Moving to Canada for the first time can be an incredibly exciting time in your life. The first few years of living in your new home is the optimal time to get out and go exploring. You can even break open your sense of adventure if you have lived in Canada but have recently purchased a new home.
Canada is an incredibly rich and resourceful place to live. There are many different types of environments ranging from bustling cities and buzzing beaches to serene lakes and calming forests. The diversity in people that you find in Canada is incredible. The diversity of wildlife living in Canada is equally as incredible. Once you have settled into your new home, get out and go find the animals listed below hiding in their Canadian homes.
Here are just a few animals that call Canada home:
The Short-tailed Swallowtail is an exceptionally beautiful black-brown butterfly with broken bands of yellow-orange and blue on its wings. It is found along the Atlantic Coast where the plants the support their survival thrive.
Vancouver Island Marmot
The Vancouver Island Marmot is found exclusively on the high mountains of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is the only known marmot to live in this location and can be spotted because of its rich chocolate brown fur and contrasting white patches.
The Vancouver Lamprey is another species found on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is an eel-like parasitic fish with circular rings of teeth inside of its mouth. It has a blue-black or dark brown topside and light underside and is currently listed as a threatened species in Canada under SARA.
The Gaspe Shrew is a short, light-grey, slender shrew and is native to Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. It prefers to roam in areas with rock outcrops and highlands with steep slopes.
Richardson's Collared Lemming
The Richardson’s Collared Lemming has chunky, grizzly brown fur during the warmer months, and pure white fur to blend into Canada’s snowy winters. It has stunted features and can typically be found in the northeastern region of Canada.
The Newfoundland Eelpout is truly a scientific rarity. There are few, if any, pictures available but scientists describe its appearance as small, long, slender, and nearly dragon-like in appearance. It can be found along the Atlantic Coast in Canada.
Banff Springs Snail
The Banff Springs Snail is another scientific rarity. It can be found in just five of Banff’s nine hot springs- environments that are exceptionally low in oxygen and nearly inhospitable to other species. It is very small and its shell is coiled left-handed.
Unlike its name suggests, the Copper Redhorse is an extremely rare species of fish. It is found only in the lowland rivers of southern Quebec and can be recognized by its blunt shape and coppery-tan scales.
The Peary Caribou is a small reindeer with dark grey fur during the warm months and white fur during the winter months. Its range spans all of Canada’s northern regions and occasionally across the border into the United States.
The animals listed above are by no means the only animals that you will encounter while living in Canada. These animals are simply animals that are found nowhere else on Earth. Remember to be safe on your adventures and to keep an eye out for these rare beauties.
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