Animals in Idaho

Idaho is a mountainous state that boasts rich flora and fauna, thanks to its diverse habitat and climate. Located in the Pacific Northwestern United States, Idaho has forests, mountains (the Rocky Mountains), deserts, and wetlands where its wildlife can grow and thrive.

There are no less than 6 national parks and wildlife reserves in the state that offers you a chance to take a closer look at all the animals and plants native to the state.

Animals in Idaho (ID)

List of Different Types of Animals Found in Idaho

Mammals

Birds

  • Mountain Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Pygmy Owl
  • American Goldfinch
  • Western Tanager
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Golden Eagle
  • Rough-legged Hawk

Reptiles

  • Northern Alligator Lizard
  • Desert Horned Lizard
  • Western Skink
  • Collared Lizard
  • Western Fence Lizard
  • Side-blotched Lizard
  • Gopher Snake
  • Ring-neck Snake
  • Eastern Racer
  • Long-nosed Snake
  • Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
  • Prairie Rattlesnake
  • Western Rattlesnake
  • Rubber Boa
  • Common Garter Snake
  • Terrestrial Garter Snake
  • Western Painted Turtle

Amphibians

  • Tiger Salamander
  • Idaho Giant Salamander
  • Long-toed Salamander
  • Coeur D’alene Salamander
  • Rough-skinned Newt
  • Coastal Tailed Frog
  • Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog
  • Boreal Chorus Frog
  • Pacific Tree Frog
  • Great Basin Spadefoot Toad
  • Western Toad
  • Woodhouse’s Toad
  • Columbia Spotted Frog
  • Northern Leopard Frog
  • Wood Frog

Fishes

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Bull Trout
  • Golden Trout
  • Lake Whitefish
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Sockeye Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Channel Catfish
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Green Sunfish
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch
  • Crappie
  • White Sturgeon
  • Mountain Sucker
  • Longnose Sucker
  • Redband Trout
  • Cui-Ui

Insects and Invertebrates

  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Mourning Cloak
  • Common Clothes Moth
  • Indian Meal Moths
  • Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
  • Wolf Spider
  • Hobo Spider
  • Black Widow 
  • House Spider
  • Odorous House Ant
  • Pavement Ant
  • Raspberry Crazy Ant
  • American Cockroach
  • Bed Bugs
  • Wasps
  • Mosquitoes
Idaho State Animals

State Animals of Idaho

State HorseAppaloosa
State BirdMountain Bluebird
State RaptorPeregrine Falcon
State AmphibianIdaho Giant Salamander
State FishCutthroat Trout
State InsectMonarch Butterfly

FAQ

What are the most dangerous animals in Idaho?

The deadliest animals in Idaho include grizzly bears, cougars, gray wolves, coyotes, and the American bison. Venomous animals like black widows and rattlesnakes can also threaten human life.

What are some common invasive animals in Idaho?

American bullfrog, monk parakeet, nutria, New Zealand mud snail, and common snapping turtle are some of the most common animals invading the ecosystem of Idaho.

Are any of the animals endangered in Idaho?

Several of the animals mentioned above are considered threatened in the state, including the grizzly bear, grey wolf, Canada lynx, woodland caribou, and bull trout.

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