Animals that Start with P

Read below for information on 122 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

A Pacific Sleeper Shark
Pacific Sleeper Shark

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!

A Paddlefish
Paddlefish

Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period

A Pademelon
Pademelon

Inhabits the jungles of the far east!

A Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle

Male painted turtles have longer nails.

A Pangolin
Pangolin

Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell

A Panther
Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

A Papillon
Papillon

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.

A Paradise Flying Snake
Paradise Flying Snake

Paradise Flying Snakes can glide over 100 yards!

A Parakeet
Parakeet

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

A Parasaurolophus
Parasaurolophus

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

A Parrot
Parrot

Can live for up to 100 years!

A Parrot Snake
Parrot Snake

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

A Parrotfish
Parrotfish

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

A Parrotlet
Parrotlet

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

A Parson Russell Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier

The root stock of the breed was a dog named Trump

A Patagotitan
Patagotitan

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

A Patas Monkey
Patas Monkey

The fastest species of primate in the world!

A Patterdale Terrier
Patterdale Terrier

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

A Peacock
Peacock

Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!

A Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly

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

A Peacock Spider
Peacock Spider

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

A Peagle
Peagle

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

A Peekapoo
Peekapoo

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

A Pekingese
Pekingese

Thought to be over 2,000 years old!

A Pelican
Pelican

Can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters!

A Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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

A Penguin
Penguin

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

A Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Seeks out sources of light

A Peppered Moth
Peppered Moth

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

A Peppermint Angelfish
Peppermint Angelfish

The peppermint angelfish was only first described in 1992.

A Pere Davids Deer
Pere Davids Deer

Has webbing between its toes, aiding in swimming!

A Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth

A Peringuey’s Adder
Peringuey’s Adder

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

A Perro De Presa Canario
Perro De Presa Canario

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.

A Persian
Persian

Thought to have originated in the Middle East!

A Peruvian Inca Orchid
Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is the national dog of Peru

A Pesquet’s Parrot (Dracula Parrot)
Pesquet’s Parrot (Dracula Parrot)

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

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

A small dog with a big, lively personality.

A Petite Goldendoodle
Petite Goldendoodle

Like their purebred parents, these dogs love the water!

A Pheasant
Pheasant

Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

A Philippine Cobra
Philippine Cobra

Philippine cobra is a highly venomous species of spitting cobra.

A Phorusrhacos
Phorusrhacos

It's a genus of terror birds

A Pied Tamarin
Pied Tamarin

Only found in one area of Brazil!

A Pig
Pig

Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

A Pigeon
Pigeon

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

A Pika
Pika

Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

A Pike Fish
Pike Fish

Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

A Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Pairs establish territories and remain all year

A Pine Marten
Pine Marten

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

A Pink Fairy Armadillo
Pink Fairy Armadillo

The smallest known species of Armadillo

A Pipe Snake
Pipe Snake

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

A Pipefish
Pipefish

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

A Piranha
Piranha

Generally found in fast-flowing streams!

A Pit Bull
Pit Bull

It is a myth that pit bulls have locking jaws.

A Pit Viper
Pit Viper

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

A Pitador
Pitador

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

A Pitsky
Pitsky

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.

A Plains Hognose Snake
Plains Hognose Snake

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

A Platinum Arowana
Platinum Arowana

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

A Platypus
Platypus

One of the only mammals to lay eggs!

A Pocket Beagle
Pocket Beagle

Queen Elizabeth I of England once owned several Pocket Beagles

A Pocket Pitbull
Pocket Pitbull

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

A Pointer
Pointer

An independent, loyal and high energy breed!

A Poison Dart Frog
Poison Dart Frog

Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!

A Polar Bear
Polar Bear

Could be extinct within the next 30 years!

A Polecat
Polecat

They can run at a speed of 15mph

A Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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

A Polka Dot Stingray
Polka Dot Stingray

Can detect electrical fields from other creatures

A Polyphemus moth
Polyphemus moth

The Polyphemus moth doesn’t eat.

A Pomapoo
Pomapoo

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

A Pomchi
Pomchi

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

A Pomeagle
Pomeagle

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

A Pomeranian
Pomeranian

The ancestors of the Pomeranian were sled dogs.

A Pomsky
Pomsky

The howls and barks of a Pomsky can sound like singing

A Pond Skater
Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!

A Poochon
Poochon

The Poochon was first bred in Australia.

A Poodle
Poodle

Intelligent, alert and active!

A Poogle
Poogle

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

A Pool Frog
Pool Frog

The rarest amphibian in the UK!

A Porbeagle Shark
Porbeagle Shark

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

A Porcupine
Porcupine

There are 30 different species worldwide!

A Porpoise
Porpoise

Surprisingly, not a dolphin!

A Possum
Possum

There are 69 species on the Australian continent!

A Potoo
Potoo

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

A Potoroo
Potoroo

They can carry items with their tail.

A Prairie Dog
Prairie Dog

Prairie dog “towns” can consists of hundreds of individuals

A Prairie Rattlesnake
Prairie Rattlesnake

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

A Prawn
Prawn

Closely related to crabs and lobsters!

A Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.

A Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey

Natively found on the island of Borneo!

A Procoptodon
Procoptodon

The largest variety of kangaroo to have ever been discovered.

A Pronghorn
Pronghorn

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

A Psittacosaurus
Psittacosaurus

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

A Pterodactyl
Pterodactyl

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

A Pudelpointer
Pudelpointer

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

A Puff Adder
Puff Adder

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.

A Pufferfish
Pufferfish

The second most poisonous creature in the world!

A Puffin
Puffin

Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!

A Pug
Pug

Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!

A Pugapoo
Pugapoo

The pugapoo is the fusion of a pug and a poodle.

A Puggle
Puggle

These dogs are active and are often patient around children.

A Pugshire
Pugshire

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

A Puma
Puma

Has longer back legs than front legs!

A Pumi
Pumi

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

A Purple Emperor Butterfly
Purple Emperor Butterfly

Inhabits deciduous forests!

A Purple Finch
Purple Finch

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

A Puss Moth
Puss Moth

Caterpillars squirt formic acid!

A Pygmy Hippopotamus
Pygmy Hippopotamus

Spends more time on land than in water!

A Pygmy python
Pygmy python

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

A Pygmy Shark
Pygmy Shark

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

A Pygora Goat
Pygora Goat

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

A Pyjama Shark
Pyjama Shark

Pyjama Sharks like to swim in shallow inshore waters.

A Pyrador
Pyrador

Most popular as a companion pet

A Pyredoodle
Pyredoodle

Pyredoodles can have a thick double coat or a thinner single coat.

A Python
Python

Female pythons lay eggs and defend them until they hatch.


A Panther
Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

A Pointer
Pointer

An independent, loyal and high energy breed!

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter P

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

A Pit Viper
Pit Viper

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

A Pyjama Shark
Pyjama Shark

Pyjama Sharks like to swim in shallow inshore waters.

Animals that start with the letter P, including the Pangolin & Panther