• Open daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grounds close at 4 p.m.

ROSE TARANTULA

(Grammostola rosea)

The rose tarantula at the Zoo is named Rosie II. She is about a year old and came to the Zoo in May 2014.

ABOUT THE ROSE TARANTULA

STATUS IN THE WILD

Not listed. Because of the widespread collection of this species from the wild for the pet trade, increasing regulation in the future is probably inevitable in order to protect it from becoming threatened and/or endangered.

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HABITAT

Chilean rose-haired tarantulas are found in deserts and scrublands. The range includes habitats in Bolivia, northern Chile, and Argentina.

DIET

Insects and other arthropods and occasionally small animals.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • These newly-found and studied spiders are thought to live about 15 to 20 years, but future research may show that they live considerably longer!
  • They are common in the international pet trade.
  • In the weeks following fertilization, the female produces around 500 eggs and the male dies.