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Discover 10 Different Colors Of Iris Flowers to Liven Up Your Yard

In the enchanting world of flora, the iris flower stands as a vibrant testament to nature's kaleidoscope of colors. These botanical marvels, with their striking blooms and unique hues, have… Read More

By Em Casalena 11 mins ago

The 10 Most Iconic Trees Native to West Virginia

The Mountain State is also a tree-filled state, boasting thousands of acres of coverage. Did you know that nearly 80% of the entire state of West Virginia is covered in… Read More

By Katarina Betterton 15 mins ago

The 9 Most Effective Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks in Your Yard

Ah, chipmunks. They’re tiny, they’re cute, and their unique gallop makes watching them scurry away a sight to behold. Your friendly, neighborhood chipmunks might be causing more harm than good… Read More

By Katarina Betterton 38 mins ago

Discover Minnesota’s Minnehaha Falls – The Majestic Waterfall in the Heart of a City

Cradled in the verdant surroundings of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s historic Minnehaha Park, the stunning Minnehaha Falls drops a breathtaking 53 feet. Part of Minnehaha Creek, the falls have captivated artists, photographers,… Read More

By Sanaphay Rattanavong 41 mins ago

Aquarius Zodiac: Personality Traits, Sign and More

What is the personality of an Aquarius zodiac sign like? Unique, innovative, and pragmatic, Aquarians are among the rarest of the zodiac signs, born during a fixed season. How much… Read More

By August Croft 53 mins ago

Discover the 8 Best Vegetables to Grow in Florida

In the balmy embrace of the Sunshine State, a lush world of vibrant greens awaits both novice and seasoned gardeners. Florida's unique climate and fertile soil make it a vegetable… Read More

By Em Casalena 56 mins ago

The Steepest Highway in New South Wales Is a Terrifying Treacherous Path

Living on an exceptionally steep road can be challenging. The steep incline often comes with breathtaking views, but it also comes with a list of considerations. Residents may enjoy stunning… Read More

By Kathryn Koehler 58 mins ago

See a Posse of Puffins Playfully Clash Beaks Like Children Playing With Toy Swords

It’s great fun down in the puffin enclosure! In this wonderful clip we see these adorable little puffins interacting by crashing their beaks in a bizarre dance move. Two of… Read More

By Sharon Parry 1 hour ago

Hibiscus Flowers: Meaning, Symbolism, and Proper Occasions

Hibiscus flowers add such vibrant bursts of color in gardens and tropical landscapes. However, they also hold a deep well of meaning and symbolism. They're not just pretty petals; they're… Read More

By Em Casalena 1 hour ago

The 7 Main Types of Animals And Their Characteristics

There are many different types of animals in the world, but some of the largest categories include:

Mammals around the world!


The official mammal class is Mammalia. Animals that are considered mammals include warm-blooded vertebrates that have hair or fur and whose babies drink milk. Unlike other animal types like birds and insects, all mammal babies drink milk that comes from their mother’s bodies. This is one of the key ways to know if an animal is a mammal.

See the complete list of mammals.

Close up of a colorful lizard


Lizards, dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, and snakes – all belong to that ancient and stout class of animals known as the reptiles. This is a diverse group with more than 10,000 different species and a huge representation in the fossil record. Once the dominant land vertebrates on the planet, reptiles still occupy just about every single ecosystem outside of the extreme north and south.

See the complete list of reptiles.

Beta fighting fish


Fish are aquatic vertebrates. They usually have gills, paired fins, a long body covered with scales, and tend to be cold-blooded. “Fish” is a term used to refer to lampreys, sharks, coelacanths and ray-finned fishes, but is not a taxonomic group, which is a clade or group containing a common ancestor and all its descendants.

See the complete list of fish.

Colorful birds


Birds, members of the class Aves, include more than 10,400 living species. Their feathers distinguish them from all other classes of animal; no other animals on earth have them. If you see an animal with feathers, it’s undoubtedly a bird. Like mammals, birds are warm-blooded vertebrates with four-chambered hearts. However, they are more closely related to reptiles and are believed to have evolved from dinosaurs.

See the complete list of birds.

Golden eyed leaf frog


The official class of amphibians is Amphibia. To have the classification of an amphibian, an animal must be a vertebrate, require water to survive, be cold-blooded, and spend time both on land and in water. Though other animals only live on land or in the water, amphibians have the unique ability to thrive equally in both. Amphibians cover over 6,000 different species across the globe, but about 90% are frogs.

See the complete list of amphibians.

Queen butterfly danaus gilippus on blue hydrangea flowers.


The definition of an invertebrate is any animal that does not have a backbone or vertebral column. The most prolific and easily recognizable members of the invertebrate family are insects. It’s estimated that upwards of 30 million individual species of invertebrates may exist accounting for between 90-95 percent of all organisms on the planet.

See the complete list of invertebrates.

Queen butterfly danaus gilippus on blue hydrangea flowers.


All insects are part of the taxonomical phylum Arthropoda, and they are collectively referred to as arthropods. It is common to see this name misspelled as “anthropod,” but this is not the correct term. They can be found in nearly every environment on the planet, and they currently account for over half of all known living organisms in the world. They have undergone many cycles of evolution depending on the resources available to them.

See the complete list of insects.

Explore Types of Wild Animals from Around the World

We track thousands of animals from every continent and corner on earth, and are adding more every day!

  • African Animals – Africa is home to some of the most incredible and dangerous animals in the world.
  • Asian Animals – Asia has the world’s longest coastline, and an amazing diversity of exotic animals, birds, and more.
  • Central American Animals – Discover the the nearly 400 different animals we track in Central America today.
  • Eurasian Animals – Eurasia has some of the rarest animals in the world, like Siberian Tigers and Snow Leopards.
  • European Animals – We track over 500 different animals in Europe, including wolves and bears.
  • North American Animals – North America has many beautiful national parks that house some of the rarest animals on earth.
  • Marine (Ocean) Animals – The ocean is teaming with life, from the smallest shrimp to the largest animal ever – the Blue Whale!
  • Oceanian Animals – Oceania has many islands, and the world’s highest concentration of marsupials.
  • South American Animals – Home to the stealthy Jaguar, the friendly Capybara, and many more!

See Endangered and Extinct Animals Lists

A-Z Animals follow’s the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species definitions of threatened and endangered animals. Please consult the lists below to learn more about which animals need our help the most

  • Extinct – Species that no longer exist on earth
  • Extinct in the Wild – Species that are only known to survive in captive or cultivated environments
  • Critically Endangered – Animals that face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild
  • Endangered – Animal species that face a high risk of extinction in the wild
  • Vulnerable – Animal species that face a risk of extinction in the wild
  • Near Threatened – Species that are facing population challenges and likely to become vulnerable to extinction soon
  • Least Concern – Animals with strong populations that are not expected to face extinction risk in the near future
  • Data Deficient – Species where we lack adequate information to assess the risk
  • Not Evaluated – Animal species that have not been evaluated yet

Types of Animals By Letter: Explore A to Z Animal Lists

See lists of animals that start with every letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. We track all types of animals like lions and tigers, dogs and cats, even dinosaurs and spiders. Choose your favorite letter below to see all animals that start with it today.

A Affenpinscher
Animals that Start with A

Example: The Affenpinscher

A Bombay
Animals that Start with B

Example: The Bombay

A Carpet Beetle
Animals that Start with C

Example: The Carpet Beetle

A Dachshund
Animals that Start with D

Example: The Dachshund

A Emperor Goose
Animals that Start with E

Example: The Emperor Goose

A Furrow Bee
Animals that Start with F

Example: The Furrow Bee

A Gentoo Penguin
Animals that Start with G

Example: The Gentoo Penguin

A Humboldt Squid
Animals that Start with H

Example: The Humboldt Squid

A Irish Setter
Animals that Start with I

Example: The Irish Setter

A Jumping Spider
Animals that Start with J

Example: The Jumping Spider

A King Salmon
Animals that Start with K

Example: The King Salmon

A Leopard Tortoise
Animals that Start with L

Example: The Leopard Tortoise

A Malayan Krait
Animals that Start with M

Example: The Malayan Krait

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Animals that Start with N

Example: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

A Ocean Whitefish
Animals that Start with O

Example: The Ocean Whitefish

A Pika
Animals that Start with P

Example: The Pika

A Quokka
Animals that Start with Q

Example: The Quokka

A Rim Rock Crowned Snake
Animals that Start with R

Example: The Rim Rock Crowned Snake

A Shetland Sheepdog
Animals that Start with S

Example: The Shetland Sheepdog

A Tree Kangaroo
Animals that Start with T

Example: The Tree Kangaroo

A Ural owl
Animals that Start with U

Example: The Ural owl

A Vampire Crab 
Animals that Start with V

Example: The Vampire Crab 

A Wolf
Animals that Start with W

Example: The Wolf

A Xiaotingia
Animals that Start with X

Example: The Xiaotingia

A Yellowtail Snapper
Animals that Start with Y

Example: The Yellowtail Snapper

A Zuchon
Animals that Start with Z

Example: The Zuchon

Everything To Know About Pet Dogs, Cats Birds, and More

Some of the most popular types of animals on earth are pets. A pet is a domesticated animal that lives with a person or family, usually in a house. The most common pets include dogs, cats, fish, and birds, but there are also many amazing exotic pets like reptiles, lizards, and more! Horses, goats, and pigs can also be pets too.

Pet Dogs

Dogs are the most popular type of pet on earth with nearly 500 million worldwide. Thats almost one dog for every 15 people on earth! There are hundreds of different dog breeds. The Irish Wolfhound is the largest dog breed, and was bred to hunt wolves. Chihuahuas are the smallest, and were likely bred for companionship or to hunt small rodents. The most popular dog breeds are below.

A Irish Setter
Irish Setter

Has a beautiful coat that's flowing and feathered!

A Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

Friendly, lovable and very strong!

A Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

Trusting, kind and gentle!

Pet Cats

Cats are the second most popular pet on earth with nearly 400 million worldwide. Thats almost one pet cat for every 20 people on earth! You can read about the hundreds of different cat breeds, from the large to the small. The most popular cat breeds are below

A Abyssinian

One of the oldest cat breeds in the world!

A Australian Mist
Australian Mist

The only cat breed to originate in Australia.

A Ragdoll

One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!

Pet Product Reviews

Pets are important members of our families and should be cared for. The AZ Animals team reviews the latest research on pet health, consults veterinarian best practices, and works directly with vet health specialists to review the best products for your dog, cat, and other pets. We’re excited to share our expert pet product recommendations with you, including the best dog food, best cat food, and best tanks for your pet fish

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5 Flowers That Look Like Bells and How to Identify Each

Claude Monet knew a thing or two about flowers. The French impressionist painted chrysanthemums, peonies, and roses, among others. “I must have flowers, always, and always,” he said. While a… Read More

By John Perritano 2 hours ago

Florida Is Home to 47 National Historic Landmarks… These 9 Are the Best Ones to Visit

From early Native Americans to the Spanish and the growth after the Civil War, Florida has an exceptionally rich history dating as far back as prehistoric times. So it’s no… Read More

By Niccoy Walker 2 hours ago

Discover the 10 Most Pet-Friendly Airlines 2023

For many people, flying alone can be an overwhelming experience. Numerous individuals believe that bringing your pet along can cause even more problems! Sometimes traveling on an airline with your… Read More

By Kirstin Harrington 2 hours ago

Discover When Leaves Change Color in Missouri (and 5 Beautiful Places to See Them)

Missouri is a great place to be when fall approaches. Over 2 billion trees call the Show Me State home. As the weather cools and nights grow longer, these trees… Read More

By Erica Scassellati 3 hours ago

12 Reasons You Should Never Leave Dog Poop In Your Yard

Whilst scooping poop may not be the most glamorous aspect of owning a dog, it is one of the most essential. Dogs take a poop several times a day and… Read More

By Sharon Parry 3 hours ago

The 7 Best Things Floridians Should Plant in October

The Sunshine State is unique when it comes to things Floridians plant in October. Florida is well-known for its mild winters and tropical climate, its proximity to the equator, and… Read More

By Thomas Godwin 3 hours ago

Traveling at Supersonic Speeds: How Fast Is Mach 6

The Mach number is the ratio between the speed of an object to the speed of sound. Scientists use this number to measure things that go very, very quickly. From… Read More

By Em Thomas 3 hours ago

Where Do Squirrels Go When It Rains?

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By Linda Bonvie 3 hours ago

7 Most Snake-Infested Rivers in Australia

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By Jorelle Baker 4 hours ago

What is Nevada Known For? Top 14 Things Nevadans Love About Their State

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By Loli Lucaciu 4 hours ago

Discover the Newest Lake in All of Mississippi

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By Jaydee Williams 5 hours ago

The 6 Fast-Growing Counties in Nebraska Are Exploding in Growth

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By Kyle Glatz 5 hours ago

See a Bird Pluck Fur From a Capybara to Make a Nest and It Is Happy to Oblige

We know that capybaras have a reputation for being laid back but the individual in this clip is taking it to a whole new level! The lovable rodent is lying… Read More

By Sharon Parry 6 hours ago

Discover the Official State Bird of Idaho

The official Idaho State Bird is the Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides). Two different states have chosen the Mountain Bluebird for their official state bird, including Idaho and Nevada. Idaho chose… Read More

By Tavia Fuller Armstrong 6 hours ago

Invasive Species Found in California Is Impossible to Eradicate

Although this tiny, invasive snail has been in the United States for over three decades, it's the first time anyone has detected it in California's Lake Tahoe. A news release from the California… Read More

By Jennifer Geer 6 hours ago

Discover the Most Expensive White Wine (and Where Its Grapes Are Grown)

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By Aaron Webber 6 hours ago

Baby Beaver: 9 Pictures and 8 Incredible Facts

With their innocent little faces and darling eyes full of wonder, baby beavers are some of the most delightful creatures around! These adorable little bundles of fur embody innocence and… Read More

By Kellianne Matthews 7 hours ago

Redwood vs. Sitka Spruce Tree: 5 Differences Between These Towering Giants

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By James Bell 7 hours ago

How Much Sun Do Mums Need? 5 Recommended Spots for Your Pots

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By Heather Hall 7 hours ago

Americans Are Flocking to These 6 Fastest-Growing Counties in Virginia

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Animal Reference Guides And Educational Resources

We believe if people are more educated about the world’s animals, they will better car for them. That’s why we are building the world’s greatest animal encyclopedia, completely free to you. Please take a moment to learn more about animals today using these helpful guides and resources:

  • Reference Library – See helpful information on conservation, classification, animal evolution, and more
  • Glossary – A list of scientific and technical animal terms, with definitions
  • Animal Habitats – Learn all about different animal habitats
  • Diet – The different animal diets like omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores defined with examples
  • Behavior – Learn all about animal intelligence, communication, community, language, migration, and more.