Animals that Start with K



Read below for information on 30 different animals that start with the letter K, from kakapos to kudu. The most popular animal that starts with the letter k is the koala, an animal with fingerprints indistinguishable from humans. The least popular K animal is the keel billed toucan. Some fun facts about letter K name animals are:


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A King Cobra
King Cobra

They are the longest poisonous snake in the world.

A Komodo Dragon
Komodo Dragon

Only found on five Indonesian islands


Animals that Start with K

Kai Ken

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

Fun Fact: Kai Ken are a very rare breed of dog from Japan, though pure breeds are even harder to come by.

Though Kai Ken refers to one breed overall, it could easily be divided into two. While one variation has a stockier body, the other has a foxlike body and face. Kai Ken goes by many names including “Tora Inu” or “Tiger dog,” but they all represent the same rare breed out of Japan. With a […] Read More


Kakapo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Nestoridae
Genus
Strigops
Scientific Name
Strigops habroptilus

Fun Fact: The heaviest species of parrot in the world!

Originating on the island of New Zealand, the kakapo is a large flightless bird that has evolved to fill a similar ecological niche as land mammals in the way that it roams the forest floor in search of food at night. Though it was largely free of predators for millions of years, the introduction of […] Read More


Kangal

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

Fun Fact: Can run up to 35 miles per hour (56km).

Kangal dogs can run up to 35 miles per hour (56km). Their speed is one of their best features, along with their protective personality, making this breed perfect for livestock herd protection. The Kangal is the national dog of Turkey, where the fawn-colored and black-masked breed originated in the province of Sivas. These canines are […] Read More


Kangaroo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Macropodidae

Fun Fact: Females have a deep pouch on their front!

The kangaroo is among the most remarkable leapers of the animal kingdom. When it’s in motion, the kangaroo hops completely clear off the ground, covering up to 30 feet in a single swift motion. No other large animal of this size has the same ability. As the national symbol of Australia, the kangaroo adorns a […] Read More


Kangaroo Rat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Heteromyidae
Genus
Dipodomys

Fun Fact: Merriam’s kangaroo rats literally never have to drink water

Though the kangaroo rat is an immensely cute beast, it is one of the champions of the animal kingdom when it comes to jumping prowess. One of these little animals can jump as much as 9 feet. If an average human could jump that distance, they would be able to jump over 20 feet at […] Read More


Keel-Billed Toucan

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Ramphastidae
Genus
Ramphastos
Scientific Name
Ramphastos sulfuratus

Fun Fact: It's beak can reach nearly 20 cm long!

“Keel-billed Toucan’s bills are the colors of the rainbow!” Keel-billed toucans are also known as “rainbow” toucans due to their large, colorful bills. They are also called “sulfur-breasted toucans” because they have a bright yellow patch on their breasts. These tropical birds thrive in the humid climates of Central and South America. They are not […] Read More


Keeshond

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

Fun Fact: Friendly, alert dogs that are loyal to their owners

Keeshonds are friendly, alert dogs that are loyal to their owners. When pronouncing the word ‘keeshond,’ remember it sounds like you’re saying the words ‘case haunt.’ This medium-sized canine has a thick double coat and dark, searching eyes. The history of the keeshond dates back to the 18th century. This dog was a companion and […] Read More


Kerry Blue Terrier

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

Fun Fact: They are born black, and turn gray-blue as they age.

Kerry Blue terriers were almost made the national dog of Ireland! Kerry Blues are a breed of terrier that is known for their blue-toned coats. They are working dogs, bred to hunt rodents and herd sheep. Kerry Blue terriers are loving, loyal, and intelligent dogs. They are protective and make great family dogs. Because they […] Read More


Key Deer

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Odocoileus
Scientific Name
Odocoileus virginianus

Fun Fact: Bucks grow new antlers every year.

“Smallest North American white-tailed deer species.” Key deer, like their name implies, are deer that are native to the Florida Keys. They are the smallest subspecies of white-tailed deer in North America. They look almost identical to their relatives but are more like a miniature version. This is why some people call them “toy deer.” […] Read More


Kiko Goat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra aegagrus Hircus

Fun Fact: Kiko goats breed year-round, and they are not good at defending themselves.

Kiko goats breed year-round, and they are not good at defending themselves. Originally created as a crossbreed between dairy goats and feral goats, the Kiko goat is a rather friendly species. It has a self-regulating coat, which means that they don’t typically need to be sheared between seasons. The primary purpose is to provide meat […] Read More


Killer Whale

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Delphinidae
Genus
Orcinus
Scientific Name
Orcinus orca

Fun Fact: Typically consumes over 200 kg of food a day!

“An adult Killer Whale eats up to 300 pounds of food each day” Killer whales are the biggest members of the dolphin family. They are easy to recognize due to their black back and a white underside. Orca is another name for them. These animals are carnivores eating a diet of fish and seals and […] Read More


Kinder Goat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra aegagrus hircus

Fun Fact: Best jumper of all goats

The kinder goat is a medium-sized goat with a laid-back, friendly temperament. Its high-fat, sweet milk and easygoing personality have made it a new favorite. It is the product of crossing an American pygmy with a Nubian goat. The kinder goat is a relative newcomer to the world of domestic dairy goats. It first appeared […] Read More


King Cobra

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Ophiophagus
Scientific Name
Ophiophagus hannah

Fun Fact: They are the longest poisonous snake in the world.

"The king cobra holds the title as the longest venomous snake in the world"

Most king cobras measure from 12 to 18 feet long. They live in southern China, India, and southeastern Asia. Their habitat includes streams, forests, bamboo thickets and swamps. This snake is a carnivore eating other snakes, birds, and lizards. King cobras live about 20 years in the wild.

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King Crab

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Lithodidae
Genus
Lopholithodes
Scientific Name
Lopholithodes Mandtii

Fun Fact: Can have a leg span of nearly 2 meters!

The king crab is one of the most enormous crab species known to man. It can weigh more than 11 pounds, which is heavier than a house cat, and have a total leg span of over 5 feet, which means that it can be as long as a human is tall.King crabs are also sometimes […] Read More


King Penguin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Aptenodytes
Scientific Name
Aptenodytes patagonicus

Fun Fact: More than 2 million breeding pairs!

“The king penguin is second in size only to the emperor penguin.” Standing as tall as the average toddler, the king penguin is large for its species. Only the emperor penguin is larger. Taxonomy places both the king and emperor penguins in the Aptenodytes genus. Both are experts in the water and can dive to […] Read More


King Shepherd

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

Fun Fact: This hybrid breed is the largest among the shepherd class.

The King Shepherd is available with either a straight or curly coat. In both cases, the King Shepherd’s coat is a combination of multiple colors including brown, black, tan, and white. The King Shepherd was first introduced in the 1990s as an attempt to retain the strong personality traits of the German Shepherd while minimizing […] Read More


Kingfisher

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Coraciiformes
Family
Alcedines

Fun Fact: Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

The kingfisher is a family of brightly colored and unusual looking birds that live near rivers and bodies of water all over the world. With their vivid plumage and loud, shrill calls, the kingfisher bird really stands out from the crowd. You can often catch sight of them perched in a tree, barely moving. But […] Read More


Kinkajou

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Procyonidae
Genus
Potos
Scientific Name
Potos flavus

Fun Fact: The kinkajou is a nimble forest-dwelling mammal of Central and South America.

The kinkajou is a nimble forest-dwelling mammal of Central and South America. Because of its prehensile tail and hand-like feet, people originally mistook the kinkajou for a type of primate or lemur, but it actually belongs to the same order, Carnivora, as dogs, cats, and bears. Arboreal in nature, this loud, chattering species is often […] Read More


Kishu

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

Fun Fact: Once raised to hunt dangerous game like boar, today's kishu ken are more likely to be used as guard dogs.

The Kishu ken is actually recognized by the Japanese government as a national treasure. It made history by earning this designation in 1934. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dog breed more loyal than the Kishu — also known as the Kishu Ken. This Japanese breed has a history that dates back thousands of years […] Read More


Kiwi

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Struthioniformes
Family
Apterygidae
Genus
Apteryx

Fun Fact: Only found in the forests of New Zealand!

A national symbol of New Zealand, the flightless kiwi is among the most unique birds in the world. Evolving in the absence of most large predators, the kiwi fills a similar ecological niche as many land mammals elsewhere, a fact reflected by the kiwi’s anatomy. Like many mammals, their bones are filled with marrow. They […] Read More


Koala

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Phascolarctidae
Genus
Phascolarctos
Scientific Name
Phascolarctos cinereus

Fun Fact: Spends up to 80% of the time sleeping or resting!

Koala Classification and Evolution The Koala is a small to medium sized mammal that is found inhabiting a variety of different types of forest in south-eastern Australia. Despite its appearance and the fact that it is also known as the Koala Bear, Koalas are in fact marsupials but are so distinctive amongst this specially adapted […] Read More


Kodkod

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Leopardus
Scientific Name
Leopardus guigna

Fun Fact: The kodkod is among the smallest species of cats in the entire world

The kodkod (also known as the güiña or the Chilean cat) is a wild feline species located in South America. Ranking among the smallest cats in the entire world, the kodkod roams the dense forests of the southern Andean region in pursuit of prey. They spend much of their time divided between terrestrial and arboreal […] Read More


Koi Fish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cypriniformes
Family
Cyprinidae
Genus
Cyprinus
Scientific Name
Cyprinus rubrofuscus "koi"

Fun Fact: In Japanese, the word koi sounds like the word for love. So the fish is a symbol of love among other good things.

The Koi is called “The Brocaded Carp” The beautiful koi have captivated humans and brightened their ponds since at least the 19th century. People who have some money in the bank aren’t shy about paying great sums for a champion fish of noble lineage. There are at least 16 types of koi, each with its […] Read More


Komodo Dragon

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Varanidae
Genus
Varanus
Scientific Name
Varanus komodoensis

Fun Fact: Only found on five Indonesian islands

Komodo Dragon Classification and Evolution The Komodo Dragon is a large species of lizard that is only found on a handful of islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Not known to the world until the First World War, the Komodo Dragon is actually a species of Monitor Lizard that has been evolving in island isolation for […] Read More


Kooikerhondje

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

Fun Fact: If Kooikerhondjes look familiar, it’s because old Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Jan Steen liked to paint them.

If Kooikerhondjes look familiar, it’s because old Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Jan Steen liked to paint them. The word “Kooikerhondje” looks as though its pronunciation will be so difficult, most people don’t even try. Instead, they call this engaging canine a “cookie hound.” Really, though, the pronunciation isn’t that hard. Kooikerhondje is pronounced “COY-ker-HUND-che,” […] Read More


Kookaburra

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Coraciiformes
Family
Alcedinidae
Genus
Dacelo

Fun Fact: The laughing kookaburra is one of four kookaburra species.

“The kookaburra is the world’s largest kingfisher!” The kookaburra, often called the laughing kookaburra, is a large subgroup of the kingfisher bird. It is diurnal, meaning it is most active in the daytime. They will sleep for about 12 hours at night. They are commonly found in eucalyptus trees, which also may be recognized as […] Read More


Koolie

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

Fun Fact: The name "koolie" comes from the German mispronunciation of "collie."

Koolies can have a different nose and eye colors, as dogs with darker coats have darker noses and eyes and lighter coats have lighter noses and eyes. They can even have blue eyes, but blue eyes are associated with deafness. The Koolie, also called the Australian Koolie, Coulie, Welsh Heeler, Welsh Merle, German Koolie, or […] Read More


Krill

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Euphausiacea
Scientific Name
Euphausiacea

Fun Fact: The krill is perhaps the most important animal in the marine ecosystem!

As one of the most abundant animals in the entire food chain, the krill fish is the lynchpin of many of the world’s marine ecosystems. It provides food for hundreds of different species of animals, especially in the otherwise harsh Arctic and Antarctic waters. The krill fish is also an interesting creature in its own […] Read More


Kudu

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Tragelaphus
Scientific Name
Tragelaphus Strepsiceros

Fun Fact: Lives in herds of up to 24 individuals!

“Fast, powerful and peaceful members of the African ecosystem.” The name kudu describes two different antelope species, called greater kudu and lesser kudu, that are found in southern and eastern regions of Africa. Both kinds are characterized by the long, twisting horns that grow on the heads of mature males. They also share similar habitats, […] Read More


Kuvasz

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

Fun Fact: Ownership of this dog was once restricted to the Hungarian nobility

The name Kuvasz is believed to a Hungarian form of the Turkish word kawasz, meaning the armed guard of the nobility. The Kuvasz (pronounced koo-vahz) is a big, strong Hungarian working dog whose main task was originally to guard livestock. The history of this breeds dates all the way back to Middle Ages, when the […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with K

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter K

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

A King Shepherd
King Shepherd

This hybrid breed is the largest among the shepherd class.

A Kishu
Kishu

Once raised to hunt dangerous game like boar, today's kishu ken are more likely to be used as guard dogs.

A Kangal
Kangal

Can run up to 35 miles per hour (56km).

Animals that Start with K