Animals that Start with C

Read below for information on 162 different animals that start with the letter C, from caiman to cuttlefish. The most popular animal that starts with C is the cheetah – the world’s fastest land mammal. The least popular is the common loon, also known as the Great Northern Diver. Some fun facts about C name animals are:

  • Camels can survive without water for up to 10 months!
  • Crocodiles are one of the planet’s oldest species with very little having changed in 200 million years.
  • Chameleons can change their skin color to blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, yellow, turquoise, and even pink.

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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with C


Animals that Start with C

A Cabbage Moth
Cabbage Moth

Cabbage moths are named after the vegetable they find the tastiest.

A Cactus Moth
Cactus Moth

Cactus moths can cause serious damage to cacti in locations where they have no predators.

A Cactus Mouse
Cactus Mouse

In hot temperatures, they lower their metabolism and become inactive to reduce the amount of water they need to survive

A Caecilian
Caecilian

Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin

A Caiman
Caiman

Can grow to up 6 meters long!

A Caiman Lizard
Caiman Lizard

Caiman lizards are among the largest lizards.

A Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terrier

Intelligent, lively and strong!

A California Kingsnake
California Kingsnake

A full-grown California kingsnake can be about 3.5 feet long, though there are some cases in Mexico of the snake being almost twice this size.

A Camel
Camel

Can survive without water for 10 months!

A Camel Cricket
Camel Cricket

The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.

A Camel Spider
Camel Spider

Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.

A Canaan Dog
Canaan Dog

Has a strong survival instinct!

A Canada Lynx
Canada Lynx

They have natural snowshoes

A Canada Warbler
Canada Warbler

These birds travel more than 3,000 miles during migration!

A Canadian Horse
Canadian Horse

Canadian horses are believed to generate more power per pound of body weight than any other horse breed in the world.

A Cane Corso
Cane Corso

Cane Corsos nearly became extinct in the mid 1900’s, but the breed was revived by a group of Italians. Even so, they still didn’t become known in many other parts of the world until after 1988.

A Cape Lion
Cape Lion

Despite its large, muscular body, the Cape lion actually rests more than 20 hours a day

A Capybara
Capybara

Excellent at both diving and swimming

A Caracal
Caracal

Has 20 different muscles in it's ears!

A Caribbean Reef Shark
Caribbean Reef Shark

These sharks are a big part of ecotoursim in the Caribbean.

A Caribou
Caribou

Males and females grow antlers

A Carolina Dog
Carolina Dog

Wild dog breed discovered in the 1970s!

A Carolina Parakeet
Carolina Parakeet

The Carolina parakeet is one of the few parrots that lived as far north as the United States

A Carp
Carp

The carp is one of the most popular pond fishes in the world

A Carpenter Ant
Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!

A Carpet Viper
Carpet Viper

The Carpet Viper probably bites and kills more people than any other species of snake.

A Cascabel
Cascabel

Cascabels rely on their camouflage first, and rattle if that doesn't work.

A Cashmere Goat
Cashmere Goat

Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan

A Cassowary
Cassowary

Can reach speeds of 30mph!

A Cat
Cat

First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!

A Cat Snake
Cat Snake

Some cat snakes have a prehensile tail that helps them climb into trees.

A Cat-Eyed Snake
Cat-Eyed Snake

Evidence indicates that females can delay fertilization and store sperm for later years to produce eggs even in the absence of contact with a male!

A Catahoula Leopard
Catahoula Leopard

The state of Louisiana's only native dog breed

A Catalan Sheepdog
Catalan Sheepdog

This breed is called the Gos d’Atura Catala in native Catalan and Pastor Catalan in Spanish, both of which roughly translate to mean Catalan Sheepdog

A Caterpillar
Caterpillar

The larvae of a moth or butterfly!

A Catfish
Catfish

There are nearly 3,000 different species!

A Cava Tzu
Cava Tzu

Females are more territorial than males, but you can train this behavior out of them.

A Cavador
Cavador

The Cavador is a good service dog.

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Highly playful and affectionate!

A Cavapoo
Cavapoo

The temperament of a Cavapoo allows this breed to make an excellent family dog as well as a great therapy dog.

A Cave Bear
Cave Bear

Cave bears may have been worshiped by primitive humans.

A Cave Lion
Cave Lion

Unlike modern lions, cave lions didn't have a significant mane.

A Cecropia Moth
Cecropia Moth

Cecropia moths don’t have digestive tracts, so they can’t eat.

A Centipede
Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

A Central Ranges Taipan
Central Ranges Taipan

The central ranges taipan may be among the deadliest snakes in the world.

A Cesky Fousek
Cesky Fousek

An affectionate hunting dog!

A Cesky Terrier
Cesky Terrier

This breed is also known as the Bohemian Terrier (Bohemia was an historical Medieval kingdom and a region of the modern Czech Republic)

A Chameleon
Chameleon

There are more than 160 different species!

A Chamois
Chamois

Natively found in the European mountains!

A Cheagle
Cheagle

Some Cheagles have an excellent sense of smell.

A Checkered Garter Snake
Checkered Garter Snake

It has the ability to expel a stinky liquid from its body as a way to make predators (and humans) retreat!

A Cheetah
Cheetah

The fastest land mammal in the world!

A Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Bright and happy disposition!

A Chickadee
Chickadee

Chickadees are named for the sound they make: Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee!

A Chicken
Chicken

First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

A Chihuahua
Chihuahua

Curious and devoted personality!

A Children’s python
Children’s python

These snakes come in a wide variety of patterns and colors.

A Chimaera
Chimaera

Also called ghost shark

A Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee

Has 32 teeth including fang-like canines!

A Chinchilla
Chinchilla

Natively found in the Andes Mountain range!

A Chinese Alligator
Chinese Alligator

Unlike other alligators, the Chinese alligator is armored all over, even on its belly.

A Chinese Cobra
Chinese Cobra

Juvenile Chinese cobras have the ability to start hunting almost from the moment they hatch from the eggs.

A Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Crested Dog

A hairless breed of dog!

A Chinese Geese
Chinese Geese

They are excellent “guard geese”

A Chinese Paddlefish
Chinese Paddlefish

The Chinese paddlefish is one the largest freshwater fish in the world

A Chinese Shar-Pei
Chinese Shar-Pei

These dogs have a blue and black tongue.

A Chinook
Chinook

A calm and friendly breed!

A Chinook Salmon
Chinook Salmon

The Chinook salmon undertakes a long migration for the spawning season

A Chinstrap Penguin
Chinstrap Penguin

There are 7 million breeding pairs!

A Chipmunk
Chipmunk

There are 25 different species!

A Chipoo
Chipoo

The Chipoo was first bred in the 1970s

A Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

Gets its nickname "hair bird" due to the fact that it lines its nest with animal hair

A Chiweenie
Chiweenie

Chiweenies travel especially well.

A Chorkie
Chorkie

Chorkies are very fond of their owners and will love to sit in their laps for long amounts of time!

A Chow Chow
Chow Chow

Loyal and affectionate to it's family!

A Chow Shepherd
Chow Shepherd

The Chow Shepherd is also known as the Sheprachow.

A Christmas Island Red Crab
Christmas Island Red Crab

During the breeding season, roads can dangerous for cars as well as the crab. Their shells are so hard they can puncture tires.

A Cicada
Cicada

Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

A Cichlid
Cichlid

There are more than 2 000 known species!

A Cinereous Vulture
Cinereous Vulture

This vulture can fly at great heights. At least one was found a few thousand feet from the top of Mount Everest.

A Cinnamon Ferret
Cinnamon Ferret

A ferret’s heartrate is 200 to 250 beats a minute.

A Clouded Leopard
Clouded Leopard

Has canines that can be two inches long!

A Clownfish
Clownfish

Also known as the anemonefish!

A Clumber Spaniel
Clumber Spaniel

Has a thick, soft coat!

A Coachwhip Snake
Coachwhip Snake

Coachwhip snakes pose little danger to people

A Coastal Carpet Python
Coastal Carpet Python

This subspecies can reach 13 feet, but usually tops out at 9 or 10.

A Coastal Taipan
Coastal Taipan

The venom in its bite starts to have adverse effects on a human within 30 minutes

A Coati
Coati

Found in dense forests and wet jungles!

A Cobia Fish
Cobia Fish

It has teeth not only in its jaws but in its tongue and the roof of its mouth

A Cobras
Cobras

Several medicines have been created using cobra venom.

A Cockalier
Cockalier

The Cockalier has very strong hunting ancestry.

A Cockapoo
Cockapoo

Cockapoos became popular in the 1960s as a sweet, family dog.

A Cockatiel
Cockatiel

They have crests that rise or fall depending on their emotions

A Cockatoo
Cockatoo

Highly social, smart, and chatty bird.

A Cockroach
Cockroach

Dated to be around 300 million years old!

A Codfish
Codfish

They eat other fish

A Codling Moth
Codling Moth

Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.

A Coelacanth
Coelacanth

The coelacanth first evolved almost 400 million years ago.

A Collared Peccary
Collared Peccary

Form bands of up to 12 individuals!

A Collie
Collie

Gentle and devoted!

A Colossal Squid
Colossal Squid

Can survive eating a single fish for months

A Comet Moth
Comet Moth

Adult comet moths do not feed at all till they die less than 12 days later.

A Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

A Common European Adder
Common European Adder

European adders are the only snake that lives above the Arctic Circle.

A Common Frog
Common Frog

Found throughout the European continent!

A Common Furniture Beetle
Common Furniture Beetle

The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood

A Common House Spider
Common House Spider

House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.

A Common Loon
Common Loon

Also known as the Great Northern Diver

A Common Raven
Common Raven

A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.

A Common Toad
Common Toad

Most active in wet weather!

A Conger Eel
Conger Eel

The European Conger ( Conger conger) can weigh as much as an adult human!

A Cookiecutter Shark
Cookiecutter Shark

The cookiecutter shark takes its name because it leaves a cookie-shaped bite hole in its prey.

A Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

Eyes change color as they age

A Copperhead
Copperhead

Copperheads get their name, unsurprisingly, from their bronze-hued heads.

A Coral
Coral

There are more than 6000 species of coral in the world's oceans.

A Coral Snake
Coral Snake

There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.

A Corgidor
Corgidor

Corgidors are herding dogs that typically help out on cattle farms.

A Corgipoo
Corgipoo

These dogs are highly intelligent and are easy to train.

A Corkie
Corkie

One of the Corkie’s parent breeds, the Cocker Spaniel, was thought to have come over on the Mayflower.

A Corman Shepherd
Corman Shepherd

Corman Shepherds can be great watchdogs and are often very protective of their owners.

A Corn Snake
Corn Snake

Corn snakes are partly arboreal and are excellent climbers.

A Cory Catfish
Cory Catfish

All Cory Catfish have three pairs of barbels around their mouth that they use to detect food.

A Coton de Tulear
Coton de Tulear

The soft coat of the Coton de Tulear is the result of a singular genetic mutation early in the breed's development.

A Cotton-top Tamarin
Cotton-top Tamarin

Found in tropical forest edges!

A Cottonmouth
Cottonmouth

The cottonmouth (also known as a water moccasin) is a highly venomous pit viper that spends most of its life near water.

A Cougar
Cougar

The Second Largest feline in North America

A Cow
Cow

There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!

A Coyote
Coyote

Also known as the Prairie Wolf!

A Crab
Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

A Crab Spider
Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

A Crab-Eating Macaque
Crab-Eating Macaque

Found throughout the South-East Asian jungles!

A Crabeater Seal
Crabeater Seal

The crabeater seal doesn’t actually eat crab at all, but instead krill

A Crane
Crane

Many are critically endangered species!

A Crappie Fish
Crappie Fish

The crappie is one of the most popular freshwater fish in North America.

A Crested Gecko
Crested Gecko

The crested gecko can walk on glass and even has a prehensile tail.

A Crested Penguin
Crested Penguin

Has long yellow eyebrows!

A Cricket
Cricket

Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together

A Crocodile
Crocodile

Have changed little in 200 million years!

A Crocodile Monitor
Crocodile Monitor

Its tail is twice the length of its body.

A Cross Fox
Cross Fox

The cross fox’s tail is bushier than the tail of the average red fox

A Cross River Gorilla
Cross River Gorilla

Less than 300 remaining!

A Crow
Crow

A group of these birds is called a Murder.

A Crucian Carp
Crucian Carp

Can survive drought by burying itself in mud.

A Cuban Boa
Cuban Boa

One of the only snakes observed using cooperative hunting tactics.

A Cuban Cockroach
Cuban Cockroach

Believed to have been introduced to the United States by being shipped with green bananas.

A Curly Coated Retriever
Curly Coated Retriever

A lively and fun-loving breed!

A Cuscus
Cuscus

Has a long, strong prehensile tail!

A Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish

Found throughout the world's oceans!

A Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

This breed is also known as the Czechoslovakian Vlcak (the name for the German Shepherd).


A Cheetah
Cheetah

The fastest land mammal in the world!

A Carolina Dog
Carolina Dog

Wild dog breed discovered in the 1970s!


Newest Animals that Start with the Letter C

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

A Cory Catfish
Cory Catfish

All Cory Catfish have three pairs of barbels around their mouth that they use to detect food.

A Crocodile Monitor
Crocodile Monitor

Its tail is twice the length of its body.

Animals that start with the letter C, including the centipede & clownfish.