Previously known as both
Grammostola spatulatus and Grammostola cala, and
the debate still drags on whether these are both
the same species, but just different color
The spider varies from light to
dark brown/grey and even foxy/rusty red with pink
hairs and a brown carapace that may also be
frosted with pink. It lives in shallow
burrows/scrapes in the wilds of it's native
My first tarantula, and to many
the ideal starter tarantula, due to it's
forgiving nature and easy temperament.
This is generally considered a
docile species, certainly handling is possible,
but still considered unwise due to their
The requirements in captivity
As for keeping them as pets, many
people keep these in large 12x12x12 (inches)
Like the other terrestrial
(ground living) species they require reasonable
humidity levels (above 70%).
As these are scrubland spiders,
you must make provision for a retreat, such as a
piece of cork bark or a flower-pot. Substrate for
the cage should be of peat/vermiculite mix,
should be at least 2 inches deep.
An open water dish is a must,
humidity must not fall below 55 percent!
Food: All standard invertebrates
Type: Terrestrial (Scrubland)
Venom Effect: Unknown, expected
to be low-toxicity.
Geographic Range: Chile,
Requirements: 70-72 Farenheit
Substrate: 2 inches
Shelter: Cork bark or flower-pot.
Water: Open water dish.
Longevity: Males once mature (2
Years) Females (upto 15 years).