Brachypelma albopilosum (Honduran Curlyhair)

curly hair web 1The gentle, docile disposition of this species makes it a favorite. It is also very hardy, easy to care for, and is sought after as a good choice for beginner to advance collectors alike. This heavy-bodied tarantula is covered with tan and golden curly hairs, giving it a charming unkempt look. The “curly hair”, as it is affectionately known, is one of the more active tarantulas, making it interesting to watch as it goes about arranging its home. Many keepers note that this species seem to have more “personality” than many others do.

Name Pronunciation:
Brachypelma (braa-kee-PEL-muh)
albopilosum (aal-buh-puh-LO-suhm)

*Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

Name Meaning: The name refers to the whitish color of the setae that contrasts with the short dark-colored hair.

Name and Description History:
Brachypelma albopilosa Valerio, 1980
Brachypelma albopilosa Hancock & Hancock, 1989
Brachypelma albopilosum Schmidt, 1992a: 10, f. 3-7 (Tmf from Euathlus)

New World. Terrestrial, sometimes a burrower
Size: 5-6”
Growth Rate: medium – (one of the faster growing in the genus)
Natural Habitat: Central America – Nicaragua, Costa Rica (northern), East Honduras.
Housing Needs: Terrestrial habitat. Will sometimes burrow. Provide a hide / shelter. Humidity needs are low. Dry substrate is needed.
Temperament: This is a highly tolerant and calm species. They are slow to flick hairs.