The Chilean rose hair tarantula (Grammostola rosea) is also known as the Chilean fire tarantula and Chilean flame tarantula. They measure approximately 13 cm and are not typically aggressive toward humans. However, Chilean rose hair tarantulas will attack when provoked, and their bite can be extremely painful. Chilean rose hair tarantulas have urticating hairs, which cause skin irritation when touched.
The tarantula is commonly found in the pet trade. People feed them crickets as food but they may also consume cockroaches and young mice. Unlike other spider species, Chilean rose hair tarantulas do not construct webs to catch prey. Rather, they hunt their food. Chilean tarantulas may live for up to 20 years.