Animals in Kansas

Kansas, the landlocked state in the midwestern region of the United States, has different types of habitats that range from plains and wetlands to rocky mountainous terrains. It has three different climates – humid continental, subtropical, and semi-arid steppe, allowing all types of animals and plants to grow. There are hundreds of native animals, with over 230 rare animals calling the state their home.

There are many places and wildlife-watching points, including the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, the largest marsh area attracting many birds yearly. Apart from that, there’s Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and Flint Hills – all suitable for watching deer, bison, elk, and all sorts of birds. Below is a list of the common and well-known animals in the state.

Animals in Kansas (KS)

List of Different Types of Animals Found in Kansas


Some animals that used to be found in Kansas are the grizzly bear, cougar, gray wolf, and black-footed ferret. But their populations have lately been extirpated. 



  • Common Snapping Turtle
  • Western Painted Turtle
  • Eastern Box Turtle
  • Ornate Box Turtle
  • Pond Slider
  • River Cooter
  • Spiny Softshell Turtle
  • Prairie Kingsnake
  • Smooth Green Snake
  • Copperhead
  • Plains Garter Snake
  • Western Rat Snake
  • Western Hog-nosed Snake
  • Bullsnake
  • Northern Water Snake
  • Timber Rattlesnake
  • Eastern Massasauga
  • Smooth Earth snake
  • Redbelly Snake
  • Mississippi Green Water snake
  • Western Worm Snake
  • Western Ribbonsnake
  • Five-lined Skink
  • Six-lined racerunner
  • Common Fence Lizard
  • Northern Prairie Skink
  • Great Plains Skink



  • Channel Catfish
  • Blue Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • White Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Walleye
  • Sauger
  • Northern Pike
  • Yellow Perch
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Longear Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Warmouth
  • Rock Bass
  • Freshwater Drum
  • White Sucker
  • Creek Chub
  • Redhorse Sucker
  • Spotted Gar
  • Longnose Gar

Insects And Invertebrates

Kansas is home to several ants, along with other insects. Most of the ants found here are considered pests. 

  • Honeybee
  • American Burying Beetle
  • Scott Optioservus Riffle Beetle
  • Cottonwood Borer
  • Annuals and periodical Cicadas
  • Cicada-killer Wasp
  • Yellowjacket
  • Regal Fritillary
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Field Cricket
  • Dragonflies
  • Bed Bugs
  • Ticks
  • Red Imported Fire Ant
  • Acrobat Ant
  • Big-Headed Ant
  • Carpenter Ant
  • Harvester Ant
  • Little Black Ant
  • Mound Ant
Kansas State Animals

State Animals of Kansas

State AnimalAmerican Bison
State BirdWestern Meadowlark
State ReptileOrnate Box Turtle
State AmphibianBarred Tiger Salamander
State FishChannel Catfish
State InsectHoneybee


What are the most dangerous animals in Kansas?

Despite there being quite a few large to medium carnivores, the deadliest animals you are more likely to encounter in the state are the venomous snakes and spiders like the copperhead, timber rattlesnake, eastern Massasauga, black widow, and brown recluse. The American bison is also counted among the most dangerous animals in the state. Additionally, several wasps and ticks can inflict painful stings and bites.

What are some of the most endangered animals in Kansas?

There are several threatened and endangered species in the state, with some of the most noteworthy ones being the northern long-eared bat (mammal), piping plover, whopping crane (birds), and Topeka shiner (fish).

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