Chilean Rose Tarantulas
Chilean rose tarantulas (Grammostola rosea) have hairy legs and abdomens with often pink cephalothoraxes. They are 11 to 13 cm in size and may appear larger than they are, due to their dense hair.
Chilean rose hair tarantulas (Grammostola rosea) reside in hot, dry climates and are found most commonly in Bolivia, Peru and Chile. Desert areas are particularly attractive to this species, as are scrub forests. They are a popular tarantula in the pet trade because of their often docile personality. Very little is published about their life in the wild.
These spiders prefer to prey upon crickets, while large specimens also consume frogs and mice. They hunt for prey and do not weave hanging webs as traps.
Prior to mating, male rose hair tarantulas create webs within which they deposit sperm. Males then cautiously approach female specimens while vibrating their bodies and tapping their legs. Females interested in breeding will respond to these stimuli.
Females are commonly larger than males and have been known to attack and devour males after mating. Rose hair tarantula males anticipate this danger and attempt to flee immediately following fertilization.
After mating, fertile females lay up to hundreds of eggs within one egg sac.
Chilean rose tarantulas are relatively docile arachnids and usually will not attack unless threatened. Although they possess venom, rose hair tarantulas only bite when provoked, and their venom is not a medical threat. Most bites cause localized pain, and bleeding may occur due to the size of the fangs.
The urticating hair of a Chilean rose tarantula irritates skin when touched. They are capable of flicking these barbed hairs in the direction of potential attackers. In the event of any severe effects, seek medical attention.