The Chile Rose Tarantula (Grammostola Porteri) is a relatively docile tarantula from Chile. They are quite big, ranging from 10 to 14cm as adults and females can live for up to 15 years (males around 3). These tarantulas get their name from the red/pink coloured hairs over their abdomens and can be very pretty. They are ideal for beginner keepers as they hardly ever bite or flick hairs, although caution should still be taken when handling as any tarantula can bite or flick which can cause harm or irritation to the owner.
Chile rose are terrestrial tarantulas, therefore need more ground space than height. A glass or plastic enclosure of around 3-4 times the size of an adult should be fine, with a few inches of substrate to allow the tarantula to exhibit burrowing behaviour. Spiderlings can be kept in a small plastic tub. Substrates such as vermiculite, peat or coco fibre are ideal as these allow the spider to burrow sufficiently and hold water. Humidity needs to be at around 75-80% which can be achieved by spraying the enclosure a couple of times per week. Chile roses will also drink from the droplets of water from the spray, although they do get most of their moisture from their food. A very shallow water bowl can be added, ensuring there is plant or a piece of bark in it to stop the tarantula from drowning. The temperature in the enclosure needs to be at around 26-30 degrees Celsius which can be done by using a heat mat. Hides such as cork bark or plant should be added for somewhere for the Chile Rose to retreat to prevent stress and decrease aggressiveness.
Spiderling Chile Roses will eat pin head crickets, mealworms and other small insects and should be fed a few times per week. Adults will eat most insects such as crickets, locust and mealworms and should be fed once or twice per week. They can also have a pinkie mouse occasionally. All tarantulas may not eat for a few weeks before molting and should not be fed during or just after Terrariumshedding as they can be very vulnerable to the insects bite.