This tropical beauty is expanding its range beyond the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
In cities across Texas, rugged ruminants are chowing down on the plants that plague us.
Folks are flocking to Corpus Christi to see the little yellow flier, which may have blown 2,600 miles off-course in a storm.
Ounce for ounce, rhinoceros beetles are among the strongest animals on earth.
Roughly the weight of a standard schnauzer, the plant-eating dino roamed North Texas 96 million years ago.
The diminutive swamp dragon of the Piney Woods has a fascinating life cycle. Just don’t eat one.
Investigators are finding new ways to catch smugglers, but high demand from China, weak laws, and cartel involvement are making enforcement harder than ever.
That’s why farmers and ranchers consider it a friend.
Alligator snapping turtle populations in Texas were dwindling. One family of smugglers had been poaching them from the state for years.
Nathaniel Hall’s canines can also find pollutants and agricultural pests.
Found along Texas’s southwestern border, the creature has a mug only a mother could love.
Butterfly wings, tarantula legs, and “Frankenstein” beetles—the insect taxidermists of Pinned Ptera find the beauty in it all.
They’re hard-shelled escape artists—and faster than you think.
Found in the state’s riverways, the spiny softshell looks like a cross between a brontosaurus and a pancake.
After washing up on the coast of Wales, she was nursed back to health, flown home to Texas, and then released in Galveston.
Congrats to new parents Raani, Snaggle, and Big Boy—and the zookeepers who worked for years to help bring their toothy babies into being.
The world’s biggest fish swims in the Gulf, but much about it remains a mystery.
I recently had a terrifying run-in with one in a West Texas stock tank.
Austin’s urban bat colony has nothing on this.
Just as scientists begin to understand the Rice’s whale, environmentalists contend in a lawsuit that it may be threatened by a proposed offshore oil terminal.
As the invasive beetle carves a path through Texas, state and federal officials are searching for solutions.
In the half-century since a troop of Japanese macaques arrived in Texas, a truly wild tale has played out.
They’re colonies of tiny creatures that drift with the tides.
It’s named for frontier naturalist Gabriel Marnoch, who led a life of crime while discovering new species.
Anglers love to hate this slimy Texas fish, but its parental skills are unmatched.
Our backyards don't seem to be lighting up like they used to.
It’s, uh, kind of X-rated.
Anglers used to dismiss it as a “trash fish.” Now fishermen (and scientists) are recognizing the gar for the amazing creature it is.
West Texas is home to some of the world's most spectacular fossils, from the gentle moose camel to the fearsome tusked swamp beast.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a bird crashing into a plane!
Fewer than 200 of the birds remain in the wild. Every spring, they put on a vibrant mating display.
Aggressive birds are ruffling feathers in an over-55 Georgetown neighborhood. Residents have fended off the gobblers with decorative pillows and golf clubs.
Dr. Andy Glusenkamp of the zoo's Center for Conservation & Research leads volunteers in a hands-on experience to preserve the beloved state reptile.
If you try to kill it with a shovel, it’ll just split into two.
He's from California, but we're still proud of him and his namesake.
This bizarre species has a more potent sting than a Portuguese man-of-war.
Ghostly axolotls float, sausage-fat skinks dive, and snakes slither in thoughtfully designed, naturalistic habitats at the new Johnson City zoo.
Count yourself lucky if you catch a glimpse of this common but shy nocturnal mammal.
They’ve overrun nearly the entire state, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage annually in spite of widespread attempts at eradication—including traps, contraceptives, and a heavily armed Ted Nugent.
The majestic birds nest only in houses built by human “landlords.”
The tiniest of Texas birds are also some of the most marvelous, reaching speeds of up to fifty miles per hour.
A serial escape artist, he’s coming to Texas after the Saint Louis Zoo couldn’t handle his wily ways.
Lyne Raff gets up close and personal with moths, cicadas, and other intricate insects.
Collected in 1941, A. buceei languished in a drawer for decades.
The new party VIPs are beer-drinking goats, beer-toting donkeys, and the occasional giraffe.
He and Mrs. Pickles are the proud parents of three new hatchlings.
Favorable weather led to scads of the insects this spring. (And no, they don’t eat mosquitos.)
Garret Langlois explains how he first stumbled upon, then dove into the exciting discovery that beavers had returned to the Llano Estacado after thousands of years.
Bob and Donna McFarland have handed out 177 nest boxes for the colorful species.
In a dark corner of Natural Bridge Caverns, near San Antonio, wildcat bones lay undisturbed for thousands of years. Scientists are just beginning to unlock their mysteries.