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Latest from A-Z Animals

The 18 Weirdest Laws About Animals Throughout the World

Many laws are a product of their time, and even though they're on the books, they're actually rarely enforced. That's sometimes the case for the weirdest laws about animals as… Read More

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Cancer in Cats: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

There are certain words you never want to hear from your veterinarian. A cancer diagnosis is one of them. Whether your kitty has been recently diagnosed or you want to… Read More

By Angie Menjivar 7 hours ago


21 Countries That Still Have Lions (And What They’re Doing to Conserve Them)

Lions are one of the quintessential species of Africa, but they once ranged much further. In the past their habitat included parts of Asia and Europe as well as most… Read More

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The 11 Most Dangerous Elements on Earth

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Havana Brown Cat Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and Other Costs

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The 15 Most Popular Dog Breeds with Short Legs

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The World’s 20 Coolest Nocturnal Animals

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By Patrick MacFarland 3 days ago


12 Invasive Species Deliberately Introduced into the U.S. – Plus 1 INSANE Near Miss!

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Helicopter Airlifts Man Who Was Mauled by a Grizzly Bear in Popular Park

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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!

Mammals

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

Reptiles

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

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

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

Amphibians

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.

Invertebrates

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.

Insects

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 Australian Cattle Dog
Animals that Start with A

Example: The Australian Cattle Dog

A Beetle
Animals that Start with B

Example: The Beetle

A Clownfish
Animals that Start with C

Example: The Clownfish

A Dodo
Animals that Start with D

Example: The Dodo

A Eurasian Nuthatch
Animals that Start with E

Example: The Eurasian Nuthatch

A Frilled Shark
Animals that Start with F

Example: The Frilled Shark

A Gargoyle Gecko
Animals that Start with G

Example: The Gargoyle Gecko

A Honduran White Bat
Animals that Start with H

Example: The Honduran White Bat

A Imperial Moth
Animals that Start with I

Example: The Imperial Moth

A Jumping Spider
Animals that Start with J

Example: The Jumping Spider

A Koolie
Animals that Start with K

Example: The Koolie

A Little Penguin
Animals that Start with L

Example: The Little Penguin

A Moonglow Boa
Animals that Start with M

Example: The Moonglow Boa

A Northern Bobwhite
Animals that Start with N

Example: The Northern Bobwhite

A Ocelot
Animals that Start with O

Example: The Ocelot

A Platybelodon
Animals that Start with P

Example: The Platybelodon

A Quetzalcoatlus northropi
Animals that Start with Q

Example: The Quetzalcoatlus northropi

A Ruddy Turnstone
Animals that Start with R

Example: The Ruddy Turnstone

A Shih Tzu Mix
Animals that Start with S

Example: The Shih Tzu Mix

A Tsetse Fly
Animals that Start with T

Example: The Tsetse Fly

A Urial
Animals that Start with U

Example: The Urial

A Vicuña
Animals that Start with V

Example: The Vicuña

A Whimbrel
Animals that Start with W

Example: The Whimbrel

A Xingu River Ray
Animals that Start with X

Example: The Xingu River Ray

A Yellow Bass
Animals that Start with Y

Example: The Yellow Bass

A Zebra Shark
Animals that Start with Z

Example: The Zebra Shark

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
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
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

More Animal News, Facts, Rankings, and More!

8 Irritating Pests Repelled by the Scent of Lemongrass

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By Alanna Davis 3 days ago


Gargantuan Tiger Shark Caught Right Off Popular Florida Beach

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Drivers in Shock After 100+ Powerful Bison Flood the Road

It's been two years since a group of lucky tourists captured a unique sight in Yellowstone National Park: a large herd of bison causing a traffic jam. The herd was… Read More

By A-Z Animals Staff 4 days ago

The 15 Best Pets That Won’t Stink Up Your House

Some animals are pretty stinky. Ferrets, skunks, and even some dogs have a natural smell that you can't get rid of no matter what you do. For those who live… Read More

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How Often You Should Change Out Hummingbird Sugar Water

There's been quite a few warnings going around over the last few years about how some hummingbird feeders are hurting more than helping. There are a lot of rules when… Read More

By Nina Phillips 5 days ago


Powerful Python Completely Dominates Alligator in an Underwater Siege

Burmese pythons rank among the world's largest and most formidable snakes. They are an invasive species in Florida, spreading over thousands of kilometers. These powerful reptiles are ambush predators, striking… Read More

By A-Z Animals Staff 5 days ago

Fearless Bald Eagle Divebombs in Front of a Crowd and Steals a Hooked Shark

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10 High Vitamin D Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden This Summer

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By Kellianne Matthews 6 days ago


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The 15 Most Dangerous Beaches in the World

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By Jennifer Geer 7 days ago


Do Dragonflies Bite or Sting People? 5 Critical Things to Know

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Huge Great White Shark Spotted Off Alabama’s Coast Just in Time for Summer

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7 Plants That Attract Beautiful Bluebirds to Your Yard

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Nature’s No-Fly Zone: 4 Colors That Repel Birds Effectively

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The World’s Most Famous Grizzly Just Emerged With a Massive Surprise

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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.

Animal Encyclopedia With Facts, Pictures, Definitions, and More! FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What are the 6 types of animals?

The 6 types of animals are mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and invertebrates. Additionally, animals are classified in many different ways, which you may learn about in this complete guide to animal classification.

What are the 10 most popular animals?

The 10 most popular animals on AZ Animals are:

  1. Lion
  2. Panther
  3. Amur Leopard
  4. Polar Bear
  5. White Tiger
  6. Wolf
  7. Millipede
  8. Arctic Fox
  9. Marble Fox
  10. Rhinoceros 

How many animals are there?

There are over 1 million known animal species and more than 98% of those are insects, which are indeed animals.