Animals in Wyoming

Wyoming is a landlocked state in the western United States, characterized by dry semi-arid, and continental climates, marked by extreme temperatures both in summer and winter. The state’s eastern half falls within the Great Planes, while the western part is within the Rocky Mountains, making the state the meeting point for the two.

The state’s landscape includes vast plains, towering peaks, prairies, forests, canyons, and rivers. Naturally, it is an ideal place for wildlife to survive and thrive. This is where the famous Yellowstone National Park is located, while other noteworthy sites attracting wildlife enthusiasts include the Grand Teton National Park and Devils Tower National Monument. Find out what are the native animals of the ‘Equality State.’

Animals in Wyoming (WY)

List of Different Types of Animals Found in Wyoming  



  • Western Meadowlark
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Robin
  • House Finch
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Wild Turkey
  • Western Grebe
  • American Coot
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk


  • Western Painted Turtle
  • Plains Box Turtle
  • Eastern Spiny Softshell
  • Black Hills Red-bellied Snake
  • Great Basin Gopher Snake
  • Desert Striped Whipsnake​
  • Pale Milksnake
  • Northern Rubber Boa
  • Plains Black-headed Snake
  • Plains Hog-nosed Snake
  • Plains Garter Snake
  • Red-sided Garter Snake
  • Valley Garter Snake
  • Smooth Green Snake
  • Midget-faded Rattlesnake
  • Prairie Rattlesnake
  • Great Basin Skink
  • Greater Short-horned Lizard
  • Plateau Fence Lizard
  • Prairie Racerunner



  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
  • Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
  • Bear River Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Lake Chub
  • Utah Chub
  • Roundtail Chub
  • Common Shiner
  • Redside Shiner
  • Golden Shiner
  • Longnose Dace
  • Longnose Dace
  • Speckled Dace
  • White Sucker
  • Flannelmouth Sucker
  • Bluehead Sucker
  • Mountain Sucker
  • Largescale Sucker
  • Longnose Sucker
  • Plains Minnow
  • Brassy Minnow
  • Fathead Minnow

Insects and Invertebrates

  • Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak Butterfly
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Painted Lady
  • Honey Bee
  • Carpenter Bee
  • Ladybug
  • Grasshopper 
  • Mosquito
  • House Fly
  • Green Darner
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Western Forktail
  • Miller Moth
  • Firefly
  • Western Harvester Ant
  • Paper Wasp
  • Praying Mantis
  • Wheel Bug
  • House Cricket
  • Scissor Grinder Cicada
  • Mayfly 
  • Earwig 
  • Alfalfa Weevil
  • Ground Beetle
  • Crane Fly
  • Bush Katydid
  • Western Black Widow
  • Brown Recluse
  • Common House Spider
Wyoming State Animals

State Animals of Wyoming

State MammalAmerican Bison
State BirdWestern Meadowlark
State ReptileHorned Lizard
State FishCutthroat Trout
State InsectSheridan’s Green Hairstreak Butterfly


What are the most dangerous animals in Wyoming?

Wyoming has several large ungulates, like the bison, elk, and moose, which can get aggressive if threatened. There are many predatory carnivores, with cougars, grizzlies, black bears, wolves, wolverines, and coyotes all native to the state. Then there are the venomous and deadly snakes, the midget-faded, prairie rattlesnakes, and the fearsome western black widow spider.

Are there any animals endemic to Wyoming?

The Fremont’s Uinta chipmunk and Wyoming toad are endemic to Wyoming, meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world.

Are there any endangered animals living in Wyoming?

Most of the native animals in this state have stable populations. The endemic Wyoming toad is actually extinct in the wild and lives only in captivity in the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Some fish species are also listed as endangered, like the bonytail chub, humpback chub, and speckled dace.

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