CURLY HAIR TARANTULA: FACT AND INFORMATION

by The Pets Pampering
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The curly hair tarantula is a creature with long curly bristles covering its round body. Their hairs are slightly curly and that’s where they got the spider’s name. The Original color of its hairs are black and golden, a combination that gives them a bronze sheen. A color that most people confuse with brown color. The ground dwelling and burrowing tarantula is a native to Central America through breeding to make profits and create pets.

These spiders have an average leg span of four inches (10 centimeters), making them medium-sized tarantulas. They have fine hairs on their legs and larger bristles on their abdomens and on their backs, which they raise when threatened.

Most curly hair tarantulas live in humid, tropical forests throughout Central America, from Mexico to Costa Rica. They prefer dry forests and lowlands with sandy soil where they can dig burrows as deep as three feet (one meter). These burrows can be shallow or extend laterally under rocks and logs, where they remain hidden during the day or when danger threatens.

CURLY HAIR TARANTULA FACTS AND INFORMATION

Life Cycle 

The curly hair tarantula will mate and lay eggs after it matures at 2 to 5 years old. Females can lay 100 to 200 eggs at a time, which hatch in about 8 to 12 weeks. Baby spiders will stay with the mother for about 3 weeks after hatching before moving off on their own. Curly hair tarantulas typically live 10 to 15 years, but some may live up to 20 years!

Also known as the wooly tarantula, the generic scientific names of the curly hair tarantula are Tliltocatl albopilosus. The adult size of this spider is 5 to 6 inches long, including the leg span. A curly hairy tarantula has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years for the female and 4 years for the males. 

Temperament and Behavior

Curly hair tarantulas are mellow and quiet pets. Find them sitting in a restful state all day, unless they sense threat from a prey or harmful thing. For a high spirited and lively person, this pet may not be the right choice. They are organized and the most they can do in its enclosure is to move around and rearrange items such as pieces of bark. 

The beauty of this pet is they are gentle and calm making it easy to pet them on your arm or arm or even your face. However, they scare easily and appreciate it if you keep your home activities at a minimum. Avoid banging doors and dragging chairs loudly. Keep them close to the ground whenever you’re holding them in case they get scared or try to walk away. A fall from the edge of the table can seriously injure the curly hair tarantula or even kill them. Handle them with the utmost care.

Whenever the curly hair tarantula feels threatened it has some effective defense mechanism to keep and stay safe. While they are sometimes amenable, they get defensive and serve a venomous bite to the attacker. If you are allergic to bee stings or other arthropod venoms, you may need medical attention after a bite by a curly hair tarantula.

While handling the curly hair tarantula make sure you wash your hands immediately. Reason being that they remove hairs from their abdomen which cause an irritation to a person’s skin and cause eye damage if they get any close to the eyes. 

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CARE

Curly hair tarantulas are relatively easy to maintain and do quite well in captivity. The key is providing an environment that remains at a relatively stable temperature and humidity, as well as giving them the right type of food. In return, you will have an unforgettable pet of which to be proud.

HOUSING

The curly hair tarantula has a leg span of around 5 to 6 inches across. Its body itself is about 3 inches long and covered in fine hairs, giving it the appearance of having curly hair. These spiders come from Mexico and Guatemala and don’t like cold temperatures.

A wild curly hair tarantula will live in burrows that it digs itself, but a captive one will make do with any type of shelter that you give it. Their housing should be at least 3 times as tall as the spider and 2 times as wide to give them space to crawl around. 

If you want to give your pet more space, consider getting a larger enclosure. You can create an artificial burrow by using half of a coconut shell or filling a long plastic tube with sphagnum moss or peat moss and partially burying it in

EATING

As adults, these tarantulas will eat crickets and other large insects about once a week, or less often if they’re not very active. Hatchlings will eat small insects like fruit flies. Feed your curly hair tarantula live crickets, roaches, and other insects every two to five days. You can also prepare pinky mice for young tarantulas. 

Simply drop the insects into the tank and let the tarantula hunt them down. You only need to feed adult Curly Hairs once every couple months when they’re not very active or show little interest in feeding. You can dust insects with vitamins before feeding them to your tarantula if you wish.

To drink, your tarantula will get most of its hydration from the prey it eats. It’s best to feed your spider in the evening when it is more active and ready to eat. Just be sure to remove any prey that is still there within 24 hours, or your spider may become stressed.

EXERCISE

Keeping your curly hair tarantula active will ensure a long and healthy life.  They don’t require excessive amounts of exercise but provide it with a sufficiently-sized area in which to explore, climb, and burrow.

GROOMING

To maintain a clean, healthy tarantula, provide it with adequate living space and a temperature range of 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, a humidity level of 50 to 60%, and regular access to water (not to be confused with live food) in the form of a shallow, wide dish.

Spiders, especially tarantulas, shed their skin and grow a new one. This is molting. Avoid handling them when they are in this stage for it can damage the new fragile exoskeleton. 

HEALTH ISSUES

Most tarantulas are healthy if they’re kept in the right environment and fed a proper diet. But some problems may develop over time. If your spider seems lethargic or stops eating, consult a veterinarian for an early diagnosis.

Your spider’s molting process is a natural occurrence that you can expect just from having a pet tarantula. During the molt, your tarantula will shed its old exoskeleton and grow a new one. Many owners mistake their tarantula for dying during this process, when in fact it’s perfectly normal. The molt defenseless stage lasts for about a few hours, but the entire molt process can last for weeks. The spider won’t eat during this time, so don’t feed live prey as it might accidentally hurt your pet in its vulnerable state. You should also talk to your vet if you think the molt is taking too long or seems abnormal in any way.

UPKEEP COSTS

Monthly costs in a curly hair tarantula’s habitat include feeding it crickets and replacing the substrate in its terrarium, as well as covering any emergency vet visits.

MAINTENANCE

Curly hair tarantulas make interesting and low-maintenance pets. They take up minimal space, and as tarantulas, they’re not tame or cuddly. 

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curly hair tarantula

BREEDING

It’s best to buy your tarantula from a qualified breeder. A good breeder can tell you about the spider’s health history, so you’ll know what to expect with your new pet. Tarantulas from breeders tend to be younger and less expensive than their wild-caught counterparts. Since you may end up with more than one spider, be sure to house each one in its own cage.

PURCHASING A CURLY HAIR TARANTULA

Exotic animal veterinarians might be able to suggest a reputable breeder for you to purchase your tarantula. By going through a breeder, you are likely to get younger spiders that haven’t yet reached sexual maturity. Before purchasing an animal, make sure it is alert and in good body condition. Urge the spider to eat to see if it’s in good condition. In most cases a dull curly hair tarantula with a shriveled appearance might be sick. 

CONCLUSION

All in all, curly hair tarantulas are a lot of fun as pets. They tend to be easier to care for than most other species in their family, and you can handle them without too much risk of uncomfortable skin or bites. Plus, they have an eerie, fascinating appearance!

FAQs

Do curly hair tarantulas make good pets for kids??

Curly-haired tarantulas can make good pets for kids who know how to handle them and are familiar with the arachnid’s dietary requirements.

Is it easy to take care of the curly hair tarantula?

Despite their name, curly hair tarantulas are low-maintenance pets, requiring only periodic feedings and cleanings.

Is it okay to hold a curly hair tarantula?

Curly hair tarantulas are gentle and get comfortable when you touch and hold them. Other times they prefer to stay alone, but some can acclimate to a gentle touch.

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