9 States with a High Presence of Tarantulas


Yes, even Florida has a dark (or hairy) secret. The Aphonopelma eutylenum, or California ebony tarantula, lives along the coast and in deserts. It likes to hide in caves or under rocks.


The Grand Canyon State has more than 20 different kinds, making it the winner. From the Arizona blonde tarantula, which gets its name from its beautiful golden hairs, to the Mexican redknee tarantula, which lives in cracks in rocks,


Spiders and everything else are larger here! The state has a rich number of tarantula breeds, including the burrowing Texas brown and the rock-hiding Tawny cursor.

New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment has more than beautiful scenery. This area is home to the New Mexico and zebra tarantulas, which have black and white stripes.


You may see a tarantula here. Oklahoma has several intriguing species, like the dwarf tarantula, one of the tiniest in the US, and the Oklahoma brown, notable for its long legs.


You may notice a Colorado tarantula on a mountain trip because it enjoys 5,000 to 9,000 feet. These creepy crawlies have shorter hair than desert animals. This helps preserve heat in chilly alpine climates.


Sunshine, beaches, and...tarantulas? Yes, Florida offers another surprise. The Florida Keys curly-haired tarantula is a tunneling type that loves to hide.


The “Wizard of Oz” state has tarantula royalty—who knew? The Kansas dwarf tarantula, one of the tiniest in the US, with a 2-inch leg span. They hunt insects and other tiny invertebrates at night.


The Big Easy is known for its vibrant culture and irresistible food, but venture out to the swamps and forests, and you could encounter the Louisiana swamp tarantula. This aptly named class thrives in humid environments.