Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula | Grammostola pulchripes

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Chaco Golden Knee Grammostola pulchripes

Golden Knee Tarantula Adult

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula

General Description

Synonyms: Grammostola aureostriata

Common name(s): Chaco golden knee, Chaco stripe knee, Chaco gold stripe

Keeper experience: Beginner

Adult size: 8 inch diagonal leg span

Growth rate: Slow to medium (Reaches maturity in 5 – 8 years)

Lifespan: Males – 5+ years, Females – 20+ years

Type: Terrestrial (Spiderlings are opportunistic burrowers)

Temperament: Calm, docile, and tolerates handling well

Venom: Mild (Unlikely to bite defensively)

Urticating hairs: Yes, but rarely kick hairs

Natural distribution: Gran Chaco region of Paraguay and Argentina

Natural conditions: Hot and semi-arid lowland plains consisting of predominantly deciduous forests and grassland savannas with riverine forests subject to seasonal flooding

Golden Knee Tarantula in hand

Handling Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula Captive Care

Temperature: Room temperature (low to high 70’s Fahrenheit)

Humidity: Mid-range

Substrate: 3 – 4 inches of relatively dry coco fiber. Dampen substrate on one side of the enclosure approximately once a week and allow to dry.

Prey items: Not picky and will readily consume appropriately sized crickets, roaches, mealworms, and superworms. Prey items should be no bigger than the tarantula’s abdomen.

Miscellany: Good display species as adults will utilize a hide but often remain in the open visible to observation.