25 U.S. Animals You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

Animals in the United States rank among the most diverse and fascinating in the world. With its numerous national parks and protected areas, America is home to 432 species of mammals, more than 800 species of birds, over 100,000 species of insects, 311 species of reptiles, almost 300 species of amphibians and 1154 species of fish (that’s a lot of animals). In fact, many of these animals are endemic (i.e. they live in the U.S. only). Take the Red Salamander for example, this semi aquatic creature can only be found in the lakes and rivers of eastern US. Then there’s the Florida panther, a beautiful big cat that is sadly endangered (but the good news is that slowly their population is rising). So if you’re ready to witness some of the cutest, scariest, weirdest, and/or unique animals on the planet, take a look at these 25 U.S. Animals You Won’t Find Anywhere Else.

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Blue crayfish

Blue crayfishSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Scientifically known as Procambarus Alleni, the blue crayfish is a species of freshwater crayfish endemic to Florida. Thanks to its attractive blue color, the crayfish is widely sold in the aquarium trade all over the world. Feeding on dead fish and organic waste, it helps keep rivers and lakes clean.

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Gunnison grouse

Gunnison grouseSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Only found in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, the Gunnison grouse is an endangered species of grouse closely related to the more famous greater sage-grouse. Similarly to its close relative, the Gunnison grouse is also notable for its elaborate courtship dance.

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Island night lizard

Island night lizardSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Native to San Nicolas Island, Santa Barbara Island and San Clemente Island of the Channel Islands of California, the island night lizard is an 11 cm (4.3 inches) long lizard that bears live young instead of laying eggs. Considered a vulnerable species, the island night lizard can live up to 30 years.

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Utah prairie dog

Utah prairie dogSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

The smallest species of prairie dog, the Utah prairie dog is a rodent only found in south central steppes of the US state of Utah. With a total population numbering just over 4,000 specimens, this animal is listed as a threatened species by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Hawaiian hawk

Hawaiian hawkSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Another animal endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiian hawk is a raptor recognizable by its large talons and bulky bodies relative to its overall length and wingspan. A royal symbol in Hawaiian legends, the hawk usually feeds on rodents, other birds, bugs, small reptiles and fish.

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