Tarantulas can be found in Kansas. Some tarantulas in Kansas reside in rocky habitats, while others reside in hillsides. Most burrow underground. Texas brown tarantulas (Aphonopelma hentzi) are definite inhabitants of this area. Researchers also believe that the Texas brown tarantula may be present in the southern third of the state.
Tarantulas are black, light or dark brown in color and may measure several centimeters in size. Their bodies are covered in dense hair, causing them to appear larger than they are. This hair also serves as a defense mechanism against predators: when touched, urticating hair causes discomfort in skin and eyes.
Tarantulas are known to bite when threatened. Any tarantula should be approached with caution. It is not advised that humans attempt to handle these arachnids.