Eco Regions of Texas Project
By: Zac Zeigler
Located in the northern part of Texas, the rolling plains is a dry, rough area. Covered with short prairie grasses, this area may get 28-20 inches per year. Many rivers start in this eco region, some known wildlife that live here are bobwhites, scaled quail, mourning doves, collared peccary, and a variety of song birds.
Located right in the Texas Panhandle, the High Plains is a dry area with dwarf oak shrubs and buffalo grass as part of their agriculture. The High Plains gets anywhere from 15 to 22 inches of rainfall per year. Some wildlife here include, buffalo, bobcats, deer, and prairie dogs.
Located on the far west side of Texas, Trans Pecos is a desert like, canyon filled area. This Eco region dominants the western area of Texas, at most Trans Pecos gets 12 inches of rain per year, making this one of the driest places in Texas. Some animals you might find here include, snakes, horned toads, jack rabbits and other desert species.
Coastal Sand Plains
Located along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Coastal Sand Plains is a clay soiled area, being next to the Gulf it is also relatively sandy. Getting 24 to 28 inches per year isn't bad for an area like this. Some wildlife you may find here are fish, snakes, rabbits, foxes, and hawks.
South TX Brush Country
Located at the most southern part of Texas, the South Texas Brush Country is an area with a subtropical climate. Throughout the area there is thorny shrubs and trees, in some places there is even woodlands. The Brush Country gets about 20 to 32 inches of rainfall each year. Some animals you may find here include, hogs, snakes, lizards, and even wild turkeys.
Located a little west of the center of Texas, Edwards Plateau is made up of many springs and hills. This area gets anywhere from 15 to 34 inches of rain per year. Covered with oak trees and shrubs, this area surprisingly has some of the most rare wildlife species, even some you can't find anywhere else on the planet! Some of this wildlife include various species of bobcats, birds, snakes, deer, and rabbits.
Located along the East side of Texas, Piney Woods has a terrain with rich bottom land and abundant pine trees. This area gets anywhere from 36 to 50 inches of rain per year. You may find woodpeckers, jack rabbits, snakes and other like organisms in this area.
Oak Woods and Prairies
Located in the northern middle of Texas, Oak Woods and Prairies is known for its oak trees and tall prairie grasses. This area gets anywhere from 28 to 40 inches of rainfall per year. There is sandy clay soils in this area as well. Some wildlife here include, various species of prairie dog, deer, and rabbits.
Black Land Prarie
Located a bit east from the middle of Texas, Black Land Prairie is known for its black fertile soil. Covered with tall grasses and crops, this area gets 28 to 40 inches of rain per year. Some wildlife located here include, coyotes, prairie dogs, and even deer.
Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes
Located in nearly the same place as the coastal sand plains, gulf coast prairies and marshes is a humid, river filled, tall prairie grassed region. This area is dense in rainfall, getting 30 to 50 inches of rainfall per year. Some wildlife here include, birds, fish, and shrimp.