brazilian whiteknee

Brazilian Giant Whiteknee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata)

…a stunning species of Tarantuala (Theraphosidae) which as evidenced by its common name is endemic to the forests of Brazil. Like other New World tarantulas Acanthoscurria geniculata is a predator and will feed on a variety of invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. Although they can deliver semi-painful bite A. geniculata will prefer to flick urticating hairs at  a potential predator. 

Like other colorful tarantula species Brazilian Giant Whiteknee Tarantulas are highly valued in the pet trade. 


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Image: Paver


And then there’s my two other babies (well, the 8 legged ones, at least), Telperion, the A. Geniculata, and Laurelin, the G. Pulchripes. Telperion is the largest, easily bigger than the rest by at least an inch, but not much older. He’s my most reliable eater so far.

And then there’s Laurelin, who’s tiny and fat and grumpy. She’s at the age where she thinks she can take on anything, and I do kinds hope she’ll mellow out as she gets older. I can handle her attacking my tongs at less than an inch, but idk about when she’s 7 inches…

They’re goofs. The lot of em.


My little Lucifer taking down a few crickets