Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula
Grammostola rosea


CLASS
Arachnida
ORDER
Araneae
FAMILY
Theraphosidae

Range

Chile, Bolivia, Argentina


Habitat

Dry grassland regions at the end of the desert and scrublands


Diet

Large insects like beetles, roaches, grasshoppers, and crickets; sometimes other tarantulas, spiders, baby mice, and frogs

Weight

Varies; females are larger and heavier than males.

Body Length

1.5 inches

Leg Span

Up to 5.75 inches

Incubation

6 - 7 weeks

Clutch

80 – 1000 eggs

IUCN Status

Not Evaluated

Facts

  • Have 8 eyes (located on top of their bodies), 2 fangs, and are venomous.
  • Body exterior covered with long, bristle-like hairs. Individual hairs may be sensitive to motion, heat, cold, and other environmental triggers.
  • Nocturnal and carnivorous
  • Their digestive system is designed to deal with liquid food only. Their venom interferes with the prey’s nervous system (neurotoxin) or by breaking down the body’s tissues (cytotoxin).
  • Although the tarantula does kill its prey with venom, this venom has caused no known fatalities in humans.

Conservation

No major threats, but habitat loss and pet trade are becoming problems. Biggest enemy to the tarantula is the pepsis, a spider-hunting wasp that is smaller than the tarantula, but can paralyze it with just one sting. The tarantula is then fed alive to the wasp’s larvae.