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Chilean Rose Tarantula

Grammostola rosea

Hairy Legs

A fuzzy, brown or black hair colored body with eight legs

About the Species

A Desert Species

This spider is native to deserts and scrublands of Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. As with most desert-dwelling tarantulas, these animals are nomads, living solitary lives and fending for themselves. They are also nocturnal, spending their days in the shelter of moist, cool burrows, and venturing out at night in search of prey or a potential mate.

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These arachnids are pretty cute...they even have hair!

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Did You Know?

They have four other appendages near the mouth called chelicerae and pedipalps.

Facts

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Origin

Argentina, Bolivia and Chile

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Habitat

Burrows of desert regions

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Size

3–5 inches

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Diet

Frogs, mice, lizards, mealworms

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Predators

Aggressive towards each other

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Natural Defenses

Claws, fangs and hairs on the leg

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Reproduction

50 to 200 eggs

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Status

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Life Expectancy

Up to 20 years

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