Spiders, oh Spiders! Species that could make anyone scream in fear. Surprisingly, some of these spiders make great pets! This is where Rose Hair Tarantula comes in. They are a breed that comes from Chile’s desert areas and is quite popular around the world because of their calm nature. They require little to no grooming and can survive in small spaces, making them ideal for small houses.
Since they do not need any grooming, there are fewer first-timer mistakes made like a cat or dog owner. However, A little attention to their health and diet can bring longevity and good health. Some people tend to get confused about how their diet works. In this article, we will be decoding that. Follow the simple tips, and you’ll be an expert in feeding your rose hair pet in no time!
To make your feeding process go smooth, the first step that you should take is to make your pet get adjusted to their new home. You can do it by creating a safe space for them or replicating their habitat by following the guidelines provided by your retailer. Prepare your live food, make sure they are free of pesticides and chemicals. Research about the type of food the tarantulas eat and the time of feeding, start slow.
Now that your tarantula is introduced to the new home, start feeding your pet the live foods. Their primary foods are crickets and worms. Before you give them the gut-loaded crickets, make sure to take care of them. Feed them leafy greens for vitamins and minerals so that, your tarantula can get sufficient amounts of it. You can alternate it by feeding them wax worms every other day.
Generally, Rose Hair Tarantulas only need 4-5 crickets to be full. You need to feed them a couple of times each week and pay attention to how they eat the food. They drink water using their fangs, so it is ideal to buy a small water bowl for drinking purposes. Make sure to fill it halfway and keep it at that level, so they can use it whenever they feel like it. Do not forget to change the water every day!
Frequently Asked Questions About Their Diet :
What should I do if they refuse the food given to them?
It is natural for this type of species to decline food. They are known to fast for longer times. This mechanism helps them to survive when they have no food available. As it is a normal routine for them, do not stress out wondering your tarantula will die. This period usually lasts for weeks and even months. One key point to note is that they even fast before their molting period. So, don’t worry about it. Take it slow.
Things to note?
When you’re feeding your tarantula, make sure to pay attention to their belly. When you see the abdomen becomes shriveled, it is a sign of dehydration and under-eating. So make sure to take precautions when supplying them with food and water. It is their habit to fast after getting a
sufficient amount of food. So don’t worry about them under-eating. Keep paying attention to their changes, and you’re good to go.
However, make sure not to feed them too much and replicate a famine season for them in the wild. With this indication, they might glut themselves with food and fast for months. But as we mentioned, it is a natural process for a tarantula to do so. Hence, they won’t create any issues about it. Just try to find the Goldilocks balance. Not too much or too little.
Rose Hair Tarantula Lifespan and Growth
Chilean Rose is a tarantula of medium scale. In around 3-4 years, they reach a height of 5-6 inches, which is a relatively slow growth rate in the animal kingdom. Male tarantulas live only around 5 years, while females will live up to 20 years in captivity. Because of their longer lifespan, having a female tarantula as a pet is ideal.
For your Rose Hair Tarantula, you’ll need at least a 5-gallon Terrarium tank, preferably up to 10-15 gallons. Since they’re desert creatures, keep the temperature around 75–85 °F (24–30 °C) and the humidity low. It’s not necessary to saturate their terrain with water. Tarantulas are nearly blind and rely on their sense of touch to navigate their surroundings; as a result, they don’t need much care.
Rose Hair Tarantulas are relatively easy to breed. When your male tarantula reaches maturity, you can introduce him to your female tarantula so that they can become acquainted. It’s a safe idea to wait a few months after the introduction before trying to breed them.
Finally, when you’re ready to breed them, simply place them in the same tank and watch the magic happen. Males will lurk around her cave,
making dazzling moves in an attempt to entice her out. If the female finds him attractive, she will approach him and begin the mating process.
After mating, the male will usually die within a few days; this is part of their lifestyle and there is nothing you can do about it.
Tarantulas are extremely unique creatures who dislike being treated as pets. The Rose Hair Tarantula, on the other hand, is one of the most friendly animals, and they usually don’t react defensively when they’re being cared for. They may look intimidating, but they are one of the most peaceful creatures to get a hold of. Once they get the hang of the new atmosphere, they’ll be your fuss-free best friend. Don’t stress out, follow these tips, and you’re good to go. Hope this guide helps you and your pet friend to ensure a healthier life ahead. These are simple tips but can bring a huge difference in your tarantula’s diet. Thank you for reading!