It is good to know the terrain and environment of any country you hoping to spend time in. When you are not a native to the lands, certain elements can take you by surprise. Argentina has a splendor of green hills and a natural beauty within its peaks. This also means there is wildlife that resides within the trees. Animals are indigenous to their regions from ocean to ocean. We share the planet itself with other varying species that we can find spectacular or very dangerous. Each has their own family of characteristics, food sources and habitats they thrive in.
Whether you stay at a friends or in a hotel, you may explore the trails or fields while you are there. Just like the people of Argentina, the animal kingdom is also pretty peaceful. There are a few you may want to watch for, especially if you delve deep into offsite places.
Animals You May See
There are a variety of foxes and cats that can be found from North to South depending on the area. While most are harmless it is good to keep a distance. Endangered Animals and not so friendly attitudes may end your trip rather quickly.
- Maned Fox- Similar to a red fox, the maned version stands at over three feet tall. It is known as the fox on stilts.
- Pampas Fox- A small friendly gray fox can be seen both day and night. They are adapted to humans and live peacefully in its habitat.
- Geoffroy’s Cat- A silver gray coat and a patterned tail give this cat away from a distance. It s good at hiding and doesn’t come out to socialize.
- Jaguars- These larger cats live closer to water and prey on other animals. They are not common to see and have decreased greatly due to poachers and farmers.
- Pumas- Pretty as the kitty, but larger than a Jaguar; Pumas have a reputation that precedes them. They can be seen mostly in mountainous or wooded regions and the National Parks.
As you are venturing, you may come across the largest rodent in the world. The Capybara is a fond resident of Argentina. They can row three to four foot in length and weigh over a hundred pounds. There is a good chance you might also happen upon a group of Guanacos. They look like Llamas because they are essentially one in the same. If you are walking and see a hopping rabbit of sorts that is the size of a small deer, you will have met the Patagonian Hare. Beware of the hares predator, the Patagonian Lancehead. This is a snake that can span up to almost three feet long and is deemed as highly dangerous.
Taking care as to not disturb or be in the path of animals while you travel is safe and smart. Argentinean animals come in all sizes, shapes and behaviors. It is the natural parts of Argentina that make it one of the most scenic places to visit.