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As the #1 choice for electricity in Texas, TXU Energy knows a great deal about our vast state, and if you're moving to Texas with your kids in tow, get them excited for the big move by sharing these Texas facts for kids designed to pique their interest.

Even Dinosaurs Were Bigger in Texas! 
Dinosaurs once roamed the plains of Texas, and one of them, the Pleurocoelus, was 60 feet long — longer than a school bus! If you want to learn about Texas wildlife and see dinosaur tracks, visit Dinosaur Valley State Park in Somervell County near Glen Rose, a little over an hour’s drive outside Dallas. It contains some of the best-preserved dinosaur footprints in the world. It’s also a great place to hike, camp, picnic, fish, swim and enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife.

This Texas Bug Will Have You Seeing Red.
No list of Texas facts for kids would be complete without a bug story. And before synthetic dyes were available, Native Americans, and then Texas settlers, used the cochineal bug to make red dye. You’ll find the cochineal bug at home in one place only: on the pads of the prickly pear cactus. The Native Americans used the red color for body paint — which is not too different from one of its later uses: to make lipstick! 

Forget Crop Circles. We’ve Got 20,000 Lake Circles in Texas.
They’re called playa lakes, and these round-shaped depressions tend to come and go with the weather. Mysterious! Actually, the lakes are geological formations that can hold water for months or even years, but can also dry up completely during droughts. The average playa lake is about 15 acres in size, but the larger ones may exceed 800 acres.

You’ll See Animals Here You Might Not See Anywhere Else.
The Fort Worth Zoo is world-famous for its collection of more than 5,000 native and exotic animals, many of which top the endangered species list — which makes it a must-see on our list of Texas facts for kids. The Fort Worth Zoo also has one of the largest collections of reptiles in the U.S. And, it is the only zoo in the nation representing all four Great Ape Species — gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and chimpanzees. 

At TXU Energy, we want to help make your move to Texas fun for the whole family. Here’s one more Texas fact you need to know: TXU Energy is the right choice to help you find the energy plan that fits your budget and your household’s needs.