Native to the semi-arid southeastern Texas and northern Mexico, Aphonopelma anax is a species with broad appeal. Calm disposition and hardiness contribute to its popularity. They live in burrows among among grasses and shrubs. In late summer mating season begins; it is common to see scores of roaming mature males at this time, one of which is likely shown in the photo above. Females reach 5″ or so and live over two decades. Spiderlings in this batch were raised beyond the more challenging >1/4″ size they were upon arrival.
Photo courtesy Kyle Thompson.