Rose Hair Tarantula
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
Our tarantula was purchased from East Bay Vivarium in 2011.
Also known as Chilean flame tarantula, they are named “rose hair” because they have pink hairs scattered across te body. They molt their exoskeleton periodically, and are very vulnerable during this time. They are venomous and will inject venom into their prey with their fangs, however, this venom is not dangerous to humans.
Diet in Wild
Insects, smaller spiders, small vertebrates
Diet at the Museum
Crickets, pinky mice
In the Wild: Males – 4-5 years | Females – up to 20 years
In Captivity: Males – 4-5 years | Females – up to 20 years
They are found in desert and scrubbrush areas, also lightly forested areas.
Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina
No special status; they are becoming increasingly common as pets due to their docile nature.
Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.