• Brachypelma albiceps - Care Sheets

      Subfamily: Theraphosinae
      Genus: Brachypelma
      Species: albiceps
      Common Name: Mexican Blonde Red-rump, Mexican Gold Red-rump
      Explorer: Pocock
      Year of Discovery: 1903
      Country: Mexico
      Tarantula World: New World

      Opportunistic burrowing species. Scrubland and grassland, burrowing under rocks and in abandoned rodent burrows.

      This species is considered to be very docile. Please keep in mind that though species have their stereotype temperament, individual spiders can exhibit temperaments that vary significantly from the norm. My experience is that female albiceps can be one of the most docile Ts in the hobby. Mine never flicks and seems all around unprovokable (not that I try). My males, on the other hand, will throw a threat pose and are more nervous in general.
      Classified as medium growth rate, but my experience is that albiceps is one of the slowest growing specices of the genus Brachypelma. 6.5 inch diagonal leg span.
      Experience Level:
      Novice. Hardy, easy to care for, docile, makes for an excellent (and beautiful) beginner species. Perhaps one of the finest in the hobby.

      Can be handled, but always use caution. It is recommended to sit close to the floor when handling any species. If your Tarantula falls to the ground it can be fatal, their exoskeleton is very fragile. Be careful! From my experience, females are some of the very best Ts to handle (pet rocks that don't flick nor are flighty), while males are more skittish and flicky, but still handleable. My girl is my most docile tarantula.
      60° - 85°F. I keep mine between 80° and 85°F

      50 – 60%. These are a scrubland species so they do well with lower humidity, but moist hides or burrows once in a while they do appreciated. I moisten my girl's substrate around her water dish and in her hide/burrow periodically. But she prefers to sit atop her cork bark hide.

      Any enclosure from 5-10 gallon will work. Provide a hiding spot -- a flower pot or wood bark can be used. Be creative, there are lots of different ways to make a hide for a Tarantula. Artificial plants are optional. When keeping this species in a larger enclosure make sure to add enough substrate to prevent any injuries from a potential fall. The rule of thumb for terrestrial tarantulas and climbing to allow them no more than 1 ˝their diagonal leg span in height. This species will also dig burrows, though mine does not dig much anymore, so a nice layer of about 4 + inches will allow for plenty burrowing room. Mine has a cork-bark half-round that she does use some, but mostly loves to sit on top of.

      Eco Earth or Peat Moss, you may make a mix of Vermiculite and Peat Moss (75/25), though from my experience, Peat Moss does cultivate molds very easily. Avoid any Evergreen woods (Cypress, Reptile Bark) inside of the enclosure. Evergreens contain natural insecticidal oils that can harm your Tarantula if exposed long enough. Also keep in mind that this species likes bone dry substrate.

      Crickets, meal worms, waxworms, super worms, Blaptica dubia or Blatta lateralis roaches. Please do not offer wild caught prey, as it may contain pesticides (and potential parasites) which can harm or kill your Tarantula. Also never feed your tarantula “kingworms” (giant meal worms) as these are mealvworms that have been fed juvenile growth hormones to prevent them from maturing so they grow bigger. JGH are a common insecticide and would not be good for your invertebrate tarantula! (I received this from a personal conversation with a cricket/worm breeder near me). Thought not a particularly aggressive feeder, B. albiceps tend to fill out and be rather fat looking Ts. They wear it well.

      Make sure to offer a water bowl, the size should be half the size of the species. Do not use any sponges, cotton balls or paper towel as these are breeding grounds for bacteria, nor water crystals inside of water bowl, just clean water. Some small pebbles or rocks can be added to the dish to prevent prey from drowning. Clean the water bowl once a week or when you feel it is necessary. Crickets or roaches may end up dead in the water, in which case you should clean it right away. Spiderlings are too small to have a water bowl, misting one side of the enclosure wall 1-2 times aweek, should be plenty enough. Your tarantula will often fill the dish with substrate, or even poop in it, but continue to provide clean water. Also periodically moisten the substrate on one side of the enclosure, allowing that to dry out completely to prevent mold growth.
      Females can live up to 15-20 years, while males may live 5 years.
      Maturity female:
      3-10 years depending on how often they are fed and how warm their enclosure is kept.
      Maturity male/ Tibial Apophysis:
      3 years, which is only an estimate. /Yes, on first set of leg.
      Communal Setup:
      Not recommended for this species.

      Color Markings:
      The Brachypelma albiceps tarantula is a stocky tarantula, with bluish-black hairs on the legs, abdomen and underside, and bright red highlight setae ("hairs") on the abdomen. The carapace (head) is a golden-blonde in color. This is a striking and beautiful tarantula. Colors are most vivid immediately after a molt.
      In the Wild:
      B. albiceps can be found along the central highlands of Mexico, particularly Guerrero and Morelos.

      Special Note:
      These tarantulas are moderately easy to breed. Females lay cocoons containing roughly 500 (up to 900) eggs two months after mating. Nymphs hatch 8–10 weeks later. B. albiceps is a very unique looking tarantula because of the deep black legs and abdomen and bright red highlight hairs on the abdomen and blonde head. A must for any collection. Make sure never to keep a tarantula enclosure directly in the sun. No light is necessary for your tarantulas habitat. Natural lighting is perfectly fine.

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      CITES List and IUCN Red list of Threatened Species
      B. albiceps was first listed on Appendix II of CITES in 02/16/95.
      Not listed on the on the IUCN Red List.
      This species is illegal to import without proper paperwork, unless proof that they are captive-bred can be provided.
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