Animals in Western Sahara



Below you can find a complete list of Western Saharan animals. We currently track 66 animals in Western Sahara and are adding more every day!

Western Saharan Animals

American Cockroach

Despite its name, actually originated from Africa and the Middle East

Armyworm

They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food

Banana Spider

People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Beetle

There are more than 350,000 different species

Bichir

The bichir species is more than 400 million years old

Butterfly

There are thought to be up 20,000 species!

Caecilian

Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!

Caterpillar

The larvae of a moth or butterfly!

Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

Chicken

First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

Common House Spider

House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

Desert Locust

Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.

Dragonfly

It's larvae are carnivorous!

Duck

Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight

Earthworm

They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs

Earwig

There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Eel

Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!

Elephant

Spends around 22 hours a day eating!

Falcon

The fastest creatures on the planet!

False Widow Spider

False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders

Fiddler Crab

The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.

Frog

There are around 7,000 different species!

Gerbil

Originally known as the Desert Rat!

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

Goat

Most closely related to the Sheep!

Grasshopper

There are 11,000 known species!

Heron

Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Horsefly

Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.

Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.

Jacana

The jacana has the ability to swim underwater

Ladybug

There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species!

Locust

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Mealybug

They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

Orb Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males

Pigeon

They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.

Rodents

The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.

Scorpion

There are around 2,000 known species!

Sea Eagle

The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner

Sheep

Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Skink Lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.

Slug

They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce

Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

Snake

There are around 3,000 known species worldwide

Sparrow

There are 140 different species!

Spider Wasp

They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.

Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Stork

They can’t sing like other birds.

Striped Hyena

The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.

Thrush

The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.

Tiger Beetle

The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world

Tortoise

Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Turtles

Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.

Vinegaroon

Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted

Willow Warbler

This bird molts twice a year.

Woodlouse

This animal can roll up into a ball

Woodlouse Spider

Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.

Woodpecker

There are 200 different species!

Western Saharan Animals List