Geographical Range United States, from Missouri to Texas
Habitat Forests, glades, rocky areas
Scientific Name Aphonopelma hentzi
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

Easily the largest spider in Missouri, this shy and secretive arachnid is most commonly found in dry glades south of the Missouri River. Males can often be seen traveling across roads in autumn, especially in the southern parts of the state. Despite its impressive appearance, this tarantula's venom is relatively mild and is of little concern to humans.