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Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula

Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula

Range:

Northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina

Habitat:

Desert and scrub regions

Characteristics:

It is a colorful, fairly large, very docile and hardy arachnid. It’s colors can range from gray, to pink, to a reddish brown color. The spider will grow to about a five to six inch leg span. The males will live about five years and females can live as long as twenty years.

Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula
Behavior:

Usually skittish, running away from danger rather than acting defensively, but they may also raise their front legs and present their fangs in preparation to defend themselves. They can act especially defensive for days after molting. As with the majority of tarantulas from the Americas, they have small spine-like hairs on their abdomen that they kick off or release when threatened as a defense.

These animals are nomads, living solitary lives and fending for themselves. They are also nocturnal, spending their days in the shelter of moist, cool burrows, and venturing out at night in search of prey or a potential mate.

Reproduction:

Chilean rose-haired tarantulas reach sexual maturity at 2-3 years of age. Mating season is in September and October. The gestation period is 6 weeks. The female constructs an egg sac and lays a large number of eggs (from 80 to over 1000). She will carry the egg sac around with her and aggressively guard it against any intruders until the spiderlings emerge.

Interesting Facts:

As with all tarantulas, females outlive their male counterparts considerably. When males reach sexual maturity (indicated by the presence of physical sexual characteristics after a final molt) their life is nearly over. Once the male has fulfilled the biological function of mating, it usually will die of natural causes or the female may eat him.

Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula
Did YOU Know?    
It has become one of the most common and popular pet spiders.
Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula
Range
Class: spiders
Order: Theraphosidae
Family: Grammostola
Genus: Grammostola
Species: G. rosea
Length: 5 to 6 inch leg span
Average Lifespan: males 5 years; females 15-20 years
Wild Diet: grasshoppers, crickets, moths, beetles, cockroaches,mealworms and small lizards and mammals
Zoo Diet: Crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and roaches
Predators: large mammals, reptiles, other tarantulas, hunting wasps
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building


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