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5 Animals in Texas Hill Country That You Can Spot

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December 14, 2023

One of the best parts about coming to visit Texas Hill Country is the incredible natural beauty that you can explore while you are here. With caverns, hills, plains, and more, there are lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature when you come to visit. If you are looking to take advantage of this chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat, then you are in luck! Here are some of the main animals in Texas Hill Country that you can spot during your time here:

1. Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats

One of the most popular animals in Texas Hill Country that visitors enjoy seeing are the Brazilian Free-tailed bats that call the area home for part of the year. The bats live in South America during the winter months, but return to Texas each year from around the start of spring until mid-summer. The bats are a dark color, have large ears and feet, and mostly reside in caves while they are in Texas. You can see the bats at several spots throughout Texas Hill Country, including Old Tunnel State Park which is home to a large colony of bats. Just remember that bats often carry disease, so make sure to keep your distance!

2. White-Tailed Deer

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White-tailed deer are another of the animals in Texas Hill Country that you can spot when you come to visit. It shouldn’t be too hard to spot them, as there are over four million deer in Texas! The population is managed through controlled hunting, which allows for the deer to thrive without harming the surrounding ecosystem.

3. Guadalupe Bass

Another of the animals in Texas Hill Country that you can spot, the Guadalupe bass is actually the official state fish of Texas. That’s because this fish is only found right here in the state of Texas and nowhere else! Guadalupe bass can be found in small streams and typically weigh around one pound but can be as heavy as three pounds.

4. Wild Turkeys

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Wild turkeys are another of the animals in Texas Hill Country that you can spot, though you may have to work a bit harder to see these birds than some of the other animals on this list. Wild turkeys typically only live in unpopulated areas, meaning that you will have to hike to have the best possible chance of spotting them!

5. Armadillos

Yet another of the animals in Texas Hill Country that you can see, armadillos are present in the area, especially near Lake Travis. These armored animals are some of the most unique creatures that you can see here in Texas. If you are out hiking and looking to spot armadillos, watch for them scurrying in the grass and keep an eye out for strange-looking rocks!

Now that you have learned about some of the incredible animals in Texas Hill Country, you can probably see why nature enthusiasts love visiting this area of the state. If you are ready to plan your very own trip to Texas Hill Country and take advantage of all that this amazing region has to offer, you can book a stay at Firefly Resort where you will enjoy luxurious accommodations with picture-perfect surroundings. We look forward to welcoming you!

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