Animals in Suriname

Below you can find a complete list of Surinamese animals. We currently track 155 animals in Suriname and are adding more every day!

Located at the top of the bulge on the continent of South America, Suriname is an equatorial climate country that is largely comprised of tropical rain forest and deep, slow-moving jungle rivers. Originally settled as a Dutch colony in the 1600s, Suriname became an independent country in 1975. It is also the smallest country in South America.

The country is home to many species of unique animals such as Sloths, Anteaters, and several species of small primates including the Guianian Squirrel Monkey. A large number of unusual bat species are present as are countless birds which call the heavily-treed country home.

The official National Animal of Surname

The official National Animal of Suriname is a bird species called the Lesser Kiskadee. This bird is easily distinguished by its black and white striped head and brilliant yellow underbelly.

Where to find the top wild animals of Surname

Because it was never heavily populated, a lot of the land area of Suriname has remained undeveloped. This in turn has led the government of the Republic of Suriname to set aside a surprisingly large percentage of the nation’s landmass for national parks and wildlife preserves.

In fact, approximately 12.6% of that area has been set aside for various preservation purposes. Finding a place to view Suriname wildlife species in their natural habitat is not a problem. Among the best and most widely known of these reserved areas is the Central Suriname nature reserve, which is cited as a particularly fine example of a UNESCO world heritage site due to its unspoiled habitat.

The most dangerous animals in Suriname

As is the case with many equatorial nations, Suriname is home to many dangerous but little-known animals such as a number of exotic and dangerous snakes that are not widely known outside of the country itself. The Aquatic Coral Snake and Labaria are seldom heard of, but one Suriname snake, the Boa Constrictor, is reasonably famous from a global perspective.

Due to the many diseases it serves as a carrier for, the lowly mosquito is an exceptionally dangerous animal.

Suriname is also home to several species of Caiman, which are a type of crocodile, particularly the Spectacled Caiman.

The Jaguar is also found in Suriname. This would be considered a dangerous animal but they are not fond of humans and tend to stay far away. They can, of course, be extremely deadly if trapped or forced to defend their young.

Endangered Animals in Suriname

Because the country is 96% forested, Suriname has fewer problems with species endangerment than other places. There is simply too much undeveloped land for there to be any major problems with animals becoming extinct.

With that said, there are nevertheless some unique Suriname animals that are threatened.

The fascinating Giant Anteater is endangered, as is the Giant Brazilian Otter and the Bush Dog.

Several species of whales that visit the Suriname coast are also on the list of endangered animals but have clawed their way back from the edge of becoming extinct.

High order predators such as the Jaguar, Ocelot, Margay, and Jaguarundi are always going to be in limited supply.

Surinamese Animals


First evolved 100 million years ago!


Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!


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


There are over 2,000 known species!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Barn Swallow

Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.


Detects prey using echolocation!


There are 8 different species!


There are more than 350,000 different species


Not all birds are able to fly!

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!


There are thought to be up 20,000 species!


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.


Excellent at both diving and swimming

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!


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!

Collared Peccary

Form bands of up to 12 individuals!

Common House Spider

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


There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!


There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings


Have changed little in 200 million years!


One of the only schooling Cichlids!


First domesticated in South-East Asia!


First domesticated 5,000 years ago!


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!


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

Electric Eel

Despite its powerful shock, electric eels have terrible vision.


The fastest creatures on the planet!

False Widow Spider

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


Sleeps on just one leg!


There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!


There are around 7,000 different species!


There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

Giant Armadillo

Armadillos have a smell that’s described as strong, sweet and acrid.

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!


There are 11,000 known species!

Guinea Pig

Natively found in the Andes Mountain range!


Also known as the Millionfish!


Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!


Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!

Harpy Eagle

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

Hercules Beetle

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


Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Horned Frog

Natively found in South America!


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.

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!


The largest feline on the American continent!


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!


There are around 5,000 different species!


Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.


The largest species of parrot in the world!

Marine Toad

Produces a toxin used in arrow darts!


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.


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!


Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!


There are 250,000 different species!

Mountain Lion

Has no real natural predators!


Found on every continent on Earth!


The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.


Also known as the Painted Leopard!

Orb Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males


There are 13 different species worldwide


Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!


Can live for up to 100 years!


Parrotlets aren't the world's tiniest parrot — that would be the pygmy parrot of Australasia.

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.

Poison Dart Frog

Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!


There are 30 different species worldwide!


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!


Omnivores that eat anything!


It's venom digests it's prey before it even swallows it!

Red-handed Tamarin

Red hair on hands on feet!

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!


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.

Roseate Spoonbill

The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!

Saber-Toothed Tiger

Canines up to 7 inches long!


There are more than 700 different species!

Scarlet Macaw

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


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!

Silver Dollar

Closely related to the Piranha

Skink Lizard

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


Also known as the Polecat!


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


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

Snapping Turtle

Only found in North America!


There are 140 different species!

Spider Monkey

Found in the tropical jungles of South America!

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!


Populations have been affected by pollution!


Most closely related to horses and rhinos!

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.


Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!


Native to the freshwater streams of South America!


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


Can live until they are more than 150 years old!


There are more than 40 different species!

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.


Migrates up and down the mountains!

Vampire Bat

Have a heat sensor on the end of their nose!


Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted


There are 30 different species worldwide!


There are around 75,000 recognised species!

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!

X-Ray Tetra

Yellow, black and white striped fins!

Surinamese Animals List

Animals in Suriname FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What animals live in Suriname?

Suriname is a very wild place filled with countless animal species. It seems likely that a large number of endemic animals remain undiscovered and uncatalogued even at this late date in time.

There are at least 700 different bird species, including such familiar names as the Hummingbird, Macaw, and Toucan.

Whales and dolphins are present offshore and Suriname maintains a unique coastal reserve for the propagation of sea turtle species.

Inside the tropical rain forest which comprises the bulk of the country, monkeys, snakes, lizards and caimans are found in large numbers.

Given the large number of insects in the region, there is a very significant quantity of diversified bat species present.

There are also many odd creatures such as the Anteater, Armadillo, Tapir, and a very lush supply of colorful tropical snakes.

Do Jaguars live in Suriname?

Yes. Once valued for their exquisite fun, Jaguars were at risk of becoming extinct. Thanks to modern preservation efforts and the large amount of undeveloped terrain in the country, the Jaguar population is now relatively stable. They are not easy to spot in the wild but Jaguars definitely call Suriname home.