Animals That Start with D



Read below for information on 42 different animals that start with the letter D, from darwin’s frog to dwarf crocodile. The most popular animal that starts with D is The dodo, an extinct medium sized flightless bird first discovered in the 1590’s. The least popular is the desert tortoise. Some fun facts about D name animals include:

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  • desert tortoise can go a whole year without drinking water
  • Donkey’s were first domesticated 5,000 years ago
  • Dragonflies are the world’s most accurate and deadly hunter, catching more than 95% of prey

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A Dolphin
Dolphin

Can reach speeds of up to 25 mph!

A Dachshund
Dachshund

Fun and playful breed of small dog!


Animals that Start with D

Dachsador

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

Fun Fact: This hybrid dog is also known as a Doxador or a Weinerdor.

If the Dachsador has inherited certain traits from its Lab parent, like the water-repellent coat, extra feet webbing, and love of water, then it could make for an excellent swimmer. The Dachsador is a mixed breed dog that combines the bravery and boldness of the Dachshund with the strong work ethic of the Labrador Retriever. […] Read More


Dachshund

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

Fun Fact: Fun and playful breed of small dog!

The doxie, or dachshund, is a scent hound bred to hunt badgers, foxes, rabbits, and other tunneling animals. They were known at one time to trail wild boar when trained by hunters. This versatile breed is a great family pet, small-game hunter, and even an excellent show dog. Single-colored Smooth and Longhaired dachshunds tend to […] Read More


Dalmadoodle

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

Fun Fact: Dalmatians were originally bred to run alongside carriages, and their dalmadoodle descendents have the same long legs and high energy.

Dalmadoodles are working dogs that love having something to do. Whether you train them to be like their carriage-following dalmatian ancestors or their rabbit-hunting poodle ancestors, be sure to give your dalmadoodle plenty of small jobs to make them feel useful and loved. What do you get when you cross a dalmatian with a poodle? […] Read More


Dalmador

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

Fun Fact: Dalmador breeding skyrocketed after the 16 release of the live-action 101 Dalmatians movie.

Dalmadors are loyal dogs that are excited to explore the world. Take your dalmador on plenty of walks; they need the exercise, and they’ll love to see what’s outside your front door. When you combine the spots of a a dalmatian with the friendly temperament of a labrador retriever, you get the charming working dog […] Read More


Dalmatian

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

Fun Fact: Have an energetic and playful nature!

A Dalmatian’s white coat with black spots makes it immediately recognizable. This breed is known for its sensitive temperament and high energy level. It belongs to the non-sporting group. One of the lesser-known facts about this dog breed is it got its name from a coastal area in Austria called Dalmatia. Descended from pointers, Dalmatians […] Read More


Dapple Dachshund

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

Fun Fact: A Dapple Dachshund’s dappling pattern may be just one spot, or it may be numerous spots and splashes on their coat.

A Dapple Dachshund’s dappling pattern may be just one spot, or it may be numerous spots and splashes on their coat These Dachshunds are really just a Dachshund with a special coat pattern. The pattern is called a dappling pattern, and it appears as lighter markings against a darker based coat color. The reason some […] Read More


Darwin’s fox

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Lycalopex
Scientific Name
Lycalopex fulvipes

Fun Fact: It’s not a “true fox.”

“Darwin’s Fox is one of the world’s littlest foxes” There are two populations of Darwin’s fox. The location of the first population is an island off the coast of Chile, and the other lives in a few locations on the mainland. The fox lives its rather secretive life in the temperate forests of these places. […] Read More


Darwin’s Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Rhinodermatidae
Genus
Rhinoderma
Scientific Name
Rhinoderma Darwinii

Fun Fact: Camouflages itself as a dead leaf!

The unique carnivorous Darwin’s frog carries tadpoles in its vocal sac for up to 70 days! Darwin’s frog is native to streams and forests of Chile and Argentina. This tiny frog species gets its name after explorer Charles Darwin. He discovered the frog during his famous “Voyage of the Beagle” from February 1832 to September 1835. Darwin’s […] Read More


Deer

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Scientific Name
Odocoileus virginiana

Fun Fact: There are around 40 different species!

Foraging languidly among forests and plains, the deer is one of the most familiar and recognizable sights in all of nature. The deer is an animal that has proliferated across the globe and evolved many adaptations to help it cope with the rigors of a hostile world. Its regal antlers are some of the most […] Read More


Deer Head Chihuahua

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

Fun Fact: The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world.

The Deer Head Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state from which it originated. The Chihuahua may be among the smallest of all dogs, but its big, charming personality and striking features have made it a symbol of an entire country and one of the most popular breeds around the world. Originally descending from an […] Read More


Desert Locust

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Orthoptera
Family
Acrididae
Genus
Schistocerca
Scientific Name
Schistocerca gregaria

Fun Fact: Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.

“Desert locusts are tenacious insects that can eat anything and repopulate in massive numbers.” The desert locust has lived in the dry and arid parts of the world for as long as humans can remember. These hardy insects consume vegetation equal to their body weight on a daily basis. When in solitary mode, desert locusts […] Read More


Desert Rain Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Brevicipitidae
Genus
Breviceps
Scientific Name
Breviceps macrops

Fun Fact: The desert rain frog doesn't hop

With its dog chew toy-like squealing sound of defense, the desert rain frog is a bug-eyed wonder with a transparent layer of skin that actually exposes its organs. The desert rain frog species are found in South Africa and Namibia. Its ecosystem is a narrow strip of sandy shores between the sea and the sand […] Read More


Desert Tortoise

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Genus
Gopherus
Scientific Name
Gopherus Agassizii

Fun Fact: Lives in burrows underground!

“A desert tortoise can live to be over 80 years old!” Desert tortoises are found in the United States and in Mexico. These tortoises burrow tunnels so they can go underground to cool off when the desert heat gets to be too much. The California desert tortoise eats grasses, flowers and herbs found in their […] Read More


Deutsche Bracke

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

Fun Fact: Has long drop ears and a long narrow tail!

The Deutsche Bracke is a mid-size breed with a tricolor coat and a long tail. They are scenthounds that originated in Westphalia, Germany in the 18th century. In 1896, all the different types of Bracke dogs (scenthounds) in Germany were merged into one breed that was named the Deutsche Bracke. Deutsche Brackes have also been […] Read More


Dhole

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Cuon
Scientific Name
Cuon alpinus

Fun Fact: Only 2,000 left in the wild!

“The dhole has been described as a mix between the gray wolf and the red fox” Once a wide-ranging wild dog species that covered nearly half the globe, the dhole is now an endangered species with an estimated population of fewer than 2,500 adults. Dholes are animals that inhabit dense jungles, steppes, mountains, scrub forests, […] Read More


Dik-Dik

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Madoqua

Fun Fact: A dik-dik is named after a sound it makes when it is frightened

“The Dik-dik gets its name from the whistling sound it makes with its nose” A dik-dik is a very small antelope. They are nocturnal and live in Africa. They have many predators and play an important part in the food chain. These animals absorb most of the water their bodies need from the plants they […] Read More


Dingo

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

Fun Fact: Natively found on the Australian continent!

The dingo is the only canine species native to Australia. Doting parents but fierce predators, dingoes are animals that are well-adapted for the harsh and diverse climates of Australia and the Pacific region. These creatures are considered to be a wild type of dog and exhibit similar pack behavior and hunting strategies as the closely […] Read More


Discus

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Cichlidae
Genus
Symphysodon

Fun Fact: One of the only schooling Cichlids!

The discus fish can change its colors slightly based on personal and environmental factors. The discus is a genus of brightly colored tropical fish (and a member of the cichlid family) that resides in the long, sinewy waterways of the Amazon Basin. Because of their vivid colors and intricate markings, the discus is one of […] Read More


Doberman Pinscher

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

Fun Fact: A gentle, loyal and loving breed!

With a very powerful and sleek body type, the Doberman pinscher is known to be one of the noblemen of the dog’s kind. It does not only have a great physique but is also very intelligent. Pinschers are known to be extremely fearless and have been one of the finest protection dog breeds in the […] Read More


Dodo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae
Genus
Raphus
Scientific Name
Raphus cucullatus

Fun Fact: Native to the island of Mauritius!

First discovered in 1598 by European sailors, the large, flightless dodo has since become a sort of byword for clumsiness and backwardness. But despite its reputation, the dodo bird adapted over millions of years of evolution for the tough environment of Mauritius. If anything doomed the dodo, it was an unfortunate victim of circumstance. After […] Read More


Dog

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

Fun Fact: First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Dogs are thought to have been first domesticated in East Asia thousands of years ago. People primarily used dogs for guarding the hunters and areas of land.Today’s domestic dog is actually a subspecies of the grey wolf, a type of dog that is feared by most humans. Many people today, in all countries around the […] Read More


Dogo Argentino

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

Fun Fact: Loyal and affectionate to their family!

Despite its recent recognition, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez created this breed almost 100 years earlier in 1928. The American Kennel Club initially recognized the Dogo Argentino in 2011 as part of the miscellaneous group. However, during 2020, the AKC changed this breed’s designation to the working group. Despite its recent recognition, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez […] Read More


Dogue De Bordeaux

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

Fun Fact: Extremely loyal and devoted to it's master!

With their size, strength, and unwavering loyalty to their human companions, the Dogue de Bordeaux should be called the bodyguard of canines. Also known as the French Mastiff, this ancient breed originates from the Bordeaux region of France around the 1700s. Due to their massive size, they were working dogs used to pull carts or […] Read More


Dolphin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacean
Family
Delphinidae

Fun Fact: Can reach speeds of up to 25 mph!

Along with tigers and elephants, dolphins are often listed when someone asks, “What is your favorite animal?” Many people have become familiar with the playful antics of dolphins through films like Flipper and Dolphin Tale. But there is much more to these animals and their behavior! Keep reading to learn more facts about these amazing […] Read More


Donkey

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Equidae
Genus
Equus
Scientific Name
Equus Asinus

Fun Fact: First domesticated 5,000 years ago!

While donkeys are thought to be stubborn, they are actually highly intelligent creatures that can form tight bonds with humans. Donkeys are members of the horse family, although donkeys and horses represent two very different species. After domestication in Egypt and North Africa, where they were used for meat and milk, they evolved to become […] Read More


Dorgi

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

Fun Fact: The Dorgi is one of the more popular mixed breed dogs.

Queen Elizabeth II began breeding Dorgis after one of her Corgis mated with a Dachshund called Pipkin, who was owned by her sister Princess Margaret. Intelligent, hard-working, but very playful and goofy, the Dorgi is a cross between a Dachshund and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Like many mixed breed dogs, the history of this one […] Read More


Dorkie

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

Fun Fact: Dorkies are so laid-back they sometimes need extra incentive to exercise each day.

A Dorkie is a loyal dog following its owners around everywhere like a shadow. Breed a Yorkshire Terrier with a Dachshund and you get a Dorkie. Dorkies are hybrid dogs that date back to the 1990s. They have many of the best qualities of their purebred parents. Dorkies are known for their laid-back temperament. They […] Read More


Dormouse

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Gliridae
Scientific Name
Gliridae

Fun Fact: Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!

“The dormouse spends much of the year isolated in hibernation.” A lifestyle of hibernation has become this creature’s most well-known trait. In fact, throughout the world, the animal is practically synonymous with sleepiness and indolence. But the opposite is also true. After emerging from its hibernation for the winter, the dormouse is an active and […] Read More


Double Doodle

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

Fun Fact: Exact origin unknown.

While it would seem that any breeder would be delighted to claim the honor of creating the Double Doodle, none ever have. Strange as it may seem, the breed may have been accidentally rather than scientifically called into existence. Curiously enough for a very modern breed of canine, the origins of the Double Doodle are […] Read More


Doxiepoo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia

Fun Fact: Doxiepoos are an unpredictable breed that can come in a variety of appearances and sizes.

The doxiepoo is one of the most varied and unpredictable designer dogs on the market. Because daschunds have so many possible appearances, there’s no telling how big your doxiedoodle will be or what their coat will look like. The doxiepoo is an adorable cross between a dachshund and a miniature poodle. This breed has only […] Read More


Doxle

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

Fun Fact: Doxles have long floppy ears

Doxles have long floppy ears. Doxle Introduction The Doxle is a cross between a Beagle and Dachshund. The Beagle was bred to hunt rabbits in England, then eventually traded in North America. The Dachshund was bred in Germany. They were used to hunt wild boar, weasels and badgers.   This breed has a high prey drive […] Read More


Draco volans

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Agamidae
Genus
Draco
Scientific Name
Draco volans

Fun Fact: Beneath the lizard’s “wings” are a pair of enlarged ribs for support.

Draco volans is known as “The Gliding Lizard ” Though volans means “flying,” Draco volans doesn’t really fly but glides. It uses patagia, a membrane that covers its ribs to glide from place to place. It is found in rainforests where it can jump easily from one tree to another. Some people keep these little […] Read More


Dragonfish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Syngnathiformes and Stomiiformes
Family
Stomiidae and Pegasidae
Genus
Eurypegasus

Fun Fact: Dragonfish can emit red light from their eyes

Dragonfish can emit red light from their eyes which they usually use for hunting down prey. Dragonfish is a species that covers a variety of small fishes that have similar characteristics. It comprises five to six different specific species, though little is known about each one. When discussing the dragonfish, this term is used to […] Read More


Dragonfly

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Odonata
Family
Anisoptera

Fun Fact: It's larvae are carnivorous!

Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, gnats, and cicadas making them an important part of the ecosystem. These amazing insects also serve as a food source for a variety of fish and birds. They are found on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Wooded areas as well as freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, and streams are all habitats […] Read More


Drever

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

Fun Fact: Uncommon outside of Europe!

Drevers are excellent at driving deer towards their owners, but they can also be very useful for hunting other animals such as foxes and hares. Drevers are one of the most popular dog breeds in Sweden. They are a smaller version of the German hound, the Westphalian Dahsbracke, that was imported to Sweden in 1910. […] Read More


Drum Fish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Sciaenidae
Scientific Name
Sciaenidae

Fun Fact: The drum fish makes a croaking sound with its swimming bladder!

The drum fish lives up to its rather literal name by emitting a very loud noise that aids in communication with other animals. This fish is mostly endemic to saltwater seas and oceans, but a few species reside exclusively in freshwater rivers and lakes as well. They are a very popular type of fish for […] Read More


Duck

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae

Fun Fact: Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

“A duck can sleep with one eye open in order to stay alert to predators” Ducks are omnivorous eating plants, insects, small fish, seeds, and crustaceans. A duck is a bird known as a waterfowl because they live near ponds, rivers, and lakes. This animal lives on every continent except Antarctica. Some of them live […] Read More


Dugong

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Sirenia
Family
Dugongidae
Genus
Dugong
Scientific Name
Dugong Dugon

Fun Fact: Closely related to the Manatee!

The dugong is one of the few herbivorous marine mammals still remaining in the world. This species is a familiar sight to any inhabitants or tourists who visit the coastal waters of the world’s tropical regions. It moves through the water with a slow, languid pace and chews up the grass on the bottom of […] Read More


Dung Beetle

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera

Fun Fact: The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight

Dung beetles (also sometimes known as scarabs) are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Their entire lives revolve around interacting with dung in some way. They bury or feed upon much of the leftover waste of other animals, which has numerous environmental benefits. It cleans up the excrement from the environment, controls the fly […] Read More


Dunker

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

Fun Fact: A friendly and relaxed dog!

Dunkers are a medium-sized scenthound that can be very affectionate. A Dunker Dog is also called a Norwegian Hound because their country of origin is Norway. They are sometimes also referred to as a Norwegian Rabbit Hound. Dunkers were developed when Russian Harlequin Hounds were crossed with different Norwegian scenthounds. Captain Wilhelm Conrad Dunker was […] Read More


Dusky Dolphin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Delphinidae
Genus
Lagenorhynchus
Scientific Name
Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Fun Fact: Communicates using whistles, squeaks and clicks!

Dusky Dolphin Classification and Evolution The Dusky Dolphin is a small species of dolphin that is found inhabiting the cooler waters along continental shelves throughout the southern hemisphere. This distinctive looking cetacean is closely related to other large marine animals including other dolphins, porpoises and whales but despite their fish-like appearance Dusky Dolphins are true […] Read More


Dwarf Crocodile

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Crocodilia
Family
Crocodylidae
Genus
Osteolaemus
Scientific Name
Osteolaemus tetraspis

Fun Fact: Digs burrows in river banks to rest!

Dwarf Crocodile Classification and Evolution The Dwarf Crocodile is a small species of crocodile natively found in the rainforests of West Africa. The Dwarf Crocodile is the smallest species of crocodile in the world and is also one of the most distinctive with a short, broad snout and tough scales that cover their entire black […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with D

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter D

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

A Dorgi
Dorgi

The Dorgi is one of the more popular mixed breed dogs.

A Darwin’s fox
Darwin’s fox

It’s not a “true fox.”

A Dik-Dik
Dik-Dik

A dik-dik is named after a sound it makes when it is frightened

Animals that Start with D
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