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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Species of the Day: Brazilian White-Kneed Tarantula

Scientific Name: Acanthoscurria geniculata
Range: Forests of northern Brazil 
Type: Terrestrial
Diet: Appropriate-sized crickets and other insects
Adult Size: 7 to 8 inches
Growth Rate: Fast
Required Temperature: 80 to 85 degrees F
Required Humidity: 75 to 80%
Temperament: Nervous; semi-aggressive
Housing: Spiderlings can live in clear plastic deli containers with holes, adults can live in a 10 to 15 gallon tank; floor space is more important than height
Substrate: 3 to 4 inches of peat moss, coconut husk or untreated potting soil
Decor: Half logs, drift wood or cork bark

    The Brazilian white-kneed tarantula is a relatively new and exciting species in the hobby. It is large, and unlike most large terrestrial tarantulas, it is very beautiful. This is a moderately aggressive tarantula, although when disturbed it does not usually bite, but flicks the urticating hairs on its abdomen at you. The hairs behave like microscopic porcupine quills and can cause severe itching or even rashes in some people so beware! This impressive tarantula can be expensive and hard to find, but it is well worth it. Throughout the late 90s the Brazilian white-kneed tarantula was the most popular species and was in high demand. It is still a highly desired species due to its size and beauty. The Brazilian white-knee makes a great display tarantula and is sure to grab the attention of anyone who sees it.

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