Mygale geniculata C. L. Koch, 1841
Scurria geniculata C. L. Koch, 1850
Acanthoscurria geniculata Ausserer, 1871
Size: Can reach up to 8.5″
Growth Rate: Medium-fast.
Natural Habitat: Brazil
Temperament: They are on the bold side, but not usually aggressive. They do put on a show at feeding time, and will not hesitate to kick hair!
About: This is an impressive heavy-bodied species that makes a spectacular display tarantula as it stays out in the open most of the time. Of the large, terrestrial spiders, this is certainly one of the most beautiful! These rather bold creatures begin to show adult coloration early on, making them look like miniature adults when they are still quite young. They are hardy, easy to care for, and feeding time is always a spectacle! They are known to be a little nervous, not hesitating to kick up hairs when disturbed. Gloves and sleeves are recommended when feeding or working in their enclosures.
For more in-depth information, we highly recommend referring to this article by Toms Big Spiders : A. geniculata husbandry notes