Animals in Iowa

If you happen to visit Iowa’s forested areas, you will encounter animals like coyotes, white-tailed deer, gray and red foxes, and bobcats. Read on for more information on the animals and wildlife in Iowa.

The Official State Animal of Iowa

American goldfinch (Spinus tritis) is a lovely yellow bird who lives in marshy areas, woods, orchards, and suburban areas and is Iowa’s state animal.

If you want to see different species of snakes, then you should surely visit Iowa.  There are almost 28 different species of snake in Iowa, but you don’t have to be scared because the majority of the snakes are non-venomous.

Snakes in Iowa

Timber rattlesnake

Timber rattlesnakes can reach up to 4 feet. They live in marshy and forest areas often. Their bite could be stingy and can be fatal if not properly treated.


The venom of the copperhead snake is not dangerous as it does not kill a person, but it can cause a lot of pain that a person may need pain reliever and an immediate treatment.

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is on the list of endangered species, and they have very strong venom, but they do not come in contact with humans, and if they do so, they never attack a human.

Iowa State Animals


Bobolink bird is a sign of spring in bird symbolism. The bird’s scientific name is quite difficult to pronounce Dolichonyx oryzivorus. Their color is often light brown with black streaks and stripes.


Eastern Kingsnake is yellow with a zig-zag pattern of black scales. They weigh up to four pounds with 36 to 48 inches in length. They are also known as chain snakes because of the scale pattern on their body.