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Meet The 10 Most Popular Animals Of Nevada

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Lizard Gila Monster( Heloderma suspectum) Image via Depositphotos

Ever wondered what the most popular animals are in all of Nevada? Now is your time to have the answer revealed. I have been pretty curious myself. So let’s swim right in together!

#1 Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)

Desert Bighorn Sheep Image via Depositphotos

Firstly, known for their impressive curved horns, desert bighorn sheep are iconic residents of Nevada’s rugged mountain ranges and desert landscapes.

#2 Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Mule Deer Image via Depositphotos

Mule deer are commonly found throughout Nevada, particularly in the state’s forests, foothills, and mountainous regions, where they graze on shrubs, grasses, and other vegetation.

#3 Coyote (Canis latrans)

Coyote on the roadside in desert area. Image via Depositphotos

Thirdly, coyotes are highly adaptable predators that inhabit a variety of habitats in Nevada, including deserts, forests, and urban areas, where they play a crucial role in controlling rodent populations.

#4 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor)

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The Mountain Lion. Image by Zach Key via Unsplash

Mountain lions, also known as cougars or pumas, are elusive predators found in Nevada’s remote mountainous regions, where they hunt deer, bighorn sheep, and other prey.

#5 American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

american black bear
An american black bear is sitting on a tree trunk. Image via Depositphotos

While less common than in some other states, American black bears can be found in Nevada’s forests, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the state, where they forage for berries, nuts, and other food sources.

#6 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle photographed in Moscow. Image by Dmitry Grigoriev via Unsplash

Golden eagles are large, powerful raptors that inhabit Nevada’s open landscapes, where they hunt for small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

#7 Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana)

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Pronghorn Antelope. Image via Depositphotos

Pronghorn antelope are swift-footed herbivores found in Nevada’s sagebrush steppe and desert grasslands, where they feed on grasses, forbs, and shrubs.

#8 Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis)

Kit Fox Image via Depositphotos

Kit foxes are small, nocturnal predators that inhabit Nevada’s desert ecosystems, where they feed on rodents, insects, and vegetation.

#9 Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus)

Great Basin Rattlesnake
Great Basin Rattlesnake. Image by De’Andre Bush via Unsplash

Rattlesnakes are common in Nevada’s desert habitats, including the Great Basin rattlesnake, which is adapted to the state’s arid conditions.

#10 Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum)

Gila Monster
Gila Monster Image by David Clode via Unsplash

Furthermore, the Gila monster is one of only two venomous lizard species in the world and can be found in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, where it feeds on small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle in Valencia Birding Photography Hides. Image by Mark van Jaarsveld via Unsplash

In conclusion, these are the most googled animals in Nevada. Furthermore, I have never heard of a Gila Monster before, it would be an incredible sighting! I think I may need to visit Nevada soon to see one for myself! If you think there should’ve been another more googled animal in the top 10, please feel free to let us know in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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