The Rose Hair Tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known in the United States as the Chilean rose tarantula, Chilean flame tarantula, Chilean fire tarantula or the Chilean red-haired tarantula (depending on the colormorph), is probably the most common species of tarantula available in American pet stores today, due to the large number of wild-caught specimens exported cheaply from their native Chile into the US pet trade.

G. rosea is a common pet of tarantula rearers. Females have been known to live as long as 15–20 years, but due to the limited time they have been available on the market (and hence for extensive study) it is possible that they may live considerably longer than 20 years.
The G. rosea’s natural habitat is the desert and scrub regions of Northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. While previously thought to be wanderers in nature, large numbers have been observed living in burrows in their natural habitat. They generally do not burrow in captivity. They are usually active in the evening or night.

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  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    WOW that is one scary looking spider….! Excellent capture! I can’t believe people want them as pets! :)))))))

  • Thank you Vicki this one lives in my living room :)

    – larry flewers

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    What?! No way! This is your pet?? What have you called it? What’s it’s name?? :)

  • yep she is mine and her name is Kitty :)

    – larry flewers

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – larry flewers

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Outstanding capture, Larry! She’s gorgeous. We have tarantulas here but they are slimmer and not nearly as pretty.

  • :) she is a well loved member of the family and thank you

    – larry flewers

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    WONDERFUL detail Larry

  • Thank you Larry

    – larry flewers

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • thank you John

    – larry flewers

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Commendable work Larry…13 February 2013

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  • Thank you Larry

    – larry flewers

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    impressive shot!

  • Thank you so much

    – larry flewers

  • ChuckBuckner
    ChuckBucknerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful creature.

  • Thank you Chuck

    – larry flewers

  • HELUA
    HELUAover 1 year ago

    UGH! What great detail!!!

  • :) Thank you

    – larry flewers

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