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Get Out! Explore Texas Fun Stuff Wild Things

panhandel scene

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

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

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?

prickly pear cactus
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.

prairie dog town
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.”