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Texans share their state with a great diversity of animals, from tiny insects to large mammals. On our wildlife page, you can find wildlife magazine articles, wildlife videos and other wildlife resources.

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From Our Pages: Wildlife Articles

Fearsome, Fascinating, Fluorescent

Taking the sting out of Texas’ much-maligned scorpions. read more

New Sea Turtle Challenges

After years of improving numbers, Kemp’s ridleys are on the decline again. read more

Butterfly on the Brink?

Monarch monitoring show their migration's in trouble. read more

On the Bobcat Trail

Researchers are studying wildcats in the Fort Worth area. read more

The Roar of the Lionfish

Can we eat our way out of the latest invasive problem? read more

Log a Frog, Share a Snake

Citizen scientists play a role in conservation by reporting wildlife sightings. read more

Wildlife Warriors

Texans "raise the barn" together to protect native animals. read more

Last Stand of the Red Wolf

America’s "other wolf" was reintroduced to the wild after a last-ditch roundup in Texas. read more

Return of the Prodigal Turtle

A Kemp’s ridley turtle returns home after an unexpected detour to Europe. read more

Skill Builder: Growing Native

Wildscaping can turn your lawn into a beautiful home for wildlife. read more

The Greatest Conservation Story You've Never Heard

Federal program has played an essential role in wildlife restoration for 75 years. read more

Wild in the Suburbs

Living harmoniously with animals in the city. read more

The Secret Life of Bumblebees

Large and adorably fuzzy, these important pollinators help produce a bounty of Texas foods. read more

Saving Sea Turtles

Dedicated volunteers continue to fight serious threats to Gulf populations. read more

Radar's Eye on Wildlife

Biologists harness weather technology to unlock the secret lives of birds, bats and bugs. read more

Bayou Beasts

Alligators survive and thrive in Texas wetlands. read more

Angels of Mercy

At wildlife rehab centers across the state, injured animals get a second chance. read more

Wildlife and the Wall

Though I’d read about the fence and seen photos, seeing the border wall with my own eyes bordered on the surreal. While news coverage in the past few years has focused on the wall’s human-related purpose and impacts, little has been communicated about what effects the border fence might have on wildlife, land management practices and ecotourism in one of the state’s most impoverished regions. read more

Skill Builder: Dead Wood Supports Life

That rotting stump in your yard could be a critter condo. read more

Return of the Bighorns

With the help of TPWD and partners, desert bighorn sheep are being restored to the mountains of West Texas. read more

State Bison Herd's History Echoes Across the Plains

The animals, descendants of Charles Goodnight's famous herd, are undergoing changes at Caprock Canyons. read more

A Kiss for a Toad

The Houston toad is endangered, but a zoo's "head start" program could help it make a comeback. read more

What Was That?

Tales of mysterious creatures abound in the land of chupacabras. read more

The Pronghorn Prognosis

These fleet plains animals have been hit by sharp declines in numbers, and biologists are on the lookout for a culprit. read more

When Pigs and People Collide

An explosion in the feral hog population causes problems on ranches and in suburbia. read more

Snake Safety

Of all the critters that skitter in Texas, nothing makes the heart race faster than the slithering kind. But if you see a snake, it's best not to overreact. read more

Beetle Mania

If you aim to collect 40,000 specimens, it helps to be "buggy" over beetles. read more

Giants in the Gulf

Until recently, not many people knew that whale sharks, the world's largest fish, ventured into the northern Gulf of Mexico. read more

Ocelot on the Brink of U.S. Extinction

The ocelot, a midsized wild cat covered in spots and streaks, once roamed the southern states of America, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. From here, their historic range extended into South America. But over the last century, the U.S. population has been dramatically reduced, and now the cats, along with their natural habitat, have reached a tipping point. read more

Tarantula!

Misunderstood and maligned by many, tarantulas — like bats, scorpions and snakes — often get a bum rap. Despite their fearsome looks, tarantulas are gentle giants, reclusive by nature, harmless to humans and an essential part of our ecosystem. read more


creature feature: a look at Texas animal species

Houston toad

Yellow jacket

River otter

Fox squirrel and gray squirrel

Box turtle

Burrowing crayfish

Jackrabbit

Red fox and gray fox

Rio Grande chirping frog

Nine-banded armadillo

Long-tailed weasel

Wild turkey

Ghost-faced bat

Muskrat

Eastern hognose snake

Damselfly

Coquina

Crane fly

Cankerworm

Wheel bug

Javelina

Texas mouse

Texas tortoise

Bold jumping spider

Antlion

Clearwing moth

Water strider

Virginia opossum

Texas toad

Jackrabbit

Pillbug

American eel

Green lynx spider

Green anole

Pocket gopher

See more animal profiles at the TPWD Wildlife Fact Sheets page


Wildlife on TPWD video

Running With the Bison at Caprock Canyons

Get up close and personal with the official Texas State Bison Herd.

Bighorn Sheep Restoration

Desert bighorns are reintroduced into Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Ocelot Survival

The ocelot is a beautiful but endangered wild cat. In South Texas, these cats are fighting for survival, and researchers are trying to help.

Pronghorn CSI

Pronghorn antelope populations have experienced a sharp decline in the Big Bend region, and scientists aren't sure why.

Watch more videos on the TPWD YouTube channel