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Old 01-29-2015, 10:25 PM   #21
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Armadillos have furry/bristly bellies? I never knew that.

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I've lived in Texas 23 years and never have I seen a live armadillo.

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I've lived in Texas 23 years and never have I seen a live armadillo.

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Wow - that's amazing!

I guess you don't get out in the rural areas/open spaces much.
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I've lived in Texas 23 years and never have I seen a live armadillo.

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Aw, that's sad. They seem like such interesting, unusual critters.
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I saw a live armadillo at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. They are cute little prehistoric looking leftovers.
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I've lived in Texas 23 years and never have I seen a live armadillo.

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I believe it. I saw my one and only live one on my first day surveying a pipeline in Texas in 1981. But I saw a lot more dead ones on the roads every morning.


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FWIW only two of the photos are from Big Bend. There are a few other mountainous places as well.
How right you are. I live on one of the highest peaks in Harris County.

To be fair the pictures didn't show the rattlesnakes, scorpions, gators or fire ants that were there.
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Wow - that's amazing!

I guess you don't get out in the rural areas/open spaces much.
I get to West Texas frequently, but only see dead ones. I guess because they are night creatures, they only are around at night.
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I live in the Metroplex and have seen live ones several times, although the dead ones far outweigh my live sitings.
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I get to West Texas frequently, but only see dead ones. I guess because they are night creatures, they only are around at night.
I've seen plenty during the day. TX state parks often have plots of them. I've seen far more in central, east and south TX than west TX.

The funniest I ever saw was a border patrol vehicle parked at a canal one morning, and the armadillo sure looked like he was trying to sneak past it.
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How right you are. I live on one of the highest peaks in Harris County.

To be fair the pictures didn't show the rattlesnakes, scorpions, gators or fire ants that were there.
that's why they call it the Heights (I used to live in 77009) - it's 80ft (or so) above sea level instead of 60ft

when I was a member at inwood forest we were always dodging the cottonmouths on 9N - also several members got west nile one year from the skeeters
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We lived in Dallas for 3 years and San Antonio for 4, and we loved. If it wasn't so hot in summer, TX (Austin) would probably be at the top of our retirement relocation list. Fun culture, lots of different topographies, low COL/taxes, and critters don't bother us, kinda fun. I am also wondering how water availability will play out in the decades ahead, lots of rationing already in some regions.
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Texas is a great state. Everybody should move there, ASAP.

Just don't move to Arkansas. That's the real gem of a state and I don't want it ruined before I get there.
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that's why they call it the Heights (I used to live in 77009) - it's 80ft (or so) above sea level instead of 60ft

when I was a member at inwood forest we were always dodging the cottonmouths on 9N - also several members got west nile one year from the skeeters
I live further north. I'm outside the city limits on what is almost a real hill. When we moved in, DW wanted to know if we needed flood insurance. I said look down the street. Before we get water on our doorstep, every house down there will be flooded. Some will have water over their roof. This is the only house in the Houston area we haven't had flood insurance.
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I live further north. I'm outside the city limits on what is almost a real hill. When we moved in, DW wanted to know if we needed flood insurance. I said look down the street. Before we get water on our doorstep, every house down there will be flooded. Some will have water over their roof. This is the only house in the Houston area we haven't had flood insurance.
Our daughter lives on top of a hill north of Houston too. It's in 77389 and is 141 ft above mean sea level. No flood insurance for her either.
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Once again, Houston, fourth largest USA city, and the largest city in the southern USA, is not getting the respect it deserves. Always Dallas this, Austin that.
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Once again, Houston, fourth largest USA city, and the largest city in the southern USA, is not getting the respect it deserves. Always Dallas this, Austin that.
Even though I live very close to Houston, I call it the "Great Swamp". Maybe that has something to do with it, or maybe its because it is pretty much an industrial type of town.
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Even though I live very close to Houston, I call it the "Great Swamp". Maybe that has something to do with it, or maybe its because it is pretty much an industrial type of town.
So does Houston have the same relationship to the rest of Texas as Anchorage is to Alaska; Denver is to Colorado; Las Vegas is to Nevada; NYC to New York; and Chicago to Illinois? That is, a big cosmopolitan fancy city that provides a big economic engine supporting most of the State?
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So does Houston have the same relationship to the rest of Texas as Anchorage is to Alaska; Denver is to Colorado; Las Vegas is to Nevada; NYC to New York; and Chicago to Illinois? That is, a big cosmopolitan fancy city that provides a big economic engine supporting most of the State?
It's got a deepwater port and the largest concentration of petrochemical plants and refineries in the U.S. (maybe the world).
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Thanks for the link. I had no idea that Austin had buildings that big.
It didn't 15 years ago. Incredible change since 2000.
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