There is more to life than plants.




Geococcyx californianus, the greater roadrunner, leaving the Sul Ross cactus garden.

Geococcyx californianus



Phrynosoma cornutum, the famous "Texas horned lizard", in Jim Hogg County, Texas.




Crotalus atrox, the "western diamondback rattlesnake"; a resident of the Lophophora regrowth study site in Jim Hogg County, Texas. 
This individual was around 7 feet long and 3 inches at maximum diameter, not an unusually large size for this species in South Texas.




A couple of Xerobates (Gopherus) berlandieri, the "Texas tortoise"; encountered in Starr County, Texas.




Grasshopper (Campylacantha olivacea) with Lophophora williamsii population in Jim Hogg County, Texas.




Grasshopper (Lactista azteca) with Lophophora williamsii var. echinata population in West Texas.




Grasshopper (Schistocerca lineata?) with Lophophora williamsii var. echinata population in Val Verde Co.
(image on left was shaded; on right was in full sun)

grasshopper
grasshopper



  In Presidio County (Trimerotropis pallidipennis)

Presidio County
Presidio County



Phrynotettix robustus (
Toad Lubber)
in Brewster County, north of Mule Ears in BBNP

grasshopper
grasshopper



Thrips in Presidio County

thrips



Argiope argentata (silver garden spider) above a Lophophora williamsii population in Jim Hogg County, Texas.





Amblyoma cajennense
, the "cayenne tick", from the study site in Jim Hogg County Texas


Nymphs found in 2011

Increments on the scale bars below 1 = 0.05 mm.

nymphs


Adults found in 2012

Adults
compared



We also encountered several dead animals that seemed to be worth sharing



Taxidea taxus, the "American badger", from Starr County, Texas.




Odocoileus virginianus, the "white-tail deer", from Starr County, Texas compared to Axis (Cervus) axis, the imported "Axis deer".




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