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Animals in El Salvador
El Salvador is a small country in Latin America. In fact, it is the smallest country in the continent. With a population of more than 5 million, it is the most densely populated country in that part of the world despite its size.

However, this does not mean that there is little that this country can offer. The wildlife here is among the most diverse in the world. There are a lot of species in El Salvador that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For example, several endemic species of insects thrive in the rain forests of the country. This, of course, means that the existence of plentiful six-legged creatures mean that the food web is well supplied. Thus, bigger predators can also thrive here.

Ocelots, medium-sized
wild cat
wild cats which are relatively larger than the domesticated species, live in El Salvador's rainforests, although they are now classified as endangered. Another flamboyant inhabitant of the rainforest is the Torogoz, the national bird of El Salvador. It is, indeed, a very beautiful bird to behold. Although it may seem ordinary at first glance, it is in their mating when they show off their unique grace.

Another animal unique to the country is the
convict cichlid. It is a freshwater fish that thrives in Lake Coatepeque. Another unique fish native to El Salvador is the spectre goby which dwells the Fonseca Gulf.

It must be noted that El Salvador is the only country in Latin America that has no Mediterranean shore. This is because the country is landlocked from the east by bigger countries like Guatemala and Honduras. Despite this, El Salvador's climate and geography allows for the existence of numerous species of turtles, birds, and fish that can be found nowhere else in the world.

However, much needs to be done by the government in order to protect these species.

Click here for a list of endangered animals in El Salvador.
Even-toed ungulates in El Salvador
Red brocket
Collared peccary
White-lipped peccary
White-tailed deer
Carnivores in El Salvador
Eyra cat
Central american cacomistle
American jackal
Gray fox
La plata otter
Hooded skunk
Eastern spotted skunk
Common hog-nosed skunk
Long-tailed weasel
Northern raccoon
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in El Salvador
Pygmy killer whale
Rough-toothed dolphin
Fraser's dolphin
Lesser beaked whale
Atlantic dolphin
Bats in El Salvador
Lesser bulldog bat
Underwood's bonneted bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
Great fruit-eating bat
Commissaris's long-tongued bat
Pygmy fruit-eating bat
Gray long-tongued bat
Toltec fruit-eating bat
Little yellow-shouldered bat
Pallas's long-tongued bat
Highland yellow-shouldered bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Gray sac-winged bat
Fringe-lipped bat
Southern yellow bat
Northern yellow bat
Silky short-tailed bat
Tent-maiking bat
Seba's short-tailed bat
Brown tent-making bat
Greater dog-like bat
Gray short-tailed bat
Little yellow-eared bat
Lesser dog-like bat
Southern long-nosed bat
Wrinkle-faced bat
Great stripe-faced bat
Pale spear-nosed bat
Salvin's big-eyed bat
Heller's broad-nosed bat
Tomes's sword-nosed bat
Hairy big-eyed bat
Davy's naked-backed bat
Big naked-backed bat
Long-legged bat
Godman's long-tailed bat
Parnell's mustached bat
Mexican long-tongued bat
Wagner's mustached bat
Schmidts's big-eared bat
Big-eared wooly bat
Black mastiff bat
Pallas's mastiff bat
Sinaloan mastiff bat
Common vampire bat
Ghost-faced bat
White-winged vampire bat
Black-winged little yellow bat
Elegant myotis
Northern ghost bat
Proboscis bat
Hairy-legged myotis
Hairy-legged vampire bat
Geoffroy's tailless bat
Greater sac-winged bat
Black myotis
Brazilian brown bat
Aztec fruit-eating bat
Lesser sac-winged bat
Cave myotis
Big brown bat
Greater bulldog bat
Mexican funnel-eared bat
Black bonneted bat
Honduran fruit-eating bat
Broad-eared bat
Dwarf bonneted bat
American marsupials in El Salvador
Common opossum
Water opossum
Mexican mouse opossum
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in El Salvador
Forest rabbit
Eastern cottontail
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in El Salvador
Baird's tapir
Primates in El Salvador
Black-handed spider monkey
Rodents in El Salvador
Alston's brown mouse
Vesper rat
Hispid cotton rat
Fulvous pygmy rice rat
Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine
Alfaro's rice rat
Coues's rice rat
Long-nosed rice rat
Cloud forest rice rat
Crested-tailed deer mouse
Southern pygmy mouse
Big-eared climbing rat
Desmarest's spiny pocket mouse
Aztec mouse
Peters's climbing rat
Naked-eared deer mouse
Nimble-footed mouse
Stirton's deer mouse
Salvin's spiny pocket mouse
Fulvous harvest mouse
Central american agouti
Slender harvest mouse
Mexican harvest mouse
Sumichrast's harvest mouse
Thomas's water mouse
Spotted paca
Deppe's squirrel
Variegated squirrel
Mexican woodrat
Edentates in El Salvador
Northern naked-tailed armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
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