Geographical Range Northern Brazil (in South America)
Habitat Forests
Scientific Name Acanthoscurria geniculata
Conservation Status Common

Back off! Like most tarantulas found in the New World, this spider has special "hairs" that it uses as a defense. When the tarantula flicks these irritating hairs from its body and sends them aloft, the hairs can cause a skin rash -- and even eye damage -- in the spider's victims.