Other common names: Golden Knee Tarantula; Chaco Tarantula; Chaco Golden Stripe Tarantula
Scientific name: Grammostola pulchripes
The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula is a terrestrial species from South America which is distinguished by the gold stripes on its legs. Like other ground dwelling tarantula species, the Chaco Golden Knee is an opportunistic feeder, and lives in burrows. The Chaco Golden Knee tends to be one of the more docile and calm species of tarantula and therefore makes an attractive first pet.
Appearance / health:
The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula is a large species of spider. It is black or dark brown in color and has yellow markings around the knee joints. Adult Chaco Golden Knee Tarantulas have a 8 inch or more leg span.
Behavior / temperament:
Unlike many other large species of tarantulas, this one is docile and very easy to handle. This is one of the largest species of tarantula that can be safely handled with little effort, making it good for beginners.
The minimum recommended enclosure size for the Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula is 10-20 gallons. Since they like to burrow the substrate should be something that’s easy to burrow in (vermiculite, potting soil, coco fiber, etc) and between 5-8 inches deep. Floor space is more important than height with this species.
A day time temperature of 80-85F should be provided and a night time temperature of 70-75F. Humidity levels need to be around 60-70% so misting the tank and keeping the substrate moist is a must. Water should be provided in a wide shallow dish and changed regularly.
To keep any pet healthy, it’s best to feed a varied diet. Feeders include insects, locusts, mealworms, and for larger adults pinkie mice or small fuzzies. Spiderlings may take food 2-3 times a week, whereas adults are usually only fed 1-2 times a week.
Good eaters, calm, hardy species, low mainatnence, best starter species, great beginner spider
bigtime earthmovers, dug trenches, slow moving, Pinhead crickets, larger tarantula
Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula - Grammostola pulchripes
This was the first species of spider that I kept in captivity and although I was a bit apprehensive and slightly intimidated at first i grew to love and really appreciate this species and learnt really what a great a species this is for a first time keeper. These are calm and relaxed in captivity and do really well on a diet of crickets, fuzzy mice and dubia roaches. I have also kept this species for long periods of time feeding them exclusively on raw egg served to them in a small shallow water disk filled with the egg instead of water. It works very well and can help your Tarantulas to pick up weigh if they are underweight. I would recommend this species for anyone from a beginner keeper to an expert enthusiast. Highly recommended..
From RobWedderburn Dec 15 2015 1:15AM
Ive had my Chaco for about 8 years now, and she's still considerably active. She's very docile, but pretty shy and skittish. She's definitely more likely to scurry away and hide if she is approached than become aggressive and rear. After she has eaten though, she is a lot less wary and will let you coax her onto your hand and is fine with hanging out for awhile. I actually find this species more docile than the rosehairs, and easier to keep as well. I liked that as she matured, her yellow/gold bands on her legs came through pretty early on. Also when molting, she leaves her molt in tact rather than rip it up or spread it around like some of the other species I've experienced do. I've been able to keep all of her molts. I would recommend this species to a beginner, maybe even over the infamous rosehair..
From arachnamancer Mar 1 2017 8:18PM
Attention Single Men
Here is a story about my stepbrother's spider and the mystery surrounding his disappearance.
My stepbrother and his father were living the wonderful single male lifestyle and all the perks that go along with it. Video games, sports memorabilia, and of course Sonic the tarantula. I'm sure it seemed like a good purchase at the time, something to cushion the fall of the divorce for my stepbrother, but my stepdad didn't think how that was going to go over if he ever decided to date again.
I'm not going to say my mom let Sonic runaway, but his timing was a little too perfect. The weekend our parents decided to move in together, Sonic mysteriously disappeared. We were kids so it wasn't too hard to convince us, but my stepbrother was very upset. So single dad's, even if you don't feel like dating now, consider how well received that pet might be if you ever decide to go out there again.
I loved Sonic though, he was a very easy pet and though I didn't want to touch him, very low maintenance. I thought he was boring though, at age 9 I wanted something I could play with a lot. If you are going to invest in one, I say make sure the people in your house are going to stay... because this is one pet that isn't universally loved by all..
From Kelly Reagan Jun 7 2013 5:42AM