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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.

Latin Name

Gramastola rosea

History at CuriOdyssey

Our tarantula was purchased from East Bay Vivarium in 2011.

Fun Facts about Tarantulas

Also known as Chilean flame tarantula, they are named “rose hair” because they have pink hairs scattered across the 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.

What do Tarantulas eat?

In the wild, tarantulas consume insects, smaller spiders, small vertebrates. At CuriOdyssey, they are served crickets, pinky mice.

How long do Tarantulas live?

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

Where do Tarantulas live?

They are found in desert and scrubbrush areas, also lightly forested areas. Their geographic range extends to Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina

Are Rose Hair Tarantulas endangered?

No special wildlife conservation status. They are becoming increasingly common as pets due to their docile nature.


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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

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