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Texas State Large Mammal

Texas Longhorn cow - click to see all state mammals
Longhorn cow "MF Little Rosilla" © Dalgood Longhorns
(used by permission). All State Animals - Mammals.

Texas Longhorn

Texas longhorn video

Texas designated the longhorn as the official state large mammal in 1995. "Their long, polished horns sometimes ran six feet from tip to tip...they were lean and lithe, alert as a deer, half-wild, half-savage, half-human." - from "The Saga of Rodeo" by cowboy writer Chuck Walters.

Longhorn bull with short horn span  - click to see all state mammals
Longhorn bull with a very short horn span - 40 inches, but weighed over a ton at three years old - photo © Texas Longhorns.com (used by permission). See All State Animals - Mammals.

"Most bulls today have horn spans of 50 inches or more - 60 inches is now considered normal; many bulls are over 70 and even a couple over 80 inches." - Kirk of TexasLonghorns.com.

Longhorn cow "Delta Rockette"  - click to see all state mammals
Longhorn cow "Delta Rockette" © Dalgoood Longhorns (used by permission). See All State Animals - Mammals.

"In 1493, Columbus brought Spanish cattle to Santa Domingo. Within 200 years their descendents were grazing the ranges of Mexico. Translating wild cattle into hard cash was an epic struggle between man, beast and the elements - from this grew the romantic legends of the Western Cowboy. ...In the quarter century following the Civil War, 10 million head were trailed north...Longhorns have ideal characteristics - they can go incredible distances without water; rustle their own food; fend for themselves; swim rivers; and survive the desert sun and winter snow..." - condensed from Longhorn History: Texas Longhorn Breeders Assoc.

Texas Longhorn bull  - click to see all state animal symbols
Texas Longhorn bull photo © the Department of Animal Science,
Oklahoma State University: Texas Longhorn (used by permission).
See All State Animals - Mammals.
Source:
Longhorn History: Texas Longhorn Breeders Association
Links:
History of Cattle: Dickinson Ranch
Longhorn Cattle: Cowboy Showcase
Rodeo: Texas State Sport
Longhorn by Lewis Smith: Visit Wimberley
Texas 4-H: Texas Cooperative Extension
The Mammals of Texas: Museum of Texas Tech U
State Animals - Mammals: 50 States List


    

 

Texas Symbols & Icons:

air force - tie
footwear - music  
artist - bird
bread - cooking  
dinosaur - dog  
dish - snack
fabric - tartan
folk dance
fish - insect
flag - pledge
flower - plant
gem - stone
hall of fame
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sport - vehicle
metal - molecule
name - nickname
pastry 1 2 - nut
pepper 1-2 - fruit
plays - railroad
reptile - shell
seal -quarter - motto
ship -tall ship
shrub 1-2
song 1-2
tree -grass -soil
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