Wildlife

There is a wide variety of wildlife at Canyon Lake including game and non-game species, migratory game birds, song birds, wading birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Below are pictures of some of the species of wildlife found at Canyon Lake. Some are seasonal while others are here year round.

If you are doing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Heart of Texas - East (HOTE) Trail, you may see some of these animals.

Animals

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Grey Fox*

"The fur exhibits a salt & pepper grey colour, gradually turning to rust towards the belly. The belly and chin are white. A black stripe runs down the dorsal surface of its tail, which can be differentiated from that of the red fox´s by the notable abscence of a white tip or tag."

"The grey fox is the only North American canid capable of climbing trees, which it scales in a catlike manner. Study of the grey fox´s anatomy suggest that it´s climbing ability is improved by the rotational mobility of its forelegs, which is greater than that of other canids. The tracks of the grey fox are also smaller and well defined than those of the red, due to there being less hair around the pads." *

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Red Fox**

 

"The largest of all vulpine foxes, the red fox is the most successful, and is certainly the most recognizable. A small, dog like animal, its adult mass can vary between 3-14 kg. European foxes and those living in higher latitudes tend towards the larger sizes, while those in North America and southern latitudes are generally smaller. The males average ten to fifteen percent heavier than the females, although the considerable size differences between individuals in this species makes it difficult to use this as a guideline to determining sex. Body length typically varies between 82 and 110cm, of which a prominent bushy tail accounts for about a third. It is useful as a counterbalance while running and jumping, provides insulation and warmth in cold weather, and is used to communicate with other foxes. A white tail tip, or "tag" is a useful field mark for distinguishing a red fox from other canids. Other characteristic features include its narrow, elongated muzzle, erect triangular ears, and luxurious coat of fur."

"The fur consists of a short, very thick undercoat covered with long guard hairs. The typical red fox is light orange to brownish red in colour, with black legs and ears, and a white under belly, chin, and tail tip. Individual coloration tends to be darker in higher latitudes, and winter coats are both darker and thicker. The familiar red pelt is but one of many colour phases of the fox." **


Birds


baby cardinals

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Insects

 

Reptiles

*Information on Grey Fox extracted from following website on 17 June 2012. Please refer there for more information on Fox species.

http://mynarskiforest.purrsia.com/ev19gdes.htm

**Information on Red Fox extracted from following website on 17 June 2012. Please refer there for more information on Fox species.

http://mynarskiforest.purrsia.com/ev3rdesc.htm

 

 

This site last updated on February 10, 2014