What I've seen & identified (I think!) on our 10 acres in the Endless Mountains - until about 2011

Important note: these IDs are made with naked eye observation & layperson's field guides. From arthropods down, genus and especially species are very likely inaccurate. See ladybugs for an example!

Mammals--Birds--Reptiles--Amphibians--Insects--Other invertebrates


NOTE: Classification levels in normal type & parentheses I don't know much about but pulled from the Animal Diversity Web (really cool, check it out! Especially with HotSauce!). I don't want to overload the page with headings but already stuck them in & don't want to chuck them, hence the compromise.

Phylum Chordata (chordates)

(Somitoforma/Craniata/Vertebrata/Gnathostomata/Teleostomi/Osteichthyes/ Sarcopterygii/Choanata/Tetrapoda) (Amniota)

Class Mammalia (mammals)

Order Marsupialia (marsupials)
Suborder Polyprotodontia

Didelphidae (American opossums)

Order Chiroptera (bats)
Suborder Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)

Vespertilionidae (evening bats)

Order Primates
Suborder Anthropoidea (monkeys, apes)

Hominidae (humans)

Order Lagomorpha (pikas, rabbits, hares)

Leporidae (rabbits, hares)

Order Rodentia (rodents)

Suborder Hystricomorpha

Erethizontidae (New World porcupines)

Suborder Sciuromorpha

Sciuridae (squirrels)

Suborder Myomorpha

Muridae (rats and mice)
Subfamily Cricetidae (New World rats and mice)

Order Carnivora
Suborder Fissipeda

Canidae (dogs, wolves)

Mustelidae (weasels, otters, badgers, skunks)

Order Perissodactyla (odd-toed ungulates)

Equidae (horses, asses, zebras)

Order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)
Suborder Ruminantia (ruminants)

Cervidae (deer)

Bovidae (cattle, sheep, goats, antelopes)

Class Aves (birds)

Order Ciconiiformes

Ardeidae (herons, bitterns)

Order Anseriformes (waterfowl)

Anatidae (swans, geese, ducks)

Order Falconiformes

Accipitridae (hawks, eagles)

Cathartidae (American vultures

Falconidae (falcons)

Order Galliformes

Meleagrididae (turkeys)

Phasianidae (pheasants, quails, partridges)

Tetraonidae (grouse)

Order Charadriiformes

Scolopacidae (sandpipers, phalaropes)

Order Columbiformes

Columbidae (pigeons, doves)

Order Apodiformes

Trochilidae (hummingbirds)

Order Piciformes (woodpeckers)

Picidae (woodpeckers)

Order Passeriformes

Bombycillidae (waxwings)

Cardinalidae (cardinals, grosbeaks)

Corvidae (crows, jays)


Fringillidae (finches, sparrows, buntings)

Emberizidae (buntings, American sparrows)

Hirundinidae (swallows)

Icteridae (blackbirds, orioles, etc.)

Mimidae (mockingbirds, thrashers)

Paridae (titmice)

Parulidae (wood warblers)

Sittidae (nuthatches)

Sturnidae (starlings)

Turdidae (thrushes)

Tyrannidae (flycatchers)

Class Sauria (reptiles)

Order Squamata (snakes, lizards)

King snakes

Garter snakes

Order Testudines (turtles)

Chelydridae (snapping turtles)

Class Lissamphibia
Subclass Batrachia

Order Anura (frogs, toads)



Order Caudata



Order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

Aeschinidae (darners)

Libelludidae (common skimmers)

Order Mantodea (mantids)

Mantidae (mantids)

Order Dermaptera (earwigs)

Labiduridae (long-horned earwigs)

Order Plecoptera (stoneflies)

Perlodidae (green-winged stoneflies)

Order Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets)

Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers)

Tettigoniidae (long-horned grasshoppers and katydids)

Gryllidae (true crickets)

Order Psocoptera (booklice and barklice)

Order Hemiptera (true bugs)

Gerridae (water striders)

Order Homoptera (cicadas, etc.)

Cercopidae (spittlebugs)

Cicadellidae (leafhoppers)

Order Neuroptera (net-veined insects)

Chrysopidae (green lacewings)

Order Coleoptera (beetles)

"The Creator, if he exists, has a special preference for beetles." -- J.B.S. Haldane

Carabidae (ground beetles)

Curculionidae (snout beetles)
Subfamily Rhynchophorinae (billbugs and grain weevils)

Gyrinidae (whirligig beetles)

Silphidae (carrion beetles)

Scarabaeidea (scarab beetles)

Buprestidae (metallic wood-boring beetles)

Elateridae (click beetles)

Lampyridae (fireflies)

Coccinellidae (ladybug beetles)

Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles)

Cicindelidae (tiger beetles)

Order Siphonaptera (fleas)

Pulicidae (common fleas)

Order Diptera (flies)

Tipulidae (crane flies)

Culicidae (mosquitoes)

Simuliidae (black flies)

Muscidae (muscid flies)

Syrphidae (hover flies)

Calliphoridae (blow flies)

Tabanidae (horse and deer flies)

Order Lepidoptera (butterflies, moths)

Hesperiidae (skippers)

Papilionidae (swallowtails etc.)

Pieridae (whites, sulphurs, orange tips)

Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies)

Saturniidae (giant silkworm moths)

Satyridae (satyrs, nymphs, artics)

Danaidae (milkweed butterflies)

Pyraliadae (pyralid moths)

Lasiocampidae (tent caterpillar moths)

Sphingidae (sphinx moths)

Arctiidae (tiger moths)

Ctenuchidae (ctenuichid moths)

Lymantriidae (tussock moths, etc.)

Noctuidae (owlet moths)

Pterophoridae (plume moths)

Vespidae (vespid wasps)

Specidae (sphecid wasps)

Superfamily Apoidea (bees)

Apidae (apids)

Class Chilopoda (centipedes)

Class Diplopoda (millipedes)

Subphylum Chelicerata

Class Arachnida (arachnids)

Order Araneae (spiders)

Theridiidae (comb-footed spiders)

Araneidae (orb weavers)

Agelenidae (funnel web weavers)

Lycosidae (wolf spiders)

Thomisidae (crab spiders)

Salticidae (jumping spiders)

Order Opiliones (daddy-long-legs)

Phalangiidae (daddy-long-legs)

Order Acarina (mites, ticks)

Trombidiidae (velvet mites)

Subphylum Crustacea (crustaceans)

Order Decapoda (crayfish)

Order Copepoda

Class Malacostraca

Order Isopoda

Phylum Mollusca

Phylum Annelida

Phylum Rotifera

Order Collothecacea

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