• Grammostola rosea - Care Sheet

      Care Sheet

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      Subfamily: Theraphosinae
      Genus: Grammostola
      Species: rosea
      Common Name: Chilean Rose Hair
      Explorer: Walckenaer
      Year of Discovery: 1837
      Country: Chile, Argentina, Bolivia
      Tarantula World: New World

      Terrestrial, opportunistic burrowing species.
      This species has been found in Chile around Santiago, Valparaiso, Concepcion, south of the Atacama desert and Argentina, Bolivia. Their natural habitat borders the desert with lots of rocky brushy scrub. This species can be found in 18 inches (45 cm) deep borrows.

      Docile, but can be moody at times. A G. rosea has an interesting personality which should not be underestimated and it can show very interesting behaviors which can range from sudden digging to refusing food for months or simply sitting in one spot for days. There is never a dull moment when caring for a G. rosea.
      Very Slow, this species reaches 5"- 6"
      Experience Level:

      Can be handled, but always use caution. It is recommended to sit close to the floor when handling any species. If your Tarantula falls to the ground it can be fatal, their exoskeleton is very fragile. Be careful!
      60 - 95F

      Effect of Urticating Hair
      Tarantulas can easily be irritated, some tarantulas don't hesitate to bite and some us the flick of their urticating hairs as their defense mechanism. Urticating hairs are small barbed bristles and when they come in contact with the human skin or membrane it can cause great irritation. The irritation can last for days. If an urticating hair gets into the eye it is advised to seek medical attention to prevent the eye from getting infected. There are six types of urticating hairs known and each differ in size and shape. The effect of each type is different. The urticating hair is categorized in Type I, II, III, IV, V and VI. Type III is known to be the most irritating. The Genus Grammostola has type III and IV.
      40 - 60 %

      Any enclosure from 5-10 gallon will work. Provide a hiding spot, a flower pot or wood bark can be used. Be creative, there are lots of different ways to make a hide for a Tarantula. Artificial plants are optional. When keeping this species in a larger enclosure make sure to add enough substrate to prevent any injuries from a potential fall in case your tarantula climbs.

      Eco Earth or Peat Moss, you may make a mix of Vermiculite and Peat Moss (75/25). Avoid any Evergreen woods (Cypress, Reptile Bark) inside of the enclosure. Evergreen contain natural insecticidal oils that can harm your Tarantula if exposed long enough. Also keep in mind that this species likes bone dry substrate.

      Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, giant worms, Blaptica dubia or Blatta lateralis roaches. Please do not offer wild caught prey, as it may contain pesticides which can harm your Tarantula.

      Make sure to offer a water bowl, the size should be half the size of the species. Do not use any sponges, cotton balls or paper towel or water crystals inside of water bowl, just clean water. Small rocks may be added. Cleaning the water bowl once a week or when you feel it is necessary. Crickets or roaches may end up dead in the water, in which case you should clean it right away. Spiderlings are too small to have a water bowl, misting one side of the enclosure wall 1-2 times a week, should be plenty enough.
      It has been said that this species can live up to 25- 40 years if well cared for.
      Maturity female:
      8 +/- years, this is only an estimate.
      Maturity male/ Tibial Apophysis:
      6-7 years, which is only an estimate. // Yes, on first set of legs.
      Communal Setup:
      Not recommended for this species.
      Color Markings:
      Carapace has a rose look, the rest of the body is brown.
      Special Note:
      Make sure never to keep a Tarantula enclosure directly in the sun. No light is necessary for your Tarantulas habitat. Natural lighting is perfectly fine.

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      Comments 25 Comments
      1. CharlieRedleg's Avatar
        CharlieRedleg -
        You did a great job on this Baylee. Im impressed.
      1. BayLee's Avatar
        BayLee -
        Thank you Charlie, I will work on some more.
      1. Scoolman's Avatar
        Scoolman -
        I would like to do one for G pulchra, if you would like some help. The forum looks great, by the way.
      1. ***Beth***'s Avatar
        ***Beth*** -
        That would be wonderful schoolman! Feel free.
      1. West B.'s Avatar
        West B. -
        Wow nice care sheet very organized.
      1. BayLee's Avatar
        BayLee -
        Scoolman I can send you the template if you would like it.
      1. pan60's Avatar
        pan60 -
        i love your care sheets BayLee
      1. BayLee's Avatar
        BayLee -
        Thanks, do the care sheets look OK size wise or do they need to be adjusted?
      1. NoLongerNoobish's Avatar
        NoLongerNoobish -
        These are so cool! Wish I could help make some.
      1. J!m's Avatar
        J!m -
        Great job Baylee. You include more information in your care sheets than any others that I have seen.
      1. Noble's Avatar
        Noble -
        Baylee I'm so happy they brought these back! I think this is the best Rosea care sheet that i have seen!
      1. BayLee's Avatar
        BayLee -
        Thank you guys. I will add more soon.
      1. marcfrick2112's Avatar
        marcfrick2112 -
        Excellent Care sheet, BayLee! Glad you mentioned about some rosie's bi-polar issues. About the only thing I might add, is a reminder of how long rosie's can take to molt. (Fuzzy hasn't left her hide in a month, pre-molt.)
      1. dreadinthehead's Avatar
        dreadinthehead -
        Awesome, this is really helpful. Is there any way to set it up so we don't have to scroll sideways to read everything?
      1. 87GN's Avatar
        87GN -
        Thank you
      1. PsYk3s's Avatar
        PsYk3s -
        So much effort. really appreciated!!!
      1. mmmflarfle's Avatar
        mmmflarfle -
        Awesome! I'm about to get one of these ladies, and this is just what I needed! Thanks for posting.
      1. CareyD's Avatar
        CareyD -
        This is GREAT for a new owner like me!! Thank you
      1. lawrence b's Avatar
        lawrence b -
        Great job done there
      1. skippydude's Avatar
        skippydude -
        I got me a teeny weeny 1/2" Rosey,
        thanks for the caresheet it will sure be handy!

        Looks like I'm in it for the long haul with this slow grower.