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Honduran curly haired tarantula

Brachypelma albopilosum

hondurian tarantula

A tarantula has eight legs, two appendages called chelicerae at the front of their head by their mouth and they also have two pedipals which are used to hold or carry prey. The Honduran curly haired tarantula has a plump body which is covered in dark hairs, the bronze sheen you see is some longer golden hairs. These sensitive hairs pick up vibrations within the air making the tarantula aware of its surroundings. Even though a tarantula has eight eyes, their eyesight is poor but it can detect variations in light and dark.

Tarantulas are nocturnal animals as well as being solitary and therefore are docile and rarely bite. They do not spin webs to catch their prey but sit waiting patiently in their burrows. When food arrives they quickly bounce and inject venom into it which paralyses the prey. All tarantulas are venomous but their venom is not strong. Throughout its life a tarantula will molt, to do this they lie on their back. After a molt the skin is very delicate and soft. If a tarantula has lost a leg it will regenerate a new one with the next molt, it will not be as big or hairy, but will increase over time with each molt.

  • Animal class: invertebrate (Arachnida)

  • Habitat: They burrow at the base of the tree in rainforests.

  • Diet: Carnivore = Mainly consists of insects and small vertebrates.

  • Size: Their body can reach 9 centimetres (cms) while their legs can be up to 13 cms.

  • Location: This tarantula species is found in Honduras, Nicaragua and north- eastern Costa Rica.

  • Conservation status: IUCN has not classified this tarantula species.

  • Threats: Main threats to the curly haired tarantula are habitat loss as well as the pet trade.

  • Current population: unknown

  • Zoo population: unknown

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature