Chilean Rose Tarantula

Phrixotrichus cala


Fascinating Facts

  • Females have been known to live as long as 15-20 years.

Physical Characteristics

This stocky beauty is dark brown to black but is covered with a coat of reddish-orange to pink hairs over its entire body. This subtle rose casting on the hair is where the name comes from. Mature males have longer legs and are somewhat more fuzzy in appearance. The female remains stocky and bulky throughout its life.


The Chilean rose tarantula’s habitat is the desert and scrub regions of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina.

In the wild, they typically eat crickets, grass-hoppers, locusts, moths, mealworms, and cockroaches. And at the Zoo, they are crickets.

Social Behavior

The Chilean rose tarantula is one of the calmest in the tarantula family. They are also nocturnal in nature.

Status In The Wild

Chilean rose tarantulas are common and not endangered.


Chilean rose tarantulas can be found at the Insect Zoo.

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