Animals That Start with A

Read below for information on 126 different animals that start with the letter A, from aardvark to aye aye. The most popular animal that starts with A is the Arctic Fox, the least popular is the African Elephant. Some fun facts about A name animals are:

  • The African Penguin is the only species of penguin in Africa
  • Despite being a popular freshwater aquarium pet, the Axolotl is one of the most difficult animals to find naturally as it’s only found in one complex of lakes near Mexico City.
  • The Amur Leopard may be the rarest big cat on earth

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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with A

Animals that Start with A

A Aardvark

Can move 2ft of soil in just 15 seconds!

A Aardwolf

The aardwolf has five toes on its front paws

A Abyssinian

The oldest breed of cat in the world!

A Addax

The hooves of the addax are splayed and have flat, springy soles, one of the adaptations that help it walk over sand.

A Adelie Penguin
Adelie Penguin

Eats up to 2kg of food per day!

A Affenpinscher

First bred in 17th century Germany!

A Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound

First used as a shepherd and hunter!

A African Bullfrog
African Bullfrog

The African bullfrog is one of only three species of frog that have “teeth.”

A African Bush Elephant
African Bush Elephant

Can drink up to 50 gallons a day

A African Civet
African Civet

Secretes up to 4g of musk every week!

A African Clawed Frog
African Clawed Frog

A particularly ferocious amphibian!

A African Forest Elephant
African Forest Elephant

Have large rounded ears to help keep them cool!

A African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot

When a grey parrot named Yosuke got lost, it was reunited with its owner after giving the owner's name and address.

A African Palm Civet
African Palm Civet

Solitary but gathers in groups!

A African Penguin
African Penguin

The only penguin species in Africa!

A African Tree Toad
African Tree Toad

Found in tropical moist lowland forests!

A African Wild Dog
African Wild Dog

Also known as the painted dog!

A Agama Lizard
Agama Lizard

The agama forms small social groups that contain both dominant and subordinate males.

A Aidi

This dog has a thick coat of fur despite its origins in Morocco, a country known for its hot temperatures.

A Ainu

An innate sense of direction!

A Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terrier

Very intelligent, independent and strong-minded!

A Airedoodle

This is a great pooch for rough-housing and one-to-one.

A Akbash

Often used as a guard dog!

A Akita

Very clean, intelligent and loyal!

A Akita Shepherd
Akita Shepherd

The Akita Shepherd descends from a lineage of working dogs.

A Alabai

The Alabai’s genes indicate that this breed has been around for more than 5,000 years.

A Alaskan Husky
Alaskan Husky

The Alaskan Husky is one of the most common sled dogs in the world

A Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai is very vocal and isn't shy when communicating with his family.

A Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamute

Often used as sled dogs!

A Alaskan Pollock
Alaskan Pollock

It's one of the most commonly eaten fish in the world

A Alaskan Shepherd
Alaskan Shepherd

This dog’s Malamute ancestors once came to America across the Bering Strait.

A Albacore Tuna
Albacore Tuna

The albacore is a very fast swimmer

A Albatross

The largest wingspan of any bird in the world!

A Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Aldabra Giant Tortoise

One got to be 255 years old!

A Alligator

They have two sets of eyelids!

A Alligator Gar
Alligator Gar

The alligator gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators

A Alpaca

They can spit up to 10 feet.

A Alpine Dachsbracke
Alpine Dachsbracke

Good companion and hard-working breed!

A Alpine Goat
Alpine Goat

Alpine goats are the most common type of goat used for milk, cheese, and other dairy products

A Alusky

Alusky dogs are known for their sledding pulling skills.

A Amazon Parrot
Amazon Parrot

These parrots can be trained to be "talking birds" that mimic human speech

A Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin)
Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin)

Also known as the 'Pink Dolphin'

A Ambrosia Beetle
Ambrosia Beetle

The ambrosia beetle forms a symbiotic relationship with the ambrosia fungi

A American Bulldog
American Bulldog

Can jump up to 6ft high!

A American Cocker Spaniel
American Cocker Spaniel

Merry, outgoing, and eager to please!

A American Cockroach
American Cockroach

Despite its name, actually originated from Africa and the Middle East

A American Coonhound
American Coonhound

Easygoing and people-friendly!

A American Dog Tick
American Dog Tick

Main vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

A American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo has splendid all white fur and an upturned tail

A American Foxhound
American Foxhound

Sweet, kind, loyal, and very loving!

A American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terrier

The American hairless terrier comes in two varieties with one having a very short coat.

A American Leopard Hound
American Leopard Hound

This breed is also known as the American Leopard Cur. The name was formally changed to American Leopard Hound in 2008.

A American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier

These dogs are very energetic and would be up for a game at any given point of time

A American Pygmy Goat
American Pygmy Goat

Can jump up to 5 feet

A American Robin
American Robin

The color “Robin egg blue” is named after the hue of their eggs.

A American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier

Bred to be extremely friendly!

A American Toad
American Toad

They secrete a milky poisonous liquid that can make many animals sick.

A American Water Spaniel
American Water Spaniel

Friendly and intelligent!

A Amethystine python
Amethystine python

Their milky-iridescent scales have a purplish hue in the light, reminiscent of the gemstone.

A Amur Leopard
Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth!

A Anaconda

They are the heaviest snake in the world

A Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Guards it's master's flocks!

A Anchovies

November 12th is celebrated as National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

A Angelfish

There are 70 different species!

A Anglerfish

The anglerfish has a glowing lure on its head to attract unsuspecting prey

A Angora Ferret
Angora Ferret

Was created as an accident.

A Angora Goat
Angora Goat

Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.

A Anole Lizard
Anole Lizard

There are just under 400 species, several of which change color.

A Ant

First evolved 100 million years ago!

A Antarctic scale worm
Antarctic scale worm

Similar in length to a rat or squirrel

A Anteater

Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!

A Antelope

Renew their horns every year!

A Ape

Love to learn, especially through observation

A Appenzeller Dog
Appenzeller Dog

Herding dog by nature!

A Apple Head Chihuahua
Apple Head Chihuahua

Apple Head Chihuahuas are toy breed dogs with a history dating back to ancient Mexico. They are lovable, loyal, smart and courageous with a lengthy lifespan despite being the world's smallest canines.

A Apple Moth
Apple Moth

In Australia the LBAM causes $21.1 million annually in lost production and control costs

A Arabian Cobra
Arabian Cobra

The Arabian cobra is the only true cobra species that can be found in the Arabian Peninsula.

A Arapaima

One of the largest freshwater fish

A Archaeotherium

The family Entelodontidae is commonly referred to as "hell pigs."

A Archelon Turtle
Archelon Turtle

Archelons are the largest turtles to have ever lived in the world

A Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Extremely thick winter fur!

A Arctic Hare
Arctic Hare

Eats berries found in the snow!

A Arctic Wolf
Arctic Wolf

Incredibly versatile and adaptive!

A Arctodus

The South American spectacled bear is its closest relative living today.

A Arctotherium

The first fossil from the genus Arctotherium was discovered back in 1852.

A Arizona Bark Scorpion
Arizona Bark Scorpion

Under UV light they glow a bright blue or green, making them easy to spot.

A Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Black Rattlesnake

Female Arizona black rattlesnakes sometimes share parenting duties.

A Arizona Coral Snake
Arizona Coral Snake

The Arizona coral snake is among the most venomous snakes of North America.

A Armadillo

Can curl into a hard, protective ball!

A Armadillo Lizard
Armadillo Lizard

They communicate through a series of tongue flicking, head bobbing and tail wagging, among other methods.

A Armyworm

They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food

A Aruba Rattlesnake
Aruba Rattlesnake

This rattlesnake only lives on the island of Aruba.

A Asian Arowana
Asian Arowana

The male Asian arowana raises the eggs in its mouth

A Asian Cockroach
Asian Cockroach

Originally discovered in Japan

A Asian Elephant
Asian Elephant

Domesticated for hundreds of years!

A Asian Giant Hornet
Asian Giant Hornet

The largest wasp in the world!

A Asian Palm Civet
Asian Palm Civet

It mainly eats mangos and coffee!

A Asian Vine Snake
Asian Vine Snake

This snake chews on its victims to release venom

A Asiatic Black Bear
Asiatic Black Bear

Known to eat 160 different tree-borne fruits in Thailand!

A Asp

It was the symbol of royalty in Egypt, and its bite was used for the execution of favored criminals in Greco-Roman times.

A Assassin Bug
Assassin Bug

The assassin bug is named for its quick strike ability.

A Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic Salmon

These fish are known for their ability to leap and fight when hooked.

A Atlas Moth
Atlas Moth

Adult atlas moths do not eat - they live off fat they stored as larvae.

A Aurochs

Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!

A Aussiedoodle

The breed has its own popular Instagram page (Aussiedoodles Daily)!

A Aussiedor

Aussiedors come in black, brown, cream, yellow, and almost every imaginable color due to their parentage!

A Australian Bulldog
Australian Bulldog

The Aussie is a strong swimmer, a good workout in nice weather.

A Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dog

High energy levels and active minds!

A Australian Cockroach
Australian Cockroach

The most common type outdoor roach in Florida

A Australian Flathead Perch
Australian Flathead Perch

This small fish fetches a high price tag, with individuals selling from $1,000 to $5,000.

A Australian Gecko
Australian Gecko

Geckos have 100 teeth and continually replace them.

A Australian Kelpie Dog
Australian Kelpie Dog

Friendly, intelligent and energetic!

A Australian Labradoodle
Australian Labradoodle

The "Australian" just refers to where the breed originated

A Australian Mist
Australian Mist

First bred in the 1700s!

A Australian Retriever
Australian Retriever

The Australian Retriever may have two different eye colors.

A Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd

Sweet, faithful and affectionate!

A Australian Terrier
Australian Terrier

Spirited, alert and courageous!

A Avocet

Has a curved, upturned beak!

A Axolotl

Found only in one complex of lakes!

A Aye Aye
Aye Aye

Thought to be extinct until 1957!

A Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin)
Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin)

Also known as the 'Pink Dolphin'

A Amur Leopard
Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth!

Our Newest Animals that Start with the Letter A

The most recently added Animals that start with the letter A.

A Amethystine python
Amethystine python

Their milky-iridescent scales have a purplish hue in the light, reminiscent of the gemstone.

A Apple Moth
Apple Moth

In Australia the LBAM causes $21.1 million annually in lost production and control costs

Animals that start with the letter A, including the Adelie Penguin & Arctic Hare