Acquired: Pet store
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 16, 2015
This is a large, confident, strikingly attractive spider - as the name suggests, they have bright white streaks on the knees. This is a chunky, ground dwelling spider that is usually quite happy to be out and about and visible, although will appreciate a hide to create a safe burrow. Big appetites and sometimes big personalities to boot. I've found them a little hit and miss as to whether they are docile or aggressive.
The simple test I do with spiders is to tap the spider on the abdomen with something like a pair of tongs - just lightly, this won't hurt it. If it swivels around, rears or tries to bite then it's aggressive, if it runs forward very fast then it's flighty - but most adults of this species I've encountered will either ignore you, or simply meander forward slowly. Then you know your likely to be dealing with a calmer spider!