Natural Heritage of Indiana

Indiana Mammals

What types of animals currently live in Indiana? What do they look like, what do they eat, and where do they live?


Content adapted with permission from the Indiana Department of Natural Resouces, a partner in the Natural Heritage of Indiana project. More information from the IDNR Division of Fish and Wildlife can be found here.

There are many different types of mammals living in Indiana. Some of Indiana's mammals are listed below, but this is not nearly all of the mammals that call Indiana home! Click on the links below for a description of the mammal's identifying features, habitat, reproduction habits, population, and more.


Check out the Indiana State Museum's exhibit "Footprints" ISMWhat was the area like 10,000 to 11,000 years ago? Where did the big animals go? And what can we learn from our impact on the past that will make us better stewards of our environmental future?

With Footprints: Balancing Nature's Diversity, presented by Central Indiana Land Trust, the Indiana State Museum will trace our state's natural history from the Ice Age to today and beyond, considering how humans and environmental changes have affected ecological diversity and the world we live in. Drawing from the museum's collections, the exhibit answers questions about Indiana's past, shows the animals' overwhelming size and number, and suggests what it might have been like to walk among them.
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Our Hoosier State Beneath Us: Newspaper articles about a variety of topics related to Indiana's Natural Heritage Our Hoosier State Beneath UsThis series of 155 brief illustrated articles is part of a set of about 250 such articles produced by the Indiana Geological Survey between 1974 and 1984. The articles were distributed to and printed by newspapers all over Indiana. The topics range from coal to paleontology to people to geology. There is even a keyword search tool and a full table of contents. Browse Articles »

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