Nature

Lone Star State Wildlife Photos [Infographic] and Facts

If you travel to Texas then you can view many types of wildlife like:

Green jay

 

 

Texas rainbow cactus

 

 

spinyfruit pricklypear

 

bronzed cowbird

Endangered wildlife species in Texas

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

 

 

swallowtail butterfly

 

 

horned lizard

 

 

Roadrunner

 

 

Northern Cardinal

 

 

brown tarantula

 

 

rattlesnake

 

 

 

Checkered Garter Snake

 

 

Cottontail rabbit

 

 

Male Golden-fronted Woodpecker

 

 

Harris  Hawk

 

 

Pyrrhuloxias

 

 

Axis Deer Chital Buck

 

 

wild turkey

 

 

Blue crab

 

 

Whitetail deer

If you find a wild animal do not feed it because they are not pets and you may do them harm.

Infographic

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:

  1. American black bear
  2. White-tailed deer
  3. Coyote
  4. Gray fox
  5. Red fox
  6. Bobcat
  7. Mountain lion
  8. Raccoon
  9. Nine-banded armadillo
  10. Opossum
  11. Mexican free-tailed bat
  12. Spotted skunk
  13. Striped skunk
  14. Gray squirrel
  15. Flying squirrel
  16. Beaver
  17. Muskrat
  18. Nutria
  19. Texas horned lizard
  20. Rattlesnake
  21. Copperhead snake
  22. Water moccasin
  23. Alligator
  24. Green sea turtle
  25. Kemp’s ridley sea turtle
  26. Loggerhead sea turtle
  27. Brown pelican
  28. American white pelican
  29. Great blue heron
  30. Sandhill crane
  31. Wild turkey
  32. Mourning dove
  33. Northern bobwhite quail
  34. Cooper’s hawk
  35. Red-tailed hawk
  36. American kestrel
  37. Bald eagle
  38. Osprey
  39. Roseate spoonbill
  40. Painted bunting
  41. Western diamondback rattlesnake
  42. Texas coral snake
  43. Armadillo lizard
  44. Texas spiny lizard