Brachypelma albopilosum, sometimes also known as Honduras Curly Hair Tarantula, can be found in subtropical areas of Central America, countries such as Costa Rica & Honduras, as the name implies. Curly Hair Tarantula is a very popular tarantula species in the pet trade. As a matter of fact, it can be found on the list of endangered species because of this.
One of the reasons for Curly Hair’s popularity is its docile nature, hardiness, and slow movement, which make it an excellent pet even for beginners. And no wonder, most beginners want something easy, to begin with, and Curly Hair tarantula is exactly that – calm, peaceful & easy to take care of.
As for its appearance, Brachypelma Albopilosum is known to be a wooly looking tarantula with beautiful dark body colors that are decorated by shiny bronze & golden hairs.
Brachypelma Albopilosum Lifespan & Size
When it comes to its size, Curly Hair is known to be a medium-sized tarantula, growing up to 5 inches in legspan. Females are slightly larger than males on average, and they also live longer. Males are known to live up to 4-5 years, while females live on average about 10 years, some even surviving 15 in captivity with proper care.
Brachypelma Albopilosum Facts & Characteristic
Let’s start with the most important characteristic of Curly Hair, and that’s, of course, the one we mentioned earlier – this tarantula has a docile nature, and it’s very hardy & durable under most conditions. This makes it one of the best choices for beginners, as they can get to explore the beauties of owning a pet tarantula without all the hard work and maintenance. It’s a great tarantula that doesn’t cause a lot of trouble for owners.
Curly Hair Tarantula is a terrestrial, burrowing species that prefers to stay hidden most of the time. It’ll usually just sit there and wait for its prey to arrive. However, as they grow older, they become more confident, and so they go out to the open way more often.
If you’re curious about its appearance and looks, then don’t worry too much. Although not the most colorful one, Brachypelma Albopilosum is still a unique looking tarantula, with it’s shabby dark brown or black colored body, covered with golden curly bristles that stand out and draw attention. Although these small hairs look beautiful, they can be weaponized and fired at potential threats, so make sure you keep those urticating hairs in your mind.
On top of all this, you can expect your pet to molt every few months regularly, it will take up to 12 molts for them to fully develop and become mature adults.
Handling & Bite
Brachypelma Albopilosum is one of the easiest species to handle, partly because of its slow movements, but also that peaceful attitude. Feel free to give Curly Hair a shot and handle it, just let your tarantula slowly approach your palm and move together with your pet, following its gracious moves.
Curly Hairs are not aggressive tarantulas, but they can still cause trouble when exposed to stress. If you agitate your pet too much, it may even bite you. If that happens, just keep calm and try not to panic – tarantula’s poison is not deadly for humans, so you will be okay. The bitten spot may be itchy and even swollen for a few days, but after a while, it will go away. It wouldn’t be strange if you had cramping issues afterward as well.
As for the nutrition, Brachypelma Albopilosum is not a needy one, and it will eat standard tarantula pet food. You should serve it gut-fed insects that are loaded with vitamins. Here are some foods that you can use:
- Meal worms
- Pinky mouse, if you want to go for a small treat
All of these choices, preloaded with vegetables & vitamins will be an excellent addition to your pet’s daily menu. Curly Hair Tarantulas are known to be slow growing species, but they can still eat a whole bunch. You should feed your adults once per week, and 2-3 times per week if you still want them to grow and develop.
As for the water, tarantulas get most of their water needs from actual food, but it’s still a good idea to keep a fresh & clean water dish, just in case your pet wants to have a quick drink.
Brachypelma Albopilosum Care
As we mentioned earlier, Curly Hair Tarantula is beginner friendly and relatively easy to take care of. It doesn’t require special conditions. However, you still have to provide it with some basic things that we will cover in this chapter. So with that in mind, here’s some additional info about the tank for your tarantula.
When it comes to their enclosure, you should try to replicate Brachypelma Albopilosum’s natural environment to make them as comfortable as possible. Use these specifications:
- Terrarium up to 10 gallons in size
- Make sure it contains a secure lid
- Temperatures of 75 – 85 degree F
- Humidity levels 60% and above, ideally between 60-80%
- Substrate: Deeper – Peat moss, soil, coconut fiber
- Decor: Minimal, you can use some cork bark & logs for shelter
- Air Ventilation should be used if possible
That covers most of it, make sure you keep temperature, and humidity levels in those ranges and your pet should be fine. Use heat pads and thermostats to track temperature if necessary.
Since it’s a burrowing species, Brachypelma Albopilosum requires slightly deeper substrate. You should give it at least 3 to 5 inch of a substrate so it can dig itself a nice burrow and feel comfortable living in it. Heavy decorations are not necessary as this species isn’t the best climbers, and they could also hurt themselves by falling from big heights. Just make sure to keep it low to the ground.
Breeding your Curly Hair Tarantulas is relatively simple and easy. However, a word of caution:
Make sure your tarantulas are the exact same species. Brachypelma is known to be very difficult to distinguish, and that can cause problems as different species of tarantulas usually don’t breed together. If you want to know for sure, check out those earlier descriptions and make sure your tarantulas are from the same species.
Now when it comes to breeding, it’s pretty simple. All you have to do is to introduce your male & female to one another and wait for the magic to happen. The pair should get along with each other just fine, and if they don’t – you will most likely see some early signs of aggression, which is always a bad sign and you should separate them and try with another male.
If the female is receptive, the mating process will begin. After they come close to each other, male Curly Hair will lift the female up and hold its fangs, while he’s attempting to transfer his seeds into her abdomen. After the process is over, you will notice the male slowly separating himself, even running away. During this process, it’s possible that your female will try to assault and kill the male, so make sure you stay on alert.
Female will carry the seeds for about 3 months, and soon enough you will notice a cocoon inside of your enclosure. Simply deprive the cocoon and store the eggs at some other place with high temperature & humidity levels (78F+, 80-100%). Once ready, you can expect about 300 or more spiderlings to come out.