Below you can find a complete list of USA animals. We currently track 382 animals in United States and are adding more every day!
The list of indigenous United States animals is long and includes well known creatures like coyotes and raccoons, and lesser known animals like the glass lizard and adorable pika. The incredible 2,972 estimated animals native to the United States makes it one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world. The United States features over 400 known mammals, nearly 800 birds, over 300 reptiles, nearly 300 amphibians, and over 1,100 fish species!
The Two National Animals Of The United States
Surprisingly, the United States is one of a few countries that has TWO national animals. The first is the well known Bald Eagle. Once on the verge of extinction, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded in recent years and is widely considered the ultimate success of the Endangered Species Act.
Originally, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams were tasked with choosing a new seal for the nascent United States, but after failing to do so, the responsibility fell to Charles Thomson, the secretary of Congress. Thomson made an American Bald eagle sketch, originally holding an olive branch and arrows in each talon, these represented the power of peace and war. His design was accepted and the Bald Eagle became the national bird of the United States on September 16, 1782.
The second United States national animal is the American Bison, the largest land mammal in North America. The American Bison was declared the national mammal of the United States much more recently, on May 9, 2016.
Once abundant across the country with millions spanning all across North America, the American Bison population once fell as low as a few hundred. After aggressive conservation efforts total populations have rebounded, but still remains near threatened today. There are 17 known bison herds in the United States that number about 10,000 today.
Other countries with more than one national animal include Australia, Bahamas, and Canada
Where to Find The Top Wild Animals In the United States
With so much land area and so many different environments, the list of animals native to the USA is long and diverse. Here is a list of where you can see some of the most famous wild animals in the United States.
- Bald Eagle – After a resurgence in the population Bald Eagles can now be found in many US states, most commonly near bodies of water like reservoirs, rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. The Klamath Basin Refuges in California is home to the largest known concentration of Bald Eagles, with up to 1,000 birds present there.
- American Bison – With a herd of nearly 5,000, Yellowstone National Park is the best place to see American Bison in the United States. The Lamar and Hayden Valleys are the most consistent area of bison sightings. The National Bison Range in Montana is another good place to view American Bison
- Grey Wolves – Grey Wolves are hard to spot in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service estimates the total population at around 13,000, including Alaska. For the best chance of a grey wolf sighting in the US visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
- Beaver – The semiaquatic American Beaver is found through most US states near rivers, marshes, ponds, and other slow moving bodies of water. They are most active at night and can frequently be heard slapping their tails to warn of danger before they can be seen.
American Black Bear – The most widely distributed bear species in the United States the black bear is a common sight in trees forests, swamps, and mountains, particularly in the northeastern part of the United States. Though, black bears can can also be found through the midwest, rocky mountain region, and as far south as Georgia.
Cougar – The North American cougar can be found in the Western United States and parts of Florida. After spartan populations for many years cougars are also starting to rebound in parts of the US midwest. Though the animal is not endangered, populations are low and sightings rare.
The Most Dangerous Animals In the United States Today
While many of the US animals are non-threatening, there are a few dangerous ones as well. The most dangerous animals in the USA include:
- Killer Bees – estimated to have killed 1,000 people in recent decades. Killer Bees are not actually a naturally occurring type of bee, but the result of a hybrid bee created by Biologist Warwick E. Kerr. Imported in the 1950’s, these bees are significantly more aggressive than other bee types and have been known to chase humans for long distances when defending their hives
Grizzly bears – Grizzly’s cause an average of 3 fatal attacks in the United States each year, despite being largely isolated to Alaska and the northwestern part of the United States. But the enormous size of bears at nearly 500 pounds, surprising speeds of up to 35mph, and the highly protective instincts of mother bears make them a very deadly creature to cross when cubs are near.
Black Widow Spiders – Black widows are abundant throughout the United States. In 2013 alone there were 1,866 reported bites alone. While only a minority of bites are deadly, the powerful neurotoxins can still be damaging. Symptoms include cramping, headaches, fever, and nausea.
Rattlesnakes – Rattlesnakes can be found all over North America and The United States. There are an estimated 5 deaths and 7,000 – 8,000 reported bites by rattlesnakes in the US every year. As human populations expand the number of rattlesnake and human encounters is increasing dramatically. Fortunately there is a nearly guaranteed survival rate from a rattlesnake bite if anti-venom is administered within two hours.
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This is a great pooch for rough-housing and one-to-one.
The Akita Shepherd descends from a lineage of working dogs.
The Alaskan Husky is one of the most common sled dogs in the world
This dog’s Malamute ancestors once came to America across the Bering Strait.
They have two sets of eyelids!
The alligator gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators
Alpine goats are the most common type of goat used for milk, cheese, and other dairy products
Alusky dogs are known for their sledding pulling skills.
Merry, outgoing, and eager to please!
Easygoing and people-friendly!
The American Eskimo has splendid all white fur and an upturned tail
Sweet, kind, loyal, and very loving!
The American hairless terrier comes in two varieties with one having a very short coat.
These dogs are very energetic and would be up for a game at any given point of time
Bred to be extremely friendly!
They secrete a milky poisonous liquid that can make many animals sick.
Friendly and intelligent!
Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Can curl into a hard, protective ball!
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
The breed has its own popular Instagram page (Aussiedoodles Daily)!
Aussiedors come in black, brown, cream, yellow, and almost every imaginable color due to their parentage!
The Australian Retriever may have two different eye colors.
Sweet, faithful and affectionate!
Has a curved, upturned beak!
Playful and energetic breed!
Found everywhere around the world!
Like other owls, the barred owl swallows its prey whole.
This dog is also known as a Bassetdor or a Basset Lab.
Basset hounds have been around since the 7th century, but the bassetoodle made its first appearance in the 2000s.
Detects prey using echolocation!
The Bea-Tzu has a fast-growing coat
An excellent companion for cats!
Beagadors like to dig, so make sure your garden has a good fence around it.
This dog can perform a wide range of exotic and acrobatic tricks that are not expected of a dog this size.
Beagos are good swimmers like their Golden Retriever parent.
There are 8 different species!
Beaskis love to play, so get ready to go on plenty of long walks.
Builds a dam from sticks and leaves!
Beefalo meat is leaner and higher in protein than beef
There are more than 350,000 different species
Bernese shepherds prefer cool climates
Bighorn rams can run at speeds up to 40 miles per hour when fighting for dominance.
Not all birds are able to fly!
Largest mammal in North America!
Black footed ferrets are the only ones native to North America.
The great black wasp is a species of digger wasp.
They typically prey on insects!
Blister Beetles are attracted to lights at night.
Blue grosbeak parents take off the head, legs and wings of an insect before feeding it to their baby.
Blue jays rub ants on their feather to remove harmful acids
Originated in Texas in the mid 1800s!
Has an uncanny knack for problem-solving!
About double the size of a domestic cat!
Boggles at animal rescues are often mistaken for pitbulls because they have a similar facial structure.
Boglen terriers are also occasionally known as boggles.
Bred to look like a black panther!
Boradors make excellent police dogs and are used often on search and rescue missions.
Most Borkies inherit the signature howl of their Beagle parent.
Friendly, lovable and very strong!
The bowfin is a primitive fish that first evolved in the Jurassic
This reptile has an S-shaped neck allowing it to pull its entire head into its shell.
Boxadors are extremely smart and catch onto backyard games very quickly!
The Boxerdoodle has a strong hunting dog lineage.
Boxers were bred to be working war dogs, and their boxsky descendants still love to help out on ranches and other outdoor jobs.
Boxweilers come in a variety of colors, but they usually feature the subtle brindle pattern that their boxer parents are so famous for.
Enthusiastic working dog!
The most common species of bee!
There are thought to be up 20,000 species!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.
They have natural snowshoes
Canadian horses are believed to generate more power per pound of body weight than any other horse breed in the world.
Wild dog breed discovered in the 1970s!
The Carolina parakeet is one of the few parrots that lived as far north as the United States
Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
The Cavador is a good service dog.
There are about 3,000 documented species!
Some Cheagles have an excellent sense of smell.
Bright and happy disposition!
Chickadees are named for the sound they make: Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
A calm and friendly breed!
There are 25 different species!
The Chipoo was first bred in the 1970s
Chorkies are very fond of their owners and will love to sit in their laps for long amounts of time!
The Chow Shepherd is also known as the Sheprachow.
Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans
There are more than 2 000 known species!
Cockapoos became popular in the 1960s as a sweet, family dog.
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
Eyes change color as they age
Corgidors are herding dogs that typically help out on cattle farms.
These dogs are highly intelligent and are easy to train.
One of the Corkie’s parent breeds, the Cocker Spaniel, was thought to have come over on the Mayflower.
Corman Shepherds can be great watchdogs and are often very protective of their owners.
Largest feline in North America
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
Also known as the Prairie Wolf!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
Have changed little in 200 million years!
This hybrid dog is also known as a Doxador or a Weinerdor.
Dalmatians were originally bred to run alongside carriages, and their dalmadoodle descendents have the same long legs and high energy.
Dalmador breeding skyrocketed after the 16 release of the live-action 101 Dalmatians movie.
There are around 40 different species!
Lives in burrows underground!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Dorkies are so laid-back they sometimes need extra incentive to exercise each day.
Doxiepoos are an unpredictable breed that can come in a variety of appearances and sizes.
Doxles have long floppy ears
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
Has exceptional eyesight!
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Bluebirds drop straight down on their prey from their perch, much like leopards.
This passerine bird can sing its song without ever hearing another bird vocalize first.
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Adult males can jump eight feet vertically
Highly intelligent and independent!
A very bold and ferocious predator!
Eskipoos are called pookimos by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and Designer Breed Registry.
The fastest creatures on the planet!
The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.
The word feisty derived from this type of dog.
The ferruginous hawk comes in both light and dark morphs
The fisher is an agile climber and makes its home in tree hollows
The Florida gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators
Florida panthers can leap more than 4.5 meters (15 feet) in the air.
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are 12 different species in the world!
Frengles have a haunting howl very similar to their Beagle parent.
There are around 7,000 different species!
Can grow to more than 3m long!
German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Gerberian Shepskies are all popular choices for police dogs.
The German Sheppit is well-suited for guarding and police work.
There is a chance that the German Sheprador may inherit a love for water from its parent.
Cryptobranchus giant salamanders breathe mostly through their skin.
Both parents of the Giant Schnoodle are hypoallergenic, making this one of the Doodle breeds that's safest for dander-sensitive owners.
It's tail acts as a fat storage facility!
Glechons are talented in the area of search and rescue, as their sense of smell makes them great at tracking.
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
These dogs are great around children and are very playful around them.
Goldadors were not intentionally bred until the early 2000s!
Golden doxes don't have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species.
These dogs love to swim and instinctively know how to swim.
Golden saints come in all kinds of colors. You can find them in tan, chocolate, yellow, brindled, spotted, and almost any other pattern you can think of.
The Golden Shepherds were first recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry in 2009.
Due to their breeding, no two Goldendoodles are alike.
There are 29 different species!
They dig large networks of tunnels!
There are 11,000 known species!
The grasshopper mice attack predators using the poison of their venom.
The gray fox has retractable claws and a rotating wrist that allow it to climb trees with some proficiency
Survives freezing temperatures by producing glycerol and maintaining slower metabolic processes
Both Great Danes and Poodles are in the top 15 most popular AKC breeds - which makes Great Danoodles a shoo-in for popularity.
It communicates with head movements, color and dewlap
Green frogs will eat any animal that they can fit in their mouth.
Green tree frogs breathe through their skin
Griffonshires are so little they are easily mistaken for puppies throughout their lives.
Less than 10% make it into adulthood
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Both of the Havashire’s parent breeds were very popular among the upper classes.
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!
Also known as the Colourpoint Persian!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Horgis have a silly side and love to be the center of attention.
The horned lizards are able to squirt blood from their eyes.
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Changed little in over 500 million years!
The house finch can become redder depending on what it eats
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Beat their wings up to 80 times per second!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
Huskadors are gaining in popularity as service dogs.
Due to the mix of genes, a Husky Jack’s coat may be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, red, sable, or mixed colors.
Huskydoodles are known for their jumping abilities!
Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill
Since the imperial moth doesn’t eat, it does die shortly after it lays its eggs. Its lifespan is only about one week.
There are an estimated 30 million species!
The ivory-billed woodpecker can drill into wood with its sharp beak
The Jackabee has an excellent sense of smell.
Features that closely resemble a Siamese cat!
Merriam’s kangaroo rats literally never have to drink water
Kiko goats breed year-round, and they are not good at defending themselves.
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
Labradanes can come with both sold-color coats and the more exciting patterns that you typically see on Great Danes.
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
Have tiny ears named “gophers” or “elves”
They can jump up to three feet
A Lhasapoo’s coat can be curly like a poodle’s or long and silky like a Lhasa Apso’s.
The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!
The little brown bat uses echolocation to quickly navigate around its environment
There are around 5,000 different species!
Have sharp spines below their eyes
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
The longnose gar species of the gar family has potentially existed for 100 million years.
Live in dens in rocks and under ledges!
Folklore says it's half cat, half raccoon!
With an appropriate tail wind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day
Malteagles are one of the smallest beagle hybrids and love to follow their owners everywhere.
The marble fox is not a naturally occurring variant; it was created through artificial selection.
A marmot spends 80% of its life below ground
The Mastador gets its enormous size from its Mastiff parent
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
The Meagle has an incredible sense of smell.
Some colonies have millions of bats
Some species have a poisonous bite!
The first mini labradoodle was bred in the early 1990s - almost immediately after standard labradoodles became popular.
The Miniature Husky has a double coat that it sheds twice annually. Also, some people confuse them with Alaskan Klee Kai, which have similar blue eyes.
The mink can swim up to 100 feet underwater.
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
A Morkie puppy can weigh as little as 4 ounces.
There are 250,000 different species!
Depending on the time of the year, the mountain bird can live as far north as Alaska.
Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game.
Has no real natural predators!
It is almost always the male who makes the famous sad sound, which is a wooing call
Found on every continent on Earth!
Mudpuppies never leave their larval stage. This is called neoteny.
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
Muskox have several physical characteristics that allow them to survive in the Arctic climate.
The muskrat can stay underwater up to 17 minutes at a time
For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.
Newfypoos have a thick oily coat that can be hard to groom.
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Produces a lot of milk for its small size
There are more than 5,000 species.
Short claws make them good tree climbers!
Males are a bright red color, also called "cardinal red"
Though Norwich terriers are small, they have a reputation for being feisty.
The Nubian is a relatively large, proud, and graceful dairy goat that traces its ancestry to India and Egypt.
Thought to be immune to certain snake venom!
There are 13 different species worldwide
Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period
Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!
Peagles enjoy being the center of attention. This can make them a very entertaining breed to own.
Like their purebred parents, these dogs love the water!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas
Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!
Pairs establish territories and remain all year
There are several names for this breed, including the Labrabull or the Pitador Retriever.
Most Pitskies will do best as the only pet in a home. They may become aggressive with other dogs (especially two unneutered male dogs) and could try to chase or catch small pets due to their higher prey drive.
Pomeagles are sweet and fun dogs that like to spend time exploring their environment.
The howls and barks of a Pomsky can sound like singing
The Poogle is one of 40 different doodle dog breeds (poodle mixes).
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Surprisingly, not a dolphin!
Prairie dog “towns” can consists of hundreds of individuals
The striking distance of a prairie rattlesnake is 2/3rds the length of its body.
While pronghorns are the fastest runner of any Western Hemisphere land animal, they are not good jumpers.
Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!
These dogs are active and are often patient around children.
With their incredible desire to show affection, Pugshire make great lap dogs.
Has longer back legs than front legs!
The intensity of the plumage can change based on what the bird eats
The Pygora goat is exclusively bred for their fleece, and they produce three different kinds.
Most popular as a companion pet
Pyredoodles can have a thick double coat or a thinner single coat.
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 50 different species!
Known to wash their food before eating it!
One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!
Raggles are known for their energy and curiosity.
Omnivores that eat anything!
Rat terriers were popular with farmers before 1930 because of their ability to kill rodents.
It's venom digests it's prey before it even swallows it!
Red finches can form flocks of over 100 birds.
The red squirrel has one of the most impressive memories in the entire animal kingdom
The male red-winged blackbird can sing to attract mates
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
Rose-breasted grosbeaks are closely related to cardinals
The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!
Many Rottskies have one brown eye and one blue eye.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds can beat their wings more than 50 times per second.
Canines up to 7 inches long!
These dogs have an eager-to-please attitude, making them sweet and happy pets.
There are more than 700 different species!
Returns upstream every year to spawn
This hybrid dog is a great companion and doesn’t do well being left alone but is suitable for apartments or houses with backyards!
There are around 2,000 known species!
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
This snake uses its sharp tail to steady itself when capturing prey.
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
Some police officers with allergies use Shepadoodles as their K-9 partner
These dogs can sometimes be overly aggressive.
The Shepweiler is an excellent guard dog.
Shollies are a fairly new type of crossbreed!
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Is adequately warm in sub-zero temperatures!
Although a lack of documentation makes it unclear, the first Siberpoo was probably bred in either the 1970s or 1980s.
The Labrador is the most popular breed in the United States and most of these dogs have blue eyes at a young age, before they turn another color.
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Also known as the Polecat!
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
Only found in North America!
Snorkies are known for their funny, attention-getting antics.
Thought to have originated in the 1960s!
One of the largest owl species in the world!
Active, intelligent and playful!
They spend most of their time underground!
The Spanador is a good swimmer.
They have long, horizontal ears.
There are 140 different species!
They are commonly mistaken as logs in the water due to their cylindrical body.
The parental stock Labrador Retriever was nearly wiped out by home country tax policies but the breed found rescue and recovery in foreign lands, particularly in Great Britain.
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
The star-nosed mole has the ability to sense both electrical fields and ground vibrations
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Taco terriers are known by a variety of names, including the Chitoxy Toy and the Chiwoxy.
Often just called 'Teddies' by owners
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
Terriers were once the greatest dogs in the world.
Though they are loyal to their family, these dogs can be shy around strangers.
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
Eye color intensifies with age!
The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.
Found across the North American wetlands!
The Torkie has a soft silky coat
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Hunters still use the toy fox to go into a fox's den and flush the animal out.
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
The tree swallow can make more than a dozen distinct vocalizations
Smallest cetacean in the ocean
The Virgin Islands dwarf gecko is among the smallest reptiles in the world
There are 30 different species worldwide!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
This dog is also known as the Weimarpoo, the Weimaranerpoo, and the Weimaranerdoodle.
This dog is known for cocking its head in a curious manner when listening to its owner.
White-tail deer are good swimmers
Whoodles are good swimmers
This species is named after the loud whooping sound it makes
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
Releases a strong smelling musk in defence!
The reintroduction of wood bison into Alaska is considered one of the world’s best conservation success stories.
The wood frog lives the furthest north of any other North American amphibian including in the Arctic Circle.
Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs
Actually a crustacean, not an insect!
There are 200 different species!
These dogs are very intelligent and are great with children.
Yorkie Bichons can come in a wide range of colors including black, white, blonde, gray, golden, or dark brown.
The Yorkie-Poo originated from the hybrid poodle phase of the late 20th century
The offspring of a Zebra and Horse parents!
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