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We believe that if people know more about the world’s creatures they will better care for them. That’s why we add new animals for you to discover – each and every day! Learn about any animal using the search box below or subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Also, be sure to check out our growing list of Animal Quizzes.

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Latest from A-Z Animals

Don’t Get Bit! Revealing 8 Snakes that Don’t Have Antivenom

Imagine stepping off the trail to take a photo of a unique wildflower when you suddenly feel a prick on your ankle. You look down to see the tail end… Read More

By Cindy Rasmussen 2 hours ago


Doberman vs German Shepherd: Which is the Better Guard Dog?

Both the Doberman and the German Shepherd are popular as protective guard dogs that can help keep your home and family safe. However, when it comes down to the Doberman… Read More

By Megan Martin 3 hours ago


T-Rex vs Spinosaurus: Who Would Win in a Fight?

The T-Rex was a massive dinosaur that roamed the planet 68-66 million years ago. The Spinosaurus was another, an even larger reptile that lived about 93.6 million years ago, so… Read More

By Kyle Glatz 14 hours ago

Anatolian Shepherd vs Kangal: Is There a Difference?

While the debate continues today as to whether or not there is a difference between an Anatolian shepherd vs Kangal, we’re here to shine some light on these two dog… Read More

By August Croft 15 hours ago


9 Dinosaurs With Long Necks

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs were abundant on the earth, and one common type was the sauropod. These dinosaurs had some of the longest necks in history and are also… Read More

By Emilio Brown 16 hours ago


Aspirin Dosage Chart For Dogs: Risks, Benefits, And When To Be Worried

Humans have made it second nature to reach for an aspirin pill when they feel any type of pain. Remember how that aspirin helped alleviate that headache you constantly have?… Read More

By Austin S. 17 hours ago

The 10 Non-Venomous Snakes in Georgia in 2024

Spanning 57,000 square miles, Georgia has a diverse range of habitats that are home to thousands of wonderful animals.  While some animals are incredibly rare or secretive and are hardly… Read More

By Hannah Ward 18 hours ago


Epic Battles: Grizzly Bear vs. Lion

Grizzly bears are some of the largest, most powerful mammals in the world. However, their modern range isn’t conducive to a meeting with lions, the big cats native to Africa.… Read More

By Kyle Glatz 19 hours ago


14 Dinosaurs That Lived in Texas (And Where to See Fossils Today)

Dinosaurs were exceptional creatures that pushed the limits of evolution. These beautiful creatures occurred in various shapes and sizes, from the enormous long-necked Diplodocus to the bipedal predators like the… Read More

By Taiwo Victor 20 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:

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 Armadillo Lizard
Animals that Start with A

Example: The Armadillo Lizard

A Bee-Eater
Animals that Start with B

Example: The Bee-Eater

A Chiton
Animals that Start with C

Example: The Chiton

A Dwarf Boa
Animals that Start with D

Example: The Dwarf Boa

A Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Animals that Start with E

Example: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog

A Figeater Beetle
Animals that Start with F

Example: The Figeater Beetle

A Great Plains Rat Snake
Animals that Start with G

Example: The Great Plains Rat Snake

A Havashu
Animals that Start with H

Example: The Havashu

A Italian Greyhound
Animals that Start with I

Example: The Italian Greyhound

A Japanese Squirrel
Animals that Start with J

Example: The Japanese Squirrel

A Kooikerhondje
Animals that Start with K

Example: The Kooikerhondje

A LaMancha Goat
Animals that Start with L

Example: The LaMancha Goat

A Maltese Shih Tzu
Animals that Start with M

Example: The Maltese Shih Tzu

A Nile Perch
Animals that Start with N

Example: The Nile Perch

A Owlfly (Ascalaphidae)
Animals that Start with O

Example: The Owlfly (Ascalaphidae)

A Peruvian Guinea Pig
Animals that Start with P

Example: The Peruvian Guinea Pig

A Queen Snake
Animals that Start with Q

Example: The Queen Snake

A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Animals that Start with R

Example: The Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

A Sheepshead Fish
Animals that Start with S

Example: The Sheepshead Fish

A The 5 Ugliest Monkeys In The World
Animals that Start with T

Example: The The 5 Ugliest Monkeys In The World

A Uintatherium
Animals that Start with U

Example: The Uintatherium

A Virgin Islands Dwarf Gecko
Animals that Start with V

Example: The Virgin Islands Dwarf Gecko

A Wahoo Fish
Animals that Start with W

Example: The Wahoo Fish

A Xenoceratops
Animals that Start with X

Example: The Xenoceratops

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 Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

Friendly, lovable and very strong!

A Irish Setter
Irish Setter

Has a beautiful coat that's flowing and feathered!

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!

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… Read More

By August Croft 21 hours ago


Monitor Lizard vs Komodo Dragon: What’s the Difference?

Monitor lizards and Komodo dragons are very similar creatures. In fact, Komodo dragons are a type of monitor lizard- but there are many different species of monitor lizards other than… Read More

By August Croft 22 hours ago


Sprats vs. Sardines: What Are The Differences?

Many beautiful and strange fish fill the oceans of the world. Although it’s more entertaining to talk about the large, dangerous sharks that lurk in the water, other important fish… Read More

By Kyle Glatz 23 hours ago

Rattlesnakes While Hiking: How To Prepare and What To Do If You See One

Most people who have gone outdoors in the American southwest know to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes while hiking. But, would you believe that rattlesnakes actually live across the… Read More

By Brandi Allred 1 day ago


Rooster vs Chicken: What’s the Difference?

While it can be difficult to know the difference between a rooster vs chicken at first, there are many key differences between these two birds. For example, while all roosters… Read More

By August Croft 1 day ago


Hinny vs Mule: Are They Different?

If you haven’t heard of a hinny yet, you may be wondering how they compare to mules. While there are many things separating a hinny vs mule, there are even… Read More

By August Croft 1 day ago

The Mastiff vs the Cane Corso: Key Differences Explained

The Cane Corso and the Mastiff are both working dogs and were bred as guard dogs and protectors. The Corso shares many physical similarities with the Mastiff, so one might… Read More

By Peralee Knight 1 day ago


Olde English Bulldogge Vs English Bulldog: What Are 8 Key Differences?

Is there a difference between an Olde English Bulldogge (or OEB) and an English Bulldog? You may think these two canines are the same based on their names, but you'd… Read More

By Jennifer Gaeng 1 day ago


Timber Rattlesnake vs. Eastern Diamondback: What Sets These Fanged Serpents Apart?

Vipers like the timber rattlesnakes and the eastern diamondbacks are venomous snakes with long formidable fangs. They derive their family name Viperidae from the Latin vivus, "alive" and parere, "to… Read More

By Gabrielle Monia 2 days ago

The One State You’re Most Likely to Get Struck by Lightning – And It’s Not Even Close

NOAA estimates there are around 40,000 thunderstorms on any given day around the world. With those thunderstorms, dangerous lightning can occur. In the U.S., Florida has the most days with… Read More

By Jennifer Geer 2 days ago


Vulture vs Buzzard: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that there is a difference between a vulture vs buzzard? While these names are often used interchangeably to describe the same bird, vultures and buzzards are actually… Read More

By August Croft 2 days ago


Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: What’s The Difference?

A cane corso and a boerboel are two separate popular domestic dog breeds that are similar in a variety of ways. They can both be trained to be hunting or… Read More

By Jennifer Gaeng 2 days ago

Discover the 7 Types of Rattlesnakes in Utah

Rattlesnakes in Utah begin emerging from their winter brumation around April, when the weather starts warming up. They remain most active throughout the summer, until the weather begins to turn… Read More

By Kellianne Matthews 2 days ago


Goat vs. Ram: What’s the Difference?

Goats and rams share several similarities at first glance, but there are many key differences between these animals that you can spot if you know what to look for. Here,… Read More

By August Croft 2 days ago


Hippo vs Crocodile: Who Would Win in a Fight?

Hippopotamuses and crocodiles are renowned for being two of the most dangerous creatures in all of Africa; both are arguably more dangerous than the lion. These creatures stalk the precious… Read More

By Kyle Glatz 2 days ago

F1 vs F1B vs F2 Bernedoodle: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that there are different types of bernedoodles known as F1 vs F1B vs F2 bernedoodles? What do these figures mean, how are these bernedoodles different from one… Read More

By August Croft 2 days ago


Pterodactyl vs Pteranodon: What’s the Difference?

There is still so much we don’t know about ancient creatures, whether they are reptiles or dinosaurs, including the differences between a Pterodactyl vs Pteranodon. These two creatures may belong… Read More

By August Croft 2 days ago


Red Shouldered Hawk vs Cooper’s Hawk: 5 Differences

There are so many different types of hawks that you may be wondering: what’s the difference between a red shouldered hawk vs Cooper’s hawk? While both of these birds of… Read More

By August Croft 2 days ago

11 Animals that Hunt Rattlesnakes

While human beings prefer to avoid rattlesnakes at all costs, there are some animals that hunt rattlesnakes as part of their daily meals or lives. But what might some of… Read More

By August Croft 2 days ago


Cat vs. Rattlesnake: Who Would Win in a Fight?

Domesticated cats are common pets that people love. Although we tend to think of them as relatively harmless, the truth is that these animals are adept hunters with very good… Read More

By Kyle Glatz 2 days ago


See all of A-Z Animals News and Information.

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.

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.