What Animals Live in Germany?

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Wild animals living in Germany include adders, Alpine ibexes, asp vipers, badgers, buzzards, chamois, deer, foxes, European hamsters, fat dormice, graylag geese, hares, harbor seals, herons, hedgehogs, mallards, marmots, martens, moles, muskrats, mice, owls, pheasants, mute swans, raccoons, rats, shrews, squirrels, storks, and wild boars.

Alpine ibexes are wild goats that live in the Alps. As herbivores, they survive on a diet of moss, grass, flowers, twigs and leaves. Marmots, a type of large squirrel, also live in the Alps. They are social creatures that whistle to communicate.

Hares and rabbits are very common throughout the fields of Germany. The fat dormouse, which is the largest of all dormice, is also found in these fields. It resembles a squirrel, with short legs, large feet and small ears, and has gray hair covering its entire body. Fat dormice may double in size prior to hibernation.

Wild boars are found throughout the forests of Germany. Since they have no natural predators, their population has exploded. Boars sometimes wander into cities looking for food. Wild boars can be dangerous and should be avoided.

The asp viper is found in dry, sunny mountainsides. Symptoms of an asp viper bite include dizziness, nausea, swelling and, rarely, paralysis.