Thought you know all members of our family? Wrong, because there’s one member that I’ve kept secret for the last couple of months. No, he’s not the ugly uncle hidden in the cellar, he’s quite beautiful in fact – if you like spiders that is.
The family member I’m talking about is Mr Rose, a Chilean Rose tarantula or Grammostola rosea, if you want to be scientific. Ben bought him after the dramatic death of his spider Penny (she jumped off his hand and burst her abdomen) and since October, he’s been living with us without any major incidences. The Chilean Rose tarantula is probably the most common pet spider that you can find in pet shops in Europe and America as it’s a really low maintenance pet. It can live up to 20 years, but only feeds every now and again. A locust a week is plenty and sometimes your spider won’t touch their food for weeks, so don’t worry, if they’re not eating. They might be in a fasting period or preparing for moulting, the shedding of their skin.
The moulting process is really quite fascinating and we still have Mr Rose’s first skin – perfect for scaring friends with a spider phobia, hehe. Admittedly, it’s a little evil and I would be more than a little underwhelmed, if someone tried the same with a snake skin, but seeing everyone jump is just too funny.
What does a Chilean Rose tarantula need?
If you’re thinking of getting a Chilean Rose tarantula, there are a couple of things you should know before rushing to the pet store. They need a terrarium around three times the length of their leg span, a soft ground such as sand or bark (which is what we are using) as well as an average temperature of 25-30 degrees Celsius, which can be achieved with a heat mat like this one by Feedem Pet Supermarket.
Another important factor for tarantulas is the humidity in their tank. Chilean rose tarantulas require a relatively low humidity, so overfilling their water bowl once or twice a week should be enough to provide them with sufficient humidity. As I said, they are very easy to look after, but there are a couple of things to remember, if you want to ensure that your Chilean Rose is happy.
Have you ever considered getting a spider or are do you prefer cuddlier pets like cats and dogs?
This is a promotional post, but I hope you enjoyed reading about our 8-legged family member. Do let me know, if there’s anything you’d like to know about him and I’ll try to answer any questions.