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Care Sheet

Honduras Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosa)


brachypelma_albpilosaThis species was first described by Valerio in 1980.

This spider looks like it has just come out from under a hair
dryer, not just blow-dried but also had highlights added.

Described as a brownish-black spider, with pinkish-orange curly hairs that give rise to its common name. This is a very attractive spider (especially in the right light).

This spider is a native of Costa Rica and Honduras where it can be found in the rainforests in deep burrows in banks or at the foot of many trees. It is renowned for its voracious appetite and if there was a tarantula that could explode from being overfed, then this is it!

This is probably the most Mercurial (even, schizophrenic) of arachnids. It seems that this spider can be 'docile' or 'skittish' to order. It is another of the great escapologists of the spider world (Houdini move over!) that has been know to squeeze itself through very small holes. You have been warned.

Handling is NOT advised!

As for keeping them as pets, many people keep these in large 12x12x12 (inches) tanks.

Unlike many of the other terrestrial (ground living) species they require high humidity levels (above 80%) but you must be careful to avoid the air in the tank becoming stagnant, as this itself can be potentially fatal for some species.

Substrate for the cage should be of peat/vermiculite mix; this must be at least 3 inches deep.

An open water dish is a must, as is regular mistings to keep that humidity level high!

Type: Terrestrial: Rainforest species, keen burrower.

Aggressiveness: Mixed reports, teat as aggressive, can be fast.

Venom Effect: Not yet known, expected to be low toxicity.

Geographic Range: Found in Costa Rica (widespread) and Honduras (less widely).

Requirements:
Temperature: 75-76 Fahrenheit
Humidity: 80%
Substrate: at least 3 inches deep
Shelter: Flowerpot or Cork Bark
Water: Open water dish.
Food: All standard invertebrates

I have received a number of responses regarding the temperament of this spider. A number of these indicate that this species may not be as mercurial and skittish as indicated in this care sheet. However, I have also had some responses from others stating that the description is spot on. Conclusion: You may or may not find this spider to be mercurial and skittish as I have indicated. 


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