Top 10 Most Harmless Wild Animals in the United States

White-Tailed Deer:The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) has huge antlers and a massive 31 – 40 inch body. However, they are docile and never fancy human presence.

Opossums:Opossums (Didephis virginiana) are almost found throughout the United States. They are generally non-aggressive but can display almost funny and quite mysterious mannerisms. 

Manatees:Manatees (Trichechus manatus) typically grace shallow coastal waters, rivers, and estuaries with their colossal 10 – 12 feet size. Despite their large size, manatees pose no threat to swimmers. 

Gray Wolves:These beasts are conspecifics to steppe and Iberian wolves but are entirely harmless to humans. Contrary to popular belief, grey wolves (Canis lupus) mostly tend to avoid human contact. 

Garter Snakes:Snakes are a strict no to most humans. The vague thought at their very mention is their sharp fangs and intimidating hissing sounds.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit:Eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) are classified as species of “Least Concern,” according to the IUCN Red List categorization.

Eastern Chipmunk:Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) are non-aggressive rodents harmless to humans. They’re typically lively during the day. You can often spot them in parks and fields foraging for food.

Eastern Box Turtle:The notion that brightly colored wild animals are often harmful doesn’t apply to the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina).

Basking Sharks:Encountering sharks in the vast ocean can be unnerving, and most people prefer to keep their distance. However, if you encounter basking sharks (Coterhinus maximus), there’s no need to panic. 

American Toads:American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) are harmless and common in the United States. These amphibians typically exist in the Western and Central United States and some parts of the South.

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