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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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Regal Fritillary

The regal fritillary is thought to be one of the most spectacular Temperate Zone butterflies in the world, especially females are striking when seen in the field.

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Swift Fox

The swift fox is the smallest canid in the United States and gets its name because it can reach speeds of 25 mi/40 km per hour.

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Western Meadowlark

In 1914, California grain growers initiated a study on the Western Meadowlark’s diet to determine if the bird could be designated a pest species. Although they do eat grain, Western Meadowlarks help limit crop-damaging insects.

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