Chilean Rose Tarantula
Grammostola rosea (Araneae: Theraphosidae)
Chilean Rose Tarantulas originate from desert and scrubland areas of Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina (Fouskaris 2001). This species comes in several color morphs: a tan and pink morph (pictured) and a darker red morph. The two colorations were formerly classified as different species: G. spatulata and G. cala. This terrestrial species makes a good beginner's tarantula, although it is able to flick urticating hairs if annoyed. Some can be handled, although my Rosie does not appreciate it.
|Housing:||10 to 20 L cage for large adults|
|Substrate:||Soil, peat moss|
|Decor:||Cork bark, flower pot, or wood hideout, water dish|
|Temperature:||21.1 to 29.4° C (70 to 85° F)|
|Temperament:||Docile, may be skittish, occasional hair kicker|
|Considerations:||Good for beginners|
I got Rosie on March 21st, 2001. He is light brown with pink and very pretty. When I first got him, I thought he was a female, but since then, he has molted twice. His most recent molt to a mature male was on Jan. 25th, 2002. Mature males can be recognized by the tibial spurs on their front legs and by the enlarged pedipalps (pictured below). Although Rosie is generally calm and doesn't bite, he does not enjoy being handled and will flick urticating (itchy) hairs at me if he is annoyed. This is a common defense mechanism in New World tarantula species. Because he is not fond of handling and runs to his flower pot when approached, I have found it nearly impossible to get an accurate measure of his size, but his full leg-span is about 13 cm long and 10 cm wide.
In June of 2004 I came home from shopping one day to find a paper bag of animals that someone had anonymously left by the door to the room! (Later I found out who left it.) In one container was an adult male rosie that I named Gustola (“Stolie”). Stolie is an interesting looking spider. Note the black patch on his carapace.
I picked up a little two-year old captive-bred spiderling for a friend. This is a slow-growing species, as you can see from the pictures! A captive-bred spiderling of a hardy species, such as the Chilean rose, is ideal for the novice tarantula keeper. Spiderlings can eat crickets and, when they are larger, may take cockroaches as well.
Copyright © 2001-2006 By Emily Tenczar
Care and Husbandry of the Chilean Rose Tarantula (Schultz)
Chilean Rose Tarantula caresheet (Arachnophiliac)
Rose Tarantula caresheet (Petbugs)