Micke Grove Zoo

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Chilean Rose Tarantula
Grammostola rosea

Habitat: Desert and scrub habitats

Range: Northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina

Natural Diet: Grasshoppers, crickets, moths, beetles, cockroaches and mealworms

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)

Fun Animal Facts

Chilean Rose Tarantulas are very popular as pets and is the most common species found in pet markets in the U.S. and Europe. This species belongs to a family of large ground-dwelling spiders. The name "Tarantula" was derived from a small town in southern Italy called Taranto. This name was originally used for wolf spiders, a species found in Mediterranean Europe. The name was later used for all large-ground dwelling spiders. Female Chilean rose tarantulas can live up to 20 years in captivity. Females produce large egg sacs that produce more than a 100 spiderlings.

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The tarantula Rosy is involved in education programs 

Distributional range