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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)

 

Animal Facts

  • Curly hair tarantulas are adorned with brown or black colored bristles.

  • These arachnids use their bristles to startle their prey by dropping them when they are under stress. These 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 burrow building an intricate web along the opening to their burrow. When an invertebrate gets entangled in their web, they capture them.

 

 

 

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

 

Distributional range in Central America - Honduras to Costa Rica

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