White Knee Tarantula

Brazilian white knee tarantula at Wingham Wildlife Park

Brazilian White Knee Tarantula Natural History

Size

The Brazilian white knee tarantula has a leg span of 8.5 inches (22 cm).

Habitat and Distribution

This tarantula is a terrestrial species which is indigenous to the rain forests of northern Brazil.

Age

The lifespan of a female can be up to around 20 years while males have a much shorter lifespan of up to six years

Diet

They are insectivorous in the wild eating a variety of insects and invertebrates.  Occasionally they may also eat smaller vertebrates if they can catch them.

Groups and Breeding

Females will start to make a cocoon 4-7 months after she has mated. This cocoon may contain more than 1000 fertilised eggs which will hatch after two months. The young will be fully grown within 3-4 years.

Threats

This is a fairly common species in captivity. However, their status in the wild has not yet been assessed on the IUCN red list.

Interesting facts

This is a semi aggressive species which if threatened, can flick hairs. This defence can cause skin rashes and eye damage.

The White Knee Tarantula During Your Day Out in Kent

You can see the white knee tarantula here at Wingham Wildlife Park in the reptile house which is home to a number of reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians.