Credit: painting by Elizabeth McClelland from Kays and Wilson's Mammals of North America, © Princeton University Press (2002)

Did you know that Texas has a kangaroo rat with its name-sake? Texas kangaroo rat is a fitting name as this is the largest of the five kangaroo rat species found in the state. The Texas kangaroo rat is the only species found in its historic range with a long, thick, white-tipped tail. Kangaroo rats […]


Today Texas Parks and Wildlife received a federal grant for $21,618 to continue our research on bats and white-nose syndrome (WNS). U.S. Fish and Wildlife split nearly a million dollars across 35 states for similar research. WNS has not been found in Texas, but it is knocking at our door. Since its discovery in New […]

Porcupine Feature

Have you seen a porcupine lately? If you live in central Texas, the chances are you’ve noticed one in a tree or on the road. If you haven’t seen one yet, keep your eyes out, because they’re expanding into new territory. In the past few years, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been contacted by […]


Flip over a rock in a stream and you may reveal some interesting aquatic invertebrates. Dig deeper into the gravel below and adjacent to the stream and you may find groundwater organisms more akin to cave-adapted species than stream dwellers. This habitat, called the hyporheic zone, is a transition between surface water and deeper groundwater. […]

Undetermined short-tailed whipscorpion. Photo by Dr. Jean Krejca, Zara Environmental LLC.

For the last two weeks, we have been working through the world’s 11 orders of living arachnids, all of which occur in Texas, the only U.S. state with such arachnid diversity. From common garden spiders to enigmatic microwhipscorpions, we’ve seen that these arachnids have a variety of unusual forms. However, we have to yet to […]

Undetermined windscorpion. Photo by Cullen Hanks.

Last week, we learned that all 11 of the world’s arachnid orders can be found without ever leaving the boundaries of Texas. We were introduced to several of the more common orders, but left off heading to the Trans-Pecos for some of the largest of Texas’ arachnids. Most people that live in central and west […]


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