Albino American Alligator

Other than their color, albino alligators are the same as regular-colored alligators. Albino gators just have albinism. Albinism is a rare genetic abnormality where the one affected has a lack of pigmentation. So other than the color of their skin … Continued

Corn Snake

Corn snakes, or red rat snakes, are one of several species of rat snakes that live in the United States. They are powerful, nonvenomous snakes that feed on a variety of prey items, which they overpower by constriction. Some of … Continued


The jaguar is the largest of the New World cats— out of all big cats, only the lion and tiger are larger. They can reach up to six feet long and weight up to 249 pounds! Jaguars are known for their … Continued

Texas Tortoise

There are 30 recognized species of turtles in Texas, but only the Texas Tortoise, or Gopherus berlandieri, is truly a tortoise. Unlike most turtles, Texas tortoises inhabit dry land and lack webbed feet. They use their claws to scrape out shady resting places … Continued

Gopher Snake

The gopher snake is a nonvenomous constrictor native to North America. The gopher snake is one of the most widespread snakes in North America. Its range extends from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans, as far north as southern Canada, and as … Continued

American Alligator

American alligators were once an endangered animal, but they are now considered one of the success stories of U.S. wildlife conservation. They were once hunted (almost to extinction!) for their skin, which is used to make boots, purses, and other … Continued

North American Bison

The North American bison is the largest land mammal on the continent. Before European settlement, they were also the most abundant animal in North America. This species had a huge effect on shaping the ecology of the Great Plains— by … Continued

Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in large colonies in the grasslands of central and western North America. These social rodents live in underground burrows called “towns.” When these towns are undisturbed, there can be tens of thousands of … Continued

Mountain Lion

This cat species has more names than any other animal in the world! Aside from mountain lion, they are commonly referred to as cougars, pumas, panthers and catamounts. Originally, mountain lions were found throughout North and South America in forests, swamps, … Continued

Grey Wolf

Although they are referred to as “grey” wolves, these canids actually range in color, from solid white and solid black to a mix of white, grey and brown. Grey wolves once roamed most of Europe, Asia and North America (even Texas!), though … Continued

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