Animals that Start with H

Read below for information on 77 different animals that start with the letter H, from hammerhead sharks to hyenas. Hyenas are the most popular letter H animal. The least popular are hercules beetles, which at up to 7 inches long are the largest beetle species in the world. Some fun facts about H name animals include:

  • The hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest land animal. It is estimated that hippopotamuses kill 500 people a year in Africa.
  • Hamsters can run as fast backwards as forwards
  • Hummingbirds beat their wings up to 80 times per second.

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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with H

Animals that Start with H

A Habu Snake
Habu Snake

Unlike most pit vipers, the Habu gives birth to live young.

A Haddock

The haddock is very popular in both recreational and commercial fishing

A Hagfish

Can use slime to suffocate marine predators or escape capture

A Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

They are natural pest controls

A Halibut

The word "halibut" is comes from haly meaning "holy" and butte meaning flat fish due to its popularity on Catholic holy days.

A Hamburg Chicken
Hamburg Chicken

This breed doesn't usually make nests or incubate their own chicks.

A Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark

Found in coastal waters around the world!

A Hamster

Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!

A Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal

Harbor seals can dive as deep as 1400 feet

A Hardhead Catfish
Hardhead Catfish

The hardhead catfish has a sharp spine near its fin to inject venom

A Hare

Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!

A Harlequin Snake
Harlequin Snake

Red touches yellow kills a fellow, red touches black a friend of Jack.

A Harp Seal
Harp Seal

The harp seal can migrate up to 3,000 miles every year

A Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagle

Talon's the size of a grizzly bear's claws!

A Harrier

Cheerful, tolerant and sweet-tempered!

A Harris Hawk
Harris Hawk

Their vision is eight times better than a human's

A Havanese

These are the only dogs that are native to Cuba

A Havapoo

The exact appearance of a Havapoo can vary based on whether the genes of its Poodle or Havanese parent are more dominant.

A Havashire

Both of the Havashire’s parent breeds were very popular among the upper classes.

A Hawaiian Crow
Hawaiian Crow

Once believed to be a family guardian spirit in Hawaii

A Hawaiian Goose
Hawaiian Goose

They have the longest breeding season of any goose.

A Hawaiian Monk Seal
Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian name is "Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua," meaning "the dog which runs in rough waters.

A Hawk

While the Ferruginous hawk is the largest specie in the USA, Asia’s Upland buzzard is the biggest overall.

A Hawk Moth Caterpillar
Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.

A Hedgehog

Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!

A Hellbender

This giant salamander has lived in its ecosystem for about 65 million years

A Hepatic Tanager (Red Tanager)
Hepatic Tanager (Red Tanager)

Parents and their young sing sweetly to each other

A Hercules Beetle
Hercules Beetle

This dynastine scarab beetle makes a weird huffing sound when it’s disturbed.

A Hercules Moth
Hercules Moth

Adult Hercules moths don’t eat since they don’t have mouths.

A Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab

There are over 500 different species!

A Heron

Inhabits wetlands around the world!

A Herring

People enjoy the taste of the oily fish in many different ways including pickled, smoked, salted, dried and fermented.

A Highland Cattle
Highland Cattle

Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!

A Himalayan

Also known as the Colourpoint Persian!

A Hippopotamus

Has pink anti-bacterial sweat!

A Hoary Bat
Hoary Bat

The hoary bat travels hundreds of miles south for the winter

A Hobo Spider
Hobo Spider

The Hobo Spider travels city to city like an actual Hobo and is often found near railroad tracks!

A Hognose snake
Hognose snake

Prima Donnas of the Snake World

A Hokkaido

Known for its bravery and ability to withstand the cold.

A Honduran White Bat
Honduran White Bat

The bat only eats figs.

A Honey Badger
Honey Badger

One of earth's bravest creatures!

A Honey Bee
Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

A Honey Buzzard
Honey Buzzard

Honey buzzards are medium-sized raptors that earned their names by raiding the nests of bees and wasps.

A Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Hooded orioles have a strong sweet tooth that makes nectar and jelly among its favorite foods.

A Hooded Seal
Hooded Seal

Hooded seal pups are called bluebacks because the color of the fur on their back is blue-gray. This pretty color made people want to make fur coats out of them and made them a target for hunters.

A Hook-Nosed Sea Snake
Hook-Nosed Sea Snake

Sea snakes are the most numerous venomous reptiles on earth.

A Hoopoe

Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!

A Horgi

Horgis have a silly side and love to be the center of attention.

A Horn Shark
Horn Shark

Endemic to the Californian coast!

A Hornbill

The bird has a massive horn on its bill!

A Horned Adder
Horned Adder

Males tend to be more brightly colored than females, and females are significantly bigger than males.

A Horned Frog
Horned Frog

Natively found in South America!

A Horned Lizard
Horned Lizard

The horned lizards are able to squirt blood from their eyes.

A Horse

Has evolved over 50 million years!

A Horsefly

Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.

A Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crab

Changed little in over 500 million years!

A House Finch
House Finch

The house finch can become redder depending on what it eats

A House Sparrow
House Sparrow

The house sparrow has been introduced all over the world

A House wren
House wren

The wren’s epithet, aedon, comes from a Greek queen who accidentally killed her only son. She was actually aiming for her nephew, and Zeus took pity on her and turned her into a nightingale.

A Housefly

The fly has no teeth

A Howler Monkey
Howler Monkey

Spends 80% of it's time resting!

A Human

Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

A Humboldt Penguin
Humboldt Penguin

Found on the South American coast!

A Humboldt Squid
Humboldt Squid

The Humboldt squid can change colors to communicate

A Hummingbird

Beat their wings up to 80 times per second!

A Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

There are thought to be 80,000 left in the wild!

A Huntaway

Huntaways have a strong instinct for herding.

A Huntsman Spider
Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.

A Huskador

Huskadors are gaining in popularity as service dogs.

A Huskita

Huskitas prefer a consistent daily routine with lots of activity.

A Husky

To communicate, Siberian Huskies rarely bark but instead create their own music and howl.

A Husky Jack
Husky Jack

Due to the mix of genes, a Husky Jack’s coat may be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, red, sable, or mixed colors.

A Huskydoodle

Huskydoodles are known for their jumping abilities!

A Hyena

There are four different species!

A Honey Badger
Honey Badger

One of earth's bravest creatures!

A Horse

Has evolved over 50 million years!

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter H

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

A Hepatic Tanager (Red Tanager)
Hepatic Tanager (Red Tanager)

Parents and their young sing sweetly to each other

A Hawk

While the Ferruginous hawk is the largest specie in the USA, Asia’s Upland buzzard is the biggest overall.

A Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

They are natural pest controls

Animals that start with the letter , including the Honey Badger & Honey Bee