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

African clawed frog

African clawed frog



African nail frog (Xenopus laevis) es an amphibian completely water, since he spends most of his life in the river bottoms y lagos. Although today it can be found throughout the entire African continent, it owes its name to its South African origin. However, due to their importance in scientific research it is possible to find them also in America and parts of Europe.

Closeup of an edible frog

Edible frog



edible frog (Pelophylax esculentus) First described in 1758, it is a fertile hybrid of two other European frogs, Pool's Rana and the marsh frog, which originated when the two frogs became isolated in the ice age.

Burrowing frog

Burrowing frog



La burrowing frog (Heleioporus) is a wild animal belonging to genus of amphibians composed of six large species. Only one of the six species is found in southeastern Australia and the rest of the frog species are found in western Australia.

Bull frog

Bull frog



rana toro (Lithobates catesbeianus) is a wild animal medium in size. Its name comes from the noisy sounds similar to a cow. Currently, like the edible frogs, bullfrogs are eaten by humans in parts of North America and are also raised as pets. But they have been introduced in other countries around the world, altering the natural ecosystem by becoming an invasive species that has no natural predators.

Fire-bellied toad

Fire-bellied toad



fire-bellied toad (Bombina) is a toad of the Bombina species, belonging to amphibians. Its size ranges from small to medium that it can be found natively in the European continent and North and Central Asia.