Lesotho, an African country surrounded entirely by South Africa, is home to some unique creatures. The mountainous landscape provides for an environment like no other. It offers a distinctive home to animals that would not be comfortable in the more flat, grassier regions of other African countries. While many of the animals found in Lesotho are inherent both to the specific region as well as similar geographic regions, some are truly unique.
The White Tailed Mouse lives in the southern region of Africa. They are sometimes referred to as the White Tailed Rat, but they more closely resemble a cuter rodent like a hamster. They are a species to watch out for as they are considered endangered. They usually inhabit abandoned dens created by meerkats
. Many meerkats and mongoose also call Lesotho home.
Lesotho is home to many species of bats. While many of these winged mammal s enjoy the rock landscape and specific vegetation of Lesotho without a problem, a few face challenges. The Natal Long-fingered bat and Lesueur's Hairy Bat are two creatures finding refuge in the unique landscape. They are species whose natural environments are considered to be at risk.
In addition to its well known rugged landscape, Lesotho has a river and river valley for creatures to inhabit. This particular region is home to the Drakensberg River Frog
. There are very few of these creatures left in the world.
The mountainous regions of Lesotho are a perfect environment for many varieties of snakes. Many of these varieties are small and potentially venomous. This can prove a serious problem for people, so travelers are forewarned. One of these snakes is the Berg Adder. While these little snakes are not considered deadly, they are considered dangerous. The Berg Adder has a mean reaction to disturbances and their venom can have temporary yet powerful effects on the nerves.
In addition to the more rare wildlife listed above, Lesotho is home to various other more common interesting animals. Cat like animals such as servals
, leopards and wildcats inhabit the country. Certain kinds of zebras, wildebeest and reedbuck also inhabit the areas.