Non-Bird Vertebrates at CONE Welder

Alyssa Taylor, a graduate student at the Welder Wildlife Foundation, has generously put together a list of common mammals and herps of the region that one might see around the CONE site. Here it is.


Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana
Eastern Mole Scalopus aquaticus
Short-Tailed Shrew Blarina carolinensis
Least Shrew Cryptotis parva
Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis
Nine-Banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus
Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger
Attwater’s Pocket Gopher Geomys attwateri
Hispid Pocket Mouse Perognathus hispidus
Marsh Rice Rat Oryzomys palustris
Fulvous Harvest Mouse Reithrodontomys fulvescens
Deer Mouse Peromyscus maniculatus
White-Footed Mouse Peromyscus leucopus
Northern Pygmy Mouse Baiomys taylori
Hispid Cotton Rat Sigmodon hispidus
Southern Plains Woodrat Neotoma micropus
Common Raccoon Procyon lotor
Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis
Hog-Nosed Skunk Conepatus mesoleucus
Grey Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Bobcat Felix rufus
Wild Boar (feral hog) Sus scrofa
White-Tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus
Collared Peccary (Javelina) Pecari tajacu


Checkered Garter Thamnophis marcianus
Eastern Coachwhip Masticophis flagellum flagellum
Eastern Hog-nosed Heterodon platyrhinos
Great Plains Rat Elaphe guttata emoryi
Texas Rat Elaphe obsolete lindheimeri
Rough Green Ophoedrys aestivus
Striped Whip Masticophis taeniatus girardi
Texas Coral Micrurus fulvius tener
Texas Indigo Drymarchon corais erebennus
Western Cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma
Western Diamondback Crotalus atrox
Western Ribbon Thamnophis proximus proximus
Yellow-bellied Racer Coluber constrictor flaviventris
Turtles and Tortoises
Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans
Texas Tortoise Gopherus berlandieri
Note: There are many other species of turtle found on WWF, but as the CONE station is not near a wetland, it is unlikely they would ever be observed by the camera.
Western Slender Glass Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus
Mediterranean Gecko Hemidactylus turcicus
Green Anole Anolis carolinensis
Keeled Earless Lizard Holbrookia propinqua propinqua
Texas Spiny Lizard Sceloporus olivaceus
Northern Fence Lizard Sceloporus undulates hyacinthinus
Rosebelly Lizard Sceloporus variabilis marmoratus
Great Plains Skink Eumeces obsoletus
Four-lined Skink Eumeces tetragrammus tetragrammus
Ground Skink Scincella lateralis
Texas Spotted Whiptail Cnemidophorus gularis gularis
Prairie-lined Racerunner Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis
American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis


Toads and Frogs
Texas Toad Bufo speciosus
Gulf Coast Toad Bufo valliceps valliceps
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog Acris crepitans blanchardi
Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea
Gray Tree Frog Hyla versicolor
Spotted Chorus Frog Pseudacris clarkii
Northern Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer crucifer
Upland Chorus Frog Pseudacris triseriata feriarum
Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad Gastrophryne olivacea
Sheep Frog Hypopachus variolosus
Couch’s Spadefoot Scaphiopus couchii
Hurter’s Spadefoot Scaphiopus holbrookii hurterii
Rio Grande Leopard Frog Rana berlandieri
Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana
Southern Leopard Frog Rana sphenocephala
Barred Tiger Ambystoma tigrinum mavortium
Black-spotted Newt Notophthalmus meridionalis