Animals of Arizona

Arizona is home to a wide array of animals, many of which are just as beautiful and interesting as the state's amazing scenery. Here is our list of 10 Arizona animals or insects you'll want to see for yourself!

Ringtail cat

When you see the ringtail cat, you will realize that it is also smaller than the average pet cat. Its tail is noticeable with black and white rings—where it gets its name from—and its tail is almost as long as its body.

Gila Monster

The Gila Monster is a large lizard that lives in Arizona. It can grow very large, too. It has bright colors that look intriguing and fascinating to get up close and see. Be careful, because they are also venomous.

Africanized bee

It is not a good idea to disrupt the Africanized bee colonies that you might see in Arizona; they can turn out to be fatal. A few people, each year, are killed because of sometimes unintentionally disturbing the Africanized honey bees.

Bark Scorpions

Bark scorpions can glow in the dark, but you wouldn’t want to disturb a bark scorpion in the dark. The sting of one of these scorpions can cause really severe pain and also swelling.


Females tend to be thicker and more stocky than males, who are lanky. The female is covered in light brown or tan hairs; the male has black hair on most of his body but reddish ones on his abdomen.


One of the most well-known killer snakes in Arizona is the rattlesnake. The state reptile of Arizona is the Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake. It’s not big; it's only about 2 feet in maximum length.