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Rose Hair Tarantula

Scientific Name Grammostola rosea
Lifespan: Males: Up to 3 years.
Females: Over 5 years
Size: 3 inches in diameter
Handling Ease Fair to Good


  • A Rosehair tarantula’s diet should consist of:
    • 100% appropriately sized* insects (crickets or mealworms), fed ,weekly
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies and juveniles should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Adults can be fed large crickets and superworms.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 10 gallon tank with screen cover or small glass reptile habitat.
  • Reptile Bark substrate
  • No basking light is needed (room temperature is fine)
  • No UVB light is needed
  • Hide cave
  • Shallow water bowl
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)


  • Rosehair tarantulas don’t need a lot of space and are easy to care for.
  • Rosehairs are the best tarantula for handling because they are easy going and docile.
  • The most common question with tarantulas is if they are ‘poisonous’. The definition of ‘poisonous’ as it pertains to animals refers to whether or not it is toxic to ingest. Example: a rattlesnake is venomous, but it can be eaten, so it is not poisonous.
  • Although all tarantulas have venom, rosehair tarantulas rarely bite. Reactions are rare, but can occur.
  • Important: when handling, great care should be taken to keep the tarantula safe. A fall from even a table height could be fatal.