Curly Haired Tarantula

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Tliltocatl albopilosus

Habitat: Curly haired tarantulas can be found burrowed in the tropical scrublands of Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  

Diet: Curly haired tarantulas eat crickets, roaches, waxworms, and other insects.

Size: 0.2 to 0.3 feet long / 0.4 to 0.5 foot leg span

Weight: 0.06 to 0.2 pounds

Lifespan: Males live between 9 and 10 years while females can live up to 20. 

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Not Evaluated –  a category used to include any of the nearly 1.9 million species described by science but not yet assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.).

Our Curly Haired Tarantula:

Moe (Male)- Estimated Birthdate Between July 2018 & June 2019 

Did You Know?!

  • Curly haired tarantulas are nocturnal hunters that lie in wait for prey in their burrows. The sensitive hairs on their legs pick up vibrations that detect prey as it approaches.
  • Curly haired tarantulas are venomous! They chase down their prey and inject them with venom and enzymes that break it down into ingestible fluids. The venom is not incredibly harmful to humans and would be similar to a bee sting– unless the person was allergic.
  • Curly haired tarantulas can spin webs but use the web material to line their burrows. 

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