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Chilean Rose Tarantula

Order:

Araneae

Family:

Theraphosidae

Young:

Spiderling

Lifespan:

Males - 5 years Females up to 20 years

Gestation:

Lay 100 - 500 eggs, hatching at 6 weeks

Distribution:

Chile and South America

Habitat:

Burrows or trees

Diet:

Insectivores - insects and other arthropods

Conservation Status:

Unknown

 

Facts

Chilean rose tarantulas Grammostola rosea are generally considered to be calm and docile. Chilean Roses are usually skittish, running away from danger rather than acting defensively and can run very fast when disturbed but they may also raise their front legs and present their fangs in preparation to defend themselves if they have to.

 

Did you know?

As with all tarantulas from the Americas, they have small spine-like uricating hairs on their abdomen that they will kick off when threatened. This is made apparent by the shaking of their motorboat.