Keeping a unique pet is one of the passions that is quite lucrative. Grammostola Rosea or Chilean rose tarantula is one such unique and coveted pet. They are easy to care for, relatively docile, and inexpensive. These spiders inhabit the desert regions at the edges of Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
These are nocturnal and solitary hunters, living in the cool, moist burrows. They venture out in search of a potent partner or food at night. The males do not live long and can live up to 5 years at most in captivity. However, females can live up to 20 years or more.
Size of the Species
These are medium-sized tarantulas with a body length of 3 inches and a leg span of 5 inches. The male body is smaller than that of the females, but their leg measurements are all the same.
Guide to Look After Chilean Rose Tarantula
Habitats – The habitat is crucial for the well-being of the new pet. It can neither stand too much moisture or too much dryness, thus requires a moderate condition.
Size – A 5-10 gallon tank is most preferred for this tarantula, and the enclosure must have a lid so that your pet can’t escape. The width of the tank must be at least thrice the leg span of the spider. The height should not be more than twice the leg span as the tarantulas can climb the glass. They do not have a strong exoskeleton, so you don’t want them to fall back and hurt themselves.
Shelter and Bedding – Use two inches of orchid bark, peat moss, sandy sanitary soil, or vermiculite bedding and offer a shelter for privacy. A fish tank or hollow tank décor works well.
Substrate – In captivity, these spiders do not dig in burrows. However, a thick suitable substrate must be added to hold humidity. You can use 2-3 inches of Josh’s Frog Dig.
Temperature – The tank’s humidity should be between 60-70%, and the temperature should remain between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. You can place a small heat rock and check for heat spots. Offer a small water dish with some pebbles in it to prevent drowning. You can also spray mist to maintain the humidity of the tank.
Feeding – They feed on mealworms, crickets, and roaches. You can throw in spiders and pinky mice occasionally. At the pet store, you can get both of these. Feed the tarantula every week. When they are not feeding on their prey, the tarantulas stop hunting. Then, the crickets can start attacking your spider. Most opt for giving ten at a time. Do away with uneaten prey after it is in the enclosure for an entire day.
Handling – The Chilean Rose Hairs are tolerant and docile, which makes them simple to handle. However, if you hold them excessively, then they can get irritated and bite you. Though not venomous, the tarantula’s bites can lead to itching, localized pain, and burning sensation.
You must be able to understand the warning signs of your tarantula. Apart from the classic pose of raising and displaying fangs, this spider, when threatened, also kicks with raging hairs from the abdomen.
You should be able to handle your Chilean rose tarantula with a lot of care. Make it a point not to hold your tarantula for at least seven days before it has been molted.
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