Animals That Start with A

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Read below for information on 90 different animals that start with the letter A, from aardvark to aye aye. The most popular animal that starts with A is the Arctic Fox, the least popular is the African Elephant. Some fun facts about A name animals are:

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

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

Also known as the 'Pink Dolphin'

A Amur Leopard
Amur Leopard

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


Animals that Start with A

Aardvark

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


Abyssinian

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

Fun Fact: The oldest breed of cat 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


Addax

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

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


Affenpinscher

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

Fun Fact: First bred in 17th century Germany!

In Germany, Affenpinscher’s were used to hunt down rats and mice in stables. An Affenpinscher is a fearless dog brimming with confidence. This may seem funny seeing that it’s a member of the Toy group and only weighs around 10 pounds fully grown. But, in its mind, this dog is a Great Dane!The history of […] Read More


Afghan Hound

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

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

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

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

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 Forest Elephant

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 Palm Civet

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

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

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

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


Aidi

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

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

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 tough, […] Read More


Airedoodle

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

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

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

Fun Fact: Very clean, intelligent and loyal!

The famous disability rights activist Helen Keller received a gift of an Akita in 1937. However, the very first Akita to be registered in the United States was Taro, brought over by a military officer. The Akita is a large, burly working/hunting dog that emerged at some point in the 17th century from the mountainous […] Read More


Akita Shepherd

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

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. Alabais, 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, Alabais may still be […] Read More


Alaskan Husky

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

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

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 Shepherd

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

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

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


Aldabra Giant Tortoise

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

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

Fun Fact: They have two sets of eyelids!

Alligator Classification and Evolution Alligators are in the same family as other large reptiles like Crocodiles but are native to only two countries, which are the southern USA and China (where the Alligator is now nearly extinct). Alligators tend to be smaller than their Crocodile cousins but have been known to move at speeds of […] Read More


Alligator Gar

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


Alpaca

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

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

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

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


Amazon River Dolphin (Pink Dolphin)

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


American Alsatian

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

Fun Fact:

The American Alsatian is known to be a look-alike of the dire wolf. The American Alsatian was developed in California in the 1980s. These dogs are tall and are about 25 to 32 inches in height. They weigh about 100 pounds and their lifespan is around 9 to 13 years on average. Also known as […] Read More


American Bulldog

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 Cocker Spaniel

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 by 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

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

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 Eskimo Dog

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

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

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

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 Pit Bull Terrier

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 Pygmy Goat

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

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

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

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

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


Amur Leopard

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


Anatolian Shepherd Dog

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

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


Angelfish

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


Anglerfish

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. This lure is perhaps the most important of […] Read More


Angora Goat

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


Ant

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

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

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

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. Although very common and widespread, it still faces enormous dangers […] Read More


Appenzeller Dog

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

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


Arapaima

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


Arctic Fox

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

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 is to dig into packed ice and snow when it runs and to make a […] Read More


Arctic Wolf

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


Arizona Bark Scorpion

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


Armadillo

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


Armyworm

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


Asian Elephant

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

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 Palm Civet

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


Asiatic Black Bear

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 behaviour and are […] Read More


Aurochs

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

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

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


Australian Bulldog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Hemichordata
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

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 Gecko

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

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

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

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

Fun Fact: First bred in the 1700s!

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

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. The Australian Retriever is a cross between two beloved and famous breeds of dogs: the Australian Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. Temperamentally, these breeds are quite similar to each other, even though […] Read More


Australian Shepherd

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 Terrier

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 comes to the Australian terrier. These terriers are smart, plucky, […] Read More


Avocet

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


Axolotl

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!

Axolotl Summary “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 […] Read More


Aye Aye

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Daubentoniidae
Genus
Daubentonia
Scientific Name
Daubentonia madagascariensis

Fun Fact: Thought to be extinct until 1957!

Aye Aye 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 and is in fact so strange in appearance, that it was thought to […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with A


Our Newest Animals that Start with the Letter A

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

A American Cockroach
American Cockroach

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

A Arizona Bark Scorpion
Arizona Bark Scorpion

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

A Australian Gecko
Australian Gecko

Geckos have 100 teeth and continually replace them.

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