When you hear the word “tarantula” you probably cringe at the thought of a hairy, beady-eyed little monster that’s here to completely ruin your life…but that isn’t the case with a Rose Hair Tarantula.
Rose Hair Tarantulas are a special breed of spiders. Their lifestyle is pretty interesting; from how they grow, to the diet that they consume, even down to how they create their homes and stay out of danger is intriguing!
Is this a ploy to make you like spiders? Of course not. This is an attempt to help you see the beauty of a Rose Hair Tarantula.
Are Rose Hair Tarantulas Good Pets?
Although spiders are considered one of the creepiest animals on the planet, they have also gained the title of easy pet; especially when it comes to a Rose Hair Tarantula.
Because of their size, they are fairly easy to take care of, mostly because they do most of the work themselves. Their diet is readily available, and they eat mainly when something is caught in their trap, or sometimes not at all; thus, making it super easy to feed.
Also, their living environment is meant to be natural, so setting up an enclosure and making it suitable for a Rose Hair Tarantula isn’t hard at all. All-in-all, Rose Hair Tarantulas do make good pets.
How Long Does A Rose Hair Tarantula Live?
The length of life for a Rose Hair Tarantula depends on the sex of the spider.
Males, unfortunately, live shorter lives than females; while females tend to live three to four times longer than males.
Here’s why: after a male Rose Hair reaches maturity at around three or four years, they will mate with available females until the literal end of their life, which is around five years.
Females on the other hand, live much longer simply because they have to carry and train the baby spider. This transformation strengthens the female Rose Hair Tarantula’s body, which helps it to live up to 15 or even 20 years!
How Big Does A Chilean Rose Tarantula Get?
The size of a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula varies from gender to gender. Typically, females are larger than males, but only by a little bit.
For male Rose Tarantulas, once they reach maturity, their size can range anywhere from three inches to five inches in leg span, with a thorax body of up to two inches. Female Rose Tarantulas literally outweigh the males in this category.
Female Rose Tarantulas are capable of averaging between four and six inches in leg span, with a thorax of two to three inches.
Females naturally tend to be bigger than males for the simple reason of they are the ones who have to have a strong, and large, enough body to carry their young.
Rose Hair Tarantulas Color(s)
Rose Hair Tarantulas are native to the hot and humid areas of northern Chile, where the sun has no choice but to beam down on anybody that enters the heat.
For this reason, Rose Hair Tarantulas can come in various hues, although they are a stable color across the board.
These hairy friends of our are typically a dark-hued color, ranging from brown to black. They get their nickname of “rose hair” from the pigment within their body, that when mixed with enough heat and light -from the sun- it creates a pinkish-red color, also known as “rose”.
Their hair color may slightly vary based on the region in which they are found, and may also be the colors of light brown, or extremely red in hue.
Are Rose Hair Tarantulas Poisonous?
In fact, yes, Rose Hair Tarantulas are venomous; and venomous for a reason.
While in nature, Rose Hair Tarantulas are small, and must do what they can in order to obtain a substantial meal; that’s where the venom comes into play. The poison is ejected from the underlying fangs of the Tarantula.
Now these fangs are definitely meant to harm, hurt, and shred prey for the Rose Hair, but that’s just about it. When a human comes into contact with this venom, it isn’t harmful, and doesn’t raise much cause for concern.
There will be a substantial sensation of burning, itching, or light pain in a localized area where the bite occurred.
If this does happen, you can either wait for this venom to naturally flush out your system, or simply call poison control to obtain some quick and easy remedies for Rose Hair venom.
How Long Can A Rose Hair Tarantula Go Without Food?
For the Rose Hair Tarantula, eating is not high on its priority list, and is usually only enacted when necessary.
A Rose Hair Tarantula can go from one week to two or three months without eating single bite! This isn’t an uncommon features when it comes to tarantulas, and it may happen for certain reasons.
The Rose Hair could be stressed; in this case, it will engage in fasting in order to recalibrate its own body. The Tarantula may be getting ready to molt, which will be symbolized by fasting for the couple of weeks before the event.
Another reason why it’s probably not eating is because it’s full; a simple concept that we have all experienced. Or, the Tarantula doesn’t have a reason at all, and it just doesn’t want to eat.
No need to worry, because when the little guy gets hungry, trust and believe that it will eat again soon enough.
How Many Eyes Do Rose Colored Tarantulas Have?
When taking a close and personal look at the eyes of a Tarantula, you’ll notice that it isn’t a single ball like the eyes of a human or mammal.
The eyes of Rose Colored Tarantula are small like black beads, can contain a total of 16 eyes; on each side, there are two main central eyes, alongside three eyes on each side, bearing 8 eyes for each, and 16 in total.
Their vision can be compared to looking into a kaleidoscope that has been well-blended to form one picture. Rose hair Tarantulas have pretty good eyesight, especially considering that they have all of these eyes for compensation.
However, they rarely rely on their eyesight, and would much rather prefer to use the hairs on their body to sense and interpret their surrounding world.
Can Rose Hair Tarantulas Live Together?
Rose Hair Tarantulas are solitary animals for the most part.
In nature, the Rose Hair is prone to making a burrow in the ground, or a structure, during the cooler times of the year, and this is typically completed on an individual basis.
While in captivity, sure, you could always have at max two or three spiders in the same enclosure, but this may stir up a couple of disagreements between the spiders concerning food and territory.
This could turn into a physical altercation between your hairy friends, which could lead to fatality.
The best way to relieve yourself of this self-inflicted stress is to simply have one Rose Hair Tarantula in its own enclosure.
Can Rose Hair Tarantulas Climb Glass?
Indeed, Rose Hair Tarantulas can climb glass, and actually engage in it as a secular activity. Spiders, especially tarantulas, are all known for climbing with their big and long legs.
Along these legs are the hairs attached to them, with a mechanism for adhesion that allows the Rose Hair to climb whatever structure it wants, no matter the material, as long as its dry.
If glass is wet, or even a bit moist, the Tarantula will not climb the glass simply because it’s wet, and there’s little-to-no grip for them.
On the flipside, when the glass is dry, it’s very easy for them to climb.
Within captivity, you may notice the Rose Hair attached and resting on the walls of the enclosure, and this is because the glass is prone to warming, therefore, will keep the spider warm as well.
Are Rose Hair Tarantulas Arboreal?
If you aren’t sure, “arboreal” means “tree-dwelling” or “one that lives in trees”; and yes, Rose Hair Tarantulas can be arboreal.
Most of the time in nature, you can find these reddish-pink hued animals within the shrubs and bushes of warm areas, surrounded by green trees, or a brown desert.
Either way, there is a likely chance that you can find a Rose Hair in a tree, or climbing a stick. While this can be the case, Rose Hair Tarantulas can also be terrestrial, meaning that they like to be on the ground in the mix of nature, rather than on a tree above it all.
Both being arboreal and terrestrial have their benefits when it comes to catching prey and defending themselves; which is why Rose Hair Tarantulas are capable of doing both.
How Often Does A Rose Hair Tarantula Molt?
Throughout their immature stage, a Rose Hair Tarantula may molt three to four times per year.
This is because they are still growing, and once they have outgrown their own skin, they lay on their back, and will begin the process.
The lining of their skin, hair, and even internal organs and the inside of their mouth will begin to slowly peel away, making room for the spider’s new and improved body.
In adulthood, only female Rose Hairs continue to grow due to the predictability of pregnancy, therefore, they continue to molt about once a year, while male Rose Hairs cease their molting phases.
How Long Does It Take For A Rose Hair Tarantula To Molt?
The Rose Hair Tarantula molting process takes approximately fifteen minutes to two to three hours.
This gives the spider’s body enough, or more than enough time to completely eradicate itself of its skin in order to continue growing. After the process is complete, the Rose Hair will be soft, sensitive, and tender, and it isn’t recommended to handle them soon after a molting phase.
It’s best to handle the spider about one week after the process, which will allow its skin to harden.
Do Rose Hair Tarantulas Make Webs?
When we think of webs, we think of the average spider web that you do your best to avoid walking into. Luckily for us, Rose Hair Tarantulas do not spin webs.
This is referred to as an “ariel” web, which is not designed by tarantulas by nature, probably because of their size, and the fact that they would break their own webs.
Instead, Rose Hair Tarantulas will coat the inner lining of their burrow site with silk. The substance is sprayed from the underside of their feet, and is used to create warm within the burrow, but also to show proof of ownership and dominance within their domain.
Care of Rose Hair Tarantulas
Temperament of Rose Hair Tarantulas
Rose Hair Tarantulas usually have an even-toned and balance temperament.
They are solitary animals that engage in resting, keeping themselves warm and at physical equilibrium, and burrow underground when they need some real space from other animals, including us humans.
They do pretty well at taking care of themselves, but we find it oh so irresistible to pick them up, which is where the trouble can begin.
Excessive handling can cause major stress to the tarantula simply because they ground that they’re walking on is moving. This substantial stress will disturb the even-mannered spider, and lead them to defend themselves by biting you.
So as long as you’re not playing with them too much, and you’re steady when you do, their temperament shall remain stable.
The size of a Rose Hair Tarantula terrarium enclosure, at the very least, should be three times the length and height of the Rose Hair’s legs and full body length. A two-gallon enclosure will be suitable at this stage.
At maximum, a ten-gallon containment structure will be just fine. This will give the spider ample amount of room to roam freely, without feeling too vulnerable to any outside danger or predators.
In addition, the size of the terrarium also has an effect on the spider’s longevity; the bigger the terrarium, the more “natural” the spider feels, which reduces its stress. Be sure to also add a fitted escape-proof mesh top to keep the climbing Rose Hair safe within the enclosure.
Food & Water (What To Eat, How Much To Feed, How Often To Feed)
In nature, Rose Hair Tarantulas are prone to feeding on smaller insects or critters simply with one bite from their tiny, yet powerful fangs.
Yet, while in captivity, the most efficient food to provide these hairy delights with are crickets. Crickets seem to have ample amounts of nutrients for the spider, as well as a decent amount of water to receive moisture. Smaller bugs, like cockroaches are also a safe bet.
While in adolescence, the Rose Hair Tarantula can be offered food about twice per week, and in adulthood, once to twice per week. They prefer their prey alive, so if there is any dead prey still in the cage after 24 hours, remove it, or it will deter the spider from eating.
Also, if you see that the underbelly of the Rose Hair is schrived or wrinkly, that means that it needs water. Simply place one cup of water into an area of the enclosure, allowing the spider to drink it on its own accord.
Keep in mind that Rose Hair Tarantulas are natives of Chile and Argentina, which are hot and humid areas of themselves; so it’s safe to assume the same for the spider that lives within it.
The optimal temperature for a Rose Hair Tarantula is 80 degrees fahrenheit; a good range can be from 76 degrees to 84 degrees fahrenheit. This will keep the spider from becoming too hot or too cold.
If you live in an area that is prone to being cold, or you simply like to keep your room a bit chilly, investing in an under tank heating source would be an effective choice for both you and the spider.
Heating (Do Chilean Rose Tarantulas Need Heat?)
Due to their natural ability to keep their body regulated, and the fact that they are warm-blooded creatures, Chilean Rose Tarantulas do no require an artificial heating source; so long as the surrounding temperature of the room is kept within its designated warmth range of 76 to 84 degrees fahrenheit.
If the temperature is lower than this, invest in a heating pad, or simply allow the spider to roam outside for a while.
The optimal level of humidity for a Rose Hair Tarantula is 70 degrees fahrenheit.
At this temperature, the spider will be able to keep itself warm, without the need for external or artificial assistance, while at the same time obtaining an adequate amount of moisture form their air to absorb to keep itself hydrated.
Rose Hair Tarantulas do not require any form of external lighting, simply because it may have in impact on their internal temperature regulation.
Rose Hair Tarantulas are very good at regulating their own body temperatures, and do a much better job at it when it’s dark.
These spiders are nocturnal, and are most active during the night time; therefore, light isn’t the best source to help the Rose Hair in any form.
UVA and UVB lights are also necessary for the fact that Rose Hairs can warm their body naturally by bundling up, or burrowing underground or into the enclosure substrate.
Rose Hair Tarantulas reach sexual maturity within two to three years of life. Mating season for these arachnids tend to land between September and October of the year.
Once mating has occurred, the male will have only one to two more years of life before it parishes. The female Rose Hair will continue the species by developing an egg sac of 80 to over 1,000 eggs!
The gestation period of the eggs is around six to eight week; which the mother Rose Hair will carry the sac with her for that time period, until the eggs hatch, and begin their own lives.