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Latest from A-Z Animals
June 5 Zodiac: Sign, Traits, Compatibility and More
The June 5th zodiac is full of positivity and inspiration. They have a can-do attitude and like to get stuff done. And they spend their days wearing multiple hats and… Read More
By Niccoy Walker 21 mins ago
Watch a Giant Lizard Use Its Tail to Slap a Harassing Dog Straight In the Face
Want to see a video of a monitor lizard’s method for controlling excessive dog barking? These two dogs are highly suspicious of the huge reptile and are making this known… Read More
By Sharon Parry 24 mins ago
June 2 Zodiac: Sign, Traits, Compatibility and More
The severe and intense June 2nd person searches for a problem-filled existence. They are quiet and intelligent but don’t know how to be content in life without having a serious… Read More
By Niccoy Walker 1 hour ago
Flying Beetles: Identification and Prevention Tips
Scientists have identified over 350,000 species of beetles. These insects take on many forms, and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some of them are less than… Read More
By Kyle Glatz 2 hours ago
Watch a Shifty Giraffe Shed an Attacking Lion like an NFL Running Back
There’s nothing quite as powerful as a mother’s love for a child. Even in the wild, a mother will do just about anything to keep her young safe and secure.… Read More
By Opal 2 hours ago
Discover the 9 Official State Animals of Massachusetts
Are you interested in learning about the state animals of Massachusetts? Massachusetts is a vacation favorite for New England tourists, and for good reason. Outside of the state’s rich history,… Read More
By Em Casalena 9 hours 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Latest Animal News, Facts, Rankings, and More!
Discover The Remains Hidden Beneath Florida’s Largest Hot Spring
Who doesn't love some Florida hot springs? Warm Mineral Springs is the world's largest natural mineral spring water. It is located in North Port, Florida. The springs are a real… Read More
By Em Casalena 9 hours ago
Discover the 9 Official State Animals of Maryland
The state of Maryland is situated in the Mid-Atlantic area. Baltimore and the suburbs of Washington, D.C. are home to metropolitan areas in the diverse state of Maryland. The state… Read More
By Em Casalena 9 hours ago
Can Groundhogs Climb Trees?
Because of their strong claws, groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) can readily climb trees, cliffs, and other surfaces. That being said, they only ascend when absolutely essential. It should come… Read More
By Em Casalena 9 hours ago
Discover the 9 Official State Animals of South Carolina
South Carolina is known as a beautiful coastal state with very diverse geography and animal life. Its natural regions are covered mainly by the Atlantic Coastal Plain, along with sandhills,… Read More
By Em Casalena 9 hours ago
Discover 7 Black Spiders in New Mexico
Do you find creepy, furry little spiders fascinating? If so, New Mexico is the perfect place for you. This southwestern state has a great variety of spider species in its… Read More
By Kaleigh Moore 12 hours ago
Bobcats in Virginia: How Many Are There and Where Do They Roam?
Bobcats are the only wild cat found native to Virginia. However, how many bobcats live in Virginia? And where do they live? Learn the answers to these questions and more… Read More
By Megan Martin 15 hours ago
What Nevada Gardeners Need to Know This Spring
Gardening is a fun pastime hobby that also bears fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet, the process is not the same in every place around the United States. Some states face… Read More
By Kyle Glatz 16 hours ago
The Largest Bluefin Tuna Ever Caught in Alabama
Bluefin tuna is a highly prized and iconic fish species that has captured the imagination of people worldwide. In Alabama, these fish are important to the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem.… Read More
By Alan 16 hours ago
Discover 9 Black and Yellow Snakes in Georgia
Located in the southeastern region of the US and spanning a vast 59,425 square miles, Georgia has some prime habitats for snakes to thrive in. In fact, Georgia is home… Read More
By Hannah Ward 17 hours ago
Black and Yellow Grasshopper: What Is It Called and Where Does It Live?
Black and yellow grasshoppers you find in the United States are Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers. This species is found mostly in the southeastern region of the United States. They're found in… Read More
By Kristin Hitchcock 18 hours ago
King Cobra vs. Honey Badger: Which Fearless Predator Wins a Fight?
It's finally time to find out who wins in a king cobra vs. honey badger battle! The king cobra is one of the longest snakes alive, and they have a… Read More
By Crystal 18 hours ago
Tulips that Grow Great In Michigan
Summers are warm in Michigan and winters are cold and snowy across the state, but even colder and more severe in the Upper Peninsula. Spring bulbs like tulips are a… Read More
By Gabrielle Nicole 18 hours ago
Discover The Largest Mountain Lion Ever Caught
The mountain lion, also known as the cougar or puma, is one of the most impressive big cats in North America. It is the second largest cat on the continent,… Read More
By Nilani Thiyagarajah 19 hours ago
How to Grow Sage: Your Complete Guide
Are you considering adding some sage to your garden but need help figuring out where to start? Sage has various uses and is a welcome companion to many different types… Read More
By Evan Porter 19 hours ago
1500 LB Great White Just Seen Minutes From North Carolina Beach
North Carolina’s Outer Banks are currently filled with college students on spring break. Those spring breakers are not the only ones enjoying the coastal Carolina waters, though. On March 25,… Read More
By Mike Edmisten 19 hours ago
The Biggest March Snowstorm in Massachusetts History
The snow fell like a sudden curtain of white over Massachusetts in March 1960. This extraordinary event brought the entire state to its knees. From Boston's harbor-front to rural farms,… Read More
By Gray Chapman 19 hours ago
How to Grow Corn: Your Complete Guide
Corn is a nutrient-dense crop and includes a variety of vitamins that are beneficial to human health. Moreover, it is easy to grow for gardeners of all skill levels in… Read More
By Evan Porter 19 hours ago
Discover 8 Brown Snakes Slithering Across New York State
New York is undoubtedly one of the best-known US states, but it’s also known for its animals. Although New York has a large urban area, it also has a vast… Read More
By Hannah Ward 20 hours ago
How Thick Is Hoover Dam?
Originally known as "Boulder Dam,” Hoover Dam was one of the most ambitious projects of the 1930s. Ever since the first bucket of concrete was poured, the southwest US has… Read More
By Andrew Wood 20 hours ago
Discover 10 Types of Green Beetles
Beetles are insects from the order Coleoptera. Over 350,000 species of these creatures have been identified and described throughout the world. Many more could be discovered in the future. With… Read More
By Kyle Glatz 21 hours ago
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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.