• Brachypelma albopilosum - Curly Hair Tarantula

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The Curly Hair Tarantula is scientifically known as Brachypelma albopilosum. This tarantula is a terrestrial, burrowing species native to the neotropics.  Adults of this species range from 4-6 inches and feature curly hairs that cover their bodies. This species has existed in the pet trade for decades and were once imported in huge numbers.

The juveniles tend to be a bit on the shy side, but as they mature, this species will spend more and more time out in the open, although they may always retreat quickly to a burrow if surprised or threatened. This species does possess urticating hairs that can be flicked when the tarantula is alarmed. As they age, this species generally calms down and tolerates occasional handling.


Size

Curly hair tarantulas have a leg span of around 5 to 6 inches across. Their body itself is about 3 inches long.


Life Span

Curly Hair tarantulas can be quite long lived in captivity. Males can live about 4 years, and females can easily live over a decade if cared for properly.


Enclosure

A 5- to 10-gallon tank with a secure, ventilated lid is suitable for curly hair tarantulas. These tarantulas aren't big climbers, so ground space is more important than height. The width of the tank should be roughly two to three times the leg span of the spider, and the length should be around three times its leg span. A height of around a foot is sufficient.

Keep the tank between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a heating pad under the tank to maintain the appropriate temperature, which you should monitor regularly with a thermometer. Keep the tank out of direct sunlight. Moreover, this tarantula needs a humidity level in its tank that's around 65 to 70 percent, which you can measure with a hygrometer. If you need to raise the humidity, mist the tank with clean water in a spray bottle.

Remove any uneaten prey after 24 hours to keep the enclosure clean. Also, monitor for mold growth, which can occur due to the humidity. If you notice any mold starting to grow on the bedding, remove that portion immediately. Expect to do a full change of the bedding every four to six months.


Heating & Lighting

These tarantulas do not require any UV lighting or any heating lamps, just a day-night cycle. Be careful your spider’s enclosure doesn’t receive too much sunlight. Sunlight can cause temperatures to rise rapidly, cooking your spider in its home. A thermometer should be present in the enclosure, and temperatures should be kept around 75-80 degrees. This can be accomplished with a low wattage under tank heat pad during colder conditions.


Water

Curly hair tarantulas get most of their hydration from their food. But you still should provide a shallow dish of water in the enclosure. Make sure the spider can easily climb in and out of the dish. Refresh the dish with clean water daily.


Diet

Curly hair tarantulas eat live crickets, roaches, waxworms, and other insects. The insects should be no larger than the size of your tarantula's body. You also can give adult tarantulas the occasional pinky mouse. Young tarantulas generally will need feedings every two to five days while adults eat roughly once a week, though this can vary.

Simply drop the prey into the enclosure near your spider. It’s recommended to do the feedings in the evening when the spider is more active and ready to eat. Just be sure to remove unwanted prey within 24 hours, or it actually can stress your spider.


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Brachypelma albopilosum - Curly Hair Tarantula

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