Acanthoscurria geniculata, a hobby staple, comes from eastern Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon. Though 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, which 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 doppelgänger Nhandu chromatus, A. geniculata has a dark carapace. This species is hardy and tends to always be on display, even when given a hide.
The photo above shows an adult female.
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2 1/4" female, 3 – 3 1/2" female