Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

Nature & Wildlife in Padre Island

Plants

Plants Padre Island supports 75 plant families composed of almost 400 species. The following are the plant habitats to be found on the island and a few of the species to be found in each. The only state or federally protected plant species, which is known to occur on Padre ...

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Animals

The Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle The Kemp's ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, is the smallest of the five species of sea turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico (others include loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and leatherback). It has an average length of 23 to 27.5 inches (58.5 to 70 cm) and ...

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Natural World

Frequently Asked Questions How far can I drive down island? Can I get to South Padre from here? Depending upon current beach conditions two-wheel drive vehicles may drive safely on the first five miles of south beach, after that four-wheel drive is necessary as there are frequent pockets of soft ...

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