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Animals and nature in Argentina

Monkeys in the north, penguins in the south!

The flora and fauna of Argentina are as diverse as the country is "long". This means that completely different plants thrive from north to south. The habitat of the animals also varies greatly along the length of the country, because in the jungle-like part of Argentina you will encounter the classic fauna that is native to the tropics. Further south, penguins and sea lions waddle past visitors.

Animal observation in Argentina

Which animals you will see on your vacation depends on your destination area. Each travel region is home to the animals typical of their habitat.

NorthPampasAndsPatagoniaCoastal area / Tierra del FuegoPoxious animals
in the argentinian north, an area rich in rainforests, one meets the following animals:
  • different species of monkeys
  • Jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, umbilical pigs
  • Raccoons, coatis, anteaters
  • Reptiles like snakes and aligators
  • Bird life: hummingbirds, flamingos and parrots
  • In the rivers you can find piranhas as well as many other fish.
The pampas, the subtropical grass steppe in the east, is home to animals that prefer an open grassy landscape:
  • Armadillos
  • Maned wolves
  • Pampas foxes
  • Pampas cats
  • Pampas deer chief
  • Rhea
  • Hawks and herons
Western Argentina is used by the To the controlled. Live in this barren region:
  • Llamas, guanacos, vicuñas and the Andean condor
  • Predators such as the mountain cat, the puma and the Andean jackal
  • Flamingos near the salt lakes
The region Patagonia is basically sparsely populated in terms of wildlife. In the interior you can find a mixture of Andes and Pampas animals:
  • Pumas, rheas and guanacos; the pudú (a small deer from the southern Andes)
In the coastal area Patagonia as well as on fire land Life:
  • Magellanic penguins, fur seals, maned seals, sea lions and elephant seals
  • In the water: southern right whales, orcas, dolphins, hake, sardines, mackerel and dorados
Poisonous animals, namely snakes and spiders, do exist in Argentina. But attacks on people are extremely rare.
    • Coral snake: Bites are extremely rare, kills with neurotoxins, native to warm and humid areas
    • Giant coral snake: native to southern Argentina
    • Argentine coral snake: northern Argentina (Santa Fe, Mendoza, Formosa)
    • Painted coral snake: in the warm, humid northeast (Misiones)
    • There are also venomous snakes in Entre Rios, Correintes, South-West Misiones)
    • A subspecies of the lance viper can be found in La Rioja, La Pampa, Cordoba, San Luis, Mendoza, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán, Jujuy, Salta, Formosa, Chaco, Santa Fé, Corrientes and Misiones and Rio Negro
    • Banana spider: northern Argentina

Plants and nature in Argentina

The further you go from north to south, the more the green changes around you. From the tropical rainforest in the north to the short-grass steppe of the pampas, the huge glaciers in the west to the icy fjords of the Antarctic foreland areas.

NorthSoutheastPatagoniaAndes / Tierra del FuegoNorth Andes
Argentina's vegetation in the north: Typical tropical plants such as rosewood, guaiac wood trees, rosewood and quebracho trees and palm trees grow in the tropical and subtropical rainforest. The Gran Chaco, in the central north, is savannah-like with dry forests, especially Algarrobo trees and thorn bush savannahs.
Argentina's southeast: The pampa is a grassy expanse with few trees and a wide variety of grasses. Hikers walk among eucalyptus, American plane trees and acacias. The elongated strip of land of Patagonia is also almost treeless and mostly grassy with herbaceous shrubs and plants.
The elongated strip of land of Patagonia is also almost treeless and mostly grassy with herbaceous shrubs and plants.
More tree vegetation, especially coniferous walls, can be found in the southern Andes and on the island of Tierra del Fuego: spruce, cypress, pine and cedar. Likewise, the Araucaria, also known as the snake tree or monkey tail tree, which is native to the south, near the Chilean border.
If you go to the dry northern Andes, you will mostly come across undemanding and “grateful” cacti and thorn bushes.

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