Identifying Backyard Mammals: A Photo Gallery

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Raccoon, a backyard mammal, lounging in a tree. Public Domain

This collection of backyard mammals photos are presented as an aid to identifying animals you see in your backyard, garden, or neighborhood.

Once, I was going swimming and outside of the pool house, a beautiful young Red-tailed Hawk was perched on the railing. I was in awe. Two women exiting the pool house, siad, “Oooh, Look at the vulture!” Vulture? Really?

Since this I never take for granted that everyone knows the names of animals that share their community with them.

If you know the name of every animal on this post, good for you! If you don’t you will soon.

What is a Mammal?

The word mammal comes from the mammary glands which the female of a species makes milk to feed her offspring during their infancy.  There are other characteristics that define mammals. Here are the characteristics.

  1. The female mammals nurse their young with milk made in their mammary glands.
  2. Mammals have hair or fur.
  3. Mammals are warm-blooded.
  4. Mammals give birth to live young.

Backyard Mammals Included in this Photo Gallery

I have include only those mammals you are most likely to see in your backyard. Wolves live in remote areas. I doubt you will see a whale in your backyard. If you do you have big problems and need to call 9-1-1 right away.

I include one general species. If you see a mammal that sort-of looks like the one near your home at least you have narrowed it down.

  • field mouse
  • chipmunks
  • bats
  • squirrels
  • groundhog or gopher
  • skunks
  • Eastern cottontail rabbit
  • opossum
  • fox
  • coyote
  • deer
  • black bear

Other Pages and Resources on Backyard Mammals

Virginia Opossum: Facts, Lifespan, and Habitat

Fascinating Groundhog Facts

How do mammals survive our cold winters?

 

The Backyard Mammal Gallery

The photos are roughly organized by average size. The smallest mammals are presented first. The larger animals are toward the end of the photo gallery. Scrolling over the photograph will show the name of the animal.

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Beautiful collection, Donna. I recall seeing many of these at my mother’s home near Abington. (In the smaller end of your scale.) She had a wooded lot that had once been part of a Boy Scout camp.

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