Angelo State Natural History Collections

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Natural History Collections

have traditionally been used by researchers to further scientific knowledge. We also want to help students of all ages explore and understand natural history collections.

Explore Our Collections

We have two ways you can do this:

  1. You can "mine" our database information. This word, "mine", suggests digging through the dirt to find something valuable. If you choose the mine option you will need to access our databases and sort our data to find answers. Instructions for using our interactive databases.

  2. Or, you can use our Quick option. These questions allow students to look at simplified information that we have synthesized from our data but still requires them to do part of the work.

The Concho Valley

Most of our specimens come from the Concho Valley. Click here to learn more about the Concho Valley and its habitats.

Notes for Teachers are here. (Not yet an active link. E-mail us for an answer key.)

***These pages work best in the Google Chrome browser.***

***Clicking on the ASNHC logo on most of our web pages will bring you back to this page.***

Links and Information for Specific Exercises

Official State Flora and Fauna

Texas has officially recognized quite a few state symbols. Use the links below to learn about these species in the Angelo State Natural History Collections.

State Flower

Lupinus texensis

Mine Our Database Questions
Quick Questions
bluebonnet image

State Bird

Northern Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos

Mine Our Database Questions
Quick Questions
NEED Northern Mockingbird image

State Small Mammal

Nine-banded Armadillo
Dasypus novemcinctus

Mine Our Database Questions
Quick Questions

State Flying Mammal

Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Tadarida brasiliensis

Mine Our Database Questions
Quick Questions
NEED Mexican Free-tailed Bat image

State Amphibian

Anaxyrus (Bufo) speciosus

Why is Bufo in parentheses?
Mine Our Database Questions
Quick Questions

Texas Toad
Thanks to Tom Lott for the photo.

State Reptile

Texas Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma cornutum

Mine Our Database Questions
Quick Questions

Horned Lizard
Thanks to Michael Price for the photo.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1203363.
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