Flora & Fauna

Mammals

Texas is home to an estimated 2 million feral hogs (Sus scrofa), and they are found in almost all counties, including Harris County. The population and range of feral hogs has expanded dramatically because they are extremely adaptable and haveĀ a high reproductive rate. Feral hogs damage wetlands by rutting in wetlands and denuding the vegetation.

Mammal Species

COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME
Beaver Castor canadensis
Bobcat Lynx rufus
Coyote Canis latrans
Eastern cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
Feral hog Sus scrofa
Fox squirrel Sciuris niger
Gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
Least shrew Cryptotis parva
Nine-banded armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus
Nutria Myocastor coypus
Raccoon Procyon lotor
River otter Lutra canadensis
Two-striped skunk Mephitis mephitis
Virginia opossum Didelphis virginiana
White-tailed deer Odocoileus irginianus