7 of the most fascinating animals in North America

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Canada lynx : Canada and the US states of Alaska, Maine, Montana, Washington, Minnesota, Colorado (and potentially Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New Hampshire) are home to the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), which has long, thick fur, snowshoe-like feet, and black-tufted ears.

Gila monster  : The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) is the US's sole poisonous and biggest lizard. The Gila monster has orange and black stripes and spots and lives in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and northern Mexico.

Ringtail  : The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is a raccoon, not a lemur. Its distribution extends from Louisiana and Arkansas to California, southern Oregon, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Thick-billed parrot  : Formerly endemic to the US, the thick-billed parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) is now exclusively found in Mexico. Human-like laughing is made by thick-billed parrots.

Arctic wolf  : Arctic wolves (Canis lupus arctos) are grey wolf subspecies found in Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. 

Beaver  : The biggest North American rodent is the beaver (Castor canadensis). Beavers live in ponds they produce by damming streams, one of the few creatures that can greatly alter its habitat.

Alligator snapping turtle  : The biggest freshwater turtle in North America is the alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii). Their homeland is the US Southeast. Like Ankylosaurus, their enormous, spiky shells are intimidating.