Chilean rose Tarantula

Name

Chilean rose Tarantula

Scientific Name

Grammostola rosea

Characteristics

Tarantulas are arthropods and, which means they are invertebrates which rely on an exoskeleton for muscular support. A tarantula has four pairs of legs and two additional pairs of appendages. The extra appendages consit of the pedipalps which aid in feeling, gripping prey, and mating and the chelicerae with attached fangs.  

Diet

Tarantulas are carnivores. They eat all kinds of insects, especially larger ones like crickets and grasshoppers, June beetles, cicadas, and caterpillars. Larger tarantulas will also eat frogs, toads, and small rodents like mice.

Size Fact

Mature females will have a body length of up to about 7.5 cm and a leg span of about 15 cm. While the male's body is smaller, the leg span remains the same.

Food Fact

The mouth is a short straw-shaped opening that can only suck, meaning that anything taken into it must be in liquid form.

Fun Fact

All Tarantulas have 2 sets of book lungs which they need to breathe.

IUCN Red list

This species is not evaluated on the IUCN red list

Where do I live?

Their natural habitat is the desert and scrub regions of northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina.

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