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ROSE HAIR TARANTULA

Scientific Name: Grammostoia rosea
Order
Araneae (spiders)

Family
Theraphosidae (tarantulas)

Habitat & Range
The rose hair tarantula (referred to in the United States as the Chilean rose tarantula) can be found in the desert scrub regions of Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. Like many other tarantulas, they build burrows to live in during the day and are mostly active at night.

Identification
Rose hair tarantulas are moderately large, measuring up to 5 inches. Although they are rather dark in coloring, there is a subtle red casting on the hair, from which their name is derived. With legs extended they can measure about 5 inches in length.

Diet
These tarantulas consume a variety of insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, moths, beetles and cockroaches. They will occasionally also feed on small lizards, rodents and snakes.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Females lay about 700 fertilized eggs in a cocoon that she aggressively guards. The eggs hatch after about 4 months and must vacate the nest quickly or the mother will eat them.

Male rose hair tarantulas live about 7 to 8 years while females can live up to 25 years.

 
 
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