Chaco Golden Stripe Tarantulas
Chaco golden stripe tarantulas (Grammostola aureostriata) are very large: their leg span can exceed 20 cm. They are second in size only to the goliath tarantula. Despite their formidable size, Chaco golden stripe tarantulas are relatively pleasant in demeanor.
The body of the Chaco golden stripe tarantula is covered in light-colored and pink hair, while the legs bear unmistakable golden bands. Juveniles do not exhibit these colors until they have undergone a number of molts.
Chaco golden stripe tarantulas are terrestrial in nature and prefer humidity levels above 70 percent. They live in underground burrows and feed on crickets, cockroaches, mealworms and mice.
Also known as the Chaco golden knee, the Chaco golden stripe tarantula is a New World tarantula and possesses urticating hairs. However, unlike other tarantula species, the Chaco golden stripe tarantula rarely utilizes these barbed hairs in self-defense.