North America's 9 Most Important Animals

Male caribou use their spectacular antlers to challenge rival males for the privilege to mate with females during breeding season.


Gila monsters are venomous lizards native to the Southwestern U.S. and Sonora, Mexico. This large, slow-moving reptile is the sole venomous lizard native to the U.S.

Gila monster

The grey wolf is the largest canid found anywhere in the world. The average number of members in an Arctic wolf pack is between seven and ten, although the number can reach as high as thirty.

 Arctic Wolf

The tufted titmouse has a grey crest, black eyes, a black forehead, and rust-colored sides. The tufted titmouse is a tit-and-chickadee songbird. Black-crested titmice are distributed from central Texas southward.

Tufted Titmouse

The nine-banded armadillo is the most common type of armadillo and may be found in all three regions of America: North America, Central America, and South America.

Nine-banded armadillo

Monarchs are Nymphalidae milkweed butterflies. Milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black-veined brown are regional names. It's one of North America's most common butterflies.

 Monarch Butterfly

The American moose has a massive body, long legs, a flexible upper lip and nose, large ears, and a dewlap on its throat. In winter, a moose's brown fur falls out. In the spring, males grow the largest antlers of any living creature.


North America's largest carnivore is the brown bear. The ursine's claws don't retract. Black, brown, or tan bears have longer, often different-colored outer hair and big shoulder muscles for digging.

Brown Bear

American alligators are big crocodiles. It's the second-largest Alligatoridae species, behind the black caiman. American alligators live in coastal wetlands from North Carolina to eastern Texas. Their range includes the Everglades.

American alligator

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