Animals in Serbia

Below you can find a complete list of Serbian animals. We currently track 158 animals in Serbia and are adding more every day!

Officially called the Republic of Serbia, Serbia is a country that is located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, and it is rich with unique animals and wildlife. To the north, it shares borders with Hungary, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the southwest, and Herzegovina, Bosnia, and Croatia to the west. Sources suggest that Serbia has a population of around seven million people. Belgrade, which is the largest Serbian city is also the capital of the country.

The wildlife in Serbia is led by the gray wolf, which is a major symbol of the history and current culture in the region. Native animals include the European polecat and the red deer. As beautiful as the many species can be, there are several dangerous animals as well, like the brown bear (which is common in the republic).

The Official National Animal of Serbia

Serbia serves as home to a wide variety of species of animals that are native and unique to the country. However, it has only one national animal, which is the gray wolf. The gray wolf is an iconic symbol of bravery, earning it an important part of Serbian mythology. It plays a huge role in the nation’s poetry today. However, while the wolf now serves as a symbol of strength and unity for the people of Serbia, it wasn’t the case always. Still, wolves have always held a certain reverence in the villages and other rural areas of Serbia.

Sources have it that it was forbidden to kill wolves in certain parts of Serbia as the villagers feared any possible consequences of the act of killing. The law was removed after the wolf population grew to massive numbers.

Where to Find the Top Wild Animals in Serbia

Serbia is home to a lot of species of wild animals as well as insects that make the wildlife highly explorable and diverse. Many of these animals are native and unique to this country. They can be found in different areas of the country. Some of the common animals include:

  • Brown bear – Brown bears are found in several areas of Serbia and they exist in several habitats including fringes of deserts to high mountain forests and ice fields.
  • Wild boar – The wild boars are known to have expanded from the southwestern regions to the northwestern regions of Siberia and can be found in the river valleys that have been the major pathways for their expansion.
  • Gray wolf – While these wolves are found in various places, they can be majorly found in the Siberian taiga or forest.
  • Catfish – While the natural location of these catfishes is the Chernobyl exclusion zone, they are kept in fishing ponds to promote their living.
  • European marbled polecat – These polecats are found in drier areas and grasslands in several parts of Serbia.
  • Red deer – In Serbia, you can spot a major population of red deer in a large forest that is located in the east of Vojvodina, on the dunes of the river Danube.

The Most Dangerous Animals in Serbia Today

While Serbia is one of the safest cities to travel to, it is rich in wildlife and is home to a couple of wild animals and insects that can be dangerous sometimes if not always. Some of them are endangered and are on the verge of being extinct as well. They include gray wolves – which is the national animal of Serbia. These wolves can be aggressive towards humans even though it rarely happens. Then there is the brown bear which is known to be the largest terrestrial carnivore. The red fox can also startle human beings as it is a common sighting in some parts of Serbia.

Endangered Animals in Serbia

There are many endangered as well as extinct animals in Serbia. While several animals are considered and termed endangered in Serbia, some of them include Adriatic Salmon, Angel Shark, Albanian water frog, Apollo butterfly, Bastard sturgeon, broad fingered crayfish, and dusky grouper to name a few.

Many insects have fallen prey to their predators, while other species face a threat from human populations, industrialization, and urbanization. One species of cattle called the aurochs has been extinct since the 1600s.

Serbian Animals


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!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Barn Swallow

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!

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Brown Bear

A dominant predator in it's environment!


The most common species of bee!


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.

Carpenter Ant

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!


Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans


Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

Common Frog

Found throughout the European continent!

Common House Spider

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

Common Loon

Also known as the Great Northern Diver

Common Raven

A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.

Common Toad

Most active in wet weather!


There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!


There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings


Many are critically endangered species!


Have an energetic and playful nature!


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!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight


Has exceptional eyesight!


There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Edible Frog

Are known to guard the muddy banks!


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


The fastest creatures on the planet!

Fallow deer

The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.

False Widow Spider

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


Ferrets can be trained to do tricks like dogs!

Fire-Bellied Toad

Found across mainland Europe and Asia!

Fire salamander

Its name comes from the fact that people once believed it was born in fire


There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!


There are 12 different species in the world!


There are around 7,000 different species!

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!


Most closely related to the Sheep!

Golden Oriole

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!

Highland Cattle

Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!

Honey Bee

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!

Huntsman Spider

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!


Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!


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!


Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Long-Eared Owl

Ear tufts make it look bigger!


They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

Marsh Frog

Has bright green skin!


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!

Mole Cricket

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!

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

Orb Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males


There are 13 different species worldwide

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth


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

Pike Fish

Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

Pine Marten

A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.

Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!

Pool Frog

The rarest amphibian in the UK!


There are 30 different species worldwide!

Purple Emperor Butterfly

Inhabits deciduous forests!

Puss Moth

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!

Raccoon Dog

The only hibernating canine!


Omnivores that eat anything!

River Turtle

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.

Roe Deer

The roe is one of the most popular game animals in Europe


There are more than 700 different species!

Sand Lizard

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!

Skink Lizard

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

Slow Worm

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

Snowy Owl

One of the largest owl species in the world!

Spadefoot Toad

They spend most of their time underground!


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!


Average adults weigh about 200 grams!


Populations have been affected by pollution!

Tawny Owl

The most widespread owl in Europe!


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.

Tiger Beetle

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

Tiger Moth

The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.


Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Tree Frog

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!

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Water Vole

The largest Vole species in the UK!


The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

Wild Boar

Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!


Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.


This animal can roll up into a ball

Woodlouse Spider

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


There are 200 different species!

Serbian Animals List

Animals in Serbia FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Does Serbia have wolves?

Yes, Siberia does have wolves. The national animal of Serbia is the Gray wolf.

How many bears are there in Serbia?

The bear population in Serbia is estimated to be around 700 to 800 individuals.

Are there bears in Serbia?

While the existing data shows that there has been a rapid decline in the population size of brown bears in Serbia, some of them still exist in the area.