Animals that Start with P

Updated: October 11, 2022
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Read below for information on 160 different animals that start with the letter P, from pademelon to pygmy marmoset. The most popular animal that starts with the letter P is the panther, which is not actually a species in of itself, but a common name for members of the big cat family that includes leopards and jaguars. The least popular P animal is the pool frog, the least common amphibian in the United Kingdom. Interesting facts about letter P name animals include:

  • Puffer fish are the second most poisonous animal in the world
  • Platypuses are so unique looking the first specimen seen in Europe was believed to be fake
  • At 6-12 feet, pelicans have one of the largest wingspans of any bird

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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with P

Animals that Start with P

Pacific Sleeper Shark

Pacific Sleeper Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Squaliformes
Family
Somniosidae
Genus
Somniosus
Scientific Name
Somniosus pacificus

Fun Fact: In 2015, a Pacific Sleeper Shark was filmed living underneath an active volcano near the Solomon Islands. This shark is able to survive in waters with very high temperatures and acidity!

Pacific Sleeper Sharks are most commonly found in the North Pacific on continental shelves and slopes in the Arctic and temperate waters. These sharks can be found between latitudes of 70 degrees north and 22 degrees north from the surface to 6,600 ft (2,000 meters) deep. Any records that place them in southern oceans are […] Read More


Paddlefish

Paddlefish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acipenseriformes
Family
Polyodontidae

Fun Fact: Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period

The paddlefish, also known as the American paddlefish, Mississippi paddlefish, and spoonbill fish, is a freshwater fish that is primarily found in the open waters of the Mississippi River basin. With the Chinese paddlefish, it was one of just two extant species of paddlefish in the world. In 2020, however, the Chinese paddlefish was declared […] Read More


Pademelon

Pademelon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Macropodidae
Genus
Thylogale
Scientific Name
Thylogale

Fun Fact: Inhabits the jungles of the far east!

A cousin of the kangaroo and the wallaby Found in Australia’s forest and island areas, the pademelon is a small to mid-size marsupial. It is a solitary animal and a nocturnal one. There are seven pademelon species, but the animal’s population numbers are suffering because many of them are losing their habitats and being hunted. […] Read More


Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Emydidae
Genus
Chrysemys
Scientific Name
Chrysemys picta

Fun Fact: Male painted turtles have longer nails.

Painted turtles have an incredibly long lifespan and can get as old as 50 years. The painted turtle is North America‘s most common type of aquatic turtle. These adorable small reptiles have wide shells, dark skin, and colorful stripes across their legs and neck. Whether they’re living together in a shallow pond or enjoying domestic […] Read More


Paleoparadoxia

Paleoparadoxia Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Desmostylia
Family
Paleoparadoxiidae
Genus
Paleoparadoxia

Fun Fact: Scientists were able to determine that Paleoparadoxia was exclusively aquatic by comparing the rib cages of fossils to modern species of mammals like dugongs and polar bears.

Millions of years ago, a mysterious genus of animal called Paleoparadoxia once swam and foraged in the Pacific Ocean. These herbivorous animals inhabited a wide range stretching from the shores of Japan all the way to the cool waters along the Pacific Coast of North America. Description & Size The Paleoparadoxia is a genus of […] Read More


Palm Rat Characteristics and Behaviors

Palm Rat Characteristics and Behaviors Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Sarcopterygii
Order
Rodentia
Family
Muridae
Genus
Rattus
Scientific Name
Rattus rattus

Fun Fact: Domesticated house rats were bred in England during the 1920s, and one of these variations had a green-tinted fur.

The Palm rat’s official name is Rattus Rattus, also known as the black rat, the house rat, and the ship rat. Palm rats are native to North America and tend to live in the warmer regions and more coastal parts of the country. And because distinguishing between the different types of rat species can be […] Read More


Palo Verde Beetle

Palo Verde Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Cerambycidae
Genus
Derobrachus
Scientific Name
Derobrachus hovorei

Fun Fact: The palo verde beetle is one of the largest beetles in North America

The palo verde beetle is one of the largest beetles in North America.  Summary The Palo Verde Beetle (Derobrachus hovorei) is a species of wood-boring beetle that belongs to the family Cerambycidae. The beetle is native to the United States and Northern Mexico, where they’re mostly associated with the palo verde tree. The beetle is […] Read More


Pangolin

Pangolin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell

“The Pangolin is the most trafficked mammal on the planet.” The pangolin isn’t an ordinary animal by any means. They have interesting scales and a characteristic reaction of rolling over when threatened leave a distinct impression on those who encounter them. Their unique coat has also made them a prime target for poaching and trafficking, […] Read More


Panther

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

Fun Fact: Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

Classification and Evolution The Panther (also commonly known as the Black Panther) is a large member of the Big Cat family, native to Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Panther is not a distinct species itself but is the general name used to refer to any black colored feline of the Big Cat family, most […] Read More


Panthera atrox (American Lion)

Panthera atrox (American Lion) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera atrox

Fun Fact: Panthera atrox was about 25 percent larger than modern lions

Panthera atrox—commonly known as “the American lion”—is an extinct species of lion native to the North American continent. The relationship between this lion and modern lion species has been contentious for years after its discovery. However, recent studies have revealed its close relationship with the cave lion. American lions ruled the North American continents for […] Read More


Papillon

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

Fun Fact: Originally called the Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is one of the oldest breeds in the toy group. They can be found in artwork dating back to the 16th century.

Originally called the Toy Spaniel, this is one of the oldest breeds in the toy group. They can be found in artwork dating back to the 16th century. Originally called the Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is an old breed that has provided companionship for centuries. The dog was known as a toy spaniel early on […] Read More


Paradise Flying Snake

Paradise Flying Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Chrysopelea
Scientific Name
Chrysopelea paradisi

Fun Fact: Paradise Flying Snakes can glide over 100 yards!

The paradise flying snake, also commonly known as the paradise tree snake, is a mildly venomous constrictor found throughout southeast Asia. The most notable feature of the paradise flying snake is that, as its name suggests, it is capable of a sort of gliding flight. These snakes can jump from treetops and manipulate their bodies […] Read More


Parakeet

Parakeet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae

Fun Fact: Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.

The little Parakeet has delighted people with their intelligence, playfulness, and their plumage of fancy colors for hundreds of years. Not only that, they are easy to care for and low cost. 4 Amazing Parakeet Facts! Most adult birds have few predators. The rose-ringed parakeet makes soft sounds like purrs to scare predators off.It is […] Read More


Parasaurolophus

Parasaurolophus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
†Ornithischia
Family
†Hadrosauridae
Genus
†Parasaurolophus

Fun Fact: The Parasaurolophus ran on its hindlegs at speeds of up to 30mph!

“The Parasaurolophus ran on its hind legs at speeds of up to 30mph” Parasaurolophus Description & Size While the name of this dinosaur may not be immediately familiar, you’re very likely to recognize the Parasaurolophus in a drawing or painting. This dinosaur is best known for its cranial crest. Its crest is the long, hollow […] Read More


Parrot

Parrot Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae

Fun Fact: Can live for up to 100 years!

Parrots are popular as pets, offering raucous and gaudy entertainment. Parrots, of the order Psittaciformes, are known for their wittiness, amusement, and intelligence, though they have an incredibly affectionate side as well. They are famous for the extensive imitation, including human words and multitudes of sounds. 6 Incredible Parrot Facts! Frequently found in tropical areas, […] Read More


Parrot Snake

Parrot Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Leptophis
Scientific Name
Leptophis ahaetulla

Fun Fact: The parrot snake shows off with bright green and bronze colors that cover its entire body.

The parrot snake shows off with bright green and bronze colors that cover its entire body. They are often called non-venomous snakes, but the truth is a much different story. They grow extremely long, and they 5 Amazing Parrot Snake Facts – The parrot snake is precocial, which means that it can start moving and […] Read More


Parrotfish

Parrotfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Labriformes
Family
Scaridae
Scientific Name
scaridae

Fun Fact: The parrotfish can change from female to male at some point in its life.

The parrotfish has the ability to switch between sexes at certain points of its life. The parrotfish is a family of about 80 to 90 species. They are named for their unusual parrot-like beak and bright colors along the body. There are very few animals quite like them in the entire ocean. Some of the […] Read More


Parrotlet

Parrotlet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Forpus
Scientific Name
Forpus cyanopygius

Fun Fact: Parrotlets aren't the world's tiniest parrot — that would be the pygmy parrot of Australasia.

“The Smallest of the New World Parrots” Parrotlets are even smaller in size than parakeets. They have blunt tails and a feisty personality that can be aggressive. They can even deliver a surprisingly painful bite. A pet parrotlet is less social than a parakeet, though it can bond very intensely with a mate or its […] Read More


Parson Russell Terrier

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

Fun Fact: The root stock of the breed was a dog named Trump

The Parson Russell Terrier was bred in England in the 1800s for the purpose of hunting foxes. These hunts were largely formalized affairs involving riders on horseback and packs of hounds pursuing an individual fox to his eventual doom. While there were many breeds of hounds that served well in the pursuit of the fox, […] Read More


Parti Schnauzer

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

Fun Fact: Parti Schnauzers are great pest controllers. They were bred to catch rodents, so if you have a rat problem, they might be the pet for you.

Parti schnauzers are not a specific breed of dog; it’s a very rare color pattern consisting of a predominant base color with white patches in between. The parti base colors vary from black, liver/pepper, liver/tan, salt and pepper, and black and silver. The word “parti” can be placed in front of any other color because […] Read More


Partridge

Partridge Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae

Fun Fact: Long-lost civilizations have immortalized male partridges in art, depicting them as a symbol of fertility.

The partridge is a ground-dwelling bird with over 40 various species from 14 genera. They are game birds, often hunted for food or used as a target for practicing shooting. Partridges are adaptable and thrive in various locations across the globe. They are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In addition, several species were relocated […] Read More


Patagotitan

Patagotitan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: The patagotitan's bones were hollow and air-filled.

Patagotitan Description and Size Height (shoulder): 18 – 20 feetHeight (head): Unknown, possibly 40 – 50 feetWeight: 65 to 75 tonsLength: up to 122 feetDistinctive Features: Massive size, hollow bones It was several years after the first patagotitan was discovered that it was given its official name so much of the information available refers to […] Read More


Patas Monkey

Patas Monkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Erythrocebus
Scientific Name
Erythrocebus patas

Fun Fact: The fastest species of primate in the world!

Patas Monkey Classification and Evolution The Patas Monkey is a medium to large sized species of Old World Monkey that is found inhabiting the open grasslands of Central Africa. Also known as the Military Monkey, the Hussar Monkey and the Red Guenon, the Patas Monkey is the only member of its genus due to the […] Read More


Patterdale Terrier

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

Fun Fact: A Patterdale Terrier’s small body structure allows it to squeeze into fox burrows.

Patterdale Terriers have a strong, lean body that allows them to squeeze into fox burrows. Patterdale Terriers are strong, friendly, and loyal dogs. This breed is originates from Great Britain and dates back to the mid-20th century. Patterdale terriers were bred for fox hunting, meant to drive the fox out of its burrow. The temperament […] Read More


Pea Puffer

Pea Puffer Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Tetraodontiformes
Family
Tetraodontidae
Genus
Carinotetraodon
Scientific Name
Carinotetraodon travancoricus

Fun Fact:

The Pea puffer (C. travancoricus), also known as the dwarf pufferfish, is the smallest species of freshwater pufferfish and is native to Southwest India. These fish are small and typically grow no larger than 1 inch (2.5 cm) in size as an adult. The pea puffer is a popular fish in the aquarium hobby where […] Read More


Peacock

Peacock Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Pavo

Fun Fact: Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!

“Peacocks are among the biggest flying birds on earth.” Peacocks are famous for their large, iridescent tail feather plumage. While it is the most widely recognized feature of peafowls, only males have these beautiful tail colorings. Some species have a plumage that is smaller than the commonly known blue peacock, or Indian peacock which is […] Read More


Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Nymphalidae
Genus
Aglais
Scientific Name
Aglais io

Fun Fact: The eyespots on this butterfly’s wings deter predators from attacking.

“A 2005 scientific experiment revealed that not all predators are scared away by this butterfly’s eyespots.” When you look at a Peacock butterfly, it’s easy to tell how it got its name. The eyespot pattern on its wings is very similar to the pattern on a peacock’s feathers. These butterflies are found in woodlands, gardens, […] Read More


Peacock Spider

Peacock Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Salticidae
Genus
Maratus

Fun Fact: They can jump up to 10 centimeters (40 times their body size) and see the full rainbow spectrum of light, including UV.

Peacock spider refer to several species of Australian jumping spiders with elaborate mating dances. They are not poisonous, only mildly venomous, and males are known for their brightly rainbow-colored bodies and ability to dance during their courtship rituals. They can jump about 10 centimeters, or 40 times as far as their bodies are long. They […] Read More


Peagle

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

Fun Fact: Peagles enjoy being the center of attention. This can make them a very entertaining breed to own.

Peagles enjoy being the center of attention. This can make them a very entertaining breed to own. Peagles are a hybrid dog breed created by breeding a Pekingese and a Beagle. They are generally very affectionate and playful, though their exact temperament can vary based on the specific mix of genes they inherit from the […] Read More


Peekapoo

Peekapoo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Peekapoos were first bred in the 1950’s, making them one of the first designer dog breeds.

Peekapoos are a mixed breed dog, or a hybrid breed, that results from crossing a Pekingese and a Poodle. There are a lot of Poodle hybrid breeds, but the Peekapoo was one of the first of these hybrid breeds. They were first bred in the 1950s. Peekapoos were initially developed to be a good companion […] Read More


Pekingese

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

Fun Fact: Thought to be over 2,000 years old!

Pekingese, also known as a “lion dog,” are toy dogs and are fairly compact in their build. They usually weigh up to 14 pounds and have a long fur coat all over their bodies. Their ears are large and rounder (in comparison to their bodies), and their eyes are dark and sparkly. They are particularly […] Read More


Pelagornis

Pelagornis Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Odontopterygiformes
Family
Pelagornithidae
Genus
Pelagornis
Scientific Name
Pelagornis

Fun Fact: The Pelagornis is larger than the largest living bird today.

Pelagornis, a prehistoric seabird, was bigger than even the largest bird alive today. Living during the Eocene to the Pleistocene, Pelagornis lived near the ocean and was capable of flying great distances by gliding. Similar to modern pelicans, storks, or albatross, Pelagornis ate fish and dominated the prehistoric skies. Want to learn more? After reading […] Read More


Pelagornithidae

Pelagornithidae Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Odontopterygiformes
Family
Pelagornithidae 

Fun Fact: The biggest members of the Pelagornithidae family were the largest flying birds known.

The biggest members of the Pelagornithidae family were the largest flying birds known. The Pelagornithidae are a family of extinct seabirds that dominated the earth’s oceans during the Cenozoic. This bird had a long history beginning from the Late Paleocene to the Late Pliocene epoch. Although members of this family varied considerably in size, the […] Read More


Pelican

Pelican Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Pelecanidae
Genus
Pelecanus

Fun Fact: Can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters!

With their distinctive stocky build and unique bills, pelicans are birds that have been a symbol of popular culture since medieval times, appearing in art and on coats of arms. These waterfowl are known for the massive amounts of fish they consume, often eating as much as four pounds per day. One of the lesser-known […] Read More


Pelycosaurs

Pelycosaurs Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amniota

Fun Fact:

The pelycosaurs are a group of small, primitive mammal-like reptiles that lived during the Late Paleozoic era. They were the dominant land animals for millions of years during the Permian period. Although they’re popularly grouped with the dinosaurs, Pelycosaurs are not dinosaurs. They lived and went extinct before the first dinosaurs came on the scene. […] Read More


Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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

Fun Fact: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth II

The name Corgi comes from the combination of two Welsh words: cor for dwarf and gi for dog. According to Welsh lore, these dogs were thought to be originally owned by fairies and elves. As comparative giants, the Corgis helped to pull the tiny carts and carriages of these magical creatures. The patch of darker […] Read More


Penguin

Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Scientific Name
Aptenodytes Forsteri

Fun Fact: Spends 75% of it's time hunting for food!

Penguins are one of the most beloved animals on the planet! Their tuxedo coloring, adorable waddle, and cute faces make penguins one of the most beloved animals in the world. From the equatorial deserts of Africa to the Nordic grasslands of Scandinavia, humans can’t help but ooooh and awww over the aquatic, flightless birds! A […] Read More


Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodea
Family
Ectobiidae
Genus
Blattella
Scientific Name
Parcoblatta pennsylvanica

Fun Fact: Seeks out sources of light

“Out of all North American cockroaches, the Pennsylvania wood cockroach is the most likely to be found in firewood.” For many, even the mention of a cockroach is enough to bring about looks of disgust and feelings of revulsion. Roaches are one of the oldest species on the planet; they’ve been around since the early […] Read More


Peppered Moth

Peppered Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Geometridae
Genus
Biston
Scientific Name
Biston betularia

Fun Fact: Teachers in schools often use the evolution of the peppered moth as a good example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Teachers in schools often use the evolution of the peppered moth as a good example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. The Peppered Moth is a small insect of merely a few inches that has tiny black spots on its wings. Hence, the name Peppered Moth. It exists as the best example of evolution in […] Read More


Peppermint Angelfish

Peppermint Angelfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Pomacanthidae
Genus
Centropyge
Scientific Name
Centropyge boylei

Fun Fact: The peppermint angelfish was only first described in 1992.

The peppermint angelfish has unique colors that resemble the candy for which it’s named. These tropical fish exist at depths of the ocean which are difficult for divers to access due to the extreme pressures. They like to hide from predators around the caves and coral reefs near the bottom of the ocean. If you’re […] Read More


Perch Fish

Perch Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Percidae
Genus
Perca
Scientific Name
Perca fluviatilis

Fun Fact: Some of the most delicious gamefish in the world

Summary Perch are considered by many anglers to be some of the best freshwater gamefish in the world. Worldwide several hundred species go by the name, but only 3 belong within the perch genus. They belong to the order Perciformes, or ray-finned fish, to which they also lend their name. They are powerful swimmers, and […] Read More


Pere Davids Deer

Pere Davids Deer Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Elaphurus
Scientific Name
Elaphurus davidianus

Fun Fact: Has webbing between its toes, aiding in swimming!

“A Pere David’s deer has webbing between its toes and is an excellent swimmer” Pere David’s deer live in large groups. They are herbivores that mostly eat grass. The average lifespan of this deer is 18 years. Most female Pere David’s deer have just one baby or fawn. A fawn stands up and nurses its […] Read More


Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Falconiformes
Family
Falconidae
Genus
Falco
Scientific Name
Falco peregrinus

Fun Fact: Fastest animal on Earth

“The Peregrine Falcon is a small, deadly and powerful aerial diver.” Peregrine falcons, also historically known as the duck hawk in North America, are one of the most prolific and powerful predatory birds on the entire planet. Their hooked beak, dark tear marks and grey to brown feathers are recognizable across every continent except Antarctica. […] Read More


Peringuey’s Adder

Peringuey’s Adder Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Bitis
Scientific Name
B. peringueyi

Fun Fact: Peringuey's adders' eyes are nearly on the tops of their heads!

Peringuey’s adders live only in the Namib Desert of Namibia and Angola, where only the most creative creatures survive. These snakes live in a very narrow strip of land in the Namib Desert, where the sand is so soft that only a particular form of locomotion will do for this unique snake: sidewinding. They are small, […] Read More


Perro De Presa Canario

Perro De Presa Canario Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The breed has feet like a cat, with rounded toes that are not too close together. His unique feet give him a distinctive, long, elastic stride.

The Perro De Presa Canario’s cat-like feet give it a distinctive, graceful gait. The Perro De Presa Canario is an ancient breed, dating back to the 15th century. Developed on the Canary Islands, the breed was used to protect and herd cattle. Unfortunately, his size and strength made him a popular choice for those involved […] Read More


Persian

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

Fun Fact: Thought to have originated in the Middle East!

The Persian cat is a famous breed with an instantly recognizable appearance. Persians have sweet faces and elegant coats of fur in a variety of delicate color patterns. If you’re looking for a reserved cat that will add a touch of class to your home, the Persian is an excellent choice. Persian Traits: What to […] Read More


Peruvian Guinea Pig

Peruvian Guinea Pig Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Caviidae
Genus
Cavia
Scientific Name
Cavia porcellus

Fun Fact: The Peruvian guinea pig is well known for its long, soft tresses and edgy bangs.

The Peruvian guinea pig is well known for its long, soft tresses and edgy bangs. Facts Peruvian guinea pigs make several cute sounds, like squeaks and chirps in order to communicate with each other, out of excitement for food, and when they recognize their owners.They chew teach other’s hair, sometimes for cosmetic purposes, and other […] Read More


Peruvian Inca Orchid

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

Fun Fact: The Peruvian Inca Orchid is the national dog of Peru

The Peruvian Inca Orchid goes by many names, including perro sin pelo de Peru (Peruvian hairless dog), the perros flora (flower dog), the Inca hairless dog, and the Peruvian viringo. Since its body radiates a lot of heat, it was once used as bed warmers during the night. It was supposedly imbued with mystical properties […] Read More


Pesquet’s Parrot (Dracula Parrot)

Pesquet’s Parrot (Dracula Parrot) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittaculidae
Genus
Psittrichas
Scientific Name
Psittrichas fulgidus

Fun Fact: It’s one of only three parrots with naked faces.

“The parrot that looks like a vulture.” Don’t fear the Dracula parrot. Though the sounds it makes late at night in its rainforest habitat can be hair-raising, the bird does not drink human blood or any sort of blood. Indeed, it is a frugivore that mostly craves certain types of figs. If figs aren’t available, […] Read More


Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: A small dog with a big, lively personality.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (or PBGV for short) is a small dog with a big, lively personality. Originating from the Vendéen region of western France, it descends from a larger breed called simply the Griffon Vendéen. It was then honed over many generations of careful breeding to create an excellent scent hound. This breed […] Read More


Petite Goldendoodle

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

Fun Fact: Like their purebred parents, these dogs love the water!

When a Petite Goldendoodle sees a swimming pool, stream, or lake, they can’t resist taking a quick dip or a long swim. A Goldendoodle dog is a result of breeding a Golden Retriever with a standard poodle. A Petite Goldendoodle is a mix between a toy poodle and a Golden Retriever. Some Petite Goldendoodles have […] Read More


Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis familiaris

Fun Fact: The blushing dog of Malta.

Introduction The Pharaoh Hound, considered a “primitive” type, is a dog from the hound group. Originally from Egypt, it was brought by the Phoenicians to the island of Malta 2,500 to 3,000 years ago. Although the Pharaoh Hound traces its lineage back to Egypt, according to DNA evidence, the dog as we know it right […] Read More


Pheasant

Pheasant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Phasianus
Scientific Name
Phasianus Colchicus

Fun Fact: Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

Pheasants are gorgeous game birds that feature beautiful plumage and long, powerful legs. There are an estimated 49 pheasant species, but the common pheasant, the Golden Pheasant, the Reeves’s Pheasant, and the silver pheasant are some of the most well-known types. The Pheasant bird comes from Asia, and it was brought to the United States […] Read More


Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Jacanidae
Genus
Hydrophasianus
Scientific Name
Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Fun Fact: The pheasant-tailed jacana is the only species in its family that migrates long distances.

“They are the only jacanas that migrate long distances.” Summary The pheasant-tailed jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) is a large wader from Southeast Asia. They inhabit wetlands and large lakes where they spend their time walking across floating aquatic vegetation, gleaning insects from plants or the water’s surface. This jacana species is unique from others in its […] Read More


Philippine Cobra

Philippine Cobra Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Naja
Scientific Name
Naja philippinensis

Fun Fact: Philippine cobra is a highly venomous species of spitting cobra.

The Philippine cobra, which is also known as the northern Philippine cobra or the spitting Philippine cobra, is exclusively found in the Philippine islands. They usually range from 3 to 5 feet long, depending on the particular snake. They don’t need support from their mother after they are born, even though the baby snakelet is […] Read More


Phoenix Chicken

Phoenix Chicken Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Gallus
Scientific Name
Gallus gallus

Fun Fact: These small chickens have tails that can be up to five feet long!

The Phoenix chicken is a descendant of the Japanese Onagadori chicken, which has tail feathers up to 27 feet long! The small and graceful Phoenix chicken originated in the late 19th century in Germany. It was the product of selective breeding, combining traits from historic Japanese chickens, including the impressive Onagadori which boasts tail feathers […] Read More


Phorusrhacos

Phorusrhacos Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Cariamiformes

Family
Phorusrhacidae

Genus
Phorusrhacos
Scientific Name
Phorusrhacos longissimus

Fun Fact: It's a genus of terror birds

Phorusrhacos is an ancient, extinct genus of flightless, giant carnivorous birds. Phorusrhacos was also known as a terror bird. They were an apex predator in South America during the Miocene period, second only to saber-toothed cats like Smilodon. The terror birds lived in what is now modern-day Argentina, which was part of Patagonia, the southern […] Read More


Phytosaurs

Phytosaurs Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Phytosauria
Family
Phytosauridae
Genus
Smilosuchus

Fun Fact:

Introduction Phytosaurs are an extinct group of semi-aquatic reptiles that were heavily armored. They were alive around the Late Triassic Period around 200-290 million years ago. These animals were not dinosaurs, even though the name sounds similar. Rather, archosaurs are a group of reptiles such as crocodiles and pterosaurs which are flying reptiles. The phytosaur […] Read More


Picardy Spaniel

Picardy Spaniel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis familiaris

Fun Fact: Picardy spaniels are one of the few working dogs that do well in apartments as long as they get their long walks every day.

The Picardy spaniel is a medium-sized hunting dog with all the typical features of other working spaniels, like their expressive eyes, silky ears, and sturdy build. However, something that sets them apart from the rest is their brown roan coat with tan markings. Picardy spaniels were initially bred for hunting by French noblemen, and while […] Read More


Pictus Catfish

Pictus Catfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Siluriformes
Family
Pimelodidae
Genus
Pimelodus
Scientific Name
Pimelodus pictus

Fun Fact: Pictus catfish are social fish that should be kept in groups of 4 or more

Pictus Catfish Summary The Pictus catfish is a small freshwater catfish that is native to the shallow Orinoco and Amazon river basins. These fish are also commonly kept in freshwater aquariums and are popular with the aquarium trade industry. The Pictus catfish is a member of the Pimelodidae family. Franz Steindachner, an Austrian zoologist, discovered […] Read More


Piebald Dachshund

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

Fun Fact: Hotdogs were originally called "Dachshund sausages" because they resembled the dachshund's wiener-like body!

The dachshund breed is famous for its long, low-slung body, short legs, and alert expression. Its adorable physique combines with a perky, outgoing personality to render it one of the world’s most memorable dog breeds. Piebald dachshunds are similar to regular dachshunds in every way except one: their unusual coloration. A piebald coat is one […] Read More


Pied Ball Python

Pied Ball Python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Python
Scientific Name
Python regius

Fun Fact:

Pied Ball Python Summary The pied ball python is a unique color morph of the standard ball python. The pied color morph is extremely rare in the wild, but it is becoming increasingly popular in the pet trade. The piebald pattern, which appears in other animals like horses and dogs, is characterized by white patches […] Read More


Pied Tamarin

Pied Tamarin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Callitrichidae
Genus
Saguinus
Scientific Name
Saguinus bicolor

Fun Fact: Only found in one area of Brazil!

“One of the 25 Most Endangered Primates” Pied tamarins are endangered primates in northwest Brazil. The Yoda-looking species, who enjoy strong social bonds, also go by Brazilian bare-faced tamarins. Primates in Peril list pied tamarins as one of the 25 most endangered primates. Furthermore, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the […] Read More


Pig

Pig Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Suidae
Genus
Sus
Scientific Name
Sus scrofa scrofa

Fun Fact: Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

The pig was among the first animals to be domesticated. Among the first animals to be domesticated by humans, the pig is found everywhere in the world except in Antarctica, North Africa, and far-northern Eurasia. These highly social and intelligent creatures are among the most populous large mammals in the world and are very biologically […] Read More


Pigeon

Pigeon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae

Fun Fact: They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.

Pigeons are very widely distributed, with over 250 species worldwide. Pigeons are part of the family Columbidae. Scientifically, they are the same as doves, though doves normally refer to smaller species of pigeon in layman’s terms. 5 Amazing Pigeon Facts! Some colorful species of these birds are bred in captivity, many with a wide variety […] Read More


Pika

Pika Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Lagomorpha
Family
Ochotonidae
Genus
Ochotona
Scientific Name
Ochotona Minor

Fun Fact: Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Parts of the Northern Hemisphere are home to the Pika. Even though they resemble a rat, their closest relatives in the animal kingdom are hares and rabbits. One of the ways you can tell you are looking at a Pika is that they don’t have tails. Their bodies are small and round.At Rocky Mountain National […] Read More


Pike Fish

Pike Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Esociformes
Family
Esocidae
Genus
Esox
Scientific Name
Esox

Fun Fact: Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

The pike is a long-bodied and aggressive northern freshwater fish that lies in wait near the bottom of the water for its quarry to pass by so it can snatch them up in the blink of an eye. The term pike, which originated centuries ago before taxonomy was a true science, has sown quite a […] Read More


Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Dryocopus
Scientific Name
Dryocopus pileatus

Fun Fact: Pairs establish territories and remain all year

Thanks to its carpenter ant-heavy diet, the pileated woodpecker is also known as the carpenter bird! The largest of the North American common woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers are birds that are easy to recognize thanks to the distinctive red crests atop their heads. Found primarily across southern Canada, the eastern United States, the northern Rockies, and […] Read More


Pinacate Beetle

Pinacate Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Tenebrionidae
Genus
Eleodes
Scientific Name
Eleodes armatus LeConte

Fun Fact: Pinacate beetles do a headstand if they feel threatened

Pinacate beetles do a headstand if they feel threatened. Summary Pinacate beetles are bugs in the genus Eleodes. They’re found in various locations across western North America. This black-colored beetle has a large and smooth color. They’re unable to fly because they do not have hindwings, and their elytra are fused. Pinacate beetles are scavengers […] Read More


Pine Beetle

Pine Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Curculionidae
Genus
Dendroctonus
Scientific Name
Dendroctonus ponderosae

Fun Fact: Female pine beetles can lay up to 75 eggs at once, and the males will stay with their mates for up to 3 weeks after fertilizing the eggs

The pine beetle is often referred to as the bark beetle, and they belong to the family Curculionidae. Their most distinguishing feature is their black exoskeletons. They are considered pests in North American forests because of their ability to destroy trees. Pine beetles have a symbiotic relationship with yeasts (a type of fungus) as it […] Read More


Pine Marten

Pine Marten Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Martes

Fun Fact: A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.

“A pine marten can jump a distance of 6 feet between trees” A pine marten is a long, sleek mammal similar in appearance to a weasel. Their habitats are pine trees, scrublands, and rocky hills. Though these small mammals have adorable faces, their sharp claws and teeth can be dangerous. The diet of this animal […] Read More


Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Fringillidae
Genus
Spinus
Scientific Name
Spinus pinus

Fun Fact: When foraging, pine siskins hang upside down to pick through the leaves and bark, collecting seeds from coniferous trees.

The pine siskin is a common bird often mistaken for sparrows or finches because their distinctive features are not as obvious as other birds. What they lack in physical features, they make for in personality. These little birds are incredibly energetic and entertaining. Males and females look the same, with dark streaking on their white […] Read More


Pine Snake

Pine Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Pituophis
Scientific Name
Pituophis melanoleucus

Fun Fact:

The pine snake is native to the southeastern region of the United States. It is a non-venomous constrictor that lives in prairies, pine forests, and other environments. The pine snake resembles a rattlesnake, but it is harmless to humans. 3 Amazing Facts About the Pine Snake • It hibernates underground and has a snout designed […] Read More


Pine Snake

Pine Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Pituophis
Scientific Name
Pituophis melanoleucus

Fun Fact:

”Only in (North) America” Pine snakes are no-nonsense reptiles. They are pretty but not spectacularly beautiful. A typical spring or summer day might find one basking to raise its body temperature. As efficient predators, they can slide into their prey’s burrow, find it, crush it then swallow it whole. During the mating season the usually […] Read More


Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cingulata
Family
Dasypodidae
Genus
Chlamyphorus
Scientific Name
Chlamyphorus truncatus

Fun Fact: The smallest known species of Armadillo

 “The smallest known species of armadillo” Also known as the Pichiciego, the pink fairy armadillo is the smallest known species of armadillo. It lives in the sandy plains and dry grasslands of central Argentina and other parts of South America. Unique adaptations like an aerodynamic body shape, smooth dorsal shell, and sharp claws mean this creature is […] Read More


Pink Toed Tarantula

Pink Toed Tarantula Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theraphosidae
Genus
Avicularia
Scientific Name
Avicularia avicularia

Fun Fact: Can jump short distances

Summary Known for its distinctive pink feet, the pink toe tarantula is a New World tarantula in the family Theraphosidae. The pink toe tarantula ranges throughout northern South America and some islands in the Caribbean. An arboreal species, it relies on several methods to capture prey, including hunting, foraging, and employing ambush tactics. It possesses […] Read More


Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

Pink-Necked Green Pigeon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae
Genus
Treron
Scientific Name
Treron Vernans

Fun Fact: They make whistling and quacking noises

This pigeon is social and likes to feed in groups. The pink-necked green pigeon is a brightly-colored bird found in Southeast Asian forests and mangroves. Their brilliant coloring acts as camouflage against their favorite fruit trees. Listen for their whistling and raspy quacks against the foliage. This species has adapted well to urbanization, thriving near […] Read More


Pipe Snake

Pipe Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata

Fun Fact: Some of these snakes flatten their neck and raise their heads to imitate cobras if they’re threatened.

Pipe Snakes are ancient and primitive Lizards appeared on earth well before snakes, and some snake families are so old that they retain the pelvic girdles and even something of the hind limbs of their lizard ancestors, even though these are vestigial. They also may have lizard-like heads, though they no longer have ears or […] Read More


Pipefish

Pipefish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Syngnathiformes
Family
Syngnathidae
Genus
Syngnathus
Scientific Name
Syngnathinae

Fun Fact: The male pipefish has the ability to carry fertilized eggs with him

Male pipefish carry fertilized eggs within their body until they hatch. The pipefish is a very long, narrow fish with an unusual pipe-shaped mouth. Some move through the water like a snake. There are some 200 recognized species within the same family classification, all of which have the same basic body shape. They are thought […] Read More


Piranha

Piranha Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Characiformes
Family
Characidae

Fun Fact: Generally found in fast-flowing streams!

Piranha is the common name used to refer to any of potentially over 60 species of freshwater fish with razor-sharp teeth. Piranhas have a nasty reputation for being fierce creatures that engage in deadly feeding frenzies. However, they actually eat a wide variety of food, including plants and carrion. Piranhas are fairly small, usually under […] Read More


Pit Bull

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

Fun Fact: It is a myth that pit bulls have locking jaws.

Pit Bulls are too big to be lap dogs, although they try to be. “Pit Bull” is an umbrella term that includes several dogs developed from bulldogs and terriers rather than a single dog breed. The facts about such dogs show that they are all “bully” types with a common origin in ancient Molossers and […] Read More


Pit Viper

Pit Viper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Various

Fun Fact: Pit vipers's fangs fold up into their mouths when they don't need them.

Pit vipers snakes are common in the Americas and many parts of Asia; they are among the most highly evolved of all venomous snakes. These snakes are the cause of many snakebites worldwide every year. Their toxins vary, but most are hemotoxic and affect the blood and tissue. Some pit vipers snakes even have fangs […] Read More


Pitador

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

Fun Fact: There are several names for this breed, including the Labrabull or the Pitador Retriever.

Pitadors are called by various names, as they are a combination of two breeds. Some of the common terms include Lab-Pit or the Pitador Retriever. Pitador or Labrabull is a hybrid breed, combining the genetics of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. Pitadors have a medium size, and they are energetic and […] Read More


Pitsky

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

Fun Fact: Most Pitskies will do best as the only pet in a home. They may become aggressive with other dogs (especially two unneutered male dogs) and could try to chase or catch small pets due to their higher prey drive.

Most Pitskies will do best as the only pet in a home. They may become aggressive with other dogs (especially two unneutered male dogs) and could try to chase or catch small pets due to their higher prey drive. Pitskies are a hybrid dog breed that is the result of breeding an American Pit Bull […] Read More


Plains Hognose Snake

Plains Hognose Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Heterodon
Scientific Name
Heterodon nasicus

Fun Fact: The plains hognose snake gets its name from the upturned end of its snout.

When threatened, a plains hognose snake wobbles, shakes, turns onto its back and plays dead. The plains hognose snake gets its name from the upturned end of its snout. It uses its nose to dig in its dry, sandy habitat. Amphibians and lizards are the main components in the diet of this snake. These docile […] Read More


Platinum Arowana

Platinum Arowana Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Osteoglossiformes
Family
Osteoglossidae
Genus
Scleropages, Osteoglossum
Scientific Name
Scleropages formosus, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum, Scleropages formosus, Scleropages inscriptus, Scleropages jardinii, Scleropages leichardti

Fun Fact: The male broods the eggs and baby fish in his mouth.

Whatever type of arowana it is, this fish is prized for its extreme rarity and its breathtaking beauty. For some connoisseurs of really exotic aquarium fish, the platinum arowana belongs to the species Osteoglossum bicirrhosum. For others, this fish, whose scales glitter like precious metal, is a member of the Scleropages formosus species. Anyone who […] Read More


Platybelodon

Platybelodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Amebelodontidae
Genus
Platybelodon
Scientific Name
Platybelodon danovi

Fun Fact:

Can you imagine an elephant with scoop-like tusks? That’s exactly what the prehistoric Platybelodon, distantly related to modern-day elephants, looked like. It lived during the Miocene Epoch and used its tusks more like a shovel, bringing plants into its hungry mouth. With upper and lower tusks, the Platybelodon was a unique-looking ancient animal. Platybelodon Species, […] Read More


Platypus

Platypus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Monotremata
Family
Ornithorhynchidae
Genus
Ornithorhynchus
Scientific Name
Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Fun Fact: One of the only mammals to lay eggs!

Platypus Classification and Evolution The platypus (also commonly known as the duck-billed platypus) is a small species of semi-aquatic mammal indigenous to the eastern coast of Australia. Known for it’s unique looking appearance, the platypus belongs to a small group of mammals called monotremes, of which there are only three species. The platypus along with […] Read More


Plesiosaur

Plesiosaur Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Plesiosauria
Family
Plesiosauridae
Genus
Plesiosaurs
Scientific Name
Plesiosaurus dolichodeirus

Fun Fact: Plesiosaur had a short tail and an extremely long neck

Plesiosaurs were a group of marine animals that lived between the late Triassic to Cretaceous (about 215 to 66 million years ago), found in various seas worldwide, including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Plesiosaurs were the largest aquatic animals to swim in the ancient seas of their time and were prolific predators as well.  Plesiosaurs […] Read More


Pliosaur

Pliosaur Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Plesiosauria

Fun Fact: Pliosaurs were the short-necked version of plesiosaurs.

The pliosaurs were a group of aquatic reptiles that lived in the Mesozoic era (251-66 million years ago). The Mesozoic era includes the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. They were the major fossil highlights of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The pliosaurs are related to the plesiosaurs, another well-known group of marine reptiles. The length […] Read More


Plott Hounds

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

Fun Fact:

“The Plott hound is the official state dog of North Carolina, named for Johannes Plott, who brought five Hanover hounds from his home in Germany.“ This hound is a rugged dog with a curious name, unique history, and fearless yet gentle temperament. The Plott hound was first bred by an early resident of North Carolina, […] Read More


Pocket Beagle

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

Fun Fact: Queen Elizabeth I of England once owned several Pocket Beagles

The modern Pocket Beagle is an attempt to recreate the smaller old English scent hounds from centuries ago. The Pocket Beagle (also sometimes known as the Old English Pocket Beagle) is the name given to a unique line of miniature Beagles. As far back as the 13th century, breeders began to experiment with small hunting […] Read More


Pocket Pitbull

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

Fun Fact: The smaller size of the Pocket Pitbull made it better suited for fleeing game as compared to larger Foxhounds.

Originally, the breeding of the Pocket Pitbull seemed to be a mistake, so their origins are lost in history. However, there is some speculation that it rose in the early 19th century in England for spectator sports, but the dog had too gentle of temperament for these activities, becoming a family dog. Also known as […] Read More


Podenco Canario

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

Fun Fact: It has a peculiar bark that locals refer to as "the song of the rabbit".

The Podenco Canario is a dog that has been hunting rabbits for centuries, and this breed still hunts in Spain. The term “Podenco” means “hound” in Spanish. A type of hound from the Canary Islands, the Podenco Canario is an ancient dog that originated in Egypt and came to these islands via the Phoenicians during […] Read More


Pointer

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

Fun Fact: An independent, loyal and high energy breed!

Pointers are a very active, energetic, and friendly dog breed. They make a great family dog for families that are active and able to get the dog the exercise it needs each day. Pointers were originally bred to point birds. Pointing refers to the dog alerting its owner of the location of prey. To do […] Read More


Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Dendrobatidae

Fun Fact: Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!

Poison dart frogs are a tiny species of frog that lives in Central and South America. One of their main adaptations to keep them safe from predators is their brightly colored skin, which ranges from yellow to bright blue or red. This skin warns predators looking to add them to their diet that these tiny […] Read More


Polar Bear

Polar Bear Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Ursus
Scientific Name
Ursus maritimus

Fun Fact: Could be extinct within the next 30 years!

Polar Bear Classification and Evolution The polar bear is a large species of bear that is found inhabiting the ice fields in the Arctic Ocean. It is the biggest species of bear in the world (with the exception of the kodiak brown bears found in Alaska which can reach similar sizes) with males often weighing-in […] Read More


Polecat

Polecat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Mustela
Scientific Name
Mustela putorius

Fun Fact: They can run at a speed of 15mph

Polecats are expert hunters that capture and eat rodents, snakes, frogs, and birds. They are very similar in appearance to ferrets. They can reach a speed of 15mph. Species of this mammal include the American, European, marbled, steppe, and striped polecats. These animals live in Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe. The lifespan of a […] Read More


Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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

Fun Fact: Despite having shaggy hair that covers its eyes, this dog is known for its watchful gaze when guarding a herd.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is so popular in Poland its likeness was featured on a postage stamp. The history of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog dates all the way back to the 1500s. They originated in Central Asia and became popular in Europe in the 1800 and 1900s. Its parents are the Tibetan Terrier and a […] Read More


Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Polish Tatra Sheepdog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

Fun Fact: This gigantic breed is known for its guardian skills, but they are non-aggressive and always manage to stay calm towards people and animals.

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog hails from the Tatra peaks of the Carpathian Mountains. It is a rare breed known for its personality and majestic appearance. This breed was originally bred to watch over livestock, and it gets many of its traits from the work it was born to do. Although they are massive dogs, they […] Read More


Polka Dot Stingray

Polka Dot Stingray Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Myliobatiformes
Family
Potamotrygonidae
Genus
Potamotrygon
Scientific Name
Potamotrygon leopoldi

Fun Fact: Can detect electrical fields from other creatures

The Polka Dot Stingray, sometimes known as the Xingu River Ray, White-Blotched River Stingray, is a freshwater stingray that only lives in Brazil’s Xingu River. Although sometimes eaten, this ray is unavailable for commercial fishing and has a low recreational fishing demand. Because of the high price associated with sourcing these rays from the wild, […] Read More


Pollock Fish

Pollock Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Gadiformes
Family
Gadidae
Genus
Pollachius

Fun Fact: Pollock is a nutritious fish, generally readily available for human consumption, and more sustainable and affordable than other whitefish species like hake or haddock.

There are two species of Pollock fish in the genus Pollachius; they are named the Pollock fish and the Saithe. Both species occur in the North Atlantic region, with vast populations of Pollock fish (Pollachius pollachius), in North America and the UK, while the Pollack (Pollachius virens), also known as the coley, occupies the British […] Read More


Polyphemus moth

Polyphemus moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Saturniidae
Genus
Antheraea
Scientific Name
Antheraea polyphemus

Fun Fact: The Polyphemus moth doesn’t eat.

“The Polyphemus moth is named after a character in Greek mythology!” A member of the Saturniidae family, this large moth is easily recognizable by the eyespots on its wings. These spots are supposed to startle would-be predators when the moth suddenly opens its wings, which should give the moth time to fly to a safer […] Read More


Pomapoo

Pomapoo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Pomapoos like companionship and do not like being alone. They may do better in a home with other dogs.

Bringing home a Pomapoo puppy is a lot like bringing home a new baby. They’ll require a lot of care, time, and attention. Pomapoos are a hybrid dog breed that is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle. They are a small dog that only weighs up to 15 pounds, but often less. […] Read More


Pomchi

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

Fun Fact: A deliberate cross like the Pomchi is commonly referred to as a designer dog

On its Pomeranian side, the Pomchi has descended from ancient sled dogs that worked up near the Arctic. The Pomeranian is actually a toy-sized version of these ancient sled dogs. The Pomchi is a unique cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. While these two breeds may sometimes reproduce on their own, this dog is […] Read More


Pomeagle

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

Fun Fact: Pomeagles are sweet and fun dogs that like to spend time exploring their environment.

Pomeranians are some of the most classic Victorian lapdogs, while Beagles are often accepted as one of the most attractive hunting breeds. When combined, the Pomeagle is one of the most unique crossbreeds on the market With fluffy hair, adventurous personalities, and plenty of energy for an entire day of activities, the Pomeagle is one […] Read More


Pomeranian

Pomeranian Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: The ancestors of the Pomeranian were sled dogs.

Even though Pomeranians are quite small, their genetic line partially comes from large sled dogs like the Husky or the Alaskan Malamute. Before being bred to be much smaller, they were 20-30 lbs. at their adult weight. The Pomeranian, or the Dwarf Spitz, is a toy dog, only weighing about 7 lbs. at its heaviest. […] Read More


Pomsky

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

Fun Fact: The howls and barks of a Pomsky can sound like singing

The howling of a Pomsky can sound like singing. Breed a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky and you get a Pomsky. Though Pomskies are a mix between these two purebreds, this hybrid normally has the appearance of a mini husky. The history of this dog only goes back ten years or so when a photo […] Read More


Pond Skater

Pond Skater Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Family
Gerridae

Fun Fact: There are 500 different species!

The pond skater, also known as a water strider, lives its entire life on or around water. But unlike many other aquatic insects, it has the ability to glide serenely across the surface as if by magic. These bugs are an integral part of the ecosystem wherever they’re found. They keep the populations of other […] Read More


Poochon

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

Fun Fact: The Poochon was first bred in Australia.

Poochons are a hybrid dog breed that are the result of breeding a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Bichon Frisé. They are gaining popularity as a hypoallergenic mix as both Poodles and Bichon Frisés do not shed. The exact temperament of a Poochon can vary based on the specific traits they inherit from each […] Read More


Poodle

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

Fun Fact: Intelligent, alert and active!

Poodles are known to be impressive dogs and are very clever and elegant. They have beautiful hairdos and are the best show dogs for their elegant appearance and innate performance ability. Poodles make very affectionate family dogs and are known to be very talented. These dogs are usually purebred, but you can always find them […] Read More


Poogle

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

Fun Fact: The Poogle is one of 40 different doodle dog breeds (poodle mixes).

The Poogle is one of 40 different doodle dog breeds (poodle mixes). If you’re looking for a small- to a medium-sized dog who is intelligent, friendly, and playful, consider opening your heart to a Poogle. These are hybrid canines created by crossing either the miniature or toy poodle dog breed and the beagle dog breed. […] Read More


Pool Frog

Pool Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Ranidae
Genus
Pelophylax
Scientific Name
Pelophylax lessonae

Fun Fact: The rarest amphibian in the UK!

The pool frog has a wide range across much of Europe, but it appears to be in steady retreat across some parts of its former territory. The heaviest toll appears to have fallen on the native pool frog populations of Britain. The UK frogs went completely extinct in the mid-1990s and had to be reintroduced […] Read More


Porbeagle Shark

Porbeagle Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Lamnidae
Genus
Lamna
Scientific Name
Lamna nasus

Fun Fact: The porbeagle is one of the few sharks that jumps out of the water

The porbeagle shark is a powerful predator that stalks the world’s deepest oceans in pursuit of prey with its high speed. As the name suggests, this species has reminded people of a beagle for its incredible endurance and dogged ability to chase down prey. The streamlined body and long gill slits are adaptations suited for […] Read More


Porcupine

Porcupine Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Erethizontidae
Genus
Erethizon
Scientific Name
Erethizon Dorsaum

Fun Fact: There are 30 different species worldwide!

Porcupines are the third largest rodent on the planet. They are broken down into two types of porcupines, which are Old World and New World porcupines. These large rodents are known to fight off enormous predators, and they feast on plants, shrubs and trees throughout the year. Despite their fierce-looking exterior, they are gentle and […] Read More


Porpoise

Porpoise Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Phocoenidae

Fun Fact: Surprisingly, not a dolphin!

A porpoise can swim as fast as 34 mph! There are seven species of porpoise and they are often mistaken for dolphins. These mammals live in rivers, estuaries, and bays in many areas of the world. A porpoise can dive more than 600 feet into the depths of the ocean. Porpoises communicate with one another in a […] Read More


Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canisae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis familiaris

Fun Fact: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is considered to be quite possibly the world’s smallest hunting dog.

Portuguese Podengo Introduction The Portuguese Podengo is a “primitive” dog. The Phoenicians bred it around 700BC and introduced it to Portugal around 600BC. It is a high-energy hunting sighthound, meaning it hunts by sight and keys on motion. Most Podengos in Portugal are part of hunting packs. The Podengo makes a good watchdog and companion […] Read More


Possum

Possum Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Phalangeriformes
Genus
Phalangeridae
Scientific Name
Phalangeriforme

Fun Fact: There are 69 species on the Australian continent!

“The possum is one of the most common marsupials in Australia.“ Possums are nocturnal animals that can navigate tall trees with surprising agility and aplomb. Sometimes living side by side with humans, possums can be seen or even heard scurrying around on roofs or decks at night. The words possums and opossums are sometimes used […] Read More


Potoo

Potoo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Nyctibiiformes
Family
Nyctibiidae
Genus
Nyctibius
Scientific Name
Nyctibius bracteatus, Nyctibius grandis, Nyctibius aethereus, Nyctibius leucopterus, Nyctibius maculosus, Nyctibius griseus, Nyctibius jamaicensis

Fun Fact: The potoo’s eyelids have slits that let them see even when their eyes are closed.

“The Ghost Bird of South America” If you are ever in a South or Central American rainforest at night and hear a spine-tingling sound that reminds you of a mournful or angry ghost, don’t worry. It’s (probably) nothing supernatural but is the sound made by a weird bird called the potoo. This ancient bird was […] Read More


Potoroo

Potoroo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Potoroidae
Genus
Potorous
Scientific Name
Potorous tridactylus

Fun Fact: They can carry items with their tail.

“A potoroo can carry a gathering of sticks, grass, and other material with its tail.” This animal is considered to be a rat-kangaroo. It hops on its back feet like a kangaroo but looks like a rat. Living in various areas of Australia, these animals make their homes in the underbrush on forest floors. The […] Read More


Powderpost Beetle

Powderpost Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Bostrichidae
Genus
Lyctinae

Fun Fact: Powderpost beetles prefer living in moist tree limbs, dead wood, and branches. They get into homes through infested joists, paneling, rafters, flooring, and finished wood products.

Powderpost beetles form part of 70 species of wood-boring beetles that belong to the subfamily Lyctinae. They are members of the superfamily Bostrichoidea, including death watch beetles, spider beetles, skin beetles, and common furniture beetles. Most of these species have a large prothorax; however, powder beetles do not, which makes their heads more visible. In […] Read More


Prairie Chicken

Prairie Chicken Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Tetraonini

Fun Fact: They inflate their orange neck patches during their mating displays

Males gather on booming grounds to perform their displays in hopes of attracting females. Prairie chickens are members of the grouse family and are well-known for their unusual mating rituals. Their hollow “booming” sounds and cackles were once familiar in Central America and Eastern North America. But today, their numbers have dwindled significantly, and sightings […] Read More


Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Cynomys

Fun Fact: Prairie dog “towns” can consists of hundreds of individuals

The prairie dog sits at the center of the entire ecosystem of the American prairie. Despite their name, the five species of prairie dogs are not canines at all, but rodents. They were named for their dog-like barking sounds. They are considered to be the keystone species of the western plains. Their burrows help to […] Read More


Prairie Rattlesnake

Prairie Rattlesnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Family
Viperidae
Scientific Name
Crotalus viridis

Fun Fact: The striking distance of a prairie rattlesnake is 2/3rds the length of its body.

Prairie rattlesnakes may be dangerous, but they are not aggressive and will not attack humans unless provoked. The prairie rattlesnake is one of the most famous and well-recognized types of pit viper in the world. These snakes like to live in arid and grassy environments and are found all throughout the central United States. Although […] Read More


Prawn

Prawn Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Order
Decapoda
Family
Dendrobranchiata
Scientific Name
Dendrobranchiata

Fun Fact: Closely related to crabs and lobsters!

The Southern hemisphere is home to prawns, a crustaceous animal that is in some ways like shrimp. This slightly different fish has a gill structure different than the structure of a shrimp’s body. Prawns are in the same animal family as lobsters and crabs. They live in calm waters, with certain species of them found […] Read More


Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Mantodea
Family
Mantidae

Fun Fact: The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.

“The Praying Mantis can be described as creepy but useful” “Preying mantis” is a term of art. All mantises or mantids belong to the Mantodea order, which has 2400 species. Some of them are not considered praying mantises, even though all mantises have raptorial forelegs that they use to snatch their prey. The European mantis, […] Read More


Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Nasalis
Scientific Name
Nasalis larvatus

Fun Fact: Natively found on the island of Borneo!

Proboscis Monkey Classification and Evolution The Proboscis Monkey is a medium-sized arboreal primate that is found exclusively in the rainforests of Borneo. The male Proboscis Monkey is not only one of the largest monkeys in Asia but they are also one of the world’s most distinctive mammals, having a long and fleshy nose and a […] Read More


Procoptodon

Procoptodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Macropodidae
Genus
†Procoptodon

Fun Fact: The largest variety of kangaroo to have ever been discovered.

Description and Size The Procoptodon is a genus of large kangaroos, which were notorious for their significant high and short face. To date, it is the largest variety of kangaroo to have ever been discovered, measuring 6.6 feet tall in the largest specimens. It could weigh between 440 and 530 lbs., though there are many […] Read More


Pronghorn

Pronghorn Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Antilocapridae
Genus
Antilocapra
Scientific Name
Antilocapra americana

Fun Fact: While pronghorns are the fastest runner of any Western Hemisphere land animal, they are not good jumpers.

The Fast Pronghorn! Pronghorns are the only remaining member of the Antilocapridae family. They can run up to 65 miles per hour, making them the fastest North American land mammal. The hair shaft on pronghorns is hollow, which keeps them insulated in freezing climates. Pronghorns usually give birth to one or two babies, called fawns, […] Read More


Psittacosaurus

Psittacosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Ornithiscia
Family
Psittacosauridae
Genus
Psittacosaurus
Scientific Name
Psittacosaurus

Fun Fact: These parrot-headed dinosaurs had beaks and feather-like quills on their tails!

Description and Size This dinosaur’s name means “parrot lizard” in Latin, and indeed the little dinosaur did resemble that colorful bird in certain key ways. Its skull extended into a toothless beak, and it had quills running up and down its back, and along its tail, which many scientists believe were an early precursor to […] Read More


Psittacosaurus

Psittacosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Ornithischia
Family
Psittacosauridae
Genus
Psittacosaurus

Fun Fact: The Psittacosaurus dinosaurs had four limbs but were mostly bipedal.

The Psittacosaurus is a genus of beaked dinosaurs that lived during the late Cretaceous about 100 to 120 million years ago. The group is a well-known one and has been widely studied by scientists. Hundreds of fossils belonging to several species of Psittacosaurus have been discovered in various locations across China, Mongolia, Thailand, and Russia. […] Read More


Pteranodon

Pteranodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Pterosauria
Family
Pteranodontidae
Genus
Pteranodon

Fun Fact:

Flying dinosaurs are some of the most fun to learn about. The popular Pteranodon is one of the best examples of these giant winged ancient animals. Pteranodon longiceps was one of the largest winged reptiles and weren’t actually dinosaurs at all. They lived during the Late Cretaceous alongside well-known dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus rex. While […] Read More


Pterodactyl

Pterodactyl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Pterodactylus
Family
Azhdarchidae
Genus
Pterodactylus
Scientific Name
Pterodactylus

Fun Fact: Pterodactyl is not technically a dinosaur. Although they lived during the same time as dinosaurs, they are classified as winged reptiles.

Pterodactylus is a genus that comes from the extinct group of Pterosaurs and is now commonly referred to as the Latin word Pterodactyl.  Description and Size Pterodactyls are one of the most interesting species to study. Here are a few facts that we gathered related to its physical attributes.  Pterodactyl is Latin for “wing finger.” […] Read More


Pudelpointer

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

Fun Fact: Like their poodle parent, Pudelpointers love to swim in pools!

A Pudelpointer loves to swim in lakes, streams, and swimming pools just like their poodle parent. Breed a poodle with an English Pointer and you get a Pudelpointer. These dogs originated in Germany back in the early 1880s. The word poodle is written as pudel, in Germany. Breeders wanted an intelligent dog that could swim […] Read More


Puff Adder

Puff Adder Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Bitis
Scientific Name
Bitis arietans

Fun Fact: This large snake is so-named because it will puff up its body to appear bigger than it is when directly threatened by a predator or person.

“The puff adder is thought to be responsible for more snake bites and fatalities than any other species in Africa.” This large snake is so-named because it will puff up its body to appear bigger than it is when directly threatened by a predator or person. As a highly aggressive and venomous species, contact with […] Read More


Pufferfish

Pufferfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Tetraodontiformes
Family
Tetraodontidae
Scientific Name
Tetraodontidae

Fun Fact: The second most poisonous creature in the world!

The pufferfish is a survivalist that thrives in nearly every tropical aquatic environment. From freshwater puffers to saltwater Takifugu, these fish make use of a variety of adaptations to keep themselves safe from predators and humans alike. In addition to the famous “puffing” technique, pufferfish can also attack with their beak-like teeth or poison an […] Read More


Puffin

Puffin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Alcidae
Genus
Fratercula
Scientific Name
Fratercula arctica

Fun Fact: Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!

Puffin Classification and Evolution The Puffin is a small species of seabird that is closely related to other auks such as guillemots. There are four different species of Puffin that are found inhabiting the colder conditions of the northern Atlantic which are the Atlantic Puffin, the Tufted Puffin, the Horned Puffin and the Rhinoceros Auklet […] Read More


Pug

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

Fun Fact: Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!

With its big, bulging eyes, its curly tail, its wrinkled face, and almost square appearance, the pug is perhaps the most distinctive breed of dog in the world. What many people don’t realize, however, is that this somewhat goofy-looking breed also has a long and illustrious history that intertwines with human royalty around the world. […] Read More


Pugapoo

Pugapoo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: The pugapoo is the fusion of a pug and a poodle.

Alert and intelligent, the pugapoo actually makes for a surprisingly good watchdog. The pugapoo is a cross between two different dog breeds: the pug and the poodle. The appearance can vary widely based on what traits it inherits from each parent, but in general, most individuals have a moderately sized snout, droopy ear, and a […] Read More


Puggle

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

Fun Fact: These dogs are active and are often patient around children.

The puggle is a crossbreed between a pug and a beagle. These dogs are social and have a very vibrant personality, complemented by a very beautiful appearance. They also have a wrinkled body that is just like a pug it is bred from. However, their noses are longer than those of pugs. They make great […] Read More


Pugshire

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

Fun Fact: With their incredible desire to show affection, Pugshire make great lap dogs.

Pugshire is a small hybrid dog, mixing the genetics of the Pug and the Yorkshire Terrier. This breeding gives it a tiny black or brown nose. Pugshire is a small hybrid dog that is the result of breeding between the Pug and the Yorkshire Terrier. These dogs are sweet and loving, though they primarily enjoy […] Read More


Puli

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

Fun Fact:

The puli is an unmistakable dog breed, covered from snout to tail with wild, naturally occurring cords. These compact dogs were bred to partner with humans as speedy, powerful livestock herders, making them faithful companions and highly intelligent learners. Historians believe pulik – the plural form of puli – were brought to Europe by Asian […] Read More


Puma

Puma Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Puma
Scientific Name
Felis concolor

Fun Fact: Has longer back legs than front legs!

Puma Classification and Evolution The Puma is a large, secretive Cat predominantly found in the mountains from southern Canada to the tip of South America. Also commonly known as the Cougar and the Mountain Lion, Pumas are able to reach larger sizes than some ‘big’ cat individuals but despite their large size they are believed […] Read More


Pumi

Pumi Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Pumik developed their loud bark to communicate with shepherds at long distances.

The Pumi is one of three different types of Hungarian sheepdogs recognized by breeders. The other two are the Mudi and Puli, the latter of which is a descendant of the Pumi. The Pumi — referred to in the plural as the Pumik — wasn’t recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club until […] Read More


Pumpkin Patch Tarantula

Pumpkin Patch Tarantula Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theraphosidae
Genus
Hapalopus
Scientific Name
Hapalopus sp Columbia

Fun Fact: They are considered dwarf tarantulas.

Not stripes or spots, but a pumpkin design! Pumpkin patch tarantulas have a design on their abdomen that looks like a pumpkin patch.  Their abdomens are black with several bright orange pumpkin shaped splotches. Their head section is dark brown with black and orange markings and they have long, segmented, dark brown legs. They are […] Read More


Purple Emperor Butterfly

Purple Emperor Butterfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Nymphalidae
Genus
Apatura
Scientific Name
Apatura iris

Fun Fact: Inhabits deciduous forests!

The Purple Emperor is a large butterfly whose males have areas of iridescent purple on their wings. The larger females do not have this iridescence, which is how the sexes can be told apart. Its numbers are declining largely due to habitat loss, as the sallow or willow trees where they lay their eggs and […] Read More


Purple Finch

Purple Finch Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Fringillidae
Genus
Haemorhous
Scientific Name
Haemorhous purpureus

Fun Fact: The intensity of the plumage can change based on what the bird eats

The gregarious purple finch is a small bird that makes its presence felt with a loud, cheerful-sounding warble that can be heard throughout the entire year. As one of the most common and popular finches in North America, they are often attracted to bird feeders, especially those with black oil sunflower seeds. 3 Amazing Purple […] Read More


Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Gruiformes
Family
Rallidae
Genus
Porphyrio
Scientific Name
Porphyrio martinicus

Fun Fact: They build their nests on the water, anchoring it to nearby aquatic vegetation.

“Their specialized, elongated toes allow them to walk across floating vegetation and cling to plant stems.” Summary The purple gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) is a medium-sized bird in the rail family. It inhabits the warmer regions of North and South America, living in freshwater marshes. They spend their days walking across aquatic plants, diving underwater, and […] Read More


Purple Tarantula

Purple Tarantula Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theraphosidae
Genus
Avicularia
Scientific Name
Avicularia purpurea

Fun Fact: Females live more than twice as long as males, up to 12 years old.

A unique tarantula covered in purple bristles! Purple tarantulas actually do have purple hairs that cover their bodies and legs. Their bristle-like hairs are called setae. They are a medium-sized docile tarantula from Ecuador. Because of their bright coloration they are sometimes kept as pets in the exotic pet trade. These tarantulas are arboreal, living […] Read More


Puss Moth

Puss Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Notodontidae
Genus
Cerura
Scientific Name
Cerura vinula

Fun Fact: Caterpillars squirt formic acid!

The puss moth is a large moth with a soft, striped, and fluffy coat that makes it look like a cat. That’s where it gets its name. This strikingly beautiful moth lives in the dense woodlands, moors, and hedges of Europe, but it sometimes visits people’s gardens. Puss moths are mostly active at night. 4 […] Read More


Pygmy Hippopotamus

Pygmy Hippopotamus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Hippopotamidae
Genus
Hippopotamus
Scientific Name
Choeropsis liberiensis

Fun Fact: Spends more time on land than in water!

Pygmy Hippopotamus Classification and Evolution The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a medium-sized herbivorous mammal that is found inhabiting the humid forests and swamps of West Africa. The Pygmy Hippopotamus is closely related to Africa’s other Hippopotamus species, which is the Common Hippopotamus but is much smaller in size weighing around a fifth of its enormous cousin’s […] Read More


Pygmy Marmoset (Finger Monkey)

Pygmy Marmoset (Finger Monkey) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Callitrichidae
Genus
Cebuella
Scientific Name
Callithrix pygmaea

Fun Fact: The smallest species of monkey in the world!

“Also known as a finger monkey, a pygmy marmoset can leap a distance of 16 feet to get from one tree branch to another.” Pygmy marmosets (also called pigmy monkey) live in the Amazon forests of South America. These cute creatures are the world’s tiniest monkeys weighing about 4 ounces in adulthood. Finger monkeys are […] Read More


Pygmy python

Pygmy python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Antaresia
Scientific Name
A. perthensis

Fun Fact: These snakes have been seen traveling as group of 3-5.

Also known as the anthill python, the pygmy python is the smallest python in the world. This snake makes its home in the Pilbara region of northwest Australia. It’s one of four species in the Antaresia genus, also known as Children’s pythons. Amazing Facts About the Pygmy Python They often den together in termite mounds […] Read More


Pygmy Shark

Pygmy Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Squaliformes
Family
Dalatiidae
Genus
Euprotomicrus
Scientific Name
Euprotomicrus bispinatus

Fun Fact: Pygmy sharks underbelly glows to attract prey that swims beneath it.

“Pygmy sharks underbelly glows to attract prey that swims beneath it.” The Pygmy shark is the second smallest shark in the world behind the dwarf lantern shark. Their average length measures 11 inches, roughly the size of a 2L soda bottle. They are black with white tips on the edges of their fins, and their […] Read More


Pygora Goat

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

Fun Fact: The Pygora goat is exclusively bred for their fleece, and they produce three different kinds.

Originally bred in the 1980s as a new species, Pygora goats are a genetic combination of the Pygmy goat and the Angora goat. The purpose of the new species was to create a softer variety of fleece, resulting in three different types of fiber that can be harvested. The breed only comes from mating in […] Read More


Pyjama Shark

Pyjama Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Scyliorhinidae
Genus
Poroderma
Scientific Name
Poroderma africanum

Fun Fact: Pyjama Sharks like to swim in shallow inshore waters.

This striped Pyjama shark is native to the shallow coastal waters of South Africa. The stripes of the Pyjama Shark give them the appearance of striped pajamas. They are still distinctive and interesting ocean creatures. These sharks are popular in aquariums due to their striped appearance. This helps people learn more about them as well […] Read More


Pyrador

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

Fun Fact: Most popular as a companion pet

The Pyrador makes a great guard dog or watchdog. It has a deep bark to alert owners of strangers that is intimidating but not aggressive or violent. The Pyrador, also called the Labranees, Lapyrenees, or Pyrelab, is a hybrid dog breed that is a cross between the Great Pyrenees and a Labrador Retriever. It is […] Read More


Pyredoodle

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

Fun Fact: Pyredoodles can have a thick double coat or a thinner single coat.

Pyredoodles are known by various names, including pyrepoo, pyreneespoo, and pyreneesedoodle. Pyredoodles are one of the most loyal dogs in the world. This breed was created by crossing a standard poodle with a Great Pyrenees, and it takes some of its excellent behavior from both breeds. This dog is happiest when given a job to […] Read More


Pyrenean Mastiff

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

Fun Fact:

The Pyrenean mastiff is a centuries-old breed hailing from the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain. Like its Great Pyrenees cousin, these dogs originated as livestock guardians, charged with protecting their flocks from predators and theft. While it’s used less often as with sheep today, families benefit from the loving and gentle guardianship and companionship that Pyrenean […] Read More


Python

Python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Various

Fun Fact: Female pythons lay eggs and defend them until they hatch.

Pythons are Old World snakes that inhabit a wide variety of habitats in Australia, Africa, Oceana, and Asia. They’re nonvenomous and members of the Pythonidae family snakes that constrict their prey with strong, muscular bodies. They’re popular as pets, and many species of these beautiful snakes are available from breeders, including ball pythons, reticulated pythons, […] Read More



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