Memphis TN Wildlife Information

Tennessee Wildlife Commission: 615-781-6500

Tennessee Game WardenIf you have any questions about the wildlife of Memphis, you can contact the Tennessee Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Agency. Tennessee game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Memphis wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Memphis like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Animal Pros at 901-457-5919.


I also have listed several sources for free Memphis wildlife help. One example, if you've found an injured animal or lost baby bird or other baby animal is the Memphis Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic: 901-302-9362 Or just read below for more info about the wild animals of Memphis.

Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Memphis, TN

Tennessee State bird: Northern mockingbird, bobwhite quail
State mammal: Raccoon
State reptile: Eastern box turtle
State amphibian: Tennessee cave salamander
State fish: Largemouth bass, channel catfish
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug, European honeybee

Tennessee is usually assumed to be completely flat due to its central location in the country. This isn't the case, however. The eastern part of the state contains a section of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as the tallest peak in the range. Much of the landscape is flat farmland, but Tennessee has an abundance of trees throughout the landscape, particularly in what is known as the Blue Ridge section of the state. The summers are typically hot and humid, but higher elevations often show cooler temperatures in the winter accompanied by snow. Tornados do visit the state on an average of 15 per year, but fog tends to be the most persistent weather issue, especially in the Smokey Mountains.

The raccoon is the state mammal, and though Tennessee might recognize the cute critter as a representative, the warm weather and beautiful forests of this state only increase the chances people are going to have nuisance issues with the masked opportunist. Other nuisance animals that make their homes in Tennessee include snakes, rats, mice, squirrels, skunks, and porcupines.

Black bears in Tennessee can grow to be upwards of 500 pounds. They are the most common predator seen by hikers and campers, though there are other large predators in the state. Cougars and bobcats are the largest of the feline species present, and these cats are often bolder than their cousins in other regions of the country. The Tennessee park service warns campers about cougars and bobcats loitering around campsites. Coyotes are a presence in every area of the state, and red wolves were reintroduced into the region back in the early 1990's.

Known as the salamander capital of the world, the Smokey Mountain National Park has over 30 different species of salamanders in five different families, making it the most diverse population of such creatures in the world.

Tennessee also has an issue with armadillos. These animals, which can carry leprosy, are often hunted for food. They are docile and quiet, but they can do considerable damage to a yard overnight. Beavers and muskrats also can be problematic in Tennessee. With ample valleys and mountain streams, these semi-aquatic animals make their homes by damming up water and creating floods.

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Memphis, TN call Animal Pros: 901-457-5919

Memphis Raccoons:

This masked animal is fairly common in Memphis, TN. They frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. One of Tennessee's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Memphis raccoon removal.


Memphis Squirrels:

Squirrels are often a pest in Memphis. They love to live in an attic, and will chew on wood or electrical wires. They are agile creatures, and live throughout the state of Tennessee. Call Animal Pros if you need squirrel removal in Memphis.


Memphis Opossum:

You may spot this animal in Memphis at night time, perhaps rooting through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet's food or live under your porch. The possum is a great Tennessee survivor, and not all that ugly.


Memphis Snakes:

There are many species of snakes in Memphis, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Tennessee, browse this site or give us a call at 901-457-5919. We at Animal Pros can provide Memphis snake control any time you need us.


Memphis Rat Control:

The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Tennessee cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. Animal Pros can get rid of them once and for all.


Memphis Bats:

Bats are special animals, and found throughout Tennessee. They are good creatures and eat a lot of insects, but if you have an infestation of bats in your home or building, you can give us a call for professional Memphis bat removal and control.


REPORT WILDLIFE ISSUES: 901-636-7297

To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at 901-636-7297

If they can't help, call the Tennessee Wildlife Commission at 901-636-7297. You can also call your local sheriff department at 901-636-7297 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.


We are experts with all kinds of TN wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Memphis. If you need Memphis pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Tennessee beaver control and removal. Animal Pros also provides dead animal removal services. 901-457-5919

We service Memphis TN, and the greater metropolitan area, including the towns of Germantown TN, Collierville TN, Covington TN, Olive Branch MS, and South Haven MS.


Memphis Wildlife Tip
Opossum prevention methods
People tend to give the local wildlife people a call when they spot any kind of wild animal in their yard, but in reality, this could be just a waste of a phone call, especially when you take into consideration the things that you could do yourself to encourage your new visitor to leave. Think about it logically - there are only a few factors that are leading the opossum into your yard, so by taking these factors out of the equation, you could go back to having your home to yourself again in no time at all.

One of the things that it is probably best to avoid when it comes to opossum prevention methods is repellants. There is a whole market of these things and the rather disappointing news is that very few of them, if any, actually work. Some of them may even work for a few days and then stop working, simply because the animal has fast gotten used to them. If you are going to waste money on these repellants, you are probably going to better off just calling the local experts in such a field to sort the situation out for you.

Some people build fences around their gardens or yards in a bid to keep the opossums out, but even this could be a waste of time as they are fairly good climbers, especially when there is a low-lying tree branch or similar around to give them a little helping hand. Taking away the food source is a very sensible idea - things like moving the pet food inside and not leaving it on the porch, making sure that the garbage lid is firmly down and tied if necessary, and even figuring out a new plan for your compost heap. Once the food is taken out of the equation, you are more than likely going to find that the animal will just move elsewhere where food is more readily available.
Memphis, TN Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife - Rabies-infested bat bites citizen

Rabies can occur in wild and domestic animals such as dogs, cats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, wolves, jackals and other biting mammals. Animal Services warns residents to keep pets away from bats or other wild animals. Tennessee has an abundance of wildlife, and Memphis is no exception.

Newly acquired pets should be checked by a veterinarian and vaccinated, and family pets should be kept current on their rabies immunizations as well. Although several species of wildlife roam Memphis, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels and rats are considered pest wildlife.

Some symptoms of rabies include shyness in a usually friendly pet, restlessness, excitability, aggression, sudden mood changes or excessive drooling, according to WebMD. Animals that are normally active at night, such as bats, raccoons and skunks, seen active during the day is also a sign of infection. Tennessee has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Memphis snake species and mammals.

City and county residents are urged by Animal Services to be aware of wild animals on their property, particularly in rural areas, and report ill or oddly behaving animals to animal services immediately for instructions on proper disposal and disposition of the animal or carcass. Remember to treat the wild animals of Memphis, Tennessee, with respect and care.


Critter Problem at Your House? Hire Animal Pros
Wildlife removal is not a free service.

Memphis Wildlife ControlIf you have a Memphis wildlife problem and need help, call Animal Pros at 901-457-5919. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Memphis. They offer custom Memphis wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Shelby County in Tennessee. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 901-457-5919


We service all of Shelby County and the towns of Memphis, Collierville, Germantown, Bartlett, Millington, Arlington, Lakeland, and more.

You're still reading this page? We do not operate Memphis wildlife rescue, or a Memphis zoo or nature center, or Memphis wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Memphis to solve your problem for you, call Animal Pros: 901-457-5919 and they can help you with your Memphis wildlife problem.

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