Scientific name: Aphonopelma spp.
Facts: Tarantulas are widespread throughout Texas. Most of our species are in the genus Aphonopelma. They usually take over burrows in the soil but may dig some of it themselves. They usually spend most of the day in the burrow and move out at night to hunt. They line the burrow with webbing and extend the webbing out on the soil surface. The extended web is used to sense prey that is walking by.