Other common names: Rose-haired Tarantula; Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula; Chilean Fire Tarantula; Chilean Fire Rose Tarantula; Chilean Flame Tarantula
Scientific name: Grammostola porteri
The Rose Hair Tarantula is native to the dry deserts and scrub land areas of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. They are a terrestrial species and are not a burrower. Instead they like to hide under rocks, wood, and other debris.
Appearance / health:
The Rose Hair Tarantula is a moderately sized tarantula; reaching up to a 5 inch leg span. They are mostly dark brown or black with an over coat of reddish-orange to pink hairs, thus giving it it’s name. Coloration may vary from male to female.
Behavior / temperament:
The Rose-haired Tarantula is one of the most docile species available in captive collections. These tarantulas are easily handled and make nice display or show pets. Sometimes if threatened they may rear up and will even occasionally flick hairs off its abdomen. This can cause rashes or other skin irritations in humans but usually nothing serious.
A simple set up is perfectly fine for this species. A 5 or 10 gallon tank with an under-tank heat mat, eco earth (bed-a-beast), hide area, and a small shallow water dish is all that is required for this tarantula.
To properly care for this tarantula, the temperatures should be kept between 72-85F and low humidity around 60-70%. Rose Hair Tarantulas need to be fed 1-2 times a week. Crickets, locusts, grasshoppers and other insects can be used. Keep clean water in the enclosure by using a shallow small water dish.
Rose Haired Tarantulas feed well on a variety of insect prey including crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, and others. They should be feed live insects once or twice a week.
Mature males have longer skinny legs and tend to be more fuzzy than females. Females remain stocky and bulky. Once a mature male is produced, and he makes a sperm web, he should be introduced into the female’s enclosure. He will then lure the female out of her burrow or shelter and the male will typically lunge forward to use his hooks to hold the female’s fangs and to push her into an almost upright position to give himself access to the female’s for mating. The male will insert his pedipalps into female and inject the fertilizing fluid into this area. If successful, the female will produce an egg sac in the following weeks, and typically the male will die. Females can produce over 500 babies.
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I have really enjoyed our tarantula, Rosie. She is very easy to care for and has taught us so much about her species. We got her as a gift for my youngest daughter and when she was almost 5 years old I took her to my kindergarten classroom on year as our class "mascot." Rose-hairs are exceptionally gentle. Her habitat consists of a 10 gallon aquarium with a wire mesh lid to prevent escape. Periodically when I am overhauling and cleaning her habitat, she visits family members and or a smaller holder. Take note that when you are holding a tarantula they instinctively emit teeny tiny hairs that will cause some slight skin irritation and a small rash. Over time some people get used to it and it doesn't bother them, my kiddos always wore gloves or long sleeves. I have used bark and sand but in the end, crushed walnuts are my favorite type of bedding. Along with some small hiding spots including cave-like rock formations or hollowed our small wood cylinders purchased in pet stores or online. We feed our tarantula live crickets. For a time when we had many geckos and a bearded dragon we raised our own crickets, but when we gave that up, crickets were easily purchased at the pet supply. In the winter in California, Rosie did really well without an extra heat source, but we did use a peel and stick heat pad under her aquarium periodically if we noticed that her appetite was down or feared the cold environment would cause illness. Basically, little Rosie has been one of the most friendly, interesting and easy to care for pets we have ever had! .
From petlover2 Jun 7 2018 2:57AM
The Perfect Meal
Of everything I've tried feeding my tarantulas, the feeder cricket is top of the list. For the most part, a couple crickets every other week seems to be sufficient for one spider. However, don't be surprised if your rose-hair goes weeks or even months without eating anything at all. Most pet stores will only sell crickets by the dozen. You can keep the ones not eaten alive much longer by placing a few small chunks of a raw potato in the habitat. Wetting the potato down daily will provide enough food and water to keep alive. Typically I only see my rose-hair eat one on the first day. She'll web and wrap the carcass, bury it in the bottom of the habitat, and then eat a second one overnight or the next day. .
From Brandon Mills 1419 days ago
Don't drop your spider!!
My current rose hair is a female, and she is around five years old now. She has never bitten anyone. My first rose hair, however, did bite a friend of mine. That one was a male, and he was approximately two years old at the time of the incident. For the record, I lived in my college dorms at the time, so he was handled daily and by multiple people.
However, the one thing that had not been done with him before that day, was him getting dropped. My friend was sitting in a recliner when I passed the tarantula off to him, hand-to-hand. As usual, my spider was active, making it impossible to keep him in just one hand. In the process of having the spider walk from his one hand to his other hand, he dropped him a short distance. The fall was probably between one and two feet.
The tarantula landed on his leg, and seemed to fine. He put his hand down to his leg and tapped the rear end of the spider, which we often did to get him to move. This time, however, it appeared that the spider got spooked. Rather than showing us his defensive stance or flicking hairs from his abdomen, he simply bit down on the receiving hand. Everyone was ok, and the bite never looked as severe as your average mosquito bite. I believe that we learned a valuable lesson, though. The assumption is that the drop frightened him, leaving him feeling threatened and vulnerable. After a full day of seclusion in his aquarium, he was fine and never bit anyone again..
From Brandon Mills 1409 days ago