Animals in Kuwait

Below you can find a complete list of Kuwaiti animals. We currently track 134 animals in Kuwait and are adding more every day!

Down at the base of the Persian Gulf lies the Emirate of Kuwait, which is a small desert principality with a lot of petroleum products to sell on the world market. Kuwait is an erratically shaped country running about 100 miles by 126 miles at its widest points. There are really only two types of terrain in the country. There are various forms of hot, dry deserts and a small region of tidal flats and salt marshes along the coast. While it is searingly hot in the summer, winter temperatures can average down into the 50s, which can make for quite a contrast.

The Official National Animal Of Kuwait

The official national animal of Kuwait is the Arabian Camel, or Dromedary as it is sometimes called. There is also a national bird species, which is the Saker Falcon. This is a good-sized member of the falcon family that makes its home in central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula.

Where To Find The Top Wild Animals In Kuwait

Apart from various domesticated species such as the camel, finding wildlife in Kuwait is not an easy task. The increasingly harsh desert climate was never very conducive to animals, and their numbers have fallen even further due to human intervention as well as climate degradation. Much of what is worth viewing in Kuwait is severely endangered and thus extremely rare to catch sight of under any circumstances.

A number of nature reserves have been established but they are often in close proximity to oil fields and other industrial sites. The Al-Jahra Natural Reserve is an interesting case in point. It is actually a man-made wetland reserve built around a series of wastewater treatment facilities that can at times render it as noisome as it can be beautiful.

Most viewing sites are found along the coast, where there is sufficient water to support wildlife and sufficient food to permit the survival of a limited number of species, particularly birds.

The Most Dangerous Animals In Kuwait

Most of the really dangerous animals of Kuwait are now considered to be extinct, at least in Kuwait itself. Among those that are not extinct, many of them are still very rare, and thus it is not likely to encounter them. For the ones that are still occasionally found, the various members of the snake tribe are likely to be the deadliest.

Since these creatures tend to burrow down into the sand in order to stay cool during the heat of the day, they are not often discovered visually. That dynamic switches over after the sun goes down. They may then choose to take advantage of your body heat during the relatively cool nights, which are hard on cold-blooded creatures such as the Cobra. These reptiles are not really being predatory towards humans but simply cuddling up next to them to stay warm. Finding a cobra in your bed, however, is not likely to be regarded as a compliment.

Another unique creature that is occasionally seen in Kuwait is the Honey Badger, which has been tagged as the fiercest animal in the world. Yet it is extremely rare inside the country and represents less of a threat than the more numerous risks offered by cobras and other dangerous snakes.

Endangered Animals In Kuwait

With the exception of domesticated species such as camels, it is probably easier to ask which species inside Kuwait are not endangered. Given the harsh terrain and the large degree of industrial development in many of the most salubrious parts of the emirate, almost everything is endangered to one degree or another. The majestic Lion was once seen in Kuwait but is no longer present. The same goes for many other predatory species once native to the region.

Another endangered species is the unique Fennec Fox, which resembles a furry Chihuahua with huge upright ears. Other endangered animals include the Arabian Oryx, a native antelope, and the more widely known Cheetah.

Kuwaiti Animals

Ant

First evolved 100 million years ago!

Antelope

Renew their horns every year!

Aurochs

Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!

Barb

There are over 2,000 known species!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Bat

Detects prey using echolocation!

Bear

There are 8 different species!

Beetle

There are more than 350,000 different species

Bird

Not all birds are able to fly!

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Bumblebee

The most common species of bee!

Butterfly

There are thought to be up 20,000 species!

Camel Cricket

The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.

Cat

First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!

Caterpillar

The larvae of a moth or butterfly!

Catfish

There are nearly 3,000 different species!

Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

Chameleon

There are more than 160 different species!

Chicken

First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

Cicada

Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

Cockroach

Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

Cow

There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!

Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

Crane

Many are critically endangered species!

Crocodile

Have changed little in 200 million years!

Deer

There are around 40 different species!

Dog

First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Donkey

First domesticated 5,000 years ago!

Dormouse

Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!

Dragonfly

It's larvae are carnivorous!

Duck

Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Eagle

Has exceptional eyesight!

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!

Fire-Bellied Toad

Found across mainland Europe and Asia!

Fly

There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!

Fox

There are 12 different species in the world!

Frog

There are around 7,000 different species!

Gecko

There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

Gerbil

Originally known as the Desert Rat!

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

Goat

Most closely related to the Sheep!

Golden Oriole

Migrates between Europe and Asia!

Goose

There are 29 different species!

Grasshopper

There are 11,000 known species!

Green Bee-Eater

Mainly eats honeybees!

Hamster

Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!

Hare

Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!

Hedgehog

Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!

Heron

Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Hoopoe

Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!

Horse

Has evolved over 50 million years!

Horsefly

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

Human

Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

Ibex

Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill

Ibis

Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!

Insects

There are an estimated 30 million species!

Jackal

Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!

Jerboa

Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!

Kingfisher

Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

Ladybug

There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Liger

The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!

Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species!

Locust

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Long-Eared Owl

Ear tufts make it look bigger!

Magpie

They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

Mayfly

There are 2,500 known species worldwide!

Millipede

Some species have a poisonous bite!

Mole

Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Mongoose

Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!

Mongrel

Has characteristics of two or more breeds!

Monitor Lizard

Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!

Monkey

There are around 260 known species!

Moorhen

Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!

Moth

There are 250,000 different species!

Mouse

Found on every continent on Earth!

Mule

The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

Neanderthal

Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!

Newt

Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!

Nightingale

Named more than 1,000 years ago!

Otter

There are 13 different species worldwide

Parrot

Can live for up to 100 years!

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth

Persian

Thought to have originated in the Middle East!

Pheasant

Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

Pig

Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

Pigeon

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

Pika

Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!

Porcupine

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Quail

Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!

Rabbit

There are more than 50 different species!

Rat

Omnivores that eat anything!

Rhinoceros

It's horns are made from keratin!

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!

Robin

There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!

Salamander

There are more than 700 different species!

Scorpion

There are around 2,000 known species!

Seahorse

Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

Sheep

Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Shrimp

There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Skink Lizard

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

Slow Worm

Found widely throughout British gardens!

Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

Snake

There are around 3,000 known species worldwide

Sparrow

There are 140 different species!

Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!

Stoat

Average adults weigh about 200 grams!

Striped Hyena

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

Swan

Populations have been affected by pollution!

Termite

Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Thrush

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

Tortoise

Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Vulture

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Wasp

There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Water Dragon

Spends most of it's time in the trees!

Weasel

The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

White Tiger

None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!

Wild Boar

Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!

Wolf

Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

Woodlouse

Actually a crustacean, not an insect!

Woodpecker

There are 200 different species!

Zebu

There are around 75 different species!

Kuwaiti Animals List

Animals in Kuwait FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What animals live in Kuwait?

In terms of sheer numbers, birds predominate in Kuwait. It is located along several avian migratory routes but also has its share of permanent birds in residence such as the Crab Plover, the Short-toed Snake Eagle, and the Kestrel, which is a type of small falcon.

Many of the inland bird species prey upon snakes, of which about three dozen species of these reptiles have been identified. Most of the snakes sleep during the day and hunt at night. These include the Black Desert Cobra and the Arabian Sand Boa. The Indian Grey Mongoose is also predatory towards the many snake species.

Other larger predators are also found in the wild but only in small numbers. These include the Jackal, the Honey Badger, and the Arabian Sand Cat.

The Saudi Gazelle is now presumed to be officially extinct outside of captivity but a few Arabian Oryxes are still found in the wild.

With regard to sea animals, Kuwait has its share of littoral visitors such as whales and dolphins. Crabs and other shoreline sea animals are also found. The largest colony of Crab Plovers in the world lives in Kuwait and feasts upon these sea animals.

Does Kuwait have snakes?

Yes. Kuwait has a large assortment of snake species considering how small the country actually is. Apart from the snakes, only a limited number of other reptiles are found.

How many animals are there in Kuwait?

Due to the terrain, climate, and level of industrial development in the country, Kuwait is relatively barren of wild animals in comparison to other parts of the world and even other parts of the Arabian peninsula.

Does Kuwait have bats?

Yes, although only two unique bat species have been identified. These are the Kuhl’s Pipistrelle and the Lesser Mouse-tailed Bat.