Our Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea) can be seen in our Wee Beasties exhibit. The Chilean rose tarantula is a carnivore and eats insects and small animals. They are often found in the deserts and dry scrublands of South America.
Their hairs are extremely sensitive (like cats’ whiskers), helping them move around in the dark.
They have a painful, venomous bite – but it is not strong enough to kill a human.
These impressive spiders have always been very popular in the pet trade.