Wildlife Species of Mexico

Mexico is rich in wildlife species resulting from its range of ecosystems and habitats that include lowland tropical rainforest, temperate desert, montane forest and alpine tundra. It boasts over 800 species of reptiles and over 500 species of mammals and the highest number of rodent species in the world.

Wildlife Species of Mexico

National Green Turtle in Mexico

National Green Turtle in Mexico. Photo credit: shutterstock


A Spider Monkey in the Mexican Jungle

A Spider Monkey in the Mexican Jungle. Photo credit: shutterstock

Mammal species found in Mexico include opossums, manatees (fully aquatic herbivorous mammals), armadillos, sloths, anteaters, tamanduas, howler and spider monkeys, porcupines, agoutis, pacas, squirrels, chipmunks, beavers, gophers, prairie dogs, tapirs, kangaroo rats, voles, shrews, bats, whales and dolphins. Amongst the carnivores are ocelots, pumas, Mexican wolves and Mexico’s national mammal, the jaguar.


The National bird of Mexico: the Golden Eagle

The National bird of Mexico: the Golden Eagle. Photo credit: shutterstock

Mexico’s national bird is the golden eagle. Mexico is also home to albatrosses, tropicbirds, boobies, frigatebirds, snake-birds, pelicans, flamingos, vultures, macaws, parakeets, owls, hummingbirds, toucans, trogons, flycatchers and the tinamou amongst countless others.


Wildlife species: Giant Lizard in Mexico

Giant Lizard in Mexico. Photo credit: shutterstock

The national reptile of Mexico is the green turtle with seven of the eight sea turtles of the world living and breeding in Mexico. The country is home to numerous species of lizards, four species of crocodiles and over 380 species of snakes. The Yucatan Peninsula alone boasts over 180 species of reptiles and amphibians.

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Author: Helen Dwyer