Honduran Curly-Haired Tarantula

Citron Crested Cockatoo

Scientific Name: Brachypelma albopilosa
   
Wild Status: Least Concern

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Distribution:
Its native range includes Central America, from Honduras to Costa Rica.

Range and Habitat:

The range of the Curly hair tarantula stretches along the Atlantic side of Honduras, Nicaragua and north-eastern Costa Rica. A burrowing species, the curly hair tarantula is found in tropical scrubland, either around the base of large trees, near rivers, or in patches of cleared rain forest.

Description:
The Curly hair tarantula is a plump-bodied spider, covered with dark brown to black hair. It has a golden-bronze sheen due to longer gold hairs that cover the whole body, which are particularly dense on the hind legs. Males are often a lighter bronze colour than females

Behaviour:
Primarily a nocturnal, opportunistic ambusher, the curly hair tarantula preys on insects and small vertebrates. An area on the end of each leg is sensitive to smell, taste and vibration, and is used to detect prey. The tarantula holds its prey with its pedipalps (front limbs) and injects it with venom delivered via two hollow fangs. This venom has a double purpose, paralysing the prey, as well as beginning digestion.

Conservation:
The largest threat to the Curly hair tarantula is now habitat loss. Once captured in large numbers for the international pet trade, the curly hair tarantula is now bred in captivity worldwide and relatively few are caught in the wild.

Listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the curly hair tarantula can now only be traded internationally according to quotas and with trade permits.