Updated: February 24, 2023
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Below you can find a complete list of Guatemalan animals. We currently track 300 animals in Guatemala and are adding more every day!

Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Central American country of Guatemala comprises approximately 60,000 square miles of territory. This is split up between a large, relatively cool area known as the Central Highlands, an extensive volcanic mountain chain running along the Pacific coast, and extensive tracts of humid, tropical jungle in both the northern and southern parts of the country.

This lush landscape is home to many unique and exotic tropical types of animals, especially a large number of particularly colorful birds and the world-famous but notoriously shy jaguar.

The Official National Animal Of Guatemala

Most Colorful Animals: Resplendent Quetzal

The Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala’s national bird has a range that extends from Mexico to Panama

Unlike a surprising number of countries, Guatemala does have an Official National Animal in the form of a multicolored bird known as the quetzal. Seen on both the Guatemalan flag and its National Seal, the quetzal takes pride of place over some other equally suitable candidate such as the jaguar. This is probably due to its association with the unique folklore and religious rites of pre-Columbian civilizations found in the area.

The avian also known as (Pharomachrus mocinno) or resplendent quetzal, also lives in Guatemala’s northern neighbor Mexico, but generally lives in Central America. It can be found from Mexico to Panama.

The quetzal  prefers to live in the forest canopy although it is somewhat versatile in its preferred choice of home and can also be found in cliffs.

Its dietary patterns depend on its age; adults tend to rely more on fruit such as wild avocados, while hatchlings rely on a more insectivorous diet.

Where To Find The Top Wild Animals In Guatemala

Lake Atitlan Guatemala, Central America

Guatemala’s wildlife can be admired in wildlife sanctuaries, reserves, and along the coast

As is the case with many other underdeveloped countries, particularly tropical ones, wildlife is easy to find almost everywhere in the country. Yet the most desirable sighting when it comes to wildlife is the incredibly cautious and somewhat endangered jaguar, one of the best known native animals to Guatemala. It is so hard to find jaguars in the wild that the only realistic hope of ever seeing one is to erect a time-lapse camera inside a jaguar’s territory and hope it passes by sooner or later.

  • The zoo in Guatemala City is probably the best place for people to actually view a jaguar in the flesh. Although the country was a little slow to get on to the conservation bandwagon, Guatemala has been catching up recently. More distinct nature preserves have been added to the list of established reserves, and more additions have been made to the unique, large concept Maya Biosphere Reserve.
  • Due to their distinct climate zones, reserves represent specific parts of the overall types of animals in Guatemala rather than an overview. With extensive numbers of reptiles and amphibians thriving in its coastal zones or along its many jungle rivers, the Sierra Caral Amphibian Reserve provides both a safe zone for recovery of endangered species. Situated on the eastern coast, the reserve also provides opportunities for enjoyment and study.
  • Sierra del Lacandon National Park is oriented more towards the creatures living in the dense jungles of Central America. This includes relatively large populations of many of Guatemala’s most famous indigenous animals, such as Howler Monkeys, Macaws, Toucans, Jaguars, Alligators, and Crocodiles.
  • For bird aficionados, Tikal National Park is the place to savor Guatemala’s extensive catalog of colorful native avians.
  • Along the coastal regions of the country, marine life is found in abundance, particularly a spectacular assortment of sea turtles, including several species at risk of extinction.

Birds in Guatemala

Male resplendent quetzal flying

Known as the “land of trees” Guatemala’s forests, provide shelter and sustenance for almost 770 bird species

Appropriately named as “land of trees” by the Maya, Guatemala is covered by forests over almost 35 percent of its entirety. These forests provide shelter, food, and habitats to around 770 different species of bird, many of which are unique to the country. Cloud forests in the mountainous region remain the perfect environment for distinctive species such as the Resplendent Quetzal and rare Horned Guan. Surrounding the Mayan ruins of Tikal are lowland forests. Humidity within these forests attracts the impressive Ocellated Turkey and Orange-breasted Falcon, an elusive bird. Volcano foothills serve as domain for more common birds like the Azure-rumped Tanager. Other common avifauna, Pink-headed and Goldman’s Warblers, reside in highland pine-oak forests.

Other spectacular species of Guatemala include:

  • Garnet-throated Hummingbird
  • Surf Scoter
  • Guatemalan Pygmy Owl
  • Keel-billed Toucan

Bird species of the country contribute greatly to the immense biodiversity it offers. Avifauna is threatened by deforestation in many parts of Guatemala, so it is especially important to respect conservation efforts and environments when visiting.

Fishing in Guatemala

Close Up of a Yellowfin Tuna Underwater

Yellowfin tuna can be found between the months of April to August in the waters of the Pacific

Not only top in the world for biodiversity and ancient culture, Guatemala is also a number one for angling. Billfish are especially popular off the Guatemalan Pacific coast, reaching whopping sizes of around 600 pounds. Marlin, dorado, and yellowfin tuna are also key options for anglers.

Blue Marlin can be encountered between April and August and individuals may range between 200-400lb. The smaller yellowfin tuna can also be seen during this game period with an average weight range of  25-45 lbs. Wahoo which is considered to be somewhat similar to mackerel can be encountered. These fish which are capable of reaching lengths of 8 feet and weights exceeding 180lbs can normally be found between the months of October to December.

Snakes in Guatemala

Guatemala is home to an extensive selection of snakes including pit vipers

Reptile life in Guatemala is abundant, including around 134 species of snake. A majority of species fall under the family colubrid, followed by viperid and elapid snakes. In the country, 18 species of snake are venomous and pose a threat to humans. Listed are some of the most common snakes in Guatemala:

Blind snakes tend to reside in urban and agricultural areas. Meanwhile, burrowing snakes are rightfully named for their tendency to burrow the forest floors of the country. Coral snakes remain in wet lowlands and forests of the Pacific side of Guatemala. Viper, pit viper, and dwarf boa habitats range from arid deserts to humid rainforests. Visitors should keep an eye out for these beautiful yet dangerous animals.

The Most Dangerous Animals In Guatemala

Yacare Caiman

Several reptilian species can be found in Guatemala including caimans, crocodiles, elapids, and pit vipers

Guatemala is home to a number of dangerous wildlife including its large felines, the puma, and the jaguar. Also worthy of a spot on the most dangerous list are crocodiles and alligators including the American crocodile, Morelet’s crocodile, and the speckled caiman.

The Central American nation also hosts several pit vipers including and by no means limited to the Guatemalan jumping pitviper, Guatemalan palm viper, Guatemalan tree viper, Eyelash viper, Honduran palm-pitviper, and the Merendon palm-pitviper.

In addition to these venomous reptiles, several elapids can also be found in Guatemala including the Brown’s coral snake, Central American coral snake, Elegant coral snake, Mayan coral snake, Stuart’s coral snake, and the yellow sea snake.

Zoos in Guatemala

Types of wild cats - Ocelot

Guatemala’s unique wildlife species including ocelots and jaguars can be admired in several of its zoos

On days when visitors aren’t hitting the beach or hiking the mountains of the country, it may be worthwhile to check out some of the zoos and wildlife parks in Guatemala that offer an array of animal species, both native and exotic.

One of the most exciting zoos to visit is La Aurora Zoo, located in Guatemala City, itself. Around 2,100 animals reside within the zoo of almost 290 different species. The zoo focuses its efforts on participating in conservation efforts and also on educating the public about threatened species. Species that visitors particularly adore include:

And many more!

Another popular zoological garden to visit in Guatemala is the Petencito Zoo. Surrounded by a lake, the zoo is comprised of two parts connected by a wooden drawbridge. Exhibits include jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, lions, and several different species of bird as well as reptiles.

Zoological gardens exist mainly for the purpose of animal protection as well as educational for visitors from around the world.

The Largest Animal in Guatemala


The jaguar is Guatemala’s largest animal

Although the jaguar (panthera onca) might have missed out on the enviable status of national animal, in terms of the terrestrial size stakes, it emerges the undisputable winner. A triumph for this beautiful rosette-covered feline which was once revered by the ancient Mayans as an intermediary between the world of the living and the world beyond, and also as a symbol of power and strength.

Although its fellow feline, the cougar,  is capable of reaching lengths of 2.4 meters, it is simply outclassed by its stockier, speckled relative when it comes to tipping the scales. Jaguars are capable of weighing anywhere between 220 – 350 lbs and reaching 9 feet in length (tail included).

Most of Guatemala’s jaguars call the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) home. The sanctuary is located in the north of the country and is linked with reserves in Belize and Mexico forming a natural sanctuary that is truly immense. In general, the big cats’ range covers over half of Guatemala (58%) and they enjoy extensive protection within it since 47.2% are protected areas. About 600 jaguars prowl the humid, dense vegetation in these regions.

The Rarest Animal in Guatemala

Jackson’s climbing salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni)  is the nation’s rarest critter. The last time anyone spotted it was in 1975. And only two lucky individuals had gotten to catch a glimpse of it at the time. Fortunately, it made an appearance 42 years later in 2017 in the Finca San Isidro Amphibian Reserve in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes.

The reptile which is immediately recognizable owing to its striking appearance is gold-colored with a thick dark band of pigment which runs along its upper surface from its head, itself surrounded by a pale, thin border of white pigment, and which breaks into segments at the amphibian’s tail. The band may also have a splash of gold at the head. 

Jackson’s climbing salamander also has large dark eyes. 

Nature lovers everywhere and herpetologists have vigilant ranger Tomas Ramos Leon to thank for this latest sighting, who upon spotting it, while patrolling the premises,  promptly took a picture of it and sent it to USAC University’s curator of herpetology, Carlos Vasquez.

Jackson’s climbing salamander is believed to be endemic to Mexico’s southern neighbor however, its population remains unknown at present.

Endangered Animals In Guatemala


Guatemala’s jaguars have been significantly affected by a shrinking habitat and human exploitation

Both the majestic jaguar and the revered quetzal are endangered species due to habitat loss and human exploitation. The jaguar seems to hover on the dividing line between threatened and endangered, as its elusiveness may contribute to the haziness of this designation.

Another famous native species of Guatemala, the Guatemalan Black Howler Monkey also counts as endangered, as does the Horned Guan, which is threatened by extinction. Guatemala is home to many species of iguana and sea turtle that have found their way onto the list even as other closely related species appear to be in little or no danger of becoming extinct at all.

Guatemalan Animals

Acadian Flycatcher

Their nests are sloppily held together and have an abandoned appearance

Admiral Butterfly

Stunningly beautiful wings


The agouti is one of the only animals that can crack open Brazil nut pods!

Amazon Parrot

These parrots can be trained to be "talking birds" that mimic human speech

American Eel

Don't eat raw eel! Their blood is poisonous to humans when consumed raw.


Their name means snake bird

Anole Lizard

There are just under 400 species, several of which change color.


First evolved 100 million years ago!


Has the longest tongue of any animal in relation to its body size!


Can curl into a hard, protective ball!


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

Asian Lady Beetle

Asian lady beetles infest indoor spaces, but they do not reproduce indoors.

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Barn Swallow

Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.

Basilisk Lizard

Can run/walk on water.


Detects prey using echolocation!


There are 8 different species!

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.


Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years


There are more than 350,000 different species

Beewolf wasp

They hunt bees


Not all birds are able to fly!

Biscuit Beetle

The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Blackburnian Warbler

They are the only songbird in North America with an orange throat!

Blind Snake

The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.

Blue Catfish

It's a strong fighter when caught on a fishing line

Blue grosbeak

Blue grosbeak parents take off the head, legs and wings of an insect before feeding it to their baby.

Blue Tanager (Blue-Grey Tanager)

They travel and forage in pairs or groups

Blue Tang

One of the most colorful members of the genus Acanthurus


About double the size of a domestic cat!


Seabirds found across the South Pacific!

Brahminy Blindsnake

These snakes have been introduced to all continents, except Antarctica!

Brazilian Treehopper

“Mild-Mannered Minimonsters”

Brown Dog Tick

Can live its entire life indoors

Buffalo Fish

The oldest Buffalo fish recorded was 112 years old!

Burrowing Owl

The burrowing owl lives in underground burrows


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


Can grow to up 6 meters long!

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.

Carpenter Ant

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


May have been domesticated up to 10,000 years ago.


The larvae of a moth or butterfly!


There are nearly 3,000 different species!

Cedar Waxwing

Their feathers have red, waxy tips that can be hard to identify unless you’re up close.


There are about 3,000 documented species!

Checkered Garter Snake

It has the ability to expel a stinky liquid from its body as a way to make predators (and humans) retreat!

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

They inhabit regrowing forests


First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!


There are more than 2 000 known species!


Found in dense forests and wet jungles!


Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Codling Moth

Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.

Collared Peccary

Form bands of up to 12 individuals!

Common Furniture Beetle

The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood

Common House Spider

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

Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat stays close to the ground and uses stealth to survive!

Coral Snake

There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.


They can fly 35 mph and dive 150 feet below water.


There are nearly 1.5 billion worldwide!


There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings


Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together


Have changed little in 200 million years!


Crocodylomorphs include extinct ancient species as well as 26 living species today.


A group of these birds is called a Murder.

De Kay’s Brown Snake

They have specialized jaws for removing snails from shells.


They have a unique call that they are named for.


First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Dog Tick

Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals


First domesticated 5,000 years ago!


It's larvae are carnivorous!

Dubia Cockroach

The most popular species of feeder roach


Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight

Dusky Shark

The Dusky Shark sometimes eats trash discarded by humans.

Dwarf Boa

Some species can change color from dark to light, and back again.


Has exceptional eyesight!


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


There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Eastern Meadowlark

They can live up to 9 years.

Eastern Racer

Fast and Furious!


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

Elegant Tern

Have a lifespan of 20 years or more

Emerald Toucanet

Emerald Toucanets spend their lives high in the canopy of tall forests, almost never coming to the ground!

Eyelash Viper

While the eyelash viper can be a pet, be cautious – they are extremely venomous!


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.


The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world


Sleeps on just one leg!


Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air


There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!


There are around 7,000 different species!

Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world

Fulvous Whistling Duck

They build a ramp from their nest, which leads to a nearby water source


Can grow to more than 3m long!


There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

German Cockroach

The most common type of urban roach

Giant Leopard Moth

When giant leopard moths mate, their mating sessions last over 24 hours.


Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!


Males form large mating swarms at dusk

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

They huddle together for warmth


There are 11,000 known species!

Gray Catbird

Their songs have cat-like qualities and can mimic other birds and animals, like tree frogs.

Gray Fox

The gray fox has retractable claws and a rotating wrist that allow it to climb trees with some proficiency

Great Blue Heron

Their wingspan is larger than an eagle’s; both males and females help hatch the eggs; rich in symbolism

Great Crested Flycatcher

This species makes use of some truly unusual nesting material, including snakeskin and garbage

Great Potoo Bird

At night, they make a terrifying low call that sounds like a distressed moan or growl.


Also known as the Millionfish!

Hairy Woodpecker

They are natural pest controls

Hammond’s flycatcher

“Hammond’s flycatcher has a call known as a sharp peek!”


Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!


Can reach speeds of over 50 mph!

Harpy Eagle

Talon's the size of a grizzly bear's claws!

Harris’s Hawk

Their vision is eight times better than a human's

Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.

Hepatic Tanager (Red Tanager)

Parents and their young sing sweetly to each other

Hercules Beetle

This dynastine scarab beetle makes a weird huffing sound when it’s disturbed.


Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Herring Gull

They are loud, spirited birds with raucous cries that sound like bursts of laughter.

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Horned Lizard

The horned lizards are able to squirt blood from their eyes.


Has evolved over 50 million years!


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

House wren

The wren’s epithet, aedon, comes from a Greek queen who accidentally killed her only son. She was actually aiming for her nephew, and Zeus took pity on her and turned her into a nightingale.


The fly has no teeth

Howler Monkey

Spends 80% of it's time resting!


Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!


Beat their wings up to 80 times per second!

Huntsman Spider

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


Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!


Uses visual signals to communicate!


There are an estimated 30 million species!


They form lifelong pair bonds and live in groups near water sources.


The jacana has the ability to swim underwater

Jack Crevalle

One of the biggest species in the Caranx genus


The largest feline on the American continent!

Jumping Spider

Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies

Keel-Billed Toucan

It's beak can reach nearly 20 cm long!

Kentucky Warbler

The Kentucky Warbler appears to wear bright yellow cat-eye glasses!


The killdeer feigns injury to draw a predator away from its nest.


Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!


The kinkajou is a nimble forest-dwelling mammal of Central and South America.


There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Least Flycatcher

They can travel up to 72 miles in a single day.


Has 10 pairs of eyes!

Leopard Frog

They can jump up to three feet

Lesser Scaup

Young lesser scaups learn to dive as soon as their down dries.


There are around 5,000 different species!


Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Lone Star Tick

Only females have the ‘lone star’ marking


The largest species of parrot in the world!

MacGillivray’s Warbler

The complicated story of how MacGillivray’s Warblers got their name involves three ornithologists, a physician and a compromise.


Will only live in wet areas

Magnolia Warbler

They line their nests with fungi strands


Margays are one of the world’s most highly adapted cat species for climbing trees!

Marine Toad

Produces a toxin used in arrow darts!

Mayan Cichlid

Mayan cichlids live longer in captivity than they do in the wild.


There are 2,500 known species worldwide!


They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.

Mexican Alligator Lizard

Mexican alligator lizards shed their skin like snakes.

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

Some colonies have millions of bats


Some species have a poisonous bite!


Mockingbirds are incredible mimics that can learn hundreds of songs!


Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Mole Cricket

Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.


Known for their calm and peaceful nature!

Monarch Butterfly

During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.


Has characteristics of two or more breeds!


There are around 260 known species!

Moonglow Boa

Moonglow boas are the result of mixing three genetic traits.


Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!

Morpho Butterfly

Collectors prize them for their bright wings


Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood


There are 250,000 different species!

Mountain Lion

Has no real natural predators!

Mourning Dove

It is almost always the male who makes the famous sad sound, which is a wooing call

Mourning Warbler

The Mourning Warbler was named for its gray head, which resembles a mourning veil!


Found on every continent on Earth!


The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

Muscovy Duck

Unlike most duck species, the Muscovy is silent and only makes noise when excited or threatened.

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

Northern Cardinal

Males are a bright red color, also called "cardinal red"

Northern Harrier

They can reach speeds of 25 Mph but prefer to soar low and slow.

Northern Parula

They live in coffee and citrus plantations during the winter

Northern Pintail

Northern pintails migrate at night with speeds reaching 48 miles per hour!

Northern Potoo

You can find them near golf courses in urban areas

Ocellated Turkey

These birds are timid and hard to spot, but their noisy gobbles give them away.


Also known as the Painted Leopard!

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Often mistaken for the Tennessee Warblers, which are equally dull.

Orb Weaver

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

Owl Butterfly

Owl butterflies derive their name from big spots on each hindwing that resemble owl eyes

Painted Bunting

They are one of the most colorful species of birds.


Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!


Can live for up to 100 years!

Parrot Snake

The parrot snake shows off with bright green and bronze colors that cover its entire body.

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth


Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!


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

Pine Siskin

When foraging, pine siskins hang upside down to pick through the leaves and bark, collecting seeds from coniferous trees.

Pit Viper

Pit vipers's fangs fold up into their mouths when they don't need them.

Poison Dart Frog

Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!

Pompano Fish

They are bottom-feeders


There are 30 different species worldwide!

Praying Mantis

The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.


Has longer back legs than front legs!


Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!


The tail feathers of the male can be 1m long!


Known to wash their food before eating it!

Racer Snake

The racer snake can speed away at up to 3.5 miles per hour


Omnivores that eat anything!

Rat Snakes

Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.


Rattlesnakes may have evolved their rattle to warn bison away from them.

Red-winged blackbird

The male red-winged blackbird can sing to attract mates

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!


Roadrunners are one of the few animals that prey on rattlesnakes and tarantula hawk wasps.


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!

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

This bird is also called cut-throat because the male looks like his throat has been cut and has bled over his breast.

Roseate Spoonbill

The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy duck breeding males have bright blue bills!

Saber-Toothed Tiger

Canines up to 7 inches long!

Sable Ferret

Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.


There are more than 700 different species!

Sand Crab

The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail

Scarlet Macaw

Like many parrots, the scarlet macaw is capable of vocal mimicry.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed flycatchers are known for their dramatically long tails!


There are around 2,000 known species!

Sea Eagle

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


Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

In captivity, sharp-shinned hawks can live up to 13 years. However, in the wild, this number is significantly reduced to 3 years!


Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Short-Eared Owl

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!

Skink Lizard

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


It's body temperature is between 30 - 34 degrees!


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

Smokybrown Cockroach

Has up to 45 eggs per egg case


There are nearly 1,000 different species!


There are around 4,000 known species worldwide

Southern Black Racer

These snakes live underground, beneath piles of leaf litter or in thickets, and they are expert swimmers.


There are 140 different species!

Spider Wasp

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


Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!


They can’t sing like other birds.

Summer Tanager

They remove bee stingers by rubbing them against a tree

Swainson’s Hawk

Their wings form a “V” shape when flying.


Populations have been affected by pollution!

Tarantula Hawk

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

Tiger Beetle

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


Can live until they are more than 150 years old!


There are more than 40 different species!

Tree Cricket

They make music with their wings

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Tree swallow

The tree swallow can make more than a dozen distinct vocalizations


Closely related to pheasants and chickens!


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


Migrates up and down the mountains!

Upland Sandpiper

They make jerky movements as they walk through the grass, searching for food.

Vampire Bat

Have a heat sensor on the end of their nose!


The veery is named for its sharp "veer" call.

Vermilion Flycatcher

They have a fast song that lasts up to 10 syllables at max.

Vine Snake

A slender body and elongated snout give the vine snake a regal look.


Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted


There are 30 different species worldwide!


There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Western Kingbird

Western kingbirds have hidden red crown feathers that they can raise when threatened!

Western Tanager

They migrate farther north than any other tanager.

Whiptail Lizard

Many whiptail species reproduce asexually.

White-Eyed Vireo

During courtship, males put on exciting displays by fluffing their plumage, spreading their tails, and letting out a whining call.

White-Faced Capuchin

One of the world's most intelligent monkeys!

White Ferret / Albino Ferrets

There are two different types of white ferrets!

White-tail deer

White-tail deer are good swimmers

Whitetail Deer

Although deer are herbivores, they will sometimes eat mice and birds when they can catch them.

Willow Flycatcher

These birds live in the understory and are named for their propensity for flitting between willows and shrubs.

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

Wood Turtle

Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs


This animal can roll up into a ball


There are 200 different species!


Doesn’t have eyes.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

The males are responsible for choosing the nesting tree most of the time. Luckily, cavity nests are often reused for multiple breeding seasons (up to 7 years.)

Yellow Spotted Lizard

Gives birth to live young.


They forage near the ground, searching leaves for insects

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What kind of animals live in Guatemala?

Guatemala is a tropical country and thus its animal species are also tropical in nature. As is often the case, many more snakes, lizards, and other reptiles are found in such regions than exist in more temperate zones. Monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds, and the ever-lurking but seldom glimpsed jaguar are among those species most commonly associated with the country.

What dangerous animals live in Guatemala?

Since they are present in large numbers, the crocodile probably represents the most statistically dangerous risk. One might also consider the various plagues transmitted by mosquitoes, in which case the crocodile menace decreases to a great degree. Jaguars, angry monkeys, and various reptilian risks are always to be careful around. The well-known Tarantula spider is also a native species of Guatemala. These are the only member of the spider family that hunts rather than spins webs to trap their prey in.

Are there jaguars in Guatemala?

Central America, including Guatemala, is the original home of the famed jaguar. Here in the deepest parts of the Guatemalan jungle is the place where they are most likely to live, although there is almost no chance of ever seeing one outside of zoological conditions.

Are there any tigers in Guatemala?

Tigers are an Asiatic member of the cat family. Thus, there are no tigers in Guatemala unless there is perhaps a sample or two in some zoo.