Monday, June 6, 2011
Species of the Day: Curlyhair Tarantula
Scientific Name: Brachypelma albopilosum
Range: Montane and cloud forests of Central America
Diet: Appropriately-sized insects along with the occasional lizard or pinky mouse
Adult Size: 5 to 5 1/2 inches
Growth Rate: Slow
Preferred Temperature: 70 to 85 degrees F
Preferred Humidity: 75 to 80%
Temperament: Docile and calm
Housing: Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli cup with air holes, adults can live in a 5 to 10 gallon tank; floor space is more important than height. Substrate should be 2 to 3 inches of peat moss or potting soil. Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. all make good cover and hiding places.
The Curlyhair tarantula is an ideal tarantula species for beginners because of its docile temperament and relatively large size. Although fairly common and easy on the wallet, this species is more than just a brown tarantula. Up close, Curlyhair tarantulas have long, beautiful gold and tan hairs covering their entire bodies, hence their name. The legs are a darker brown in contrast to the bronze carapace. It's a fine looking spider without being exceedingly colorful. They are very hardy tarantulas that make lasting pets. They also make great teaching tarantulas since they are very tolerant of being handled, and also seem to have more personality than the conventional starter species, the Chilean Rosehair tarantula. Overall, Curlyhair tarantulas are great for everybody, novice or expert, and yours can easily become the favorite in your collection.