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Tarantula Brachypelma albopilosum

Average User Rating:
5/5,
Common Names:
curlyhair, Honduran curlyhair
Previous Review/Report Link:
http://arachnoboards.com/threads/brachypelma-albopilosum.9337/
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  • From the Wikipedia entry.

    Scientific classification
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
    Order: Araneae
    Family: Theraphosidae
    Genus: Brachypelma
    Species: B. albopilosum
    Binomial name
    Brachypelma albopilosum

    Valerio, 1980

    Brachypelma albopilosum is a species of tarantula known commonly as the Honduran curlyhair or simply curlyhair tarantula. Its native range includes Central America, from Honduras to Costa Rica . They are terrestrial, opportunistic burrowing spiders. This tarantula is covered in long hairs that have a characteristic curl to them giving them a unique look.

    photo credit @concrete

Recent User Reviews

  1. Lithobius

    Lithobius Arachnosquire

    Lithobius
    5/5,
    "Accidental envenomation"
    Bite/Sting Date:
    Aug 1, 2017
    Pain Level:
    • Minor pain.
    Circumstance:
    How it happened: I wasn't active on Arachnoboards when this happened, but a few months ago my very sweet though slightly skittish B. albopilosum mistook my finger for a cricket when I was changing her water dish. No threats, no warning, just grabbed and sank her fangs in.

    I held my hand as still as I could, watching her sink the fangs into the flesh all the way to their base, until she decided I wasn't actually food and ran away into her hide. At first I thought it was a dry bite, and applied a bandaid to stop the bleeding, then a few minutes later it started to throb. I think she put a lot of venom into the wet bite, since she was expecting a tasty treat, so seemed a bit worse than the other bite reports I have read, maybe because it was in my fingertip with lots of nerve endings...? Still, nothing some pressure and patience couldn't overcome.
    Size:
    between 3 and 4 inches
    Damage:
    two pinhole/needle incisions that healed within the week, within the month I couldn't even find the incisions.
    Symptoms:
    A dull throbbing in my left index finger for less than a day, could feel it throb to about the base of the first joint. After that day it would occasionally hurt a little when I put pressure on the injury, but not much.
    Medical Attention:
    I took two Advil/ibuprofin to reduce the swelling and put a bandaid on it, which I had to change at least once because fingers are awkward.
    Lingering effects:
    were surprising actually. For a few months after the first joint in my finger, near the bite would be sore. No other sore joints, just the one below where I was bit... not even the second joint on that finger, away from the bite. The reports of people who have mild arthritis are about what I felt, it would be stiff and sore, not a sharp pain. This lasted a few months after the bite, especially when it was cold or rainy. It's gone now. I assume the venom damaged the collagen and it just took a while to repair?
    Fairly mild bite overall from a usually mild spider. I've been careful to move the water dish with forceps since.