Animals In The Grand Canyon

Animals in the Grand Canyon are well known for their variety and their place in the environment there. Invertebrates are animal who do not have a skeleton or backbone. This animal group is the largest group of animals, and makes up 97% of all animals. Of the Grand Canyon animals, invertebrates, mainly butterflies, place high on this list of biodiversity. The colorful insects feature vibrant paper-thin wings, six jointed legs, compound eyes, and exoskeleton. Divided in three segments, the butterfly’s body consists of a thorax (chest), head, and abdomen (on the tail end). Tiny sensory hairs cover the flying insect.

Other Invertebrates

Besides the 292 species of moths and butterflies living in the canyon, invertebrate animals in the Grand Canyon include, scorpions, tarantulas, darkling beetles, and wasps, known as tarantula hawks.

The Tarantula

One of the best-known animals, and the world’s largest spider, the tarantula feeds on small rodents, small lizards, and insects in the Grand Canyon. Black tarantulas in the canyon grow about 10 centimeters or 4 inches in length, and spend most of their time in burrows. While these animals often are thought as being dangerous, they do not produce a lethal sting. However, seeing one of the spiders can be rather unnerving.

Desert Bighorn Sheep

If you plan to visit the Grand Canyon anytime soon, you should take time out to review the animals in the Grand Canyon online. Doing so will make your journey more interesting and lend to the excitement of the trip. The canyon is home to coyotes, elk, and desert bighorn sheep. You can also see the bighorn sheep in places, such as the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

Learning more about the Animals in the Grand Canyon

If you choose to take a Grand Canyon bus to the canyon, you will usually stop off first at Hoover Dam. Animals here, as well as other parts of the Southwest, are unique to the region and many can only be seen in this locale. If you travel to the South Rim, you can learn more about the flora and fauna at a visitor’s center located inside the park. You can also ask tour guides about animals in the Grand Canyon as well as inquire about certain plants.

Where to Learn More about a Grand Canyon Trip

What do you want to do on your next vacation? If you plan to travel to Las Vegas, why not include a Grand Canyon bus trip on your itinerary? You can find out further details when you contact a tour company, such as Grand Canyon Destinations. Get your questions answered and arrange a booking by visiting the Grand Canyon Destinations website today.

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About the Author

Kyle Gooverton

Kyle Gooverton

A Grand Canyon enthusiast! A local Las Vegas resident that loves the flora and the fauna of all things Southwest.