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Honduran Curlyhair Tarantula
Brachypelma albopilosum

  • Habitat: Tropical forested habitats
  • Range: Central America from Hunduras to Costa Rica
  • Natural Diet: Insects and other arthropods
  • Status in the Wild: Least Concern (Common)

 

Fun Facts

  • Curly haired tarantulas are covered with brown or black colored bristles.
  • These spiders use their bristles to startle their prey by dropping on them when they are under stress. The bristles can be itchy.
  • Their bodies are brownish black in color and adults have a leg span of 5 to 6 inches.
  • The females can live twice as long as the males.
  • Young spiders or spiderlings grow larger by molting.
  • These fascinating animals are ambush predators and are primarily nocturnal by nature.
  • They bind an intricate web along the opening of their burrow. When small insects get entangled in their web, they capture them.

 

Conservation Threats

The major threats are habitat loss due to urbanization, conversion of habitat to wood and pulp plantations, livestock farming and ranching, and hunting and trapping animals for pet trade

 

Honduran Curlyhair Tarantula These tarantulas are covered with bristles that are used for defense against predators

 

map Distributional range in Central America - Honduras to Costa Rica