Chilean rose tarantulas do well with a glass terrarium as their enclosure. This is because glass is great at allowing heat to escape ensuring that the enclosure stays cool enough. Other enclosures such as wooden vivariums are far too efficient at retaining heat.
The chilean rose tarantula's terrarium should be at least 300mm in length and 300mm in height. The chilean rose tarantula is going to grow to around 6" so they need a space large enough for them to move around in.
Chilean rose tarantulas require a near constant air temperature of 70-75oF. This is best achieved by sticking a heatmat on one side of the glass enclosure. This heatmat is regulated using a thermostat to make sure the temperature stays constant.
As the glass is only being heated on one side this also creates a small temperature gradient within the enclosure allowing the tarantula to warm itself up or move away to cool down.
Chilean rose tarantulas are terrestrial tarantulas and as juveniles they like to burrow. They should always be allowed at least 2'' of substrate to give them the opportunity to do this. We find the best substrate for tarantulas is a soil mix called spider life.
The tarantulas vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants for a more natural look.Small natural wood ornaments look very effective and also provide further perches for the tarantula. Trailing plants are very good at disguising electrical wires and equipment, as well as providing cover for young tarantulas.
Chilean rose tarantulas are carnivorous and have a diet consisting of live insects. The core of the livefood diet should be high in protien and relatively easy to digest. We have found that brown crickets are the most readily accepted, but you can also use black crickets or locusts (hoppers).