Animals that Start with L



Read below for information on 42 different animals that start with the letter L, from ladybirds to lynx. The most popular animal that starts with the letter L is the lion, the apex predator in Africa. The least popular L animal is the leopard tortoise, the most widely distributed tortoise in all of Africa. Some fun facts about letter L name animals are:

  • Leopards spend most of their time high in trees
  • Lobsters can grow as old as 100 years
  • Ligers are real animals bred from male lions and female tigers, though are not believed to exist in the wild. They are the largest feline species in the world.
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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with L

Animals that Start with L

Labahoula

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

Fun Fact: The AKC does not recognize this breed or the parent breed Catahoula

Owning one of these dogs is much like having another human child in the family. They crave time spent with their owners and do not like being left out of activities. Labahoula is a mixed breed from a Labrador retriever and a Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog. It is believed the breed was first developed in […] Read More


Labmaraner

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

Fun Fact: Loves to participate in activities.

Labmaraners are prized working dogs. They are used as guide dogs and in search and rescue as well as hunting and retrieving. The Labmaraner, also called Weimaraner Lab, Labraraner or Weimador, is a hybrid, mixed, or designer dog breed that is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Weimaraner. It is a large-sized dog […] Read More


Labradane

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

Fun Fact: Labradanes can come with both sold-color coats and the more exciting patterns that you typically see on Great Danes.

Labradanes aren’t recognized as an official breed.They are listed in the designer dog registry. Breeders currently suspect that these pups were first created in the 1980s in response to the rising trend of labrador hybrids. Labradanes are designer dogs that are bred by mixing a Great Dane with a Labrador Retriever. The result is a […] Read More


Labradoodle

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

Fun Fact: Friendly and energetic mix-breed!

The Complete Guide For Owners Labradoodles are a “designer breed” of dog that is a cross between a poodle and a Labrador retriever. They sometimes resemble stuffed animals with their sweet faces and curly coats, and their friendly temperaments make them popular pets. The breed was created in 1989 by a man named Wally Conron. […] Read More


Labrador Retriever

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

Fun Fact: Well-balanced, friendly and versatile!

According to the rankings by the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed. Labrador Retrievers are a gun dog breed that were bred from Canadian fishing dogs in the United Kingdom. Labrador Retrievers have coats that may be different colors, including black, yellow, or chocolate brown. The scientific name of […] Read More


Labraheeler

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

Fun Fact: These dogs have medium-sized pendant ears.

Labraheelers are intelligent and energetic, requiring a lot of activity to be stimulated. A Labraheeler is a hybrid dog that has been created with a mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Australian Cattle Dog. Labraheelers are known to make excellent pets for active households with their incredible intelligence and warm smiles. Since they are […] Read More


Ladybug

Ladybug Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Coccinellidae

Fun Fact: There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Ladybird beetles, otherwise known as ladybugs, have been to outer space and had no problem catching prey in Zero-G. The typical description of the ladybug discusses the red shell and black spots, but there are many different patterns. In fact, the number of spots can even differentiate between the many species around today. They have […] Read More


Lakeland Terrier

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

Fun Fact: These dogs were once used by farmers to keep foxes away from herds of sheep.

Some Lakeland Terriers have a span of black hair on their back known to breeders as a ‘saddle mark. Lakeland Terriers are energetic, intelligent dogs with a ‘never quit’ attitude. They have a friendly temperament as well as the stubbornness common to many dogs in the Terrier group. These dogs originated in the Lake District […] Read More


LaMancha Goat

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

Fun Fact: Have tiny ears named “gophers” or “elves”

LaMancha goats are full-size dairy goats with a mild temperament. Sometimes called American Lamancha or simply Lamancha, these goats are distinctive for their tiny ears. They are excellent milk producers, and their milk is highly nutritious. For these reasons, LaMancha goats are among the most popular dairy goats in the U.S. The origin of LaMancha […] Read More


Lamprey

Lamprey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Hyperoartia
Order
Petromyzontiformes

Fun Fact: Not related to the eel

The sea lamprey, also commonly known as the vampire fish, is a parasitic lamprey fish native to the Northern Hemisphere With its eel-like body and jawless, round, sucker-like mouth, sea lampreys are often confused with eels but aren’t related to them at all. An invasive species, the lamprey fish decimated lake trout populations in the […] Read More


Lancashire Heeler

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

Fun Fact: The name “heeler” comes from the fact that it nips at the heels of cattle to herd them.

When happy and content, the Lancashire Heeler shows off a big grin, nicknamed the Heeler Smile. The Lancashire Heeler (also known as the Ormskirk Terrier) is a small, affectionate dog, hailing from the northern England county after which it’s named. The exact history is unknown, but the Lancashire Heeler probably originated at some point in […] Read More


Lapponian Herder

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

Fun Fact: This breed is also known as the Lapp Reindeer Dog and the Lapsk Vallhund.

Until 1966, the Lapponian Herder was still considered to be the same breed as the Finnish Lapphund. Perfectly adapted for the frigid environment of northern Scandinavia, the Lapponian Herder is an important working breed developed by the Lapps (also known as the Sami), whose ancient customs date back many centuries. The dog’s original purpose was […] Read More


Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Leaf-Tailed Gecko Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Gekkonidae
Genus
Uroplatus

Fun Fact: Only found on Madagascar!

The leaf-tailed gecko, a lengthy lizard, has quite a unique physique. With a broad and triangular head, their name comes from the leaf-like resemblance of their tail. The texture helps them to be camouflaged within their surroundings to conceal themselves against the natural foliage in their surroundings. They tend to blend in with the bark […] Read More


Lemming

Lemming Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Cricetidae
Genus
Lemmus
Scientific Name
Lemmus Lemmus

Fun Fact: Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!

The lemming is a tiny rodent that is found in or near the Arctic Circle One of the tiniest rodents, lemmings are animals that are known to exist in or around the Arctic circle and is also known to be closely related to muskrats and voles. They can also be found in the Tundra biomes. […] Read More


Lemur

Lemur Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Lemuridae
Scientific Name
Lemur Catta

Fun Fact: Natively found on the island of Madagascar!

“Lemurs are found only on Madagascar.” Lemurs are tiny species of primate that are only found on one group of islands: Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. This makes them one of most endangered groups of animals on earth. They have tiny bodies with long, thin tails. There are over 100 species of living on the […] Read More


Leonberger

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

Fun Fact: This dog has been used for pulling carts full of goods.

They’re sometimes called Leos because they appear to have a mane like a lion. The Leonberger breed goes back to the 18th century. Originally bred as companion dogs in Germany, they’re descended from the Newfoundland, longhaired Saint Bernard, and Great Pyrenees which are sometimes called the Pyrenean Mountain dog. They’re classified in the working group […] Read More


Leopard

Leopard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera pardus

Fun Fact: Spends much of the time high in the trees!

Leopard Classification and Evolution The Leopard is a medium-sized wildcat that is natively found in a variety of different habitats across sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. A member of the “Big Cat” family, the Leopard is an agile and opportunistic hunter that has been able to exploit habitats unused by other large felines as it […] Read More


Leopard Cat

Leopard Cat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Prionailurus
Scientific Name
Prionailurus bengalensis

Fun Fact: There are 11 different species!

“A small, but dominant, predator.” The leopard cat is a small species of feline that is native to many different Asian and Indian regions. These cats are divided among almost a dozen different sub-species, although most share distinctive color markings and webbed toes that facilitate their aquatic adventures. These tiny hunters are only about the […] Read More


Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Ranidae
Genus
Lithobates

Fun Fact: They can jump up to three feet

“Leopard frogs are very popular with humans.” Leopard frogs are a popular pet, a delicious food source, and they have found a calling in laboratory experiments in laboratory experiments and science classrooms. Leopard frogs, also known as a meadow or grass frog, is the common name for lithobates, the “true frog” genus. They share this […] Read More


Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Phocidae
Genus
Hydrurga
Scientific Name
Hydrurga Leptonyx

Fun Fact: The world's most aggressive seal species!

Clumsy on land but graceful in the sea, the leopard seal is a finely skilled predator that thrives in the frigid waters of Antarctica. This highly distinctive species has a set of unmistakable features to help it survive in the wild, including blubber and flippers. With few natural predators and plenty of food, the leopard […] Read More


Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Genus
Stigmochelys
Scientific Name
Stigmochelys pardalis

Fun Fact: The most widely distributed tortoise in Africa!

The leopard tortoise is among the heavyweights of the tortoise world. Weighing an average of 40 pounds, this species is quite a common spectacle around the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Like the big cat for which it’s named, the leopard tortoise has unmistakable black and yellow markings, each one completely unique to the individual. Despite […] Read More


Lhasa Apso

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

Fun Fact: The Lhasa Apso was often given as a gift in Tibetan culture

The Lhasa Apso’s original Tibetan name is Abso Seng Kye, which actually means (roughly) “bark lion sentinel dog.” It seems to have some association with the mythical snow lion in traditional Tibetan culture, which is said to protect the country. These dogs were often given as gifts as signs of friendship but never actually sold. […] Read More


Lhasapoo

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

Fun Fact: A Lhasapoo’s coat can be curly like a poodle’s or long and silky like a Lhasa Apso’s.

A Lhasapoo’s coat can be curly like a poodle’s, or long and silky like a Lhasa Apso’s. Owning a Lhasapoo is always an adventure because no two Lhasapoos are ever quite alike. These cuddly, spunky, highly intelligent dogs are a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the poodle. Some inherit the poodle’s curly coat while […] Read More


Liger

Liger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera leo × Panthera tigris

Fun Fact: The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!

Liger Classification and Evolution The Liger is the largest of the world’s felines, known to grow up to 12ft tall when standing on their hind legs. Created by the mating of a male Lion with a female Tiger, Ligers tend to far exceed the size of both of their parents and although they share similar […] Read More


Lion

Lion Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera leo

Fun Fact: Lives in small groups called prides!

The lion is Africa’s apex predator The lion is one of the largest, strongest and powerful felines in the world, second only in size to the Siberian Tiger. They are the largest cats on the African continent. While most big cats are solitary hunters, lions are incredibly sociable animals that live together in family groups […] Read More


Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Cnidaria
Class
Scyphozoa
Order
Semaeostomeae
Family
Cyaneidae
Genus
Cyanea
Scientific Name
Cyanea capillata

Fun Fact: Though it’s a huge animal, the lifespan of the lion’s mane jellyfish is only a year.

“The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is the King of the Jellies!” As the lion is the king of terrestrial beasts, the lion’s mane jellyfish must be the king of the jellies. Named because its orange and gold bell and tentacles remind people of the color and texture of a lion’s mane, this animal can have a […] Read More


Lionfish

Lionfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scorpaeniformes
Family
Scorpaenidae
Genus
Pterois
Scientific Name
Pterois volitans

Fun Fact: Females can release up to 15,000 eggs at a time!

Lionfish are a group of carnivorous fish species that are native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. While there is plenty of diversity between the different species, all of them are characterized by striking skin color and pronounced venomous spines protruding from their body. The venom conveyed by their sting is a powerful deterrent to […] Read More


Little Brown Bat

Little Brown Bat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Vespertilionidae
Genus
Myotis
Scientific Name
Myotis lucifugus

Fun Fact: The little brown bat uses echolocation to quickly navigate around its environment

The little brown bat is one of the most common species of bats in North America. Cloistered in caves and roosts during the day, this elusive and cryptic animal is often unloved or even shunned by humans. Nevertheless, bats play an important role in the ecosystem as one of the largest consumers of pests and […] Read More


Little Penguin

Little Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Eudyptula
Scientific Name
Eudyptula Minor

Fun Fact: The smallest species of penguin!

“The Smallest Penguin Species” Small fries of the Spheniscidae family, little penguins are native to Australia and New Zealand. Standouts in the penguin-sphere, they sport bright blue feathers and sometimes go by “fairy penguins.” Little penguins forage and frolic in ocean waters 80 percent of the time and can lay more than one clutch of […] Read More


Lizard

Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Lacertidae

Fun Fact: There are around 5,000 different species!

Lizards are reptiles of the order Squamata. This includes the lizard suborder which bears the scientific name of Lacertilia, the snake suborder Serpentes, and the worm lizard suborder Amphisbaenia. Lizards are paraphyletic, which means that a small number of species share more in common with their sister suborders than they do with their own order […] Read More


Llama

Llama Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Camelidae
Genus
Lama
Scientific Name
Lama Glama

Fun Fact: Natively found in the Andes Mountain range!

One of the Few Animals that Humans Can Safely Hug Dependable, lovable, and calm, llamas are domesticated pack animals traditionally used by Andean cultures in the mountains of South America. Additionally, over the past four decades, they have been imported by farmers, breeders, and exotic pet lovers the world over. Learn about the friendliest animals […] Read More


Loach

Loach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cypriniformes

Fun Fact: Have sharp spines below their eyes

Many species of loach are popular in the aquarium trade. The loach superfamily of fishes consists of over 1200 species, most of which are distributed in central and southern Asia. Some species are also found in Europe and Africa. They are known for their bottom-feeding and the barbels found close to their mouths. Loach fish […] Read More


Lobster

Lobster Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Order
Decapoda
Family
Nephropidae
Scientific Name
Nephropidae

Fun Fact: Have been known to reach 100 years old!

“Could lobsters hold the key to eternal life?” Lobsters are a family of crustaceans that live in waters across most of the world’s coastlines. There are 30 known species of clawed lobsters and 45 species of spiny (or rock) lobsters.  The largest lobster species is the American lobster, which can be found from the coasts […] Read More


Locust

Locust Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Orthoptera
Family
Acrididae

Fun Fact: Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

The word “locust” is given to certain types of grasshoppers with short horns. They are known for their swarming behavior, which occurs when environmental conditions are right. Locust plagues have affected crops and farmland since biblical times, attacking any growing green vegetation in their path. Colloquially, the word “locust” refers to different creatures depending on […] Read More


Long-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Casuariiformes
Family
Casuariidae
Genus
Casuarius
Scientific Name
Casuarius

Fun Fact: Ear tufts make it look bigger!

“The hooting sounds of a male long-eared owl can be heard almost a mile away” The long-eared owl makes its home in North America, Europe, parts of Asia as well as in northern and eastern parts of Africa, including Madagascar. It nests in forests where the trees grow close together. Long-eared owls hunt at night […] Read More


Long-Haired Rottweiler

Long-Haired Rottweiler Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Rottweilers have a tendency to snore.

The ancestor of the Rottweiler would march over the Alps with Roman legions to protect them and drive their cattle. The Rottweiler is a strong, muscular working breed that descended from big mastiff-like dogs back in the Roman period. They were originally put to use herding livestock, pulling carts, and protecting their owners. The modern […] Read More


Longnose Gar

Longnose Gar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lepisosteiformes
Family
Lepisosteidae
Genus
Lepisosteus
Scientific Name
Lepisosteus osseus

Fun Fact: The longnose gar species of the gar family has potentially existed for 100 million years.

The longnose gar, which sometimes goes by the name needle nose gar instead, is a fish species that belongs to the gar family. This fish is also called the Billy gar. They are greyish to olive in color. The color, however, fades into white along the sides of the longnose gar’s body. They can be […] Read More


Lorikeet

Lorikeet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittaculidae

Fun Fact: The lorikeet has a long brush-like tongue with fine hairs on it

The lorikeet is among the most colorful birds in the entire world. They almost seem to luxuriate in their bold and garish plumage. As a type of arboreal parrot, there are about 40 documented species of lorikeets, the most well-known probably being the rainbow lorikeet. They are closely related to other types of arboreal parrot […] Read More


Lowchen

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

Fun Fact: This breed is also known as the "Little Lion Dog" for their bravery and manes.

Despite being treasured throughout Continental Europe for generations, the Lowchen earned the designation of the rarest breed in existence for a period in the 1960s. At their low point there were only 65 living members of the species. The Lowchen was once one of the favored pets of European nobility, and they look and act […] Read More


Lungfish

Lungfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Sarcopterygii
Order
Dipnoi
Scientific Name
Dipnoi

Fun Fact: The lungfish first evolved almost 400 million years ago.

The lungfish first evolved almost 400 million years ago. The modern lungfish is the product of an ancient lineage that dates back almost 400 million years. This “living fossil” is sometimes called primitive, but that does not mean its features are undeveloped, just that it has changed very little since first evolving. The most interesting […] Read More


Lynx

Lynx Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Lynx
Scientific Name
Felis lynx

Fun Fact: Live in dens in rocks and under ledges!

As solitary and stealthy predators, the lynx is rarely seen by humans. The Canada lynx is one of the biggest wild cats in North America, but other species of these cats also inhabit Europe and Asia. The lynx is easy to spot with its huge furry paws, stubby tail, and long ear tufts. The huge […] Read More


Lyrebird

Lyrebird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Menuridae
Genus
Menura

Fun Fact: Lyrebirds mimic birds of prey to deter predators such as birds of prey.

The Lyrebird is described as “Nature’s Best Mimic” The largest of all the perching birds or songbirds, this bird impresses not just with its uniquely beautiful tail feathers but with its elaborate songs and incredible skill at mimicry. This Australian bird uses its voice to imitate everything from a jackhammer to a chainsaw to a […] Read More



A Lion
Lion

Lives in small groups called prides!

A Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever

Well-balanced, friendly and versatile!

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter L

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

A Lyrebird
Lyrebird

Lyrebirds mimic birds of prey to deter predators such as birds of prey.

A Long-Haired Rottweiler
Long-Haired Rottweiler

Rottweilers have a tendency to snore.

A Lowchen
Lowchen

This breed is also known as the "Little Lion Dog" for their bravery and manes.

Animals that start with the letter , including the Ladybug & Lemur