Maine is a coastal state in the northeastern regions of the United States, with diverse geology that has given rise to a wide array of habitats. It includes coastal areas, forests, mountains, lakes, and wetlands where hundreds of native and non-native animals live. Its coastline stretches along the southern borders, characterized by tidal marshes and sandy beaches. On the west side of the state lies the Appalachian Mountain range.
Places suitable for wildlife-watching include Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, and the National Scenic Trail.
List of Different Types of Animals Found in Maine
Gray wolves and cougars were also found in Maine, but their populations have been extirpated.
Black-capped Chickadee Northern Cardinal Blue Jay Dark-eyed Junco American Goldfinch Atlantic Puffin Bald Eagle Northern Goshawk Sharp-shinned Hawk Common Eider Great Cormorant Common Tern Ring-billed Gull Great Black-backed Gull
American Alligator Coachwhip Common Gartersnake Common Watersnake Mississippi Green Watersnake Plain-Bellied Watersnake Dekay’s Brownsnake Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake Louisiana Pinesnake North American Racer Northern Mole Kingsnake Speckled Kingsnake Ring-Necked Snake Rough Earthsnake Saltmarsh Snake Scarlet Kingsnake Southeastern Crowned Snake Eastern Copperhead Northern Cottonmouth Harlequin Coralsnake Timber Rattlesnake Pygmy Rattlesnake Gopher Tortoise Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Leatherback Sea Turtle
Cajun Chorus Frog Eastern Cricket Frog Dusky Gopher Frog Southern Cricket Frog Green Treefrog Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad Gulf Coast Toad Eastern Tiger Salamander Gulf Coast Waterdog Louisiana Slimy Salamander Webster’s Salamander Common Mudpuppy Eastern Spadefoot
Brook Trout Brown Trout Lake Trout Arctic Char Burbot Rainbow Smelt Lake Whitefish White Perch Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Striped Bass Landlocked Salmon Atlantic Salmon Alewife American Eel Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Though there are no native sharks in this state,
shark sightings are common in the coastal waters of Maine. Common species of sharks spotted here include the great white, blue, thresher, and shortfin mako sharks.
Insects and Invertebrates
Pink-edged Sulphur Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Mosquito Eastern Carpenter Bee Eastern Dobsonfly Eastern Spruce Budworm Assassin Bug Bed Bug House Centipede Burying Beetle Eastern Hercules Beetle Eastern Firefly Deer Tick Black-legged Tick Ichneumon Wasp Brown-tail Moth Common Pillbug Maritime Earwig Bald-faced Hornet Honeybee Carpenter Bee Bold Jumping Spider
State Animals of Maine
State Animal Moose State Bird Black-capped Chickadee State Fish Landlocked Salmon State Insect Honeybee State Butterfly Pink-edged Sulphur State Crustacean Lobster State Cat Maine Coon
What are the most dangerous animals in Maine?
Moose is often regarded as the most dangerous animal in Maine, as it is capable of attacking and injuring humans if threatened or provoked. Then there are carnivores like the black bear and coyote.
Are there any endangered animals in Maine?
Some of the rare and endangered animals from the state include the red knot, northern long-eared bat, rusty patched bumblebee, and leatherback sea turtle.
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