Animals That Start with D

Updated: October 11, 2022
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Read below for information on 99 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:

  • 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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List of Animals That Start with D

Animals that Start with D

Dachsador

Dachsador Picture
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

Dachshund Picture
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


Dachshund Mix

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

Fun Fact: This Dachshund mix is generally not suited for multi-pet homes because of their high prey drive.

The Dachshund is a charismatic little dog, originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers. In fact, that’s precisely what their name means, “Dachs” means badger in German, and “hund” stands for dog. Due to their small size, these pups have become very trendy in recent years, as they are the perfect pets for apartment living, […] Read More


Daeodon

Daeodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Mammalia
Family
Entelodontidae
Genus
Daedon
Scientific Name
Daedon shoshonesis

Fun Fact: Scientists don't know whether daedon had scales, feathers, fur, or something else.

Prehistoric pigs like the Daeodon looked nothing like the adorable pink cuties with curled tails that we know today. The Daeodon lived during the Oligocene and Miocene epochs, around 20 million years ago. It was much larger than modern-day pigs and not actually related to them at all. Instead, it is more closely related to […] Read More


Dalmadoodle

Dalmadoodle Picture
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

Dalmador Picture
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

Dalmatian Picture
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


Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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

Fun Fact: The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed recognized by the AKC that is named after a literary character.

Introduction The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a feisty little dog with enough attitude for a dog three times its size. Bred in Scotland in the 17th or 18th centuries to hunt otters, foxes, rats, and badgers, the Dandie is loyal to its owner but has a strong independent streak, giving it a friendly but stubborn […] Read More


Daniff

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

Fun Fact:

“The ancestors of this breed were used as war dogs by the Mongolian leader Kublai Khan.” Daniff Introduction The Daniff is a recent American mixture of two large breed dogs, the great Dane and the mastiff, breeds with ancient origins in Tibet and the Middle East. The original breeds were developed for hunting large game […] Read More


Danios

Danios Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cypriniformes
Family
Cyprinidae
Genus
Danio
Scientific Name
Danio rerio

Fun Fact: These fish make a popular choice for aquarium hobbyists due to their hardy nature.

“Danios make a popular choice for aquarium hobbyists due to their hardy nature.“ Danios come in many types and colors, but the common attribute across the species is their size, hardiness, and active swimming style. They tolerate a wide range of water conditions and are good eaters. One thing to keep in mind is that […] Read More


Danish Swedish Farmdog

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

Fun Fact:

“If you want a friendly little dog that loves to play and cuddle, this is the breed for you.” Danish Swedish Farmdog Introduction The Danish Swedish farmdog is a small breed that is indigenous, as its name implies, to Denmark and Sweden. Although they are often mistaken for the Jack Russell terrier or similar breeds, […] Read More


Dapple Dachshund

Dapple Dachshund Picture
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


Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Passerellidae
Genus
Junco

Fun Fact: They are called snowbirds because many subspecies reappear in the winter.

The Dark-Eyed Junco is also known as the Snowbird in the United States. They’re in the sparrow family, and the resemblance is clear, though they’re smaller than most sparrows. It has an extensive list of sub-species found in various regions and their range of colors is quite diverse as well. You would find them in […] Read More


Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Passerellidae
Genus
Junco
Scientific Name
Junco Hyemalis

Fun Fact:

Summary This forest bird, the Dark-Eyed Junco, is one of the most abundant in North America. The Dark-Eyed Junco is a small sparrow that is the most abundant forest bird in North America.  While its body coloring can vary depending on the sub-species and region, they have distinctive bright white tail feathers that can be […] Read More


Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Tenebrionidae

Fun Fact: Darkling Beetles have segmented antennae. Each one is divided into eleven segments.

The Darkling Beetle family has over 20,000 members! That’s right, the Darkling Beetle family is vast but they all share a few physical characteristics. They can be found on almost every continent and in environments from humid to dry, although most do favor dark and dry places. Called Darkling Beetles because they are most active […] Read More


Darwin’s fox

Darwin’s fox Picture
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

Darwin’s Frog Picture
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


Daug

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

Fun Fact: Because the Daug is so rare, they fetch a pretty penny. Dog lovers can pay up to $3,000 for one of these pups!

The Daug is an adorable hybrid resulting from crossbreeding a Dachshund and a Pug. These dogs are laidback, affectionate, and make great additions to families looking for a companion. However, because the Daug can inherit traits and features from either parent breed, it’s hard to say what they will look like or which temperament they […] Read More


De Brazza’s Monkey

De Brazza’s Monkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Cercopithecus
Scientific Name
Cercopithecus neglectus

Fun Fact: They forage on plants and fruits and act as seed dispersers, helping their environment.

“De Brazza’s get their name from their cryptic nature, often hiding from predators and humans.” Summary The de Brazza’s monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus) is a large guenon primate endemic to Central Africa. They inhabit swamps and mountain forests, where they spend most of their time in trees in small groups. Their names are Italian for “pay […] Read More


De Kay’s Brown Snake

De Kay’s Brown Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Storeria
Scientific Name
Storeria dekayi

Fun Fact: They have specialized jaws for removing snails from shells.

De Kay’s brown snake is widespread across the eastern half of North America and Central America. It’s nonvenomous and generally very docile but spends most of its time underground or in otherwise shady locations. This snail and slug-eating snake prefers moist areas near its favorite prey, where people often find them. Incredible Facts Zoologist James […] Read More


Death Adder

Death Adder Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Acanthophis
Scientific Name
Acanthophis antarcticus

Fun Fact: The Death Adder is more closely related to the Cobra than other Australian snakes.

“The Death Adder is more closely related to the Cobra than other Australian snakes.” Also known as the Common Death Adder, this species is native to eastern and southern Australia, as well as Papua New Guinea. The species avoids desert areas but is plentiful in wooded or grassy areas. These reptiles are quite adept at […] Read More


Death’s Head Cockroach

Death’s Head Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodae
Family
Blaberidae
Genus
Blaberus
Scientific Name
Blaberus craniifer

Fun Fact: People buy Death's Head Cockroach nymphs and raise them as pets!

Death’s Head Cockroach Summary “This cockroach is often kept as a pet.” The Death’s Head Cockroach is a large winged insect which is native to Mexico , the West Indies, and Central America. It has also been introduced into Florida . There is a small black patch on their head that looks like a “Death’s […] Read More


Deathwatch Beetle

Deathwatch Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Ptinidae
Genus
Xestobium
Scientific Name
Xestobium rufovillosum

Fun Fact: The adult deathwatch beetle taps on the wood to find a mate.

The deathwatch beetle is a wood-boring insect that can infest wooden buildings and become an annoying pest. It can feed on all kinds of different wood, but old oak appears to be one of its favorite potential hosts. The deathwatch beetles were once considered to be signs of an ill omen and a portent of […] Read More


Decorator Crab

Decorator Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Majoidea

Fun Fact: Recycle old decorations when they molt

Summary One of nature’s most ingenious disguise artists, decorator crabs belong to the superfamily Majoidea. Sometimes also known as spider crabs, approximately 75% of the species in the family decorate their shells and legs with plants and animals to help them avoid and ward off predators. They live all over the world and thrive as […] Read More


Deer

Deer Picture
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

Deer Head Chihuahua Picture
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


Deer Tick

Deer Tick Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Idodida
Family
Ixodidae
Genus
Ixodes
Scientific Name
Ixodes scapularis

Fun Fact: Commonly found on white-tailed deer

“Because of their dark-colored legs, deer ticks are often called black-legged ticks.” Out of all the ticks native to North America, the deer tick is one of the most problematic. Ticks have been around for a very long time, over 100 million years. Today, there are more than 900 distinct species of ticks living on […] Read More


Deinocheirus

Deinocheirus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Deinocheiridae
Genus
Deinocheirus
Scientific Name
Deinocheirus mirificus

Fun Fact: Despite being bipedal, Deinocheirus had a large forearm

Deinocheirus was a bizarre dinosaur that lived in Asia during the Late Cretaceous around 70 million years ago. For up to 50 years after its first discovery, scientists struggled to determine its appearance or habits. You can compare this dinosaur to a giant goose because of its beaked head, a camel because of its hump, […] Read More


Deinosuchus

Deinosuchus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Crocodilia
Family
Alligatoroidea
Genus
Deinosuchus
Scientific Name
Deinosuchus hatcheri

Fun Fact: Deinosuchus was probably the biggest crocodilian that ever lived

Deinosuchus is an extinct crocodyliform that was closely related to crocodiles and alligators. This extinct reptile lived during the Cretaceous era 82-73 million years ago. It lived alongside many giant animals, including dinosaurs, giant sharks, and marine reptiles like mosasaurs. This 33-foot-long alligator lived in North America and was one of the most formidable carnivores […] Read More


Desert Ghost Ball Python

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

Fun Fact: Desert ghost ball pythons are even more beautiful when they're bred with another type like enchi ball pythons.

Desert ghost ball pythons are beautiful, but when bred to other ball python morphs, they make everything even more beautiful. These snakes were first produced in 2003 and since then have found their way into many different ball pythons morphs because of their ability to improve and clarify patterns and colors. Desert ghost ball pythons […] Read More


Desert Kingsnake

Desert Kingsnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Lampropeltis
Scientific Name
Lampropeltis splendida

Fun Fact: The desert kingsnake rolls over and plays dead when it feels threatened.

The desert kingsnake is only found in the United States. Featuring a black or brown body with light-colored speckles all over it, the desert kingsnake may look intimidating, but it is one of the friendliest species around with no teeth and no venom. Plus, they won’t attack if they are afraid! Instead, they’ll roll over […] Read More


Desert Locust

Desert Locust Picture
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

Desert Rain Frog Picture
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

Desert Tortoise Picture
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


Desert Wolf

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

Fun Fact: These tiny wolves prefer to cohabitate in pairs or groups of three (generally two males and a female).

The desert wolf is the smallest subspecies of the gray wolf family, commonly referred to as the Arabian wolf. These scrappy canines originate from the Arabian Peninsula but also occur in various regions of northern Asia. While they share many traits with their bigger cousin, Arabian wolves differ in a few notable ways. For example, […] Read More


Desmostylus

Desmostylus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Desmostylia
Family
Desmostylidae
Genus
Desmostylus
Scientific Name
Desmostylus japonicus

Fun Fact: Desmostylus has no living descendant.

Desmostylus is an extinct genus of herbivorous mammals that lived from the Late Oligocene to the Miocene. This massive and heavily built marine creature belongs to the family Desmostylidae. It was a peculiar animal with an interesting appearance and no living descendants. This makes it difficult to trace its lineage or describe many of its […] Read More


Deutsche Bracke

Deutsche Bracke Picture
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


Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle

Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Staphylinidae
Genus
Ocypus
Scientific Name
Ocypus olens

Fun Fact: The Devil’s coach horse beetle can emit a noxious substance to deter predators

The Devil’s coach horse beetle has been associated unfairly with evil forces. In the Middle Ages, a superstition arose that the insect could curse a person just by pointing its tail in their direction. This strange superstition has given rise to the unusual name of Devil’s coach horse beetle (which brings to mind the image […] Read More


Devon Rex

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

Fun Fact:

The Devon Rex, which first arose from the town of Devon, England in the 1950s, has attracted a small but devoted following for its livewire personality and its distinctive appearance. Sporting a slender elf-like face and big ears that don’t seem to entirely fit, this cat is known for its intelligent mind and people-oriented behavioral […] Read More


Dhole

Dhole Picture
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” Also known as the ‘Asiatic Wild Dog’, Dholes are a once a wide-ranging wild dog species that covered nearly half the globe. Today the dhole is an endangered species with an estimated population of fewer than 2,500 adults. Dholes […] Read More


Diamond python

Diamond python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: These pythons live at higher altitudes and further south than any other python species.

The diamond python is a subspecies of carpet python that occurs in southeastern Australia near the coast. While its native environment includes forests with trees to climb, this semi-arboreal snake is often found near human settlements. It is versatile and found in attic crawl spaces and other rooftop locales slithering about looking for rats and […] Read More


Diamondback Moth

Diamondback Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Plutellidae
Genus
Plutetalla
Scientific Name
Plutella xylostella

Fun Fact: Adult males make high amplitude boing noise to attract females

The larvae of diamondback moths are voracious pests and are growing resistant to insecticides. Summary The diamondback moth is a small moth that is most popular as a pest of cruciferous vegetables. These insects commonly attack vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, rutabaga, and cauliflower. Although they are small, they are usually quite numerous, causing […] Read More


Dickinsonia

Dickinsonia Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Introduction The Dickinsonia is an extinct genus of basal animal, and they lived during the Ediacaran period that lasted for 96 million years. You will find the Dickinsonia in the places we now know as China, India, Russia, Australia, and Ukraine and resembles a bilaterally symmetrical oval. The remains of this creature are in sandstone […] Read More


Dik-Dik

Dik-Dik Picture
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


Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Saurischia
Family
Dilophosauridae
Genus
Dilophosaurus
Scientific Name
Dilophosaurus wetherilli

Fun Fact: Dilophosaurus was the largest predatory dinosaur in North America during the Early Jurassic Epoch of the Jurassic Period.

Fans of the Jurassic Park franchise would probably recognize the Dilophosaurus as the frilled dinosaur capable of spitting venom at its prey. However, the real-life version of this dinosaur was remarkably different from this. This theropod dinosaur lived in North America during the early Jurassic Period, about 193 million years ago. It was a voracious […] Read More


Dimetrodon

Dimetrodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Sphenacodontidae
Genus
Dimetrodon
Scientific Name
Dimetrodon limbatus

Fun Fact: Dimetrodon was among the largest predators of the Early Permian Period.

Dimetrodon is an extinct, mammal-like animal that lived during the Early Permian Period, around 295–272 million years ago. Several ancient animal fossils have been discovered in the southwestern part of the US. Although it is commonly mistaken for a dinosaur, the Dimetrodon is older than the earliest dinosaurs by about 40 million years. Dimetrodon was an […] Read More


Dingo

Dingo Picture
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


Dinocrocuta

Dinocrocuta Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Percrocutidae
Genus
Dinocrocuta
Scientific Name
Dinocrocuta gigantea

Fun Fact: Dinocrucuta had very strong jaws capable of crushing bones.

Hyenas today are among the most ferocious predators. But their ancient ancestors were just as dreadful. The Dinocrocuta was a prehistoric carnivore with a similar build as present-day hyenas. This animal was at the apex of the food chain across various habitats in Africa and Asia during the Miocene Epoch. Dinocrocuta had very strong jaws […] Read More


Dinofelis

Dinofelis Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Dinofelis

Fun Fact:

Introduction The dinofelis is a genus of saber-toothed cats that belonged to either the Smilodontini or Meailurini tribe. These extinct creatures inhabited parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America between 5 to 1.2 million years ago. They existed during the early Pliocene and Pleistocene Periods. Dinofelis were around the same size and build as […] Read More


Dinopithecus

Dinopithecus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Dinopithecus
Scientific Name
D. ingens

Fun Fact: The only species currently recognized of this ancient baboon is Dinopithecus ingens.

Description & Size The Dinopithecus is an extinct genus, the name of which means “terrible ape”. They were a large primate closely related to the baboon.  They lived in South Africa and Ethiopia from the Pliocene to the Pleistocene Epochs. Because they were only found in certain areas, it is believed they lived in specific habitats. […] Read More


Dinosaur Shrimp

Dinosaur Shrimp Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Branchiopoda
Order
Notostraca
Family
Triopsidae
Genus
Triops
Scientific Name
T. longicaudatus

Fun Fact: These "shrimp" evolved to survive very harsh climates, which is one reason they have been able to live so long.

In order to hatch, Dinosaur Shrimp eggs must dehydrate and then be rehydrated. The Dinosaur Shrimp, also commonly called the American tadpole shrimp or the longtail tadpole shrimp, is a freshwater crustacean that looks like a miniature horseshoe crab.  They are an ancient animal that hasn’t changed much since the Devonian period, about 419 million […] Read More


Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Introduction Dinosaurs are a large, extinct group of reptiles that lived during the Triassic Period roughly 240 million years ago. The large variations allows for them to survive Earth’s harsh environments because all the continents were still together. It is possible that they experienced continental drifting before they mysteriously disappeared 65 million years ago at […] Read More


Diplodocus

Diplodocus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Saurischia
Family
Diplodocidae
Genus
Diplodocus
Scientific Name
Diplodocus longus

Fun Fact: Their long tales could have been used as a whip!

The diplodocus might be one of the most easily recognizable dinosaurs. The many pop culture references to diplodocuses include a cameo in the classic Disney film Fantasia and a portrayal in the classic animated dino tale The Land Before Time. Diplo, a well-known DJ, songwriter, and musician chose his stage name from his childhood love […] Read More


Diprotodon

Diprotodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Annelida
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Diprotodontidae
Genus
Diprotodon
Scientific Name
Diprotodon optatum

Fun Fact: Diprotodon was the largest marsupial that ever lived.

Diprotodon was one of the first fossil mammals from Australia. It is also one of the most well-known megafaunas in the world. Also known as the giant wombat, the Diprotodon is a much bigger version of the modern wombat and a close relative of the koalas. It lived for about 2.6 million years and went […] Read More


Dire Wolf

Dire Wolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Description & Size Aenocyon dirus, the dire wolf, was a massive carnivore during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene epochs. This means they lived sometime between 125,000 and 9,500 years ago. Although they weighed up to 200lbs., these relatives to the gray wolf (Canis lupus) were about 25% larger than the biggest modern wolf species. […] Read More


Discus

Discus Picture
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. Symphysodon, also known as discus, is a genus of brightly colored tropical fish (and a member of the cichlid family). These fish mainly reside in the long, sinewy waterways of the Amazon Basin. Because of their vivid colors and intricate markings, […] Read More


Diving Bell Spider (Water Spider)

Diving Bell Spider (Water Spider) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Diving bell spiders can breathe underwater using an air bubble on their abdomen

The diving bell spider, also known as a water spider, is an aquatic species of spider that can be found in freshwater habitats throughout Asia and Europe. The diving bell spider lives an interesting life that sets it apart from other species of spider, living in water instead of on land. The only time the […] Read More


Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher Picture
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


Dobsonfly

Dobsonfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Megaloptera
Family
Corydalidae

Fun Fact: The dobsonfly spends up three years as a larva, and only a week as an adult.

Dobsonflies are a group of insects that belong to the family Corydalidae. Insects in this subfamily are large and fearsome-looking. They’re among the largest aquatic insects in North America. Anglers popularly use the larvae of dobsonflies (hellgrammites) as fish bait. The larvae live in streams. Adults often sit near water bodies.  Dobsonflies Species, Types, and […] Read More


Dodo

Dodo Picture
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


Doedicurus

Doedicurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cingulata
Family
Chlamyphoridae
Genus
Doedicurus
Scientific Name
Doedicurus clavicaudatus

Fun Fact: Deodicurus was one of the largest glyptodonts to have ever lived.

Doedicurus is an extinct genus of heavily-armored armadillos native to South America. The genus has only one species; D. clavicaudatus. It belongs to the family Chlamyphoridae, along with the modern armadillo species. They lived during the Pleistocene and survived until about 7000 years ago.  Description & Size Doedicurus is a genus of extinct mammals that […] Read More


Dog

Dog Picture
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


Dog Tick

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

Fun Fact: Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals

“Dog ticks are made up of two species; the American dog tick, and the brown dog tick.” When people say ‘dog tick’, they’re generally referring to the American dog tick, found throughout North America. But, there’s one additional type of dog tick: the brown dog tick. On top of this, there are even more species […] Read More


Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino Picture
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

Dogue De Bordeaux Picture
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

Dolphin Picture
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

Donkey Picture
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

Dorgi Picture
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

Dorkie Picture
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

Dormouse Picture
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

Double Doodle Picture
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


Douc

Douc Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Pygathrix

Fun Fact: When these monkeys want to mate, they wiggle their eyebrows.

The Douc can be called “A Casualty of War.” The douc is an Old World Monkey from Indochina with the face of an ancient, bearded sage. Despite this, it is playful, full of life, and gregarious. The red-shanked species is also the most colorful monkey in the world with a coat that comes in shades […] Read More


Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Dryobates
Scientific Name
D. pubescens

Fun Fact:

“Downy woodpeckers look slightly different depending on where they are located.” The little woodpeckers are a common sight at bird feeders and in gardens. Often, they join flocks of other birds to perform acrobatic feats of foraging. You’ll often find them balancing on tiny branches and along wires. 4 Amazing Downy Woodpecker Facts Birds of […] Read More


Doxiepoo

Doxiepoo Picture
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

Doxle Picture
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 Lizard

Draco Volans Lizard Picture
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,” the Draco Volans lizard 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 […] Read More


Dragon Eel

Dragon Eel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Anguilliformes
Family
Muraenidae
Genus
Enchelycore
Scientific Name
Enchelycore pardalis

Fun Fact: Dragon eels have double jaws and two sets of razor-sharp teeth

“Dragon eels have double jaws and two sets of razor-sharp teeth.” Dragon moray eels might look menacing, but they are actually spectacular animals. Their vibrant colors are enough to mesmerize anyone who comes across them. Their bodies are covered in orange, red, yellow, white, and black markings. But, when you combine their large size, exposed […] Read More


Dragonfish

Dragonfish Picture
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

Dragonfly Picture
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


Dreadnoughtus

Dreadnoughtus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

The Dreadnoughtus belongs to a clade of dinosaurs known as the Titanosaurus. Titanosaurian dinosaurs are known for their massive size, and experts now believe that the Dreadnoughtus was the largest of them all. The dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous is now considered the largest terrestrial vertebrate to have ever walked the planet.  Taxonomy […] Read More


Drever

Drever Picture
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


Dromornis stirtoni

Dromornis stirtoni Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Dromornithiformes
Family
Dromornithidae
Genus
Dromornis
Scientific Name
Dromornis stirtoni

Fun Fact:

“This massive flightless bird weighed as much as a full-grown horse.” Dromornis stirtoni Facts Dromornis stirtoni lived in Australia during the Pleistocene epoch, around 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago.It was a massive flightless bird of up to 1,100 pounds, but it still had wings that may have been used for balance or display.Its exact […] Read More


Drum Fish

Drum Fish Picture
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


Dubia Cockroach

Dubia Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodea
Family
Blaberidae
Genus
Blaptica
Scientific Name
Blaptica dubia

Fun Fact: The most popular species of feeder roach

“Dubia roaches are the most popular choice for exotic pet owners looking to feed their lizards, snakes, and toads.” Among all species of cockroach, dubia roaches may be the easiest to take care of. Unlike the stereotypical pest species, like American, German, and Oriental cockroaches, dubia roaches don’t generally invade homes. Instead, they come to […] Read More


Duck

Duck Picture
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

Dugong Picture
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


Dumeril’s Boa

Dumeril’s Boa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Boidae
Genus
Acrantophis
Scientific Name
Acrantophis dumerili

Fun Fact: Some tribes believe that the snake's skin holds the souls of their ancestors.

Dumeril’s boa is a medium-sized boa that, while popular as a pet, is native to Madagascar. It eats various small animals, but juvenile lemurs are its favorite prey item. This snake was heavily exported for the pet trade. To protect it in the wild, Madagascar added local protections, and CITES added it to Appendix I. […] Read More


Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle Picture
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


Dungeness Crab

Dungeness Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Cancridae
Genus
Metacarcinus
Scientific Name
Metacarcinus magister

Fun Fact:

Nearly all Dungeness Crab bought in the U.S. are harvested in the U.S., unlike the majority of other seafood, which is imported. They can be found as far north as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and as far south as Magdalena Bay in Baja California, Mexico. They are considered a “Good Alternative,” a rating given […] Read More


Dunker

Dunker Picture
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


Dunkleosteus

Dunkleosteus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Trichoplacoidea
Order
Arthodira
Family
Dunkleosteidae
Genus
Dunkleosteus
Scientific Name
Dunkleosteus terrelli

Fun Fact: Dunkleosteus had a bite force strong enough to cut through pirey.

Dunkleosteus is a genus of large, armored fish that lived during the Devonian Period. It is one of the earliest jawed fish to have ever lived. The fish is known for its enormous bite force and could close its mouth rapidly like modern, suction-feeding fish. Dunkleosteus lived in North America, Morocco, Belgium, and Poland about […] Read More


Dunnock

Dunnock Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Prunellidae
Genus
Prunella
Scientific Name
Prunella modularis

Fun Fact: Both male and female dunnocks can have multiple mates every breeding season

The dunnock is one of the few birds in which the female maintains its own territory. The dunnock is a small songbird that originated from Europe. It goes by many names, including hedge sparrow and hedge accentor. However, it is not really a sparrow at all, but rather a type of accentor. The identification between […] Read More


Dusky Dolphin

Dusky Dolphin Picture
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


Dusky Shark

Dusky Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Carcharhinidae
Genus
Carcharhinus
Scientific Name
Carcharhinus obscurus

Fun Fact: The Dusky Shark sometimes eats trash discarded by humans.

The dusky shark is one of the largest in the shark species and has a long streamlined body. Their backs are brownish-gray, and they have a pale white underbelly. Dusky sharks are in high demand in the shark fin trade. Unfortunately, their fins are large and valuable, making them victims of human capture, especially in […] Read More


Dutch Rabbit

Dutch Rabbit Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Lagomorpha
Family
Leporidae
Genus
Oryctolagus
Scientific Name
Oryctolagus Cuniculus

Fun Fact:

Summary Once the most popular of all rabbit breeds, the Dutch rabbit is an old and distinctive breed. Also known as the Hollander or Brabander, the Dutch rabbit is not actually from the Netherlands as its name suggests. First developed in England during the 1830s, the Dutch rabbit comes from an ancient stock of meat […] Read More


Dutch Shepherd

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

Fun Fact:

The Dutch Shepherd is a sheep-herding dog hailing from the Netherlands, in use by shepherds and farmers for keeping flocks in line. These dogs are naturally occurring shepherd dogs in rural areas of the Netherlands, and officials first wrote the breed standards in 1989. Initially, the Dutch Shepherd’s coat could be any color. In 1914, […] Read More


Dwarf Boa

Dwarf Boa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Boidae & Tropidophidiiae
Genus
Various
Scientific Name
Various

Fun Fact: Some species can change color from dark to light, and back again.

Dwarf boas can be a fantastic option for those who want a snake, but not a behemoth. Boa species range from truly tiny to gargantuan, and some of the most beautiful species are gentle and calm, making them great pets – if you have the space. However, many of us don’t have enough space or […] Read More


Dwarf Crocodile

Dwarf Crocodile Picture
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


Dwarf Hamster

Dwarf Hamster Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Cricetidae
Genus
Cricetulus
Scientific Name
Cricetulus barabensis

Fun Fact: dwarf hamsters love to explore at night.

A dwarf hamster is a group of several subspecies, specifically dealing with hamsters that are smaller than four inches long. They often have a lifespan of two to three years, though some live less than this. They are incredibly smart, and some subspecies hibernate through the winter months underground. If you want to take a […] Read More



A Dolphin
Dolphin

Can reach speeds of up to 25 mph!

A Dachshund
Dachshund

Fun and playful breed of small dog!

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter D

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

A Diving Bell Spider (Water Spider)
Diving Bell Spider (Water Spider)

Diving bell spiders can breathe underwater using an air bubble on their abdomen

A Dachshund Mix
Dachshund Mix

This Dachshund mix is generally not suited for multi-pet homes because of their high prey drive.

Animals that Start with D
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