Animals that Start with S

Read below for information on 201 different animals that start with the letter S, from the extinct sabre-toothed tiger to swans. The most popular animal that starts with the letter S is the sloth, a slow-moving creature believed to be distantly related to anteaters and armadillos. The least popular S animal is the striped rocket frog, so named for their incredible jumping abilities. Interesting facts about letter S name animals include:

  • Stellers sea cows were hunted to extinction in only 17 years
  • Servals are medium sized wild cats that can jump over 3 feet high and over 12 feet horizontally when hunting prey
  • Sea lions have specially adapted flippers which angle 90 degrees to help them walk on land

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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with S

Animals that Start with S

A Saanen Goat
Saanen Goat

The saanen goat is the most popular milk breed.

A Saber-Toothed Tiger
Saber-Toothed Tiger

Canines up to 7 inches long!

A Sable

Their fur has been considered a luxury item since the Middle Ages

A Sable Black German Shepherd
Sable Black German Shepherd

According to the American Kennel Club, the German Shepherd is the second most popular breed in the United States

A Sable Ferret
Sable Ferret

Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.

A Saiga

Large noses help filter out dust

A Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard

Gentle, loyal and friendly!

A Saint Shepherd
Saint Shepherd

These dogs have an eager-to-please attitude, making them sweet and happy pets.

A Salamander

There are more than 700 different species!

A Salmon

Returns upstream every year to spawn

A Salmon Shark
Salmon Shark

Salmon sharks are related to Great Whites.

A Saluki

The Saluki is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world.

A Sambar

Male sambars will compete for mates by clashing together with their antlers

A San Francisco Garter Snake
San Francisco Garter Snake

The San Francisco garter snake is among the rarest snake species in the United States.

A Sand Crab
Sand Crab

The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail

A Sand Lizard
Sand Lizard

Males turn green in spring!

A Sand Tiger Shark
Sand Tiger Shark

The sand tiger is the shark most commonly seen in aquariums.

A Saola

Only known to science since 1992!

A Sardines

Schools of sardines can be miles long and are often visible from an airplane

A Satanic leaf-tailed gecko
Satanic leaf-tailed gecko

They are called “phants” or “satanics” in the pet trade.

A Sauropoda

Newly hatched sauropods weighted less than 11 pounds and put on 2 tons of weight a year!

A Savanna Goat
Savanna Goat

Savanna goats have only existed since 1957.

A Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

The Savannah sparrow gets its name because one of the first of this type of bird was found in the city of Savannah, Georgia.

A Savu Python
Savu Python

Before ball pythons' morphs became popular, Savu pythons were everywhere in the pet trade.

A Saw-scaled viper
Saw-scaled viper

This is the smallest venomous snake in India's Big Four.

A Sawfish

Sawfish teeth keep growing as the fish gets older

A Scarab Beetle
Scarab Beetle

The ancient Egyptians worshipped scarabs.

A Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw

Like many parrots, the scarlet macaw is capable of vocal mimicry.

A Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Males molt into an olive-yellow color during the fall and winter

A Schipperke

Schipperkes were used to hunt and kill rodents on Belgian ships.

A Schneagle

This hybrid dog is a great companion and doesn’t do well being left alone but is suitable for apartments or houses with backyards!

A Scimitar-horned Oryx
Scimitar-horned Oryx

Believed to be the inspiration for unicorn myths!

A Scorpion

There are around 2,000 known species!

A Scorpion Fish
Scorpion Fish

There are more than 200 recognised species!

A Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier

This breed is nicknamed the “Diehard” because of its iron will and steely determination.

A Scrotum Frog
Scrotum Frog

The frog's ears are underdeveloped, and if it hears it probably does so through its lungs.

A Sculpin

Its skull bones can compress so the fish can fit in narrow spaces

A Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone

Creatures have characteristics of both animal and plant

A Sea Dragon
Sea Dragon

Inhabits tropical coastal waters of Australia!

A Sea Eagle
Sea Eagle

The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner

A Sea Lion
Sea Lion

It's flippers allow it to walk on the land

A Sea Otter
Sea Otter

Eats over 40 different marine species!

A Sea Roach
Sea Roach

They breathe through gills but live on land

A Sea Slug
Sea Slug

All sea slugs have both male and female sex organs

A Sea Snake
Sea Snake

The sea snake is incredibly venomous, even more than a cobra!”

A Sea Squirt
Sea Squirt

There are more than 3,000 known species!

A Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

Always return to the same beach to lay eggs!

A Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin

Can live for up to 200 years!

A Seagull

Some gulls are capable of using tools

A Seahorse

Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

A Seal

There are 30 different species worldwide!

A Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham Terrier

Very endangered breed that is scion of several breeds that include one that is already extinct

A Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Males never sing the same song twice

A Sei Whale
Sei Whale

This whale is one of the fastest of the cetaceans

A Senegal Parrot
Senegal Parrot

As a pet, the Senegal parrot is capable of "talking" to its owner

A Serval

Can leap more than 1 meter into the air!

A Shark

No shark species has any bones in their bodies

A Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Sharp-Shinned Hawk

In captivity, sharp-shinned hawks can live up to 13 years. However, in the wild, this number is significantly reduced to 3 years!

A Sharp-Tailed Snake
Sharp-Tailed Snake

This snake uses its sharp tail to steady itself when capturing prey.

A Sheep

Around 35 million in the English countryside!

A Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodles were first bred as an experiment for use as a military dog in the Army in the 1960s, however they didn’t really gain popularity until 2007.

A Shepadoodle

Some police officers with allergies use Shepadoodles as their K-9 partner

A Shepkita

These dogs can sometimes be overly aggressive.

A Shepweiler

The Shepweiler is an excellent guard dog.

A Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are one of six native dog breeds from Japan.

A Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

Can live for up to 15 years!

A Shoebill Stork
Shoebill Stork

Adults greet each other by clattering their bills together.

A Shollie

Shollies are a fairly new type of crossbreed!

A Short-Faced Bear
Short-Faced Bear

The modern Spectacled Bear, which lives in South America, is related to the Short-Faced Bear!

A Shortfin Mako Shark
Shortfin Mako Shark

Shortfin Mako sharks can jump 20 feet above the water!”

A Shrew

The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.

A Shrimp

There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

A Siamese

Originated from temple cats in Thailand!

A Siberian

An exceptionally agile jumper!

A Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky

Is adequately warm in sub-zero temperatures!

A Siberian Ibex
Siberian Ibex

There’s a population of Siberian ibex in New Mexico

A Siberian Retriever
Siberian Retriever

Many husky Labs have one blue eye and one brown eye.

A Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger

Also known as the Amur tiger!

A Siberpoo

Although a lack of documentation makes it unclear, the first Siberpoo was probably bred in either the 1970s or 1980s.

A Silkie Chicken
Silkie Chicken

Silkie hens are excellent mothers and will tid-bit food with her young. This means she goes over to the food or treats, has a bite, then calls the chick over to her to share. Silkie hens will raise any bird as their own and have been known to patiently sit on a clutch of duck or geese eggs until they hatch.

A Silky Shark
Silky Shark

Has an extremely acute sense of hearing

A Silky Terrier
Silky Terrier

Silky terriers can be trained to participate in many events, including herding, agility, rally, tracking and fly ball.

A Silver Dollar
Silver Dollar

Closely related to the Piranha

A Silver Labrador
Silver Labrador

The Labrador is the most popular breed in the United States and most of these dogs have blue eyes at a young age, before they turn another color.

A Sinosauropteryx

Sinosauropteryx were prominent in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods.

A Sixgill shark
Sixgill shark

The sixgill shark has six pairs of gills instead of the normal five

A Skate Fish
Skate Fish

More than 200 species exist!

A Skink Lizard
Skink Lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.

A Skipjack Tuna
Skipjack Tuna

The skipjack is the most commonly caught tuna in the world

A Skua

Skuas will chase other birds until they give up their catch

A Skunk

Also known as the Polecat!

A Skye Terrier
Skye Terrier

Skye terriers are the oldest terrier breed, dating back at least 400 years.

A Sleeper Shark
Sleeper Shark

The Greenland shark is one of the longest living vertebrates in the world.

A Sloth

It's body temperature is between 30 - 34 degrees!

A Slow Worm
Slow Worm

Found widely throughout British gardens!

A Slug

They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce

A Smokybrown Cockroach
Smokybrown Cockroach

Has up to 45 eggs per egg case

A Smooth Fox Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier

These dogs are known for their fast digging abilities.

A Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

A Snake

There are around 3,000 known species worldwide

A Snapping Turtle
Snapping Turtle

Only found in North America!

A Snook Fish
Snook Fish

Males change into females after the spawning season

A Snorkie

Snorkies are known for their funny, attention-getting antics.

A Snouted Cobra
Snouted Cobra

The snouted cobra, also known as the banded snouted cobra, is one of the most venomous snakes in all of Africa.

A Snow Crab
Snow Crab

Snow crabs communicate with each other by waving or drumming their pincers.

A Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard

Unlike other big cats, snow leopards don’t roar.

A Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Snowberry Clearwing Moth

They are pollinators, just like bees.

A Snowshoe

Thought to have originated in the 1960s!

A Snowshoe Hare
Snowshoe Hare

An adult snowshoe hare can cover ten feet in a single jump.

A Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

One of the largest owl species in the world!

A Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye Salmon

Called "red salmon" because their skin turns bright red to dirty red during spawning season

A Somali

Active, intelligent and playful!

A Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Pumps its tail when it flies!

A Song Thrush
Song Thrush

A male song thrush can have over 100 phrases in his repertoire of songs and can imitate pet birds, telephones and other man-made objects.

A South China Tiger
South China Tiger

There are less than 20 in the wild!

A Southern Black Racer
Southern Black Racer

These snakes live underground, beneath piles of leaf litter or in thickets, and they are expert swimmers.

A Southern Hognose Snake
Southern Hognose Snake

The southern hognose snake has an upturned snout that enables it to dig through the soil.

A Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

Southern Pacific rattlesnakes hibernate in dens that hold hundreds of snakes.

A Spadefoot Toad
Spadefoot Toad

They spend most of their time underground!

A Spanador

The Spanador is a good swimmer.

A Spanish Goat
Spanish Goat

They have long, horizontal ears.

A Spanish Mastiff
Spanish Mastiff

Diego Velázquez’s famous 17th century painting of the Infanta and her dwarves includes a portrait of a Spanish Mastiff.

A Sparrow

There are 140 different species!

A Sparrowhawk

The sparrowhawk is named after the fact that it hunts down and consumes sparrows

A Speckled Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake

The Salt and Pepper Snake

A Spectacled Bear
Spectacled Bear

Native to the Andes mountains of South America!

A Sperm Whale
Sperm Whale

Each tooth weighs 1kg!

A Sphynx Traits: What to Know Before You Buy
Sphynx Traits: What to Know Before You Buy

Many people believe that because the Sphynx doesn't have a lot of fur, they are easily maintained. However, their upkeep is demanding!

A Spider Ball Python
Spider Ball Python

The spider ball python is known for having a head wobble.

A Spider Monkey
Spider Monkey

Found in the tropical jungles of South America!

A Spider Wasp
Spider Wasp

They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.

A Spider-Tailed Horned Viper
Spider-Tailed Horned Viper

They like to hide in crevices on the sides of cliffs, waiting for prey.

A Spinner Shark
Spinner Shark

Can have up to 20 babies

A Spinone Italiano
Spinone Italiano

They're one of the oldest hunting breeds on Earth.

A Spinosaurus

The Spinosaurus is the biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered!

A Spiny bush viper
Spiny bush viper

These shaggy snakes are only 2 feet long and mostly arboreal.

A Spiny Dogfish
Spiny Dogfish

Found in ocean waters worldwide!

A Spiny Hill Turtle
Spiny Hill Turtle

The shell serves as both a defense and camouflage!

A Spitting Cobra
Spitting Cobra

Spitting cobras are types of cobras that can spit venom at predators and prey.

A Spixs Macaw
Spixs Macaw

One of earth's rarest animals!

A Sponge

There are more than 9,000 known species!

A Spotted Gar
Spotted Gar

They are commonly mistaken as logs in the water due to their cylindrical body.

A Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is often confused for a moth, but it’s actually a type of planthopper

A Spotted python
Spotted python

Their favorite food is bats and they hang from cave entrances to snatch them out of midair!

A Springador

The parental stock Labrador Retriever was nearly wiped out by home country tax policies but the breed found rescue and recovery in foreign lands, particularly in Great Britain.

A Springbok

The springbok has a large tuft of hair that emerges from a pouch on the back

A Squash Beetle
Squash Beetle

Often mistaken for a ladybug

A Squid

Some species are known to have 10 arms!

A Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

A Squirrel Monkey
Squirrel Monkey

Lives in groups of up to 500 individuals!

A Squirrelfish

Uses vibrations to communicate with other fish

A Sri Lankan Elephant
Sri Lankan Elephant

Now restricted to a few parks!

A Stabyhoun

It is a versatile, all-around working breed and pet.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Known for their loyalty to their family!

A Stag Beetle
Stag Beetle

The stag beetle consumes rotting and decaying wood when it is in the larva stage.

A Standard Schnauzer
Standard Schnauzer

This dog’s facial hair makes it look like it has a beard.

A Star-nosed mole
Star-nosed mole

The star-nosed mole has the ability to sense both electrical fields and ground vibrations

A Starfish

Has 2 stomachs to aid digestion!

A Stargazer Fish
Stargazer Fish

Uses an electric shock to stun its prey!

A Steelhead Salmon
Steelhead Salmon

Steelhead live in freshwater rivers and streams for 1 to 2 years before migrating into the ocean

A Steller’s Sea Cow
Steller’s Sea Cow

Hunted to extinction in 17 years!

A Stick Insect
Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!

A Stiletto Snake
Stiletto Snake

Because of their unique venom delivery system, stiletto snakes are almost impossible to hold safely in the usual way (with fingers behind the head) without being bitten.

A Stingray

It's stinger is razor-sharp or serrated!

A Stoat

Average adults weigh about 200 grams!

A Stone Crab
Stone Crab

Females can lay up to a million eggs in one sitting

A Stork

They can’t sing like other birds.

A Strawberry Hermit Crab
Strawberry Hermit Crab

When strawberry hermit crabs find shells that are larger than their own, they gather in a line from biggest to smallest. Once the biggest one sheds its shell, the next one in line will claim it, which is repeated down the line.

A Striped Hyena
Striped Hyena

The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.

A Striped Rocket Frog
Striped Rocket Frog

Long powerful hind legs!

A Sturgeon

Large species can swallow whole salmon

A Suchomimus

It walked on two legs and leaned forward

A Sucker Fish
Sucker Fish

Commonly found throughout America!

A Sugar Glider
Sugar Glider

Can glide for over 100 feet before touching the ground

A Sulcata Tortoise
Sulcata Tortoise

Some cultures in Africa believe the sulcata tortoise is an intermediary between the people and their ancestors and gods.

A Sumatran Elephant
Sumatran Elephant

Less than 2,000 left in the wild!

A Sumatran Orang-utan
Sumatran Orang-utan

Known to make mental maps of the forest!

A Sumatran Rhinoceros
Sumatran Rhinoceros

The smallest species of rhino!

A Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger

The smallest species of tiger!

A Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

They remove bee stingers by rubbing them against a tree

A Sun Bear
Sun Bear

The smallest species of bear in the world!

A Sunbeam Snake
Sunbeam Snake

Sunbeam snakes have two lungs instead of just a single lung like most snake species.

A Surgeonfish

Paracanthurus hepatus, the palette surgeonfish or bluetang, is the only member of its genus

A Swai Fish
Swai Fish

The edges of an iridescent shark's fins have a signature glow

A Swan

Populations have been affected by pollution!

A Syrian Hamster
Syrian Hamster

Can get used to and respond to human voice

A Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger

Also known as the Amur tiger!

A Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky

Is adequately warm in sub-zero temperatures!

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter S

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

A Skua

Skuas will chase other birds until they give up their catch

A Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Males never sing the same song twice

A Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Males molt into an olive-yellow color during the fall and winter

Animals that start with the letter S, including the Siberian Tiger & Siberian Husky