Another of the tarantula “teddy bears,” Chilean Rose () is a popular first tarantula for many keepers because to its peaceful and gentle behavior, fluffy appearance, and iridescent rose colored carapace. This being the red color variant, it also has a pink to reddish appearance overall, though we’ve seen some that are highly red as a result of selective breeding.
Because of its easygoing nature and tendency to sit out in the open most of the time, this tarantula makes an excellent show tarantula. The Chilean Rose Tarantula eats voraciously in general, but has been known to go on fasts or hunger strikes before and after molts, as well as at odd times. Fasting is quite typical for tarantulas, especially the Chilean Rose, which can fast for months at a time.
Chilean rose tarantulas require little room, which makes them popular among newbie keepers. Typically, a small 5- to 10-gallon tank or terrarium will suffice. As a general guideline, the tarantula’s home should be three times broader than its leg spread and no taller than the spider when standing on end.
Because tarantulas tend to hang upside down at the top of the tank, the enclosure should be escape-proof, preferably with only a side entry; this will prevent the spider from tumbling each time you need to service the tank. Hanging out at the top of the cage is also risky for this species, as a fall could cause its eggshell-like abdomen to split open, ending in death.
A hollowed-out log, a piece of clean driftwood, or a related accessory found in pet stores should be included in your spider’s environment. A shelter made of cork bark or half of a tiny clay flower pot can also be used. Artificial plants (or live plants for experienced keepers) provide good additional coverage, allowing your pet tarantula to feel peaceful and comfy.
Because they live in the desert, Chilean Rose is exceptionally strong and less vulnerable to temperature variations; warm desert days and cold desert nights are the usual in their natural habitat. Generally, any temperature that is pleasant for you will also be comfortable for your tarantula.
The bedding on the floor of your spider’s tank allows it to burrow while also softening the harshness of the smooth glass or plastic floor. A substrate of two to three inches of peat moss, dirt, vermiculite, or shredded coconut husk can be employed. Choose a substance that can be tamped down.
A touch of water may be added to achieve a perfect consistency, but choose a material that will dry out quickly should the water bowl spill. Wet substrates are sure to make a tarantula anxious.
Chilean rose tarantulas dislike humidity and may become upset if a moist patch is discovered in their cage. Maintaining a dry environment (but not parched) is critical to the proper husbandry of this desert species.
Food and Water
Chilean rose tarantulas eat mostly live crickets and other large, pesticide-free invertebrates. So feeding them appropriately also entails maintaining pet crickets beside your spider and feeding them a meal that will maximize your tarantula’s nutrient intake. Adult tarantulas eat once or twice a week, whereas juvenile spiders can be fed more regularly.
Some keepers recommend feeding a full-grown spider a pinky mouse every now and again, although the calcium in the mammal’s bones may outweigh the spider’s dietary requirements. As a result, supplementing with this food source in captivity is not advised.
A small water bowl placed inside your pet arachnid’s enclosure and changed out daily should keep it sufficiently hydrated. Take care to avoid spills when refreshing it.
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