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.
List of Different Types of Animals Found 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.
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).