American Animals: List of Common Animals that Live in the America

America is a land of diverse and fascinating wildlife, with a rich tapestry of ecosystems supporting an incredible array of American animals. Ecologists estimate there are nearly 3,000 indigenous animals that are native to the United States. Listing it as one of the top 20 megadiverse countries on the planet. Home to over 1100 fish species, 350 amphibians, 300 reptiles, 800 different birds, and over 400 known mammals.

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List of American Animals

  • American Badger
  • American Beaver
  • American Bison
  • American Black Bear
  • American Marten
  • Bailey’s Pocket Mouse
  • Bearded Seal
  • Belding’s Ground Squirrel
  • Beluga
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Black-footed Ferret
  • Cacomistle
  • Cactus Mouse
  • California Ground Squirrel
  • California Leaf-nosed Bat
  • California Myotis
  • California Sea Lion
  • Cotton Mouse
  • Coyote
  • Dall’s Sheep
  • Deer Mouse
  • Desert Cottontail
  • Douglas’ Squirrel
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Eastern Cottontail
  • Eastern Fox Squirrel
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Eastern Harvest Mouse
  • Eastern Spotted Skunk
  • Ermine
  • Evening Bat
  • False Killer Whale
  • Fin Whale
  • Fisher
  • Franklin’s Ground Squirrel
  • Fraser’s Dolphin
  • Giant Kangaroo Rat
  • Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
  • Gray Wolf
  • Harbor Porpoise
  • Harbor Seal
  • Harris’s Antelope Squirrel
  • Hispid Cotton Rat
  • Hoary Bat
  • Hoary Marmot
  • Hooded Seal
  • Idaho Ground Squirrel
  • Indiana Bat
  • Island Gray Fox
  • Jaguar
  • Jaguarundi
  • Killer Whale
  • Kit Fox
  • Least Chipmunk
  • Least Weasel
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Long-beaked Common Dolphin
  • Long-finned Pilot Whale
  • Long-tailed Vole
  • Long-tailed Weasel
  • Margay
  • Marsh Rabbit
  • Marsh Rice Rat
  • Meadow Vole
  • Melon-headed Whale
  • Mexican Long-tongued Bat
  • Mountain Beaver
  • Mountain Cottontail
  • Mountain Goat
  • Mule Deer
  • Muskox
  • Muskrat
  • Narwhal
  • New England Cottontail
  • Nine-banded Armadillo
  • North American Hog-nosed Skunk
  • North American Porcupine
  • North Atlantic Right Whale
  • North Pacific Right Whale
  • Ocelot
  • Oldfield Mouse
  • Olympic Marmot
  • Pacific White-sided Dolphin
  • Pallid Bat
  • Pygmy Shrew
  • Pygmy Sperm Whale
  • Red Bat
  • Red Brocket
  • Red Fox
  • Red Squirrel
  • Red Wolf
  • Ribbon Seal
  • Ringed Seal
  • Rock Squirrel
  • Rock Vole
  • Rough-toothed Dolphin
  • Round-tailed Ground Squirrel
  • Sea Otter
  • Sei Whale
  • Short-beaked Common Dolphin
  • Short-finned Pilot Whale
  • Silver-haired Bat
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Sperm Whale
  • Star-nosed Mole
  • Steller Sea Lion
  • Striped Dolphin
  • White-lipped Peccary
  • White-nosed Coati
  • White-tailed Deer
  • White-tailed Jackrabbit
  • Woodland Vole
  • Yellow-bellied Marmot

American Animals | Facts & Pictures


Elk can be found across the American continent, but by far the largest population is found in Wyoming’s national elk refuge. This is home to a Jackson elk herd that’s over 11,000 strong. They are free to migrate across a huge suave of grassland that includes the Grand Teton National Park.

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Bald Eagle

Famous as the symbol of American identity the bald eagle has homes across the US. Many of which are within its network of national Wildlife refuges. There are four that have been created specifically to help protect the bald eagle, the most famous of which is the James River National Wildlife refuge.

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We can thank President Theodore Roosevelt for his part in saving the American Bison, commonly referred to as the Buffalo. When he signed his conservation act in 1908 the population of bison and dropped to a few hundred thousand from what was once tens of millions. Herds of these wonderful creatures that used to roam the prairies of the US.

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Polar Bear

The polar bear is the largest land-dwelling carnivore on the planet. Polar Bears despite becoming more notorious in recent decades, it remains quite difficult to spot a polar bear. This is especially true in the current environment but with the advent of climate change, the species is very threatened and needs our help.

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Moose was once valued for its meat skin and antlers as early as the 18th century it was claimed by a famous French ecologist that the North American moose species had gone almost extinct due to the cold climate. Teddy Roosevelt once again came to the rescue as he created many refugees that became home to this huge and imposing mammal.

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Grizzly Bear

When Lewis and Clark first traveled from coast to coast they would have undoubtedly encountered dozens of grizzly bears. The population at that time was huge in comparison to today. Today grizzly bear numbers remain somewhere between 1,000 and 2000 on the American continent, with the vast majority of them living in Alaska These beasts still enjoy the mystique and mythology of the part they played in the American West. The vast majority of them tend to inhabit a designated corridor that’s found between the Mission Mountains and Swan mountain ranges.

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