Below you can find a complete list of Venezuelan animals. We currently track 150 animals in Venezuela and are adding more every day!
Venezuela is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet because it spreads across so many geographically diverse habitats. Among Venezuelan animals, you’ll find the crocodiles of the Orinoco Delta, the Spectacled Bear of the Andean highlands, the capybaras of the Llanos plains, the monkeys and sloths of the Amazon basin, and the Scarlet Ibis of the Caribbean coast. More than 4,000 species of animals live in Venezuela, including more than 350 discrete mammal and reptile species, more than 1,400 avian species, and nearly 2,000 marine species. Animals native to Venezuela include jaguars, the crab-eating fox, the giant anteater, and the giant otter.
The Official National Animal of Venezuela
The national animal of Venezuela is the troupial (Icterus icterus), a member of the oriole family. These black-headed, orange-bodied birds are found throughout Venezuela’s drier forests and grasslands. Properly speaking, troupials are animals native to this country since they’re also found in Colombia and some Caribbean islands.
Where To Find The Top Wildlife in Venezuela
More than 20 percent of the country is comprised of national parkland where animals can flourish. National parks are mostly found in the country’s mountainous and coastal regions. Canaima National Park, home to Venezuelan animals such as the giant armadillo, the cougar, the jaguar, and two-toed sloth, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Most Dangerous Animals In Venezuela Today
The jaguars that roam the Amazonian jungles and the piranhas that swim in Amazonian streams are among the most dangerous animals in this country. Venezuela has its share of poisonous snakes, too, such as the Venezuela Coral Snake and the Horned Palm Viper.
Endangered Animals In Venezuela
More than 50 percent of Venezuela’s unique avian and mammalian species can be found in the Amazonian forests south of the Orinoco Delta. Many of these species are at risk of becoming extinct in Venezuela because of habitat destruction related to the oil industry. Other animals facing extinction are the giant armadillo and the giant otter. Though more than 20 animals here are in danger of becoming extinct, there is no definitive list of extinct animals in Venezuela.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!
Can curl into a hard, protective ball!
There are over 2,000 known species!
Found everywhere around the world!
Detects prey using echolocation!
There are 8 different species!
There are more than 350,000 different species
Not all birds are able to fly!
They typically prey on insects!
Seabirds found across the South Pacific!
There are thought to be up 20,000 species!
Can grow to up 6 meters long!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Excellent at both diving and swimming
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
There are about 3,000 documented species!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
There are more than 2 000 known species!
Found in dense forests and wet jungles!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
Form bands of up to 12 individuals!
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Have changed little in 200 million years!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
Has exceptional eyesight!
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Can generate a 500 volt electric shock!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are around 7,000 different species!
Among the largest bats in the world
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
Armadillos have a smell that’s described as strong, sweet and acrid.
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
There are 11,000 known species!
The gray fox has retractable claws and a rotating wrist that allow it to climb trees with some proficiency
Natively found in the Andes Mountain range!
Also known as the Millionfish!
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Talon's the size of a grizzly bear's claws!
This dynastine scarab beetle makes a weird huffing sound when it’s disturbed.
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Natively found in South America!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Spends 80% of it's time resting!
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.
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
Uses visual signals to communicate!
There are an estimated 30 million species!
The largest feline on the American continent!
It's beak can reach nearly 20 cm long!
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
The kinkajou is a nimble forest-dwelling mammal of Central and South America.
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
They can jump up to three feet
There are around 5,000 different species!
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
The largest species of parrot in the world!
Produces a toxin used in arrow darts!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
Some colonies have millions of bats
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Known for their calm and peaceful nature!
During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
There are around 260 known species!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
There are 250,000 different species!
Has no real natural predators!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
There are more than 5,000 species.
Also known as the Painted Leopard!
There are 13 different species worldwide
Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!
Can live for up to 100 years!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Also known as the 'Pink Dolphin'
Generally found in fast-flowing streams!
Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Has longer back legs than front legs!
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
The tail feathers of the male can be 1m long!
Known to wash their food before eating it!
Omnivores that eat anything!
It's venom digests it's prey before it even swallows it!
Red hair on hands on feet!
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
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!
Canines up to 7 inches long!
There are more than 700 different species!
Like many parrots, the scarlet macaw is capable of vocal mimicry.
There are around 2,000 known species!
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Closely related to the Piranha
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Also known as the Polecat!
It's body temperature is between 30 - 34 degrees!
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
Only found in North America!
There are 140 different species!
Found in the tropical jungles of South America!
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
Lives in groups of up to 500 individuals!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Most closely related to horses and rhinos!
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
Native to the freshwater streams of South America!
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
There are more than 40 different species!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Have a very short tail for their size!
Migrates up and down the mountains!
Have a heat sensor on the end of their nose!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
White-tail deer are good swimmers
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs
Actually a crustacean, not an insect!
There are 200 different species!
Has a long, strong prehensile tail!
Yellow, black and white striped fins!
Venezuelan Animals List