The animals of the lakes have peculiarities that other animals do not have, even some lakes have exclusive species.

What is a lake?

The lakes are fed by a small stream or river that are often closed areas where animals live. Sometimes they may include species that will not be found anywhere else in the world.

The animal species of the lakes

The lakes contain fresh water, therefore the animals of the sea cannot live there. They come to contain a wide variety of wildlife, from birds and insects (sedentary) to birds and mammals (nomads) that come to feed or reproduce.

Flamingos are characteristic animals of lakes

The flamingo is one of the animals of the lakes

Many species have adapted to life in lakes, even to the differences of each lake. Amphibian animals are the most numerous in them, although large herbivorous animals such as deer, zebras and giraffes can also be found that come to the lakes to drink together with omnivorous primates such as apes or monkeys.

The great African lakes

In Africa there are three large lakes that are home to a surprising variety of types of fish that only inhabit those lakes, such as cichlids, which are colorful tropical fish. There are an estimated 3.000 different species of cichlids inhabiting these three lakes, which vary dramatically in size, color, and shape depending on the lake.

Lake threats

As with the seas and rivers, the animals in the lakes are also in danger because man also pollutes their waters with the chemicals we produce.

If you need more information visit our section Aquatic animals.

List of lake animals

The axolotl is a popular amphibian in fish tanks. Albinos are bred in captivity.


axolotl is axolote (Ambystoma Mexicanum) is a amphibian type of salamander which has the rare trait of retaining its larval characteristics throughout its adult life. This condition, called neotenia, means that it maintains its tadpole-shaped dorsal fin, which runs almost the length of its body, and its feathery external gills, which protrude from the back of its broad head.

Brunette in profile

Moray eel

A grandmother capturing her food.


avoceta (Recurvirostra) is famous for having a remarkable conservation history. They returned from the brink of extinction in Britain in the mid-XNUMXth century and recolonized the beaches of East Anglia that were closed during the war.


barbel, also known as bearded (Bearded bearded) is a kind of fish de sweet water belonging to the carp family. They are easily recognizable by the large barbels on either side of their large carp mouths. They can be found throughout Europe and Asia, and are a very popular part of sport fishing. Anglers enjoy catching them because of their incredible strength and power.

The alligator spends most of its life in water.


alligator, brown alligator o common alligator (Caiman crocodilus) is a semi-aquatic reptile. The American is the reptile largest in North America and has been a successful predator for 200 million years.