An eye-catching species, Acanthoscurria geniculata (Brazilian white knee) is near the top of many hobbyist’s lists. A nice display species with bright white and dark brown banding, strong feeding response, and hardiness. These larger spiderlings are recommended for beginners and above.
Acanthoscurria geniculata, a hobby staple, comes from eastern Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon. A rainforest terrestrial, in captivity it does well in conventional enclosure conditions: room temperature, dry substrate, a water dish, moderate ventilation, and weekly feedings. Growth is moderately fast. Temperament is slightly defensive. Holding is not recommended despite the plethora of web photos with fingers and hands near this species. A. geniculata flicks irritating hairs when disturbed and can inflict a painful bite.
Hobbyists covet A. geniculata because of boldly contrasting dark brown and white bands on the legs. Unlike its doppelgänger Nhandu chromatus, A. geniculata has a dark carapace. This species is hardy and adults are often on display, even when given a hide.
The 5/8″ spiderlings offered here are about 6 months old and have dug tunnels about 2″ deep in loose substrate.
The photo above shows an adult female.
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