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Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula - Tliltocatl albopilosus (Captive Bred)

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$14.99 $19.99

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About This Product


  • Easy to Care For
  • Great Beginner Tarantula
  • Medium sized
  • Terrestrial, burrowing species

This is an INDIVIDUAL (1) Curly Hair Tarantula Spiderling which will measure .5-.75"

SPECIAL NOTE: USPS forbids shipping venomous spiders or scorpions in the mail.

Because of this, we ship these animals FedEx priority overnight for a flat fee of $39.99.

Background Information:

The Curly Haired Tarantula is scientifically known as Tliltocatl albopilosus. This tarantula is a terrestrial, burrowing species native to the neotropics. Adults of this species range from 4-6 inches and feature curly hairs that cover their bodies. This species has existed in the pet trade for decades and were once imported in huge numbers. Now on the CITES Appendix II list, virtually all curly hairs, include those sold at Josh's Frogs, are produced in captivity.

The juveniles tend to be a bit on the shy side, but as they mature this species will spend more and more time out in the open, although they may always retreat quickly to a burrow if surprised or threatened. This species does possess urticating hairs that can be flicked when the tarantula is alarmed. As they age, this species generally calms down and tolerates occasional handling.

Habitat Setup:

Being a primarily terrestrial species, the floor space of an enclosure is more important than it's height. A 10g or 12x12 Exo Terra makes a great enclosure, as do large critter keeper type cages. Make sure the enclosure has a secure mesh top to allow for ventilation. Josh's Frogs sells a variety of tarantula kits that makes setup and care simple.


Being terrestrial and loving to burrow, the Curly Hair tarantula should be provided with at least 3-4" of substrate. Coconut fiber or Josh's Frogs Dig It is beneficial for controlling humidity inside of the enclosure. 

If you want to use a cleanup crew of springtails and isopods, or you want to use live plants, get some Josh's Frogs BioBedding Tropical.


For this species, horizontal decor that the curly hair can take cover under is needed. Cork bark is an excellent choice as it doesn’t promote mold or bacterial growth, and doesn’t break down as easily as other types of wood. Include at least two different pieces of cork bark, and ideally, have one of them as a cork bark tube to allow the spider an easy hiding place to feel safe in.

Water & Humidity:

Curly Hair Tarantulas are a grassland dweller and require a higher level of humidity and 70% relative humidity is ideal for these species. It is recommended that you have both a digital hygrometer and thermometer in your enclosure to monitor these conditions. If the enclosure gets too dry, the tarantula can have difficulty molting, and this can lead to death and disfiguring of your spider.

To keep conditions humid, keep a small water dish or bottle cap full of water available at all times. The enclosure can also be misted, but be careful not to mist the spider. This can agitate the spider and result in bites or escape attempts. Misting can be down along the walls of the enclosure so it is absorbed by the substrate. Additionally, you can mist some of the webbing to allow the spider multiple places to get water.

Reverse Osmosis, Distilled, or Spring water can be used. If using tap water, make sure to use a quality water dechlorinator.

Heating & Lighting:

These tarantulas do not require any UV lighting or any heating lamps, just a day-night cycle. Be careful your spider's enclosure doesn't receive too much sunlight. Sunlight can cause temperatures to rise rapidly, cooking your spider in its home. A thermometer should be present in the enclosure, and temperatures should be kept around 75-80 degrees. This can be accomplished with a low wattage under tank heat pad during colder conditions.


Our Curly hair babies are eating 4-5 D hydei fruit flies once per week. As the spiderling grows, so should its prey, with the ideal prey size equalling out to about the size of its carapace. Slings should be offered food every 4-7 days, while adults can go a week, 2 weeks or more before it will accept a feeding. Do not feed less than one week after the completion of a molt.

As with all tarantula species in your care, remove any excess feeders from your enclosure after a day, and wait a week to resume feeding after your tarantula molts.


Curly Hair tarantulas can be quite long lived in captivity. Males can live about 4 years, and females can easily live over a decade if cared for properly.

Links of Interest:

  • Arachnoboards: a community of spider enthusiasts that will be able to or have already answered almost any question you can think of with regards to tarantulas.

Still not sure if Curly Hair Tarantulas from Josh's Frogs are the right pet invertebrate for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

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This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.
  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.

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My baby arrived safely

5.0 out of 5 stars

Well packed, and very nice shipping rates.

One of the best tarantulas for a beginner based on my current knowledge. Docile and fuzzy when they are mature. Please always do thorough research before getting a pet. The Tarantula Collective has great info, but you can never go wrong with multiple sources. I'm so excited to see my tliltocatl albopilosus (honduran curly hair) and gramastola pulchripes (choco golden knee) grow up. Here's to hoping they're female, but I will love them either way.


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Love it

Came healthy. Secure . Very happy


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I just bought one and they are amazing Inamed one Rosie and the other gizmo!


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Didnt buy mines from here...

But I just wanted to give a review on the species. I bought mine as a sling. He was the size of a dime, and now he's all grown up(about the size of my hand). I love him so much, VERY docile and has never kicked hairs at me. Im sad he's a male because his lifespan is shorter than a females, but im enjoying my time with him. I want to get another curly hair sling. This is the best beginner species, you wont be sorry.

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