A large form of Tarantula reaching sizes of up to 8 inches or more, they have a docile nature and make ideal first pets. They have long light coloured hairs all over its body and beautiful gold stripes on the legs especially near the knees.
This is a large and robust looking tarantula which can reach sizes of up to 20-22cm (8.5") legspan. They are quite flashy in appearance and have long light pinkish coloured hairs all over its body and gold stripes down their legs. As they mature, the gold seems to stand out more on their legs. These tarantulas are very impressive as adults.
The clue is in the name here. These spiders come from the Chaco region of Argentina and can also be found in Grand Chaco in Paraguay
In the wild this species are known to use natural shelters or cheekily pinch existing burrows, rather than digging their own. Therefore these tarantulas don't hide away to much and sit out in the open.
A bit of improvising in the terrarium with a piece of leaning cork bark on the side of the tank and a water bowl will suffice. Like most of the other Grammostola tarantulas, don't keep them to wet through. Just partially dampen the water bowl end of the enclosure once a week. If you create to much humidity in the enclosure as with the Chile rose tarantula you will probably put them off feeding.
Overall these spiders make a fantastic starter tarantula and certainly a great alternative to a Chile rose or Mexican red knee. These tarantulas grow big and have gold stripes down their legs, whats not to like really? They also grow much faster compared to some of their cousins like the Chile rose, you can expect Chaco golden knees to reach adult in around 3-4 years.
Thursday 08 March 2018
It looks to be warming up next week (12th-16th March).