Animals native to Louisiana include the rare Cooper's hawk, the mucket, the big brown bat and the Southern prairie skink. Many of these animals live in or around the Louisiana Wetlands.
Louisiana is home to many different species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds. The most iconic animal in Louisiana is the American alligator. At one time this animal was almost extinct, but through conservation efforts has been brought back to commonality and its numbers continue to grow.
Louisiana is also home to animals such as the coyote, red fox and muskrat. These smaller mammals have to share their habitat with large creatures such as the black bear and the Eastern cougar, and all of these mammals have to coexist with large snakes like the speckled king snake and the Western cottonmouth.