Scientific Name: Grammostola porteri (NCF: Normal Color Form)
Common names: Chilean Rose NCF | Chilean Rose Tarantula NCF
Great for beginners. Another of the tarantula “teddy bears”, also a common first tarantula for many keepers due to it’s calm and docile nature, it’s fluffy appearance and it’s iridescent rose colored carapace. This makes a great display tarantula because of it’s easy going nature, happy to sit out in the open most of the time.
Generally, the Chilean Rose Tarantula eats voraciously, but is known to go on fasts or hunger strikes before and after a molt, but also at random times. DON’T PANIC! Fasting is completely normal for tarantulas and more so with the Chilean Rose which can fast for months on end, worrying their owners that they’re going to die. But fear not, they will start eating when they’re good and ready again. The only other reason a tarantula stops eating, is if it’s unwell or there are serious problems in the enclosure like bacteria or mites. So if your Chilean Rose suddenly stops taking food, just make sure your enclosure is clean, well maintained and has all the suitable conditions, wait a week or two or even three and try again.
Take Note: It is generally known that the Chilean rose is a very docile and calm tarantula, but as with just about ANY species, we have witnessed a few specimens that simply go against the grain and have become very defensive, often throw a threat pose and even try to bite. Nobody knows why this happens with certain specimens, so pay attention to the nature of YOUR specific tarantula and take great care if you decide to handle it.