Chilean Rose Tarantula

a Chilean Rose Tarantula basking in the sun on some red soil

Are you looking for a unique pet to add to your family? Chilean Rose Tarantulas may be the perfect fit! These beautiful spiders are becoming increasingly popular as family pets, and with good reason.

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are native to Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia and grow to an average length of about 3.5 inches long for males, and 6 inches for females. They get their rose name from the rose colored hairs that cover their body. They are very aggressive, but only towards other Tarantulas. They are also very territorial, and will defend their home.

Chilean Rose Tarantulas have a reddish-brown body with pinkish-orange legs and a white stripe down their back. They are a relatively small species of tarantula, growing to about 4-5 inches in length.

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are very docile, making them perfect for beginners. They are also very attractive, and will look great in a terrarium and they’re very easy to care for. They can be fed crickets or mealworms, or other insects, they’re not picky.

For many families the Chilean Rose Tarantula is the perfect starter Tarantula because of how docile they are. They don’t have too much of a problem being taken out or being held. The Chilean Rose Tarantula is about as child friendly as they come.

These spiders make great pets for first time owners due to their docile nature and low maintenance requirements. They can live up to 25 years with proper care, so they’re a long-term commitment! 

When it comes to housing, Chilean Rose Tarantulas need a secure enclosure with plenty of ventilation. A 10-gallon aquarium with a secure lid is ideal. The enclosure should be filled with 3-4 inches of substrate such as coconut fiber or peat moss. You can also add some rocks, logs, and plants to provide hiding spots for your tarantula.

Terrariums are ideal for keeping Chilean Rose Tarantulas. You can expect to pay between $20 and $60 for a single Chilean Rose Tarantula.

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are not picky eaters and will happily accept a variety of insects such as crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. They should be fed every 5-7 days with an appropriate sized insect for their size.

It’s important to remember that Chilean Rose Tarantulas are wild animals and can be skittish. It’s best to handle them with care and only when necessary. If you do need to handle your tarantula, make sure to use a pair of tweezers or a soft brush.

Overall, Chilean Rose Tarantulas make great family pets for first time owners. They’re low maintenance and can live up to 25 years with proper care. With their beautiful colors and docile nature, they’re sure to be a great addition to any family!

Chilean Rose Tarantula Information

  • Average Length: 3.5 inches for males, 6 inches for females
  • Average Weight: 2.5 ounces
  • Skin Appearance: Hairy
  • Skin Colors: Black to Brown or Tan with rose-hued hair.
  • Grooming Needs: Low
  • Shedding: Several times before adulthood
  • Sensitive to Touch: No
  • Biting Tendency: No
  • Tolerance to Heat and Cold: No
  • Good Pet: Yes
  • Safe with Children: Yes
  • Good with Other Pets: No
  • Suitable to live in an Apartment: Yes
  • Good for Less Experienced Pet Owners: Yes
  • Weight Gain: Normal
  • Health Concerns: Abdominal Fractures, Dehydration, and Molting Problems.
  • Average Life Span: Females – 25 years, Males – 5 years

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are native to the deserts and scrublands of South America. They can be found in northern Chile, parts of Bolivia and Argentina

Physical Appearance of Chilean Rose Tarantulas

a Chilean Rose Tarantula basking in the sun on a rock

Chilean Rose are medium sized Tarantulas. Females typically grow up to 6 inches long but males are smaller and only grow up to 3.5 inches. While the females bodies are larger, males have longer legs than females.

They have 8 small eyes located on the top of their head.

They have brown to black bodies with rose-hued hair on their upper body. Some Chilean Roses have tan bodies with pink or copper hairs. They get their name from the pinkish hair that they have. Their body is covered with a lot more hair than many other Tarantula species.

Temperament of Chilean Rose Tarantulas

Chilean Rose is one of the most docile species of Tarantulas, but they are solitary and don’t do well in groups. Sometimes they can get aggressive with other Tarantulas. Females may even eat the males if left alone for too long. They should always be housed alone.

They are active at night and will spend most of their day hiding. They are ground dwelling Tarantulas and like to burrow. They usually move slowly.

Tarantulas release urticating hairs. Their urticating hair is not harmful but can cause skin or eye irritation in humans. They should be handled with care.

Their Compatibility with Children

While these Chilean Rose Tarantulas aren’t aggressive, children still shouldn’t handle them. The skin irritation caused by the Tarantula’s hair can cause itching or rashes on children’s skin. Children need to wash their hands if they interact with your Chilean Rose or their cage. Washing their hands should remove any urticating hairs that children could have come in contact with.

Living Space for Chilean Rose Tarantulas

a Chilean Rose Tarantula on the hunt for some food

Chilean Rose Tarantulas should be housed in a small and well-ventilated tank. Their tank should be tightly secured to keep them from escaping. Both glass and plastic tanks are good options.

Cage Size

Adult Chilean Rose Tarantulas can live in a small enclosure of 5 to 10 gallons. Most people follow the rule that the width of the tank should be at least 3 times the length of the Tarantula’s leg span.

Substrate

While Chilean Rose Tarantulas like to burrow in the wild, they aren’t known for burrowing in captivity. Still giving them a deep substrate is recommended. Their tank should have a substrate at least 2 inches deep. Peat moss, soil, shredded coconut husk or vermiculite should be used as a substrate.

Decorations

Create hiding spaces for them with a small hollow branch, clean driftwood, cork, and small flower pots. These hides should be large enough to let your Tarantulas hide completely.A few plants can be added to mimic their natural environment. If you add living plants make sure they’re not planted in the substrate. Keep them in small pots and push the pot down into the substrate. Setting up plants like this will make sure you don’t have to uproot the plants when the substrate is cleaned. Only add non-toxic plants that won’t harm your Tarantulas.

Water Source

Place a shallow water bowl inside their tank. Clean and replace the water bowl every day. When changing the water try not to spill because it can make the substrate damp. They don’t like a damp substrate.

Best Climate for Chilean Rose Tarantulas

a Chilean Rose Tarantula basking in the sun on a log while nearly blending into the log

Temperature

If your home’s temperature is cooler than 70°F you’ll want to use an under tank reptile heat mat. The mat should cover only one-third of their tank because this will help create a warm and hot area inside. The temperature on the hot side should be between 75°F to 80°F and around 70°F on the warm side.  

Humidity

Chilean Rose Tarantulas come from dry desert areas and don’t need a high humidity in their enclosure. Misting the inside of their tank shouldn’t be needed. Try to keep the humidity in their enclosure between 50% and 65%. 

If they seem to spend time near the water bowl it could be because the humidity is very low, especially during winters. Slightly raising the humidity should help.

Lighting

Tarantulas are nocturnal and don’t need lighting equipment for your pet because they’re nocturnal. If you want lights to watch them we suggest using a strip of LED lighting and keeping it at a dim setting. Their cage should be kept at a location that doesn’t get direct sunlight because it can overheat them.

Because Tarantulas are nocturnal they don’t need UV lights.

The Attention a Chilean Rose Tarantulas Needs

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are docile and can be handled occasionally. Too much handling should be avoided because it can stress them. Be careful while handling them because their hairs can cause irritation.

Tarantulas in general don’t need a lot of attention. Most of their attention needs have to do with keeping the temperature and humidity high enough for them, and keeping their cage clean. Because Chilean Rose Tarantulas are hardy, they might not need additional equipment for heat. A few thermometers and hygrometers should still be added so that the temperature and humidity can be monitored.

Health Issues

Common health issues in Tarantulas are:

Abdominal Fractures

If your Tarantula falls, there is a chance that they could rupture their abdomen. If their abdomen has ruptured you’ll see a clear or yellow looking fluid leaking out of them. Essentially this is them bleeding.

There are a number of tricks that Tarantula owners will use to try to stop the bleeding. Flour and cornstarch are very popular as is super glue. Super glue dries fast and will help stop the external bleeding. Depending on how bad the internal injuries are, it might not matter though.

Make sure that your Tarantula has access to all the water they need, and depending on how they appear, you may want to wait to feed them. If they live beyond a few days they should recover. Just remember this is why it’s best not to handle Tarantulas.

Dehydration

Tarantulas need water to survive, but they don’t need to drink water everyday. Spiders can live for weeks, possibly months without food and for three weeks without water.

Tarantula dehydration symptoms you’ll see:

  • They’ll be lethargic 
  • Their body will look shriveled or shrunken 
  • Their body may look wrinkled

A mildly dehydrated Tarantula will usually have a shrunken abdomen and be inactive. A severely dehydrated Tarantula will usually have some degree of leg curling underneath their body.

The treatment for dehydration is water. It’s best to keep a water dish in their enclosure to keep your Tarantula hydrated. A mildly dehydrated tarantula will usually recover within 24 hours, but if they’re very dehydrated a couple of days might be needed.

If you think that your Tarantula isn’t rehydrating contact your vet immediately.

Oral Nematodes

Usually by the time nematodes are noticed it’ll be too late to save your Tarantula. By the time they’re coming out of your Tarantula’s mouth, they’ve already done a lot of damage inside of their digestive system.

Still some people have reported success using treatments to kill the nematodes, and a veterinarian can remove the nematodes while a Tarantula is under anesthesia. If you think your Tarantula has nematodes it’s very important to talk to your vet as soon as possible. Tarantulas that are born in captivity are less likely to be affected by this disease.

Tarantulas don’t need to eat very often. Because the nematodes don’t kill Tarantulas directly, death by starvation can take months.

Tarantula Oral Nematode symptoms you’ll see:

  • White material around mouth parts
  • Decreased or non-existent appetite

It’s important to remember that Tarantulas can fast for weeks at a time and this is normal. If you start to see anything white appearing near their mouth you’ll want to immediately contact your vet. Of the 2 medications that have reportedly been used to kill the nematodes, Cefotaxime will require a prescription from your vet. Pyrantel should be available over the counter, but used alone it doesn’t seem very effective at killing nematodes.

Molting Problems

For insects that molt, molting is the most dangerous time for them. If the conditions are not right during the molting process they could die from being trapped in their old body.

Signs your Tarantula is having problems molting:

  • Stuck in the old carapace
  • One or more legs fail to release from the carapace

Humidity is very important to molting. If you know that your Tarantula is about to molt it’s always a good idea to raise the humidity level within their enclosure. If your Tarantula is dehydrated it can also make molting difficult.

If you notice that your Tarantula is stuck and unable to free themselves from their old carapace there are a few options. With a wet paint brush or qtip you can try to help moisten the area where the problem is.

If they have a leg that they can’t free and water isn’t helping get it out you can try to pull the old carapace off with tweezers. Be careful and don’t try to pull too hard because pulling too hard could damage or remove part of the leg. If the leg becomes damaged and doesn’t fall off on its own in a few days it should be removed. If left in place it’s very likely to cause problems in the next molt.

General Chilean Rose Tarantulas Care

Tarantulas don’t need a lot of care except for cleaning their tank.

Their tank should be spot cleaned every other day. The entire enclosure should be cleaned thoroughly and the bedding changed about once every six months

Feeding A Chilean Rose Tarantula

tarantulas love eating crickets

Chilean Rose Tarantulas can be fed live crickets, grasshoppers, moths, beetles, cockroaches or mealworms. Gut-loaded crickets are best for them. Gut loading involves feeding insects with food. When Tarantulas eat these insects the nutrition passes on to them.

If you feed them wild caught insects, make sure they are pesticide-free. Wild-caught insects can be exposed to pesticides.

Occasionally the insects can be dusted with Calcium and Vitamin D supplements.

Adult Chilean Rose should be fed 2 to 3 times a week.

Sometimes Chilean Rose Tarantulas will fast and not eat anything. This can last a few weeks.

Tarantulas won’t eat when they are molting. They are very weak during molting and should be left alone.

Related Questions:

Why are Chilean Rose Tarantulas Popular?

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are slow moving, calm and easy to handle insects. They can live in a small tank of around 10 gallons, making it easy to create a living space for them. Their personality as well as easy set up makes them popular with beginners. They are available at many pet stores because of their popularity.

What are Other Names for Chilean Rose Tarantulas?

They are also called Rose Hair Tarantula, Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantulas or Chilean Fire Tarantula.