Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula


When threatened a tarantula will flick hairs off its abdomen at the predator causing the predator to have an itchy feeling.

Forms food balls with leftovers that they cannot eat.

They get their name from a dance called the “Tarantella”; this dance was preformed after a person was bitten in hopes that it would sweat the venom out.

A tarantula bite is only about as bad as a bee sting. Unless a person is allergic to the venom, very little harm is caused. There are no recorded fatalities due to a tarantula bite.

Click HERE for a Tarantula Activity Sheet!

Our Current Residents

Taboo, Female - Hatched 2012 (estimate)

Taboo came to ZooMontana in 2014 as a pet surrender. She enjoys afternoon walks with her keepers.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Family: Theraphosidae
  • Genus: Grammostola
  • Species: Grammostola rosea

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Desert
  • Mostly Nocturnal

Our Animals