Wildlife Viewing

Your Texas State Parks offer a rich diversity of wildlife and habitats. Here are a few of the local four-legged, finned, feathered and furry residents you might see.

Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife.

Prairies and Lakes

Bobcat

This shy, nocturnal cat has small tufts on the tips of its ears.  The bobcat has adapted to thrive even in landscapes near urban areas.  

Lake Whitney State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park

 

 

 

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Seen on wires and fences along roadsides, these birds feed mainly on insects by "hawking", waiting on a perch and flying out to catch them in flight.

McKinney Falls State Park

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

 

 


Big Bend

Gray Fox

This elusive, mostly nocturnal mammal can climb trees to hunt or escape danger.

Hueco Tanks State Park

Monahans Sandhills State Park

 

 

 

Javelina

This small, pig-like animal has a white ring around its neck, where it gets its proper name — collared peccary.

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Balmorhea State Park

 


 

Gulf Coast

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

You may see one of these curious, intelligent mammals leaping offshore or swimming in the bay along with the ferries and boats.

Mustang Island State Park

Goose Island State Park

 

 


 

South Texas Plains

Greater Roadrunner

This swift bird gets its name because it often prefers to run rather than fly, chasing down food such as small reptiles or fleeing from danger.

Choke Canyon State Park

Goliad State Park

 


 

Pineywoods

Beaver

This sleek, streamlined swimmer assures its water supply and establishes its territory by building a dam and home of mud, rocks and wood.

Village Creek State Park

Huntsville State Park

 

 

Red-headed Woodpecker

The red-headed woodpecker is striking at rest and in flight, by showing its colors of red, black and white.  Also look for the red crest and black body of the pileated woodpecker, one of the largest woodpeckers in North America.

Caddo Lake State Park

Lake Livingston State Park

 

 


 

Hill Country

Porcupine

These shy, docile rodents eat tree bark, are excellent climbers, and are known mostly for their sharp quill-tipped, bushy hair.  Give them space from you and your pets.

Kickapoo Cavern State Park

South Llano River State Park

 

 

 

Wild Turkey

This large upland game bird lives in tree-lined or brushy areas, often near streams and rivers, and although it roosts in the tops of tall trees, it nests on the ground.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Colorado Bend State Park

 

 

 


 

Panhandle Plains

Mule Deer

Found mostly in West and Northwest Texas, this hearty, hoofed animal will often appear to "hop" on all fours for a quick escape, rather than run.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park

 

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Look for their homes: large, bare patches of open ground with colonies of small dirt mounds atop their mounds, called "prairie dog towns."

Abilene State Park

Copper Breaks State Park


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