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Animals in Nicaragua
Because of its unique location in the very center of Central America, Nicaragua is home to many various types of animals. It is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The western side of the country also features the two biggest fresh water lakes in Central America. The land itself varies from very fertile farmland by these lakes, to more mountainous volcanic areas. The volcanic ash is what makes the plains so fertile. The area is considered to be a tropical region. Because of this, it is the home to many reptiles such as frogs, salamanders, iguanas and other lizards as well as jungle birds like the toucan and parrot. Because of all the water, Nicaragua is also home to many marines species such as crocodiles, turtles, and sharks. Some of the more common land animals include anteaters, sloths, opossum, and armadillo as well as the more common animals like rabbits, foxes, and skunks. There are several animals that can only be found in Nicaragua. The rice rat is a unique medium sized species of mouse that can only be found on the east coast of Nicaragua. Many species of salamanders, snakes, and frogs also make their home only in Nicaragua. Several animals in Nicaragua are listed as endangered species. The most popular of these is the loggerhead sea turtle. Other endangered animals include the Bull Shark and Capuchin Monkey. The best place to view the multitude of animals that live in Nicaragua are the wildlife preserves that surround the various rain forests, volcanoes, and lakes throughout the country. Lake Nicaragua itself is home to thousands of species of animals.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Nicaragua.
Even-toed ungulates in Nicaragua
Red brocket
Collared peccary
White-lipped peccary
White-tailed deer
Carnivores in Nicaragua
Bushy-tailed olingo
Central american cacomistle
Cougar
Eyra cat
American jackal
Amazonian hog-nosed skunk
Hooded skunk
Eastern spotted skunk
Common hog-nosed skunk
Greater grison
Ocelot
Tayra
Margay
Long-tailed weasel
Kinkajou
Coatimundi
Northern raccoon
La plata otter
Jaguar
Gray fox
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Nicaragua
Blue whale
Pygmy killer whale
Killer whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Atlantic dolphin
Estuarine dolphin
Lesser beaked whale
Atlantic spinner dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Bats in Nicaragua
Highland yellow-shouldered bat
Pale spear-nosed bat
Striped hairy-nosed bat
Great stripe-faced bat
Schmidts's big-eared bat
Argentine brown bat
Great fruit-eating bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Greater spear-nosed bat
Spectral bat
Big brown bat
Pygmy fruit-eating bat
Toltec fruit-eating bat
Heller's broad-nosed bat
Bonda mastiff bat
Black bonneted bat
Peter's disk-winged bat
Pallas's mastiff bat
Dwarf bonneted bat
Spix's disk-winged bat
Big crested mastiff bat
Miller's mastiff bat
Wagner's bonneted bat
Davy's naked-backed bat
Sinaloan mastiff bat
Underwood's bonneted bat
Gray sac-winged bat
Big naked-backed bat
Ghost-faced bat
Commissaris's long-tongued bat
Parnell's mustached bat
Silver-tipped myotis
Gray long-tongued bat
Wagner's mustached bat
Elegant myotis
Pallas's long-tongued bat
Hairy-legged myotis
Black myotis
Chestnut sac-winged bat
Riparian myotis
Silky short-tailed bat
Mexican funnel-eared bat
Underwood's long-tongued bat
Chestnut short-tailed bat
Seba's short-tailed bat
Lesser bulldog bat
Southern yellow bat
Gray short-tailed bat
Greater bulldog bat
Shaggy bat
Black-winged little yellow bat
Wrinkle-faced bat
Proboscis bat
Dark long-tongued bat
Hairy big-eyed bat
Greater sac-winged bat
Lesser sac-winged bat
Orange nectar bat
Godman's long-tailed bat
Big-eared wooly bat
Long-legged bat
Short-eared bat
Fringe-lipped bat
Macconnell's bat
Common vampire bat
White-winged vampire bat
Geoffroy's tailless bat
Tent-maiking bat
Northern ghost bat
Honduran fruit-eating bat
Brown tent-making bat
Hairy big-eared bat
Hairy-legged vampire bat
Greater dog-like bat
Striped yellow-eared bat
White-bellied big-eared bat
White bat
Little yellow-shouldered bat
Lesser dog-like bat
Little yellow-eared bat
Brazilian brown bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
American marsupials in Nicaragua
Common opossum
Mexican mouse opossum
Brown four-eyed opossum
Central american woolly opossum
Water opossum
Alston's woolly mouse opossum
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Nicaragua
Forest rabbit
Eastern cottontail
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Nicaragua
Baird's tapir
Primates in Nicaragua
Black-handed spider monkey
Golden-mantled howling monkey
White-faced capuchin
Rodents in Nicaragua
Tome's spiny rat
Southern pygmy mouse
Short-nosed harvest mouse
Desmarest's spiny pocket mouse
Fulvous harvest mouse
Armored rat
Slender harvest mouse
Mexican harvest mouse
Nicaraguan woodrat
Nicaraguan harvest mouse
Sumichrast's harvest mouse
Vesper rat
Fulvous pygmy rice rat
Salvin's spiny pocket mouse
Alfaro's rice rat
Bolivar rice rat
Deppe's squirrel
Coues's rice rat
Richmond's squirrel
Thomas's rice rat
Variegated squirrel
Long-nosed rice rat
Dusky rice rat
Central american agouti
Alston's brown mouse
Hispid cotton rat
Cloud forest rice rat
Alfaro's rice water rat
Big-eared climbing rat
Nicaraguan pocket gopher
Peters's climbing rat
Spotted paca
Naked-eared deer mouse
Mexican deer mouse
Stirton's deer mouse
Central american dwarf squirrel
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Nicaragua
American manatee
Edentates in Nicaragua
Northern naked-tailed armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
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