Other common names: Chilean Pink Burst Tarantula
Scientific name: Paraphysa scrofa
The Chilean Copper Tarantula is a terrestrial species which is native to Argentina and Chile.
Appearance / health:
3" DLS (diagonal leg span) for adult females, mature males only reach 1.5". They are a solid rust/copper in color, with a large, predominant mirror patch on the abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
Slightly skittish, but overall calm and docile.
Small to medium terrestrial enclosure with at least one hiding space.
Very easy to care for. This species prefers low humidity, but requires access to a water dish and at least one place to hide. They may or may not burrow Breeding: Moderately difficult. Females are known for cannibalizing males, and environmental stimuli may be needed for wild caught females to produce a sac in captivity.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms
pet tarantula, pink carapace, stunning species, incredible creatures
great classroom pet, Coolest Molting Process, electric heating pads, proper ventilation
Coolest Molting Process Ever.
A couple of things. You'll want to keep their cage very secure, as with enough determination, they'll chip their way through material. So a good glass tank with proper ventilation, OUT of direct sunlight is ideal.
They're beautiful creatures with a pink carapace, whose molting process is really something to behold. If you've never owned a tarantula before, you'll watch in amazement as though your spider has just replicated itself. This does require a great amount of energy on their part, so they'll need a healthy feeding after the its over.
Fairly long term pets as most live around a decade or so. Perfect for people knew to the spider world as they're really passive..
From chakim1010 Aug 12 2014 3:15AM
I found my Chilean tarantula to be an eye-opening creature to handle. Having been used to more active animals like chickens and other birds, and cats, Charlotte taught me a lot about patience and gentle care. This was a calm and docile arachnid, who kept mostly to herself, but still enjoyed a little wander every now and then. However, if needed, these spiders possess barbed hairs which can be shot in times of stress or danger, which I unfortunately experienced one or twice. Although, this was incredibly rare... Living in a glass enclosure, which had to be kept heated with electric heating pads, and moist with a spray bottle , her digs consisted of a small hollow branch, wood chippings, faux plants and a small water bowl. Initially she would eat a few crickets a day, which was absolutely fascinating to watch - these are incredible creatures. After a little while she seemed to be stressed and wasn't eating well, and eventually passed away due to refusing to eat. At the time I don't feel I was old enough to fully understand how to care for her sensitive needs, but had I known, things would have been different. I'd definitely recommend a Chilean Copper as a pet, although they could be a little underwhelming if you wanted something more active! .
From Bethan Lovatt Dec 14 2016 6:17PM