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Greater Sage Grouse

Greater sage-grouse are adapted to eat the leaves of sagebrush shrubs year-round. Sagebrush have a characteristic smell from chemicals called monoturpenoids, which are toxic to most wildlife. Sage-grouse have evolved to eat sagebrush leaves without getting sick.

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Greater Prairie Chicken

In spring, males attract females by stamping their feet rapidly and making booming sounds with their air sacs. They often leap into the air with loud cackles.

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Grasshopper Sparrow

The grasshopper sparrow is one of the few North American sparrows that sings two completely different songs during the breeding season: one to attract females and one to defend a territory.

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Brewer’s Sparrow

Brewer’s sparrows are highly adapted to dry environments year-round and can go weeks without drinking water.

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Showy Prairie Gentian

Showy prairie gentian is considered one of the handsomest prairie wildflowers.

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Western Massasauga Rattlesnake

Communal denning throughout the winter season is a common occurrence for western massasauga. The den is called a hibernaculum.

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Texas Horned Lizard

Texas horned lizards feed primarily on harvester ants, 69% of their diet. They wait motionless along harvester ant trails and capture ants as they pass by flicking out their tongue and swallowing whole.

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Pygmy Rabbit

Pygmy rabbits are the only rabbit in the US that digs its own burrow. They also produce alarm vocalizations to communicate in response to threats, which is uncommon among rabbits.

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Ornate Box Turtle

Ornate box turtles can live between 30-40 years. You can determine the approximate age of turtles by counting the number of growth lines on the underside of the shell.

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Olive-backed Pocket Mouse

External cheek pouches of olive-backed pocket mice, like other pocket mice are fur-lined and are used to collect and transport large quantities of seeds.

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