Animals

Rose Hair Tarantula

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Rose Hair Tarantula

Gramastola rosea

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. 
It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

History

Our tarantula was purchased from East Bay Vivarium in 2011.

Fun Facts

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.

Birth Date

Unknown

Diet in Wild

Insects, smaller spiders, small vertebrates

Diet at the Museum

Crickets, pinky mice

Life Span

In the Wild: Males – 4-5 years | Females – up to 20 years
In Captivity: Males – 4-5 years | Females – up to 20 years

Habitat

They are found in desert and scrubbrush areas, also lightly forested areas.

Geographic Range

Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina

Conservation Status

No special status; they are becoming increasingly common as pets due to their docile nature.