If you travel to Texas then you can view many types of wildlife like:
Texas rainbow cactus
Endangered wildlife species in Texas
- Whooping Crane (Grus americana): The whooping crane is one of North America’s most endangered birds. This large, white crane breeds in the wetlands of Canada and migrates to the Gulf Coast of Texas for the winter. Threats to the species include habitat loss, climate change, and collisions with power lines.
- Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri): This small, ground-dwelling bird is native to the coastal prairie of Texas and Louisiana. The species has faced severe population declines due to habitat loss from urbanization, agriculture, and the invasion of non-native plant species.
- Houston Toad (Anaxyrus houstonensis): The Houston toad is an endangered amphibian found only in a few counties in southeastern Texas. Habitat loss and fragmentation, drought, and disease have contributed to the decline of this species.
- Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis): The ocelot is a small, nocturnal wildcat native to parts of Texas and Mexico. Habitat loss, vehicle collisions, and illegal hunting have led to a significant decline in the ocelot’s population.
- Red Wolf (Canis rufus): Once common throughout the southeastern United States, the red wolf is now one of the world’s most endangered canids. Habitat loss, persecution, and hybridization with coyotes have contributed to the species’ decline.
- Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla): This small songbird inhabits shrublands in central and western Texas, as well as parts of Oklahoma and Mexico. The black-capped vireo has faced threats from habitat loss, nest parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds, and pesticide exposure.
- Texas Blind Salamander (Eurycea rathbuni): This unique, eyeless salamander is found only in the underground waters of the Edwards Aquifer in Hays County, Texas. The species is threatened by water pollution, habitat loss, and groundwater depletion.
Male Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Axis Deer Chital Buck
If you find a wild animal do not feed it because they are not pets and you may do them harm.
During my time in the vast and varied landscapes of Texas, I found myself face to face with the untamed heart of nature in the form of its wild residents. Each encounter left me with a profound sense of respect for the creatures that call this place home.
One unforgettable experience happened while I was exploring the sprawling terrain of the Lone Star State, which is a haven for biodiversity due to its size and range of ecosystems. As I hiked through one of the many state parks, I stumbled upon a group of white-tailed deer. The deer, with their statuesque frames reaching up to 3.5 feet at the shoulder and weighing up to 150 pounds, moved with an elegant grace that captivated me. Their cautious eyes watched me as they nibbled on the brush, and I felt an intrinsic connection, a mutual understanding as we shared a moment in time.
In the more arid regions, I was lucky enough to spot a roadrunner, the state bird of Texas. This quirky bird, about 2 feet in length from beak to tail and weighing around 2 pounds, darted across my path with incredible speed, its long legs blurring as it ran. Its distinctive crest and tail feathers stood out against the sparse landscape, and I chuckled, half-expecting to see an animated coyote in hot pursuit, just like in the cartoons of my childhood.
But not all of Texas’s wildlife was as easy to spot. I learned to look carefully for the Texas horned lizard, a master of camouflage with its spiky appearance blending seamlessly into the rough terrain. This small reptile, often no more than 5 inches long, was a rare sight indeed, and spotting one felt like finding hidden treasure.
One of the most exhilarating encounters occurred while I was near a riverbank, where I observed a North American alligator basking in the sun. The alligator, an ancient species that has remained largely unchanged for millions of years, was an impressive specimen, easily 10 feet long and weighing upwards of 300 pounds. I kept a respectful distance, aware of the power and agility these creatures possess despite their often lethargic appearance.
As twilight approached, I set up camp under the expansive Texas sky, which was beginning to fill with stars. The sounds of the nocturnal wildlife began to emerge: the hoot of an owl, the rustle of a small mammal in the underbrush, and the distant howl of a coyote.
Wildlife that you can see in the lone star state:
- American black bear
- White-tailed deer
- Gray fox
- Red fox
- Mountain lion
- Nine-banded armadillo
- Mexican free-tailed bat
- Spotted skunk
- Striped skunk
- Gray squirrel
- Flying squirrel
- Texas horned lizard
- Copperhead snake
- Water moccasin
- Green sea turtle
- Kemp’s ridley sea turtle
- Loggerhead sea turtle
- Brown pelican
- American white pelican
- Great blue heron
- Sandhill crane
- Wild turkey
- Mourning dove
- Northern bobwhite quail
- Cooper’s hawk
- Red-tailed hawk
- American kestrel
- Bald eagle
- Roseate spoonbill
- Painted bunting
- Western diamondback rattlesnake
- Texas coral snake
- Armadillo lizard
- Texas spiny lizard