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Animals in France
Habitats and animals of France are quite diverse. Northern France boasts many forests and is divided into two types of habitats. The oceanic part falls to the west. The continental is in the east and central regions. The Mediterranean is in the south. Mountainous regions are the Alps in the east and the Pyrenees in the south.

Native forests are home to creatures such as
wild boar
Wild boars, hedgehogs, shrews, Pine Martens, Roe and Red deer,
brown bear
Brown bears, and foxes.
raccoon dog
Raccoon dogs made their way from Russia and live along rivers. The Edible Dormouse lives in large groups in woodlands throughout the country, except the northwest and Aquitaine regions. The Genet, a relative of the Civet, also likes to live in the forest or along rocky terrain. Red squirrels are protected throughout the continent, though are prevalent in France. Stag beetles, whose number is declining, like to live in rotting wood. Be careful when burning wood, as a Fire Salamander may be inside.

Wolves had been eradicated in the Alp mountains back in the 1920s but have been making a strong return near the Italian border. Midwife toads live along garden walls in the mountainous and coastal regions. Look to the sky for eagles and falcons and below to see alpine hares, marmots, and chamois in French mountains.

Along the Mediterranean, beware the European or Mediterranean black widow spider whose venom causes serious illness, though not necessarily fatal. Catch lobster and crayfish while watching flamingos, egrets, herons, terns and buntings.

Stone Martens are found all over France. They are particularly fond of taking up residence in people's homes and car motors. Frelons are hornets found primarily in the western region, building large paper nests.
muskrat
Muskrats and Coypu destroy waterways and are considered a pest. European beavers are found in the Rhone river basin. Fish for eels, perch,
Salmon
salmon, trout and more in rivers. Marbled newts inhabit gardens and wet areas. Storks live in the north, while pheasants and partridges live in the south.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in France. Chamois
Wild boar
Elk
Roe deer
Alpine ibex
Carnivores in France
Arctic wolf
Mediterranean monk seal
European mink
Least weasel
Cross fox
Wild cat
Beech marten
Badger
Ermine
Gray seal
Common otter
European polecat
Eurasian lynx
Brown bear
Common genet
European pine martin
Common seal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in France
Euphrosyne dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Atlantic dolphin
Bottle-nosed dolphin
Cuvier's beaked whale
Pygmy killer whale
Long-finned pilot whale
Grey dolphin
Pygmy sperm whale
Atlantic white-sided dolphin
White-beaked dolphin
North atlantic right whale
Killer whale
Bunch
North atlantic beaked whale
Common porpoise
True's beaked whale
False killer whale
Common minke whale
Bats in France
Greater horseshoe bat
European free-tailed bat
Northern bat
Particoloured bat
Bechstein's bat
Serotine
Lesser mouse-eared bat
Brandt's bat
Long-fingered bat
Pond bat
Geoffroy's bat
Greater mouse-eared bat
Whiskered bat
Natterer's bat
Giant noctule
Lesser noctule
Noctule
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Nathusius' pipistrelle
Common pipistrelle
Brown big-eared bat
Gray big-eared bat
Lesser horseshoe bat
Mehely's horseshoe bat
Mediterranean horseshoe bat
Western barbastelle
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in France
Brown hare
Arctic hare
European rabbit
Sardinian pika
Rodents in France
Lusitanian pine vole
Eurasian red squirrel
Eurasian beaver
European snow vole
Black-bellied hamster
Algerian mouse
Common dormouse
Garden dormouse
Gerbe's vole
Alpine marmot
Eurasian harvest mouse
Cabrera's vole
Field vole
Yellow-necked field mouse
Common vole
Long-tailed field mouse
European pine vole
Alpine field mouse
Alpine pine vole
Southern water vole
Savi's pine vole
Mediterranean pine vole
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