As a large country, but more importantly, a large country covering numerous climatic
regions, the U.S.A. has a very large and
impressive wildlife listing. The country is perhaps best known for some of its large
mammals, such as the deer, moose, wolves, bears, and buffalo. There are also dozens
of mid-sized and small mammals, including the fox, raccoon, beavers, hares, squirrels,
and skunk. This mammalian diversity stretches to the oceans as whales, dolphins,
and manatees are present along the coasts. Additionally, with the arrival of European
immigrants this diversity has expanded to include horses and cattle among others.
Other sea life is incredibly diverse as well, with lobsters, shrimp, oysters, salmon,
cod, bass, and other salt water fish and shellfish off the coasts and hundreds of
fresh water fish species in the lakes and rivers inland including perch, trout,
carp, and pike.
There are also a huge number of birds, many of which migrate north and south with
the seasonal changes. Geese, robins, herons, jays, cranes, owls, hummingbirds, cardinals,
loons, crows, and more are present along the water and inland. There are also some
larger birds, such as the hawk and eagle, which fly high and the turkey, which tends
to remain on its feet. Among the reptiles and amphibians, there are many snakes,
some alligators, and iguanas, all primarily found in the south. Insects are also
common, particularly during the warm summer months.