Chilean rose tarantula
Tarantulas are often depicted as unpleasant and very dangerous animals whereas they actually prefer to run away from danger if threatened. However, if cornered, they rear up and show their fangs to frighten away predators. Their main threats in the wild are raccoons, coati, skunks and birds.
Females have a very long lifespan of 15 to 20 years or even longer and can produce up to 500 spiderlings at a time. For this reason, they are currently not evaluated for conservation purposes. Males have a much shorter lifespan of about 5 to 7 years.
Many people fear the bite of a tarantula, but this is an unusual occurrence. They do rear up if threatened and have the ability to spray urticating (irritating) hairs from their abdomen. These are particularly dangerous if inhaled as they can set up a reaction causing swelling to the throat and nose. Chilean rose tarantulas are usually quite shy and mild-mannered and are, therefore, better as pets than some of the bigger species.