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Common Native Wildlife of Southern California

There are a wide variety of animals, insects and little critters found in Southern California backyards, parks, wild lands and even urban nooks and crannies. Here are a few that can picque your interest. There's a jungle out here -- let's enjoy the wonder and weirdness at our fingertips!

This list doesn't include the ocean creatures such as sharks, dolphins, seals or whales. Those are also available for wildlife watching! The splendor is incredible because we live in the midst of ocean, mountains, desert, wetlands and valley floors. All it takes is interest to discover the jungle around us!

Butterflies

Anise Swallowtail
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Common White
Sara Orangetip
Cloudless Sulfur
Monarch
Gulf Fritillary
Painted Lady
West Coast Lady
Red Admiral
Common Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Acmon Blue
Fiery Skipper
Woodland Skipper
Umber Skipper
Duskywing sp.
Western Checkered Skipper

Fish

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Black Bullhead

Amphibians

Western Toad
Black-bellied Slender-Salamander

Reptiles

Western Fence-Lizard
Western Skink
Southern Alligator-Lizard
Ringneck Snake
Gopher Snake

Mammals

Virginia Opossum
Broad-handed Mole
Little Brown Bat
Raccoon
Coyote
Striped Skunk
Eastern Fox Squirrel
California Ground-Squirrel
Botta's Pocket-Gopher
California Harvest Mouse
Desert Cottontail (rabbit)

For more articles about California Nature

California Beach Communities
Common Native Plants of Southern California Uplands
Natural Los Angeles Resources
Common Native Wildlife of Southern California
Common Native Birds of Southern California
Attracting California birds with native plants
Los Angeles Urban Forest
There's a Park Near You in Los Angeles
News about the SoCal Environment
Least Terns Preserve on the LA Beach
Visiting California Beach Communities - An Overview
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List