The Brazilian white tarantula, also known as the Giant White Knee or the Whitebanded Tarantula, has the scientific name Acanthoscuria geniculata. It is a fast-growing New World tarantula that is native to the Northern forests of Brazil. This terrestrial tarantula has a body length of about 3.5” (9cm) and a diagonal leg span of 8.25”(21cm). The females of this species live up to 20 years, whereas males live only about four years on average.
The Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula is recommended for beginners, but caution must be exercised while handling this spider, as it has urticating hairs, which can irritate the skin. This tarantula is known to be nervous and defensive, and it will not hesitate to kick the urticating hairs when it feels threatened. Be careful not to get these hairs in your eyes, nose, or mouth, as that can be very uncomfortable and possibly dangerous.
The husbandry for this species is typical of all New World terrestrial tarantulas. They require an enclosure that provides more width than height. The section should be filled up halfway with substrate and have a hide and a water dish. The Brazilian white tarantula enjoys burrowing deep into the substrate as spiderlings. Still, as they grow, they become less skittish and more prone to stay out on display. The substrate should be kept dry, and the temperature should be between 68-74 degrees Fahrenheit.
Regarding feeding, the Brazilian white tarantula is an aggressive eater who will pounce on any prey that enters its habitat with honesty and force. Feeding small crickets or roaches twice a week is recommended until the spider refuses food during pre-moult. As the spider grows larger, small-medium crickets or insects should be provided once a week. As adults, the Brazilian white tarantula should be fed 8-15 large crickets or 2 or 3 giant dubia roaches at least once every couple of weeks, depending on the size of the abdomen.
In conclusion, the Brazilian white tarantula is a beautiful and mesmerizing species that adds to the beauty of any collection. It is an excellent starter tarantula and is readily available in the market. However, handling it with caution and care is recommended, as it can kick its urticating hairs when threatened.