Below you can find a complete list of Cypriot animals. We currently track 145 animals in Cyprus and are adding more every day!
Cyprus is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey, north of Israel and Egypt, and east of Greece. It is the third-largest island there, after Sicily and Sardinia. Both its people and its native wildlife populations are diverse and unique.
The Official National Animal of Cyprus
The National Animal of Cyprus is the Cypriot Mouflon, also known as the Agrino or Cyprus Mountain Goat. The Mouflon is a unique mammal species of sheep, scientific name Ovis gmelini ophion. It is also the largest mammal found on the island.
Where To Find The Top Wild Animals in Cyprus
The best parts of Cyprus to find wildlife are on the hiking trails of Troodos and Paphos. There are many unique animals found in the forests and mountains, including several snakes and the native mammal the Mouflon.
The Most Dangerous Animals In Cyprus Today
The most dangerous wildlife in Cyprus is three of its eight species of snakes. A bite from either of the first two of the following may be fatal for adults, but recorded attacks on humans for any of the three are rare to nonexistent:
- Blunt Nosed Viper
- Montpellier Snake
- European Cat Snake
Of all the species found in Cyprus, nine percent are considered endangered. Though most people don’t think of insects when they consider animals on the verge of being extinct, they top out the list for Cyprus. The endangered species include:
- Cyprus Whip Snake
- Two species of Bush-Crickets
- Slender Stone Grasshopper
First evolved 100 million years ago!
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
Has a curved, upturned beak!
Can reach speeds of 30 km/h!
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Detects prey using echolocation!
There are more than 350,000 different species
Not all birds are able to fly!
They typically prey on insects!
The most common species of bee!
There are thought to be up 20,000 species!
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!
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!
Natively found in the European mountains!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
The most common raptor in the UK!
Found throughout the European continent!
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
Also known as the Great Northern Diver
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
Most active in wet weather!
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!
There are around 40 different species!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!
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!
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Are known to guard the muddy banks!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
Ferrets can be trained to do tricks like dogs!
Found across mainland Europe and Asia!
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!
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
There are 29 different species!
There are 11,000 known species!
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!
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.
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.
There are an estimated 30 million species!
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
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.
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
Females are about four times the size of males
There are 13 different species worldwide
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
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
Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!
There are 500 different species!
The rarest amphibian in the UK!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Inhabits deciduous forests!
Caterpillars squirt formic acid!
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 50 different species!
Known to wash their food before eating it!
The only hibernating canine!
Omnivores that eat anything!
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.
There are more than 700 different species!
Males turn green in spring!
There are around 2,000 known species!
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
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
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
One of the largest owl species in the world!
They spend most of their time underground!
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!
Populations have been affected by pollution!
The most widespread owl in Europe!
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
There are 30 different species worldwide!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
The largest Vole species in the UK!
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
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!
Cypriot Animals List
Animals in Cyprus FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What animals live in Cyprus?
Cyprus is home to hedgehogs, porcupines, eagles, snakes, spiders, and many other animals, including the national animal, the Mouflon. There once was a unique species of pygmy hippo, but it went extinct long ago.
What is the most dangerous animal in Cyprus?
The most dangerous animal in Cyprus is either the Blunt Nosed Viper or the Montpellier Snake. A bite from either one can be fatal for an adult human.
Are there deer in Cyprus?
There are deer known as Dama dama mesopotamia on the island of Cyprus.
Are there Scorpions in Cyprus?
Yes, there are! Cyprus has an endemic, or native, species of scorpion known as the Cyprus Scorpion (Mesobuthus cyprius). There has previously been debate over whether two other species are found there, but the common conclusion seems to be that the other two were actually misidentified Cyprus Scorpions, or otherwise are extinct on the island.