North Carolina, the southeastern US state, has a diverse geography divided into three main biomes — the coastal region on the east, Piedmont extending across the state’s central region, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachian Mountain range in the west.
Red wolves and the state animal, North American beavers, have been reintroduced to the state with established populations. Other animals, like fishers, cougars, bison, and snowshoe hares, have been extirpated.
One noteworthy animal introduced to the state is the Rocky Mountain elk.
North Carolina is home to several large predators, including the black bear, American alligator, and red wolf. There are also several deadly poisonous snakes and spiders, including copperheads, cottonmouths, eastern diamondbacks, Carolina pygmy, timber rattlesnakes, and black widows.
Over 100 threatened or endangered animals in North Carolina are protected by state laws. These include the leatherback and green sea turtles, North Atlantic right whale, northern flying squirrel, gray bat, and giant manta ray. Since their populations are under threat, these animals are pretty rare to see.
What are some common invasive animals in North Carolina?
Some native animals in this state include the red imported fire ant, emerald ash borer, zebra mussels, wild boar, and nutria.