Below you can find a complete list of Bangladeshi animals. We currently track 246 animals in Bangladesh and are adding more every day!
Many different animals live in Bangladesh, but sadly that number is diminishing. There are 138 species of threatened mammals, 566 bird species, 167 reptile species, 49 amphibian species, 253 freshwater fish species, 141 crustaceans, and 305 butterfly species in the country. Overexploitation and habitat degradation are the two main reasons why 390 species are critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable. In the last 15 years, officials have documented 31 species as being regionally extinct in this fauna.
The Official National Animal of Bangladesh
In 1971, the royal Bengal tiger became the national animal of Bangladesh. It replaced the lion. Experts believe that about 440 royal Bengal tigers live in the forests of the Sundarbans and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. These animals live a solitary lifestyle, and they often walk miles in search of prey. Officials made it the national animal because of the way it royally carries its body, its fearlessness, and its wrath.
Where To Find The Top Wildlife in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is home to 17 national parks, 20 wildlife sanctuaries, and one special biodiversity conservation area, so there are many places to go to see mammals in their natural fauna. While you have many choices, three rises to the top as being offering some of the best fauna and for being accessible.
If you want to see wildlife in Bangladesh, consider going to Lawacherri National Park. There you can see Northern pig-tailed macaques, Phayre’s leaf monkeys, and capped langurs. The forest is also home to Western Hoolock gibbons, which is the only ape that lives in the country. Additionally, you may see many bird species, including Oriental pied hornbills and Kalij pheasants, along with several flowerpeckers species, which is the smallest bird in the country.
Satchari National Park is also a great place to go if you want to see wildlife. You are likely to see Northern pig-tailed macaques, Pharyre’s leaf monkeys, capped langurs, and Western Hoolock gibbons. One reason people come to this location is to see the breeding pairs of cuckoos and hooded pittas, but if you want to see them, then come during the early monsoon season, which usually lasts from March to May.
Rema-Kalenga Reserved Forest is another great place to see wild animals in Bangladesh. Visiting this location may allow you to see endangered fishing cats and nationally rare black giant squirrels, along with several species of monkeys. This reserved forest is also a great place to see breeding pairs of critically endangered white-rumped vultures.
The Most Dangerous Animals In Bangladesh Today
While many Bangladesh animals are non-threatening, there are some that you will want to watch for as they can be deadly. These include:
- Royal Bengal tigers – Tigers in the Sundarbans region seem to be more aggressive than in other parts of the world.
- Russel vipers – One of the fastest biters globally, this snake lives on land and in the water.
- King cobras – The king cobra is the longest poisonous snake globally, and it lives in the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh.
Endangered Animals In Bangladesh
While some animals have gone extinct in Bangladesh, there is still time to protect many others. The mugger or marsh crocodile is the sole reptile to become extinct. Many animals listed on the extinct list were actually combined with other listed animals during the 1800s. Bangladesh is home to many endangered animals, including:
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Renew their horns every year!
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Domesticated for hundreds of years!
It mainly eats mangos and coffee!
Adult atlas moths do not eat - they live off fat they stored as larvae.
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.
There are over 1768 known species!
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Detects prey using echolocation!
There are 8 different species!
Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.
Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years
There are more than 350,000 different species
The most numerous species of tiger!
Not all birds are able to fly!
The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast
They typically prey on insects!
The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.
Fathers pick up their young and carry them under their wings
Can live its entire life indoors
The most common species of bee!
These snakes can swallow their prey as whole.
There are thought to be up 17,500 species!
Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!
Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
There are about 3,000 documented species!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans
This vulture can fly at great heights. At least one was found a few thousand feet from the top of Mount Everest.
Has canines that can be two inches long!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.
The most common raptor in the UK!
The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together
Have changed little in 200 million years!
A group of these birds is called a Murder.
These fish make a popular choice for aquarium hobbyists due to their hardy nature.
There are around 40 different species!
Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.
Only 2,000 left in the wild!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!
Beneath the lizard’s “wings” are a pair of enlarged ribs for support.
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight
Has exceptional eyesight!
They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Spends around 22 hours a day eating!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.
Found across mainland Europe and Asia!
The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world
Scoops fish out of the water using it's paw!
Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are 12 different species in the world!
There are around 7,000 different species!
Among the largest bats in the world
Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world
They build a ramp from their nest, which leads to a nearby water source
Named for the Arabic word for love poems
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
Originally known as the Desert Rat!
The most common type of urban roach
Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Males form large mating swarms at dusk
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
There are 29 different species!
There are 11,000 known species!
One of the most invasive species in the world
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Changed little in over 500 million years!
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
Found throughout south-east Asia!
Kaa from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was an Indian Python.
There are an estimated 30 million species!
The jacana has the ability to swim underwater
Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!
Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!
Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies
They are the longest venomous snake in the world.
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
A painless bite that can result in death.
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
Spends much of the time high in the trees!
There are 11 different species!
The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
Often hangs upside down while feeding!
Like all lorises, slow loris has a cute wide-eyed look, but it also has a venomous sting that can rot human flesh.
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
Found throughout Asia, India and China!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
They line their nests with their feathers
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.
Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
There are around 260 known species!
The monocled cobra is responsible for the highest fatality rate of any snake in all of Thailand.
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
The muntjac is the smallest type of deer in the world
For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
There are more than 5,000 species.
Females are about four times the size of males
They reuse nesting sites for 70 years!
There are 13 different species worldwide
The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees
Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell
Paradise Flying Snakes can glide over 100 yards!
Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.
Can live for up to 100 years!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
The pheasant-tailed jacana is the only species in its family that migrates long distances.
Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas
Pit vipers's fangs fold up into their mouths when they don't need them.
There are 500 different species!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 50 different species!
Omnivores that eat anything!
Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.
These popular pets can get big enough to kill their owner.
Rhesus Macaques are the most widely distributed primate in terms of geographic diversity
It's horns are made from keratin!
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
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.
Will mate with the entire flock!
A Russel's viper strike is so forceful it can lift its entire body off the ground.
Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.
There are more than 700 different species!
Male sambars will compete for mates by clashing together with their antlers
The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail
Parents use low calls to tell their chicks to freeze and lie still when danger lurks.
This is the smallest venomous snake in India's Big Four.
There are around 2,000 known species!
The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
The short-eared owl is one of the most widespread owl species in the world, covering five continents.
The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Found widely throughout British gardens!
They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce
Has up to 45 eggs per egg case
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
There are 140 different species!
They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Average adults weigh about 200 grams!
They can’t sing like other birds.
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite
The largest feline in the world!
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
A slender body and elongated snout give the vine snake a regal look.
Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted
Vipers are one of the most widespread groups of snakes and inhabit most
There are 30 different species worldwide!
The walking catfish can move on land while breathing air
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
Spends most of it's time in the trees!
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
There are two different types of white ferrets!
None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!
Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
Harmless, but with fangs like a wolf.
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
This animal can roll up into a ball
Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.
There are 200 different species!
They feign death by making their bodies limp and closing their eyes.
There are around 75 different species!
Bangladeshi Animals List
Animals in Bangladesh FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What kind of animals are in Bangladesh?
There are many different species of unique animals in Bangladesh. Scientists are discovering new ones all the time. Recently discovered unique animals include common pipistrelle bats, Indian round leaf bats, wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bats, least leaf-nosed bats, dawn bats, lesser false vampire bats, cook’s mice, Edward’s rats, Himalayan rats, white-toothed rats, red climbing mice, yellow-throated martens, particolored flying squirrels, Himalayan striped squirrels, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, pan-tropical spotted dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, false killer whales, sperm whales, and Bryde’s whales.
How many animals are there in Bangladesh?
There are over 22 species of unique amphibians, 708 species of fish, 126 -species of reptiles, 628 species of birds, and 113 species of mammals 1,720 species of animals in Bangladesh.
What is the most dangerous animal in Bangladesh?
One of the most dangerous animals in Bangladesh is the royal Bengal tiger. These animals tend to be more aggressive in this country than in any place else in the world. Yet, most people still want them protected.
Are there any lions in Bangladesh?
No, lions do not live in Bangladesh. You can find other big cats, including tigers, clouded leopards, fishing cats, marbled cats, Asiatic golden cats, leopard cats and jungle cats.