Panhandle Plains

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This land is flat with lots of grass and prickly pear cacti. Long ago, Indians hunted the bison that ate the grass here.

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On a map, this part of Texas is shaped like the handle of a pan, with the rest of Texas below.

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Bison are bigger and stronger than cattle. Long ago, Native Americans used bison for food, teepees, and clothes. Did you know that bison have four stomachs?

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A prickly pear cactus has sharp spikes on its pads. The pads can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. They can have yellow, red or purple flowers. The prickly pear cactus is the state plant of Texas.

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Prairie dogs are not really dogs. They do “talk” to each other by barking. They dig many tunnels under the ground. People call this a “prairie dog town.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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