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Juvenile Curly Hair Tarantula, Tliltocatl Albopilosus


The Curly Hair Tarantula, or Tlitocatl albopilosus, is a large, docile tarantula native to Central America, notable for its dense, curly hair that imparts a puppy-like appearance. Its long lifespan, up to 20 years in captivity, and calm, easy-to-handle nature make it a popular choice for beginners in tarantula keeping.

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The Curly Hair Tarantula, also known as Tlitocatl albopilosus (formerly Brachypelma albopilosum), is a species of tarantula native to Central America, particularly in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras. This species is named for its dense, pale curly hair that covers its body giving it an almost puppy-like appearance. Curly hair tarantulas are a large size tarantula with adult females can reach a leg span of up to 6 inches (15 cm), while males are typically smaller.  These tarantulas are considered remarkably calm, slow-moving, and handleable, making them perfect for adults. Tlitocatl albopilosus can live up to 20 years in captivity. Overall, the Curly Hair Tarantula is a popular and easy-to-care-for species that makes a great choice for those new to tarantula keeping.


Curly hair tarantulas are considered wonderfully docile. These are slow-moving, calm animals, making them brilliant for handling and the perfect species for brand-new keepers. Being a new-world species, these T’s opt to flick hairs instead of bite wherever possible, however, their venom is considered incredibly mild nonetheless, on par with a bee-sting. These spiders are typically predictable in nature, and are unlikely to unexpectedly dart or attack.

Care Difficulty

Tlitocatl albopilosus are considered hardy, easy-care T’s perfect for beginners. These are fossorial tarantulas that thrive in deep burrows, so they require around 6 inches of substrate. Keep the temperature in the enclosure between 75-85°F (24-29°C), using a heat mat if necessary. Humidity levels should be kept at around 60% RH, aided by a water dish, regular misting of the enclosure, and dampening of the substrate. This tarantula should be fed around once a week with appropriately sized live insects, such as crickets or roaches. Remove any uneaten prey after 24 hours. Curly hair tarantulas will appreciate rocks, bark, and other objects to tunnel under and around.



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