North American Tarantula Species
Curlyhair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum) Jon Fouskaris
The Curlyhair Tarantula is an ideal tarantula species for a beginner because of it's docile temperament and relatively large size. Although fairly common and easy on the pocket, this species is more than just a brown tarantula. Up close, Curlyhair Tarantulas have gold and tan hairs covering their bodies. The legs are a darker brown, in contrast to the practically bronze carapace. This comes out to be one fine-looking spider without being exceedingly colourful. Also, true to their common name, most Curlyhair Tarantulas have hair that looks curly (actually more wavy than curvy, but we'll let that slide). They are very hardy tarantulas that make lasting pets. They also make great "show" spiders since they can be taken out and handled, although handling should not take place frequently because there's always the possibility of the tarantula falling off your hand and splitting it's abdomen open (likely fatal). Curlyhair Tarantulas seem to have more personality (tarantulality) than the conventional starter species, the Chilean Rose Tarantula. Overall, Curlyhair Tarantulas are great for anybody, and yours may easily become a favourite in your collection!
Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Jeroan Poot. - Photo taken by Jeroan Poot..
Mountain and cloud forests of Central America.
Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, small lizards, pinkie mice, and an occasional fuzzy mouse.
Full Grown Size:
5 to 5.5 inches.
75 to 85? F
Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height
Docile and calm.
75 to 80%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places.
Honduran Curlyhair Tarantula, and Woolly Tarantula.