Mammals of Texas

Alas, there is no “Mammals of Oklahoma” – – not yet.  However, this book is a classic resource and has been for fifty years.  It has full descriptions of all of the mammals of Texas, with range maps.  The maps can give a pretty good suggestion of where they might be in Oklahoma, like the Porcupine (above).  The entire book is posted online, or you can order it online.  It’s not very expensive and would be an excellent library resource for southern or western Oklahoma schools.  http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/

Reptiles and Amphibians of Oklahoma

This is simply a checklist of the over 150 species of herps (reptiles and amphibians) found in Oklahoma.  It would be easy enough for me to copy and paste it, but that would not be proper use of Greg Sievert’s exhaustive research.  He is considered an authority in Oklahomoa herpetology.  http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertg/okherps.htm 

If you want more information get a copy of Reptiles of Oklahoma.  It is not expensive and it even has range maps, by county, for each species!   http://www.oksnakes.org/

Vegetation Maps of Oklahoma

There are several maps of where in the state the vegetation types are, or historically were.  The classic study is the map of 15 different kinds of vegetation.  A smaller copy appears above, and a link to the image is below.  Remember – when it comes to images, link, don’t lift!   http://www.okatlas.org/okatlas/biotic/vegetation/duckfletcher.htm

A more simplified (12 vegetation types) but more clear map, in pdf format is at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/Websites/forestry/Images/Ecoregions.pdf

There are other maps on this blog – geology, etc.  Just search to see what you find that you can use in your classroom!