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 have existed since the Cretaceous Period

A Pademelon

Inhabits the jungles of the far east!

A Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle

Male painted turtles have longer nails.

A Pangolin

Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell

A Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

A 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

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

A Parasaurolophus

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

A 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

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

A 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

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

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

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

A Peekapoo

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

A Pekingese

Thought to be over 2,000 years old!

A 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

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

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

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

It's a genus of terror birds

A Pied Tamarin
Pied Tamarin

Only found in one area of Brazil!

A Pig

Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

A Pigeon

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

A 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

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

A 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

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

A 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

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

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

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

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

A Pomchi

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

A Pomeagle

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

A Pomeranian

The ancestors of the Pomeranian were sled dogs.

A Pomsky

The howls and barks of a Pomsky can sound like singing

A Pond Skater
Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!

A Poochon

The Poochon was first bred in Australia.

A Poodle

Intelligent, alert and active!

A 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

There are 30 different species worldwide!

A Porpoise

Surprisingly, not a dolphin!

A Possum

There are 69 species on the Australian continent!

A Potoo

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

A 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

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

The largest variety of kangaroo to have ever been discovered.

A Pronghorn

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

A Psittacosaurus

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

A Pterodactyl

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

A 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

The second most poisonous creature in the world!

A Puffin

Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!

A Pug

Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!

A Pugapoo

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

A Puggle

These dogs are active and are often patient around children.

A Pugshire

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

A Puma

Has longer back legs than front legs!

A 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

Most popular as a companion pet

A Pyredoodle

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

A Python

Female pythons lay eggs and defend them until they hatch.

A Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

A 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