Animals in Michigan

Michigan is a temperate state in the upper Midwest’s Great Lakes region, with several lakes, huge prairies, waterfalls, and vast woods—not to mention abundant wildlife!  If you're interested in seeing some animals while visiting Michigan, read on!

Eastern Mississauga Rattlesnake

In the whole state of Michigan, this is the only poisonous snake. While the venom is not as harmful as other rattlesnakes, it can alter blood flow, inhibit clotting, and cause severe agony.


The black bear is a frightening animal with sharp claws and fangs, as well as a significant biting force. Unprovoked bear assaults on people are extremely rare, but they do have the ability to kill.


A grey wolf is perhaps even less probable than a black bear to attack a human. These ferocious carnivores are afraid of humans and prefer to be alone.

Black Widow Spider

The black widow can produce potent venom containing harmful neurotoxins, as evidenced by its huge body size and black and red color scheme.

Boreal Woodland Caribou

Historically, this forest-dwelling caribou subspecies’ historical distribution included most of the northern United States. However, the loss of boreal forests has resulted in the extinction of Michigan populations.

Indiana Bat

This bat is a medium-sized species that has mouse like ears and  is native to southern Michigan. Over a ten-year span, numbers are thought to have fallen by roughly 50% over their entire range.

Kirtland’s Warbler

This little yellow-bellied songbird requires a huge area of thick young jack pine woods to mate in order to flourish. When the winters come, it heads south to the Caribbean.