Green animals are more common than you think. Because of their color, they can easily blend in with their surrounding. In fact, many of them are masters in hiding and camouflage, making it harder for us to spot them. Luckily, we are here to list some green animals in color below so you’ll know what to look for!
1. Green Anaconda
Scientific Name: Eunectes Murinus
How to Identify: Olive Green Color, Yellow and Black Scales on the belly, dark elliptical spots on spines.
Habitat: Tropical rainforest, shallow water bodies, densely vegetated lands. They are well-adapted to an aquatic lifestyle and are excellent swimmers.
Size: 9-10 meters.
Diet: The green anacondas primarily feed on fish, turtles, birds, and mammals such as capybaras, deer, and smaller caiman.
Characteristic: Green anacondas are solitary nocturnal creatures. They are most active during the evening and nighttime when they hunt for food. During the day, they often rest near water bodies, basking in the sun or partially submerged.
Countries where it’s found: South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Bolivia.
The Green Anaconda is one of the largest species of reptiles available in the wild. They are non-venomous, meaning they don’t rely on poison for killing. Instead, they are constrictors, and they wrap their bodies around their prey to suffocate and kill them by applying tremendous pressure.
2. Green Sunfish
Scientific Name: Lepomis Cyanellus
How to Identify: Dark Spots near the end of dorsal and anal fins.
Habitat: Waterbodies that can support fish life.
Size: 30cm avg.
Diet: Carnivorous, small fish, tadpoles, small aquatic insects, crustaceans, and zooplankton.
Characteristic: Green sunfish are typically aggressive and territorial. They are known to defend their feeding and spawning areas from other fish, including members of their own species. They are not known for long-distance migrations and can tolerate extreme circumstances.
Countries where it’s found: Statewide in the US.
Green Sunfish are thick-bodied. They have a bluish-green back and sides. Their mouths are large, with their upper jaw extending to the middle of their eyes. They can reproduce quickly and easily, so they can easily overpopulate any waterbody they reside in.
3. Green Lynx Spider
Scientific Name: Peucetia Viridans
How to Identify: Short fat and domed abdomen. Fewer markings on the body.
Habitat: Heavily vegetated areas, flowering plants, and shrubs.
Diet: Moths and small insects like flies, grasshoppers, bees, and butterflies.
Characteristic: Green lynx spiders squirt venom as a defense mechanism when threatened. While they are not aggressive toward humans, they may bite if handled or provoked. However, their bites are not considered dangerous to humans and are generally less severe than a bee sting.
Countries where it’s found: US, Central America, Caribbean
Green Lynx Spiders, despite being venomous, are not threats to humans. They are, in fact, as beneficial as bees. They take on the responsibility of pest control of your garden. They can spray their venom as a defense mechanism for up to 1 foot in distance. Green lynx spiders play an essential role in controlling insect populations. By preying on various insects, they help maintain a balance in ecosystems.
4. American Green Tree Frog
Scientific Name: Hyla cinerea
How to Identify: They have a bright green coloration on their dorsal (upper) side, which helps them blend in with the foliage. Their skin is smooth, and they have large, adhesive toe pads. They also have small golden spots on their dorsum as well.
Habitat: These frogs are found primarily in the southeastern United States, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. They inhabit wetlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, wooded areas, water prairies, vegetation near water bodies, etc.
Diet: Insects like crickets, moths, flies, ants, beetles, and small invertebrates.
Characteristic: They make aggressive calls to alert each other about intruders.
Countries where it’s found: The United States.
The American green tree frog is nocturnal. To avoid predators, they tend to hide underwater. Males of these species make a distinctive call that is different from their alert signal to attract females. The males will also wrestle one another over the mating rights with a female in heat. Male American green tree frogs are also known for their distinctive call
5. Red-eyed Tree Frog
Scientific Name: Agalychnis callidryas
How to Identify: Distinctive big red eyes, red fingers, and blue lines across two sides of their body.
Habitat: Wetlands and forests,
Size: 1.5-3 inches.
Diet: Insects like crickets, moths, flies, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and small invertebrates
Characteristic: Red-eyed tree frogs are well adapted for life in trees. They have long, slender limbs and adhesive toe pads that enable them to climb and cling to branches and leaves. Their toes also have small suction cups.
Countries where it’s found: Central America
The red-eyed tree frog closes its eyes to blend in with their leafy green environment. It suddenly opens its eyes to paralyze predators momentarily, allowing it to escape. They are adept climbers and can spend hours clinging to leaves and blending in to escape predators.
6. Emerald Tree Skink
Scientific Name: Lamprolepis smaragdine
How to Identify: Large black eyes, lime green body, and brown lower half.
Habitat: Tropical rainforests
Size: 8.5-10 inches
Diet: They are insectivores, and their diet includes insects, spiders, snails, and occasionally small vertebrates like lizards or tree frogs.
Characteristic: Emerald Tree Skinks bask in the sun to regulate their body temperature and retreat to shaded areas or dense foliage when they need to cool down. They may drop their tails as a defense mechanism when threatened, distracting predators and allowing the skink to escape.
Countries where it’s found: SEA, Indonesia, Philippines
The emerald tree skink is widely popular in the exotic pet market. Even in captivity, they can live up to 7 years on average. They, like most lizards, do not like to be handled. They require UV light to survive, so if you plan to get one as a pet, you must set up its living enclosure properly. They spend most of their lives in trees, using their strong legs, long toes, and sharp claws to climb and cling to branches.
7. Emerald Tree Monitor
Scientific Name: Varanus Prasinus
How to Identify:
Habitat: Jungles, plantations, forests, and swamps.
Diet: Green tree monitors are carnivorous and feed on insects, spiders, small reptiles, birds, and eggs.
Characteristic: Green tree monitors are solitary animals and very territorial. They are arboreal, shy, and elusive. They use their excellent camouflage and agility to avoid predators and humans.
Countries where it’s found: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and surrounding Islands.
The emerald tree monitors have sharp claws and long slim bodies with long limbs. They are masters of camouflage and are expert escape artists. They blend in with leaves and greenery by clinging onto trees. Not only that, but they are extremely fast and are even expert swimmers. They are also known as green tree monitors.
8. Green Stink Bug
Scientific Name: Chinavia Hilaris
How to Identify: Shield-shaped with bright green bodies and red eyes.
Habitat: Gardens, orchards, woodlands
Size: 13-18 cm
Characteristic: When threatened, green stink bugs release a pungent odor from scent glands on the underside of their body. This odor is a deterrent for predators and can linger for a long time.
Countries where it’s found: North America
Like its name, the green stink bug is infamous for discharging stinky and foul-smelling liquid from its glands. This liquid harms human skin and can cause rashes and a burning sensation. They are active during the warmer months and can be most abundant in late summer and early fall. In colder regions, they may seek shelter indoors or in protected locations to overwinter.
9. Green Terror Cichlid
Scientific Name: Aequidens Rivulatus or Andinoacara Rivulatus
How to Identify: Golden orange tail and dorsal fins and metallic green scales
Habitat: Slow-moving rivers, backwaters
Size: 30cm in the wild and 202cm in captivity
Diet: Green terror cichlids are omnivorous. They feed on insects, small crustaceans, and plant matter. In captivity, they can be fed a varied diet of high-quality pellets, flakes, frozen or live foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and vegetable matter.
Characteristic: Green terror cichlids are territorial and very aggressive. Especially during breeding and when defending their territory. They dig in the substrate, rearranging rocks and other decor in their environment.
Countries where it’s found: South America, Peru, Ecuador.
Evident from its name, the green terror cichlid instills terror into any ecosystem. They are extremely aggressive and are very territorial. They tend to attack and bite any creature daring enough to enter their territory. So it is essential to provide them with appropriate care, tank setup, and compatible tankmates to ensure their well-being and minimize aggression.
10. Plumed Basilisk
Scientific Name: Basiliscus plumifrons
How to Identify: Bright green, black, and white streaks across the body, crest on their head
Habitat: Rainforests, running streams, moist wetlands.
Size: 3 feet
Diet: Omnivorous; they feed on insects, spiders, small invertebrates, fruits, flowers, and vegetation.
Characteristic: They are territorial and can run extremely fast for short distances, even on the water’s surface. Plumed basilisks are known for their unique escape behavior when threatened. When disturbed or chased, they can run on their hind legs, using a combination of rapid strides and foot slaps on the water’s surface to propel themselves forward. This behavior allows them to escape predators and reach safety.
Countries where it’s found: Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras.
The plumed basilisk is known by many names, such as double-crested basilisk, green basilisk, etc. And one of these names is Jesus Christ Lizard! The reason why it’s called so is because it can run on the surface of the water very fast. The Plumed basilisks are both arboreal (tree-dwelling) and semi-aquatic.
11. Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter
Scientific Name: Calosoma scrutator
How to Identify: Shiny metallic gleam and glossy black thorax, head, and legs.
Habitat: They are found in various parts of North America, including the United States and Canada. It inhabits open woodlands, fields, meadows, gardens, and vegetation.
Diet: Insectivores. The fiery searcher caterpillar hunter feeds on caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects. It is particularly known for its effectiveness in hunting and consuming hairy caterpillars, which many other predators avoid due to their bristles or spines.
Characteristic: The fiery searcher caterpillar hunter are active predators that hunt on the ground. They use their excellent eyesight and speed to chase and capture their prey. When threatened, they excrete a foul-smelling oil from their glands.
Countries where it’s found: US, Mexico, Canada.
Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunters are a gardener’s best friend. They do the job of pest control and kill off caterpillars that destroy fruits and vegetables. They have a strong jaw that can pinch off a person’s skin.
12. Green and Golden Bell Frog
Scientific Name: Ranoidea aurea
How to Identify: Crem-colored abdomens,
Habitat: They are typically found in wetlands, swamps, ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams with abundant vegetation.
Diet: Insectivores. They feed on insects, spiders, snails, and other small arthropods.
Characteristic: The green and golden bell frog are now considered critically endangered in some areas. They are excellent climbers and can be found near water bodies in vegetation, including trees and shrubs. They are known for their loud, bell-like calls, which they use to communicate and attract mates. They are infamous for being cannibals.
Countries where it’s found: Australia.
The green and golden frog is a ground-dwelling tree frog. It was once abundant in Asia but slowly declined in population due to pollution, human interference, parasites, etc. They are adaptable and can also tolerate human-altered habitats such as urban ponds and garden ponds.
13. Sand Lizard
Scientific Name: Lacerta Agilis
How to Identify: Dimorphic legged with eye-shaped markings all across their body.
Habitat: Sand Lizards are found in sandy habitats, such as coastal dunes, heathlands, and dunes near grassy areas. They also inhabit dry meadows, scrublands, and woodland edges.
Diet: Insects, spiders, worms, and occasionally even small snails.
Characteristic: Sand lizards are diurnal. They are cold-blooded, so they require external heat sources. This is why they love basking in the sun. They tend to burrow into the ground whenever they feel threatened.
Countries where it’s found: Europe, France, Great Britain, Russia.
These reptiles love the sun. They spend a considerable amount of time each day basking in the sun. They are extremely territorial. They have a very long lifespan, and that often results in inbreeding and birth defects. These lizards prefer open and sunny areas with loose sandy soils, as they are well adapted to burrowing.
14. Green Toad
Scientific Name: Bufotes Viridis
How to Identify:
Habitat: Forests, wetlands, grasslands, etc. They are found in areas with moist soil and vegetation. They use and live by ponds, ditches, or slow-moving streams for reproduction.
Diet: Insects, spiders, worms, snails, and other small invertebrates.
Characteristic: Green toads are mostly nocturnal. They seek shelter in cool, moist areas, such as under rocks, logs, or vegetation during the day.They also eat their own shed skin,
Countries where it’s found: Europe, France, Russia, Denmark.
Green Toad usually spend most of their day hiding in shelters. They spend a lot of time burrowing underground. They are also known as Emerald frogs. A group of these toads is called a knot.
15. Luna Moth
Scientific Name: Actias Luna
How to Identify: Pale Green Color, Wingspan of 3-4.5 inches, Body Smaller than Wings, Dark Elliptical Spots on Wings.
Habitat: Deciduous Forest, Woodlands, Vegetated Areas, Tree Canopies, Temperate Climates,
Diet: Herbivore (During caterpillar stage), Non-feeding (During adult stage)
Characteristic: These moths are nocturnal and are attracted to light sources, such as porch lights, during their flight period. Adult Luna Moths do not eat or have functional mouthparts since their sole purpose is to mate and reproduce. Luna Moths live for about a week as adults.
Countries where it’s found: North America.
The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America and parts of Canada. Well, known for its appearance and grace, the large wings and pale green color are the primary identifiers of the insect. The Luna moth is a herbivore in its caterpillar stage. As adults, they stop eating and focus on reproduction as they have only a week to live and continue the life cycle.
Scientific Name: Tettigoniidae
How to Identify: Elongated body, Long Antennae, Leaf-like Wings, Brown-Green Color.
Habitat: Forests, Grasslands, Gardens, and Shrublands
Size: 1-6 inches
Diet: Herbivorous. They consume leaves, flowers, stems, and fruits of various plants.
Characteristic: katydids are excellent jumpers and climbers who use their strong legs and grasping feet to navigate vegetation. Their impressive camouflage allows them to remain inconspicuous during the day to avoid predators. Male katydids are well-known for their ability to produce loud and distinctive calls, usually at night. They create these sounds by rubbing their wings or legs together in a process called stridulation.
Countries where it’s found: Worldwide
Katydids fall into the family of insects closely related to crickets and grasshoppers. Their coloration ranges from brown to green, and their leaf-like appearance makes them masters of camouflage. Their ability to produce loud rhythmic chirping sounds from their wings serves as a communication medium. Their amazing adaptive abilities make them available in various habitats around the world.
17. Eclectus Parrot
Scientific Name: Eclectus roratus
How to Identify: Males have emerald-green and orange beaks, and Females have red and blue feathers and black beaks: medium Sized Bodies and short & squared-off tails.
Habitat: Tropical Rainforests, Savannas, Woodland Areas, Forest Canopies, and Edge Habitats.
Size: 14 to 16 inches
Characteristic: Eclectus parrots are social and intelligent birds. They are known for their relatively calm and gentle nature compared to other parrot species. They enjoy social interaction and require mental stimulation through toys, puzzles, and activities. They can also mimic sounds and words, although their talking ability is less extensive than other parrot species.
Countries where it’s found: The Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Northeastern Australia, and the Maluku Islands.
Native to the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, etc., the Electus Parrots are some of the most intelligent, eye-catching, and popular. Their name is eclectic because the male and female species look so different. These birds prefer living in tree canopies, edge habitats requiring a high-fiber & low-fat diet. Due to their popularity as captive birds, they are frequently targeted and captured for trade.
18. Green Parakeet
Scientific Name: Psittacara mitratus
How to Identify: Bright Green Feathers, Long-Slender Body, Short Rounded Tail, Short-Curved Beak.
Habitat: Forests, Woodlands, Savannas, Urban areas
Size: 12-14 inches
Characteristic: Green Parakeets are social birds that often form large flocks, which can be noisy and energetic. They are highly vocal, with a variety of calls and squawks. They are agile flyers and can be seen flying in coordinated formations or perching in trees. They are known for their playful and curious nature.
Countries where it’s found: Central and South America
Green Parakeets are small parrots known for their vibrant, glossy green feathers and lively personalities. Moving around in flocks, their striking appearance adds color to the natural habitat around them. Their diets of fruits, seeds, nuts, and berries have them contributing to pollination and the balance of the ecosystem. Their playful nature and bond-forming abilities make them popular pets as well. They are well adapted to living in both natural and human-modified environments.
19. Leaf Slug
Scientific Name: Costasiella kuroshimae
How to Identify: Green Color, Leaf-like Appearance, Intricate Patterns on Body, Resembling Leaf Veins, Pair of Cerata (finger-like projections), Rhinophores (rod-shaped or ear-like structures), Two Dark-Eyes.
Habitat: Warm coastal waters, primarily in the Indo-Pacific region.
Size: 5 millimeters or less in length.
Characteristic: Leaf slugs have evolved a fascinating defense mechanism called kleptoplasty. When they consume algae, they retain and incorporate functional chloroplasts from their food into their body tissues. This enables them to photosynthesize and obtain energy from sunlight, making them self-sustaining.
Countries where it’s found: Indo-Pacific and neighboring regions – Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), and the Solomon Islands.
Leaf slugs are mini marine slugs, often called sheep slugs, because of their fluffy appearance. They have rhinophores resembling sheep ears and algae grazing habits. These delicate slugs with bodies like shell-less snails don’t retract or flee in the presence of any external threats but rather continue their routine grazing instead. Leaf Slugs live on algae and incorporate chloroplasts for photosynthesis. They survive by staying in microhabitats, camouflaging as leaves, and engaging in reproductive behaviors.
20. Emerald Catfish
Scientific Name: Corydoras Splendens
How to Identify: Stocky body, small black spots, pair of barbels on their mouth.
Habitat: Freshwater rivers & streams of South America, Amazon River Basin.
Size: 2-3 inches
Characteristic: Emerald Catfish navigate and locate food using their barbels. They are known for their scavenging behavior, feeding on a wide range of food sources, including detritus, algae, small invertebrates, and even smaller fish. Some catfish species are also known for their ability to tolerate low-oxygen environments and can even breathe air using a specialized structure called a labyrinth organ.
Countries where it’s found: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela
The Emerald Catfish is a tiny freshwater species of catfish native to the basins of the Amazon River in South America. The emerald green scales of its body with bits of pink-yellow on the underside make this fish truly eye-catching. Being a natural scavengers, these fishes help keep aquariums clean by consuming any uneaten food from the aquarium floor. They are popular among aquarium enthusiasts for their appearance and lively, engaging behavior.
21. Eastern Green Mamba
Scientific Name: Dendroaspis angusticeps
How to Identify: Vibrant Bright Green, Thin-Cylindrical Body, Elongated and Slightly Triangular-Shaped Head, Large Forward Facing Eyes, Smooth Glossy Scales.
Habitat: Forests, Woodlands & Savannas of East Africa, Tropical and Subtropical regions.
Size: 6 to 10 feet
Characteristic: Emerald Catfish species are generally peaceful and well-suited for community aquariums. They are bottom-dwelling fish, often seen foraging for food in the substrate. Like other catfish, they possess barbels that help them locate food and navigate their surroundings. Many species exhibit schooling behavior and prefer to be kept in groups.
Countries where it’s found: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi of East Africa
The Eastern Green Mamba is a highly venomous snake found in the coastal regions of East Africa. It prefers to reside in arboreal habitats where its slender build and green coloration give it extreme speed, agility, and master camouflage abilities. Reliant on ambush for hunting, its venom is still pretty dangerous and used mostly for defense. It’s rare to encounter the green mamba for its elusive nature and tree-dwelling habituations.
Scientific Name: Bradypus (two-toed), Choloepus (three-toed)
How to Identify: Slow-moving, Long Curved Claws, Long Limbs, Small Eyes with Distinct Mask-like Patterns around, Small Nostrils, Shaggy Fur Coat.
Habitat: Tropical rainforests and cloud forests of Central and South America.
Size: Two-toed sloths 20 to 28 inches, Three-toed sloths-18 to 24 inches.
Characteristic: Sloths can sleep for up to 15 hours a day. Sloths are famous for their slow movement. They spend most of their time hanging motionless from branches, conserving energy. When they do move, they are incredibly slow, with a top speed of about 0.15 to 0.25 miles per hour (0.24 to 0.4 kilometers per hour). This slow movement helps them avoid detection by predators and conserve energy.
Countries where it’s found: Central and South America, including Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador.
Sloths are sluggish mammals that spend most of their lives suspended upside down from trees. They are so sluggish you’d find them coming down from trees to relieve themselves once a week and moving at least 40 yards per day. The growing algae on their fur give them a bit of a camouflage mechanism. Their survival faces a threat because their habitats – tropical rainforests are constantly on the verge of deforestation. Even though serene in nature, sloths can release their inner ferocity when survival demands it.
Scientific Name: Dispholidus typus
How to Identify: Large Eyes, Round Pupils, Long Pointed fangs, Smooth-overlapping-sleek scales, Green Coloration (Males), Green-brown-black Coloration (Females)
Habitat: Wooded Areas, Savannahs, and Forests of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Size: 4 to 6 feet
Characteristic: They can open their jaw at a nearly 170-degree angle when capturing prey. They have exceptional climbing abilities, aided by their laterally compressed body shape and highly flexible spine. Their ability to blend into tree foliage makes them excellent ambush predators, as they can remain hidden while waiting for prey to pass by.
Countries where it’s found: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Kenya, and Tanzania.
The Boomslang is a highly venomous tree snake in Sub-Saharan Africa. Commonly assumed to be green, this snake species shows a diverse range of colorations based on age, gender, and region. Being the master climbers, they are, you will usually find them in forest areas. Being calm, it’s rare to see these species being defensive or strike at all. But if it comes down to it, Boomslangs will inflate their necks to appear intimidating to threats.
24. Green Tree Python
Scientific Name: Morelia Viridis
How to Identify: Bright Green to Yellowish-Green or Turquoise Coloration, often with white or yellow markings, Stout-Short-Thick Body, Triangular-Shaped Head, Large Eyes, Vertically Elliptical Pupils, Prehensile Tails.
Habitat: Forest Canopy, Dense Vegetation, Tropical Rainforest Environment
Size: 4-7 ft
Characteristic: The Green tree python are ambush predator, relying on its camouflaged appearance to surprise and capture their prey, which consists mainly of small mammals and birds. They are known for their strong feeding response and will strike quickly and constrict their prey before consuming it. These snakes have the remarkable ability to change color.
Countries where it’s found: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
The Green Tree Python is a very smart and clever hunter. They use their labial pits to easily identify and locate an animal’s body temperature and heat. This allows them to hunt prey efficiently at night. They also use their tails as a lure. They rattle their tails, and if any unfortunate animal is curious enough to get in their striking range, they constrict and suffocate that animal into submission. They are famous for their unique coiled posture, in which they hang from tree branches with their body forming tight loops.
25. Emerald Tree Boa
Scientific Name: Corallus Caninus
How to Identify: Vibrant Green Coloration, Triangular Head, Large Eyes, Distinctive Ridges above Nostrils, Prehensile Tail
Habitat: Lowland and Montane rainforests Near rivers and swamps.
Size: 6 to 7 feet
Characteristic: Emerald tree boas are usually coiled on tree branches, often in the characteristic “S” shape. This posture allows them to ambush their prey, which consists of small mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles. They are non-venomous snakes and use their strong body muscles to constrict and subdue their prey. They exhibit color variations, ranging from bright green to shades of blue or yellow.
Countries where it’s found: Countries in South America – Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Suriname.
Emerald tree boas are solitary tree-dwelling species. Night ambush is their choice of style when it comes to hunting, being the nocturnal hunters they are. They will wait on the branches above ground, where they wait for any small mammal to come close enough for the ambush. The species of snakes are live-bearing, meaning no egg-laying but giving birth instead.
Scientific Name: Crocodylidae (family)
How to Identify: Large Reptiles, Long Snouts, Webbed Feet, Armored Scales, Long Tail, Eyes, and Nostrils on top of the head.
Habitat: Aquatic environments – Freshwater and Saltwater Aquatic Environments – Rivers, Lakes, Swamps, Estuaries.
Size: 10 to 18 feet
Characteristic: Crocodiles can sustain for several months without consuming anything. They are territorial and will defend their territory against intruders. They are well-known for their ability to stay motionless for extended periods, often referred to as “crocodile resting.” This behavior allows them to conserve energy and remain camouflaged while waiting for prey. Crocodiles are also known for their powerful swimming ability and can propel themselves through the water using their muscular tails.
Countries where it’s found: Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas, and some Pacific islands.
Crocodiles are ancient and powerful reptiles of the world.
Species-wise, they are adapted to their aquatic habitats of choice, including freshwaters, salt waters, and even swamps. Using an ambush hunting strategy with patience and incredible stealth, they wait on the edge of water bodies. Any prey that fails to notice them hiding falls victim to the ambush of the crocodile.
27. Komodo Dragons
Scientific Name: Varanus Komodoensis
How to Identify: Large Lizards, Stocky Build, Rough-Scaly Skin, Gray-Brown Coloration, Large-triangular Head, Sharp-Curved Teeth
Habitat: Tropical Forests, Savannas, and Grasslands.
Size: Up to 10 feet
Characteristic: Bites of Komodo Dragons are venomous. They are territorial and mark their territory with scent markings. Komodo dragons are primarily active during the day, spending much of their time basking in the sun to regulate their body temperature. They are skilled climbers and swimmers, using their muscular bodies and sharp claws to navigate their surroundings.
Countries where it’s found: Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar islands of Indonesia.
Komodo Dragons are the largest living lizards on Earth. Their powerful jaws and razor-sharp venomous bites make them the renowned apex predators they are. Their incredible sense of smell and vision allows them to detect live and dead prey from miles away. Once close, they launch fast-brute attacks in combination with venoms in their bites to bring down the prey.
28. Amazon Parrots
Scientific Name: Genus Amazona
How to Identify: Vibrant feathers of green, blue, yellow, and red, Sturdy Body, Hooked Beak, Strong Legs, Short Wings.
Habitat: Tropical rainforests, woodlands, and savannas.
Size: 10 to 20 inches
Characteristic: Amazon parrots are highly social and intelligent birds. They are known for their strong bonding with their human companions and can form deep connections with their owners. They are also skilled mimics and can learn and imitate human speech and various sounds. In the wild, they communicate with a range of vocalizations that can be loud and expressive.
Countries where it’s found: Throughout Central and South America – Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, etc.
Amazon parrots are renowned for their looks, intelligence, and mimicking abilities. Their mimicking abilities range from human speech to songs to various sounds. They are highly social and can form strong bonds with human companions as pets, which is why bird enthusiasts around the world adore them. Amazon parrots are monogamous and typically form lifelong pair bonds. During the breeding season, they engage in courtship displays, including wing-flapping, head-bobbing, and vocalizations.
29. Green Peacock
Scientific Name: Pavo Muticus
How to Identify: Males-Vibrant Metallic Green Crest on their heads. Long and iridescent green-blue tail feathers containing eye-like patterns inside, Rich blue colored necks. Females – Less colorful, Brown plumage with intricate patterns. Sturdy body, Short Wings, Webbed Feet.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical rainforests, woodlands, and bamboo thickets.
Size: 5 feet
Characteristic: Green Peacocks are ground-dwelling birds. They are omnivorous and feed on various food items, including seeds, fruits, insects, and small reptiles. They are known for their distinctive vocalizations, which include loud calls and territorial displays during courtship. Males put on a mesmerizing display of courtship to attract female partners.
Countries where it’s found: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and parts of Indonesia.
Green Peacocks, with their elegance and grandeur, is a symbol of beauty and grace in the animal kingdom. When their majestic tail feathers unravel, almost tapestry and eye-like patterns come to light. These beauty traits are used by the male peacocks for their courtship displays which are sights to behold.
30. Western Green Mamba
Scientific Name: Dendroaspis Viridis
How to Identify: Slender Body, Vibrant Green Scales, Large Head, Eyes surrounded by Black Markings, Smooth Scales, Long-Thin Tail.
Habitat: Dense vegetation, including rainforests, woodlands, and savannas
Size: 6 to 8 feet
Characteristic: Green mambas are usually shy and prefer to retreat from humans and danger instead of confronting them. However, when they become aggressive, they can deliver a series of rapid and precise bites. Countries where it’s found: Countries of West Africa – Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast.
Renowned for its potent venom, the Western Green Mamba is more dangerous than any other. Aggressive when threatened, the green mamba will raise its upper body into an “S” kind of shape and its fangs. With no hesitation to bite down, these snakes will strike threats multiple times. Their venom contains neurotoxins that affect the nervous system, leading to paralysis and respiratory failure if left untreated.
Scientific Name: Agapostemon spp. (Various species within the genus)
How to Identify: Vibrant metallic green, blue, or black bodies, Elongated head, Compound Eyes, Six legs, and Two Pairs of Wings.
Habitat: Meadows, Gardens, Forest Edges.
Size: Varying from species to species, typically ranging from 8-15 millimeters
Characteristic: Agapostemon bees are solitary bees. They are efficient pollinators and visually captivating for metallic body colors. Females typically dig tunnels in the ground and create individual brood cells, where they lay eggs and provide food resources for their offspring.
Countries where it’s found: United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Belize, etc.
Agapostemons are visually stunning bees. Their vibrant metallic color variations add a pleasing color to the environment around them. They are also known as sweat bees because of their attraction to human sweat. The salts and minerals present in the sweat are taken as nutrition in their diet.
List of Some Other Green Animals
- Green-Headed Tanager
- Green-Fronted Leafbird
- Inca Jay
- Eclectus Parrot
- Green Parakeet
- Dido Longwing Butterfly
- Buffalo Treehopper
- Glorious Scarab
- Green pug moth
- Green Kneel-Bellied Lizard
- Green Anaconda
- Leopard Anole
- Hump-Nosed Lizard
- Bamboo Pit-viper
- Common Dolphinfish
- Green Moral Eel
So next time you are out amidst vegetation or greenery, pay attention and look more carefully. You may find a green animal there hiding, camouflaged in its surroundings. This just proves to show how often we overlook certain things. Regardless we hope you found our list of green animals to be fascinating and entertaining as well.