Honduras Curly Hair
Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosa)
This 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
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
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
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)
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
An open water dish is a must, as
is regular mistings to keep that humidity level
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).
Temperature: 75-76 Fahrenheit
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.