarantula - photo courtesy e-spiderworld.com

John Hoke

Scientific Name:

Grammostola rosea

Also Known As:

Chilean Common, Chilean Fire, Chilean Rose Haired, and Chilean Flame Tarantula

Size:

Chilean Rose Tarantulas reach a leg span of 4.5 - 5.5 inches.

Life Span (females):

15+ years (males much shorter).

Housing:

A small (5-10 gallon) tank is suitable for Chilean Rose Tarantulas. The width of the tank should be two to three times wider than the leg span of the spider wide, and only as tall as the spider's leg span. 2-3 inches of peat moss, soil, or vermiculite can be used as a substrate. Wood, cork bark, or half of a small clay flower pot can be used for a shelter/retreat.

Temperature:

70-85 F (21-30 C)

Humidity:

60-70%

Feeding:

Crickets and other large insects (must be pesticide free), occasional pinky mouse for full grown spiders.

Temperament:

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are usually docile and calm.

Notes:

A combination of traits makes this species often recommended as the ideal species for beginners. Hardy and docile, this spider is commonly available, inexpensive, and easy to care for.

Tarantula photo reprinted with permission of John Hoke, e-spiderworld.com

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