Texas Plains Coyote (Canis latrans texensis)

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1.  Common Names

Texas Plains Coyote

2.  'Souls Range

Throughout most of Texas, eastern New Mexico, and northeastern Mexico.

3.  Appearance

This coyote is medium-sized, with a medium-length coat. They are average and not incredibly different from the nominative subspecies. Their coat tends to be a dushy yellow-gray; Texas Plains coyote tend to be far less brilliantly colored than many other subspecies, especially as compared to their southerly neighbors.

Canis latrans texensis, from bandeliernps@Flickr

4.  Other Characteristics

4.1  Social Structure

These coyotes are among the least social of any coyotes; they had popularized many Texas urban and suburban areas prior to 1988. During this time, living in pairs or alone was far easier and less dangerous than running around in packs, and so these coyotes retained solitary lifestyles after the apocalypse, as well.

4.2  Survival

These coyotes are incredibly adaptable, and thus prior to 1988, they had expanded range and increased population, along with most other coyote subspecies. Unlike most coyotes, however, the Texas Plains coyote did not suffer a decrease in anything after the decimation of the human population. They had already adapted to semi-urban lives, and as competing species held little interest in the areas inhabited Plains' coyotes.

4.3  Luperci

Many of these coyotes still inhabit human suburban areas, though they still retain mostly feral lives -- Luperci are common here, though many coyotes do not regularly shift, preferring their natural form to their shifted forms. They have been slow to adapt to many Luperci technologies passing through their region, and they have suffered as a result of it; as their neighbors, the Lower Rio Grande Coyotes adapt to new ways of life, the Texas Plains coyotes are stagnating.

5.  Other Images

Texas Plains Coyote, spotzilla@Flickr Texas Plains Coyote, spotzilla@Flickr

6.  Citations

  1. Wikipedia.org