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Chilean rose tarantula

Grammostola rosea

Classification: Arachnid

Lifespan: Females live round 20 years. Males live around 2-4 years

Size: Maximum of around 6 inches in length

Threats: Birds, reptiles, mammals

Distribution: Native to Chile

Habitat: Desert and scrub habitats

Appearance: The overall color is brown to black with rose-hued hair on the hard-shell upper body. A tarantulas fangs fold under the body, meaning that it must strike downward to impale its prey

Diet & Feeding: Nocturnal predator of small arthropods. Prey is injected with venom and enzymes that begin breaking it down into ingestible fluids

Social Behaviour: They live solitary lives in small underground burrows

Males and females: The female is often bigger than the male and also tends to be more aggressive

Lifespan: 15-20 years

Number of young: The female produces large egg sacs, usually containing in excess of 500 eggs. The female will carry the egg sack under her body protecting it until the eggs have hatched

Interesting fact: Unlike other most other spiders, tarantulas do not catch prey in webs. They stalk and attack their prey similar to a jaguar

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