Wildlife Identification & Prevention Guide

What is wildlife?

Wildlife will take full advantage of the food, water, and shelter that we and our properties unknowingly provide for them. Due to urban development, we have pushed wild animals out of their habitats and into ours. Wildlife living in and around our properties will cause major stress and problems for home and business owners.

Listed below are five of the most common species of wildlife living throughout the Greater Austin, Texas area:

Armadillos have football-shaped bodies covered in thick skin and a bony, scaled shell. Their bodies are brown or gray with coarse, yellowish-white hairs, and they have pointed noses and paws with five large claws. These animals curl into tight balls to defend themselves against predators.

Opossums have long, narrow faces and their bodies are covered in a whitish-gray fur and sprinkled with long guard hairs. Opossums also have hairless, prehensile (gripping) tails. These animals are the only species of marsupials found living in the United States.

Skunks have black bodies and a distinctive white stripe that starts at their heads, divides into two stripes, and travels to their tails. These mammals are best known for the foul odor they spray from glands found at the base of their tails.

Squirrels are covered in fur that can come in a variety of colors: brown, gray, or red; their bellies are usually lighter in color than the rest of their bodies. These rodents typically have long, bushy tails.

Raccoons are covered in gray to brown fur and are well known for having a "black mask"  around their eyes and black rings on their tails. When raccoons feel threatened they make barking, screaming or growling sounds for a warning defense. 

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