Brachypelma albopilosum (Araneae: Theraphosidae)
Photo courtesy of Ted Gibbons
The Curlyhair Tarantula is an ideal beginner's tarantula. This hardy spider is native to forests of Central America (Fouskaris 2001). Brachypelma albopilosum is usually docile, but like other species, it is able to flick urticating hairs. This burrowing species is readily available in pet stores and is usually not expensive.
|Housing:||10 to 20 L cage for large adults|
|Substrate:||A deep enough layer of soil or peat moss to allow burrowing|
|Decor:||Cork bark, flower pot, or wood hideout, water dish|
|Temperature:||21.1 to 29.4° C (70 to 85° F)|
|Temperament:||Docile but sometimes skittish, hairkicker|
|Considerations:||Good for beginners|
I received Sarin from a friend in April 2003. She was quite small when I got her, but she is growing fast! She mostly stays in her burrow. I've handled her a few times, but she is a bit skittish. She is lighter in color than other curlyhairs I've seen, so I am assuming she will change colors as she grows.
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