Wildlife Photos in Big Bend and South Texas

The Big Bend and Devils River regions include lots of different habitats.  Down at the river to up in the mountains, we see a lot of different wildlife, some only found around here.

Reptile Devours Rodent!
* warning: graphic photos of snake eating squirrel *

Photo of cliff bird nests and bird in flight by T Wise.

Here is a beautiful Crevice Spiny Lizard. Also called a Fence Lizard.

Cactus Wren in Big Bend, photo by T Wise.

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When you bring your dog to Big Bend, be really careful. Dogs will chase wild animals, and doesn’t end well sometimes.

Javelina along the Rio Grande. Photo by Sara Button

Diego the Boathouse Dog.  Photo by Sara Button

Scimitar Horned Oryx in Big Satan unit of Devils River State Natural AreaPhoto by Renee Hill

Video of a Mama Bear and two cubs in the Chisos in Big Bend.

Thanks to Parker Anderson for the photo.

A collection of photos and videos, some by Angell Expeditions and some submitted by clients. A good representation of the unique and diverse wildlife in Texas’ Big Bend region. Most animals in the desert are nocturnal, but mornings and evenings can still be good times for spotting critters of all kinds!

Big Bend Childlife

Thank you for the trip down the Rio Grande yesterday. We all had a ball! It was an adventure our kids will never forget. And speaking of kids, you and Mike were SAINTS! I’ve attached a photo of the paddle board at capacity. Those animals are hard to corral and you did it with ease.

When I get home I will write a review on TripAdvisor, but I just wanted you to know that it really made our trip out here complete. Thank you again and take care!
– KG 

Bear in the Chisos Basin



Adult javelina traipsing around the Teepees rest area in Big Bend Ranch State Park. Javelina resemble pigs but in actuality are Peccaries, related to deer.


A coyote loping down the side of the road in Big Bend National Park. “Sit!”


Gopher snakes are not poisonous, and this 4 1/2 foot snake is a Sonoran Gopher Snake. Found mostly in this region, they are pretty impressive. Tours will sometimes see snakes, coyotes, javelina, bobcat, deer, and if you are really lucky, a bear or mountain lion.


Barbary Sheep are super athletic, and fun to watch.

Tarantula in Big Bend are harmless.