Rose Hair Tarantula Care
Rose hair tarantulas are found in Chile, Bolivia, and Argentine. They can grow to be anywhere from 3 to 6 inches long. They reach sexual maturity within 4 years usually, making them a fairly slow growing tarantula. While males only live to be 3-5 years old at most, females can live to be 10 years old or more.
Babies can be housed in small deli cups and moved up to larger deli cups or even critter cages until they are fully grown and ready to move into an adult size aquarium. For an adult anywhere from a 2 to 10 gallon aquarium works well. They don't need a lot of space and they want to feel secure. Usually a 5 gallon with floor space and a few hiding spots like a half a log, coconut shell and artificial plants, works well.
There are many options when it comes to substrate, you can use coco fiber which is my favorite because it's clean and holds humidity very well. You can also you peat moss or potting soil, just be sure that it's organic and free of pesticides and any other harmful chemicals. Some people even use gravel or a mix of soil and gravel. Vermiculite is also another commonly used substrate.
Rose hairs do best when kept around 76-84 degrees. 80 seems to be the best for most keepers so try to get it around there. As for lighting these tarantulas do not need any lighting and in fact do better when kept away from direct sunlight and kept in the shade or in the dark.
If you want to provide a water bowl make sure it's very shallow and the tarantula can easily get in and out of it, because it can be very easy for a tarantula to drown if the water bowl is too big. I like to keep water bowls in my tarantula cages however some people choose not too. You want to keep the humidity fairly high in the cage especially in the burrows. Spray under the hiding spots really well since this helps trap in the humidity. The rest of the cage should be misted every few days.
Rose hair tarantulas will eat many different prey items including crickets, mealworms, dubia roaches, and even small mice. Offer your tarantula food once or twice a week. You will learn how much your individual tarantula eats and can adjust the amount of food accordingly. Typically it's around three to five food items per week.
Rose Hair Tarantulas are actually very docile in nature and many people decide to handle them. If you are not comfortable with this then it is best to not handle your tarantula as any fall could seriously injury it. Also they are venomous and some people can have a more severe reaction then others even though the venom is mild. I suggest if your not experienced with tarantulas that it's best to not handle them.
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