Texas Longhorn

The Texas longhorn was adopted as the official state large mammal of Texas in 1995, and is the well-known mascot for the University of Texas in Austin. This is a hybrid breed resulting from the random mixing of Spanish retinto (criollo) stock and English cattle in Texas around the 1820’s and 1830’s. The Texas longhorn is considered to be one of the more intelligent breeds of cattle and is fairly calm and gentle and sometimes even curious and playful.

Texas Longhorn

Bos bos

Habitat: Domestic species found on ranches, farms, zoos, etc.

Diet: Grazing or provided hay

Size: Adults can weigh 1,000 to 1,800 pounds

Family: Babies are called calves and weigh 45-75 pounds at birth. Contrary to popular belief, they are not born with horns.

Status: Not listed

Did you know? The horns can extend to over 6 feet, tip to tip for bulls and 7 feet, tip to tip for steers and exceptional cows

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