Brazilian White Knee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata)

Natural Habitat and Distribution

Do you ever see the Whiteknee tarantula? The Brazilian Whiteknee is a giant tarantula species originating from Brazil. Its other name is White Knee Tarantula. Here, you want to learn some facts about this spider. Let’s start. 

Taxonomy and Anatomy

This is essential information for you. You can get a concept about this spider. For more detail, you can scroll to the below section. 

Scientific NameAcanthoscuria geniculata
Common NameBrazilian Whiteknee Tarantula,  Whitebanded Tarantula, Giant White Knee,
FamilyTheraphosidae (Tarantulas)
Endemic LocationBrazil
Body LengthUp to 3 inches (7.5 centimeters)
Diagonal Leg Span Up to 8 inches (20 centimeters)
Urticating HairsYes Type I & III
Growth RateFast
ColorationBlack body with white leg bands, some with salmon pink tinge

Natural Habitat and Distribution

The Brazilian white tarantula is mainly found in Northern Brazil. They grow in the tropical rainforest environment. They growing fast. They can survive on the rainfall. 

They are nocturnal spiders( insects). It is active at night and hunts. They create burrows lined with silk. They take shelter in the caves lined. 

Spot a full-grown Brazilian Whiteknee with these clues:

  • Size: Leg span reaches 8 inches (20 cm).
  • Molting: Stops molting once mature.
  • Females: Larger and heavier than males (but size difference can be present in juveniles too).

Care Of Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula

Do you want to keep the Whiteknee Tarantula? You have to know some Infortanta guidelines: 

  • First, you have to make a burrow for them. It will be a deep layer of comfort to live in. 
  • Tropical Vibes: They need around (70-80°F) temperature. Make sure Moderate humidity (70% – 80%). A water dish and occasional misting will keep them comfortable. 
  • Feeding Frenzy: They’re obligate carnivores. To provide these types of insects. 
  • Lifespan: Females living up to 20 years! Males 3-4 years.

Are Brazilian white knee tarantulas poisonous?

 Yes! Brazilian Whiteknee tarantulas are venomous. Their venom is not dangerous for humans. it is similar to a bee sting. Typically, they are not bitten, but in the last stage of protection, they bite. 

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