Rose Hair Tarantula
TEMPERAMENT: Most members of this species are docile and easily handleable. However, some keepers have reported aggressive Rose Hairs, so the temperament depends on the individual as well. Rose Hairs also rarely, if ever, kick their irritating hairs.
HOUSING/FEEDING: Rose Hairs should be housed in containers that are wider than they are tall, with more floor space than height. Kritter Keepers work well. The tarantula should not be able to climb too high, because it can fall and injure itself. Provide a hide such as a half-log or half of a flowerpot, as well as a water dish. Coconut fiber or vermiculite can be used as a substrate. My Rose Hairs seem to be more comfortable on drier substrate. Feeding is also pretty straightforward, although this species has been known to lose interest in eating for months at a time. The reason behind this is unknown, but these spiders do okay despite their annoying fasts. My specimens sometimes refuse food even if they are nowhere near a molt.
AVAILABILITY: Rose Hairs are probably the easiest species to find, and will probably be your first tarantula. Most cost no more than twenty dollars. They are a great beginner species and very easy to care for.
OTHER: I have two of this species, a male and a female. The female, Fuzzy, is the very first tarantula I got. I found her at the local Petco and took her home for less than twenty dollars. Most specimens have grayish-brown hairs on the legs and abdomen, and a beautiful metallic pink sheen on their carapace (head.) However, there is a rarer, red color form of this species, in which the legs and abdomen are coppery in color. Ozzy, the tarantula I bought for my mother one Christmas, belongs to this color phase.