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Animals in Belize
Belize is the home to many fascinating, rare animals. There are 124 species of mammals, including the
jaguar
jaguar; 139 species of reptiles and amphibians, some yet undiscovered; and 543 species of birds, including the Keel-Billed Toucan, which is Belize's national bird.

The birds of Belize are greatly diverse. They range from wading birds, such as the Caribbean Flamingo and the 5-foot-tall
Jabiru
Jabiru Stork, to colorful tree-dwellers, such as the
Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw. Belize is also home to fiercer birds such as the
Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagle and the
King Vulture
King Vulture. Bird watching is a rewarding pastime in Belize, as there are many interesting species of birds hiding in the rainforests.

Reptiles and amphibians thrive in the climate of Belize. The humidity of the rainforest makes it a perfect habitat for many species of tree frogs, including the iconic Red-Eyed Tree Frog. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog begins its life brown, but becomes bright green to match its leafy habitat. Belize is also home to Morelet's Crocodile, a smaller species of crocodile that rarely exceeds 10 feet long, and the very poisonous Coral Snake.

West Indian Manatees, Black Howler Monkeys, Ocelots, the Baird's Tapir and the Kinkajou are just a few of the mammals living in Belize. Many of these mammals are nocturnal tree-dwellers, but a few, such as the Tapir, prefer the ground. Belize is also home to the world's only jaguar preserve. The large cats' range has decreased exponentially over the years, but they can still find a home in the forests and along the coast.

Belize is a place of astounding biodiversity. Its lush forests and coasts are the perfect habitat for many species of exceptionally beautiful animals.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Belize.
Even-toed ungulates in Belize
Collared peccary
White-lipped peccary
White-tailed deer
Red brocket
Carnivores in Belize
Amazonian hog-nosed skunk
La plata otter
Eastern spotted skunk
Greater grison
Cougar
Tayra
Central american cacomistle
Long-tailed weasel
Kinkajou
Coatimundi
American jackal
Northern raccoon
Gray fox
Eyra cat
Jaguar
Ocelot
Margay
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Belize
Blainville's beaked whale
Fraser's dolphin
Bats in Belize
Parnell's mustached bat
Heller's broad-nosed bat
Pygmy fruit-eating bat
Wagner's mustached bat
Long-legged bat
Toltec fruit-eating bat
Thomas's sac-winged bat
Proboscis bat
Greater sac-winged bat
Schmidts's big-eared bat
Striped hairy-nosed bat
Lesser sac-winged bat
Pallas's mastiff bat
Seba's short-tailed bat
Sinaloan mastiff bat
Shaggy bat
Ghost-faced bat
Wrinkle-faced bat
Elegant myotis
Hairy big-eyed bat
Little yellow-shouldered bat
Hairy-legged myotis
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Mexican funnel-eared bat
Lesser bulldog bat
Common vampire bat
Spix's disk-winged bat
Greater bulldog bat
White-winged vampire bat
Broad-eared bat
Hairy-legged vampire bat
Fringe-lipped bat
Wagner's bonneted bat
Underwood's bonneted bat
Commissaris's long-tongued bat
Tent-maiking bat
Pallas's long-tongued bat
Little yellow-eared bat
Great stripe-faced bat
Underwood's long-tongued bat
Spectral bat
Southern yellow bat
Northern yellow bat
Lesser dog-like bat
Pale-faced bat
Davy's naked-backed bat
Pale spear-nosed bat
Dark long-tongued bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
Big naked-backed bat
Greater spear-nosed bat
Tomes's sword-nosed bat
Great fruit-eating bat
American marsupials in Belize
Alston's woolly mouse opossum
Central american woolly opossum
Water opossum
Common opossum
Mexican mouse opossum
Robinson's mouse opossum
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Belize
Forest rabbit
Eastern cottontail
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Belize
Baird's tapir
Primates in Belize
Black-handed spider monkey
Guatemalan black howler monkey
Rodents in Belize
Slender harvest mouse
Splendid climbing mouse
Deppe's squirrel
Yucatan squirrel
Hispid cotton rat
Vesper rat
Fulvous pygmy rice rat
Hispid pocket gopher
Peters's climbing rat
Alfaro's rice rat
Coues's rice rat
Long-nosed rice rat
Cloud forest rice rat
Hatt's vesper rat
Big-eared climbing rat
Spotted paca
Mexican deer mouse
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Belize
American manatee
Edentates in Belize
Northern naked-tailed armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
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