Mammals in Massachusetts
Find information about a variety of mammals found in Massachusetts.
There are nine species of bats that have historically lived in Massachusetts, several of which are state listed as Endangered.
Easily recognizable by its long, broad tail, and its noticeably big and sharp front incisor teeth, beavers are most active at night.
Massachusetts is home to two species of wild rabbit—the native New England Cottontail and the non-native Eastern Cottontail.
The Eastern Chipmunk is an industrious member of the squirrel family found in the United States, mainly east of the Great Plains.
Although many people call them “fisher cats,” fishers are neither members of the feline family, nor do they catch fish.
Learn about foxes in Massachusetts including their life cycle, habits, and how to identify them.
Moose can be found in central and western Massachusetts. Occasionally, a moose may even be spotted in the eastern part of the state.
Raccoons typically inhabit wooded areas adjacent to a water source; however, because they can find good food where people live.
The charismatic clowns of the weasel family, otters can be found near streams, rivers, lakes, and swamps.
The Virginia opossum is more closely related to kangaroos than to any other mammal in North America.
An extremely adaptable species, squirrels are at home everywhere from midtown parks to oak forests.
With their bold black and white patterning, bushy tails and wobbly gaits, skunks are easy to recognize.