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Tarantula ~ Grammostola rosea (Chilean Rose Tarantula)

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Scientific name:Grammostola rosea
Pop name:Chilean Rose Tarantula
Origin:Chile, Argentina, Bolivia
Leg span:12-15cm
Temperature:22-28°C (It can handle higher or lower temperatures, but this is optimal)
Humidity:About 60%
Can be kept in groups:No
Activity:Takes it easy
Venomus:Yes, but it's not lethal to humans
Can be handled:Yes, but not to often. Place your hand slowly in the front of the tarantula and push it gently in the abdomen. Stay calm while you handle the tarantula. DO NOT handle a tarantula if you are affected by alcohol or another intoxicant.
Food:Spiderlings can eat pinheads, wood lice and other small articulated animals, while bigger tarantulas (from juvenile) can be feed with crickets, locusts and cockroaches.
Breeding:These animals reproduce through sexual mating. This means that you will need both a female and a male. The male will walk over to the female and “drum” with his pedipalps. If the female is ready she will respond. Then the male uses the hooks on his legs to grab the female’s fangs, and then he will place the sperm on her. After this he will make a, often clumsy, retreat. I recommend you to read more about this before you try to breed.
Terrarium:Spiderlings can be kept in small boxes and jars (just remember to make holes for ventilation), while bigger individuals should be kept in a 30x30x30cm terrarium.
Substrate:Something that keeps on the humidity. I will recommend unfertilized peat. Since this specie sometimes likes to dig, the substrate should be about 10cm thick.
Other:The Chilean Rose Tarantula is often estimate as the best beginner tarantula since it tends to be calm. But sometimes aggressive individuals appear.

These tarantulas have the ability to kick urticating hairs off their abdomens. These hairs can lead to irritation and itching for several hours or days. Do not get them in the eyes! But if you should be that unlucky wash immediately the eye with copious amounts of cold water and see ophthalmologist or a doctor.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2009 13:29