Animals that Start with S

Updated: October 12, 2022
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Read below for information on 293 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

Saanen Goat

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

Fun Fact: The saanen goat is the most popular milk breed.

“The Saanen is known as the queen of the dairy goats.” This dainty white goat is prized for its lovely looks, high milk production, and sweet temperament. Saanen goats originally came from a region in Switzerland famous for its dairy production. One of the most popular goat breeds, the Saanen goat does well in most […] Read More


Saarloos Wolfdog

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

Fun Fact:

The Saarloos Wolfdogs make very good watchdogs and are very devoted to the people in their family. The Saarloos Wolfdog breed was created in 1932 when Leendert Saarloos mated a German Shepherd with a captive Eurasian Grey Wolf. Leendert Saarloos then mated the result of the first pair again with the German Shepherd father. This […] Read More


Saber-Toothed Tiger

Saber-Toothed Tiger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Smilodon
Scientific Name
Smilodon populator

Fun Fact: Canines up to 7 inches long!

“The most prominent feature of the saber-toothed tiger was its long, sharp, canine teeth. It would hide in the grass, lie in wait, and then pounce on its prey to deliver a fatal bite.” The saber-toothed tiger roamed freely in the Americas from around 2.5 million years ago until the species went extinct around 11,700 […] Read More


Sable

Sable Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Martes
Scientific Name
Martes zibellina

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

Sable Fur Has Long Been Cherished for Its Texture and Color With their smooth, finely tinted coats, sables have long been objects of desire — or, at least, their fur has. The Sable is a forest-dwelling animal that sports a lush, silky coat and spends most of its time alone. Today, sables are animals that […] Read More


Sable Black German Shepherd

Sable Black German Shepherd Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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

One of the most interesting facts is that the German Shepherd was created from crosses of several European herding dogs in 19th century Germany. The intention of the original breeder, Captain Max von Stephanitz, was to create an ideal herder. The classic image of the German Shepherd looks a lot like Rin-Tin-Tin: tall, muscular, and […] Read More


Sable Ferret

Sable Ferret Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Mustela
Scientific Name
Mustela furo

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

“The Sable Ferret is the most common of the pet ferrets.” Though it requires more upkeep than a dog or a cat, the sable ferret makes a great pet. It is clean, as it can be trained to go in a litter box, lively, intelligent, and endlessly curious about its world. It is one of […] Read More


Sable German Shepherd

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

Fun Fact: The gene responsible for their color is also found in wolves.

The gene responsible for their color is also found in wolves. Sable German Shepherd Summary Sable German Shepherds are known as the classic German Shepherd, believed to closely resemble the original Shepherds. This eager-to-work herding dog boasts a beautiful sable double coat, which means that its hair strands contain multiple bands of colors like tan, […] Read More


Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Limacodidae
Genus
Acharia
Scientific Name
Acharia stimulea

Fun Fact: Saddleback caterpillars are solitary in nature, unlike many of their cousins that live in pairs or groups. They only intermingle when it's time to mate and lay eggs.

The saddleback caterpillar is a species native to North America and Mexico. They belong to Limacodidae, which also includes slugs and moths. They are green with brown heads and have a prominent brown dot surrounded by a white ring on the center of their bodies. This dot looks similar to a saddle, hence the name […] Read More


Saiga

Saiga Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Saiga
Scientific Name
Saiga tatarica

Fun Fact: Large noses help filter out dust

“The Saiga is called the large-nosed antelope.” Thriving in the harsh dry grasslands of Central Asia, this unique-looking antelope is instantly recognizable by its sizable nose with wide-set nostrils. The saiga’s snout is used for dust filtration, a necessary tool in its dry habitat. These antelope have been listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN’s […] Read More


Sailfish

Sailfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Istiophoriformes
Family
Istiophoridae
Genus
Istiophorus
Scientific Name
Istiophorus platypterus

Fun Fact: Fast billfish with a sail-like dorsal fin

Sailfish are known for their elongated dorsal fins that resemble the sail of a ship. They are highly active and agile fish. Anglers often target them for their challenging and entertaining fights when caught. They are considered the fastest fish in the world, but they are close competitors with swordfish and marlins. These fish live […] Read More


Saint Berdoodle

Saint Berdoodle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Saint Berdoodles are very playful dogs that are loyal, friendly, and smart, and enjoy activities with their families. The Saint Bernard and the Poodle were bred to create the Saint Berdoodle. Also called the Saint Berpoo, St. Berpoo, St. Berdoodle, and Saint Bernard and Poodle Mix, this mixed breed has created wonderful companion dogs. They […] Read More


Saint Bernard

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

Fun Fact: Gentle, loyal and friendly!

Key Facts Saint Bernards don’t do too well in tropical weather and are best kept in regions with a cooler climate.They may either have a short-haired coat or a long-haired coat.In spite of their history as working dogs, they are none too fond of exercise. Originally, the Saint Bernard was bred as a working dog […] Read More


Saint Shepherd

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

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

The Saint Shepherd is incredibly intelligent and are quick learners. They make great guard dogs. Saint Shepherd is a hybrid dog and is a crossbreed between Saint Bernard and the German Shepherd. Both the parent dogs are rather large, making the Saint Shepherd an incredible breed. When they are full-grown, these dogs weigh approximately 120 […] Read More


Salamander

Salamander Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Caudata
Family
Salamandroidea
Scientific Name
Caudata

Fun Fact: There are more than 700 different species!

“Some species of salamander can lay up to 450 eggs at one time” There are 600-plus species of salamander in the world. Salamanders are carnivores that are active at night. Many salamanders burrow in the mud to make their home under a rock near a body of water. Some species of salamander lay eggs while […] Read More


Salmon

Salmon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Scientific Name
Salmonidae

Fun Fact: Returns upstream every year to spawn

Millions of pounds of salmon are harvested every year as a source of nutrition. Every year, when conditions are right, the salmon undertakes a remarkable journey upstream to reproduce with others and create the next generation of fish. This is accompanied by a massive physical transformation in which its color and body shape change to […] Read More


Salmon Shark

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

Fun Fact: Salmon sharks are related to Great Whites.

The Salmon shark is sometimes called “Pacific Porbeagle” because its appearance is almost indistinguishable from the porbeagle species. In fact, before realizing it was a separate species, the salmon shark was incorrectly identified as a porbeagle. The salmon shark is also commonly mistaken for a great white shark and has been nicknamed “mini great white” […] Read More


Saluki

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

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

Arabians nicknamed this breed “el hor,” meaning “the noble,” and prized them as much as their famous horses. Among the oldest and most venerable of all dog breeds, the Saluki is a smart and masterly sighthound (meaning it hunts primarily through sight rather than scent). The Saluki probably obtained its modern form around 2,400 years […] Read More


Sambar

Sambar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Rusa
Scientific Name
Rusa unicolor

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

The sambar is among the most common deer species in all of South Asia. In terms of its appearance and ecological role, this species shares many similarities with the white-tailed deer of North America. It populates dense forests and grasslands, feeding on whatever plant material it can find. However, due to decades of habitat loss […] Read More


Samoyed

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

Fun Fact:

Samoyeds were bred in Serbia to herd reindeer, pull sleds, or hunt. They are a basal breed and are part of the Spitz dog group. Samoyeds have very thick white fur that helped keep them warm in the frigid Siberian temperatures. Their coat features two layers, a long and straight topcoat, and a dense undercoat. […] Read More


San Francisco Garter Snake

San Francisco Garter Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Thamnophis
Scientific Name
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia

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

The San Francisco garter snake is among the rarest snake species in the United States. The San Francisco garter snake is a subspecies of the common garter snake. Swathed in bright, flamboyant colors, it is also among the most unique-looking species. While almost completely harmless to humans, they are surprisingly effective and deadly predators against […] Read More


Sand Cat

Sand Cat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis margarita

Fun Fact: They can survive for weeks without drinking water because the get moisture from their prey.

“Sand cats have long fur on the soles of their feet to help them run in hot, shifting sand.” Sand Cat Summary The sand cat is a desert-dwelling wild cat species found in the deserts of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. An adaptation it has for living in this harsh environment is […] Read More


Sand Crab

Sand Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda

Fun Fact: The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail

Sand crabs, also known as mole crabs or sand fleas, burrow backward just beneath the surface of sandy beaches to hide from predators and look for prey. If you happen to be walking along an untouched virgin beach near the ocean, you may notice these unusual animals hidden directly beneath the sand with only their […] Read More


Sand Dollar

Sand Dollar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Echinodermata
Class
Echinoidea
Order
Clypeasteroida

Fun Fact: Sand Dollar skeletons make popular collection items for seashell collectors.

It can be the highlight of your seashell collecting trip to find a bright white Sand Dollar at the beach. The skeletons of these animals are popular with collectors. When they are alive, Sand Dollars actually have gray or purple spines and fine hairs covering their bodies. They move along the sea floor and bury […] Read More


Sand Lizard

Sand Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Lacertidae
Genus
Lacerta
Scientific Name
Lacerta agilis

Fun Fact: Males turn green in spring!

The sand lizard is one of the rarest reptiles in Europe, but wildlife officials are working to establish new populations. If you are hiking in sandy areas along the Jurassic Coastline, watch for a sandy-brown lizard with dark splotches that is about 20 centimeters long to run across your path as it may be fa […] Read More


Sand Tiger Shark

Sand Tiger Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Odontaspididae

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

“The Sand Tiger Shark only looks ferocious!” Though the sand tiger prowls the oceans with cold, staring eyes and a mouthful of sharp teeth, and the most gruesome part of its life cycle happens before it’s even born, the shark is actually peaceable. It also tolerates captivity, and those sharks one sees swimming round and […] Read More


Sand Viper

Sand Viper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Cerastes
Scientific Name
Cerastes viperus

Fun Fact: Sand vipers are nuisance snakes in some areas.

“Sand vipers burrow into the sand and strike directly from their hiding place.” Found throughout the deserts of North Africa, the sand viper is a versatile and deadly hunter that can shift between active and ambush hunting depending on the needs of its environment. As a close relative of the geographically proximate horned viper, the […] Read More


Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Gruiformes
Family
Gruidae
Genus
Antigone
Scientific Name
A. canadensis

Fun Fact:

They’re best known for their huge annual migrations that can blot out the sun. Whether they’re elegantly hunting in a stream or migrating by the thousands, the Sandhill Crane is a beautiful and elegant bird that is sure to draw your eye. Their tall, grey bodies stand out against the green meadows they’re commonly found […] Read More


Sandpiper

Sandpiper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Scolopacidae

Fun Fact: Some sandpipers can migrate more than 8,000 miles without stopping!

Some sandpipers can migrate more than 8,000 miles without stopping! Picture a sandpiper. You might be imagining a small bird with long legs, a rounded head with a medium to long bill, and a long and somewhat slender body. Perhaps it is gray or brown, mostly white, or some combination of colors. You’re probably imagining […] Read More


Sandworm

Sandworm Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Annelida
Order
Phyllodocida
Family
Nereididae
Genus
Alitta
Scientific Name
Alitta virens

Fun Fact: Legs also function as gills

Also known as “king ragworms,” sandworms (Alitta virens) are marine annelid worms in the family Nereididae. While most measure around 1 foot long, they can measure nearly 4 feet at maximum size. Sandworms possess large pincer-like teeth that they use to catch and feed on invertebrates, crustaceans, and mollusks. Anglers often use sandworms as live […] Read More


Saola

Saola Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Pseudoryx
Scientific Name
Pseudoryx nghetinhensis

Fun Fact: Only known to science since 1992!

Classification and Evolution The Saola is a species of Antelope natively found in the forests on the border of north-central Vietnam and Laos. They are one of the most recently discovered large mammals in the world but are now also believed to be one of the rarest with estimated population numbers of just in the […] Read More


Sapsali

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

Fun Fact: Natives know this breed as the "ghost hunter" because they believe these dogs can ward off evil spirits.

The sapsali also goes by the name sapsaree, which are medium-sized dogs that originated in Korea. Natives know this breed as the “ghost hunter” because they believe these dogs can ward off evil spirits. However, despite this ominous superstition, the sapsali is a good-natured and social dog. Additionally, they are very affectionate towards their loved […] Read More


Sarcosuchus

Sarcosuchus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Pseudosuchia
Family
Pholidosauridae
Genus
Sarcosuchus
Scientific Name
Sarcosuchus imperator

Fun Fact: Sarcosuchus is a relative of present-day crocodiles.

Sarcosuchus is an extinct genus of crocodyliform reptiles that lived during the Early Cretaceous Period (about 95 to 115 million years ago). The giant reptile was the largest crocodile to have ever lived on the planet. It lived in an area now part of present-day Africa and South America.  Description & Size Sarcosuchus is a […] Read More


Sardines

Sardines Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Clupeiformes
Family
Clupeidae

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

Schools of sardines can be miles long and are often visible from an airplane. Sardines are a group of herring fishes that encompass five distinct genera and at least 21 unique species. One of the most common sardines used in cooking and food preparation is the Pacific Sardine, also known as Sardinops caeruleus. Sardines are […] Read More


Sarkastodon

Sarkastodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Oxyaenodonta
Family
Oxyaenidae
Genus
Sarkastadon
Scientific Name
S. henanensis, S. mongoliensis

Fun Fact: Sarkastadon was one of the largest land mammal carnivores of all time!

The Sarkastadon genus was comprised of massive Creodonts, an order of animals that have since gone extinct. Most Creodonts were small and would have been the size of small dogs whereas Sarkastadon would have stood a few inches taller than the largest polar bears on earth.  There are no animals left on earth that are […] Read More


Sarplaninac

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

Fun Fact:

“According to some sources, the Sarplaninac (pronounced Shar-pla-nee-natz) had ten name changes before gaining its current name.” Summary Sarplaninac dogs are an ancient herd-guarding breed originating in the southeastern mountains of Yugoslavia, known thousands of years ago as Illyria. Breeders first called the dogs Illyrian shepherd dogs until 1957, when they received their current name, […] Read More


Sarus Crane

Sarus Crane Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Gruiformes
Family
Gruidae
Genus
Antigone
Scientific Name
Antigone antigone

Fun Fact: Parents use low calls to tell their chicks to freeze and lie still when danger lurks.

“Sarus cranes symbolize marital fidelity in India and are known for being loyal to their partners during their lifespan.” Summary The sarus crane (Antigone antigone) is the tallest flying bird in the world and is native to India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia. They inhabit wetland environments like marshes and swamps and spend their days […] Read More


Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

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

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

The satanic leaf-tailed gecko’s scientific name translates to “fantastical creature with a flat tail.” One of the most spectacular examples of camouflage in the animal kingdom, the satanic leaf-tailed gecko looks so much like a dead leaf that a person can be staring at it in a tree and simply not see it. The tail […] Read More


Saturniidae Moth

Saturniidae Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Saturniidae

Fun Fact: Some of the largest moths in the world

Summary Among the largest insects in the world, Saturniidae moths are a family of moths in the order Lepidoptera. Some of the most well-known Saturniids include emperor, royal, and giant silk moths. Most Saturniidae moths have eyespots on their broad wings and large, heavy bodies covered in hair-like scales. Although they usually pose no threat […] Read More


Sauropoda

Sauropoda Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Scientific Name
Sauropoda

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

Sauropoda was a massive, long-necked dinosaur that holds the distinction of being the largest land animal to ever walk the planet. This group includes some of the most popular and well-known genera of dinosaurs, including Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, Apatosaurus, and Brontosaurus. They are united together by their similar body shapes and herbivorous diet. Covering some […] Read More


Sauropoda

Sauropoda Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
sauropoda
Scientific Name
Sauropoda

Fun Fact: Sauropods lived in herds.

The giant dinosaurs called Sauropoda were the largest animals that roamed the earth during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The clade Sauropoda refers to an entire group of dinosaurs known as Sauropods. They had long necks and tails and were some of the largest dinosaurs that we know of when measured from tip to tail. […] Read More


Savanna Goat

Savanna Goat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra hircus

Fun Fact: Savanna goats have only existed since 1957.

“Able to eat plants that other flock and herd animals cannot digest.” The savanna goat is a very new species developed by man in the 1950s. It was originally bred from Boer goats of South Africa for their meat quality. These goats feature short white coats and dark grey or black skin perfect for sunny […] Read More


Savannah Monitor

Savannah Monitor Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Varanidae
Genus
Varanus
Scientific Name
Varanus polydaedalus

Fun Fact: Savannah monitors are one of the most popular lizards in captivity.

“The savannah monitor is a medium-sized monitor lizard from sub-Saharan Africa.“ This voracious lizard eats as much as 10% of its body weight during the rainy season, then eats very little during the dry season. While they breed prolifically in the wild, they’re difficult to breed in captivity. As pets, savannah monitors are terrific for […] Read More


Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Passerellidae
Genus
Passerculus
Scientific Name
Passerculus sandwichensis

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

The call of a Savannah sparrow sounds a lot like an insect buzzing. Savannah sparrows are small, lively birds found throughout North America. They eat beetles, caterpillars, flies, and other insects as well as seeds. This bird is known for the yellow stripe above each of its eyes. There are 17 subspecies of this sparrow. […] Read More


Savu Python

Savu Python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Liasis
Scientific Name
Liasis savuensis

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

The Savu python is one of the smallest pythons in the world and lives on a 60-square-mile island. If this petit snake’s distinctive eye color doesn’t catch your attention, its size and ease of handling will. This species was first imported into the United States in the mid-1990s and, since then, has become popular with […] Read More


Saw-scaled Viper

Saw-scaled Viper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Echis
Scientific Name
Echis carinatus

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

Saw-scaled vipers are highly venomous snakes that are endemic to most of Asia and India. These small vipers only reach about two feet long in most cases, but their venom is extremely toxic. They are one of the species responsible for most snakebites in their native range, and their venom is the subject of medical […] Read More


Sawfish

Sawfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Rhinopristiformes
Family
Pristidae

Fun Fact: Sawfish teeth keep growing as the fish gets older

The sawfish, also known as the carpenter shark, is a tropical ray fish that swims along the shallow coasts of warm marine areas. Fully-grown sawfish are titanic in size and can weigh well over 1,000 pounds. The sawfish’s distinctive spiked snout has been the source of many myths and false facts, leading to a lot […] Read More


Scale-Crested Pygmy Tyrant

Scale-Crested Pygmy Tyrant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Tyrannidae
Genus
Lophotriccus
Scientific Name
Lophotriccus pileatus

Fun Fact: They raise their crests to ward off predators

The crest appears shaggy and scale-like and is typically raised to attract a mate or to ward off predators. Summary The scale-crested pygmy tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus) is a tiny South American tyrant flycatcher with a distinct shaggy crest. This species is significantly understudied due to its remote tropical forest habitat. Most of the research on […] Read More


Scaleless Ball Python

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

Fun Fact: Aside from the ocular scales covering each of its eyes, the scaleless ball python's body is completely smooth.

“A rather controversial morph due to its extra-sensitive skin, the scaleless ball python has completely smooth skin with no visible scales aside from the ones on its eyes.” Scaleless ball pythons are, as their name suggests, entirely smooth-skinned from head to tail, save for a single ocular scale covering each eye. They lack the usual […] Read More


Scallops

Scallops Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Bivalvia
Order
Pectinida
Family
Pectinidae
Genus
Pectinidae
Scientific Name
Pectinidae

Fun Fact: Scallops begin their lives by attaching to sea grass on the ocean floor.

If you like to eat seafood, you should definitely learn more about tasty Scallops! These bivalve mollusks are popular in many seafood dishes. They live in saltwater and are caught off the coast of the eastern United States and Canada by commercial fishing companies. Scallops include multiple species within the same family. Some swim through […] Read More


Scarab Beetle

Scarab Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Scarabaeidae

Fun Fact: The ancient Egyptians worshipped scarabs.

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians revered a beetle that ate poop? There are many species of Scarab beetles, and these hard-shelled beetles are both diverse and interesting. Some are brown or black, while others have brilliant colors or a metallic sheen. They live in almost every part of the world and are some […] Read More


Scarlet Kingsnake

Scarlet Kingsnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Lampropeltis
Scientific Name
Lampropeltis elapsoides

Fun Fact: Scarlet kingsnake’s pattern is an example of Batesian mimicry.

“People often mistake scarlet kingsnakes for coral snakes.” This beautiful snake with its jewel-like colors is found east of the Mississippi River, in states from Virginia down to Florida. Completely harmless to humans, it is a fearsome predator on small lizards and rodents. It will even eat other snakes, including venomous ones. 4 Incredible Scarlet […] Read More


Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Ara
Scientific Name
Ara macao

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

Prized for its exceptional beauty and astonishing vocal mimicry, the scarlet macaw is one of the most iconic and beloved parrots around the world. They make their home in the dense rainforests of the Americas, where their loud squawking can be heard for miles around. But despite being a species of least concern, the destruction […] Read More


Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

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

“Listen for their robin-like warbles in Eastern deciduous forests.” Summary The scarlet tanager inhabits mature forests high in the canopy. Look for their contrasting black and red colors as they perch on branches and dash out to grab their prey. You may hear their raspy warbles before you see them. Although, their calls are often […] Read More


Schapendoes

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

Fun Fact: The Schapendoes numbers decreased significantly during the Second World War, along with many other European Sheepdog breeds.

Schapendoes originate from the Netherlands, where they were bred to herd sheep. However, they are not a popular breed outside of the Netherlands. In fact, their numbers decreased significantly during the Second World War, with many other European Sheepdog breeds. So, it’s tough to find this breed, even in today’s day and age. But, if […] Read More


Schipperke

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

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

Schipperkes are sometimes called Belgium barge dogs because they hunted rodents on barges. Schipperkes are sturdy, active dogs with a sense of mischief. With its pointed ears and curious eyes, this dog is always on alert. Its temperament is friendly and playful. Although it is best known for having a black coat, the breed has […] Read More


Schneagle

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

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

The Schneagle is a mixed breed, that comes from a purebred, the Beagle, and another mixed breed, the miniature Schnauzer. This means that the possibilities of this dog, genetically and personality-wise, are difficult to predict. Origin The Schneagle is a hybrid dog that comes from the Miniature Schnauzer and the Beagle. A rather small, and […] Read More


Schnoodle

Schnoodle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

Schnoodles are very intelligent and may inherit the suspiciousness of their Schnauzer parent. Schnoodles are a hybrid dog that is made by crossing a Poodle and a Schnauzer. Since Poodles come in three sizes (Toy, Miniature, and Standard), and Schnauzers also come in three sizes (Miniature, Standard, and Giant), there is a lot of variation […] Read More


Scimitar-horned Oryx

Scimitar-horned Oryx Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactlya
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Oryx
Scientific Name
Oryx Dammah

Fun Fact: Believed to be the inspiration for unicorn myths!

The scimitar-horned oryx is thought to be the animal that inspired ancient unicorn myths The scimitar-horned oryx is also known as the scimitar oryx or the Sahara oryx. It has been considered extinct in the wild since 2000, but conservationists are working to reintroduce them to their native habitats. It is a kind of antelope […] Read More


scissor tailed flycatcher

scissor tailed flycatcher Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Tyrannidae
Genus
Tyrannus
Scientific Name
Tyrannus forficatus

Fun Fact: Scissor-tailed flycatchers are known for their dramatically long tails!

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher Summary “Scissor-tailed flycatchers are known for their dramatically long tails!” The scissor-tailed flycatcher is an elegant species of kingbird. They can be best identified by their long tails. These tails aren’t just for appearance, however, as they help these flycatchers navigate the air and catch insects mid-flight. They are typically found in only […] Read More


Scorpion

Scorpion Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Scorpiones
Family
Scorpionoidea
Scientific Name
Scorpiones

Fun Fact: There are around 2,000 known species!

Scorpions are a predatory species of arachnid with eight legs and a long tail with a stinger at the end. Two of the scorpion’s eight legs are in the form of pincers that look a bit like lobster claws. Scorpions are well-distributed all over the world, and they live on every continent except Antarctica. There […] Read More


Scorpion Fish

Scorpion Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scorpaeniformes
Family
Scorpaenidae
Scientific Name
Scorpaenidae

Fun Fact: There are more than 200 recognised species!

Scorpion Fish has sharp spines that are covered in poisonous mucus that allow them to attack if necessary. The scorpionfish, also known as Scorpaenidae, is a large family of fishes and usually includes hundreds of members. Most fishes from this family are venomous and can sting predators to defend themselves. The sting from this fish […] Read More


Scotch Collie

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

Fun Fact: Scotch collies are one of the oldest collie breeds and were eventually bred to create the more popular border collie!

The Scotch collie is considered one of the best shepherd dogs of all time. 5 Scotch Collie Interesting Facts The famous Scotch collie, Shep, patiently waited for his deceased owner to return to the Montana train station for five and a half years.Queen Victoria, the second longest reigning monarch of the UK, was an avid […] Read More


Scottish Deerhound

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

Fun Fact: "The Royal Dog of Scotland"

“The Scottish deerhound was bred to hunt the giant red deer.” Introduction The Scottish deerhound is a giant coursing hound bred in Scotland to hunt the giant red deer. Evidence suggests that deerstalking hounds like the deerhound were in Scotland well before the Scots; Scottish chieftains later refined and revered the breed for its hunting […] Read More


Scottish Fold Cat

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

Fun Fact: The cutest mutation in the animal kingdom

“The iconic tiny ears of Scottish fold cats are a genetic mutation that can lead to medical issues.” 5 Scottish Fold Cats Fun Facts Scottish fold cats are known for their unique ears; they are born with straight ears that fold down after the second month. Their ears come with either a single or double […] Read More


Scottish Terrier

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

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

The Scottish Terrier can be crossed with other breeds to produce unique mix or designer dogs, like the Mini Scottish Fox Terrier or the Scottish Cocker. Origin The Scottish Terrier is a small, stout legged breed with plenty of confidence and personality to compensate. It was first bred in the Scottish Highlands, sometime around the […] Read More


Scrotum Frog

Scrotum Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Telmatobiidae
Genus
Telmatobius
Scientific Name
Telmatobius culeus

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

“The rare South American frog with the unfortunate name, loose skin, and impressive size.” First, you will want to know how this frog got its nickname. The scrotum frog gets this name because it has many folds of wrinkly skin, like a part of the male anatomy. But all this skin serves a purpose. The […] Read More


Sculpin

Sculpin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scorpaeniformes
Family
Cottidae
Genus
Cottus

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

The sculpin fish belongs to the Cottidae family which consists of 110 species. Some live in freshwater while others live in saltwater. One of the most well-known is the prickly sculpin, also called a sea scorpion. The prickly sculpin lives in rivers and streams in North America running down the western coast from Canada through […] Read More


Scutosaurus

Scutosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Procolophonomorpha
Family
Pareiasaur
Genus
Scutosaurus
Scientific Name
Scutosaurus karpinskii

Fun Fact: Unlike most reptiles, Scutosaurus' legs were positioned underneath its body to support its great weigh

Scutosaurus is a genus of extinct reptiles that existed during the Permian Period. It was a large reptile covered in plates of armor. This feature has earned it an alias of “the shield lizard.” Another distinctive feature of Scutosaurus is the position of its legs. Unlike most reptiles, the legs of the Scutosaurus were located […] Read More


Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Cnidaria
Class
Anthozoa
Order
Actiniaria

Fun Fact: Creatures have characteristics of both animal and plant

The sea anemone is a fascinating, colorful creature. There are over 1,100 recorded species. You’ll find them at depths of over 32,000 feet in oceans all over the globe. Despite this, the biggest and most diverse creatures tend to live in shallow tropical waters. The animal can be transfixing with its rainbow of colors, but […] Read More


Sea Bass

Sea Bass Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Serranidae

Fun Fact: Sea bass can grow up to 880 pounds in weight!

If you are an avid fish eater, then you might definitely have encountered a delicious plate of sea bass. However, there is a good chance that the fish you ate was not sea bass at all, but another type of fish. Sea bass is a common term used loosely to describe a diverse array of […] Read More


Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Syngnathiformes
Family
Syngnathidae
Genus
Phycodurus
Scientific Name
Phycodurus eques

Fun Fact: Inhabits tropical coastal waters of Australia!

Poor swimmers, but great at camouflage, sea dragons are a unique type of pipefish! While their names may not suggest it, sea dragons are fish that are actually poor swimmers who typically drift with the currents instead of putting forth the effort to swim. This often bright-colored fish lives in the ocean around Australia and […] Read More


Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Haliaeetus Savigny
Scientific Name
Haliaeetus

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

Soaring high above the waters with their majestic wings spread out, the sea eagle is a group of large birds of prey that lives close to seas or lakes, feeding mostly on fish. There are 10 recognized species, including the well-known white-tailed eagle, bald eagle, and Steller’s sea eagle. With their huge size and impressive […] Read More


Sea Lion

Sea Lion Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Otariidae
Scientific Name
Otariidae

Fun Fact: It's flippers allow it to walk on the land

“One of the Largest Animals in New Zealand” They can dive too deep depths, they can walk on all fours, and they love to frolic and play! They’re sea lions, an amphibious species of marine mammals. Sea lions can survive in disparate climates and have well-developed social structures that often mimic that of humans. In […] Read More


Sea Otter

Sea Otter Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Enhydra
Scientific Name
Enhydra Lutris

Fun Fact: Eats over 40 different marine species!

The sea otter spends most of its life at sea. These charming marine mammals are a contrast of extremes. Floating freely on its back, the sea otter seems like the very picture of serenity, but they are quite voracious predators and need to eat a lot to sustain their lifestyle. They are also very good […] Read More


Sea Roach

Sea Roach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Isopoda
Family
Ligiidae
Genus
Ligia
Scientific Name
Ligia exotica

Fun Fact: They breathe through gills but live on land

The sea roach is a crustacean with a gray, segmented shell. Though they breathe through gills, these tiny creatures live on land. They have fourteen legs, two short antennae, and two long antennae. Sea roaches play an important part in the ecosystem by eating decomposing plants, rotting fish, algae, and more. They are found in […] Read More


Sea Slug

Sea Slug Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Nudibranchia
Family
Opistobranches
Genus
Nudibranch
Scientific Name
Nudibranchia

Fun Fact: All sea slugs have both male and female sex organs

Sea Slugs are tiny animals known for their bright colors and intricate patterns. One of the most important facts to remember about sea slugs is there are over 2,000 species. They are found in both shallow and deep areas of oceans. In Asia, sea slugs are a form of cuisine. 3 Incredible Sea Slug Facts! […] Read More


Sea Snake

Sea Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Hydrophis
Scientific Name
Hydrophiinae

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

The sea snake is incredibly venomous, even more than a cobra! There are over 60 species of sea snakes that belong to the same family as cobras, Elapidae. They are highly venomous and are divided into two groups. Firstly, true sea snakes belong to the Hydrophiinae subfamily. In addition, they are related to Australian terrestrial […] Read More


Sea Spider

Sea Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Pycnogonida
Order
Pantopoda

Fun Fact: These animals breathe through their legs

Sea spiders are marine arthropods that belong to the class Pycnogonida. There are over 1300 known species that belong to this order, varying in sizes from 0.04 inches to 2.3 feet. They can be found at relatively shallower depths in the water, but larger ones can also live near the ocean floor. Despite what their […] Read More


Sea Squirt

Sea Squirt Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Scientific Name
Urochordata

Fun Fact: There are more than 3,000 known species!

The sea squirt is a highly evolved marine animal with a spine, although it looks like a plant. The sea squirt is a potato-shaped marine animal that also looks like a tube. Most sea squirts live underwater, permanently fixed to a hard surface. But some can move up to 1.5 cm per day. They can […] Read More


Sea Trout

Sea Trout Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Genus
Salmo
Scientific Name
Salmo trutta morpha trutta

Fun Fact: Change colors in freshwater and saltwater

The sea trout (Salmo trutta morpha trutta) belongs to the salmonid family Salmonidae. This anadromous form of brown trout splits its time between freshwater and saltwater. While originally from the Atlantic and Baltic coasts of Europe, you can now find sea trout around the world. Anglers prize sea trout for their size and their taste. […] Read More


Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Chelonioidea

Fun Fact: Always return to the same beach to lay eggs!

The great migratory sea turtle roams the world’s open oceans, supremely well-adapted for an aquatic lifestyle. From the first moment it hatches, the life of the sea turtle is a constant struggle for survival. Even if it survives the formidable odds on its journey to the sea, it must then navigate a treacherous world of […] Read More


Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Echinodermata
Class
Echinoidea
Order
Echinoida
Scientific Name
Echinoidea

Fun Fact: Can live for up to 200 years!

Sea urchins are also called sea hedgehogs, sand dollars, and sea biscuits. Sea urchins are animals that are typically small, spiny, and round. They live in all the earth’s oceans, at depths ranging from the tide line to 15,000 feet. Because they cannot swim, they live on the sea floor. Their main defense against more […] Read More


Seagull

Seagull Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Laridae
Genus
Larus
Scientific Name
Larus argentatus

Fun Fact: Some gulls are capable of using tools

Key Points Seagulls are found on every continent in the world, including the Arctic and Antarctica.Commercial fishing operations are a major food source for seagulls. Since they follow their food, these operations are having a major impact on where seagulls live.Unlike most animals, the seagull can drink both freshwater and saltwater. “Seagulls are symbols of […] Read More


Seahorse

Seahorse Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Syngnathiformes
Family
Syngnathidae
Genus
Hippocampus
Scientific Name
Hippocampus

Fun Fact: Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

“The seahorse has a head that resembles a horse, the tail of a monkey, and a pouch like a kangaroo. And that’s just the beginning of ways seahorses are completely unique in the animal kingdom!” The seahorse is a small family of vertebrate species that is found in tropical shallows and temperate waters around the […] Read More


Seal

Seal Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Pinnipedia
Scientific Name
Phoca vitulina

Fun Fact: There are 30 different species worldwide!

Lithe, limber, and agile, the seal is a master of aquatic locomotion. The seal’s paddle-shaped flippers and unique physiology enable it to thrive in even the most perilous aquatic conditions. It is an inquisitive, social, and communicative mammal adapted to living on both land and sea. Once hunted relentlessly, its numbers have been on the […] Read More


Sealyham Terrier

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

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

While it is unfortunately common for wild animal species to go extinct, it is a much less worrisome problem among domesticated creatures. Yet the Sealyham Terrier’s genetic stock includes the White Cheshire Terrier, unfortunately now beyond rescue, among its progenitors. The Sealyham Terrier is the brainchild of breeder Captain John Tucker Edwardes and is named […] Read More


Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Acrocephalidae
Genus
Acrocephalus
Scientific Name
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Fun Fact: Males never sing the same song twice

Their songs can mimic other species. The sedge warbler is a medium-sized bird with complex songs and interesting mating behavior. They have an extensive range that covers three continents and migrates long distances to their breeding and wintering grounds. Discover everything there is to know about this warbler, including where they live, how they mate, […] Read More


Sehuencas Water Frog

Sehuencas Water Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Telmatobiidae
Genus
Telmatobius
Scientific Name
Telmatobius yuracare

Fun Fact: Thought extinct in the wild from 2009 to 2019

“The Sehuencas water frog is on the brink of extinction.“ Summary The Sehuencas water frog belongs to the water frog family Telmatobiidae. Like other members of its family, the Sehuencas water frog makes its home in the Andean highlands of South America. In 2009, a single male lived in captivity at the Museo de Historia […] Read More


Sei Whale

Sei Whale Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Balaenopteridae
Genus
Balaenoptera
Scientific Name
Balaenoptera borealis

Fun Fact: This whale is one of the fastest of the cetaceans

“One of the fastest whales in the ocean.” Hunted until there was only a handful left in the world, this sleek baleen whale has made an impressive comeback, even though it is still classified as endangered under the IUCN Red List. 4 Incredible Sei Whale Facts! Read on for some fascinating facts about the sei […] Read More


Senegal Parrot

Senegal Parrot Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Poicephalus
Scientific Name
Poicephalus senegalus

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

The Senegal parrot is a gregarious and playful bird of surprising intelligence that resides in West Africa. Their docile personality and colorful plumage make them very popular for adoption in the exotic pet trade. This is bolstered by the ease with which they can be trained to perform tricks and commands. 36,042 People Couldn't Ace […] Read More


Senepol Cattle

Senepol Cattle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos
Scientific Name
Bos taurus

Fun Fact: Senepol cattle have a distinctive red color and no horns.

Senepol cattle are a specially created breed from St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Breeders created them by selectively breeding N’Dama cattle from Senegal and the British red poll cattle from the island. It is no difficult task identifying these animals. Their unique red color and lack of horns, among many other desirable, […] Read More


Sequined Spider

Sequined Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theridiidae
Genus
Thwaitesia
Scientific Name
Thwaitesia argentiopunctata

Fun Fact: You may even be able to see a reflection in their reflective sequins!

“The “disco-ball”-like plates on the sequined spider’s back confuse predators and make it difficult to see.” Sequined Spider Summary The sequined spider, also known as the mirrored or twin-peaked spider, belongs to a genus of comb-feet spiders known as Thwaitesia. Found in almost all states of Australia, the species is known to have a reflective […] Read More


Serval

Serval Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Leptailurus
Scientific Name
Leptailurus serval

Fun Fact: Can leap more than 1 meter into the air!

Key Points Servals were once found throughout Africa but are now confined to regions south of the Sahara.They are highly territorial and mark their home ranges with scent and scratch markings.A huge part of their diet consists of small rodents. Classification and Evolution Servals are pretty unique since they are rather fond of water. As […] Read More


Seymouria

Seymouria Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Seymouriamorpha
Family
Seymouriidae
Genus
Seymouria
Scientific Name
Seymouria brolli

Fun Fact: Although Seymouria had so many reptilian features, it was an amphibian

Frogs, toads, and newts are the most popular amphibians today. However, when the first amphibians ventured out of the water, they looked remarkably different from their current forms. One of the earliest of them was the Seymouria, an extinct genus of the limbed vertebrate that lived in North America and Europe during the Early Permian […] Read More


Shantungosaurus

Shantungosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Ornithischia
Family
Hadrosauridae
Genus
Shantungosaurus
Scientific Name
Shantungosaurus giganteus

Fun Fact: Shantungosaurus was one of the largest duck-billed dinosaurs to have ever lived.

The Shantungosaurus was a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaurs that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, approximately 83 to 74 million years ago. It was a giant dinosaur, holding the title of the largest duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaurid dinosaur) ever found. Paleontologists have found fossils of the Shantungosaurus across various locations in China, suggesting that they lived […] Read More


Shark

Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes

Fun Fact: No shark species has any bones in their bodies

Sharks are known especially for their cartilaginous skeleton. Sharks make up a family of elasmobranch fishes. They also have about five to seven slits at the side of their head for their gills. Their pectoral fins are not fused to their heads. Experts believe that there are about 500 species that form about 14 to […] Read More


Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Sharp-Shinned Hawk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Accipiter
Scientific Name
Accipiter striatus

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

The sharp-shinned hawk belongs to a small group of hawks called “birdhawks,” which consists of three of the smallest hawk species. These hawks are about the same size as a blue jay and inhabit dense forests throughout the Caribbean Islands, North, South, and Central America. They derive their name from the existence of a sharp, […] Read More


Sharp-Tailed Snake

Sharp-Tailed Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Reptilia Order: Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Contia
Scientific Name
Contia tenuis

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

“A Sharp-tailed snake uses its spiny tail to hold down its slippery prey” Sharp-tailed snakes or Sharptail snakes are also called Pacific brown snakes or gentle brown snakes. Their range includes the western part of the United States and continues up into British Columbia in Canada. These snakes spend a lot of their time hiding […] Read More


Shastasaurus

Shastasaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Ichthyosauria
Family
Shastasauridae
Genus
Shastasaurus
Scientific Name
Shastasaurus pacificus

Fun Fact: Despite the massive size of the Shastasaurus, it only ate soft-bodied prey.

Shastasaurus is a genus of large fish-like reptiles that lived from the Middle to the Late Triassic Period. It is the largest known marine reptile. Fossils of this massive marine monster have been found in North America and Asia, which suggests that it lived on these continents. Despite being a large and scary-looking reptile, Shastasaurus […] Read More


Sheep

Sheep Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Ovis
Scientific Name
Ovis aries

Fun Fact: Around 35 million in the English countryside!

“Sheep were one of the first and most successful domesticated animals in the world.” With sweet faces, gentle personalities, and endless amounts of fluffy white wool, it’s no surprise that sheep are some of the most popular livestock animals in existence. There are more than one billion domestic sheep and several subspecies of wild sheep […] Read More


Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: 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.

The Sheepadoodle was designed to be a good pet for allergy sufferers since the Poodle is hypoallergenic. The Old English Sheepdog and the Poodle were mixed together to create the Sheepadoodle. Also known as Sheep-a-poo, Sheepdoodle, Sheepdogpoo, and Sheeppoo, this breed was designed to be a good pet for allergy sufferers, since the Poodle is […] Read More


Sheepshead Fish

Sheepshead Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Perciformes
Family
Sparidae
Genus
Archosargus probatocephalus
Scientific Name
Archosargus probatocephalus

Fun Fact: This fish has teeth that resemble a human's.

“Sheepshead fish have teeth that looking like human teeth.” Sheepshead Fish, also sometimes called Convict Fish, is a saltwater fish found along the Atlantic Coastline of North and South America. They are found from Nova Scotia to Brazil, but the greatest numbers are around Southwest Florida and the coast of North Carolina.  These fish are known […] Read More


Shepadoodle

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

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

What do you get when you breed a German Shepherd with a poodle? A Shepadoodle! Shepadoodles belong to the hybrid group of dogs. They are intelligent, brave, and devoted to their owners. The history of the Shepadoodle dates back to the 1960s. They were bred to work alongside the military police in the US Army. […] Read More


Shepkita

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

Fun Fact: These dogs can sometimes be overly aggressive.

The Shepkita is built to be an extremely hard-working breed. Their intimidating stature and bark make them incredible guard dogs. Also known as the Akita Shepherd, Shepkita is a hybrid dog. It is a crossbreed between the Akita and the German Shepherd, giving them a loyal and stoic nature. They are also extremely hard working. […] Read More


Shepweiler

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

Fun Fact: The Shepweiler is an excellent guard dog.

The Shepweiler is a good choice for experienced and diligent owners who have the time and knowledge to train it and care for its needs. If you’re looking for a loyal and protective working or guard dog, then the Shepweiler could be the dog for you. This relatively uncommon hybrid is produced by crossing the […] Read More


Shetland Sheepdog

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

Fun Fact: Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the most successful breeds at obedience trials.

Introduction The Shetland Sheepdog is a lovable bundle of energy. This tiny member of the herding group was bred in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland to herd sheep, ponies, and poultry. They bred it to be small due to the spartan conditions of the island and the cost of feeding a larger […] Read More


Shiba Inu

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

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

Shiba Inus are one of six native dog breeds from Japan. They are a hunting dog that was bred for flushing out small animals and birds. Shiba Inus, or Shibas as they’re often called, are a small- to medium-sized breed. Their coat is often a mix of black, white, sesame, tan, and red. During World […] Read More


Shiba Inu Mix

Shiba Inu Mix Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

Fun Fact:

“They often have a foxlike appearance, but mixes can have a wide range of unique variations.” Shiba Inu Mix Introduction A Shiba Inu mix is a type of dog that results from breeding a Shiba Inu with another dog breed. Shiba Inus are a small, spitz-type breed that originated in Japan. They have a foxlike […] Read More


Shichi

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

Fun Fact: Shichi barely reach 10 inches tall and weigh around 9 to 16 pounds.

The Shichi has the personality of a Chihuahua and the fluffy  Shih Tzu coat. These parent breeds created the most adorable little furball on the planet! But, their small size is misleading; these pups have big personalities. And while they are mostly fun, they can be demanding of your time, to the point of possessiveness. […] Read More


Shih Poo

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

Fun Fact:

Shih Poos are sometimes called “teddy bear dogs” because of their resemblance to the stuffed toy. A Shih Poo dog is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Toy Poodle, and is not recognized as a breed in its own right by the American Kennel Club. Shih Poos tend to be affectionate and playful […] Read More


Shih Tzu

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

Fun Fact: Can live for up to 15 years!

The Shih Tzu is a toy dog. Its Chinese name means “little lion.” The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed, dating back 1,000 years and thought to have originated from the cold mountains of Tibet, thus the long double-coat. Chinese royals enjoyed the warmth of the dog lying on their feet in bed. The emperor’s […] Read More


Shih Tzu Mix

Shih Tzu Mix Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

Fun Fact: Despite having long, flowing hair, Shih Tzus and many of their hybrids are hypoallergenic.

Despite having long, flowing hair, Shih Tzus and many Shih Tzu mix breeds are hypoallergenic. The Shih Tzu is a small, toy-sized dog breed that originated in China. The name means “little lion.” In Chinese legends Buddha had a little dog described like a Shih Tzu that turned into a lion to save him from […] Read More


Shikoku

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

Fun Fact: This dog was declared a Japanese Natural Monument in 1937.

Introduction The Shikoku is a Japanese member of the working group of dogs. One of six native Japanese breeds, the medium-sized, spitz-type dog was bred by Japanese hunters to track deer and boar. Hunters developed this hardy primitive dog in the isolated mountain villages of Shikoku Island, located southwest of the main island of Honshu. […] Read More


Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carinvora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

Fun Fact:

“This breed was developed to create a more family-friendly version of the German shepherd.” Shiloh Shepherd Introduction The shiloh shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, developed in the 1970s in the United States by combining several herding and working breeds. This gorgeous large breed looks similar to the German shepherd but is about […] Read More


Shiranian

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

Fun Fact: The Shiranian is an affectionate, loving, and social dog but requires continuous human companionship to stay well-adjusted and happy.

The Pomeranian and Shih Tzu make an adorable mix called the Shiranian. This small breed is friendly and lively. They are fantastic companion dogs that thrive in family settings and with seniors. However, because they crave constant attention, they suffer from separation anxiety. So, they would not be an ideal breed for people who work […] Read More


Shoebill Stork

Shoebill Stork Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Balaenicipitidae
Genus
Balaeniceps
Scientific Name
Balaeniceps rex

Fun Fact: Adults greet each other by clattering their bills together.

Standing tall on its long, stilt-like legs, the shoebill stork cuts an imposing figure as it stalks slowly through the dense wetlands for its prey without making a sound. Although it was once classified as a stork, it’s actually more closely related to the herons, hamerkop, and pelicans within the completely separate order of Pelecaniformes. […] Read More


Shollie

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

Fun Fact: Shollies are a fairly new type of crossbreed!

The Shollie is a great mix between playful and protective! Shollies are a hybrid, or designer, dog breed. They are a mix between a German Shepherd and a Border Collie. These dogs are energetic, devoted, and loyal. They are a large dog breed that sheds quite a bit and requires a large amount of exercise. […] Read More


Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Strigiformes
Family
Strigidae
Genus
Asio
Scientific Name
Asio flammeus

Fun Fact: The short-eared owl is one of the most widespread owl species in the world, covering five continents.

“They have long, broad wings and soar like hawks.” Summary The short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) is a medium-sized owl native to all continents except Antarctica and Australia. They live in open areas with low vegetation, like coastal grasslands, prairies, and meadows. They are primarily solitary but may roost communally. And they spend their days and […] Read More


Short-Faced Bear

Short-Faced Bear Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Arctodus
Scientific Name
Arctodus pristinus, Arctodus simus

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

Ancient bears are some of the most fascinating creatures of the prehistoric world, and the North American Short-faced Bear was also one of the largest. While they are known for having short faces, which resulted in their name, Short-Faced Bears were actually quite large. The Giant Short-Faced Bear, Arctodus simus, was one of the largest […] Read More


Shortfin Mako Shark

Shortfin Mako Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Lamnidae
Genus
Isurus
Scientific Name
Isurus oxyrinchus

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

“Shortfin Mako sharks can jump 20 feet above the water!” The shortfin mako is one of the fastest sharks in the ocean, and at top speed, they can swim 43 mph. They were designed for speed with their streamlined bodies, pointed snouts, crescent-shaped caudal fins, and triangular dorsal fins. Shortfin makos are metallic blue or […] Read More


Shrew

Shrew Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Insectivora
Family
Soricidae

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

The motto of the Shrew can truly be “Live fast, die young.” Frankly, shrews are a bit weird. They are tiny, with the Etruscan shrew being only 1.375 inches long, making it the smallest land mammal on Earth. Because of that small size, these insectivores must constantly eat. If one doesn’t eat even for a […] Read More


Shrimp

Shrimp Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Order
Decapoda
Family
Caridea

Fun Fact: There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Shrimp are crustaceans, and they are closely related to lobsters. Shrimp vs. Prawn While the terms “shrimp” and “prawn” are typically used interchangeably among different nations, the two types of crustaceans are much different. Both shrimp and prawns are decapods, which means that they both have ten legs. However, while shrimp are closely related to […] Read More


Siamese

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

Fun Fact: Originated from temple cats in Thailand!

Did you know that Siamese kittens are born with no point markings? Siamese cats have a special enzyme in their bodies that is temperature-sensitive, and it allows the pigment of their fur to collect in cooler parts of their bodies, such as their ears, paws, tails, and faces. Siamese cats are a smart, loyal, sweet-tempered, […] Read More


Siberian

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

Fun Fact: An exceptionally agile jumper!

The Siberian cat, also known as the Siberian forest cat, is an ancient breed that dates back hundreds of years. While popular in its native Russia, where it has become an important element of various fairy tales and folklore, the Siberian didn’t arrive in the United States until 1990, after the fall of the Soviet […] Read More


Siberian Husky

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

Fun Fact: Is adequately warm in sub-zero temperatures!

Siberian Huskies are the 12th most popular dog breed in the United States today, and it’s easy to see why. This strikingly beautiful breed is one of the few that have blue eyes, and their lovely, thick coats come in a variety of colors such as grey and white, red and white, and agouti. They […] Read More


Siberian Ibex

Siberian Ibex Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetartiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra sibirica

Fun Fact: There’s a population of Siberian ibex in New Mexico

The Siberian ibex is the “Sure-footed Goat of Siberia” The Siberian ibex amazes onlookers for at least two reasons. First, you can’t watch it scaling the cliffs of its mountain habitat without holding your breath. How does such a large animal climb such sheer rock faces without plunging to its death? Even baby ibexes jump […] Read More


Siberian Retriever

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

Fun Fact: Many husky Labs have one blue eye and one brown eye.

Many a Siberian retriever has one blue eye and one brown eye. Siberian Retrievers are an attractive hybrid mix that has been bred by crossing a Labrador retriever with a Siberian husky. Both parent lines are medium to large working dogs, but their temperaments are very different: Labs are known for their friendly, almost goofy […] Read More


Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera Tigris Altaica

Fun Fact: Also known as the Amur tiger!

A regal symbol of strength, power, and fortitude, the Siberian tiger is one of the fiercest predators in the world. With its immense size and powerful body, the Siberian tiger prowls the dense forests of Eastern Asia in search of prey. Specially adapted for the frigid climate in which it resides, it is a sophisticated […] Read More


Siberpoo

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

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

One of the first things that people notice about Siberpoos is that they don’t have the sharply pointed ears of a traditional husky. Instead, these dogs have the floppy, rounded ears of their standard poodle parents. If you’ve ever owned a husky, you’ve probably wished that they would shed a little less. Many designer dog […] Read More


Sichuan Takin (Tibetan Takin)

Sichuan Takin (Tibetan Takin) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Budorcas
Scientific Name
Budorcas taxicolor tibetana

Fun Fact: The Sichuan takin is a national treasure in China and shares part of its range with the giant panda!

The Sichuan takin is a national treasure in China and shares part of its range with the giant panda! The Sichuan takin, also known as the Tibetan takin, is one of four recognized subspecies of takins. It is native to the remote and mountainous eastern portion of the Tibetan Plateau, and it shares a part […] Read More


Sidewinder

Sidewinder Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Crotalus
Scientific Name
Crotalus cerastes

Fun Fact:

Sidewinders can reach a traveling speed of 18 mph. Also called the horn viper, horned rattlesnake, or sidewinder rattlesnake, sidewinders are relatively small rattlesnakes at 18 to 32 inches long. These pit vipers live in desert habitats and are named for their unique sidewinding movement. The snakes have powerful venom and eat rodents, birds, and […] Read More


Sika Deer

Sika Deer Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Cervus
Scientific Name
Cervus nippon

Fun Fact: Sikas can make 10 different sounds, from soft whistles to loud screams.

“Sikas can make 10 different sounds, from soft whistles to loud screams.” Sika Deer Summary The sika deer is closely related to the fallow deer and the red deer. Sika Deer Facts Adult sika never lose their childhood spots.Sika are highly vocal and can make 10 different kinds of sounds.They bounce on all fours like […] Read More


Silken Windhound

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

Fun Fact:

The silken windhound was first bred in the mid-1980s after a Borzoi breeder named Francie Stull became determined to produce a smaller hound with a long coat, pleasant temperament, good health, and the abilities of larger sighthounds. After nearly a decade of experimentation, mixing beautiful coats with whippets and whippet-based lurcher genetics, the first litter […] Read More


Silkie Chicken

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

Fun Fact: Silkie hens are excellent mothers and will raise any bird as their own, even being known to patiently sit on a clutch of duck or geese eggs until they hatch.

Silkie chickens have a tuft of feathers on their head that looks like hair and are soft as silk! Summary For a nice pet chicken that you will enjoy watching and raising, consider the Silkie or Chinese Silkie. It is a docile bird with a pleasant personality that takes care of eggs, even if they […] Read More


Silky Shark

Silky Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Carcharhinidae
Genus
Carcharhinus
Scientific Name
C. falciformis

Fun Fact: Has an extremely acute sense of hearing

Silky Sharks are one of the most abundant sharks in the pelagic zone and can be found in tropical waters throughout the world. They prefer to feed on bony fishes and cephalopods and have been known to drive them into compacted schools before launching forward and attacking, open-mouthed. They love trailing schools of tuna, which […] Read More


Silky Terrier

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

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

The first silky terriers were imported from Sydney, Australia, into the U.S. during World War II. The feisty silky terrier was developed in the 1800s in Sydney, Australia because people wanted a dog to live in their small homes. This terrier has human-like hair, and it loses about the same amount of hair daily that […] Read More


Silver Dollar

Silver Dollar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Characiformes
Family
Characidae

Fun Fact: Closely related to the Piranha

The silver dollar fish is a fish that is endemic to the rivers and tributaries of South America. Although closely related to the piranha, silver dollar fish are generally peaceful. People don’t tend to fish for or consume them, but these freshwater fish are popularly kept in aquariums around the world. An Incredible Fish: Five […] Read More


Silver Labrador

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

Fun Fact: 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.

The Silver Labrador has blue eyes at an early age, until about 6-8 months, before their eyes turn yellow! For decades now, Labradors are topping the American Kennel Club (AKC)’s annual list of most popular dog breeds. Silver Labradors, which accompany yellow, chocolate, and classic black Labradors, are increasing in popularity, as well.The only real […] Read More


Simbakubwa

Simbakubwa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Hyaenodonta
Family
Hyainailouridae
Genus
Simbakubwa
Scientific Name
Simbakubwa kutokaafrika

Fun Fact: Simbakubwa kutokaafrika was as big as a polar bear.

Simbakubwa was an enormous lion-like carnivore that ruled in Kenya about 22 million years ago. Despite the name and lion-like appearance of this ancient mammal, it was not a member of the cat family. Instead, it belongs to an extinct group of carnivores known as the hyaenodonts. The hyaenodonts are among the largest terrestrial carnivores […] Read More


Sinosauropteryx

Sinosauropteryx Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Compsognathidae
Genus
Sinosauropteryx
Scientific Name
Sinosauropteryx prima

Fun Fact: Sinosauropteryx were prominent in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods.

Sinosauropteryx prima is a compsognathid dinosaur. The compsognathidae consists of a family of colelurosaurian theropod creatures. The creatures are small, carnivorous and conservative in form. The animals were prominent in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. They’re bird-like and the theory is they are a link between dinosaur reptiles and modern avians. It’s described as the […] Read More


Sivatherium

Sivatherium Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Giraffidae
Genus
Sivatherium
Scientific Name
Sivatherium giganteum

Fun Fact: Sivatherium was a large giraffid and also one of the largest ruminants of all-time.

Sivatherium is an extinct genus of giraffid, a family that includes giraffes and the okapi. It lived between seven million and one million years ago. However, there are some unsubstantiated speculations that it may have lived until about 8,000 years ago. Fossils of the Sivatherium have been recovered from various locations across the African and […] Read More


Six-Eyed Sand Spiders

Six-Eyed Sand Spiders Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Sicariidae
Genus
Sicarius
Scientific Name
Sicarius Hahni

Fun Fact: Camouflaged recluse with terrifying venom

The Six-Eyed Sand Spider disguises itself on the desert floor by burying itself in the sand. They will surprise attack prey by leaping from the sand. Six-Eyed Sand Spider Summary The six-eyed sand spider is a species of arachnid living in deserts and hot, dry climates throughout Southern Africa. They get their name from the […] Read More


Sixgill shark

Sixgill shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Hexanchiformes
Family
Hexanchidae
Genus
Hexanchus

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

The sixgill shark is a silent predator that stalks the deep and dark oceans. It’s also a genus of ancient prehistoric sharks that contains three distinct species. By far the best-known species is the bluntnose sixgill shark, which can sometimes be observed near Puget Sound or Vancouver Island. Due to their solitary and elusive nature, […] Read More


Skate Fish

Skate Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Rajiformes
Family
Rajidae

Fun Fact: More than 200 species exist!

The Skate fish are a family of animals with more than 200 species around the world. Generally abundant across the world’s waters, skates are often caught as byproducts from trawlers, so some species are now critically endangered. Skates are also known for having meat that can match a scallop in consistency and flavor when prepared […] Read More


Skeleton Tarantula

Skeleton Tarantula Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theraphosidae
Genus
Ephebopus
Scientific Name
Ephebopus murinus

Fun Fact: 50-100

“They look like they have skeleton legs!” Skeleton tarantulas are medium-sized tarantulas that have markings on their legs that look like skeleton bones. Their abdomen is dark brown with a lighter brown carapace; both are covered in spikey hairs called setae. They are native to the northeastern countries in South America. Unlike most tarantulas that […] Read More


Skink Lizard

Skink Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Scincidae

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

The Skink Lizard are the second largest group of lizards in the world. They live in diverse locations globally. While some skinks lay eggs, others give birth to live babies called skinklets, and at least one species does both. Most of these reptiles live under piles of leaves and logs, where they can quickly burrow […] Read More


Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack Tuna Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scombriformes
Family
Scombridae
Genus
Katsuwonus
Scientific Name
Katsuwonus pelamis

Fun Fact: The skipjack is the most commonly caught tuna in the world

The skipjack tuna is among the most abundantly caught fish species in the world. If you’ve ever eaten canned tuna, then there’s a good chance it’s skipjack. Because of its prolific breeding and short lifespan, skipjack stocks are replenished quickly every year, despite the sheer numbers caught. But stocks must be carefully monitored to prevent […] Read More


Skua

Skua Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Lari
Genus
Stercorarius

Fun Fact: Skuas will chase other birds until they give up their catch

The skuas feed by stealing other sea birds’ food. The skua is a top avian predator with a reputation for being a bird bully. These birds are long-distance migrants who spend their winters in warmer waters before heading to the Arctic to breed. They live along the coastline of every continent and spend their days […] Read More


Skunk

Skunk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mephitidae

Fun Fact: Also known as the Polecat!

“A skunk’s spray can be detected at distances of up to 1.5 miles.” Skunks are omnivores eating a diet of insects, fruit, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals. This animal is best known for its ability to spray an odorous (stinky) liquid from its scent glands. They use the spray as a defense against predators. […] Read More


Skye Terrier

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

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

Skye terriers are the oldest terrier breed, dating back at least 400 years. Skye terriers are as well-known for their stubborn but intensely loyal personalities as they for their distinctive double coat and low-to-the-ground appearance. Originally bred as vermin-hunting dogs by farmers in the remote Hebrides Islands, these medium-sized dogs quickly became favorites with the […] Read More


Sleeper Shark

Sleeper Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Squaliformes
Family
Somniosidae

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

The sleeper shark contains an anti-freeze protein that enables them to survive in cold waters. The sleeper shark is a family of deep-sea predators found all over the world. The name of this shark comes from their reputation as slow-moving and sluggish animals, but some studies suggest they are in constant motion, traveling a few […] Read More


Sloth

Sloth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Pilosa
Family
Bradypodidae
Genus
Bradypus
Scientific Name
Choloepus Hoffmani

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

“The Sloth is the world’s slowest moving mammal.” Sloths are animals that live in the treetops of Central and South American rainforests. They spend their days foraging and eating leaves, buds, and twigs. These slow-moving mammals sleep 15 to 20 hours and only move as far as about 40 yards each day. But they have […] Read More


Slovak Cuvac

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

Fun Fact:

“The Slovak cuvac descended from Arctic wolves!”  Slovak Cuvac Introduction The Slovac cuvac is a large Slovakian breed of dog that is also sometimes called the “Slovensky cuvac.” They are actually descended from Arctic wolves! Farmers tamed them and have used them ever since as watchdogs and herd dogs. They do well high up in […] Read More


Slow Worm

Slow Worm Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Anguidae
Genus
Anguis
Scientific Name
Anguis fragilis

Fun Fact: Found widely throughout British gardens!

The slow worm is a greyish brown lizard, even though they are often mistaken for snakes. Despite their forked yet flat tongue, their eyelids are a giveaway that these reptiles are lizards. To get away from the predators that come after them, they make their movement smoother by dropping their tails low as they move […] Read More


Slug

Slug Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda

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

The classification of Slug refers to one of the 100s or possibly 1000s of species of gastropod mollusk found throughout the world. The term slug is polyphyletic, meaning it applies to a group of organisms that are generally linked under one name based on their shared characteristics and not due to sharing a common ancestor. […] Read More


Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Centrarchidae
Genus
Micropterus
Scientific Name
Micropterus dolomieu

Fun Fact: A fierce fighter!

Smallmouth Bass Summary The smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) is a freshwater fish native to the rivers and lakes of eastern and central North America. It has since spread to other regions and countries, where it often disrupts their ecosystems. Alternate names for this species include smallie, brownie, bronzeback, and bronze bass. It makes a popular […] Read More


Smilosuchus

Smilosuchus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Phytosauria
Family
Parasuchidae
Genus
Smilosuchus
Scientific Name
Smilosuchus gregorii

Fun Fact: The biggest species in the Smilosuchus genus, S. gregorii, was the largest known reptile of its time, reaching a length of up to 39 feet.

The giant crocodile-like predator, Smilosuchus, had eyes on top of its head! The Smilosuchus lived during the Mesozoic era, during the Late Triassic period from about 221 to 205 million years ago. Three species have been identified belonging to the Smilosuchus genus. These include S. gregorii, S. adamanensis, and S. lithodendrorum. Each of these species […] Read More


Smokybrown Cockroach

Smokybrown Cockroach Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Blattodea
Family
Blattidae
Genus
Periplaneta
Scientific Name
Periplaneta fuliginosa

Fun Fact: Has up to 45 eggs per egg case

“The smokybrown cockroach is both capable of flight and extremely susceptible to dehydration.” Originally native to temperate parts of Southeast Asia, the smokybrown cockroach has colonized hot, humid areas all over the world. They’re particularly prevalent in parts of Japan, Asia, and the southeastern United States. Unlike other species of urban roach, who spend much […] Read More


Smooth Earth Snake

Smooth Earth Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Virginia
Scientific Name
Virginia valeriae

Fun Fact: Valeria Biddle Blaney (1828-1900) collected the first specimen in Maryland.

Smooth earth snakes are tiny predators that lurk in gardens, under rocks and debris, and in the leaf litter of forests. Smooth earth snakes are docile little snakes that help keep the insect population in check. They’re reclusive and aren’t seen during the day, but at night when their prey is on the move. They’re […] Read More


Smooth Fox Terrier

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

Fun Fact: These dogs are known for their fast digging abilities.

Smooth Fox Terriers are expert diggers and won’t give up until they find what they’re looking for! Smooth Fox Terriers are lively dogs with a friendly temperament. This breed dates back to England in the mid-1800s. They accompanied British royalty on foxhunts. These dogs were experts at driving foxes out of their holes. The Smooth […] Read More


Smooth Green Snake

Smooth Green Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Opheodrys
Scientific Name
Opheodrys vernalis

Fun Fact:

The smooth green snake is sometimes found in large groups of other snakes when it’s resting or hibernating. The smooth green snake, also known as the grass snake, is among the most common snake species in all of temperate North America. They are not considered to be poisonous to people at all. Smooth green snakes […] Read More


Smooth Hammerhead Shark

Smooth Hammerhead Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Sphyrnidae
Genus
Sphyrna
Scientific Name
Sphyrna zygaena

Fun Fact: Congregate in large groups during annual migrations

The second largest hammerhead shark, the smooth hammerhead shark belongs to the hammerhead shark family Sphyrnidae. Like other hammerheads, they have a hammer-shaped head called a cephalofoil that is characteristically smooth, hence their name. They live in temperate waters worldwide and actively feed on prey near the surface using their keen eyes and sense of […] Read More


Smooth Snake

Smooth Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Coronella
Family
Coronella austriaca
Genus
Coronella
Scientific Name
Coronella austriaca

Fun Fact: These snakes are sometimes confused with common adders, but lack the zigzag pattern.

The female smooth snake gives birth to live young instead of eggs. The smooth snake is among the most common species of continental Europe, but because they like to hide, they’re somewhat secretive and difficult to find. As a non-venomous snake, they are considered to be mostly harmless to humans, but they can deliver a […] Read More


Snail

Snail Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Achatinoidea
Scientific Name
Achatinoidea

Fun Fact: There are nearly 1,000 different species!

Slow-moving but always fascinating, the snail is one of the most ecologically diverse animals on the planet. Belonging to the phylum of Mollusca, it’s found almost everywhere in the world, from high mountains to simple botanical gardens to deep undersea rocks. In some parts of the world, these animals are kept as pets. Check out […] Read More


Snailfish

Snailfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scorpaeniformes
Family
Liparidae

Fun Fact: The deepest ocean-dweller is a snailfish who was found over 26,700 feet below sea level.

“The deepest ocean-dweller is a snailfish who explorers found over 26,700 feet below sea level.“ Facts Surfaced snailfish have “melted” or “exploded” due to the drastic change in atmospheric pressure and because of the heat. This makes them difficult to study, so scientists usually defer to studying their bones instead.Snailfish look like tadpoles and have […] Read More


Snake

Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata

Fun Fact: There are around 4,000 known species worldwide

Key Points: Only 200 of 600 venomous snakes have enough potency to harm a human.Snakes can be found on every continent on Earth – except Antarctica.Even though they have teeth – snakes do not chew their food, they swallow it whole. Snakes are a form of legless reptiles, covering over 4,000 different species around the […] Read More


Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Chelydridae
Genus
Chelydra
Scientific Name
Chelydridae

Fun Fact: Only found in North America!

Unlike other turtles, a common snapping turtle is not able to fit its whole body into its shell. Snapping turtles typically can live to be 30-45 years old in the wild, and alligator snapping turtles can live over a hundred years! Their living area spreads from southeastern Canada all the way down through the central […] Read More


Snook Fish

Snook Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Centropomidae
Genus
Centropomus
Scientific Name
Centropomus undecimalis

Fun Fact: Males change into females after the spawning season

Snook, also known by the Dutch name snoek, which means “pike,” sergeant fish, or Spanish name robalo, is a fish commonly found off the Florida coast. Although prohibited from commercial sale in Florida to help protect its population, the fish is popular with recreational anglers. One of the most unusual traits of this fish is […] Read More


Snorkie

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

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

Snorkies are known for their funny, attention-getting antics. Introduction A Snorkie, also sometimes referred to as the Schnerrier, is a result of breeding a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer. The history of the Snorkie is unknown but both of its parent breeds originate from Europe. The Yorkshire Terrier, by way of England, was bred […] Read More


Snouted Cobra

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

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

Snouted cobras can grow to a size of 8.2 feet. habitat in the southern part of Africa. The bite of a snouted cobra has powerful venom that can result in death if the person doesn’t receive antivenom. The diet of this snake consists of rodents, birds, toads, and sometimes other snakes. Snouted cobras are known […] Read More


Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Calcariidae
Genus
Plectrophenax
Scientific Name
P. nivalis

Fun Fact:

Snow buntings are birds that live in the very far north of the Americas, only coming down to southern Canada during the winter months. They live in small groups and nest in small cracks within mountainous regions. They’re well known for their white plumage and beautiful wing feathers. These restless birds can never stay still […] Read More


Snow Crab

Snow Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Oregoniidae
Genus
Chionoecetes
Scientific Name
C. opilio

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

The Snow Crab, also known as the Opie, is native to the northern parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with high populations off the Alaskan coast. These crabs are an essential part of the commercial fishing industry, supplying countless seafood restaurants. Although these crustaceans have enjoyed healthy levels for fishing, ocean and climate change […] Read More


Snow Goose

Snow Goose Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae
Genus
Anser
Scientific Name
Anser caerulescens

Fun Fact: The snow goose has a dark line along their beaks known as a ‘grinning patch’!

Snow Goose Summary “The snow goose has a dark line along their beaks known as a ‘grinning patch’!” Snow geese are an average-size species that comes in two different morphs, or colors. They are found throughout much of North America. They are rarely seen traveling without the presence of a large flock around them. Their […] Read More


Snow Leopard

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

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

The Snow Leopard is the elusive cat of the Himalayas This beautiful and endangered cat, listed as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List, is well-adapted for life in the cold atmosphere of the Central Asian mountains, including the Himalayas. It has a thick coat whose beauty attracts poachers and huge paws that serve the same […] Read More


Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Snowberry Clearwing Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Sphingidae
Genus
Hemaris
Scientific Name
Hemaris diffinis

Fun Fact: They are pollinators, just like bees.

The Snowberry Clearwing Moth looks so much like a bumblebee that some animals mistake it for the buzzing pollinator. Is it a bumblebee? Is it a hummingbird? If you aren’t sure, it might just be a Snowberry Clearwing moth. These moths mimic bumblebees and even love to “buzz” around the same flowers and plants. They […] Read More


Snowflake Eel

Snowflake Eel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Anguilliformes
Family
Muraenidae
Genus
Echidna
Scientific Name
Echidna nebulosa

Fun Fact: Snowflake Eel have two jaws to help them swallow their food.

If you’ve ever wanted an eel for a pet, a Snowflake Eel may be perfect. They thrive in aquariums, spend their evenings feasting on tasty crustaceans, and love the perfect hidey-hole to relax in. These eels can get up to 40 inches long, so they need plenty of space. But they make a fantastic addition […] Read More


Snowshoe

Snowshoe 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 1960s!

The snowshoe cat is beautiful and unique. From snuggling with loved ones to her delightful eyes, this cat is a great companion. Breed History The snowshoe cat originated in the United States in the 1960s. A Siamese cat breeder from Philadelphia, Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty, had a cat that birthed three kittens with white feet. She initiated […] Read More


Snowshoe Hare

Snowshoe Hare Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Lagomorpha
Family
Leporidae
Genus
Lepus
Scientific Name
Lepus americanus

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

A snowshoe hare can run as fast as 27mph. Snowshoe hares live in the northern United States as well as all over Canada. They are herbivores eating flowers, grass, leafy plants, and bark. While their coats are bright white in the wintertime, they turn brown in the spring. Snowshoe hares sleep on and off during […] Read More


Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Strigiformes
Family
Strigidae
Genus
Bubo
Scientific Name
Bubo scandiacus

Fun Fact: One of the largest owl species in the world!

The snowy owl, whose scientific name is Bubo scandiacus, is a large, majestic owl with striking white plumage and luminous yellow eyes. Snowy owls are birds that spend most of their time in the treeless and frigid tundras surrounding the North Pole, but they can occasionally be spotted in the lower regions of Canada and […] Read More


Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Genus
Oncorhynchus
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus nerka

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

The sockeye salmon, also called red salmon, is a Pacific salmon known for its deep red hue during spawning season. As an anadromous species, sockeye salmon start their lives in freshwater before migrating as far as 1000 miles downriver to the ocean for several years. Then, when it is time to spawn, the fish returns […] Read More


Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Cantharidae

Fun Fact: Soldier beetles resemble fireflies, but they're not bioluminescent.

Soldier beetles resemble fireflies, but they’re not bioluminescent.  Summary Insects in the family Cantharidae are known by the common name ‘soldier beetles.’ They’re outdoor insects but may be found indoors occasionally as accidental invaders. They’re characterized by soft, clothlike wings, which are often brightly colored. Soldier beetles are harmless. In fact, they’re beneficial insects because […] Read More


Somali

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

Fun Fact: Active, intelligent and playful!

The Somali cat, also called the Fox Cat, is a medium to large longhaired African breed which inherited a recessive gene for long hair from the Abyssinian. It evolved from Abyssinians which were exported to North America, Australia, and New Zealand in the 1940s, though it was commonly believed longhaired non-Abyssinian cats or a cousin […] Read More


Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Passerelidae
Genus
Melospiza
Scientific Name
Melospiza melodia

Fun Fact: Pumps its tail when it flies!

The song sparrow is one of the most common birds in North America. As its name says, this bird is known for its lovely call. It is a pretty bird with chestnut brown and soft gray stripes. You are likely to see this bird in wooded areas and suburban gardens. 5 Incredible Song Sparrow Facts! […] Read More


Song Thrush

Song Thrush Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Turdidae
Genus
Turdus
Scientific Name
Turdus philomelos

Fun Fact: 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.

“The blithe throstle” Though it’s a plain-looking little bird with plumage in colors of brown and buff, the song thrush is renowned for the beauty of its song. Indeed, it is so melodic that poets such as Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy have written poems to it. Yet this thrush, like so many others, is a […] Read More


South China Tiger

South China Tiger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera Tigris Amoyensis

Fun Fact: There are less than 20 in the wild!

“The South China tiger is a powerful predator, an expert hunter, and an old cultural symbol of regal strength.” This subspecies is also perhaps the most imperiled tiger in the world. In precipitous decline since the 20th century, it is now confined to a very small range in China, and the only known live specimens […] Read More


Southeastern Blueberry Bee

Southeastern Blueberry Bee Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Apidae
Genus
Habropoda
Scientific Name
Habropoda laboriosa

Fun Fact: N/A

Allow me to introduce you to the one and only the Southeastern blueberry bee (Habropoda laboriosa), a bee so devoted to its work that it makes the Energizer Bunny look like a couch potato! Female blueberry bees actively forage for nectar and pollen from dawn until dusk during the peak of the blueberry flowering season. […] Read More


Southern Black Racer

Southern Black Racer Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Coluber
Scientific Name
Coluber constrictor

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

“The southern black racer spends the winter in dens with many other types of snakes.” The southern black racer lives in the United States and Mexico. This snake is not venomous but uses its great speed to escape predators and other threats. Though it’s known as a constrictor, it doesn’t kill its prey like other […] Read More


Southern Flannel Moth

Southern Flannel Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Megalopygidae
Genus
Megalopyge
Scientific Name
Megalopyge opercularis

Fun Fact: N/A

The Southern flannel moth (Megalopyge opercularis) is a species of moth native to the Southern United States. The adult moth has a wingspan of about 1-1.5 inches and is variably colored gray to brown with creamy yellow accents and a rusty-orange thorax. The Southern flannel moth looks like it could use a haircut. These little […] Read More


Southern Hognose Snake

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

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

The southern hognose snake has an upturned snout that enables it to dig through the soil. Despite the ability to produce mild toxins, the southern hognose snake is harmless to people. When threatened, it has a tendency to display some dramatic behavior. It will try to hiss and puff up its body, and if that […] Read More


Southern House Spider

Southern House Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theridiidae
Genus
Kukulcania
Scientific Name
Kukulcania Hibernalis

Fun Fact: Large web making house spider

Southern house spiders are a large spider species that can be found in households throughout southeastern North America, the Caribbean, and South America. They are not aggressive toward humans and are generally not considered to be a major pest. They are beneficial in many ways, as they help to control pest populations by catching and […] Read More


Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Crotalus
Scientific Name
Crotalus helleri

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

The southern Pacific rattlesnake is known as the “people-biting rattlesnake” because it is responsible for most snakebites between Los Angeles and San Diego. This chunky rattlesnake lives in the southern portion of California, from Santa Barbara south into northern Baja California, Mexico. Its fierce expression hides a somewhat jumpy tendency, making it more likely to […] Read More


Spadefoot Toad

Spadefoot Toad Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Mesobatrachia
Family
Pelobatidae
Genus
Pelobates
Scientific Name
Mesobatrachia

Fun Fact: They spend most of their time underground!

With its sharp spade-like limb, the aptly named spadefoot toad burrows deep underground for safety and protection As one of the most elusive and secretive of all the most common amphibians, the spadefoot toad lives most of its life underground in a state of total seclusion. Due to the animal’s unusual behavior, most people won’t […] Read More


Spalax

Spalax Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Spalacidae
Genus
Spalax
Scientific Name
Spalax microphthalmus

Fun Fact: Spalax can live up to 54 years!

Enjoy this expertly researched article on the spalax, including where the spalax lives, what it eats & high-quality photos.  Read More


Spanador

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

Fun Fact: The Spanador is a good swimmer.

The Labrador Retriever has many of the qualities of a good swimmer: a water-resistant coat, extra feet webbing, and a very athletic body. The Spanador may inherit some or all of these traits as well. The Spanador is a mix between two different purebred dogs: a Cocker Spaniel (particularly the American Cocker Spaniel) and a […] Read More


Spanish Goat

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

Fun Fact: They have long, horizontal ears.

Spanish goats are compact size goats that have long, horizontal ears with thorns that twist at their points. The hair on their coats is varied in length, though it is a blend of several neutral colors. The purpose of these goats is milk production (though it is simply to create cheeses from this source as […] Read More


Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scombriformes
Family
Scombridae

Fun Fact: Spanish mackerel typically live to the age of 12, but there have been cases of these fish living as long as 25 years!

The Spanish mackerel is a popular catch for recreational and commercial fishing and are primarily found in large numbers on the coasts of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. These fish are easily distinguished by their elongated, streamlined silver bodies, with a dark green stripe bordering the tops of their bodies and yellow spots scattered […] Read More


Spanish Mastiff

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

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

Diego Velázquez’s famous 17th-century painting of the Infanta and her dwarves includes a portrait of a Spanish Mastiff. The history of the Spanish Mastiff goes back 1,100 years to the 10th century when shepherds began using them to defend migrating herds against grey wolves and other predators. Spanish Mastiffs are powerful canines with long legs, […] Read More


Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

Fun Fact: Spanish water dogs are popular with fishermen and hunters to retrieve game from the water.

The Spanish water dog is a breed that was developed in Spain as a water retriever for fishermen and as a herding and guard dog for farmers. It is thought to be descended from African breeds brought to the Iberian Peninsula over 1,000 years ago. Spanish water dogs are medium-sized with adorable, long, curly hair […] Read More


Sparrow

Sparrow Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Passeridae

Fun Fact: There are 140 different species!

“No matter where on Earth you live, sparrows likely visit your backyard.” Sparrows are a common sight the world over. Eurasian house sparrows and tree sparrows are among the most common. Not only do they occupy a large natural range, but they’ve invaded several continents as settlers took the birds with them. These birds have […] Read More


Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Accipiter
Scientific Name
Accipiter nisus

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

The sparrowhawk is an expert hunter of sparrows and other birds. Sparrowhawk refers to any number of species that belong to the hawk genus. It should not be confused with the American kestrel, also known as the sparrow hawk, which actually belongs to the falcon genus instead. The most common and widespread species is probably […] Read More


Speckled Kingsnake

Speckled Kingsnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Lampropeltis
Scientific Name
Lampropeltis holbrooki

Fun Fact: The Salt and Pepper Snake

“The Salt and Pepper Snake” The elusive speckled kingsnake is one of the prettier members of its genus with its sleek black scales speckled with yellow-white. Though it may be tetchy and combative at first, it can settle down and become a docile and interesting pet that’s easy to take care of. Read on to […] Read More


Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acanthuriformes
Family
Sciaenidae
Genus
Cynoscion
Scientific Name
Cynoscion nebulosus

Fun Fact: Speckled trout are not actually a species of trout.

“Speckled trout aren’t actually trout!” Summary Although speckled trout are known for the speckled markings on their back and fins, Cynoscion nebulosus is actually a member of the drum family. Many fishermen like to fish for speckled trout. They live in grassy areas near the coast where their preferred food of shrimp and smaller fish […] Read More


Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Tremarctos
Scientific Name
Tremarctos Ornatus

Fun Fact: Native to the Andes mountains of South America!

5 Facts • This bear is also called the Andean bear because it lives near the Andes mountains in South America• Spectacled bears make a platform or nest of sturdy branches in a tree where they can eat and sleep• These bears are active throughout the year because food is available to them year-round• Spectacled […] Read More


Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Physeteridae
Genus
Physeter
Scientific Name
Physeter macrocephalus

Fun Fact: Each tooth weighs 1kg!

The sperm whale, also known as the spermaceti whale or cachalot, is the largest of the toothed whales. Found in all of the world’s oceans, sperm whales were once hunted extensively; a moratorium on such activity in the late 1980s has helped their populations to grow again. Despite their colossal size, sperm whales can move […] Read More


Sphynx

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

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

The Sphynx appears hairless to the naked eye, but that is not really the case. Instead, they are covered with fine hair that is hard to see yet, soft to the touch. Many people believe that because they don’t have a lot of fur, they are easily maintained. However, their upkeep is demanding. Because there […] Read More


Spider

Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae

Fun Fact:

Spiders are eight-legged arachnids that live across almost all of Earth aside from Antarctica. As of 2022, there are nearly 50,000 species of spiders living across nearly every major biome. Spiders range from incredibly tiny – the smallest spider is a fraction of the size of a pinhead – to giant spiders that can measure […] Read More


Spider Ball Python

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

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

“The spider ball python is known for having a head wobble.” Adult spider ball pythons are between two and four and a half feet in length. Though they are ball pythons these snakes are known as morphs. They are morphs because their scale patterns vary from the typical ball python. These snakes have neurological problems […] Read More


Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Ptinidae
Scientific Name
Niptus hololeucus

Fun Fact: Spider beetles have globular bodies, which makes them look like spiders.

Spider beetles have globular bodies, which makes them look like spiders.  Summary Spider beetles are insects in the family Ptinidae. Their common name refers to the unique appearance of the beetles. Ptinids have large, rounded abdomens, making them look similar to small spiders. They are scavengers usually found indoors, living in pantries, warehouses, museums, and […] Read More


Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Atelidae
Genus
Ateles
Scientific Name
Simia Paniscus

Fun Fact: Belongs to the only family of primates in the world with full prehensile tails!

The spider monkey is among the most proficient climbers in the world. With its long limbs and tail, this species leaps and bounds from one branch to another in a graceful display of aerial control. It is intelligent, caring, and agile, but also loud and aggressive. Because of hunting and habitat loss, the entire genus […] Read More


Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Pompilidae

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

The spider wasp is a family of spider-hunting parasitoid insects, so-named because the young larvae live on and exploit spiders for food. Unlike true parasites, however, they always end up killing the host in a particularly grizzly manner. Most species of spider wasps are completely solitary (with the exception of a few group-nesting species). While […] Read More


Spider-Tailed Horned Viper

Spider-Tailed Horned Viper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Pseudocerastes
Scientific Name
Pseudocerastes urarachnoides

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

With the finesse of a fly-fisherman, the spider-tailed horned viper lures its feathered prey to its doom. The spider-tailed horned viper is a venomous snake that inhabits a small area in western Iran. Scientists first discovered it in 1968 but thought the tail was a random mutation. Yet, it was 2006 before scientists had a […] Read More


Spinner Shark

Spinner Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Carcharhinidae
Genus
Carcharhinus
Scientific Name
Carcharhinus brevipinna

Fun Fact: Can have up to 20 babies

The spinner shark is a slender, elegant shark that lives in temperate ocean waters. It gets its name from its ability to spin through the water and into the air. It can also leap into the air from the water and spin several times in a row. With incredible speed and powerful jaws, the spinner […] Read More


Spinone Italiano

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

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

The Spinone Italiano breed has been called many names over the years, but the current designation is derived from Bracco Spinoso, an earlier name. It means “prickly pointer,” referencing their rough coats, which protect them from thorny shrubs. With their bushy eyebrows, exaggerated beards, and soulful eyes, Spinoni Italiani have the appearance of a serious […] Read More


Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Saurischia
Family
†Spinosauridae
Genus
†Spinosaurus
Scientific Name
†Spinosaurus aegyptiacus

Fun Fact: The Spinosaurus is the biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered!

A Spinosaurus lived around 90-100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. Their fossils were first discovered in Egypt by the Bavarian paleontologist Freiherr Ernst Stromer in 1912. It’s considered the largest known carnivore ever discovered and could reach lengths of 60 ft., which is the same size as a bowling lane or four cars […] Read More


Spiny bush viper

Spiny bush viper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Atheris
Scientific Name
Atheris hispida

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

Spiny bush vipers look like real-life dragons. Don’t let the pretty face fool you; this snake is highly venomous and, like other vipers, has retractable hypodermic needle-like fangs. They go by a few names like the dragon bush viper, African hairy bush viper, rough-scaled bush viper, bristly bush viper, and rough-scaled tree viper. These little […] Read More


Spiny Dogfish

Spiny Dogfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Squaliformes
Family
Squalidae
Genus
Squalus
Scientific Name
Squalus acanthias

Fun Fact: Found in ocean waters worldwide!

The Spiny Dogfish is a smaller shark that is found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They prefer a saltwater habitat but may enter brackish water. Spiny Dogfish are unique in that they have two spines. If they are attacked, they will use these two spines to arch their backs and inject poison into […] Read More


Spiny Hill Turtle

Spiny Hill Turtle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Geoemydidae
Genus
Heosemys
Scientific Name
Heosemys spinosa

Fun Fact: The shell serves as both a defense and camouflage!

The spiny hill turtle earned its name thanks to its viciously spiky shell and the fact that this Southeast Asian species typically lives at higher elevations. Found throughout Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian countries, spiny hill turtles call the rainforest home and rely on the fallen leaves and debris in this environment for […] Read More


Spitting Cobra

Spitting Cobra Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae

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

“The Spitting Cobra Evolved to Deter Humans” When a spitting cobra spits it aims for the eyes and frequently hits the target. It makes you wonder how a snake knows where and what a human’s eyes are. Some biologists believe that the ability to accurately aim at the eyes evolved in cobras, who are much […] Read More


Spixs Macaw

Spixs Macaw Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Cyanopsitta
Scientific Name
Cyanopsitta spixii

Fun Fact: One of earth's rarest animals!

Spix’s macaw is one of the rarest and most endangered parrots in the world. These affable animals are among a select group of talking birds that can mimic human speech. Lively, gregarious, and fiercely loyal to their mates, Spix’s macaw once occupied the desert woodlands of Brazil. However, habitat loss, predation, and poaching drove it […] Read More


Sponge

Sponge Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Porifera
Class
Demospongiae
Scientific Name
Demospongiae

Fun Fact: There are more than 9,000 known species!

Sponges are one of the simplest, and perhaps oldest, animals on the entire planet. They are marine animals that are easily mistaken for plant life due to their lack of nervous system, internal organs, and mobility. All sponges belong to the taxonomic phylum Porifera, which is part of the kingdom Animalia and encompasses over 500 […] Read More


Spongy Moth

Spongy Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Noctuoidea
Genus
Erebidae
Scientific Name
Lymantria dispar dispar

Fun Fact: In March of 2022, the Entomological Society of America changed the name of this insect from the European gypsy moth to the spongy moth out of respect for the Romani community, which considers the word "gypsy" to be offensive.

The spongy moth, formerly known as the European gypsy moth, is a species of insect native to Europe and Africa, which has become a troublesome invasive species in North America. Its scientific name is Lymantria dispar dispar, a member of the family Erebidae. Larvae from the spongy moth consume the foliage of over 500 species […] Read More


Spongy Moth

Spongy Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Erebidae
Genus
Lymantria
Scientific Name
Lymantria dispar

Fun Fact: The female Spongy Moth can lay between 600 to 1,000 eggs

“Adult spongy moths only live for approximately two weeks!” Summary The spongy moth, formerly known as the gypsy moth, was one of the first completed projects of the Entomological Society of America’s Better Common Names Project. The name “gypsy moth” changed because it was derogatory to the Romani people. In Canada and France, derived from […] Read More


Spotted Bass

Spotted Bass Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Centrarchidae
Genus
Micropterus
Scientific Name
Micropterus punctulatus

Fun Fact: Spotted bass tend to congregate in schools unlike other types of bass fish.

Spotted Bass Summary The spotted bass is a black bass endemic to North America, particularly the eastern part of the United States. These beautifully spotted fish are incredibly popular, not only for recreational sport but also as part of the local cuisine. They are often mistaken for their largemouth and smallmouth bass counterparts because of […] Read More


Spotted Gar

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

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

The spotted gar can be found in calm pools located in freshwater rivers, ponds, and creeks. It is one of 7 species of gar. They eat the minnows, small blue crabs, and other types of animals used as bait by fishermen. Consequently, many fishermen consider spotted gar pests because they compete with other fish for […] Read More


Spotted Garden Eel

Spotted Garden Eel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
anguilliformes
Family
congridae
Genus
heteroconger
Scientific Name
heteroconger hassi

Fun Fact: Males battle each other over females and territory

The spotted garden eel spends its life with its tail buried in the sand and its mouth open, facing the current, waiting for food. Summary The spotted garden eel is a small, slender fish native to tropical and subtropical waters in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They dig tiny burrows in the sea floor, where they live […] Read More


Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Family
Fulgoridae
Genus
Lycorma
Scientific Name
Lycorma delicatula

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

The spotted lanternfly is a type of small sap-eating insect that belongs to a group known as the planthoppers. Despite the name, it’s not related to flies at all but instead related to aphids, cicadas, and leafhoppers. During its complex life cycle, the lanternfly will pass through four distinctive nymph stages before reaching full adulthood […] Read More


Spotted python

Spotted python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Antaresia
Scientific Name
Antaresia maculosa

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

The spotted python is one of the smallest pythons in the world, and a nonvenomous snake native to Australia in the family Pythonidae. This snake’s spots are irregular and sometimes merge into bands or stripes. It’s part of the Children’s python group, and some keepers believe that most of the snakes bred and kept in […] Read More


Spotted Skunk

Spotted Skunk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mephitidae
Genus
Spilogale

Fun Fact: Spotted skunks are known for their acrobatic abilities. They perform handstands before spraying their enemies.

“Spotted skunks are known for their acrobatic abilities. They perform handstands before spraying their enemies.“ Facts They are the only skunks that can climb trees.The pygmy spotted skunk can fit into the palm of a person’s hand.These skunks give a fair warning before they spray nasty fumes. They stamp their front feet, hiss, and raise […] Read More


Springador

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

Fun Fact: 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.

This post may contain affiliate links to our partners for the Springador dog and other pets. Purchasing through these helps us further the A-Z Animals mission to help us educate about the world’s species so we can all better care for them. The Springador’s parent breed, the Labrador, or Saint John’s, Retriever was nearly taxed […] Read More


Springbok

Springbok Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Antidorcas
Scientific Name
Antidorcas marsupialis

Fun Fact: Springboks derive so much water from their food they could go their entire lives without drinking from large sources of water.

The springbok is a medium-sized antelope that roams across the African savanna in massive herds, protected from predators by sheer numbers. The springbok is one of southern Africa‘s most well-known animals. Although it has similarities to deer, the springbok belongs to the same bovid family as the sheep and cow. This antelope is a very […] Read More


Springerdoodle

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

Fun Fact: Easygoing, intelligent, and active, the springerdoodle just loves being around people!

Springerdoodles are nicknamed “sproodles.” What do you get when you cross the sporty English springer spaniel with the sassy poodle? The fun-loving springerdoodle! These hybrid dogs, which are often referred to as designer dogs, reflect the best traits of both parent breeds. Like springer spaniels, springerdoodles are active, energetic, loyal, and easy to train; like […] Read More


Squash Bee

Squash Bee Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Apidae
Genus
Peponapis/Xenoglossa

Fun Fact: N/A

Are you ready to squash your preconceived notions and learn about a bee that’s got some serious game? Meet the squash bee – the MVP of the pollination world (or at least in the world of squash plants). Don’t let their size fool you, these bees are a force to be reckoned with on the […] Read More


Squash Beetle

Squash Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Coccinellidae
Genus
Epilachna
Scientific Name
Epilachna borealis

Fun Fact: Often mistaken for a ladybug

Squash beetles are not the same as squash bugs. While the squash bug has a shield-like exoskeleton, the squash beetle looks much more like a ladybug. The squash beetle, also known as the squash lady beetle or the squash ladybug, has a beautiful orange and yellow shell, featuring a specific arrangement of spots along its […] Read More


Squid

Squid Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Cephalopoda
Order
Teuthida
Family
Oegopsina
Scientific Name
Teuthida

Fun Fact: Some species are known to have 10 arms!

The eyeball of a giant squid is about 10.5 inches (26.67 cm) in diameter, about the same size as a soccer ball! There are about 300 different species of squid. They are found in all of the oceans throughout the world, including n the freezing cold Antarctic waters. They eat a range of different foods, including […] Read More


Squirrel

Squirrel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae

Fun Fact: Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

A squirrel is a small rodent with a full and bushy tail, and they are found all over the world. Types and Species There are more than 200 species of squirrels all over the world. They are mostly categorized into three different types – ground squirrels, tree squirrels, and flying squirrels. The various types are […] Read More


Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cebidae
Genus
Saimiri
Scientific Name
Saimiri

Fun Fact: Lives in groups of up to 500 individuals!

Classification And Evolution The Squirrel Monkey is the smallest species of New World monkey that is native to the forests and tropical jungles of Central and South America. Measuring only .84 ounces from the top of the head to the base of their tail, these mini monkeys are more than double their size when you […] Read More


Squirrelfish

Squirrelfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Beryciformes
Family
Holocentridae
Genus
Holocentrus
Scientific Name
Holocentrus adscensionis

Fun Fact: Uses vibrations to communicate with other fish

The squirrelfish is a tropical reef fish that inhabits warm ocean waters. It’s a nocturnal hunter with huge eyes that allow it to see in the dark. Its diet includes plankton and small, larval crustaceans. This fish is a popular choice for home aquariums because of its unique features, bright colors, and healthy constitution. 3 […] Read More


Sri Lankan Elephant

Sri Lankan Elephant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Elephantidae
Genus
Elephas
Scientific Name
Elephas Maximus Maximus

Fun Fact: Now restricted to a few parks!

“The Sri Lankan elephant is one of the world’s largest and rarest land animals.” The Sri Lankan elephant is one of three subspecies of the Asian elephant. The species as a whole is recognized as being the largest land animal in Asia and the Sri Lankan type is the largest of the species. With a […] Read More


Stabyhoun

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

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

The Stabyhoun’s name means “stand-by-me dog” or “stand-by-me hound,” from the Frisian words stabij and houn. The Stabyhoun is a sporting dog breed from the Netherlands and among the top five rarest breeds in the world. Although it is excellent as a tracker, pointer, retriever, cart dog, and watchdog, these days it is popular as […] Read More


Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Known for their loyalty to their family!

Key Points In spite of their rather violent past, Staffordshire bull terriers love people and take instructions easily.That said aggression from another canine can easily trigger those suppressed genetic tendencies for belligerent behavior.Because they are prone to skin allergies, it is best to feed them with a diet which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. […] Read More


Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Lucanidae

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

The oldest known fossil of the stag beetle dates back to the Middle Jurassic Period, approximately 150 to 160 million years ago. The stag beetle is a family of large, hard-shelled, flying insects whose distinguishing trait is the ability to consume rotting wood as a larva. The name of this insect is derived from the […] Read More


Standard Schnauzer

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

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

The intelligence of a Standard Schnauzer makes it a great therapy or search and rescue dog. The Standard Schnauzer is an intelligent, incredibly loyal dog. The history of this dog goes back to 15th century Germany. At that time, it was known as a wire-haired pinscher. Pinschers were kept by many German farmers to drive […] Read More


Star-nosed mole

Star-nosed mole Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Eulipotyphla
Family
Talpidae
Genus
Condylura
Scientific Name
Condylura cristata

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

The star-nosed mole has one of the most unique sensory organs in the entire animal kingdom. Despite being almost completely blind, this animal is far from helpless. The writhing tentacles on its face have evolved into exquisitely acute and sensitive organs that enable it to understand the nature of the objects in the world around […] Read More


Starfish

Starfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Echinodermata
Class
Asteroidea
Scientific Name
Asteroidea

Fun Fact: Has 2 stomachs to aid digestion!

Starfish, also known as sea stars, are some of the most important members of the underwater kingdom. Although they aren’t technically fish, sea stars are animals that are still present in nearly every coastal habitat and can be found as low as the abyssal layer. You can identify a starfish by its bumpy skin and […] Read More


Stargazer Fish

Stargazer Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Trachiniformes
Family
Uranoscopidae
Genus
Uranoscopus
Scientific Name
Uranoscopus scaber

Fun Fact: Uses an electric shock to stun its prey!

The Stargazer Fish, also inaccurately known as the Monkfish, has Northern and Southern varieties in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This unusual fish features eyes positioned on top of its head and awaits prey on ocean bottoms. These fish are venomous and may also deliver minor electric shocks. 5 Fish Facts Classification and Scientific Name […] Read More


Steelhead Salmon

Steelhead Salmon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Genus
Oncorhynchus
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus mykiss

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

Steelhead salmon, also called “steelhead trout” or “salmon trout” are actually the anadromous form of rainbow trout. While rainbow trout live throughout their lives in freshwater lakes, steelhead live only 1 to 2 years in freshwater before migrating into the ocean. They live in salt water for 2 to 3 years, then return to their […] Read More


Steller’s Sea Cow

Steller’s Sea Cow Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Sirenia
Family
Dugongidae
Genus
Hydrodamalis
Scientific Name
Hydrodamalis Gigas

Fun Fact: Hunted to extinction in 17 years!

“Steller’s sea cow was a huge, aquatic animal that closely resembled a manatee or dugong.” This fascinating creature was first discovered in 1741 by a German naturalist named Georg Steller. Its valuable meat, skin and fat caused humans to hunt it into extinction by 1768. Steller’s Sea Cow Facts 15,751 People Couldn't Ace This Quiz […] Read More


Stick Insect

Stick Insect Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Class
Insecta
Order
Phasmatodea
Scientific Name
Phasmatodea

Fun Fact: There are more than 3,000 different species!

The stick insect has evolved a remarkable ability to blend in with its surroundings. Slow-moving, sedentary, and wary of predators, the humble stick insect strives to be as unobtrusive as possible. Thanks to one of the most effective camouflage systems on the planet, even a determined and sharp-eyed predator would have difficulty spotting the stick […] Read More


Stiletto Snake

Stiletto Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Lamprophiidae

Fun Fact: 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.

The stiletto snake is one of the most fearsome predators in Africa, even though it looks relatively harmless. With wandering fangs, these snakes can’t be held at any place on the body safely, and it’s incredibly difficult to tell the head from the tail. Proper identification of the stiletto snake is crucial to avoid thinking […] Read More


Stingray

Stingray Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Myliobatiformes

Fun Fact: It's stinger is razor-sharp or serrated!

Stingrays are very easily recognizable and have pancake-like bodies. Stingrays are fish that are known to be able to glide gracefully through the water. There are about 200 different species of stingrays in the oceans around the world. They are also found in lakes and freshwater rivers. Categorized as a group of sea rays, they […] Read More


Stoat

Stoat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Mustela
Scientific Name
Mustela Erminea

Fun Fact: Average adults weigh about 200 grams!

“The stoat is the small, but bold, predator of the Northern Hemisphere.” Stoats may be small animals, but this doesn’t stop them from being energetic and ambitious predators across a wide geographic range that includes large swaths of North America, Europe, and Asia. They generally prefer temperate, cool and cold climates and adapt to winter […] Read More


Stone Crab

Stone Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Menippidae
Genus
Menippe

Fun Fact: Females can lay up to a million eggs in one sitting

Over 90 percent of marketed stone crabs come out of Florida. In fact, the animals are often referred to as Florida stone crabs. But you can find this crab in offshore and coastal waters from Belize to North Carolina. They also populate the waters of Mexico‘s gulf, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and the Yucatan […] Read More


Stonechat

Stonechat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Muscicapidae 
Genus
Saxicola
Scientific Name
Saxicola torquatus, Saxicola caprata, and others

Fun Fact: Their songs are harsh and sound like two rocks hitting together.

“Their sharp calls sound like two stones being knocked together.” Summary The stone chat is a small passerine bird with an enormous range spanning three continents. Most species are nonmigratory or short-distance migrants, but many prefer to live in their habitats year-round. They predominately inhabit grassland and scrublands, placing their nests in low vegetation. Find […] Read More


Stonefish

Stonefish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scorpaeniformes
Family
Scorpaenidae
Genus
Synanceia

Fun Fact: The most venomous fish in the world

Summary One of the most venomous fish in the world, the stonefish, is a ray-finned fish in the family Scorpaenidae. They are a bottom-dwelling fish found throughout the Indo-Pacific. Instead of scales, it features warts and growths of algae all over its body. It uses camouflage to avoid predators and often appears like a rock […] Read More


Stoplight Loosejaw

Stoplight Loosejaw Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Stomiiformes
Family
Stomiidae
Genus
Malacosteus

Fun Fact: Emit red light to hunt via bioluminescent photophores

Summary One of nature’s sneakiest hunters, stoplight loosejaws belong to the dragonfish family Stomiidae. They get their name from the light-producing organs below each eye that emit green and red light like a stoplight. Given that most deep-sea creatures cannot see red light waves, this gives stoplight loosejaws a huge advantage when hunting for prey […] Read More


Stork

Stork Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Ciconiiformes
Family
Ciconiidae

Fun Fact: They can’t sing like other birds.

The stork is a bird that is filled with whimsy and wonder, often wrapped into the story of life. However, these birds are much more than a symbol of a new arrival; they are found in the hundreds of thousands around the world, residing primarily in Europe until the breeding season is over. Even with […] Read More


Strawberry Hermit Crab

Strawberry Hermit Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Coenobitidae
Genus
Coenobita
Scientific Name
Coenobita perlatus

Fun Fact: 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.

The strawberry hermit crab belongs to the Coenobitidae family, which includes the coconut crab. They are named after their famous red-orange coloration. Strawberry hermit crabs occur mainly in the Indo-Pacific from Indonesia to Mauritius and the Great Barrier Reef. They primarily inhabit coastal areas with access to seawater, which helps with osmoregulation and breathing. These […] Read More


Striped Bass

Striped Bass Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Moronidae
Genus
Morone
Scientific Name
Morone saxatilis

Fun Fact: Pilgrims counted striped bass as an essential part of their diet from the time they arrived in North America.

“Though they can live entirely in freshwater, adult striped bass primarily spend their lives in river estuaries or the ocean.” Striped Bass Summary The striped bass is a popular sport fish found along the North Atlantic coast of Canada and the United States. Sometimes called the Atlantic striped bass, rockfish, or striper, this long-lived species […] Read More


Striped Hyena

Striped Hyena Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Hyaenidae
Genus
Hyaena
Scientific Name
Hyaena hyaena

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

The Striped Hyena is a medium-sized mammal. It is a scavenging animal that is found in Africa, West India, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula. Some people like to have it as a pet. There are several interesting facts about striped hyenas. Both the male and female striped hyenas are very similar in appearance. […] Read More


Striped Rocket Frog

Striped Rocket Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Hylidae
Genus
Litoria
Scientific Name
Litoria nasuta

Fun Fact: Long powerful hind legs!

The striped rocket frog is one of the unique amphibious treasures of Australia. Known for its extraordinary leaping ability, this species makes a loud croaking sound that can be heard at night near ponds, wetlands, or other bodies of water. It shares a range with several other rocket frogs in eastern Australia, which makes it […] Read More


Stromatolite

Stromatolite Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Stromatolites played a key role in the development of life on Earth.

Stromatolites are layered sedimentary formations formed by microscopic bacteria. These living fossils are the oldest lifeforms on the planet and also one of the rarest. Stromatolites are created by photosynthetic microorganisms such as Pseudomonadota, cyanobacteria, and sulfate-reducing bacteria. These microorganisms produce an adhesive solution that cements sand and other sediments into mineral layers. Over time, […] Read More


Stupendemys

Stupendemys Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Podocnemididae
Genus
Stupendemys
Scientific Name
Stupendemys geographica

Fun Fact: The largest freshwater turtle known to have ever lived!

The astoundingly large Stupendemys geographica (formerly known as Stupendemys geographicus) is an extinct freshwater turtle. It was found in South America during the Miocene era and is thought to be the largest freshwater turtle species ever to have lived. Only one known turtle species was larger, but it lived in the sea. The shell of […] Read More


Sturgeon

Sturgeon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acipenseriformes
Family
Acipenseridae

Fun Fact: Large species can swallow whole salmon

The sturgeon, one of approximately 28 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae, is a primitive fish that is found in both saltwater and freshwater environments. Native to temperate waters of the Northern Hemisphere, sturgeons are among the largest fish and are found in the greatest abundance in the rivers of Ukraine and southern Russia […] Read More


Styracosaurus

Styracosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Ornithischia
Family
Ceratopsidae
Genus
Styracosaurus
Scientific Name
Styracosaurus

Fun Fact:

Description & Size Styracosaurus is a genus that translates into a spiked lizard. It was found in the year 1913 and currently only has two known species; the Styracosaurus albertensis and Styracosaurus ovatus. From the study of fossils, the paleontologists were able to gather the following facts regarding their physical attributes: The size of the […] Read More


Suchomimus

Suchomimus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Spinosauridae
Genus
Suchomimus
Scientific Name
Suchomimus tenerensis

Fun Fact: It walked on two legs and leaned forward

The dinosaur known as the “crocodile mimic” was incredibly fearsome in appearance. This dinosaur could get up to 36 feet with a long snout similar to a modern crocodile. Fortunately for other dinosaurs, this dinosaur was a pescatarian and ate only fish. It lived 125 to 112 million years ago during the Aptian to early Albian […] Read More


Suckerfish

Suckerfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cypriniformes
Family
Catostomidae

Fun Fact: Commonly found throughout America!

Suckerfish belong to the family Catostomidae and live in freshwater environments across the world. It’s believed that suckerfish first evolved roughly 50 million years ago and today more than 79 species have been identified.  Although suckerfish are bony fish, they’ve historically been an important food source and can be found in streams and rivers across […] Read More


Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Petauridae
Genus
Petaurus
Scientific Name
Petaurus breviceps

Fun Fact: Can glide for over 100 feet before touching the ground

“A small, gliding possum with a big sweet tooth.” Sugar gliders are tiny nocturnal animals that are native to forested and wooded regions in Australia and New Guinea. They have comparable size and appearance to North American squirrel species. However, their classification as marsupials means they are actually more similar to kangaroos, koalas, and possums. […] Read More


Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae
Genus
Centrochelys
Scientific Name
Centrochelys sulcata

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

“The Sulcata Tortoise is the third biggest tortoise in the world.” The populations of the Sulcata tortoise, also called the African spurred tortoise, are falling into the wild even as the tortoise is gaining in popularity as a pet. It’s an intelligent animal, and if its needs for ample housing, food, light, heat, and humidity […] Read More


Sultan Chicken

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

Fun Fact: Sultan chickens were bred for royalty and have more unique and distinctive features than any other breed!

Sultan chickens were bred for royalty and have more unique and distinctive features than any other breed! The 14th century fell at the end of a 900-year period known as the Dark Ages. The time was marked by war and the Black Death. Out of this period of misery and devastation, there arose a beautiful […] Read More


Sumatran Elephant

Sumatran Elephant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Proboscidea
Family
Elephantidae
Genus
Elephas
Scientific Name
Elephas Maximus Sumatranus

Fun Fact: Less than 2,000 left in the wild!

“Less than 2,000 left in the wild!” The smallest subspecies among the Asian elephants, the Sumatran elephant is native to Sumatra Island, one of the Sunda Islands, in Indonesia. Belonging to the Elephantidae family, they are among the largest mammals on land. Sumatran elephants are highly intelligent animals with excellent memory. Like all elephants, the […] Read More


Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran Orangutan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Hominidae
Genus
Pongo
Scientific Name
Pongo abelii

Fun Fact: Known to make mental maps of the forest!

Sumatran Orangutan Classification and Evolution The Sumatran orangutan is one of three orangutan species in Asia, and they are natively found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra (the other species being the Bornean orangutan that is endemic to Borneo and the Tapanuli orangutan that is only found in an isolated region of northwestern Sumatra). Also […] Read More


Sumatran Rhinoceros

Sumatran Rhinoceros Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Rhinocerotidae
Genus
Dicerorhinus
Scientific Name
Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis

Fun Fact: The smallest species of rhino!

The last ‘prehistoric’ rhino is now one of the world’s most endangered species  The Sumatran rhinoceros is the last “hairy” rhinoceros left on Earth. The smallest species of rhinoceros, the Sumatran rhino may very well be the most endangered large mammal in the world today. Incredible Sumatran Rhino Facts! The Sumatran rhino is believed to […] Read More


Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera Tigris Sumatrae

Fun Fact: The smallest species of tiger!

Last of the Sunda Island Tigers Majestic but increasingly vulnerable, Sumatran tigers are on the verge of extinction. A century ago, they roamed the Sunda islands in western Indonesia. Today, only a small number on Sumatra Island remains. Conservationists are diligently working to preserve the species, but their efforts aren’t outpacing the deadly habitation destruction […] Read More


Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Cardinalidae
Genus
Piranga
Scientific Name
Piranga Rubra

Fun Fact: They remove bee stingers by rubbing them against a tree

Summer tanagers are the only completely red bird in North America. You can spot the summer tanager in the United States during the warm months before it heads to its tropical wintering grounds. Its bright red plumage starkly contrasts its preferred forest habitats, where it feeds on insects and fruit. Listen for their soft, sweet […] Read More


Sun Bear

Sun Bear Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Helarctos
Scientific Name
Helarctos malayanus

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

Sun Bear Classification and Evolution Descended from the Black Bear, the Sun Bear has developed some unique characteristics of its own to suit its tree-dwelling and mostly herbivore lifestyle: Paws turned inward, flattened chest, and powerful forearms and claws for climbing treesA long tongue, adapted from Asian Black Bears, for reaching honey and termites in […] Read More


Sunbeam Snake

Sunbeam Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Xenopeltidae
Genus
Xenopeltiis
Scientific Name
Xenopeltis unicolor

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

The Sunbeam snake is one of two species of iridescent-scaled, non-venomous, nocturnal snake found in Southeast Asia. Their scales in the shade can look brown, pink, or purplish, but in the light, the dark gray, black, or brown scales flash with intense, metallic color. They are occasionally kept as pets because they are relatively docile […] Read More


Sunset Ball Python

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

Fun Fact: Sunset ball pythons are bred with several other morphs to get designer colors.

The sunset ball python is covered in rust and burnt-orange colors. The first individual was found in Africa as a wild-hatched snake. This snake is native to central and western Africa, and the primary export countries are Benin, Togo, and Ghana. Now, several breeders incorporate the sunset gene into their programs and produce beautiful snakes […] Read More


Super Pastel Ball Python

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

Fun Fact:

Super Pastel Ball Python Summary “The super pastel morph is the homozygous or ‘super’ form of the pastel morph. It is created by breeding two pastel ball pythons together, resulting in a stunningly bold, brightly-colored snake.” Characterized by its ultra-bold, clean, warm brown and tan base coloration and extremely bright yellow patterning, the super pastel […] Read More


Supersaurus

Supersaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Dinosauria
Family
Diplodocidae
Genus
Supersaurus
Scientific Name
Supersaurus vivianae

Fun Fact:

“The supersaurus was one of the largest dinosaurs to ever exist. Its neck alone could be as long as 50 feet!“ Scientific Name The official scientific name of the supersaurus is Supersaurus vivianae. The history of the supersaurus is quite complicated, and several aspects of it are still untapped. Its name was given by paleontologist […] Read More


Superworm

Superworm Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Tenebrionidae
Genus
Zophobas
Scientific Name
Zophobas morio

Fun Fact: These larvae are native to Central and South America but now occur on every continent except Antarctica

Superworms are the larvae of darkling beetles. They are typically used to feed omnivorous and insectivorous invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic pets. Their popularity is because they are readily available, easy to house, and inexpensive. In addition, these larvae are high in phosphorus and fat and are usually fed as treats or in rotation […] Read More


Surgeonfish

Surgeonfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acanthuriformes
Family
Acanthuridae

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

Beautiful, somewhat dangerous cleaner of the coral reef People admire the surgeonfish, whether it’s a yellowfin, palette, chevron, Achilles or black for its beauty, for many species flaunt jewel-like colors and nearly psychedelic patterns. However, they get their common name because they have an extremely sharp spine like a scalpel near their tail that they […] Read More


Sussex Chicken

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

Fun Fact: These chickens are curious and love to investigate anything new, especially if it contains a delicious treat. They love to follow their keepers around the yard and will be your companion when gardening.

Sussex chickens are a dual-purpose breed originating from the United Kingdom. They come in eight colors recognized for both bantam fowl and standard-sized. These chickens were also traditionally raised as table birds, specifically for meat production. However, they were replaced by modern industrial chickens. Today, people still keep them as dual-purpose birds. While it’s important […] Read More


Swai Fish

Swai Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Siluriformes
Family
Pangasiidae
Genus
Pangasianodon
Scientific Name
Pangasianodon hypophthalmus

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

Swai fish, also known as iridescent sharks, is a type of shark catfish native to Vietnam. These omnivorous bottom feeders live in the Mekong river and migrate upstream when the water levels rise in the late summer. When left to their own devices, iridescent sharks can get as big as 100 pounds. Commercial farmers frequently […] Read More


Swainson’s Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Buteo
Scientific Name
Buteo swainsoni

Fun Fact: Their wings form a “V” shape when flying.

“Swainson’s hawks are long-distance migrants, and almost the entire population moves from North America to South America during August and September.” Summary The Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is a medium-sized raptor native to North and South America. They live in open areas with scattered thickets of trees, like grasslands and prairies. They spend their days […] Read More


Swallow

Swallow Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Hirundinidae
Genus
Tachycineta, Atticora, and more
Scientific Name
Tachycineta bicolor, Atticora fasciata, and more

Fun Fact: swallows have aerodynamic bodies for hunting in flight

“Swallows live from sea level to high alpine habitats and easily adapt to manmade areas.” Summary The swallow (Hirundinidae) is a bird family encompassing morphologically unique passerine birds. There are 89 swallow species, and they have an extensive range, inhabiting every continent except for Antarctica. You will find them in any open area, such as […] Read More


Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Papilionidae
Genus
Papilio

Fun Fact: N/A

Did you know that there are approximately 600 species of Swallowtail butterflies? Swallowtail butterflies, in the family Papilionidae, have distinctive tail-like extensions on their hindwings, which resemble the tails of swallows. Swallowtails live on every continent except Antarctica. They typically feed on nectar from flowers and are important pollinators. Keep reading to learn more about […] Read More


Swallowtail Caterpillar

Swallowtail Caterpillar Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Papilionidae
Genus
Papilio

Fun Fact: N/A

With almost 600 different species of swallowtail butterflies, it would follow that there are almost 600 different species of swallowtail caterpillars. It’s true! And North America is home to about 40 of them! Swallowtail caterpillars are the larval stage of swallowtail butterflies. They feed on a variety of plants, including fennel, dill, and parsley. Their […] Read More


Swan

Swan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae
Genus
Cygnus
Scientific Name
Cygnus atratus

Fun Fact: Populations have been affected by pollution!

The Swan is known around the world for its beauty, elegance, and grace. The swan is a genus of waterfowl that has the ability to swim and fly with incredible speed and agility. This bird is also very intelligent, devoted to its mate, and highly aggressive about defending its young. They are a common sight […] Read More


Swedish Elkhound

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

Fun Fact: Swedish Elkhounds existed in prehistoric times!

“Swedish elkhounds have waterproof coats, which protect them from harsh, freezing winters.” Swedish Elkhound Introduction Did you know that Swedish elkhounds existed in prehistoric times? They originated in northern Sweden from a region called “Jamtland,” giving them their other common name: Jamthund. Originally, they were grouped with other breeds like Norwegian elkhounds, but in 1946, […] Read More


Swedish Lapphund

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

Fun Fact: "The Black Beauty of Norrland"

Summary The Sami people (formerly known as Lapps) bred the Swedish Lapphund to herd reindeer. This furry black (sometimes brown) dog is the oldest of Sweden‘s native dog breeds. It is a northern spitz breed with a distinctive, weather-proof double coat that repels dirt and water and sheds year-round. “Lappies,” as they are called, are […] Read More


Swedish Vallhund

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

Fun Fact:

The Swedish Vallhund is an adorable European herding dog with short legs and an attentive temperament. These playful cow dogs love to spend their time running through fields, basking in the sunshine, and keeping the herd together. Vallhunds and similar types of herding dogs have existed in Europe since the Viking era. The modern Swedish […] Read More


Swordfish

Swordfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Istiophoriformes
Family
Xiphiidae
Genus
Xiphias
Scientific Name
Xiphias gladius

Fun Fact: Lose their scales and teeth as adults

Summary One of the fastest fish in the ocean, the swordfish is the sole member of the family Xiphiidae. A close relative of the sailfish and marlin, swordfish are popular sport fish thanks to their powerful bodies and speed. They are highly migratory and can tolerate rapid temperature changes thanks to specialized tissue behind their […] Read More


Syrian Hamster

Syrian Hamster Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Cricetidae
Genus
Mesocricetus
Scientific Name
Mesocricetus auratus

Fun Fact: Can get used to and respond to human voice

The Syrian hamster also called the golden hamster or teddy bear hamster is a popular pet and one of the most popular pet rodents around. Its habitat is northern Syria and southern Turkey. Introduced to North America in 1936, it quickly became one of the first domesticated pet hamsters. With its small size, low price, […] Read More



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 Spalax
Spalax

Spalax can live up to 54 years!

A scissor tailed flycatcher
scissor tailed flycatcher

Scissor-tailed flycatchers are known for their dramatically long tails!

A Snow Goose
Snow Goose

The snow goose has a dark line along their beaks known as a ‘grinning patch’!

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