Northern Chile, specifically Valparaiso and
The great variation in colors that led to many different species names. . . .
A leggy male rosehair
Here's the environment many rosehairs live in for months as they're collected, then wholesaled and retailed around for months. Unfortunately, the hobby is not very successful with captive breeding this species, and it is very slow-growing. Thus, adults are imported by the thousands at a low-dollar value- about the cost of a roll of toilet paper, and treated much the same.
Here's the female that came out of the cup. She has since recovered (and is actually in the picture above, on the left). It's amazing how an animal that needs such a minimal amount of attention could be in such a state.
Ideal Setup: Most adult rosehairs will get along swimmingly with very little. A 2-5 gallon capacity, horizontally-oriented container with a thin layer of substrate, a shelter, and a water dish works well. They like it dry, so don't bother moistening the substrate except upon its initial application. Keep it cool, mid-60s to low 70s if possible. This is not a tropical animal.
bugs that haven't been exposed to pesticides (2-3 crickets a week for
adults). Many rosehairs are notorious for going on great
fasts for no
apparent reason. Some suspect they fast during the chilly
Chile (that pun had to be done, sorry), which is June through August,
and may carry this trait with them to the northern
hemisphere. I have
one (in the top left picture on this page) that eats one or two
crickets a month, and that after not eating anything for many
If its rear stays plump, don't worry- it knows what it's doing.
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