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Acanthoscurria brocklehursti (Brazilian Giant Black and White Tarantula)

Acanthoscurria brocklehursti (Brazilian Giant Black and White Tarantula)

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Acanthoscurria brocklehursti 

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Acanthoscurria brocklehursti is a species of tarantula that is native to Brazil. It is also known as the Brazilian black and white tarantula or the Rio gray tarantula.

Acanthoscurria brocklehursti is a large and robust tarantula, with a leg span of up to 8 inches (20 cm). It has a distinctive black and white coloration, with a black body and white stripes on its legs and abdomen. The male and female tarantulas are similar in appearance, although the males are generally smaller and have longer legs than the females.

As an arboreal species, Acanthoscurria brocklehursti is adapted to life in trees and is a skilled climber. It is a docile species and is commonly kept as a pet due to its impressive size and unique coloration.

In the wild, Acanthoscurria brocklehursti is primarily a carnivorous predator, feeding on insects, small invertebrates, and occasionally small vertebrates such as lizards. Like all tarantulas, it has venomous fangs and will use them to defend itself or subdue prey. However, its venom is not considered medically significant to humans.

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