North America's Exclusives: 12 Animals You Won't Find Anywhere Else 

June 1st, 2024

Team LTG

North America is home to many unique animal species. Let’s learn about 12 of them.

This speedy mammal is the fastest land animal in North America, built for endurance across open plains.

Pronghorn Antelope

An iconic symbol of the American West, these massive grazers once roamed the prairies in vast herds.

American Bison

The only ferret species native to North America, the ferret is a skilled prairie dog hunter and a conservation success story.

Black-footed Ferret

A keystone species of the southeastern US, these long-lived tortoises create burrows that shelter hundreds of other animals.

Gopher Tortoise

The largest North American land bird, this vulture, nearly went extinct but is making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts.

California Condor

This apex predator thrives in the southeastern swamps and wetlands, playing a vital role in its ecosystem.

American Alligator

A unique bird found only in Colorado and Utah, known for its elaborate mating dances and reliance on sagebrush habitats.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse

These small, adaptable foxes live on California's Channel Islands and have evolved into six distinct subspecies.

Island Fox

North America's only marsupial, known for "playing possum" – feigning death when threatened.

Virginia Opossum

One of only two venomous lizards in the world, this slow-moving reptile is native to the US Southwest.

Gila Monster

A giant aquatic salamander, the hellbender lurks in fast-flowing streams of the eastern US.

Hellbender Salamander

A small, adaptable fox found in the deserts of the US Southwest, known for its large ears for dissipating heat.

Kit Fox