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New in Town

Texas’ landscape features an ever-evolving roster of species. read more

Wildlife in Focus

In photo contest, nature's the star. read more

Minding the Hive

Concerns continue over honeybee demise. read more

The Big Stink

Researchers delve into the marvelous, malodorous world of Texas skunks. read more

Venom Quest

Secrets of the Serpentarium: Texas A&M-Kingsville lab explores beneficial uses of snake venom. read more

Maiden of the Monarchs

Discoverer of butterfly wintering site breaks decades of silence to tell her story. read more

Can We Bring Quail Back?

Preliminary results from focus areas show growth in bobwhite populations. read more

Legend, Lore & Legacy: Avian Mailmen

Carrier pigeons still bring messages on the wing. read more

Butterfly Banquet

Texas becomes a key player in a three-nation effort to help critical pollinators survive. read more

Death of the Sea Wolf

The now-extinct Caribbean monk seal used to visit the Texas coast. read more

Three Nations, One Gulf

United States, Mexico and Cuba collaborate on marine life issues. read more

Venomous Vipers

Snakes can by frightening, but only a handful are dangerous in Texas. read more

Whooo Do You Love?

The wonders of watching a screech-owl family in an urban backyard. read more

Nature Without Borders

Protecting and managing wildlife and habitat in the Big Bend. read more

Bat Mania

Pest-eating fliers face an uncertain future. read more

Legend, Lore & Legacy: Dia de las Mariposas

Historic 1921 flood brought subsequent butterfly deluge. read more

Good News for Bats

No evidence of deadly white-nose syndrome found in Texas. read more

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


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

Snout butterfly


Southern flannel moth

Giant darner dragonfly


Luna moth

Jerusalem cricket

Black-spotted newt


American burying beetle

Reticulate collared lizard

Big Bend mud turtle

Swift fox and kit fox


Texas kangaroo rat


Tarantula-hawk wasp

Texas tortoise

Pecos River muskrat

Texas indigo snake

Wolf snail

Lightning whelk

Giant redheaded centipede

Skeleton shrimp

Houston toad

Yellow jacket

River otter

Fox squirrel and gray squirrel

Box turtle

Burrowing crayfish


Red fox and gray fox

Rio Grande chirping frog

Nine-banded armadillo

Long-tailed weasel

Wild turkey

Ghost-faced bat


Eastern hognose snake



Crane fly


Wheel bug


Texas mouse

Texas tortoise

Bold jumping spider


Clearwing moth

Water strider

Virginia opossum

Texas toad



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

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