Animals that Start with J

Read below for information on 25 different animals that start with the letter J, rom jackals to jellyfish. The most popular animal that starts with the letter J is the jaguar, the largest wild cat on the American continent. The least popular J animal is the Japanese Macaque, also known as The Snow Monkey. Some fun facts about letter J name animals include:

  • There are only 72 individual Javan Rhinoceros in the wild today. All are located in a single national park.
  • Jaguars are believed to be named from the Native American work yaguar, meaning ‘he who kills with one leap’
  • The immortal Jellyfish (turritopsis dohrnii) has the biological ability to live forever

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25 Animals That Start with J

Animals that Start with J

Jacana

Jacana Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Jacanidae
Genus
Jacana Brisson
Scientific Name
Jacanidae

Fun Fact: The jacana has the ability to swim underwater

“The great swimmer and diver.” The jacana is a family of colorful and long-legged water birds hailing from the tropical wetlands around the world. There are eight documented species, plus four more extinct species known from the fossil record. Collectively, they are part of an order that includes waders, gulls, and auks. This article will […] Read More


Jack Russell

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

Fun Fact: Intelligent, athletic and fearless!

Jack Russells, also called Jack Russell Terriers are very active, intelligent, and inquisitive dogs. They were bred to assist with fox hunting and are very happy when they are given a job to help their owners. They can make a great family dog for families with older children but will need regular exercise and mental […] Read More


Jackabee

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

Fun Fact: The Jackabee has an excellent sense of smell.

Even for a dog, the Jackabee has an incredible sense of smell that it inherited from its fox-hunting parents. The Jackabee is a spunky, hard-working, and upbeat little mix with almost endless reserves of energy. It is produced from a cross between a Jack Russell or Russell Terrier and a Beagle. The Jack Russell Terrier […] Read More


Jackal

Jackal Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Aureus

Fun Fact: Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!

Jackals communicate with members of their pack using howls, growls, yipping, and even hooting sounds. Jackals are animals that make their home in different parts of Africa as well as in European countries such as Greece, Romania, Italy, and Bulgaria along with others. They are omnivores eating both plants and meat. A male and female […] Read More


Jackdaw

Jackdaw Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Corvidae

Fun Fact: The jackdaw tends to mate for life with a single partner

The jackdaw is a clever and mischievous bird, a capable scavenger, and a devoted partner. There are generally two recognized species: the Eurasian jackdaw, which can be found almost anywhere between Western Europe and Central Asia, and the Daurian jackdaw, which calls home eastern Asia. As members of the Corvid (crow) family, they are highly […] Read More


Jackrabbit

Jackrabbit Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Lagomorpha
Family
Leporidae
Genus
Lepus
Scientific Name
Lepus californicus

Fun Fact: They can run as fast as 45 mph.

“A black-tailed jackrabbit can cover ten feet of distance in just one leap” A black-tailed jackrabbit is a hare found in the south and western parts of the United States as well as in Mexico. Along with having a black tail, this hare has fur colors of grayish-brown on most of its body with white […] Read More


Jackson’s Chameleon

Jackson’s Chameleon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Chamaeleonidae
Genus
Trioceros
Scientific Name
Trioceros jacksonii

Fun Fact: Have jousting battles with their horns.

Despite the small size of the dwarf Jackson’s chameleon, it still has the three horns that the species is known for. Also known as the Kikuyu three-horned chameleon, the Jackson’s chameleon is most commonly known for the three horns that adorn its face. Though it isn’t known for being the largest or smallest of any […] Read More


Jaguar

Jaguar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera onca

Fun Fact: The largest feline on the American continent!

Classification and Evolution The Jaguar is the largest feline on the American continent, and is the only one of the world’s ‘big’ cats to be found in the New World. Jaguars are animals that are closely related to Leopards and have a number of similar characteristics including the distinctive spotted pattern on their fur. The […] Read More


Jaguarundi Cat

Jaguarundi Cat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Herpailurus
Scientific Name
Herpailurus yagouaroundi

Fun Fact: These cats are expert swimmers.

“The jaguarundi has 13 unique sounds it uses to communicate with other cats.” The Jaguarundi has a nickname: the Otter Cat. This is because its head is similar in shape to an otter’s head. This cat’s tail also bears a resemblance to an otter’s tail. On top of that, a jaguarundi cat is an expert […] Read More


Jamaican Boa

Jamaican Boa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Boidae
Genus
Chilabothrus
Scientific Name
C. subflavus

Fun Fact: When a Jamaican boa is coiled up, it almost looks like two snakes together because of color pattern.

The largest native predator on the island of Jamaica is a snake – the Jamaican Boa. This snake often reaches seven and a half feet long. It’s nonvenomous, and a member of the boa family. It used to be widespread across Jamaica, but now only lives in isolated pockets scattered about the island. Amazing Facts […] Read More


Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Scarabaeidae
Genus
Popillia
Scientific Name
Popillia japonica

Fun Fact: Can clear an entire fruit tree in 15 minutes in a swarm

Japanese beetles can be found in many places around the world, but they are only actually native to parts of Japan. Acting as foragers, these insects eat a broad diet of plant life (including fruits), so it is quite easy to make them feel at home. However, since they are an invasive species to the […] Read More


Japanese Chin

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

Fun Fact: Alert, intelligent and independent!

A Japanese Chin is an affectionate, intelligent dog with a playful nature. It’s the perfect companion for an owner who likes to sit on the couch to read or watch movies. Japanese Chins belong to the Toy group. The history of this dog goes all the way back to the 1600s. They were owned by […] Read More


Japanese Macaque

Japanese Macaque Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Macaca
Scientific Name
Macaca fuscata

Fun Fact: Has cheek pouches for storing food!

Japanese Macaque Classification and Evolution The Japanese Macaque is a medium sized Monkey found in a variety of different habitats throughout Japan. The Japanese Macaque is also known as the Snow Monkey as they are often found living in colder regions of the country where heavy snowfall is common during the winter. They are the […] Read More


Japanese rat snake

Japanese rat snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Elaphe
Scientific Name
Elaphe climacophora

Fun Fact: The albino Japanese rat snake is a symbol of good luck.

“The albino Japanese rat snake is a symbol of good luck” The Japanese rat snake is sometimes called the blue general because some of them have bright blue scales. It is non-venomous and lives in shrubland, forest, or mountain habitat. This snake can grow to a size of 6.5 feet. It lives in Japan and […] Read More


Japanese Spitz

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

Fun Fact: The Japanese Spitz is sometimes referred to as a cloud dog.

Long-haired, all-white dogs, like the Japanese Spitz, are sometimes called “cloud dogs.” The Japanese Spitz is a playful, spirited breed, clothed in luxurious all-white fur. Although records of its origin were destroyed in World War II, these dogs were first bred in early 20th century Japan, a cross between several other spitz-like dogs. The spitz […] Read More


Japanese Squirrel

Japanese Squirrel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Sciurus
Scientific Name
Sciurus lis

Fun Fact: The Japanese squirrel hoards its food for the winter

The Japanese squirrel is a prodigious hoarder. It buries food in the ground to survive the harsh winter. These small old-world rodents are the only species of non-flying or gliding squirrels entirely native to the Japanese mainland. They are not to be confused with the cute dwarf flying squirrel, which occupies a separate genus. The […] Read More


Japanese Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Japanese Terriers are also called Nippon Terriers

Japanese Terriers are also known as Nippon Terriers. They are very lovable and affectionate, making them excellent additions to any family. Japanese Terrier dogs are small-sized dogs with short coats. These dogs are clean-cut and have a smart appearance and a compact outline. Japanese terriers are cheerful dogs and are very intelligent in nature. They […] Read More


Javan Rhinoceros

Javan Rhinoceros Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Rhinocerotidae
Genus
Rhinoceros
Scientific Name
Rhinoceros Sondaicus

Fun Fact: Only has a 25cm long horn!

Limited to just a single national park, the Javan rhino today numbers just 72 individuals in the wild The Javan rhinoceros (also known as the lesser one-horned rhinoceros and the Sunda rhinoceros) is a species of rhinoceros native to of Southeast Asia. The Javan rhinoceros is thought to be most closely related to the Indian […] Read More


Javanese

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

Fun Fact: Features that closely resemble a Siamese cat!

The intelligent and loving Javanese cat will want to be by your side. This breed loves to talk to you, and they will use different voices to indicate their needs. This breed was created in the late 1970s and early 1980s by crossing a Siamese with a Balinese cat. Javanese Traits: What to Know Before […] Read More


Jellyfish

Jellyfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Cnidaria
Class
Scyphozoa
Order
Semaeostomeae
Family
Cyaneidae

Fun Fact: Have tentacles around their mouths!

Jellyfish are prehistoric marine creatures and have been known to exist in oceans for the past millions of years. Though they are not usually aggressive, these fish are famous for their ability to sting, allowing them to defend themselves against any sort of danger. These fish use their tentacles for hunting. However, they do not […] Read More


Jerboa

Jerboa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Dipodidae

Fun Fact: Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!

A jerboa’s tail is usually longer than its head and body combined. The jerboa is a small, hopping rodent that lives in the deserts of Northern Africa and Asia. Jerboas are incredibly cute animals and have very long ears, tails, and hind feet that give them an almost cartoonish appearance. They also have specially adapted […] Read More


Jonah Crab

Jonah Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Cancridae
Genus
Cancer
Scientific Name
Cancer borealis

Fun Fact: It has delicious meat with an affordable price

The Jonah crab is a marine crab species that lives in the waters off the eastern coast of North America. It is valued for its sweet and flavorful meat and its claws and legs, which have a more affordable price than other types of crabs. It has a rough-edged carapace with yellow or light spots […] Read More


Joro Spider

Joro Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Araneidae
Genus
Trichonephila
Scientific Name
Trichonephila clavata

Fun Fact: Named after a Japanese spider demon

The Joro Spider — or Trichonephila clavata — is seemingly named after a spider demon in Japanese culture, which is primarily due to its intimidating physique. Though it was once exclusive to regions like Japan and Korea, it has become an invasive species in some areas of the United States, allowing the population to thrive. […] Read More


Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Salticidae

Fun Fact: Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies

“The jumping spider is known as the ‘cute spider’.” Members of the largest spider family, jumping spiders, are diurnal and love to hunt in the sunshine. Unusually pretty for arachnids, they come in a rainbow of colors, though even the biggest one, Hyllus giganteus, is small. More than just a pretty face, the spider hunts […] Read More


Junglefowl

Junglefowl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Gallus

Fun Fact: The term "pecking order" comes from junglefowls' hierarchies among both sexes

The junglefowl is the original chicken. The ancestor of the domesticated chicken is the red junglefowl, which is from South Asia and Southeast Asia. However, it has influence from the grey, green, and Sri Lankan species as well. The chicken was domesticated about 8,000 years ago. The junglefowl is used for meat, eggs, and feathers […] Read More



A Jaguar
Jaguar

The largest feline on the American continent!

A Japanese Chin
Japanese Chin

Alert, intelligent and independent!

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter J

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

A Jamaican Boa
Jamaican Boa

When a Jamaican boa is coiled up, it almost looks like two snakes together because of color pattern.

A Japanese rat snake
Japanese rat snake

The albino Japanese rat snake is a symbol of good luck.

A Junglefowl
Junglefowl

The term "pecking order" comes from junglefowls' hierarchies among both sexes

Animals that start with the letter , including the Jellyfish & Jaguar