Animals that Start with I



Read below for information on 23 different animals that start with the letter I, from ibis to indri. The most popular animal that starts with the letter I is the iguana, a common exotic pet. The least popular I animal is the Indian Star Tortoise, so named for the unique star patterns on its shell. Some fun facts about letter I name animals are:

  • Impalas can jump as high as 10 feet and run over 50 miles an hour
  • Indian palm squirrels are considered sacred in India and an invasive species in Australia
  • Often domesticated and previously used in battle, the wild Indian elephant population is estimated at only about 20,000 today.

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A Immortal Jellyfish
Immortal Jellyfish

Excellent hitchhiker on long-trip cargo ships

A Irish WolfHound
Irish WolfHound

Sweet-tempered, patient and thoughtful!


Animals that Start with I

Ibex

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

Fun Fact: Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill

As one of the main ancestors of the domestic goat, the ibex is a common sight in the mountains of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and northern Africa. There are five main species, but some data shows as many as eight when counting subspecies. Ibex are wild goats with cloven hoofs and very long horns […] Read More


Ibis

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Ciconiiformes
Family
Threskiornithidae
Scientific Name
Threskiornithidae

Fun Fact: Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!

The sacred ibis was venerated by Ancient Egyptians, but no species of the bird currently inhabits modern Egypt. With species found across all continents minus Antarctica, the ibis animal, a type of bird, is one of the best-known wading birds in the world. Nearly 30 different species are currently extant, and they vary considerably in […] Read More


Ibizan Hound

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

Fun Fact: Intelligent, active and engaging by nature!

An Ibizan Hound is a hound dog that originated from the Balearic Islands off the Mediterranean Coast. They were initially used to help hunt rabbits about 3,000 years ago by Phoenician traders. The Phoenician traders brought hounds to the island from Egypt to assist with catching food. Ibizans can make an exceptional family pet. They […] Read More


Icelandic Sheepdog

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

Fun Fact: The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only dog breed entirely native to Iceland.

One of the most interesting facts is that the Icelandic Sheepdog seems to always wear a happy and friendly facial expression, as if it’s fixed in a smile. The Icelandic Sheepdog is an affectionate and lovable herding breed that hails from the cold and rocky environs of Iceland. There are many interesting facts about its […] Read More


Iguana

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Iguanidae

Fun Fact: Uses visual signals to communicate!

Native to the jungles of Central and South America and many islands in the Caribbean, Iguanas are large lizards that are also popular with Americans who want to keep them as pets. The name iguana comes from the original Taino name for these lizards, iwana. Green iguanas are the most widely known species as they […] Read More


Immortal Jellyfish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Cnidaria
Class
Hydrozoa
Order
Anthoathecata
Family
Oceaniidae
Genus
Turritopsis
Scientific Name
Turritopsis dohrnii

Fun Fact: Excellent hitchhiker on long-trip cargo ships

The immortal jellyfish can regenerate and live forever. The immortal jellyfish, also known as the Benjamin Button jellyfish, is one of few known animals that can regenerate and live forever, and the only jellyfish species that has an indefinite lifespan. It was discovered in 1883 in the Mediterranean Sea. However, researchers and scientists did not […] Read More


Impala

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Aepyceros
Scientific Name
Aepyceros Melampus

Fun Fact: Able to jump over 10 feet high

When startled, an impala animal can jump up to 10 feet high. Impala are animals that live in the light woodlands and savanna of southern and eastern Africa. These medium-sized antelopes travel and gather in herds of hundreds during the rainy season. The rains bring a bounty of grasses, shoots, herbs, bushes and shrubs for […] Read More


Imperial Moth

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Saturniidae
Genus
Eacles
Scientific Name
Eacles imperialis

Fun Fact: Since the imperial moth doesn’t eat, it does die shortly after it lays its eggs. Its lifespan is only about one week.

 Since the imperial moth doesn’t eat, it does die shortly after it lays its eggs. Its lifespan is only about one week.  “The moth that looks like a dead leaf!” The imperial moth is one of the most widespread, large and beautiful of the silkworm moths. Its coloration mimics an autumn leaf, which probably hides it […] Read More


Indian Elephant

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Elephantidae
Genus
Elephas
Scientific Name
Elephas maximus indicus

Fun Fact: Found throughout south-east Asia!

Indian elephants are incredibly intelligent and expressive. Indian elephants are greyish-black animals that are a subspecies of the Asian elephant. They are about 6.6 to 11.5 feet in height and weigh about 4000 to 1000 pounds. These elephants go by the scientific name Elephas maximus indicus and have long trunks that are completely boneless. The […] Read More


Indian Giant Squirrel

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Ratufa
Scientific Name
Ratufa indica

Fun Fact: Indian giant squirrels use their large tail to help them balance.

“Indian Giant Squirrel is the largest squirrel in India!” The Indian giant squirrel is a large rodent species native to India. More specifically, it is a type of tree squirrel. This animal’s appearance is unlike most other squirrel species due to its vivid colors and notable size. The Indian giant squirrel is also often called […] Read More


Indian Palm Squirrel

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Funambulus
Scientific Name
Funambulus Palmarum

Fun Fact: Natively found in parts of India and Sri Lanka!

Considered sacred in India, this Indian squirrel species has become an invasive threat in countries like Australia It’s not just cows that are considered sacred in India. In Hindu texts, a powerful deity named Lord Rama was building a bridge over the sea to help him find his kidnapped wife when a squirrel helped by […] Read More


Indian Rhinoceros

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Rhinocerotidae
Genus
Rhinoceros
Scientific Name
Rhinoceros Unicornis

Fun Fact: Also known as the one-horned rhino!

This one-horned ‘armored unicorn’ once roamed across India and Nepal, but today is rebounding from near extinction. The Indian rhinoceros (also known as the greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Asian one-horned rhinoceros) is a species of rhinoceros native to parts of India and Nepal. Although the Indian rhinoceros is still under threat today, its numbers […] Read More


Indian Star Tortoise

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Genus
Geochelone
Scientific Name
Geochelone elegans

Fun Fact: Popular in the exotic pet trade!

With its unique star-shaped patterns and relatively compact size, the Indian star tortoise is one of the most striking tortoises on the planet. Found in forests, grasslands, and shrublands across much of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the species has a high tolerance for seasonally wet or dry habitats and therefore is fairly adaptable. Unfortunately, […] Read More


Indochinese Tiger

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera Tigris Corbetti

Fun Fact: Now thought to be extinct in China!

“Every Indochinese tiger has its own pattern of stripes, so no two tigers are exactly the same” Indochinese tigers live in the southeastern part of Asia. They have a coat of orange or gold featuring a pattern of black stripes. This tiger lives alone and stays hidden most of the time. They can live to […] Read More


Indri

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Indriidae
Genus
Indri
Scientific Name
Indri indri

Fun Fact: The largest species of Lemur!

Indri Classification and Evolution The Indri is a large species of Lemur found only on the secluded island of Madagascar. The Indri evolved in the same way as every other Lemur, from smaller individuals that came to the island from Africa around 50 million years ago. Due to the fact that there were no other […] Read More


Insects

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Scientific Name
Insecta

Fun Fact: There are an estimated 30 million species!

Insects are the most abundant group of living creatures on earth with up to 30 million estimated species of insect found worldwide. And to answer a question we get often: yes, insects are animals. Insects can be found in all ranges of environment even (but limited) in the oceans and rivers. Insects feed on other, […] Read More


Irish Doodle

Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Irish Doodles can be very active dogs, but they also love just hanging out with their family members in the house.

Irish Doodles make a wonderful companion dog. They do not do very well if left alone for long periods of time. Irish Doodles are a hybrid dog breed that was created by mixing a breed with a breed. Irish Doodles inherit a mix of genes from each of their parents that give them their unique […] Read More


Irish Setter

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

Fun Fact: Can live for up to 16 years!

Irish setters are energetic, rambunctious dogs with a sweet temperament. They’re a favorite family dog because of their loyalty and fun-loving nature. Irish setters are energetic, rambunctious dogs with a sweet temperament. They’re a favorite family dog because of their loyalty and fun-loving nature. These dogs have been around for hundreds of years. In Ireland […] Read More


Irish Terrier

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

Fun Fact: An average 300 Irish Terrier puppies are born each year in the United States.

One of the nicknames of the Irish terrier is “d’Artagnan.” It refers to his winning ways and cool confidence. Another nickname is “Daredevil,” a nod to the pooch’s knack for running into danger. Stouthearted and rugged, the Irish terrier is one of the original terrier breeds. With her fiery, typically red wiry coat, the dog’s […] Read More


Irish Water Spaniel

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

Fun Fact: The only known canine with a purple hue.

The Irish water spaniel is a mystery to many people because no one quite knows what breeds were used to originally make it. The athletic and sporty Irish water spaniel’s breeding is almost entirely based on folklore and theory, but it is a lovable, quiet dog. With a hypoallergenic coat, it is in high demand, […] Read More


Irish WolfHound

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

Fun Fact: Sweet-tempered, patient and thoughtful!

Irish wolfhounds have a long and storied history. Depending upon who you ask, the breed traces back to as early as 700 BC. The first examples of this breed were created by crossbreeding large British dogs with coursing hounds from the Middle East. These dogs were legendary for their large size and hunting abilities. In […] Read More


Italian Greyhound

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

Fun Fact: The Italian Greyhound is a miniature dog with a big motor and personality!

The Italian Greyhound is a miniature dog with a big motor and personality. According to the American Kennel Club, this breed actually belongs to the toy group, but it has all the physical hallmarks of the venerable sighthound hunting group: a slender athletic body, a tucked in abdomen, and a pointed and sleek snout. The […] Read More


Ivory-billed woodpecker

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Campephilus
Scientific Name
Campephilus principalis

Fun Fact: The ivory-billed woodpecker can drill into wood with its sharp beak

The ivory-billed woodpecker is among the most elusive of all birds in the American south and Cuba. Possibly extinct, this iconic species has inspired people to comb the forests and swamps of the south in search of signs for it, since the last confirmed sighting occurred in 1987. Back when it was still common, the […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with I

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter I

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

A Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only dog breed entirely native to Iceland.

A Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel

The only known canine with a purple hue.

A Imperial Moth
Imperial Moth

Since the imperial moth doesn’t eat, it does die shortly after it lays its eggs. Its lifespan is only about one week.

Animals that start with the letter I, including the Immortal Jellyfish & Indian Star Tortoise