• 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




      Habitat:
      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.

      Temperament:
      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.
      Growth/Size:
      Very Slow, this species reaches 5"- 6"
      Experience Level:
      Novice

      Handling
      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!
      Temperature:
      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.
      Humidity:
      40 - 60 %


      Enclosure:
      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.


      Substrate:
      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.



      Diet:
      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.


      Water:
      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.
      Longevity:
      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. Tgirl1010's Avatar
        Tgirl1010 -
        Quote Originally Posted by skippydude View Post
        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.
        Awww I bet it's a cutie! I got a couple G rosea back in November. I guess they are maybe 1". I have around 100 ts, but these guys are some of the cutest!
      1. Jess88's Avatar
        Jess88 -
        Quote Originally Posted by BayLee View Post
        Thank you Charlie, I will work on some more.
        Thank you BayLee for posting this great care sheet. I'm setting up a tank for my rosie with live plants and was going to use succulents since their natural habitat is desert/shrub. But these plants need a lot of light which I'm now seeing Ts don't like. Any suggestions on live plants?
      1. Tgirl1010's Avatar
        Tgirl1010 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Jess88 View Post
        Thank you BayLee for posting this great care sheet. I'm setting up a tank for my rosie with live plants and was going to use succulents since their natural habitat is desert/shrub. But these plants need a lot of light which I'm now seeing Ts don't like. Any suggestions on live plants?
        That's kind of tough because of the lights the plants need. Personally, I would get some nice looking fake plants. Much easier to deal with.
      1. ***Beth***'s Avatar
        ***Beth*** -
        Fake plants are easier to deal with. G. rosea also like it dry which may also pose a problem for the plant. If you do give a light, make sure it doesn't get too hot in the cage and give plenty of hides etc so the T can easily get away from it if it wants.
      1. atcggcta's Avatar
        atcggcta -
        Fantastic! Will definitely use this, thanks a ton!