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Latest from A-Z Animals

Where Is New York State? See Its Map Location and Surrounding States

Located in the Northeast United States, New York State is one of the most famous states in the country, probably because of its shining star city, New York City. But… Read More

By Patrick MacFarland 10 mins ago

Top 10 Places to Spot Moose Across the U.S. This Fall

Found throughout parts of the northern United States is the mighty moose species, known for their towering antlers and captivating presence. As the vibrant colors of fall spread, creating all-new… Read More

By Trinity Londos 52 mins ago

Termites in Oregon: Types, Risks, and How to Prevent Them

Termites progress from an egg to a nymph and then to an adult. Oregon termites (Isoptera) are common because the weather is damp and humid. Most people hate to hear… Read More

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What is Tennessee Known For? 22 Things Tennesseans Love About Themselves

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Male vs Female Luna Moth: 3 Key Differences

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Discover the Oldest Church in Michigan

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How Deep Is the Illinois River in Oklahoma?

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10 Incredible Christmas Markets Only in Texas

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5 Best Homemade Dog Cakes Your Pet Will Love

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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!


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 Atlantic Salmon
Animals that Start with A

Example: The Atlantic Salmon

A Blue German Shepherd
Animals that Start with B

Example: The Blue German Shepherd

A Chow Shepherd
Animals that Start with C

Example: The Chow Shepherd

A Double Doodle
Animals that Start with D

Example: The Double Doodle

A English Shepherd
Animals that Start with E

Example: The English Shepherd

A Figeater Beetle
Animals that Start with F

Example: The Figeater Beetle

A Golden Dox
Animals that Start with G

Example: The Golden Dox

A Hyacinth Macaw
Animals that Start with H

Example: The Hyacinth Macaw

A Indian Elephant
Animals that Start with I

Example: The Indian Elephant

A Jamaican Iguana
Animals that Start with J

Example: The Jamaican Iguana

A Kokanee Salmon
Animals that Start with K

Example: The Kokanee Salmon

A Lizardfish
Animals that Start with L

Example: The Lizardfish

A Mountain Lion
Animals that Start with M

Example: The Mountain Lion

A Norrbottenspets
Animals that Start with N

Example: The Norrbottenspets

A Owlfly (Ascalaphidae)
Animals that Start with O

Example: The Owlfly (Ascalaphidae)

A Pyrador
Animals that Start with P

Example: The Pyrador

A Quagga
Animals that Start with Q

Example: The Quagga

A Rockfish
Animals that Start with R

Example: The Rockfish

A Spiny Hill Turtle
Animals that Start with S

Example: The Spiny Hill Turtle

A Timor python
Animals that Start with T

Example: The Timor python

A Uaru Cichlid
Animals that Start with U

Example: The Uaru Cichlid

A Vizsla
Animals that Start with V

Example: The Vizsla

A Walleye Fish
Animals that Start with W

Example: The Walleye Fish

A Xerus
Animals that Start with X

Example: The Xerus

A Yellowjacket (Yellow Jacket)
Animals that Start with Y

Example: The Yellowjacket (Yellow Jacket)

A Zebrafish (Zebra Fish)
Animals that Start with Z

Example: The Zebrafish (Zebra Fish)

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

More Animal News, Facts, Rankings, and More!

Leopard vs. Cape Buffalo: Who Would Win in a Fight?

Africa has a wide assortment of wildlife thriving in its various environments. Leopards are deadly predators that share a range with cape buffalo in parts of this continent, and they… Read More

By Kyle Glatz 3 hours ago

How Often Do You Water Poinsettias? 9 Critical Tips for a Thriving Plant (Even After the Holidays)

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By Isaac Peterson 3 hours ago

How Wide Is Lake Pepin?

About Lake Pepin A scenic view of Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River in early autumn. States such as Minnesota and Wisconsin are no strangers to beautiful lakes. One of… Read More

By Kirstin Harrington 4 hours ago

Pekingese Lifespan: How Long Do These Dogs Live?

The average Pekingese lifespan is between 12 to 14 years. This lifespan is about average for a smaller breed, as they tend to live longer than bigger dogs. Their primary… Read More

By Kristin Hitchcock 4 hours ago

Independent Cities Vs. Counties: 3 Key Differences

Have you heard about the independent cities in Virginia and are curious how they exist outside of a county? This is because they are something known as county equivalents. They… Read More

By Nina Phillips 4 hours ago

Where Is Arkansas? See Its Map Location and Surrounding States

Today, we head to the southern-central United States to visit a landlocked state. Arkansas is the 29th-largest state by area, and is famous for being the only one that produces… Read More

By Telea Dodge 4 hours ago

Witness Insane Power When This Rhino Gets Angry and Flips Over a Rhino Calf

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By Hannah Crawford 5 hours ago

Discover The Only Gorgeous Covered Bridge in Minnesota

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11 Incredible Christmas Markets Only in Ontario

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Great Dane Training Guide: Recommended Cues, Timelines, and More

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By Kristin Hitchcock 6 hours ago

Watch a Hyena Group Try to Bully a Lioness Before the Male Lion Arrives and Lays Down the Law

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By Hannah Crawford 6 hours ago

105 Great Japanese Cat Names and Their Meanings

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Discover the 10 States that Get the Most December Snow

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13 Secretly Amazing Places to Retire in Ohio

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By Lisa Bohler 8 hours ago

How Strong Are Ants? Relative Strength Compared to Humans and Other Animals

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By Adam Segaller 8 hours ago

Reindeer vs. Wolf: Who Would Win in a Fight?

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By Kyle Glatz 8 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.

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.