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25 Examples of Solitary Animals

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Solitary animals are those that prefer to live and work alone. While some solitary animals may come together to mate or feed, they typically live their lives apart from others of their own kind.

Many animals have adapted to live solitary lives. They don’t need the protection of a herd or the help of a pack to hunt for food. In this article, we’ll explore 25 examples of solitary animals.

25 Examples of Solitary Animals

From mammals to insects and everything in between, we have put together a list of 25 examples of solitary animals.

1. Bear

Brown Bear
Brown Bear | Image by Robert Balog from Pixabay

Bears are typically large and aggressive animals that live alone in the wild. They are apex predators, meaning they sit at the top of the food chain.

Though bears may form small groups during mating season, for the most part, they prefer to be alone. They may be spotted in groups at a food source, but they’re still solitary creatures.

2. Tiger

Tiger
Image by Pfüderi from Pixabay

Tigers are solitary by nature. They live and hunt alone and will only come together for mating. They’re also very territorial, so you likely won’t see two living in the same area.

3. Snake

Eastern rat snake
Eastern rat snake | image by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

While some snakes do live in groups or dens, most prefer to be alone. This is because snakes are not social creatures and do not need the company of others to survive.

4. Tortoise

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise

Tortoises have been known to reach an age of over 150 years old. While they do sometimes congregate in groups, tortoises generally prefer to live alone and only interact with others during mating season.

5. Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros sniffing on the grass
Rhinoceros sniffing on the grass | image by oatsy40 via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Rhinos are large, herbivorous mammals with thick skin and one or two horns on their snouts. They are generally solitary animals and do not roam in herds like other creatures of their size.

6. Koala

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Koala in tree

The koala is very much a solitary animal. These tree-dwelling marsupials are found in the eucalyptus forests of Australia. They spend most of their time alone, munching on leaves.

7. Wolverine

Wolverine sitting on a log
Wolverine sitting on a log | image by Mathias Appel via Flickr

The wolverine is a scavenger and an opportunistic predator. It preys on small animals such as rabbits, rodents, and birds. They hunt alone and do not rely on a pack for survival.

Wolverines have been known to cache their surplus food. They will store food in burrows for later consumption.

8. Sunfish

Ocean Sunfish
Ocean Sunfish | image by Leon Brocard via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Sunfish are a type of fish that live by themselves. They are not social like other fish, and they do not school together.

Sunfish bask at the surface of the water alone. They’re so large that they have few threats, so they don’t really need to school like other fish.

9. Platypus

Platypus in shallow water
Platypus in shallow water | image by Klaus via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY 2.0

The platypus is a unique solitary animal found in eastern Australia. It’s a mammal, but it lays eggs instead of giving birth to live young.

It has a bill and webbed feet like a duck. Platypuses are also one of the few mammals that are venomous.

10. Leopard

leopard laying in a tree

The leopard is a solitary animal that does not live in groups like lions. Instead, the leopard lives alone except when it is mating or raising young.

11. Moose

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Moose are one of the largest members of the deer family. They are found in North America and Europe.

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Moose are generally solitary animals, although they may form small groups during the mating season or while raising their young.

12. Shoebill

The Shoebill is a large, stork-like bird that lives in Africa. It is a very shy bird that likes to stay by itself. It is not often seen in groups, and when it is, it is usually just a few birds.

13. Axolotl

Axolotl
Axolotl

The axolotl is a species of salamander that is native to Mexico. This solitary amphibian spends most of its time hiding in underwater caves or among aquatic plants.

14. Bobcat

Bobcat in the jungle
Bobcat in the jungle | Image by Eszter Miller from Pixabay

Bobcats are shy, reclusive cats that prefer to live and hunt alone. They are native to the American southwest and are excellent hunters, stalking and ambushing their prey with silent precision.

15. Red Panda

The red panda is a small mammal that is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. They are solitary animals that do not form social groups.

16. Turtle

image: Pixabay.com

There are several reasons why turtles may live a solitary life. Some turtle species are naturally shy and prefer to avoid contact. Other turtle species are aggressive and territorial.

17. Owl

Long-Eared-Owl
long-eared owl by Ivo Houška from Pixabay

Owls are a type of bird that is known for its nocturnal habits and hunting prowess. There are many different species of owl, and they are typically solitary creatures, only coming together to mate.

18. Gila Monster

The Gila monster is one of the few venomous lizards in the world. They are slow-moving and spend most of their time hiding in burrows or under rocks. They live very solitary lives.

19. Badger

Badger was looking at its prey
Badger was looking at its prey | image by caroline legg via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Badgers are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and even urban areas. They are typically nocturnal, solitary creatures and are most active at night.

20. Komodo Dragon

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Komodo dragons are solitary animals, spending most of their time alone. They are carnivorous, feeding on reptiles, birds, and mammals, and they have been known to kill and eat humans.

21. Skunk

Skunk chasing its prey
Skunk chasing its prey | Image by Silvia from Pixabay

Skunks usually live alone, though they may share their burrows with other skunks from time to time. They are not social creatures and do not form bonds with others of their kind.

22. Praying Mantis

Praying mantis
A Praying mantis

Praying mantises are one of the most well-known examples of solitary animals. Though they are often found in groups, each mantis lives and hunts alone.

23. Gopher

Gopher standing in grass field
Gopher standing in grass field | image by TomH2323 via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Gophers are rodents that dig underground and live in burrows. Unlike their close relative, the prairie dog, which lives in large groups or “towns,” gophers prefer solitude.

24. Tarantula

Tarantula on the ground
Tarantula on the ground

Tarantulas are large spiders that usually burrow or find shelter in rocky areas with crevices and caves. They do not live in family groups. They are usually very solitary in their burrows alone.

25. Fox

Fox on brown grass field
Fox on brown grass field

Foxes are generally solitary animals. They will usually only come together during the breeding season.

There have been instances where foxes have been seen traveling in packs. This is usually seen in Arctic regions where food is scarce, and the foxes need to work together to survive.

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