Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula (Grammostola rosea) originates from desert regions of Chile, but can also be found in Bolivia and Argentina. It’s one of the most popular tarantula species in the stores all around the world. It’s especially common in North America and Europe – and for a good reason. Rose Hair Tarantula is a very hardy, docile tarantula and with that said, very beginner friendly. Besides their hardiness and ease of care, they also display unique colors and behaviors. It’s a very fun exotic tarantula pet to have so no wonder it’s so popular across the globe. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Chilean Rose Tarantula so unique and special.
Rose Hair Tarantula Lifespan & Size
Chilean Rose is a medium sized tarantula. It’s known to be a slow grower, taking up to 3-4 years to fully mature, but once it does it grows up to 5 – 6 inches in size. As with most other tarantulas, males live shorter lives, up to 5 years while females are known to live up to 20 years in captivity. With that being said, it’s always a good idea to keep a female due to their prolonged lifespan.
Rose Hair Tarantula Facts & Characteristic
Rose Hair Tarantula is known to be of very docile nature, it’s usually calm and peaceful and won’t display any aggressive behavior. This is one of the biggest reasons for their enormous popularity. However, Tarantula behaviors always vary between the individuals and some can be more aggressive than others of their species.
They are known to be moody from time to time, when they are approaching their molting period or when they’re stressed, and during that time they can display defensive behavior when touched. Molting is a process when tarantula gets rid of its old skin for a fresh, new look and they are known to be vulnerable and uncomfortable until they get used to their new bodies. They are known to be very hardy creatures that can survive in most conditions.
Rose Hair Tarantulas have small urticating hairs all over their stomach that they sometimes use to throw at potential threats. Although these are some extreme cases, it’s good to wear protective glasses to stay safe from these attacks.
They are skittish in nature; they prefer to run away from trouble instead of fighting. However as mentioned earlier, in periods close or just after their molt, they can be very provoking.
Besides their calm nature, they will also display beautiful reddish brown, pink, gray colors. Their bodies are covered with little hairs. On top of that, they will usually remain calm during the day and move during the night/evening so you might not be seeing them often.
Handling & Bite
Tarantulas are known to be extremely individual, solitary creatures and they do not like being handled as pets. However, Rose Hair Tarantula is one of the most peaceful creatures, and they usually won’t react defensively to being handled. Make sure you don’t make any rash moves and give them some time to get used to your palms.
As for the bite, every tarantula has a venomous bite, but it’s known not to be deadly to humans. Rose Hair Tarantula will usually be very calm and peaceful, but it may bite you for seemingly no reason sometimes. Their bite won’t cause major problems, but you will experience local pain, itching, and burning sensations. The biggest problem can be an allergic reaction to tarantula venom so make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions before handling tarantulas.
Rose Hair Tarantula Feeding
Chilean Rose Hair Tarantulas love to eat live critters so make sure you provide them with plenty of bounty for their predatory efforts. It’s a good idea to “gut load” crickets before feeding them to your tarantula. Give your crickets lots of vegetables prior to introducing them to your tarantula. By doing this, your tarantula is certain to have enough vitamins and minerals to go along with the meat. Here’s some foods you can serve:
- Mealworms, Waxworms
You should feed them a few times a week – usually, 4-5 crickets are enough. On top of that, keep a small water container so they can always use it if needed.
One thing to note is that Chilean Rose Tarantulas may refuse food sometimes. They are actually known to fast for prolonged periods of time. This can take weeks, sometimes even months and owners start to get worried that their tarantula is dying. However, this is completely normal behavior. Rose Hairs are known to fast prior to their molting period, so don’t be worried.
Before their fasting period, they may gorge themselves on food in preparation for upcoming famine season, so make sure you don’t overfeed them too much. It can be a pretty scary experience to see your tarantula eat everything in its sight and then not eat at all for months, but keep in mind that this is natural and it won’t cause any problems.
Rose Hair Tarantula Care
As mentioned earlier, Chilean Rose Hair Tarantulas are very hardy species – meaning they don’t require any special conditions to thrive. They are known to adapt to scorching desert temperatures but also to colder periods. Feed them regularly and make sure their environment is fitting.
Tank / Housing
You should have at least 5-gallon Terrarium tank for your Rose Hair Tarantula, ideally up to 10-15 gallons. Keep the temperature around 75–85 °F (24–30 °C) and relatively low humidity since they’re desert creatures. There’s no need to spray their terrain with water. Tarantulas are almost blind and will naturally rely on their touch to navigate their environment; this means they don’t require a lot of space, so 5 gallons is just fine. Dim lighting settings are just fine as they prefer to be active at night.
As for the substrate, give them something soft that can handle enough moisture to support a burrow. They may or may not burrow in captivity, but you should provide them with the option nonetheless. You can use peat moss, bed-a-beast or sandy soil substrate for their tank. Keep it about 3 inches deep with pieces of cork bark or logs so your tarantula can burrow if she wishes to. Additionally, you can decorate the tank with plants, logs, rocks – just make sure it’s well attached to the surface, so it doesn’t fall onto them while burrowing.
Your Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula will appreciate a small shelter that she can hide in when threatened. It’s a good idea to have a small flower pot or bark that they can hide under.
Rose Hair Tarantula Breeding
Rose Hair Tarantulas can be bred relatively easily. When your male is of age, you may introduce him to your female tarantula so they can get used to each other. After the introduction, it’s a good idea to wait a few months before attempting to breed them.
Finally, when you’re about to breed them, simply put them in the same tank and wait for the magic to happen. Male will lurk around her cave, trying to lure her out with flashy moves. If the female likes him, she will approach him, and the mating process can begin. Male will attempt to lift the female up to a vertical position; this will give him enough time and space to plant his seeds inside of her.
After mating is over, the male will usually die just a few days later, this is simply their nature, and you can’t stop it. (unless the female eats him post mating, hah!)
If mating was successful, female will spawn the egg sack that can contain up to 500 spiderlings.
Overall, Rose Hair Tarantula is a great species to own; it won’t demand too much attention or care, so any beginners are welcome to pick it up.