Wild Things Around Bandera Crossing Resort

Did we mention Bandera Crossing Resort is a designated Wildlife Management Area? Well, it is. At Bandera Crossing Resort, we provide a safe haven for a variety of wildlife native to this part of Texas. 

Here, you're likely to see birds, bats, deer, opossum, raccoon, ring-tailed cats, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and insects, as well as a number of fish species in the Medina River. Songbirds are our key target species to help manage and encourage, and you'll see numerous feeders scattered throughout the park for this purpose. All of our wildlife is beneficial to the environment and crucial to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Please help us by respecting the wildlife.

Below, we've included photos of a few of our full-time residents. We update this page often, so check back regularly.

White-Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer can be found throughout Texas. In Central Texas, they congregate in cedar thickets and around oak trees. They tend to stay in the same general area, rather than migrate. White-tailed deer typically live from six to eight years.

The fawn in this photo was seen early one morning, along a nature hike. The characteristic white spots act as camouflage and are typically gone three to four months after birth.

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Walkingsticks are slow-moving insects, with stick-like bodies and thin legs. Color can vary from green to brown. They feed on leaves and shrubs. One Texas version of walkingsticks can grow to almost seven inches, making it the longest insect in the United States.


Stay away from these little guys! They would rather hide than sting you, but you should keep an eye out for them (especially when picking up rocks).

In Texas, the striped bark scorpion is the most common species of scorpion. They typically grow to about 2.5 inches long.

A sting from a Texas scorpion usually results in a relatively moderate reaction. However, how bad the sting hurts depends on the specific scorpion and the individual's reaction to the venom. A severe allergic reaction to a sting is also possible. Long story short, don't mess with scorpions.

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Ring-Tailed Cat

A ring-tailed cat is about as cute at it gets. It's about the size of a house cat, with a long, bushy, ringed tail and big eyes. Ring-tailed cats are not actually related to cats; they are closely related to racoons.

Ring-tailed cats are great climbers, and they tend to be most active at night. They'll eat just about anything that's smaller than they are: rats, mice, small squirrels, birds, and bird eggs, as well as insects and fruits. They're not typically dangerous, although their poop can carry some serious diseases!


Did you know our part of Texas is one of the best places around for watching bats? The Frio Bat Cave, which is just a short distance from Bandera Crossing Resort, has one of the largest bat colonies in Texas. More than 10 million bats are estimated to live in the cave.

In general, the Texas Hill Country is a natural habit for the Mexican free-tailed bat. The Mexican free-tailed bat has a long, distinctive tail, and can reach ground speed of over 100 miles per hour.

If you're interested in watching bats and learning more about them, Bandera Crossing Resort is the perfect location. We have a bat house right on our property. And, the best thing about having bats around: They spend all night eating mosquitos!

Painted Buntings

We have a variety of birds on our property. One of the most visually stunning the the male painted bunting. The birds typically have bright blue heads, green backs, and red behind, and red bellies. Females painted buntings are not as colorful. They are usually a bright, yellowish-green color, with light rings around their eyes.

Painted buntings are similar to finches in size, with short, thick bills, perfect for eating seeds and insects. Length is between 4.7 inches and 5.1 inches. 

More Photos

A praying mantis. Quite different from a walkingstick.
A nest full of baby cardinals.
Can you find the walkingstick?
Female painted bunting and young male cardinal.
Male painted bunting at a feeder.
A wild turkey.
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Hoo-doo stacks in the Medina River.
Wild lantana.
A beautiful prickly pear cactus.
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A horse crippler cactus. Watch out for these!
A rainbow cactus.
Petrified mud. Look for fossils on the property!
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