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 Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula, Young adult.

Young adult.

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 Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula, male and its sperm hammock.

Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula 

(Brachypelma Albopilosum)

Male mating hook.

I owned one of these lovely tarantulas in my early years of keeping spiders and always wanted to buy some more again, so when seeing some slings for sale in my local reptile traders and feeling sorry for them stuck in film pots I bought a few.
They have a docile temperament even when they were small slings they would stay out in open and when I opened the lids of the containers the young spiders would pounce on the crickets as I dropped them in. A very attractive spider with a bronze colour carapace, dark brown legs and covered in pinkish curly hair. Humidity must be kept high for this rainforest species, so regular misting is an important or slightly moist substrate, with a water bowl. Although a burrowing species I find they do not hide all the time and they will use an artificial hide if provided. I really enjoy holding these tarantulas; they are just so docile resting on your hand.  As I expected my male curly hair is more skittish than the females and even flicked urticating hairs at me from inside its tank, which left me with a very annoying rash for a few hours. My female curly hairs, however, have never flicked hairs at me. It did surprise me how large and attractive my male is, easily matches the females except slightly slender with long legs.
 

 

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Young adult.

Origin:   Central America.   
Temp: 25 to 27C.
Humidity: 70 to 80%
Temperament: Very docile.
Lifestyle: Terrestrial/ Burrower.
Adult size: Up to 15 cm.   
Longevity: Females up to 10 years.

 

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