Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Grammostola rosea

Habitat: Chilean rose haired tarantulas are native to the scrubland and deserts of northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. 

Diet: Chilean rose haired tarantulas eat a variety of critters including grasshoppers, beetles, mealworms, small lizards, and small mammals. 

Size: 0.3 to 0.4 foot leg span

Weight: 0.1 to 0.2 pound

Lifespan: 5 to 10 years for males. 20 to 25 years for females. 

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Not Evaluated –  a category used to include any of the nearly 1.9 million species described by science but not yet assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.).

Our "On-Exhibit" Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula:

Rosie (Female) – Estimated Date of Birth Between 2012 & 2014

Our "Ambassador" Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula:

Rosie (Female) – Estimated Date of Birth Between 2006 & 2010

About Chilean Rose Haired Tarantulas:

Due to their docile nature, Chilean rose haired tarantulas are one of the most common species of tarantula to have as a pet. In nature, they can be found in northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina where they make burrows in desert and scrublands. Chilean rose haired tarantulas tend to be skittish by nature and tend to run away rather than fight when it senses danger. However if they are aiming to fight, Chilean rose haired tarantula will typically raise its front legs and present its fangs before attacking. They are also known to flick or “shoot” hairs off of their abdomens as a means of defense.

Did You Know?!

  • Chilean rose haired tarantulas are venomous! They chase their prey to inject it with venom and enzymes to break it down into ingestible fluids. The venom is not incredibly harmful to humans and would be similar to a bee
    sting (unless the person was allergic).
  • Chilean rose haired tarantulas can flick or “shoot” hairs off their abdomens which can cause an irritating reaction for the victim.
  • A tarantula’s fangs fold under the body.
  • Chilean rose haired tarantulas have four other appendages near their mouth that contain fangs and venom or are used as feelers and claws. These are called chelicerae and pedipalps.

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!