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American vs European Basset Hound: Is There a Difference?

You may not know this, but there are two distinct dog breeds known as the American vs European basset hound. While both of these dogs are essentially identical, are there any traits or distinguishing features that separate them from one another? Should you learn how to tell a European basset hound apart from an American […] Read More


Copperheads in Kentucky: Where They Live and How Often They Bite

Copperhead snakes are some of the most widespread venomous snakes that live in the United States. They are beautiful, a bit mysterious, and responsible for their fair share of bites! Today, we are going to take a look at these snakes and find out if they live in Kentucky. Let’s discover copperheads in Kentucky, where […] Read More


Why Do Dogs Dig Holes Constantly? Can You Stop Them?

We often read about digging being a “problem behavior” in dogs. In reality, it is only a problem when dogs do it in places that we don’t want them to! No one wants to see their carefully manicured lawn getting scratched to bits or a meticulously laid out flower bed destroyed by busy paws. If […] Read More

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The 7 Major Different Types Of Animals

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pet Guides: Everything To Know About Cat and Dog Breeds

Want to know how to raise a puppy or kitten? Curious to learn more about big and small dog breeds or cat breeds? Check out our comprehensive pets guides below!

A Irish Setter
Irish Setter

Can live for up to 16 years!

A Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

Friendly, lovable and very strong!

A Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

Trusting, kind and gentle!

See a complete list of dog breeds.

A Abyssinian
Abyssinian

The oldest breed of cat in the world!

A Australian Mist
Australian Mist

First bred in the 1700s!

A Ragdoll
Ragdoll

One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!

See a complete list of cat breeds.

Expert Pet Product Reviews

The AZ Animals team has spent years working with and studying the latest research on what products are best for our pets and yours, and we’re excited to share our expert pet product recommendations with you.

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Animals By Letter: Explore A to Z Animal Lists

A Arctic Wolf
Animals that Start with A

Example: The Arctic Wolf

A Bavarian Mountain Hound
Animals that Start with B

Example: The Bavarian Mountain Hound

A Crow
Animals that Start with C

Example: The Crow

A Death’s Head Cockroach
Animals that Start with D

Example: The Death’s Head Cockroach

A Eskimo Dog
Animals that Start with E

Example: The Eskimo Dog

A Flowerhorn Fish
Animals that Start with F

Example: The Flowerhorn Fish

A Gray Fox
Animals that Start with G

Example: The Gray Fox

A Horse
Animals that Start with H

Example: The Horse

A Indian Cobra
Animals that Start with I

Example: The Indian Cobra

A Jackson’s Chameleon
Animals that Start with J

Example: The Jackson’s Chameleon

A Kishu
Animals that Start with K

Example: The Kishu

A Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Animals that Start with L

Example: The Leaf-Tailed Gecko

A Mackenzie Wolf
Animals that Start with M

Example: The Mackenzie Wolf

A No See Ums
Animals that Start with N

Example: The No See Ums

A Ostrich
Animals that Start with O

Example: The Ostrich

A Praying Mantis
Animals that Start with P

Example: The Praying Mantis

A Quail
Animals that Start with Q

Example: The Quail

A Redtail Catfish
Animals that Start with R

Example: The Redtail Catfish

A Seahorse
Animals that Start with S

Example: The Seahorse

A Tiger Moth
Animals that Start with T

Example: The Tiger Moth

A Umbrellabird
Animals that Start with U

Example: The Umbrellabird

A Vampire Bat
Animals that Start with V

Example: The Vampire Bat

A Walking Catfish
Animals that Start with W

Example: The Walking Catfish

A X-Ray Tetra
Animals that Start with X

Example: The X-Ray Tetra

A Yellow Cobra
Animals that Start with Y

Example: The Yellow Cobra

A Zebra
Animals that Start with Z

Example: The Zebra

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Animal Reference Guides

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Basset Hound vs Bloodhound: What’s the Difference?

While they may look extremely similar, there are a number of differences between the Basset Hound vs Bloodhound. Given that both of these dog breeds are hunting or scent hound dogs, they have a lot in common. However, we are interested in their differences today. What separates them from one another and makes these two […] Read More


The 6 Reasons Dogs Lick Your Hands So Much

A happy dog will always try to lick you. Your hands are the first licking targets. There are many reasons for this canine behavior. Understanding the reason behind this behavior will allow you to love and appreciate your dog more. So, why does your dog lick your hands 100% of the time? Let us analyze […] Read More

Dogo Argentino vs Pitbull: 5 Key Differences

While the Dogo Argentino vs Pitbull look extremely similar upon first glance, what might some of the differences be between these two dog breeds? Both of these dogs are extremely powerful, loveable, and loyal- but what similarities bring them together, and what differences drive them apart? In this article, we will compare and contrast the […] Read More


Discover the Largest Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Dogo Argentino vs American Bulldog: 5 Key Differences

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What’s the Largest Organ in the Body?

The human body is a marvel about which we’re still learning. Organs are important parts of the body with various functions, from aiding in digestion to pumping blood around the body. These organs vary in size, too. Some of them, like the gallbladder, are about 4 inches long, and others are much longer. Today, we’re […] Read More


10 Spiders in Oklahoma

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5 Water Snakes In South Carolina

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Why Are Dogs So Loyal? Are They The Most Loyal Pet?

If your beloved pooch could speak, what question would you ask it? For me, a question that crosses my mind quite often is about the loyalty of dogs. Everyone knows that one of the most notable traits of dogs is their overwhelming loyalty. We call them man’s best friends for a reason. But I often […] Read More


The Coolest Dog Breeds

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What Animals Live in (And Near) the World’s Deepest Lake?

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Pond Snail vs Bladder Snail: What are the Differences?

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Trochus Snail vs Astrea Snail: What are the Differences?

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The 15 Biggest Lakes in New England

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The 10 Biggest Lakes in New Jersey

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True Owls vs Barn Owls: What Are The Differences?

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