From bears to squirrels to raccoons, the Appalachian Mountains are teeming with wildlife. This ancient mountain chain runs from Canada through the southeastern United States and provides a combination of temperate forest and mixed deciduous or southern hardwood forest habitats for the animals that live there.
Appalachian wildlife includes mammals such as white-tailed deer, moose, beavers, skunks, porcupines and weasels, as well as birds, including flycatchers, wrens, warblers and hawks. Amphibians and reptiles, including salamanders, frogs, turtles, copperheads and rattlesnakes, also call the Appalachians home. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine are two of the top places to observe wildlife in the Appalachians.