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Name: Rose Hair tarantula (Grammostola Rosea)
Recommended Enclosure Size: For adults a 5-10 gallon is fine. For juveniles, smaller enclosures can be used, so long as the tarantula has room to grow and move. Avoid water dishes that are deep enough for the spider to drown in.
Temperature: Rose hairs are very hardy and will survive at any temp you yourself are comfortable with. They seem to do best in the 74-80F range. Provide a temperature gradient to let them choose where they are comfortable, but be careful not to dry out the enclosure with a heat pad, and avoid bright lights as a heat source.
Humidity: 55-60% humidity. These spiders live in the desert but are known to burrow, and their burrows usually have higher humidity than the air above the surface. To keep them at that humidity, have a hygro thermometer in the enclosure to measure humidity. Keep a water dish available if the spider is big enough to not drown in it. And wet the substrate on one side of the cage.
Size: At least ½” at the time of sale. These tarantulas can have a body length of 3", and a leg span of up to 5" when fully grown. Males will be slightly smaller than females.
Age: At least 2 months old before being sold. Male rose hairs will live between 2-5 years, while females can live up to 20 years in captivity
Feeding: Start off by feeding the spider ¼” crickets, dubia. Juveniles can be fed as often as they will eat, try to offer prey items at least once a week. If they have any food left over the next day, remove it, prey items can damage a molting spider. Many spiders will refuse prey before a molt. For adults, 5-6 adult crickets, or a few dubia roaches a week should be fine, just gut load them.
Sexing: Due to their age, Rose hair tarantulas sold by Josh’s Frogs are sold as unsexed animals. Sexing can be done by examining a fresh molt when they get to be a larger size.
Color/Pattern: As adults ,these spiders show brown or black hairs all over, with the darker hairs being located higher on the legs and central on the body. A light rose pink can be seen through the hairs on the cephalothorax (pthe art where the legs come out of). As juveniles,they are much pinker with darker hairs on the abdomen.
Social Behavior: This species of spider should not be kept communally. In nature they live solitarily, and cannibalism is not unheard of.
Spiders for breeding purposes should remain supervised when together and should only be attempted well fed. Mature males can be put in the enclosure of a mature female for courtship/mating. Remove male promptly after insertion is observed, or immediately if female is less than receptive. This is best done around a month after the female molts, as a freshly molted female is less likely to molt out of a pairing.
Natural Range: Deserts and scrublands of northern Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.
History in the Hobby: First appearing in the pet industry back in the 90s. Rose hairs quickly became one of the most popular tarantula species available. Their availability has fallen off as wild caught collecting has slowed down on them.
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