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Animals in Iraq
The animals native of Iraq have been predominantly determined by the arid climate and terrain of the country's mountains and deserts. Nestled in western Asia, Iraq provides homes to a variety of animals that can withstand the arid climate. Rodents, snakes, hedgehogs, gazelle and large cats are some of the animals that call Iraq home.

Rodents indigenous of Iraq include the
Caucasian squirrel
Caucasian Squirrel, Cairo Spiny Mouse, Indian Gerbil and the Gray Dwarf Hamster. As is common with rodents around the world, the rodents of Iraq are relatively adaptable and can survive in a variety of conditions although, these particular animals prefer the Iraq's hot dry climate and the mountainous regions of the country.

There are several poisonous snakes that find the sandy desert conditions of Iraq to be particularly hospitable including the Desert Cobra, Field's
Sand Viper
Sand Viper, Persian Horned Viper and Desert Horned Viper.

Both the Long Eared Hedgehog and the
desert hedgehog
Desert Hedgehog inhabit the deserts of Iraq but prefer dry shrubby areas found near the country's oases. Considered solitary creatures, hedgehogs live in burrows and mostly feed on desert beetles and other insects.

The
goitered gazelle
Goitered Gazelle found in Iraq, does not share the trait of leaping and bounding as gazelle found in other parts of the world. Running at high speeds and traveling in herds, the Goitered Gazelle prefers the sandy terrain of Iraq.

Although approaching extinction in the Iraq, the
cheetah
cheetah is a native animal to the country. The dwindling numbers of the cheetah are primarily due to over hunting. The leopard and the lion are also big cats that once had formidable presence throughout Iraq but have been over hunted and are now chiefly found in Africa.

The animals found in Iraq are diverse but share the common preference for the country's dry climate and varying terrain.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Iraq.
Even-toed ungulates in Iraq
Roe deer
Arabian oryx
Goitered gazelle
Saudi gazelle
Fallow deer
Carnivores in Iraq
Asiatic jackal
Arctic wolf
African caracal
African lion
Leopard
Jungle cat
Wild cat
Striped hyaena
Common otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Badger
Marbled polecat
Cheetah
Honey badger
Brown bear
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Iraq
Bryde's whale
Black finless porpoise
False killer whale
Grey dolphin
Chinese white dolphin
Bunch
Bats in Iraq
Lesser mouse-eared bat
Long-fingered bat
Natterer's bat
Northern bat
Botta's serotine
Sind bat
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Mediterranean horseshoe bat
Greater horseshoe bat
Lesser horseshoe bat
Mehely's horseshoe bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
European free-tailed bat
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Iraq
Cape hare
Brown hare
Rodents in Iraq
Middle east blind mole rat
Gray dwarf hamster
Bunn's short-tailed bandicoot rat
Forest dormouse
Short-tailed bandicoot rat
Asian garden dormouse
Cheesman's gerbil
Wagner's gerbil
Mesopotamian gerbil
Baluchistan gerbil
Caucasian squirrel
Indian gerbil
Sundevall's jird
Libyan jird
Persian jird
Tristram's jird
Cairo spiny mouse
Brandt's hamster
Euphrates jerboa
Persian vole
Persian field mouse
Günther's vole
Broad-toothed field mouse
Black sea field mouse
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