Animals in Nebraska

Animals in Nebraska inhabit a variety of forests, wetlands and grasslands.  The state is home to about 63 species of reptiles and amphibians, 80 species of mammals. Keep reading for an overview!

Burrowing Owl

Tunneling owls live in openings deserted by different creatures. They eat mostly bugs and little rodents. They are brown with little white spots, a white face and temples, and yellow eyes.

Polyphemus Moth

The polyphemus moth can be recognized from other Saturniidae by shading changes from pale to dull brown and is in some cases ruddy or grayish. Every one of its wings has a little, scale-less “window” called an eyespot.


The blue catfish is a major river fish, preferring rapids and pools with detectable currents. It also lives in smaller streams that feed into larger rivers, including the Grand, Gasconade and Salt rivers.

Eskimo Curlew

Curlews are streaked, dark or earthy colored birds with long necks and genuinely lengthy legs. They breed inland in calm and sub-Arctic districts of the Northern Hemisphere and relocate far south.

Piping Plover

The funneling plover is a little, sparrow-sized shorebird. It is around five to seven creeps long. It is a sandy brown-dim on its back and white on its underside.

Jumping Mouse

The hopping mouse weighs 13 to 26 grams and is 8 to 11 centimeters long, excluding its tail. Its delicate or somewhat coarse fur is three-colored: brown on top from nose to backside; grayish rust on the sides; white underparts.