Animals That Start with A

Updated: October 11, 2022
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A is the first letter in the alphabet, and the second most commonly used. Read below for information on 183 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.

Here you will find animals of all shapes and sizes and from all corners of the world. Aquatic marvels like the Amazon river dolphin change color as they age. Learn about mighty pachyderms like the Asian elephant, which has over 1,000 muscles in its trunk. And zoom in on smaller creatures, like the apple moth which burrows and makes its home inside leaves and fruits.

Some other 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

Aardvark

Aardvark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Tubulidentata
Family
Orycteropodidae
Genus
Orycteropus
Scientific Name
Orycteropus afer

Fun Fact: Can move 2ft of soil in just 15 seconds!

Aardvark Classification and Evolution Aardvarks are small pig-like mammals that are found inhabiting a wide range of different habitats throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. They are mostly solitary and spend their days sleeping in underground burrows to protect them from the heat of the African sun, emerging in the cooler evening to search for […] Read More


Aardwolf

Aardwolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Hyaenidae
Genus
Proteles
Scientific Name
Proteles cristata

Fun Fact: The aardwolf has five toes on its front paws

“Aardwolves play a positive role in the ecosystem by limiting the number of termites throughout their natural range.” The aardwolf is the lesser-known cousin of the striped and spotted hyenas. Because it’s shy, elusive, and nocturnal, it’s rarely encountered by people. The name aardwolf essentially means earth wolf in the Afrikaans and Dutch languages, but […] Read More


Abyssinian

Abyssinian Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis catus

Fun Fact: One of the oldest cat breeds in the world!

Perhaps too much emphasis is given to the uncertain point of origin of the Abyssinian cat. What truly matters is that this friendly, intelligent, curious, and companionable animal is here among us today. A lover of high places and eternally interested in watching what you are doing, the Abyssinian’s exquisite list of traits is the […] Read More


Abyssinian Guinea Pig

Abyssinian Guinea Pig Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Caviidae
Genus
Cavia
Scientific Name
Cavia porcellus

Fun Fact: They are one of the oldest breeds of guinea pig

“Abyssinian guinea pigs are one of the oldest breeds of guinea pigs, residing in the mountains of South America.” Summary Despite the name, guinea pigs are not pigs at all but a type of rodent. They are known for their uniquely rough, rosette-patterned fur and ability to make loud noises. These animals make spectacular house […] Read More


Acadian Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Tyrannidae
Genus
Empidonax
Scientific Name
Empidonax virescens

Fun Fact: Their nests are sloppily held together and have an abandoned appearance

“Search for these birds in the mid-story of tall trees and look for quick movements as they sally out to catch insects.” Summary The Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) is a small passerine bird native to North and South America, where they inhabit wet riverside forests. They spend their days swiftly maneuvering through trees as they […] Read More


Achrioptera Manga

Achrioptera Manga Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Phasmatodea
Family
Phasmatidae
Genus
Achrioptera
Scientific Name
A. Manga

Fun Fact:

Summary Achrioptera manga is a species of phasmid, also known as stick insects. This species is only found in a specific forest in northern Madagascar, making them one of the rarest stick insects out there. The males of this species feature a bright blue color, preventing them from blending into the green foliage. 5 Achrioptera […] Read More


Ackie Monitor

Ackie Monitor Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Varanidae
Genus
Varanus
Scientific Name
Varanthus acanthurus

Fun Fact: The ackie monitor has a spiny tail which it uses as in self-defense.

The ackie monitor has a spiny tail which it uses as in self-defense. Ackie Monitor Facts Although “ackies” is a nickname, herpetologists and animal professionals use to call ackie monitors.In their natural rocky habitats, they benefit from the pattern of their skin which serves as camouflage against predators.In the wild, color generally correlates with the […] Read More


Addax

Addax Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Addax
Scientific Name
Addax nasomaculatus

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

“Critically Endangered Antelope of the African Desert” This beautiful antelope, also called the screwhorn or white antelope once ranged over the Sahara Desert. Now it is on the edge of extinction due to poaching, climate change, overhunting, and habitat destruction. Fortunately, efforts are being made to return its wild population to healthy numbers. Read on […] Read More


Adelie Penguin

Adelie Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Pygoscelis
Scientific Name
Pygoscelis adeliae

Fun Fact: Eats up to 2kg of food per day!

Adelie Penguin Classification and Evolution The Adelie Penguin is the smallest and most widely distributed species of Penguin in the Southern Ocean and is one of only two species of Penguin found on the Antarctic mainland (the other being the much larger Emperor Penguin). The Adelie Penguin was named in 1840 by French explorer Jules […] Read More


Aesculapian snake

Aesculapian snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Zamenis
Scientific Name
Zamenis longissimus

Fun Fact:

The Aesculapian snake is one of the longest snakes in all of Europe. The Aesculapian snake may seem large and intimidating, but in reality, this non-venomous species is fairly harmless. The old adage that it is more afraid of you than you are afraid of it happens to be very true in this particular case. […] Read More


Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: First bred in 17th century Germany!

Key Points Affenpinschers were first bred as rat catchers in 17th century Germany.Puppies of this breed cost about $1,000 although their bloodlines may also determine their price.Affenpinscher puppies are rather small and require special attention to ensure they are kept safe while they indulge their natural curiosity. In Germany, Affenpinscher’s were used to hunt down […] Read More


Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: First used as a shepherd and hunter!

Afghan Hounds are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, though they are now found in several rescue shelters around the world. Afghan Hounds date back to ancient times, and the pedigree database dates back thousands of years ago by people of Afghanistan, North India, and Pakistan. Though they are easily found in […] Read More


African Bullfrog

African Bullfrog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Pyxicephalidae
Genus
Pyxicephalus
Scientific Name
Pyxicephalus adspersus

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

The African bullfrog is the biggest frog in sub-Saharan Africa. The African bullfrog is one of the biggest frogs on earth. Only the Goliath frog is bigger. It lives mostly in the central part of sub-Saharan Africa. It is a voracious eater and will swallow anything it can tackle but is also popular as a […] Read More


African Bush Elephant

African Bush Elephant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Elephantidae
Genus
Loxodonta
Scientific Name
Loxodonta africana africana

Fun Fact: Can drink up to 50 gallons a day

African Bush Elephant Classification and Evolution The African Bush Elephant is the largest of all living creatures on land today, with some individuals growing to weigh more than 6 tonnes. The Elephant is thought to have been named after the Greek word for ivory, meaning that Elephants were named for their uniquely long tusks. Although […] Read More


African Civet

African Civet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Viverridae
Genus
Civettictis
Scientific Name
Civettictis civetta

Fun Fact: Secretes up to 4g of musk every week!

African Civet Classification and Evolution The African Civet is a large species of Civet found across sub-Saharan Africa. The African Civet is the only remaining member in its genetic group and is considered to be the largest Civet-like animal on the African continent. Despite their cat-like appearance and behaviours, the African Civets are not felines […] Read More


African Clawed Frog

African Clawed Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Pipidae
Genus
Xenopus
Scientific Name
Xenopus laevis

Fun Fact: A particularly ferocious amphibian!

African Clawed Frog Classification and Evolution The African Clawed Frog is a large species of flat Frog that is primarily found dwelling at the bottom of lakes and rivers. The African Clawed Frog is also known as the Platanna and has a number of very unique features that mean it is specially adapted to its […] Read More


African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Haliaeetus
Scientific Name
Haliaeetus Vocifer

Fun Fact: African fish eagles belong to the genus of sea eagles

It is nicknamed the voice of Africa. Nicknamed “the voice of Africa,” African fish eagles have loud distinctive calls that reverberate over the freshwater lakes of sub-Saharan Africa. This large eagle inhabits areas near significant bodies of water with plenty of food. Its reach is far and wide throughout the continent; it is the national […] Read More


African Forest Elephant

African Forest Elephant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Elephantidae
Genus
Loxodonta
Scientific Name
Loxodonta cyclotis

Fun Fact: Have large rounded ears to help keep them cool!

African Forest Elephant Classification and Evolution The African Forest Elephant is one of two Elephant subspecies on the African continent. Until recently, scientists thought they were the same species. But further study revealed enough variation to warrant subspecies status. African Forest Elephants are slightly smaller than African Bush Elephants, but they’re still one of the […] Read More


African Golden Cat

African Golden Cat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Caracal
Scientific Name
Caracal aurata

Fun Fact: The first image of an African golden cat was captured in the wild in Gabon in 2002.

The first image of an African golden cat was captured in the wild in Gabon in 2002. Conservation Status The African Golden Cat is an elusive animal rarely observed in its natural habitat. The IUCN Red List declared the species as Vulnerable and on the decline because of habitat loss caused by commercial farming, wood […] Read More


African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Psittacus
Scientific Name
Psittacus erithacus

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

“The African grey parrot is the largest parrot in Africa.” Of all the talking parrots, the African grey parrot is one of the most amazing. Its intelligence is such that it not only talks but understands what it’s hearing and what it’s saying back. Unfortunately, this parrot is in such demand as a pet that […] Read More


African Jacana

African Jacana Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriformes
Family
Jacanidae
Genus
Actophilornis
Scientific Name
Actophilornis Africanus

Fun Fact: The males raise the young

“They have enormous feet with elongated toes.” The African jacana is one of our planet’s most unique and interesting birds. From their gigantic toes, fascinating parenting techniques, and quirky calls, these aquatic birds are a one-of-a-kind species to study. Learn all about this African bird, including where you can find it, how it cares for […] Read More


African Palm Civet

African Palm Civet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Nandiniidae
Genus
Nandinia
Scientific Name
Nandinia binotata

Fun Fact: Solitary but gathers in groups!

African Palm Civet Classification and Evolution The African Palm Civet (also commonly known as the Two-Spotted Palm Civet) is a species of Civet natively found in the tropical jungles of eastern and central Africa. Unlike the other Civet species which are all very closely related to one another, the African Palm Civet is in a […] Read More


African Penguin

African Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Spheniscus
Scientific Name
Spheniscus demersus

Fun Fact: The only penguin species in Africa!

African Penguin Classification and Evolution The African Penguin is a small to medium sized Penguin species that is found along the coast of South Africa and on a number of its surrounding islands. The African Penguin is thought to be most closely related to the Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins found in southern South America, and […] Read More


African Tree Toad

African Tree Toad Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Bufonidae
Genus
Nectophryne
Scientific Name
Nectophryne afra

Fun Fact: Found in tropical moist lowland forests!

Like many other toads and frogs in the same family, the African Tree Toad’s toxins have medicinal uses. The African tree toad is a small toad in the family Bufonidae, in the order Anura. Its habitat is the tropical and subtropical lowland forests of West and Central Africa. Its color is a combination of brown, […] Read More


African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Lycaon
Scientific Name
Lycaon pictus

Fun Fact: Also known as the painted dog!

African Wild Dog Classification and Evolution The African Wild Dog (also known as the Painted Dog and the Cape Hunting Dog) is a medium sized species of canine found across sub-Saharan Africa. The African Wild Dog is most easily identified from both domestic and other wild Dogs by their brightly mottled fur, with its name […] Read More


Africanized bee (killer bee)

Africanized bee (killer bee) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Apidae
Genus
Apis
Scientific Name
Apis mellifera

Fun Fact: Will chase intruders up to a quarter mile from their hives

Summary One of the most aggressive insects in the world, the Africanized bee is a hybrid of the western honey bee. Breeders created the first of these by crossbreeding East African lowland honey bees with European honey bee subspecies. Over the years, numerous hives escaped captivity and spread throughout North and South America. They are […] Read More


Agama Lizard

Agama Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Agamidae
Genus
Agama

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

The Agama Lizard live in small social groups consisting of a dominant male and several subordinate males and females. The agama is a genus of lizards that lives throughout sub-Saharan Africa. There are more than 40 recognized species within this genus, but for the purpose of this article, the common agama or red-headed agama lizard […] Read More


Agkistrodon Contortrix

Agkistrodon Contortrix Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Agkistrodon
Scientific Name
Agkistrodon contortrix

Fun Fact:

Agkistrodon contortrix, also known as the eastern copperhead snake, is a venomous type of viper snake native to forests throughout the eastern North American continent. Easily distinguishable by its vibrant copperhead with hourglass shape markings, this snake differs from other vipers by “freezing” when they encounter humans. That said, they still bite more people than […] Read More


Aidi

Aidi Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

Aidi dogs are rarely seen in other countries outside of their country-of-origin Morocco. Morocco in North Africa is the place of origin of the Aidi. Some people believe this dog’s history began in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. These dogs are experts at protecting herds of sheep and other livestock from jackals and other predators. […] Read More


Ainu

Ainu Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: An innate sense of direction!

Also known as Hokkaido dogs or Seta dogs, Ainu dogs are fluffy hunting dogs that have been native to Japan for hundreds of years. These strong, loyal, and dedicated pets are known for being extremely devoted to their owners and are often sought out as lifelong companions. Ainu dogs have chipper, upbeat personalities that are […] Read More


Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Very intelligent, independent and strong-minded!

Known as the King of Terriers, the Airedale’s origins date back to the mid-19th century in England. The Airedale Terrier’s main claim to fame is that it’s the biggest of all terriers. Known as the King of Terriers, the Airedale’s origins date back to the mid-19th century in England. The Yorkshire working class wanted a […] Read More


Airedoodle

Airedoodle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

Airedoodles have learned how to ride a skateboard. Your Airedoodle is a great animal! Relatively new to the United States, the Airedoodle appreciates human companionship and is ideal for an active family. We’re talking about the great outdoors family. The breed is a mix of poodle and Airedale Terrier. According to the American Kennel Club, […] Read More


Akbash

Akbash Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Often used as a guard dog!

Akbash dogs are a rare breed outside of Turkey. The Akbash, also called the Coban Kopegi, the Akbas, or Aky, is an ancient large to giant dog breed from Turkey dating back from 3,000 years ago. It was brought to North America in 1970. One of the best watchdogs, it is part of the Working […] Read More


Akita

Akita Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Very clean, intelligent and loyal!

Key Facts The Akita was once exclusively kept by the Japanese royal family and served as a hunting dog.Although it is fiercely loyal to its owner, the Akita may not get along well with other canines.The Akita must be socialized early in its life, unless it may exhibit anti-social behavior once it has grown. The […] Read More


Akita Shepherd

Akita Shepherd Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The Akita Shepherd descends from a lineage of working dogs.

As a mix between two working breeds, the Akita Shepherd can make a great guard or police dog. The Akita Shepherd is a mix of two big, strong dog breeds: the Akita Inu and the German Shepherd. These two breeds synergize well together. The Akita is a loyal and brave working dog that descended from […] Read More


Alabai (Central Asian Shepherd)

Alabai (Central Asian Shepherd) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

The Alabai’s genes indicate that this breed has been around for more than 5,000 years. The Alabai dog, commonly referred to as Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are a very large breed. They can be traced back over 5,000 years and have historically been used as a guard dog for goats and sheep. Today, the Alabai […] Read More


Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Husky Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

The Alaskan Husky is bred to be the ultimate sled dog. They can easily burn 10,000 calories a day in the grueling race. The Alaskan Husky is an athletic working dog that arose from a cross between several similar yet distinctive breeds. Genetically, it’s a close relative of the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. […] Read More


Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

The Alaskan Klee Kai loves to communicate with his family. In addition to barking, he makes other vocalizations, such as yodeling and howling. With an appearance similar to his larger ancestors, the Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, the Alaskan Klee Kai is an active companion for those who can provide the level of exercise these pups […] Read More


Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Often used as sled dogs!

Alaskan malamutes are highly intelligent and social dogs. They’re energetic and highly affectionate. The Alaskan malamute is a member of the spitz family of dog breeds and was bred by the Inuit people to pull their sleds. They have a similar appearance to the Siberian husky, but when they stand side by side, the giant, […] Read More


Alaskan Pollock

Alaskan Pollock Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Gadiformes
Family
Gadidae
Genus
Gadus
Scientific Name
Gadus chalcogrammus

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

The Alaskan pollock, also called walleye pollock, is closely related to Alaskan cod and haddock. The marine fish species lives in the North Pacific and the Arctic Ocean and is the national fish of Korea, where it has over 31 names. Caught from Alaska to northern Japan every year, this fish species is the world’s […] Read More


Alaskan Shepherd

Alaskan Shepherd Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

Both the Alaskan Shepherd’s parents, the Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd, were bred to have a wolf-like appearance (although the German Shepherd is a more recent breed, having been created in the 19th century). The Alaskan Shepherd is a hybrid crossbreed dog that blends together two hefty breeds: the Alaskan Malamute and the German Shepherd. […] Read More


Albacore Tuna

Albacore Tuna Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scombriformes
Family
Scombridae
Genus
Thunnus
Scientific Name
Thunnus alalunga

Fun Fact: The albacore is a very fast swimmer

The Albacore Tuna, or longfin tuna, is a large smooth-skinned pelagic fish that roams the open oceans in massive schools. As one of the main cornerstones of the world’s fishing industries, albacore stocks are carefully managed by governmental agencies to prevent overfishing. 3 Incredible Albacore Tuna Facts Schools of albacore can stretch up to 19 […] Read More


Albatross

Albatross Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Procellariiformes
Family
Diomedeidae
Scientific Name
Diomedeidae

Fun Fact: The largest wingspan of any bird in the world!

The albatross soars gracefully above the oceans, its wings stiff and firm against the strong gusts of wind. The sight of this familiar seabird and its massive wingspan flying high above the waters has seized the human imagination and inspired myths and folklore around the world for many centuries. It’s a true survivor with all […] Read More


Albertonectes

Albertonectes Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Plesiosauria
Family
Elasmosauridae
Genus
Albertonectes
Scientific Name
Albertonectes vanderveldei

Fun Fact: The Albertonectes had the longest neck out of other Elasmosaurids.

Introduction The Albertonectes (Albertonectes vanderveldei) was a genus of plesiosaur from the elasmosauridae family. They roamed the earth during the Late Cretaceous Period (100.5 to 66 million years ago) and are now extinct. The Albertonectes were different than your average dinosaur even though they are placed in the same category. They were more similar to […] Read More


Albino (Amelanistic) Corn Snake

Albino (Amelanistic) Corn Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Pantherophis
Scientific Name
Pantherophis guttatus

Fun Fact: Albino corn snakes great beginner snakes.

Albino corn snakes are a color morph of corn snakes with all the dark colors missing.  The first genetic color mutation discovered in corn snakes was albinism or amelanism. Dr. Bernard Bechtel first produced an amelanistic corn snake in 1961. Corn snakes are native to the southeastern United States and can live for up to […] Read More


Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Genus
Geochelone
Scientific Name
Geochelone gigantea

Fun Fact: One got to be 255 years old!

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Classification and Evolution The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is a giant species of Tortoise native to the Aldabra Islands in the Indian ocean. The Aldabra giant tortoise is one of the largest species of Tortoise on the planet and is also one of the world’s longest living animals, with one Aldabra Giant Tortoise […] Read More


Alligator Gar

Alligator Gar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lepisosteiformes
Family
Lepisosteidae
Genus
Atractosteus
Scientific Name
Atractosteus spatula

Fun Fact: The alligator gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators

The giant alligator gar is among the biggest freshwater fish in the world, but don’t let the large teeth and fearsome appearance fool you. It poses no particular risk of attack to humans. Unfortunately, this species has earned an unfavorable reputation in its native habitat as a trash fish. On the mistaken belief that it […] Read More


Allosaurus

Allosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Saurischia
Family
Allosauridae
Genus
Allosaurus
Scientific Name
Allosaurus fragilis

Fun Fact: Differnt Lizard” or Allosaurus weighed around two tonnes that is almost equal to a car.

Description and Size Allosaurus fragilis is a species whose Greek translation is “different lizard.” It is considered a main part of the Theropod group, meaning it preys on flesh.  They are one of the most dominant fossils found around the world which is why paleontologists had a lot to study. Here are a few facts […] Read More


Allosaurus

Allosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Allosauridae
Genus
Allosaurus
Scientific Name
Allosaurus fragilis

Fun Fact: Allosaurus is the official state fossil of Utah because of the abundant number of fossils found in the state.

The Allosaurus is a genus of large, theropod dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic epoch about 155 to 145 million years ago. It was a massive, bipedal dinosaur, which means it walked on its two hind legs and had short arms. It is one of the best-known dinosaurs of all time due to the abundance […] Read More


Alpaca

Alpaca Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Camelidae
Genus
Vicugna
Scientific Name
Vicugna pacos

Fun Fact: They can spit up to 10 feet.

The alpaca is a camelid mammal native to South America. Closely related to its larger cousin, the llama, the two species are able to interbreed. Yarn spun from alpaca wool is popular for warm, soft sweaters, socks, mittens, and hats, making the fur of these domesticated animals a valuable commodity. Five Incredible Alpaca Facts! The […] Read More


Alpine Dachsbracke

Alpine Dachsbracke Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Good companion and hard-working breed!

Alpine Dachsbrackes are experts at picking up scents on a trail that has gone cold. Take one look at the Alpine Dachsbracke and you may think you’re seeing a dachshund. This breed is a mix between a dachshund and an Austrian black and tan hound. It originated in Austria in the mid-nineteenth century. This breed […] Read More


Alpine Goat

Alpine Goat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra aegagrus hircus

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

“The alpine goat is one of the most popular goats for dairy production in the entire world.” With sweet faces and strong bodies, alpine goats are a common sight on farms and ranches throughout the Western world. The origin of these goats is generally accepted to be the mountainous French countryside, although the species has […] Read More


Alusky

Alusky Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Alusky dogs are known for their sledding pulling skills.

The Alusky is excellent at pulling sleds and carts like its purebred parents. Breed a Siberian Husky with an Alaskan Malamute and you get another dog that loves the cold weather! Specifically, you have a hybrid dog known as an Alusky. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this dog was first bred, it was created by […] Read More


Amano Shrimp

Amano Shrimp Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Atyidae
Genus
Caridina
Scientific Name
Caridina multidentata

Fun Fact: Popular kept in aquariums to keep them clean

Summary Popular in the aquarium trade, the Amano shrimp goes by many names, including the Yamato shrimp, Japanese shrimp, and algae shrimp. Native to Taiwan and Japan, they primarily feed on algae, hence their name. While they are born in freshwater, the larvae drift out to sea to develop before returning to freshwater as adults. […] Read More


Amargasaurus

Amargasaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Dicraeosauridae
Genus
Amargasaurus
Scientific Name
Amargasaurus cazaui

Fun Fact:

Have you ever seen a complete skeleton of a brand new species of dinosaur? When paleontologists discovered the Amargasaurus in 1984 in Argentina, they were amazed that the intact fossilized skeleton included a fragmented skull. This herbivore was a Sauropod that lived during the Cretaceous period and is one of the most-studied dinosaurs of the […] Read More


Amazon Parrot

Amazon Parrot Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Amazona

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

“An Amazon Parrot is a beautiful bird with lots of personality.” Amazon parrots, which are often called amazons, are large members of the Psittacidae family. They are mostly native to South America. There are 35 species and several subspecies, and many can be trained to be talking birds to some extent. Physical features include big, […] Read More


Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin)

Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Platanistoidea
Genus
Platanistidae
Scientific Name
Platanistoidea

Fun Fact: Also known as the 'Pink Dolphin'

The Amazon pink river dolphin is the biggest and smartest animal of the freshwater dolphin species. Discover why this elusive dolphins species turns a pink coloring and much more below! The Amazon river dolphin (also known as the pink dolphin and botos) is a freshwater animal. It lives in the Amazon and the Orinoco rivers […] Read More


Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Corallus
Scientific Name
Corallus hortulanus

Fun Fact: Amazon tree boas come in a rainbow of colors.

Amazon tree boas are widely kept as pets, but surprisingly little is known about them in the wild. This slender boa naturally comes in several colors, called phases. It’s a nonvenomous cousin to the emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus). Both are popular pets among experienced herpetoculturists and prized jewels of some zoo collections. Incredible Amazon […] Read More


Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: They use their bright royal-looking crests during mating season

“These flycatchers are named for their royal-looking crowns.” Summary The Amazonian royal flycatcher is a medium-sized passerine bird native to the Amazon basin in South America. It inhabits humid lowland forests near streams, where it lives quietly and primarily unnoticed. During courtship, however, it flashes its large, colorful fan-like crest in hopes of attracting a […] Read More


Ambrosia Beetle

Ambrosia Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera

Fun Fact: The ambrosia beetle forms a symbiotic relationship with the ambrosia fungi

“Some species of ambrosia beetle can fertilize eggs without a male.” The ambrosia beetle is a loosely related group of weevils/beetles that form a symbiotic relationship with the ambrosia fungi. A symbiotic relationship benefits both parties. The ambrosia beetle can burrow through dead or dying trees. Once it’s deep within the wood, they will then […] Read More


American Alligator

American Alligator Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Crocodilia
Family
Alligatoridae
Genus
Alligator
Scientific Name
Alligator mississippiensis

Fun Fact: They have two sets of eyelids!

Key Facts Alligators are found in 10 states with the highest populations found in Florida and Louisiana.Their scales darken with age and may turn almost black.Although they prefer to attack pets they may also attack humans if the latter wander too close. Classification and Evolution Alligators are in the same family as other large reptiles […] Read More


American Alsatian

American Alsatian Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact:

The American Alsatian was bred to look like the extinct dire wolf and to be an excellent companion. The American Alsatian was developed in California in the 1980s to be great companion dogs that look like the extinct dire wolf. These dogs are tall and are about 25 to 32 inches in height. They weigh […] Read More


American Bulldog

American Bulldog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Can jump up to 6ft high!

American bulldogs have stronger and longer legs than their British counterparts. This means that athletic American bulldogs can run faster and may be able to jump over obstacles that are 6 feet off the ground. When the first British colonists arrived in America, they brought their bulldogs will them. A few centuries of steady breeding […] Read More


American Bully

American Bully Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Though the American bully was bred to look intimidating, it makes an extremely friendly family pet!

Despite being a new breed, the American bully has cemented its place in dog lovers’ hearts. These excellent family pets are trainable, loveable, and loyal to a fault. The breed originated in the United States in the 1980s. Breeders created this companion dog from American pit bull terriers, American bulldogs, and American Staffordshire terriers. The […] Read More


American Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Merry, outgoing, and eager to please!

American Cocker Spaniels are very happy and affectionate dogs that make an excellent family pet. They are the smallest sporting dog that has gained recognition from the American Kennel Club. These dogs feature a rounded skull, squared lips, and long, low ears. The breed is separated into three different groups based on their coats, including […] Read More


American Cockroach

American Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodea
Family
Blattidae
Genus
Periplaneta
Scientific Name
Periplaneta americana

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

“The insects were introduced to America, Portugal, and Spain from Africa on ships involved in the Atlantic slave trade and other commerce after 1625.” The American cockroach, sometimes referred to as a waterbug in the United States, is a nocturnal pest that originated in Africa and the Middle East. It is believed that these roaches […] Read More


American Coonhound

American Coonhound Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Easygoing and people-friendly!

An American Coonhound, also called an American English Coonhound, is a dog with a laidback personality. If this breed is properly socialized, it makes a great dog for a family with (or without) children. They have a lifespan of up to 12 years. This breed dates back to early 19th century England. They are descendants […] Read More


American Dog Tick

American Dog Tick Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Ixodida
Family
Ixodidae
Genus
Dermacentor
Scientific Name
Dermacentor variabilis

Fun Fact: Main vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

“The American dog tick is the primary vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.” Ticks may be one of the most reviled insects on the planet. Their reputation is not unwarranted either; the American dog tick is responsible for more cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever than any other insect. American dog ticks are also known […] Read More


American Eel

American Eel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Anguilliformes
Family
Anguillidae
Genus
Anguilla
Scientific Name
Anguilla rostrata

Fun Fact: Don't eat raw eel! Their blood is poisonous to humans when consumed raw.

The American Eel is the only eel found in North America. Don’t confuse it with a water snake! It does have a long and thin body like a snake, but it is actually a fish. American Eels look slimy because they are covered in a layer of mucus. This slippery layer helps prevent infections from […] Read More


American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

The American Eskimo dog is a lively and alert dog breed with an all-white or biscuit fur color, striking black eyes, and a highly curved and upturned tail that bends back over the body. Despite its name, this breed is not associated with the Inuit at all. Instead, it was bred from the German Spitz […] Read More


American Foxhound

American Foxhound Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Sweet, kind, loyal, and very loving!

American Foxhounds have a rather bony and tall figure, giving them a much larger size than the closely related English foxhound. They have an incredible sense of smell to pick up any scent, and they have a strong, prominent neck. All these characteristics allow these dogs to have a greater speed and agility, especially over […] Read More


American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

All American hairless terriers descend from a pup named Josephine born into a litter of midsized rat terriers. The first American hairless terrier was born into a litter of rat terriers pups. The hairless puppy was given to Willie and Edwin Scott. The couple loved the canine because it could not get fleas, and they […] Read More


American Leopard Hound

American Leopard Hound Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

One of the most interesting facts about the American Leopard Hound is its diverse repertoire of different game animals. It can hunt raccoons, bears, bobcats, cougars, squirrels, and anything else that climbs into a tree. The American Leopard Hound is an old breed of tree and hunting dog with an excellent sense of smell and […] Read More


American Paddlefish

American Paddlefish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acipenseriformes
Family
Polyodontidae
Genus
Polyodon
Scientific Name
Polyodon spathula

Fun Fact:

The American Paddlefish is also regularly called the Mississippi Paddlefish. While this may seem confusing, this species is the only living animal in the Paddlefish family. Therefore, all Paddlefish common names refer to this species. This fish is closely related to Sturgeons. However, the species is quite old, with fossils dating back to 125 million […] Read More


American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

American pit bull terriers are known to be forever excited and would be up for games at any given point in time. Their clownish nature is accompanied by quite a bright grin. The American pit bull terrier is a dog breed that was originally bred in order to facilitate the baiting of bulls. Since then, […] Read More


American Pugabull

American Pugabull Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: American Pugabulls are medium-sized dogs that weigh between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height measures 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

The American Pugabull is a mix between a Pug and an American Bulldog. It inherits its social and bubbly personality from the Pug, and its protective and devoted nature comes from the latter. Because the American Pugabull has a great mixture of characteristics, they make perfect family pets. Still, they also do well with apartment […] Read More


American Pygmy Goat

American Pygmy Goat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra aegagrus hircus

Fun Fact: Can jump up to 5 feet

The American Pygmy Goat, also known as the African Pygmy, started out from breeding African Dwarf goats in French Cameroon. They should not be confused with Pygmy Goats of the United Kingdom, which have a much different appearance, though are similar in size. They are not a teacup breed, but they are very small. Most […] Read More


American Robin

American Robin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Turdidae
Genus
Turdus Linnaeus
Scientific Name
Turdus migratorius

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

“Most widespread and abundant thrush in North America” The American robin is a songbird in the thrush family. Thrushes are commonly referred to as “heralds of spring.” American robins have a positive relationship with humans. They are a friendly species that can help control pests. They also benefit the ecosystem by dispersing seeds from the […] Read More


American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Bred to be extremely friendly!

Despite their often tough appearance, American Staffordshire Terriers are not ideal guard dogs. The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as an AmStaff or Staffy, and the scientific name for dogs Canis lupus familiaris is one of the most popular family dogs. They can be friendly, almost to a fault. Despite their often tough appearance, they […] Read More


American Toad

American Toad Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Bufonidae
Genus
Anaxyrus
Scientific Name
Anaxyrus americanus

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

The American toad is a common species of toad that are found throughout the eastern United States as well as Canada. The American toad has three subspecies – the rare Hudson Bay toad, the Eastern American toad, and the Dwarf American toad. These toads are characterized by noticeable warts along with their stout bodies with […] Read More


American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Friendly and intelligent!

While the exact mix of dogs that were crossbred to create the American Water Spaniel are not fully known, many people suspect that the Irish Water Spaniel, the English Water Spaniel (now extinct), and the Curly-Coated Retriever were used. American Water Spaniels were bred in Wisconsin and Minnesota as hunting dogs who would be good […] Read More


American Wirehair

American Wirehair Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis catus

Fun Fact: American Wirehairs often play fetch with their owners

American Wirehairs are defined by their coarse, crimped fur, which people often compare to steel wool. It’s not hard to mistake them for American shorthairs as they are similar in looks and behavior, which is why they are often cross-bred. However, American wirehairs are very hard to find, and the Cat Fancier Association named them […] Read More


Amethystine Python (Scrub Python)

Amethystine Python (Scrub Python) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Simalia
Scientific Name
Simalia amethistina

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

The amethystine python is one of the six biggest snakes in the world when measured by weight or length. Found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, this species has a milky-iridescent sheen across its scales, giving it a purplish hue. The scrub python is popular as a pet because of its size and beauty; […] Read More


Amphicoelias Fragillimus

Amphicoelias Fragillimus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Sauropoda
Family
Diplodocoidea
Genus
Amphicoelia
Scientific Name
Amphicoelias Fragillimus

Fun Fact: Only one fossil has been found for this dinosaur and it was lost very soon after discovery.

“The Amphicoelias fragillimus had no natural predators due to its enormous size.” Summary The Amphicoelias fragillimus was among the largest dinosaurs that ever lived. This giant Sauropod lived 140 to 160 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Its fossils were found in Colorado. The Amphicoelias fragillimus was an herbivore that used its extraordinarily long […] Read More


Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera pardus orientalis

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

“The Amur Leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth”  The Amur leopard is an isolated subspecies of leopards surviving along the border of Russia and China. While the Amur leopard may be the most rare big cat on Earth, its numbers have been rebounding thanks to incredible conservation efforts. Incredible Amur Leopard Facts!  […] Read More


Anaconda

Anaconda Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Boidae
Genus
Eunectes
Scientific Name
E. murinus, E. notaeus, E. deschauenseei, E. Beniensis

Fun Fact: They are the heaviest snake in the world

“Anacondas are the heaviest snakes in the world.” Anacondas rival pythons for the longest snake in the world, but they far outdo pythons in weight. They are the heaviest snakes in the world, and can reach lengths of 20 feet for females. Anacondas are endemic to the Amazon and Orinoco River Basins of South America. […] Read More


Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Guards it's master's flocks!

Beginning in the 1970s, with the passage of the Endangered Species Act, American ranchers used Anatolian Shepherd to deter endangered predators that threatened livestock, since they were illegal to kill. The Anatolian Shepherd is a big, muscular breed of ancient guard dog that originated from what is now modern-day Turkey, perhaps as far back as […] Read More


Anchovies

Anchovies Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Clupeiformes
Family
Engraulidae

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

Anchovies are small green forage fishes. These fishes are very common and high in nutrition and belong to the family Engraulidae. There are more than 100 species of anchovies – most of which are found in marine waters. However, some of these small fishes are also found in brackish waters. While some others can also […] Read More


Andrewsarchus

Andrewsarchus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Genus
Andrewsarchus
Scientific Name
Andrewsarchus mongoliensis

Fun Fact: Andrewsarchus is the largest terrestrial mammalian carnivore to have ever lived.

Andrewsarchus is an extinct mammal that lived in the inner Mongolia region of China during the middle Eocene epoch about 56 to 33.9 million years ago. It was a large predatory animal closely related to present-day hippos and aquatic mammals such as whales. Not much is known about this mammal because only a single large […] Read More


Angelfish

Angelfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Pomacanthidae

Fun Fact: There are 70 different species!

Angelfish are known for their brightly colored scales. There are 90 species of marine angelfish. These omnivorous fish live in the Indian, Atlantic, and the western Pacific Ocean. They swim in and out of coral reefs in shallow areas of water. 3 Incredible Angelfish Facts! Changing Colors: One of the most interesting facts about these […] Read More


Angelshark

Angelshark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Squatiniformes
Family
Squatinidae
Genus
Squatina
Scientific Name
Squatina squatina 

Fun Fact: The angelshark’s range has contracted by more than 80% in the past century.

The Angelshark‘s range has contracted by more than 80% in the past century. The common Angelshark is a species of nocturnal bottom-dwelling shark that used to be quite common in the Mediterranean Sea and Northeast Atlantic. It is a type of “flat shark,” meaning the pelvic and pectoral fins are flat and wing-like, giving the […] Read More


Angled Sunbeam Caterpillar

Angled Sunbeam Caterpillar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Lycaenidae
Genus
Curetis
Scientific Name
Curetis acuta

Fun Fact: Create a silk bed that they use to attach themselves to leaves

Summary Famous for their wild defense tactic, angled sunbeam caterpillars belong to the gossamer wing butterfly family. When threatened, the caterpillars twirl around tentacle organs located in the two periscopes on their hind end. These tentacles can scare off predators while the caterpillars are busy eating or preparing to pupate before transforming into adult butterflies. […] Read More


Anglerfish

Anglerfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lophiiformes

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

The anglerfish is an order of deep-sea predators, some of them living at depths of more than 6,000 feet where sunlight is almost completely absent. This marine creature is very well-known for its bizarre appearance, sharp fangs, and bioluminescent lure extending from the top of the head, making it a truly rare deep sea creature. […] Read More


Angora Ferret

Angora Ferret Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Mustela
Scientific Name
Mustela furo

Fun Fact: Was created as an accident.

The angora ferret is a lush, beautiful, and soft version of the domestic ferret, though they are classified under the same scientific name. They come in many colors and are often encouraged as pets for children and families for their non-aggressive nature. Even though they have only been available for a few decades, breeders have […] Read More


Angora Goat

Angora Goat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra aegagrus hircus

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

If you want a warm mohair sweater or scarf, raise an Angora goat and make your own. The hair on Angora goats should grow about 1 inch per month. These animals originated in Angora in Asia Minor between 1571 and 1451 B.C. Even though they look like sheep, they are not a close relative. While […] Read More


Anhinga

Anhinga Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Suliformes
Family
Anhingidae
Genus
Anhinga
Scientific Name
Anhinga anhinga

Fun Fact: Their name means snake bird

Anhinga Summary “The anhinga’s name comes from the Tupi language and means ‘snake bird’” The anhinga is a type of water bird known for its snake-hunting abilities. Some of its other names are snakebird, American darter, or water turkey—all of which refer to some aspect of its unique personality and appearance. They are often mistaken […] Read More


Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Apodiformes
Family
Trochilidae
Genus
Calypte
Scientific Name
Calypte anna

Fun Fact: Anna's Hummingbird wings beat 40-50 times per second during normal flight

Anna’s Hummingbird’s tiny legs neither help them walk nor hop. Instead, they’re utilized for scooting side to side when perched. Anna’s Hummingbird Summary Anna’s Hummingbird is one of three species that are permanent residents of Canada and the United States. They are considered the fastest and some of the largest of all Hummingbirds. With a […] Read More


Anole Lizard

Anole Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Dactyloidae
Genus
Anolis

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

The name Anole Lizard refers to one of over 400 species of mostly color-changing lizards located primarily in South and Central America. There is a single species, the Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis, native to North America, which is sometimes called the American Chameleon. Though many anole lizards can exhibit color adaptations to their environment, the […] Read More


Anomalocaris

Anomalocaris Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Order
Radiodonta
Family
Anomalocarididae
Genus
Anomalocaris
Scientific Name
Anomalocaris

Fun Fact:

About half a billion years ago, life on earth was restricted to the sea. The planet was home to several bizarre and odd-looking creatures that occupied the oceans. One of the peculiar life forms that occupied the Earth’s ocean at the time was the Anomalocaris. This mysterious shrimp-like creature was a major predator that ruled […] Read More


Ant

Ant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Formicidae
Scientific Name
Formicidae

Fun Fact: First evolved 100 million years ago!

The ant is a small-sized invertebrate that is found all around the world, with the exception of the polar regions including the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. As with many other species of insect, there are numerous ant species inhabiting many different environments all around the world. Incredible Ant Facts There is a species of ants […] Read More


Antarctic scale worm

Antarctic scale worm Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Annelida
Class
Polychaeta
Order
Phyllodocida
Family
Polynoidae
Genus
Eulagisca
Scientific Name
Eulagisca gigantea

Fun Fact: Similar in length to a rat or squirrel

“A nightmarish looking gold scale worm that lives deep on the ocean floor in waters around the South Pole” Antarctic scale worms are cousins to more than 900 types of scale worms living in the planet’s oceans. This particular type lives in the frigid waters around Antarctica in the Southern Ocean at a depth of […] Read More


Anteater

Anteater Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Xenarthra
Family
Myrmecophagidae
Genus
Tamandua
Scientific Name
Myrmecophaga Tridactyla

Fun Fact: Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!

“A single anteater can consume up to 35,000 ants in one day.“ Anteater refers to several medium-sized insect-eating mammals found in the Southern Hemisphere. Anteaters are edentate animals, meaning they have no teeth. However, they use their long tongues to eat the insects that comprise the bulk of their diet. Giant anteaters, the most well-known […] Read More


Antelope

Antelope Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae

Fun Fact: Renew their horns every year!

“The antelope is one of the fastest land animals in the world” With its elegant, bounding leap, the antelope is an animal that roams the forests and plains of Africa and Asia, relying on its incredible speed and agility to elude the most fearsome predators. However, it is important to explain that ‘Antelope’ is a […] Read More


Anteosaurus

Anteosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Therapsida
Family
Anteosauridae
Genus
Anteosaurus
Scientific Name
Anteosaurus magnificus

Fun Fact: Although the Anteosaurus looked like a crocodile, it is more related to mammals than reptiles.

Anteosaurus is a genus of large mammal-like reptiles that lived during the Permian Period (266-260 million years ago). The Anteosaurus lived in a region that is now in present-day South Africa. It had a semi-aquatic lifestyle similar to that of present-day crocodiles. However, the Anteosaurus is not related to crocodiles. All members of the genus […] Read More


Ape

Ape Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Hominidae
Scientific Name
Hominoidea

Fun Fact: Love to learn, especially through observation

Ape Summary Apes are part of the superfamily of primates, the Hominoidea. The Hominoidea encompasses a variety of species called “lesser apes” and “great apes.” These include the gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee, bonobo and humans(!). There are other primates whose common name may include “ape,” but those species are not primates. Most primates are skilled climbers, […] Read More


Apennine Wolf

Apennine Wolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidea
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
C. lupus

Fun Fact: Wolves do not howl at the moon. They howl to communicate with other members of their pack.

Interesting Fact “According to legend, an Apennine wolf raised the twin brothers who founded Rome.” Apennine Wolf Summary The Apennine wolf is also known as the Italian wolf and is the unofficial national animal of Italy. It is native to the Apennine Mountains and the Western Alps. It nearly went extinct in the 1970’s due […] Read More


Appenzeller Dog

Appenzeller Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Herding dog by nature!

Appenzellers are known as mountain dogs. So, it’s no surprise they are part of rescue teams that search for travelers who become lost or injured on the Swiss Alps. The Appenzeller Sennenhund, also called an Appenzeller, is a colorful, energetic dog originally bred to herd cattle. In fact, they are categorized by the American Kennel […] Read More


Apple Head Chihuahua

Apple Head Chihuahua Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: 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.

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. Weighing up to 6 pounds and only up to 8 inches in height, the standard Apple Head Chihuahua gets its name from its […] Read More


Apple Moth

Apple Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Tortricidae
Genus
Epiphyas
Scientific Name
Epiphyas Postvittana

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

The Light Brown Apple Moth is one of the most invasive species of moths that flood our fruits and vegetables. As they are to grow up to 10 mm in length, apple moths burrow themselves and create their homes inside of leaves and the majority of common fruits. The apple moth was originally found in […] Read More


Arabian Cobra

Arabian Cobra Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Naja
Scientific Name
Naja arabica

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

The Arabian cobra is the only true cobra species that can be found in the Arabian Peninsula. Residing deep within one of the hottest ecosystems in the world, the Arabian cobra is rarely seen by people and remains elusive in the wild. They are considered to be extremely dangerous and have the ability to kill […] Read More


Arabian Wolf

Arabian Wolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
C. lupus arabs

Fun Fact: Rare desert wolf

The Arabian wolf, scientifically known as Canis lupus arabs, is a subspecies of gray wolf that is found solely in countries of the Arabian Peninsula today. It is one of the smaller subspecies of the grey wolf and is adapted to desert environments. While their size may vary from region to region, they remain significantly […] Read More


Arafura File Snake

Arafura File Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Acrochordidae
Genus
Acrochordus
Scientific Name
Acrochordus arafurae

Fun Fact:

“This snake reproduces every 8 to 10 years.” The Arafura file snake is an aquatic snake that inhabits freshwater lakes and streams in Australia. This non-venomous snake is known for its unusual, coarse skin and its large size. 4 Fun Facts About the Arafura File Snake • It gets its name from its coarse skin, […] Read More


Arambourgiania

Arambourgiania Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: The Arambourgiania was not a dinosaur but instead a pterosaur!

The Arambourgiania was a huge stork-like reptile. It had a wingspan of 25 to 30 feet and was three times taller than a human male! The Arambourgiania was a flying reptile. It lived from 66 to 77 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period, alongside many other dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Belonging to the Azharchids […] Read More


Arapaima

Arapaima Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Osteoglossiformes
Family
Arapaimidae
Genus
Arapaima

Fun Fact: One of the largest freshwater fish

The Arapaima (also known as the pirarucu or paiche) is an enormous freshwater fish found in the tropical waters of South America. It is the largest known freshwater fish and can weigh hundreds of pounds. However, they are also caring parents, as the male arapaima cares for his young in his mouth after they hatch […] Read More


Archaeoindris

Archaeoindris Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Palaeopropithecidae
Genus
Archaeoindris
Scientific Name
Archaeoindris Fontoynontii

Fun Fact: Archaeoindris was the largest primate to evolve in Madagascar

Archaeoindris is an extinct genus of giant lemurs that lived in Madagascar till about 350 BCE. The only known member of this genus is the Archaeoindris fontoynontii. This ancient lemur was similar in size to present-day gorillas and is the largest primate to have evolved on Madagascar. It belonged to a family of lemurs known […] Read More


Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Archaeopterygidae
Genus
Archaeopteryx
Scientific Name
Archaeopteryx lithographica

Fun Fact:

Archaeopteryx gets its name from two Greek words: archaīos and ptéryx. Translated literally, its name means “ancient wing.” Description and Size Archaeopteryx gets its name from two Greek words: archaīos and ptéryx. Translated literally, its name means “ancient wing.” Some refer to this ancient bird by its German name, Urvogel, which means “first bird” or […] Read More


Archaeotherium

Archaeotherium Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
†Entelodontidae
Genus
†Archaeotherium
Scientific Name
†Archaeotherium mortoni

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

Description and Size Archaeotherium (Archaeotherium mortoni) is an extinct artiodactyl dinosaur from the family Entelodontidae. Archaeotherium were mammals much like today’s pigs, sheep, camels, and cows. Its name, Archaeotherium, comes from the ancient Greek for “ancient beast.” The family Entelodontidae is commonly referred to as “hell pigs.” But they are actually not related to today’s […] Read More


Archelon Turtle

Archelon Turtle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Archelons are the largest turtles to have ever lived in the world

The Archelon turtle (Archelon ischyros) is the largest turtle on record. It is now extinct, having lived during the Late Cretaceous period 100 million to 66 million years ago. It is not believed to be related to any living turtles. Archelon Turtle Description and Size The Archelon turtle had a body mass of 4,900 pounds. […] Read More


Archerfish

Archerfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Toxotidae
Genus
Toxotes
Scientific Name
Labrus jaculator

Fun Fact: Archerfish can shoot a stream of water up to five feet with amazing accuracy.

The Archerfish (also known as the Spinnerfish) is a small fish ranging from Southeast Asia to Northern Australia. They are mostly freshwater fish with a few species that live in brackish habitats near the coastline. Typically, Archerfish are most known for preying on land-based insects by shooting them with a stream of water from their […] Read More


Arctic Char

Arctic Char Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Genus
Salvelinus
Scientific Name
Salvelinus alpinus

Fun Fact: Arctic char is the northern-most fish; no other fish lives anywhere further north!

“The arctic char is the northernmost freshwater fish!” Arctic char, also known by the scientific name Salvelinus alpinus, is a fish that is often confused with salmon or trout by those who are not experienced with fishing. They do have some similar features and are in the same family, but the arctic char is a […] Read More


Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Vulpes
Scientific Name
Vulpes lagopus

Fun Fact: Extremely thick winter fur!

“Arctic Foxes Are Iceland’s Only Native Mammal” Arctic foxes (often misspelled as artic fox or artic foxes) are small, adorable animals and have natural adaptations protecting them from predators and frigid temperatures. According to fossils, Arctic foxes got their start in Tibet during the Pliocene Epoch, 2.6 million years ago, then spread to North America […] Read More


Arctic Hare

Arctic Hare Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Lagomorpha
Family
Leporidae
Genus
Lepus
Scientific Name
Lepus Arcticus

Fun Fact: Eats berries found in the snow!

Arctic hares can run up to 40 miles per hour! The arctic hare is the largest of all North American hares. It has long claws on all four feet, but these on its hind legs are especially long, to allow it to dig into packed ice and snow when it runs and to make a […] Read More


Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canus Lupus Arcticus

Fun Fact: Incredibly versatile and adaptive!

“An Arctic wolf makes its home in places where the temperature can drop well below freezing.” Arctic wolves live in Greenland, Alaska, Iceland, and Canada. But, these wolves live in caves and not dens like other types of wolves. Their short noses and small ears help to maintain their body heat on the tundra. The […] Read More


Arctodus

Arctodus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

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

These bears lived in the Pleistocene Epoch 2.5 to 0.5 million years ago. The Arctodus is an extinct member of the bear genus. It’s also known as the North American short-faced bear and is sometimes called the bulldog bear. The face of the Arctodus has a smushed-in appearance. That’s why it’s sometimes called the bulldog […] Read More


Arctotherium

Arctotherium Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Arctotherium
Scientific Name
Arctotherium bonariense

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

Arctotherium is an extinct genus of big short-faced bears that first evolved millions of years ago and lived until the end of the last Ice Age. There are currently five recognized species: Arctotherium bonariense, Arctotherium tarijense, Arctotherium vetustum, Arctotherium wingei, and perhaps most well-known of all, Arctotherium angustidens (also known as the giant short-faced bear). […] Read More


Argentavis Magnificens

Argentavis Magnificens Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Cathartiformes
Family
Teratornithidae
Genus
Argentavis Magnificens

Fun Fact: The Argentavis Magnificens was the heaviest flight bird to ever exist

The Argentavis Magnificens had an impressive wingspan of up to 23 feet. That is about the same size as a small passenger plane! Summary The Argentavis Magnificens (literally translated to the Magnificent Argentine bird) was one of the largest birds ever to live. There are no modern-day birds to have a wingspan as large as […] Read More


Argentinosaurus

Argentinosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Genus
Argentinosaurus

Fun Fact: The Argentinosaurus weighed as much as 10 elephants!

Introduction The Argentinosaurus is a genus of sauropod dinosaurs that lived 92 to 100 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. They are considered to be one of the largest herbivorous dinosaurs to walk the earth. Their fossils have been found in Argentina in South America, hence this dinosaur’s name. In 1993, the genus […] Read More


Arizona Bark Scorpion

Arizona Bark Scorpion Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Scorpiones
Family
Buthidae
Genus
Centruriodes
Scientific Name
Centruroides sculpturatus

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

“Under UV light the Arizona bark scorpion glows bright blue or green.” The Arizona bark scorpion is a small but potentially deadly arachnid native to the Sonoran Desert of the United States and southwestern Mexico. Adult males only grow to about 3.14 inches and females up to seven inches. These resilient creatures live up to […] Read More


Arizona Black Rattlesnake

Arizona Black Rattlesnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Crotalus
Scientific Name
C. cerberus

Fun Fact: Female Arizona black rattlesnakes sometimes share parenting duties.

The Arizona black rattlesnake was the first rattlesnake seen interacting socially with other rattlesnakes. This venomous snake is usually between two and four feet long. The adults are dark brown to almost black, and juveniles are more brightly patterned. They live in the forests of Arizona and western New Mexico at altitudes above 4,000 feet. […] Read More


Arizona Blonde Tarantula

Arizona Blonde Tarantula Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theraphosidae
Genus
Aphonopelma
Scientific Name
Aphonopelma chalcodes

Fun Fact: They are covered in thousands of fuzzy blonde hairs.

Their bodies can get to be almost 3 inches long! The Arizona blonde tarantula, also called the desert blonde or Mexican blonde tarantula, is a hairy spider found in Arizona, New Mexico, California and northern Mexico. They prefer dry arid climates and are frequently found in the Sonoran Desert. Their bodies and legs are covered […] Read More


Arizona Coral Snake

Arizona Coral Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Micuroides
Scientific Name
Micruroides euryxanthus

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

The Arizona coral snake is among the most venomous snakes in North America. The Arizona coral snake, also known as the Sonoran coral snake or the Western coral snake, is highly dangerous to people. It should never be approached in the wild. Nevertheless, while their venom is highly toxic, the snake doesn’t always have the […] Read More


Armadillo

Armadillo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cingulata
Family
Dasypodidae
Genus
Dasypus
Scientific Name
Dasypodidae

Fun Fact: Can curl into a hard, protective ball!

“The armadillo is the only known mammal to have a fully developed shell.” Resembling an armor-plated vehicle, the armadillo is outfitted with formidable protection against its natural adversaries and predators, which are unable to pierce the tough hide. This natural defense has enabled this creature to thrive for millions of years across the Western Hemisphere. […] Read More


Armadillo Lizard

Armadillo Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Cordylidae
Genus
Ouroborus
Scientific Name
Ouroborus cataphractus

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

If you’ve ever wanted to say you own a dragon, the armadillo lizard is the perfect pet for you. Also called the armadillo girdled lizard, Golden-armadillo lizard, and dragon armadillo lizard, this South African reptile has spiny coats of armor, a cool defense mechanism that also leaves them — despite their tiny size — looking […] Read More


Armenian Gampr

Armenian Gampr Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Old school owners brush their coats with a rake once or twice a week, preventing major matting.

The Armenian Gampr is classified as a large-breed dog; however, they are more than just large; they are gigantic! These gigantic dogs were bred thousands of years ago in the Armenian Highlands to guard livestock. While Armenian Gamprs are gentle with both livestock and people, they are not very playful dogs and are more serious […] Read More


Armored Catfish

Armored Catfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Siluriformes
Family
Loricariidae

Fun Fact:

The Armored Catfish is a seriously invasive species that was originally from South America. Armored Catfish is the common name used to describe the largest family of catfish, loricariidae. They are known for the bony plates that cover their body.  These fish look like a typical catfish with whiskers and suckermouths and are bottom feeders […] Read More


Armyworm

Armyworm Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Noctuidae
Genus
Mythimna
Scientific Name
Mythimna unipuncta

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

“March like an army together to new crops in search of food” The common armyworm is a moth caterpillar found in many countries of the world including the United States. They originated in North America, Central America, and South America and then traveled with humans, such as on ships, around the world. In America, it […] Read More


Arsinoitherium

Arsinoitherium Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Embrithopoda
Family
Arsinoitheriidae
Genus
Arsinoitherium
Scientific Name
Arsinoitherium

Fun Fact: Arsinoitherium was a twin-horned mammal that looked like a rhino but is more closely related to present-day elephants.

Arsinoitherium was a twin-horned mammal that looked like a rhino but is more closely related to present-day elephants. This extinct genus lived in Africa and on the Arabian peninsula between the Late Eocene and Middle Oligocene periods (between 45 to 24 million years ago). Arsinoitherium is a genus of paenungulata mammals (almost hoofed mammals) along […] Read More


Arthropleura

Arthropleura Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Diplopoda
Order
Arthropleurida
Family
Arthropleuridae
Genus
Arthropleura
Scientific Name
Arthropleura armata

Fun Fact: Arthropleura was the largest terrestrial invertebrate to have ever lived

The Carboniferous Period was the era of giant invertebrates. This includes massive flying insects like the griffin flies and the millipede-like Arthropleura. Arthropleura is an extinct arthropod genus that looked much like modern-day millipedes and centipedes but was significantly bigger. It lived during the Carboniferous (about 345 to 280 million years ago). During this period, […] Read More


Aruba Rattlesnake

Aruba Rattlesnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Crotalus
Scientific Name
Crotalus unicolor

Fun Fact: This rattlesnake only lives on the island of Aruba.

The Aruba rattlesnake is a highly venomous pitviper that only lives on the island of Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela. This small rattlesnake feeds on various small animals, from rodents to lizards and birds. It is critically endangered, and the subject of conservation efforts to save the species. Amazing Facts About Aruba Rattlesnakes It’s […] Read More


Ashy Mining Bee

Ashy Mining Bee Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Andrenidae
Genus
Andrena
Scientific Name
Andrena cineraria

Fun Fact: N/A

Andrena cineraria, the ashy mining bee, is a species of solitary bee commonly known as the Danubian miner bee or the grey mining bee. The species is native to Europe. It is also found in North America, where it is an introduced species, and thus not as widespread as it is in its native range. Mining bees […] Read More


Asian Arowana

Asian Arowana Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Osteoglossiformes
Family
Osteoglossidae
Genus
Scleropages
Scientific Name
Scleropages formosus

Fun Fact: The male Asian arowana raises the eggs in its mouth

The Asian Arowana is known by many distinct names, including the Asian bony tongue and the dragonfish. The name dragonfish comes from its unique appearance, including the massive scales, bright lustrous colors, and the graceful movements through the water. They are very popular and highly sought after in the international pet trade. However, because they […] Read More


Asian Carp

Asian Carp Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cypriniformes
Family
Cyprinidae
Genus
Cyprinus
Scientific Name
Dependent on species

Fun Fact: Asian carp can consume 40% of their body weight in food a day!

Asian Carp Summary The Asian carp is a species of several heavy-bodied cyprinid fish that are referred to as “Asian carp” throughout the United States where they are considered to be invasive. Asian carp are native to Asia, and black varieties can be found in parts of Russia, Vietnam, and China. They prefer to inhabit […] Read More


Asian Cockroach

Asian Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodea
Family
Ectobiddae
Genus
Blattella
Scientific Name
Blattella asahinai

Fun Fact: Originally discovered in Japan

“The Asian cockroach was first discovered on the Japanese island of Okinawa.” Cockroaches have made their way onto every continent in the world, even Antarctica. They live everywhere humans live, and in many areas where people are absent. There are a shocking number of roach species around the world—almost 5,000. One species, the Asian cockroach, […] Read More


Asian Elephant

Asian Elephant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Elephantidae
Genus
Elephas
Scientific Name
Elephas maximus

Fun Fact: Domesticated for hundreds of years!

The Asian Elephant is the largest land animal in Asia. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world, but the Asian elephant is smaller than its cousin, the African elephant. This species is found throughout southeast Asia, primarily in forested regions in India. They are classified as endangered and are victims of poaching for […] Read More


Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Vespidae
Genus
Vespa
Scientific Name
Vespa mandarinia

Fun Fact: The largest wasp in the world!

The Asian giant hornet has reached fame thanks to its nickname online, the “murder hornet.” While the species stings can be quite painful, its estimated the hornets kill less than 40 people a year in countries across Asia. For perspective, 89 people in the U.S. died in 2017 from native hornets, wasps and bees, per […] Read More


Asian Lady Beetle

Asian Lady Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Coccinellidae
Genus
Harmonia
Scientific Name
Harmonia axyridis

Fun Fact: Asian lady beetles infest indoor spaces, but they do not reproduce indoors.

Asian Lady Beetles infest indoor spaces, but they do not reproduce indoors. Summary The Asian Lady Beetle is a large beetle in the coccinellid family (ladybug family). The beetle is native to Eastern Asia but was introduced to North America and Europe in the 1900s. Like other ladybugs, gardeners consider the Asian Lady Beetle a […] Read More


Asian Longhorn Beetle

Asian Longhorn Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Cerambycidae
Genus
Anoplophora
Scientific Name
Anoplophora glabripennis

Fun Fact: Their entire life cycle from larvae to beetle usually takes around 2 years in Asia. However, it may take longer in areas where they are an invasive species, like the UK and USA

The Asian longhorn beetle is one of the most invasive beetle species in the world. They have several common names, including sky beetle or starry sky. These names are derived from the white spots found on their reflective black shells, resembling stars in the night sky. People dread seeing Asian longhorn beetles because of their […] Read More


Asian Palm Civet

Asian Palm Civet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Viverridae
Genus
Paradoxurus
Scientific Name
Paradoxurus hermaphroditus

Fun Fact: It mainly eats mangos and coffee!

“Although not a cat, the Asian Palm Civet shares much in common with felines, including its hunting and tree-climbing.” The Asian Palm Civet occupies a broad range that stretches across much of southern Asia, from India to China. These creatures are most closely related to mongeese and weasels. Civets climb trees both to escape from […] Read More


Asian Vine Snake

Asian Vine Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squmata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Ahaetulla
Scientific Name
Ahaetulla prasina

Fun Fact: This snake chews on its victims to release venom

The Asian vine snake’s long, thin tongue resembles a worm that can lure in frogs and other prey. An Asian vine snake is also called Gunther’s whip snake. It’s native to Southeast Asia and lives in a forest habitat. This snake is notable for its bright green scales and a body the width of a […] Read More


Asian Water Monitor

Asian Water Monitor Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Varanidae
Genus
Varanus
Scientific Name
Varanus salvator

Fun Fact: The Asian water monitor is the second heaviest lizard in the world!

“The Asian water monitor is the second heaviest lizard in the world!” Asian Water Monitor Interesting Facts A group of Asian water monitor lizards is called a lounge.They can be sustained on a wide range of food including small and medium-sized animals, discarded human food, and decaying flesh.These lizards commonly feast on dead human bodies, […] Read More


Asiatic Black Bear

Asiatic Black Bear Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Ursus
Scientific Name
Ursus tibetanus

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

Asiatic Black Bear Classification and Evolution The Asiatic Black Bear is a medium to large-sized species of bear that is found inhabiting the deciduous tropical forest throughout Asia. Known to be closely related to the American Black Bear, the two species exhibit a number of similarities including their size, appearance, and behavior, and are thought […] Read More


Asp

Asp Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Vipera
Scientific Name
Vipera aspis

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

The asp is a poisonous snake that is native to parts of Europe. Although this reptile has long been associated with the culture of ancient Egypt, historians believe the Egyptian symbolism referred to a horned viper or a species of cobra. Asps are not native to Egypt, and their triangular heads slightly resemble those of […] Read More


Asp Caterpillar

Asp Caterpillar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Megalopygidae
Genus
Megalopyge
Scientific Name
Various

Fun Fact: N/A

An asp caterpillar is a type of caterpillar that can be found in various regions of the world, including North America. They are known for their venomous spines, which can cause skin irritation and, in rare cases, more severe reactions such as allergic reactions. Some species of asp caterpillars are also known for their bright […] Read More


Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Family
Reduviidae
Genus
Reduvius
Scientific Name
Reduviidae

Fun Fact: The assassin bug is named for its quick strike ability.

Assassin bugs are known for their impressive quick strike ability. The assassin bug is a large family that includes more than 7,000 species. The name comes from the highly predatory and stealthy behavior. While they do have the ability to deliver a painful bite, most species are actually beneficial to people, because they consume crop […] Read More


Assassin Snail

Assassin Snail Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Neogastropoda
Family
Nassariidae
Genus
Clea
Scientific Name
Clea helena

Fun Fact: The snail-eating snail.

The name “assassin” is enough to strike fear into the hearts of all who hear it, but in reality, assassin snails are not scary at all. Assassin snails are highly sought after by owners of household marine habitats because of their predilection for snail meat. While they are the bane of other snail species everywhere, […] Read More


Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Salmon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Genus
Salmo
Scientific Name
Salmo salar

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

The Atlantic salmon is a ray-finned fish species and the third largest fish in the family Salmonidae, after the Pacific Chinook Salmon and Siberian Taimen. The species first hatches and lives in streams and rivers before moving to mature, then moving upstream to spawn. It is found in the North Atlantic ocean and connected rivers. […] Read More


Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic Sturgeon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acipenseriformes
Family
Acipenseridae
Genus
Acipenser
Scientific Name
Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus

Fun Fact: Atlantic Sturgeon often leap out of the water.

If you want to see an 800-pound fish, just look for an Atlantic Sturgeon. These giant fish are living fossils and look just like fossilized specimens that have been discovered. Once caught for their roe to use as caviar, the Atlantic Sturgeon is now protected under the Endangered Species Act. They have 5 known populations […] Read More


Atlas Beetle

Atlas Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Scarabaeidae
Genus
Chalcosoma
Scientific Name
Chalcosoma atlas

Fun Fact: Male Atlas beetles have prominent horns that are three times that of females. 

Male Atlas beetles have prominent horns that are three times that of females.  Summary The Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) is a species of beetle native to Southeast Asia. They’re known for their remarkable size and the prominent horns of the males. This beetle is also quite strong. They can lift objects that are up to […] Read More


Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Saturniidae
Genus
Attacus
Scientific Name
Attacus atlas

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

The atlas moth is a beautiful insect found mainly in Southeast Asia. It is known for its short lifespan, large wingspan, and unique brown and white markings. Unique Atlas Moth Facts Atlas moth markings and wing shape may resemble a snake to potential predators, especially when they are flying.The Cantonese name for the atlas moth […] Read More


Aurochs

Aurochs Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos

Fun Fact: Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!

The aurochs were a species of wild bovines that once roamed a vast swath of territory throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Resembling oversized cattle, this species used to be one of the most widespread grazing animals on the planet thousands of years ago. But population pressure from humans and domesticated cattle gradually reduced their […] Read More


Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

The Aussiedoodle has a reputation for being incredibly perceptive. Breeders, owners, and others who’ve had close contact with these dogs attest it feels like the Aussiedoodle can read minds. Take the poodle, cross it with an Australian Shepard and you get the Aussiedoodle. Almost unbelievably adorable, the full-grown Aussiedoodle is a fluffy-haired bundle of cuteness. […] Read More


Aussiedor

Aussiedor Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

The Aussiedor is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Labrador Retriever. This is a hybrid breed that is intelligent, friendly, and affectionate. They are very athletic dogs, making them great companions for hikes and runs. They also make excellent therapy dogs. Aussiedors bred from mini Australian Shepherds share many of the traits of […] Read More


Aussiepom

Aussiepom Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

Fun Fact:

Aussiepom Introduction Aussiepoms (or Aussie Poms) are a mixed breed dog that is a hybrid of the Australian Shepherd and the Pomeranian. They are a relatively recent “designer dog” mix developed in the United States in the 2000s as a small and aesthetically pleasing companion animal. Aussiepoms inherit intelligence and herding instincts from the Aussie […] Read More


Australian Bulldog

Australian Bulldog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

Developed in the 1990s, the Aussie bulldog comes out of Queensland. It’s a mix of English bulldog and the Australian pig hunting dog born from the bull terrier. The Australian bulldog is an exceptional pet. Among its delightful characteristics are fierce loyalty, intelligence and its undeniably sweet nature. The Aussie dog has an appearance and […] Read More


Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: High energy levels and active minds!

Australian cattle dogs are loyal, energetic, and friendly. This dog, also known as a red or blue heeler, is intelligent with a curious mind. Their intelligence makes them easy to train. These are just a few of the reasons why this breed is a popular family dog. These herding dogs were first bred in Australia […] Read More


Australian Cockroach

Australian Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodea
Family
Blattidea
Genus
Periplaneta
Scientific Name
Periplaneta australasiae

Fun Fact: The most common type outdoor roach in Florida

“Despite their name, Australian cockroaches are thought to have originated in Africa.” Out of all the cockroach species in the world, the Australian roach just may be one of the prettiest—for a cockroach, that is. Australian cockroaches are also called waterbugs or shad roaches; they’re one of the most common outdoor roach species in the […] Read More


Australian Firehawk

Australian Firehawk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes & Falconiformes

Fun Fact: Australian firehawks are the arsonists of the avian world!

Australian firehawks are the arsonists of the avian world! Australian firehawks are not a single species. They are not even all in the same family. Instead, these are a group of birds that live in Australia that all share a particular behavior. They intentionally set fires, presumably to make it easier to catch prey. These […] Read More


Australian Flathead Perch

Australian Flathead Perch Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Serranidae
Genus
Rainfordia
Scientific Name
Rainfordia opercularis

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

The Australian flathead perch, also known as Rainfordia or Rainford’s perch, are small reef fishes from northern Australia. They are rare in the aquarium-keeping industry but highly sought after by marine aquarists. This small fish fetches a high price tag, with individuals selling from $1,000 to $5,000. Their small size makes them well suited to […] Read More


Australian Gecko

Australian Gecko Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata

Fun Fact: Geckos have 100 teeth and continually replace them.

“The Australian Gecko is the most common lizard in Australia!” Geckos are so common in Australia that a visitor or inhabitant can find them just about everywhere. They’re in the forests, in the homes, on the beaches, in the deserts, and even in the mountains. They’re under rocks and logs and tree bark and kitchen […] Read More


Australian Kelpie Dog

Australian Kelpie Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Friendly, intelligent and energetic!

Australian Kelpies, or Kelpies as they’re affectionately referred to, were bred in Australia to work as a shepherd to handle a large number of sheep in New South Wales and Victoria. They were bred to take care of the sheep primarily on their own with no real guidance from any shepherds or other individuals. In […] Read More


Australian Labradoodle

Australian Labradoodle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The "Australian" just refers to where the breed originated

The Australian Labradoodle was bred to be the world’s first hypoallergenic guide dog by the Australian Guide Dog Services, specifically for families who are both visually impaired and allergic to dogs. The Australian Labradoodle is a designer dog breed from Australia that is a variation on the usual Labradoodle hybrid cross between a Labrador Retriever […] Read More


Australian Mist

Australian Mist Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis catus

Fun Fact: The only cat breed to originate in Australia.

The Australian Mist cats are medium in size and have short hair. They were developed in Australia in the 1970s and are a hybrid between Burmese, Abyssinian, and Moggy cats. Their heads are round, complemented by their large and expressive green eyes. They are medium-boned and have friendly faces. Their coats usually have backgrounds that […] Read More


Australian Retriever

Australian Retriever Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The Australian Retriever may have two different eye colors.

The Australian Retriever may sometimes inherit two different eye colors from its Australian Shepherd parent. The technical term for this is heterochromia iridum. An Australian Shepherd is a hybrid dog breed and consists of a mix between a Golden Retriever and an Australian Shepherd. The Australian Retriever is a cross between two beloved and famous […] Read More


Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Sweet, faithful and affectionate!

The Australian Shepherd is a natural herding dog that excels at whatever task it’s asked to perform. The history of the breed dates back to the early 19th century when Basque people from northern Spain emigrated to the wide-open lands of Australia with their faithful companions, the Pyrenean Shepherds. These dogs were then crossed with […] Read More


Australian Shepherd Mix

Australian Shepherd Mix Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: This hybrid has powerful herding skills, which come with guarding instincts, so some Aussiedors may be protective of their loved ones.

An Australian shepherd mix results from crossbreeding an Australian shepherd with another purebred dog. This Aussie native was originally bred to guard livestock due to their excellent work ethic and intelligence. However, breeders wanted to experiment with this breed’s impeccable traits to see if they could create something superior. Therefore there are several Australian shepherd […] Read More


Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: Spirited, alert and courageous!

Did you know that breeders developed the Australian terrier to help farmers protect produce and livestock? These energetic little dogs are worker dogs that control snakes, rats, foxes, mice, and other predators for owners. A big dog was fit into a small package when it came to the Australian terrier. These terriers are smart, plucky, […] Read More


Australopithecus

Australopithecus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Australopithecus was a genus of ancient primates, believed to be a close relative of modern humans and human-like ancestors. There are approximately seven recognized species of Australopithecus that lived around 4.4 million to 1.4 million years ago. Ever since the first fossil was discovered, paleontologists have debated about whether Australopithecus represents a direct ancestor of […] Read More


Avocet

Avocet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Recurvirostridae
Genus
Recurvirostra
Scientific Name
Recurvirostra

Fun Fact: Has a curved, upturned beak!

The avocet is a genus of wading birds that reside close to freshwater and saltwater bodies all over the world. Their long, sinewy legs make them appear as if they’re walking on stilts! The name avocet is thought to come from a local Italian name avosetta. They are most closely related to other birds that […] Read More


Axanthic Ball Python

Axanthic Ball Python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Python
Scientific Name
Python regius

Fun Fact: Axanthic ball pythons lack yellow pigment in their skin!

“The axanthic ball python morph lacks yellow pigment in its skin and was first developed in 1997.” Axanthic Ball Python Summary Since the early 1990s, more than 4,000 different ball python morphs have been developed via the process of careful, repeated selective breeding in captivity. Axanthic ball pythons possess a recessive genetic mutation known as […] Read More


Axolotl

Axolotl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Caudata
Family
Ambystomatidae
Genus
Ambystoma
Scientific Name
Ambystoma mexicanum

Fun Fact: Found only in one complex of lakes!

“The axolotl is the rarest species of salamander.” Axolotls are often referred to as “Mexican walking fish,” but they are actually amphibians that prefer to live their entire lives underwater. These remarkable creatures can regenerate almost every part of their bodies if necessary, including their spines, internal organs and even some parts of their brains. […] Read More


Ayam Cemani

Ayam Cemani Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae 
Genus
Gallus
Scientific Name
Ayam Cemani

Fun Fact: They were used for sacrificial purposes

“It is entirely black, including its organs and bones.” Summary The Ayam Cemani is an exceptionally rare chicken species native to Java, Indonesia, where they are highly regarded and used in sacrifices. People prize them for their excessive melanin, which covers them from head to toe, including their insides. These active, intelligent birds are also […] Read More


Aye-aye

Aye-aye Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Daubentoniidae
Genus
Daubentonia
Scientific Name
Daubentonia madagascariensis

Fun Fact: Thought to be extinct until 1957!

Classification and Evolution The aye-aye is a species of Lemur that is found inhabiting the rainforests of Madagascar. The aye-aye is not only the largest nocturnal primate in the world but is also one of the most unique. It is in fact so strange in appearance, that it was thought to be a large species […] Read More


Azawakh

Azawakh Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Azawakh Introduction The Azawakh is a slender, elegant, large breed dog developed by the nomadic tribes of several western Saharan countries but is still uncommon in Europe and North America. They are sighthounds, bred as guard dogs and hunting dogs, and able to run up to 40 mph in pursuit of gazelle and hares. In […] Read More


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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!

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