Animals that Start with G



Read below for information on 83 different animals that start with the letter G, from galapagos penguin to guppy. The most popular G animal is the giant panda bear, which gets up to 99% of its food from bamboo. The least popular is geoffroy’s tamarin, a small monkey located in Panama and Columbia. Some fun facts about G name animals are:

  • At up to 440lbs Gorillas are the world’s largest primates
  • Less than 10% of Grizzly bears make it to adulthood
  • Giraffe’s distinctive black tongues can grow as long as 18 inches


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A Giant Panda Bear
Giant Panda Bear

Bamboo makes up 99 per cent of their diet!

A German Shepherd Guide
German Shepherd Guide

Highly active and fearless dogs!


Animals that Start with G

Galapagos Penguin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Spheniscus
Scientific Name
Spheniscus Mendiculus

Fun Fact: Found around the Equator!

“The Galapagos penguin is located farther north than any other penguin species in the world.“ It is a very rare and unusual sight indeed: a penguin living in warm climates. Charles Darwin never saw these creatures on his trip to the Galapagos, but today they are a fascinating spectacle for visiting tourists and nature lovers […] Read More


Galapagos Tortoise

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Genus
Chelonoidis
Scientific Name
Chelonoidis nigra

Fun Fact: The biggest species of tortoise in the world!

The Galapagos tortoise is among the giants of the reptile class. Evolving over millions of years on its remote island habitat, this tortoise had almost no contact with the outside world until the permanent discovery of the island in 1535 by humans led to rapid changes with which the tortoise could not cope. Only an […] Read More


Gar

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lepisosteiformes
Family
Lepisosteidae
Scientific Name
Lepisosteidae

Fun Fact: Can grow to more than 3m long!

Resembling a cross between a reptile and a fish, the gar fish is a family of long-nosed carnivorous animals that inhabit the freshwaters of North America. They make slow, languid movements through the water, but this merely hides how quickly they can strike at their prey. Although numbers are dwindling in some areas, the gar […] Read More


Garden Eel

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Anguilliformes
Family
Congridae

Fun Fact: Garden eel colonies are made up of hundreds to thousands of individuals.

The garden eel is a type of saltwater eel that includes 35 different species. These eels spend their lives with at least their tail in the sand at all times. The full body is never completely out of the sand. Some or most of their body sticks out from the sand, making their appearance relative […] Read More


Gecko

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata

Fun Fact: There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

“Geckos can climb vertical walls and stroll across ceilings.” Geckos have been around for at least 300 million years. Scientists have found geckos preserved in amber that dates back to the Cretaceous Period, and those specimens look remarkably like the gentle little lizards you’ll find in so many parts of the world today. There are […] Read More


Genet

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Viverridae
Genus
Genetta
Scientific Name
Genetta genetta

Fun Fact: The Genet has retractable claws like a cat

“When is a cat not a cat?” The genet is a type of animal called a viverrid. These animals remind people of cats and have many catlike qualities, including somewhat retractable claws and a well-developed hunting instinct, but they are more primitive. Scientists believe that the genet is the closest living relative to the ancestor […] Read More


Gentoo Penguin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Pygoscelis
Scientific Name
Pygoscelis papua

Fun Fact: Found throughout the sub-Antarctic!

“The Gentoo Penguin is known to be the fastest swimming penguins in the world” The Gentoo Penguins are, much like the other penguin species, black in appearance from the back to the head. They also adorn a white belly and are most commonly distinguished by a white stripe that runs from eye-to-eye at the top […] Read More


Geoffroys Tamarin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Callitrichidae
Genus
Saguinus
Scientific Name
Saguinus Geoffroyi

Fun Fact: Has distinctive V shape on head!

“A Geoffroy’s tamarin can jump up to 16 feet from one treetop to another.” Geoffroy’s tamarins are omnivores eating tree sap, insects, fruits, and various plants. They are active during the day and spend most of their time up in trees. These are social animals living in groups of 3 to 5 monkeys. They communicate […] Read More


Gerberian Shepsky

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

Fun Fact: German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Gerberian Shepskies are all popular choices for police dogs.

Most designer dogs aren’t used as working dogs. However, because the Gerberian Shepsky is descended from two hardworking breeds, these pups are often used for police work and search and rescue missions. With their high energy levels, sensitive noses, and alert personalities, Gerberian Shepskies are perfect guard dogs and working companions. With fluffy fur, bright […] Read More


Gerbil

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Muridae

Fun Fact: Originally known as the Desert Rat!

“The Gerbil is the cute and lovable rodent cannibal!” Gerbils belong to a subfamily in the Rodentia order called Gerbillinae. This subfamily includes jirds. Jirds belong to different genera than rodents formally known as gerbils, but sometimes the animals are interchangeable. Indeed, the most popular, the Mongolian gerbil, is also referred to as the Mongolian […] Read More


German Pinscher

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

Fun Fact: Highly intelligent and fast learners!

These intelligent, short-haired dogs nearly went extinct during World War II. As their name suggests, German pinschers hail from southern Germany. The first German pinscher was registered in 1885. These intelligent, short-haired dogs nearly went extinct during World War II. Luckily, they were brought back by an industrious breeder named Werner Jung. Jung smuggled a […] Read More


German Shepherd Guide

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

Fun Fact: Highly active and fearless dogs!

The German shepherd, or Alsatian, as British dog lovers call them, is the second most popular dog breed in the United States. This working dog from the herding group features a luxurious double coat that can be anywhere from medium to long and comes in a variety of colors such as the traditional black and […] Read More


German Sheppit

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

Fun Fact: The German Sheppit is well-suited for guarding and police work.

The German Sheppit inherits many traits from its parents that make it well-suited for police or guard work. The German Sheppit is a first-generation hybrid between two different breeds of dogs: a German Shepherd and a Pit Bull. The German Shepherd is a big herding dog that excels at many different tasks, including police work, […] Read More


German Sheprador

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

Fun Fact: There is a chance that the German Sheprador may inherit a love for water from its parent.

The Labrador Retriever was originally bred to be an excellent swimmer. The German Sheprador may likewise inherit many traits that make it fast and agile in the water. The German Sheprador is an all-around excellent and obedient dog that nevertheless requires quite a lot of care and attention. It is the offspring of Labrador Retriever […] Read More


German Shorthaired Pointer

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

Fun Fact: German Shorthaired Pointers are used by the Air Force, TSA, and other organizations to sniff out explosives.

German Shorthaired Pointers are used by the Air Force, TSA, and other organizations to sniff out explosives. German Shorthaired Pointers are the result of German Breeders perfecting a bird dog. It took breeders multiple generations to mix different dog breeds to create the German Shorthaired Pointer. This breed is known for being a quick and […] Read More


German Spitz

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

Fun Fact: There are five different sub-breeds of the German Spitz.

Though they are believed to be bred from hunting and herding dog, the German Spitz is mostly a small companion breed nowadays. Forever loving and happy to see its owner, the German Spitz has all of the dense and thick fur that anyone could want. Available in several different colors, the German Spitz will act […] Read More


Gharial

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Crocodilia
Family
Gavialidae
Genus
Gavialis
Scientific Name
Gavialis gangeticus

Fun Fact: Found in the murky waters of Northern India!

Gharial Classification and Evolution The gharial is a large sized reptile that is found inhabiting the murky waters of slow-moving rivers on the Indian subcontinent. Closely related to other crocodilians including crocodiles, alligators and caimans, gharials are animals that have existed on Earth for over 200 million years and have changed little in their evolution […] Read More


Ghost Crab

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Ocypodidae

Fun Fact: Their eyestalks, which are sometimes horned, can swivel 360 degrees

Ghost crabs are one of the most populous crab species in the world and are found on beaches from Oman to Polynesia to Australia to Florida to Egypt and Greece. They can be told from their boxy shape, their sometimes horned eyestalks, and the uneven size of their claws. They can move surprisingly quickly, and […] Read More


Giant African Land Snail

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Achatinoidea
Family
Achatinidae
Genus
Achatina
Scientific Name
Achatina fulica

Fun Fact: The biggest snail species on land!

“The Giant African Land Snail is a big, tough, well-traveled snail” As its name suggests, the Giant African Land Snail is one of the largest snails in the world. Though it is native to East Africa, it has been introduced in many other places. In many of these places, it has, unfortunately, become something of […] Read More


Giant Armadillo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cingulata
Family
Chlamyphoridae
Genus
Priodontes
Scientific Name
Priodontes maximus

Fun Fact: Armadillos have a smell that’s described as strong, sweet and acrid.

The giant armadillo, also called tatou, ocarro and other names come by its common name honestly. It is a huge animal for its order, Cingulata, and can weigh well over 71 pounds and be over 3 feet long without the tail, which can add another 20 inches to its length. It also has a huge […] Read More


Giant Clam

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Bivalvia
Order
Cardiida
Family
Cardiidae
Genus
Tridacna
Scientific Name
Tridacna gigas

Fun Fact: Can reach nearly 4ft in length!

“A giant clam can weigh up to 550 pounds!” Giant clams grow to be about 4 feet in length. They live in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. The exposed mantle, or soft tissue, of a giant clam, features a combination of colors and patterns that can include yellow, green, iridescent blue, and purple. This […] Read More


Giant Panda Bear

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Ailuropoda
Scientific Name
Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Fun Fact: Bamboo makes up 99 per cent of their diet!

Giant Panda Bear Classification and Evolution The Giant Panda is a species of bear that is found in the mountains of central and western China. One of the most famous and easily identifiable animals in the world, the Giant Panda is also one of the rarest and is under immense threat in its natural environment, […] Read More


Giant Salamander

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Urodela
Family
Cryptobranchidae

Fun Fact: Cryptobranchus giant salamanders breathe mostly through their skin.

Though the sight or even the thought of a nearly six-foot-long salamander may be off-putting to some people, giant salamanders play a vital role in their ecosystems. The Chinese and Japanese giant salamanders are apex predators and keep the populations of other aquatic animals in balance. The health of the much smaller hellbender and Pacific […] Read More


Giant Schnauzer

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

Fun Fact: Large, powerful and dominant!

Giant Schnauzers originated from the Bavarian Alps somewhere around the mid-1800s. They were bred from a standard Schnauzer to be a working dog to herd cattle from a farm to the market. Giant Schnauzers were also used as guard dogs, primarily for innkeepers, farmers, or merchants. Later, once railroads were built and make it unnecessary […] Read More


Giant Schnoodle

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

Fun Fact: Both parents of the Giant Schnoodle are hypoallergenic, making this one of the Doodle breeds that's safest for dander-sensitive owners.

Both of the Giant Schnoodle’s parent breeds are working dogs that are used to a lot of exercise. Your dog might be a bit introverted, but don’t let that fool you – these dogs need plenty of time to walk, run, and play with their families. The Giant Schnoodle is a popular designer dog that’s […] Read More


Gibbon

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Hylobatidae
Genus
Hylobates
Scientific Name
Hylobatidae

Fun Fact: Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!

“The fastest-moving tree-dwelling mammal” Gibbons are tree-dwelling apes that live in Asia and Indonesia. Also known as lesser apes as distinct from great apes, gibbons are quick and agile, brachiating through the treetops at speeds up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph). There are 18 distinct species of this arboreal, or tree-dwelling, mammal, including […] Read More


Gila Monster

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Helodermatidae
Genus
Heloderma
Scientific Name
Heloderma suspectum

Fun Fact: It's tail acts as a fat storage facility!

The Gila Monster is the largest lizard in the United States! The Gila monster is not just the largest lizard in the United States, it’s one of four North American lizards that are venomous. The others are species of Mexican beaded lizards that are found in Guatemala and Mexico. Despite its venom, the Gila monster […] Read More


Giraffe

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Giraffidae
Genus
Giraffa
Scientific Name
Giraffa camelopardalis

Fun Fact: Long, black tongue can grow to 18 inches long!

Giraffe Classification and Evolution The Giraffe is a long-necked, hoofed mammal that is natively found grazing in the open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. The Giraffe is the tallest living animal on land and despite its height is mostly closely related to the much smaller and solitary Okapi, that is found elusively dwelling in the dense […] Read More


Glass Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Centrolenidae

Fun Fact: You can see their internal organs.

“If you had a living glass frog in a high school biology class, you would not have to dissect it to see its internal organs.” Glass frogs are a beautiful, exotic frog that is found in southern Mexico, Central America, and South America. Other exotic animals and fish found in this area are the caiman […] Read More


Glass Lizard

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Anguidae
Genus
Ophisaurus
Scientific Name
Ophisaurus

Fun Fact: Can grow up to 4ft long!

“The glass lizard has no legs but is not a snake, making it a unique and interesting member of the reptile kingdom.” The glass lizard is a legless reptile that’s native to North America. This intelligent lizard dominates everywhere between the rocky beaches of Florida to the grassy expanses of the Midwest. Hidden in these […] Read More


Glechon

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

Fun Fact: Glechons are talented in the area of search and rescue, as their sense of smell makes them great at tracking.

The Glechon is a new breed on the scene, but one that is combined from two more well-known breeds: the beagle and the Bichon Frise. As an intelligent and fun-loving dog, they are well suited for both families and individuals seeking that perfect companion. Don’t underestimate this dog, however, because they are also known to […] Read More


Glen Of Imaal Terrier

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

Fun Fact: This dog is also named the Wicklow Terrier after the county of its origin.

The Glen of Imaal was nicknamed the Turnspit Dog, because they were sometimes used in a mechanical contraption that turned meat over an open fire. The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a tough but fun-loving dog, built for the rough terrain of the Irish valley that bears its name. Growing up in the hills of […] Read More


Glow Worm

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Lampyridae

Fun Fact: Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

Glow worms are a group of light-producing insects that emit a brilliant glow. Many people appreciate their strange ethereal beauty, but there are a lot of misconceptions and confusion about what this insect actually is. For a start, the name itself is a huge misnomer. It is not really a worm at all. Instead, glow […] Read More


Goat

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

Fun Fact: Most closely related to the Sheep!

The goat is a type of ungulate (a hoofed animal) with big horns and a distinguished beard. Traversing some of the most rugged and forbidden terrains in the entire world, the goat is an expert mountaineer and climber. Its astonishing ability to ascend steep cliffs and other vertical surfaces have few other comparisons in the […] Read More


Goberian

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

Fun Fact: These dogs are great around children and are very playful around them.

Goberians are smart and healthy, alert, and make good watchdogs. They make great family pets and are known to have floppy ears. The Goberian is a mixed breed, combining the genetics of a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever for a hybrid pup. Due to the combination of the two breeds, these dogs are friendly […] Read More


Goblin Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Mitsukurinidae
Genus
Mitsukurina
Scientific Name
Mitsukurina owstoni

Fun Fact: Goblin Sharks are called a living fossil because their family, Mitsukurinidae, can be traced back 125 million years.

The Goblin Shark, which is sometimes referred to as a living fossil, is a type of shark that is found in the deep sea. This unique-looking shark is easily identified by its long snout, protruding jaws, and semitranslucent skin. Goblin Sharks have been found in all three of the major oceans. Because they live so […] Read More


Goldador

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

Fun Fact: Goldadors were not intentionally bred until the early 2000s!

Goldadors can come in three colors: yellow/gold, black, and chocolate! Goldadors are a mix between golden retrievers and labradors, two of the most popular breeds in the world. They are more commonly known as a Golden Lab. They are loving and loyal dogs, making them among the most popular breeds of “designer dogs”. These are […] Read More


Golden Dox

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

Fun Fact: Golden doxes don't have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species.

Golden doxes don’t have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species. Golden doxes are one of the most popular designer dachshund crossbreeds available on the market. A golden dox is created by mixing a dachshund with a golden retriever. […] Read More


Golden Lion Tamarin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Callitrichidae
Genus
Leontopithecus
Scientific Name
Leontopithecus rosalia

Fun Fact: Native to the eastern rainforests of Brazil!

The golden lion tamarin is a small monkey native to the coastal Brazil. Sometimes called a golden marmoset, it has a long tail, reddish-gold fur, and a dramatic mane that frames its face. Due in part to a shrinking habitat, the golden lion tamarin population has dwindled dangerously near extinction, but intensive conservation efforts over […] Read More


Golden Masked Owl

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Strigiformes
Family
Tytonidae
Genus
Tyto
Scientific Name
Tyto aurantia

Fun Fact: While flying high above this owl can hear a mouse moving in the tall grass of field!

“Golden masked owls have long legs and strong talons allowing them to scoop up rodents from the ground” The golden masked owl is known for its whitish/yellow heart-shaped face and large dark eyes. This owl is a carnivore eating small rodents, birds, insects, rabbits, and sometimes other owls. The feathers on its wings are designed […] Read More


Golden Newfie

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

Fun Fact: These dogs love to swim and instinctively know how to swim.

A Golden Newfie is a hybrid and is a mix between the golden retriever and the Newfoundland dogs. These crossbreed dogs love swimming and are extremely patient with the children. The Golden Newfie is a handsome and confident dog. These dogs are a combination of golden retrievers and Newfoundland dogs. These hybrid dogs are sweet […] Read More


Golden Oriole

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Oriolidae
Genus
Oriolus
Scientific Name
Oriolus oriolus

Fun Fact: Migrates between Europe and Asia!

Golden Oriole Classification and Evolution The Golden Oriole (also known as the Eurasian Oriole), is a small species of Bird found throughout Europe and western Asia. The Golden Oriole’s name is thought to have arisen during the 18th century after the classical Latin word meaning gold. Although almost indistinguishable in appearance, some believe that the […] Read More


Golden Pyrenees

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

Fun Fact: Golden Pyrenees make great therapy dogs due to their intelligence and gentle nature.

Despite the Golden Pyrenees’ tremendous size, it has been described as a gentle giant. A Golden Pyrenees is a mix between two purebreds: A Golden Retriever and a Great Pyrenees. This hybrid dog also called the Great Pytreiver, is relatively new to the dog world. It was bred to combine the best qualities of two […] Read More


Golden Retriever

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

Fun Fact: Trusting, kind and gentle!

Originating from the serene and picturesque hills of the Scottish Highlands, the golden retriever is the very epitome of loyalty and affection. The first major breeder was Dudley Marjoribanks, the Baron of Tweedmouth, who created the golden retriever in the 19th century by crossing a yellow retriever with the now-extinct tweed water spaniel, plus a […] Read More


Golden Saint

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

Fun Fact: Golden saints come in all kinds of colors. You can find them in tan, chocolate, yellow, brindled, spotted, and almost any other pattern you can think of.

Golden saints come in all kinds of colors. You can find them in tan, chocolate, yellow, brindle, spotted, and almost any other pattern you can think of. The golden saint is a designer crossbreed made by crossing a Saint Bernard with a golden retriever. These dogs are known for having a great temperament and being […] Read More


Golden Shepherd

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

Fun Fact: The Golden Shepherds were first recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry in 2009.

With its strong heritage, the Golden Shepherd makes for an excellent watchdog, service dog, and overall companion and friend. The Golden Shepherd is an eclectic mix between a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd. Both breeds have a fascinating history. The Golden Retriever was originally bred in the Scottish Highlands as an exuberant gundog that […] Read More


Golden-Crowned Flying Fox

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Pteropodidae
Genus
Acerodon
Scientific Name
Acerodon jubatus

Fun Fact: They eat figs almost exclusively

The golden-crowned flying fox has a wingspan of up to five-and-a-half feet. The bat lives in the jungles of the Philippines, in colonies of up to 10,000 members. Though it has a large wingspan, this bat is small physically, with a body that measures between 7 and 11.4 inches long. The golden crowned flying fox […] Read More


Goldendoodle

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

Fun Fact: Due to their breeding, no two Goldendoodles are alike.

Goldendoodles are a type of hybrid dog, though their pedigree sometimes earns them the name “designer dog.” They come from a blend of a golden retriever and a poodle and were bred so that the personality and temperament of both these dogs could be combined and brought forward. They are medium-sized and often have a […] Read More


Goliath Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Conrauidae
Genus
Conraua
Scientific Name
Conraua goliath

Fun Fact: Does not have a vocal sac.

“The Goliath Frog is the largest frog in the world!” The Goliath Frog is an endangered species of frog that lives exclusively in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon in Africa. It can also be referred to as a goliath bullfrog or a giant slippery frog. This amphibian got its name due to its large size. These […] Read More


Goose

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae

Fun Fact: There are 29 different species!

The goose is among a group of large waterfowls that resides in the Northern Hemisphere. This bird’s loud, aggressive behavior has become something of a running joke in modern media (epitomized by the popular action puzzle video game, Untitled Goose Game), but as a very caring parent, it is usually just trying to protect its […] Read More


Gopher

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Geomyidae
Genus
Geomys
Scientific Name
Geomys bursarius

Fun Fact: They dig large networks of tunnels!

“A gopher’s head looks twice as big when the pouches in its cheeks are stuffed with food” Gophers are rodents that live in North America and Central America. They are herbivorous animals that eat a variety of plants. Though these rodents are active in the daytime they stay mostly underground in tunnels. They are solitary […] Read More


Gopher Tortoise

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

Fun Fact: It is the only species of tortoise native to Florida.

“ The gopher tortoise is a real Keystone species” The gopher tortoise is quite an interesting animal. It is land-dwelling and spends most of its time underground in burrows. The front limbs are built for digging these burrows and do an excellent job at the excavation. It is the state tortoise of Florida. 5 Incredible […] Read More


Gordon Setter

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

Fun Fact: It's the largest and heaviest breed of setter.

The Gordon Setter is one of the slowest breeds to mature, hitting its prime at 3 years or older. The Gordon Setter, also called Black and Tan Setter, is the largest, heaviest breed of setters. It was originally developed in Scotland for bird hunting, using its scent to find game birds but without killing them, […] Read More


Gorilla

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Hominidae
Genus
Gorilla

Fun Fact: The biggest of the world's primates!

“The gorilla is one of the closest living relatives to humans.” The name gorilla actually refers to four different subspecies of animals. They share 98 percent of their DNA with humans, and they are smart enough to learn sign language and use tools. Gorillas are far from the wild, violent beasts portrayed in entertainment, and […] Read More


Gouldian Finch

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Estrildidae
Genus
Erythrura
Scientific Name
Erythrura gouldiae

Fun Fact: The male Gouldian finch bobs its head and fluffs its feathers to court a female.

With one of the most striking plumages in the entire animal kingdom, the Gouldian finch almost looks like it was put together in patches. The head, breast, abdomen, and back all exhibit an elegant rainbow of different colors. It’s no surprise that this species is highly sought after in the pet trade. After decades of […] Read More


Grasshopper

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Orthoptera
Family
Caelifera

Fun Fact: There are 11,000 known species!

Grasshoppers comprise one of the oldest insect families on earth. The first grasshoppers probably appeared 250 million years ago during the Triassic period. They belong to the Arthropoda phylum, which includes other insects as well as spiders, scorpions, crabs, and their relatives. Phylum is a category that biologists slot living things into, and Arthropoda, which […] Read More


Grasshopper Mouse

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Cricetidae
Genus
Onychomys

Fun Fact: The grasshopper mice attack predators using the poison of their venom.

Grasshopper mice are rodents with big ears and big eyes. They are nocturnal and are closely related to deer mice. They are small and are usually only 120-190 mm in length. Adult grasshopper mice weigh about 20 to 50 grams.They got this name because they are not timid as mice usually are and are known […] Read More


Gray Fox

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Urocyon
Scientific Name
Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Fun Fact: The gray fox has retractable claws and a rotating wrist that allow it to climb trees with some proficiency

The gray fox is a small, shy member of the canine family that likes to hide in shrubs and trees. This species may not be as well-known as its red-colored cousin, but it’s one of the most common species of foxes in North America. These animals are not usually seen by people because of their […] Read More


Gray Tree Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Hylidae
Genus
Hyla
Scientific Name
Hyla versicolor

Fun Fact: Survives freezing temperatures by producing glycerol and maintaining slower metabolic processes

The gray tree frog is a common tree frog with versatile colors. The gray tree frog is a large species of tree frog that features many interesting colors despite its name. It can be found commonly in southeastern Canada and the eastern United States. The gray tree frog spends most of its life high in […] Read More


Great Blue Heron

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Ardeidae
Genus
Ardea
Scientific Name
Ardea herodias

Fun Fact: Their wingspan is larger than an eagle’s; both males and females help hatch the eggs; rich in symbolism

The Great Blue Heron is a large water bird found primarily in North America. They have beautiful plumage and an impressive wingspan size. Native people believe there is symbolism in seeing one of these birds. 4 Incredible Great Blue Heron facts! Some of the most interesting facts about Great Blue Herons are: These birds only […] Read More


Great Dane

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

Fun Fact: Large and imposing in appearance!

Sometimes called “the Apollo of Dogs,” Great Danes are a giant German working breed that was originally developed by German nobles as a boarhound. Ranking at number 16 on the American Kennel Club’s most popular list, these gentle giants will steal your heart as well as your sofa. They have short, smooth coats that come […] Read More


Great Danoodle

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

Fun Fact: Both Great Danes and Poodles are in the top 15 most popular AKC breeds - which makes Great Danoodles a shoo-in for popularity.

Great Danoodles are descended from Great Danes, the tallest dogs in the world. Although they don’t always have the same height as their ancestors, Great Danoodles still have famously long legs and will tower over other Doodle dogs. Great Danes are incredibly popular dogs, and so are poodles. Because of this, it should come as […] Read More


Great Pyrenees

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

Fun Fact:

Great Pyrenees have been around for centuries. They are likely descents of guardian dogs that were in Asia Minor around 10,000 b.c. Around the year 3,000 b.c, nomadic shepherds went to the Pyrenees mountains and brought their guarding dogs with them. This was likely the beginning of the Great Pyrenees breed. Great Pyrenees are very […] Read More


Great White Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Lamnidae
Genus
Carcharodon
Scientific Name
Carcharodon carcharias

Fun Fact: Can grow to more than 8 meters long!

Great White Shark Classification and Evolution The Great White Shark is a large species of shark found mainly found inhabiting the temperate and tropical coastal waters worldwide. They are the largest predatory fish species in the world known to grow to lengths of 8 meters or more and weighing over 2 tonnes. Great White Sharks […] Read More


Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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

Fun Fact: Protective and gentle by nature!

Being a strong draft breed, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is powerful and large in size. These dogs are covered in double coats, featuring an undercoat that is thick and an outer coat that is dense. The coat is about 1-1.5 inches long. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is incredibly animated, showing exactly how they […] Read More


Green Anole

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Dactyloidae
Genus
Anolis
Scientific Name
Anolis carolinensis

Fun Fact: It communicates with head movements, color and dewlap

The green anole is the only anole that is native to the United States and is one of the best reptiles for first-time reptile owners. The small lizard is native to Georgia and South Carolina, found in the Southeastern United States from Florida to Texas along with the Caribbean islands. It is an arboreal species […] Read More


Green Bee-Eater

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Coraciiformes
Family
Meropidae
Genus
Merops
Scientific Name
Merops orientalis

Fun Fact: Mainly eats honeybees!

The green bee-eater, or little green bee-eater, is one of the smallest birds in the bee-eater family. It is known for its small size, unique sound, slender body, and bright plumage as well as for being one of the most beautiful birds. It is found in a variety of wooded areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa, western […] Read More


Green Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Ranidae
Genus
Lithobates
Scientific Name
Lithobates clamitans

Fun Fact: Green frogs will eat any animal that they can fit in their mouth.

The green frog is known for being one of the least picky eaters and will consume just about any insect or animal that it can swallow. One of the most common frogs native to the eastern states and parts of Canada, the green frog can be found just about anywhere there is a body of […] Read More


Green Tree Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura

Fun Fact: Green tree frogs breathe through their skin

“Two different amphibians are called Green Tree Frog!” Among the more than 800 tree frog species in the world, two share the moniker “green tree frog.” The Australian green tree frog measures approximately 4 inches long, and its back is a bright jade green, while the American green tree frog measures approximately 2.5 inches long, […] Read More


Greenland Dog

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

Fun Fact: Strong and speedy breed of dog!

The Greenland Dog, aka the Greenland Husky, is a medium to large working dog breed valued for its strength, speed, and toughness in drawing sleds, racing, and hunting. The Spitz-type dog and rare, genetically distinct husky has a strong, powerful body and thick fur. Although it is identical to the Canadian Eskimo Dog, it is […] Read More


Greenland Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Squaliformes
Family
Somniosidae
Genus
Somniosus
Scientific Name
Somniosus microcephalus

Fun Fact: This shark has the longest lifespan of any vertebrate.

“The Greenland shark is considered the Methuselah of Sharks.” The Greenland shark, called eqalussuaq by the Inuit people is famous for living to a great age. Biologists believe that this large, slow fish can live to be half a millennia old. Its longevity probably has something to do with the fact that it does everything […] Read More


Grey Mouse Lemur

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cheirogaleidae
Genus
Microcebus
Scientific Name
Microcebus murinus

Fun Fact: The largest species of mouse lemur!

“The Grey Mouse Lemur is a mouse-like primate with a powerful nose and big jump.” Grey mouse lemurs, also called lesser mouse lemurs, are among the smallest primate species in the entire world. Even though their size, color and body shape is reminiscent of a common mouse, they are very different than rodents in physiology […] Read More


Grey Reef Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Carcharhinidae
Genus
Carcharhinus
Scientific Name
Carcharhinus Amblyrhynchos

Fun Fact: One of the most common shark species!

Grey reef sharks are voracious marine predators that prefer shallow waters and are among the most common sharks found in coral reef habitats throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They share many characteristics with other reef shark species, including a wide, circular snout positioned directly in front of relatively large eyes. While they have many classic features […] Read More


Grey Seal

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Phocidae
Genus
Halichoerus
Scientific Name
Halichoerus Grypus

Fun Fact: One of the rarest species of seal on Earth

“A grey seal can dive 1,500 feet below the surface of the ocean and stay under for an hour.” A grey seal is one of the rarest species of seal alive today. They can adapt to life on a coastline but go to the ocean when hunting for food. These seals can live from 25 […] Read More


Greyhound

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

Fun Fact: Extremely fast and athletic!

The greyhound is the fastest breed of dog, and retired racing greyhounds make for calm and sweet pets. The greyhound has the highest percentage of fast-twitch muscle of any breed. In spite of this reputation, retired racing greyhounds make for calm and sweet pets. It is also called the English greyhound to avoid confusion with […] Read More


Griffonshire

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

Fun Fact: Griffonshires are so little they are easily mistaken for puppies throughout their lives.

It’s not uncommon for Griffonshire adults to be mistaken for puppies due to their small size. Breed a Brussels Griffon with a Yorkshire Terrier and you have a puppy called a Griffonshire. Griffonshires were first bred in the decade of the 1980s. These small dogs possess some of the best qualities of each of their […] Read More


Grizzly Bear

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Ursus
Scientific Name
Ursus Arctos Horriblis

Fun Fact: Less than 10% make it into adulthood

The Grizzly Bear–A Misunderstood Creature The Grizzly bear is a type of brown bear that was once plentiful in the western and northwestern United States. The animal is also known as the North American Brown Bear. The name “grizzly” comes from the light tips on the bear’s fur, which gives it a grizzled or silvery […] Read More


Groenendael

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

Fun Fact: Although developed as a herding dog, the breed makes an excellent guard and working dog and is used by police forces and the military.

Although developed as a herding dog, the breed makes an excellent guard and working dog and is used by police forces and the military. The Groenendael is one of four breeds that originated in Belgium. Instantly recognized by his pricked ears and luxurious black coat, the breed is well suited for many activities and makes […] Read More


Groundhog (Woodchuck)

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Marmota
Scientific Name
Marmota monax

Fun Fact: They whistle to each other to warn of approaching danger!

“Unlike other marmots, they prefer low-lying areas.” The groundhog is a large lowland rodent that’s found throughout most of the United States. and Canada. Like all rodents, they are curious, intelligent animals who can survive in a variety of environments. They belong to a group of ground squirrels known as marmots. Other names for this […] Read More


Grouse

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Tetraoninae
Scientific Name
Tetraoninae

Fun Fact: Feathered legs and toes!

A bird species with feathers on nostrils, legs, and feet! Grouse are medium sized, stocky birds that live in the Northern Hemisphere. Their feathers closely resemble their habitat. This plumage provides them with camouflage and helps them survive. Grouse are birds that are closely related to chickens, turkeys and pheasants. About eight million of these […] Read More


Guinea Fowl

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Numididae

Fun Fact: Found in a vairety of African habitats!

The guinea fowl is a family of ground-feeding birds that resembles a turkey or a pheasant. It’s often seen roaming around the plains of Africa and picking at the ground for food. The guinea fowl family consists of around seven to 10 species, each with its own unique appearances and behaviors. Together they fill a […] Read More


Guinea Pig

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Caviidae
Genus
Cavia
Scientific Name
Cavia porcellus

Fun Fact: Natively found in the Andes Mountain range!

Guinea Pig Classification and Evolution The Guinea Pig (also known as a Cavy) is a small species of rodent that is found inhabiting the Central Andes Mountains in South America. Named after Guyana where they are found in the wild and “pig” resembling their short and stout bodies, Guinea Pigs have been domesticated by people […] Read More


Guppy

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cyprinodontiformes
Family
Poeciliidae
Genus
Poecilia
Scientific Name
Poecilia reticulata

Fun Fact: Also known as the Millionfish!

The Guppy fish, with their colorful designs and feathery tailfins, are favorites with people who keep freshwater aquariums. Guppies are tiny tropical fish that live throughout the world. They are sometimes called rainbow fish or millionfish. There are 276 species of guppy that belong to the Poeciliidae family. 3 Incredible Guppy Facts! The millionfish: Guppies […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with G

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter G

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

A Groundhog (Woodchuck)
Groundhog (Woodchuck)

They whistle to each other to warn of approaching danger!

A Groenendael
Groenendael

Although developed as a herding dog, the breed makes an excellent guard and working dog and is used by police forces and the military.

A Gopher Tortoise
Gopher Tortoise

It is the only species of tortoise native to Florida.

Animals that start with the letter G, including the Golden Masked Owl & Golden Lion Tamarin