Animals living in the Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands habitat

Bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, and peatlands are all various types of wetland habitat. Wetlands can be either seasonal or permanent, and are characterized by soil that is persistently inundated with water. Vegetation can vary widely, including everything from trees to simple grasses and reeds.

Due to the constant presence of large amounts of water, many wetlands have an active ecosystem under the water. It's impossible to describe the range of fish and crustaceans that live in wetlands, but some examples are crabs, catfish, lungfish, and mussels. These creatures also provide an abundant food source for many types of riverine birds. Herons, stilts, and bitterns are common sights in many wetlands throughout the world.

Reptiles and amphibians tend to be well represented in wetland ecosystems. Amphibians require water nearby in order to thrive, and wetlands provide the perfect habitat that mixes aquatic and terrestrial environments. This is why many swamps and marshes have such large frog and salamander populations. Additionally, many reptiles have become well adapted to the water. Some, like the alligator, have even become the apex predators of their ecosystem.

Most wetlands have relatively high insect populations. The easy breeding conditions provided by the standing water provides many species with an easy habitat to survive in. Mayflies, dragonflies, and mosquitos all find plentiful food and numerous breeding grounds in wetlands.

Even-toed ungulates

Pygmy hippopotamus
Water chevrotain
Nile lechwe
Marsh deer
Black-fronted duiker


Short-eared dog
Wild cat
Giant brazilian otter
Bengal mongoose
Crab-eating raccoon
African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
North american otter
American jackal
Arctic wolf
Red wolf
Common otter
Side-striped jackal
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Common fox
Maned wolf
Otter civet


Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Botswanan long-eared bat

Kangaroos, possums, wallabies, and relatives

Leadbeater's possum


Golden bamboo lemur
Collared mangabey


African elephant


Western vlei rat
Kivu climbing mouse
Sloggett's vlei rat
Congo forest mouse
Tropical vlei rat
Hopkins's groove-toothed swamp rat
Kerala rat
Pacific jumping mouse
Hildegarde's broad-headed mouse
Crab-eating rat
Pittier's crab-eating rat
Marsh rice rat
Shortridge's multimammate mouse
Cabrera's hutia
Eared hutia
Fox's shaggy rat
Dwarf hutia
African marsh rat
Little earth hutia
Montane shaggy rat
Round-tailed muskrat
Angolan marsh rat
Angoni vlei rat
Vlei rat
West african shaggy rat
Laminate vlei rat
Orinoco agouti
Large vlei rat
Delany's mouse

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