Wildlife Viewing

Arkansas boasts a diverse array of wildlife, including approximately 400 native bird species and over 150 butterfly and moth species. Among them are great blue herons, snowy owls, ruby-throated hummingbirds, white ibis, golden-crowned kinglets, and four species of oriole.

Bird Watching page here

The state is home to 16 native bat species, including the endangered Rafinesque’s big-eared bat, the hoary bat, and the Seminole bat.

Bear in Arkansas page here

Arkansas’s predator population encompasses coyotes, gray foxes, red foxes, and bobcats, while its rodents comprise 12 mouse species, ground squirrels, and the southern flying squirrel. Additionally, the state’s small mammals feature river otters, shrews, pocket gophers, cottontail rabbits, and opossums.

Fox, Wolves, and Coyote Viewing page here

Unusual Arkansas mammals include the nine-banded armadillo, eastern woodrat, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, southern bog lemming, and Texas deer mouse. Two skunk species, the eastern spotted skunk and the striped skunk, along with various shrew species, also inhabit the state.

Arkansas hosts both common and unique reptiles and amphibians, such as prairie lizards, Texas horned lizards, bull snakes, eastern garter snakes, Gulf crayfish, alligators, turtles, and geckos.

Our Dangerous Snake page here

As well we have plenty of white-tailed deer, the official animal of Arkansas, thrives abundantly throughout the state. As well we have over 500 large elk in the state.

Elk Heards in Arkansas page here

In addition to this diverse wildlife, Arkansas boasts beautiful flora.


Thank you Steve Patten for contributing many of the wildlife photos!

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