Animals that Start with T

Updated: October 12, 2022
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Read below for information on 103 different animals that start with the letter T, from the small tang fish to turkeys. The most popular animal that starts with the letter T is the tiger, the largest cat species in the world. The least popular T animal is the tropicbird, so named for its habitat in tropical cliffs. Interesting facts about letter T name animals include:


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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with T

Animals that Start with T

Taco Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Taco terriers are known by a variety of names, including the Chitoxy Toy and the Chiwoxy.

Despite their small size, taco terriers have incredibly sharp teeth and are great at chewing things to pieces. Be careful leaving loose shoes and other soft items out where your terrier can get to them. The popular taco terrier is a designer Terrier breed created by crossing a toy fox terrier with a chihuahua. The […] Read More


Tailless Whip Scorpion

Tailless Whip Scorpion Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Amblypygi

Fun Fact: The average lifespan of these strange creatures is 5 to 10 years; however, tailless whip scorpions have been known to live up to a whopping 15 years in captivity!

Tailles whip scorpions are also known as whip spiders and fall under an ancient order of Amblypygi. This order consists of 5 families, 17 genera, and approximately 155 species. The most common species are Damon diadema and Damon variegatus. Despite their name, they are neither spiders nor scorpions. Instead, they are known as arthropods, a […] Read More


Taipan

Taipan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Oxyuranus

Fun Fact: The Most Venomous Snakes On Earth

“Taipan is the Most Venomous Snakes On Earth” It’s true that the taipan has fantastically potent venom, but it also benefits humans by eating vermin such as rats and mice. Found only in Australia and New Guinea, taipans are long snakes that can move fast, whether to escape danger or deliver a fatal bite. Amazingly, […] Read More


Takin

Takin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Budorcas
Scientific Name
Budorcas taxicolor

Fun Fact: The takin can leap some 6 feet through the air

The takin, also known as the cattle chamois or the gnu goat, looks like a cross between a cow, an antelope, and a goat. But don’t be fooled by its strange appearance. This species is supremely well adapted for some of the most rugged terrains on the planet. It actually shares a close ancestry with […] Read More


Tamaskan

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

Fun Fact:

While this breed may look like a wolf, Tamaskans are very tame and gentle with their owners. A group of British breeders undertook a project in the 1980s to develop a new dog breed with a wolf-like appearance. The Tamaskan was one of the results of that effort, which combined German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan […] Read More


Tang

Tang Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Acanthuridae

Fun Fact: Found around shallow coral reefs!

The Tang fish is highly sought after by aquarium owners all over the world. With its brightly colored body and stark patterns, it makes for an incredibly vivid display in the home. The tang fish is well-adapted for its natural habitat in the coral reefs. This can make it a little difficult to keep in […] Read More


Tapanuli Orang-utan

Tapanuli Orang-utan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Hominidae
Genus
Pongo
Scientific Name
Pongo tapanuliensis

Fun Fact: Inhabits an isolated mountain range in northwestern Sumatra!

Tapanuli Orang-utan Classification and Evolution The Tapanuli Orang-utan is one of just three Orang-utan species in the world (the other two being the Bornean Orang-utan and the Sumatran Orang-utan). Only named as a distinct species in science in 2017, the Tapanuli Orang-utan is the first great ape to have been discovered since the Bonobo nearly […] Read More


Tapir

Tapir Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Tapiridae
Genus
Tapirus

Fun Fact: Most closely related to horses and rhinos!

Amazingly, the roots of the modern Tapir species can be traced all the way back to the Eocene Epoch, which lasted from 56 to 33.9 million years ago. These early Tapirs were smaller than their modern counterparts and did not have an elongated nose or upper lip. These species weighed up to 400 pounds and […] Read More


Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula Hawk Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Pompilidae
Genus
Pepsis
Scientific Name
Pepsis albocincta

Fun Fact: Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.

“Not a bird, but a wasp with a powerful sting.” The tarantula hawk wasp gets its name because it hunts, rather like a bird of prey. In this case, the prey is a tarantula or a large and well-fed spider. The wasp doesn’t eat the tarantula, but paralyzes it, drags it to its burrow, and […] Read More


Tarbosaurus

Tarbosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Saurischia
Family
Tyrannosauridae
Genus
Tarbosaurus
Scientific Name
Tarbosaurus bataar

Fun Fact: Tarbosaurus‘ name “bataar” is a mispelling of the Mongolian word “baatar,” which means “hero.”

The Tarbosaurus bataar, also known as the Alarming Lizard, was found in China and Mongolia. It is native to the continent of Asia and is often mistaken for the Tyrannosaurus. Find out more about this ancient creature, including where it lived, its size, and more! Description & Size According to the fossil that was found […] Read More


Tarpon

Tarpon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Elopiformes
Family
Megalopidae
Genus
Megalops

Fun Fact: Its genus dates back to the Cretaceous period – 113 million years ago

The Tarpon is a popular game fish that is prized not for its flesh but for its vigor upon being captured. The tarpon fish, also known as the silver king, silverfish, silver sides, and sabalo, is a versatile fish that lives mostly in oceans but also in freshwater areas, including rivers and marshes. Consisting of […] Read More


Tarsier

Tarsier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Tarsiidae
Genus
Tarsius
Scientific Name
Tarsius

Fun Fact: Each eye weighs more than their whole brain!

Tarsier Classification and Evolution The Tarsier is a small species of primate that is found inhabiting the well-vegetated forests on a number of islands in south-east Asia. Although fossil records show that Tarsiers are animals that would have once been found in mainland Asia, Europe, North America and in Africa, modern Tarsiers are today restricted […] Read More


Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Dasyuromorphia
Family
Dasyuridae
Genus
Sarcophilus
Scientific Name
Sarcophilus harrisii

Fun Fact: Exclusively found on the island of Tasmania!

“Tasmanian Devils let out a sneeze to scare away animals that want to fight” A Tasmanian Devil is a marsupial. They are nocturnal animals, hunting for prey at night. These mammals are carnivores eating birds, insects, frogs, and carrion (dead animals). Tasmanian Devils live a solitary life. They can reach the age of around five […] Read More


Tasmanian Tiger

Tasmanian Tiger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Dasyuromorphia
Family
†Thylacinidae
Genus
†Thylacinus
Scientific Name
†Thylacinus cynocephalus

Fun Fact: The Tasmanian tiger could open its mouth almost 90 degrees.

One of the most fascinating animals to have existed, the Tasmanian tiger, or Tasmanian wolf, or thylacine was extinct in the wild by the early 20th century and went extinct altogether in 1936. It looked like a dog with some tiger stripes but was neither a dog nor a tiger. Like so many other animals […] Read More


Tasmanian Tiger Snake

Tasmanian Tiger Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Notechis
Scientific Name
Notechis scutatus humphreysi

Fun Fact: The Tasmanian tiger snake gets its name from their banded skin, closely resembling a tiger's stripes.

Tasmanian tiger snakes get their name from the black and yellow crossbands on their bodies. However, not all tiger snakes have these markings. These snakes often occur near water sources like dams, creeks, lagoons, swamps, wetlands, and even drains. In addition, their large size, aggressive nature, and toxic venom make these snakes dangerous to humans. […] Read More


Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Caprimulgiformes
Family
Podargidae
Genus
Podargus
Scientific Name
Podargus strigoides

Fun Fact: The tawny frogmouth is a master of camouflage that can hide in plain sight!

The tawny frogmouth is a master of camouflage that can hide in plain sight! What superpower would you choose, silent flight or invisibility? Night vision or super hearing? The tawny frogmouth says, “All of the above, please!” This master of camouflage hides in plain sight during the day and hunts at night, gobbling up creatures […] Read More


Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Strigiformes
Family
Strigidae
Genus
Strix
Scientific Name
Strix aluco

Fun Fact: The most widespread owl in Europe!

“Tawnies are by far the most common owl species in the UK, with an estimated population of 50,000 pairs.” A species of wood owl, tawny owls are highly territorial and about the size of a wood-pigeon. These medium-sized owls live across Europe and in some parts of Asia, but you will mainly find them in […] Read More


Teddy Bear Hamster

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

Fun Fact: The oldest recorded teddy bear hamster was six and a half.

“A teddy bear hamster can stuff its cheek pouches with an amount of food equal to 20 percent of its body weight” The teddy bear hamster is also known as a long-haired Syrian hamster. These tiny mammals are herbivores eating grains, vegetables, and fruit. A teddy bear hamster’s tail is very short at about half […] Read More


Teddy Guinea Pig

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

Fun Fact: Teddy guinea pigs resemble teddy bears, hence their name.

Teddy guinea pigs resemble teddy bears, hence their name. Facts Teddy guinea pigs have denser fur than any other guinea pig breed.Their features make them closely resemble teddy bears, hence their common name.Teddy guinea pigs are very vocal animals. They spend time chattering with themselves in their cages, squeaking when they see their owner or […] Read More


Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Often just called 'Teddies' by owners

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier, often just called ‘Teddies’ by owners, is an American ratting dog that shares its personality traits, coat colors, and breed origin with the rat terrier. They have a complex ancestry that includes many terrier breeds originally brought to the Americas by European immigrants. Manchester terriers, bull terriers, Italian greyhounds, and beagles […] Read More


Telescope Fish

Telescope Fish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Aulopiformes
Family
Giganturidae
Genus
Gigantura

Fun Fact: Swallows food, much of it larger than them, whole

The telescope fish is a striking, colorful creature that exists in deep-sea tropical and subtropical ecosystems. The telescope fish exists in depths of three-quarter miles to 1.3 miles down. Living deep below surfaces and away from natural light, these fish live in dark waters. To compensate, Mother Nature gave the telescope fish tubular eyes that […] Read More


Ten-Lined June Beetle

Ten-Lined June Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Scarabaeidae
Genus
Polyphylla
Scientific Name
Polyphylla decemlineata

Fun Fact: These beetles can take up to two years to complete one generation. In fact, larvae can develop in soil for up to 4 years!

Ten-lined June beetles are members of the Scarabaeidae family and fall into the class Insecta. They occur all over the globe and are known for their unique wings, which are covered in linear patterns. They also go by the name watermelon beetles and have very poor eyesight, which is why they are so attracted to […] Read More


Tennessee Walking Horse

Tennessee Walking Horse Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Equidae
Genus
Equus
Scientific Name
Equus ferus

Fun Fact: There's a national celebration of Tennessee Walkers each year

“The Tennessee Walking Horse is known for its unique running walk.” Tennessee Walking horses, aka Tennessee Walkers, are friendly, docile horses with three types of gaits. They have a long, elegant neck and can be dark brown, black, white, palomino, or gray in color. Tennessee Walkers are popular as both show horses and horses ridden […] Read More


Tentacled Snake

Tentacled Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Erpeton
Scientific Name
Erpeton tentaculatum

Fun Fact: Their tentacles have nerves that attach directly into the area of the brain that processes visual information.

Tentacled snakes are unique aquatic snakes that live in Peninsular Southeast Asia in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. These small snakes are fish eaters that only rarely eat other creatures like frogs or softshell crabs. They may only come out of the water to burrow in the mud if the water they live in dries up […] Read More


Tenterfield Terrier

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

Fun Fact: These terriers have quick minds and fast feet making them excellent for agility competitions.

Tenterfield Terriers are smart and move very quickly which is why they are a popular choice for agility competitions. The Tenterfield Terrier is a smart, active, and friendly dog. This breed is a relative of the miniature fox terrier that originated in England in the mid-1800s. Early settlers traveled with these terriers to Australia where […] Read More


Termite

Termite Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Isoptera
Scientific Name
Isoptera

Fun Fact: Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Termites never sleep! Often referred to as silent destroyers, termites are responsible for an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year. The insects have six legs and large heads compared to the size of their bodies. Termites are typically white or a light-yellow color. The insect species live in colonies with a queen, and […] Read More


Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Terriers were once the greatest dogs in the world.

The Terrier is not a dog breed in and of itself, but a dog group of breeds that share common features. They range from small to large sizes with coats that range from short and wiry to long and smooth and personalities that are fearless, lively, protective, loyal, intelligent, and playful. Terriers are bred to […] Read More


Terror Bird

Terror Bird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact:

The aptly named Terror Bird was a feathered predator that ruled the forests and plains of South America shortly after the dinosaurs died out. The giant flightless birds were characterized by large weapon-like beaks that have been likened to a pick-ax. Despite their huge size, the terror bird was faster than a modern horse. Description […] Read More


Tetra

Tetra Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Characiformes
Family
Characidae
Genus
Paracheirodon
Scientific Name
Paracheirodon Axelrodi

Fun Fact: Native to the freshwater streams of South America!

Tetra is a general name for tropical freshwater fish of the Characidae family. They are popular because they are peaceful species that can live with many other types of aquarium features. Aquarium enthusiasts also love them because they are easy to maintain, particularly the ember tetra. They come in many bright colors, like yellow, cardinal, […] Read More


Texas Blind Snake

Texas Blind Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Leptotyphopidae
Genus
Rena
Scientific Name
Rena dulcis

Fun Fact: These snakes grow to just 11 inches long

“These snakes grow to just 11 inches long” The Texas blind snake is sometimes called a Texas slender blind snake or a Texas threadsnake. These are fitting names for a snake with a very narrow body that measures just four to eleven inches in length. The diet of this snake includes insect larvae, ants, and […] Read More


Texas Brown Tarantula

Texas Brown Tarantula Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theraphosidae
Genus
Aphonopelma
Scientific Name
Aphonopelma hentzi

Fun Fact: You may see a mass migration of tarantulas in late summer or fall.

“The Texas brown tarantula is a classic big hairy spider!” Texas browns are one of the most common tarantulas in the US and are often called Missouri tarantulas or Oklahoma browns. Their bodies and legs are covered in brown hairs that give them a furry look. They have eight long segmented legs with two additional […] Read More


Texas Coral Snake

Texas Coral Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Micrurus
Scientific Name
Micrurus tener

Fun Fact: Texas coral snakes have the second most powerful venom in the world

“Texas coral snakes have the second most powerful venom in the world” The nocturnal Texas coral snake is notable for its bands of black, yellow, and red. It has a diet consisting mostly of earth snakes and skinks. During the day, Texas coral snakes spend a lot of time underground or hiding under piles of […] Read More


Texas Garter Snake

Texas Garter Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Thamnophis
Scientific Name
Thamnophis sirtalis annectens

Fun Fact: If you handle one of the snakes, it will defensively emit a foul-smelling musk that can get on your hands and other surfaces and permeate your home.

Texas garter snakes are uncommon, but where found they provide helpful pest control for gardens and residential areas. The Texas garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis annectens) is one of 13 subspecies of the common garter snake native to North America. This subspecies is found in central Texas, Kansas, and sometimes South Dakota. They are not venomous […] Read More


Texas Heeler

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

Fun Fact: Though they are loyal to their family, these dogs can be shy around strangers.

Texas Heeler puppies are born with bobbed tails. Breed an Australian Shepherd and an Australian Cattle dog and you have a Texas Heeler. Though it’s uncertain when this crossbreed originated, people started registering them as Texas Heelers in the 1970s. Breeders were looking for a dog with the herding skills of its parents along with […] Read More


Texas Indigo Snake

Texas Indigo Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Drymarchon
Scientific Name
Drymarchon melanurus erebennus

Fun Fact: Texas Indigo Snakes are known for chasing down, overpowering, and eating rattlesnakes.

“If it’s a Texas Indigo snake, let it go,” is a popular adage among Texas ranchers and farmers. They’re very popular in southern/central Texas where they primarily live. Texas indigo snakes are known for actively hunting and eating rattlesnakes. Diurnal by nature, they spend their nights in the burrows that other animals abandon. These snakes […] Read More


Texas Night Snake

Texas Night Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Hypsiglena
Scientific Name
Hypsiglena jani

Fun Fact: The Texas night snake has vertical pupils to help it see better at night.

The Texas night snake has vertical pupils to help it see better at night. The Texas night snake, also known just as often as the Chihuahuan night snake, spends most of the day hiding under rocks and logs. It comes out at night to hunt for its prey. This snake’s natural range maps across some […] Read More


Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Pantherophis
Scientific Name
Pantherophis obsoletus lindheimeri

Fun Fact: The Texas rat snake is one of the most common subspecies of the western rat snake in the wild.

The Texas rat snake is one of the most common subspecies of the western rat snake in the wild. If you live anywhere in the south-central United States, then you may see these large snakes out in the grass or somewhere near you’re home, but don’t panic. They’re generally not dangerous to people and can […] Read More


Texas Spiny Lizard

Texas Spiny Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Phrynosomatidae
Genus
Sceloporus
Scientific Name
Sceloporus olivaceous

Fun Fact: They hold push-up competitions!

The Texas spiny lizard is a small reptile native to Mexico and the south-central region of the United States. It prefers to live in mesquite trees and lowland areas that have heavy ground leaf cover. The spiny lizard is a common visitor to backyards and on fences in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. With a slender […] Read More


Thai Ridgeback

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

Fun Fact: In their native Thailand, Thai Ridgebacks were used to hunt cobras.

In their native Thailand, Thai Ridgebacks were used to hunt cobras Thai Ridgebacks have only been domesticated for the past 350 years or so. Before that, they were free-range dogs, roaming southeastern Asia in packs and easily identifiable by their wedge-shaped heads, pointed muzzles, erect ears, pigmented tongues, and curved tails. The breed is still […] Read More


Thalassomedon

Thalassomedon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Plesiosauria
Family
Elasmosauridae
Genus
Thalassomedon
Scientific Name
Thalassomedon haningtoni

Fun Fact: The length of the Thalassomedon's neck was up to half its body length

Thalassomedon is a genus of marine reptiles that lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous period. This giant creature belongs to an order of marine reptiles known as the plesiosaurs, characterized by their extremely long necks. Its closest relative is Elasmosaurus, another long-necked plesiosaur. Both reptiles belong to the family Elasmosauridae. Thalassomedon is known […] Read More


Thanatosdrakon

Thanatosdrakon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Pterosauria
Family
Azhdarchidae
Genus
Thanatosdrakon
Scientific Name
Thanatosdrakon amaru

Fun Fact: Thanatosdrakon was one of the largest pterosaurs that lived in South America.

Thanatosdrakon (dragon of death) is a newly identified genus of pterosaur reptiles that lived in South America. The flying reptile lived during the Late Cretaceous about 86 million years ago. It is the oldest member of the Quetzalcoatlinae clade of reptiles to be discovered so far. The only species of this genus is Thanatosdrakon amaru.  […] Read More


Thorny Devil

Thorny Devil Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Agamidae
Genus
Moloch
Scientific Name
Moloch horridus

Fun Fact: Found only on mainland Australia!

The thorny devil is covered in thorny spikes that make it look like a miniature dragon. A small lizard native to Australia, the thorny devil is known by various other names like thorny dragon, moloch, and mountain devil. It’s mainly active during the day and can change colors to blend into its environment. As intimidating […] Read More


Thresher Shark

Thresher Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Alopiidae
Genus
Alopias

Fun Fact: Thresher Sharks have a distinctive, thresher-like tail.

Thresher sharks are a larger group of sharks found in all temperate and tropical oceans worldwide. This family contains a single genus and three modern-day species. Plus, all species in this family are vulnerable to extinction. 5 Thresher Shark Facts Tail weapon: These sharks use their tail to herd fish, stun them, and kill them. […] Read More


Thrush

Thrush Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Turdidae

Fun Fact: The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.

The Thrush is called “Heralds of spring” Thrushes are smallish to medium-sized passerines or songbirds. They have a stocky build and large eyes, sometimes with rings around them. Thrushes are found all over the world and though most of them have rather drab plumage, they are known for the bluish color of their eggs and […] Read More


Thylacoleo

Thylacoleo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Thylacoleo

Fun Fact: Scientists have speculated that its bite force was equivalent to that of a 551 pound lion!

The thylacoleo was a genus of animals that contained the largest carnivore that ever lived in Australia and had the most powerful bite of any mammal, whether extant or extinct. Thylacoleo Description and Size Paleontologists believe that the largest species of this animal, T. carnifex stood around 30 inches tall at the shoulder and 59 […] Read More


Thylacoleo carnifex

Thylacoleo carnifex Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Thylacoleonidae
Genus
Thylacoleo
Scientific Name
Thylacoleo carnifex

Fun Fact: Thylacoleo carnifex was the largest carnivorous mammal in Australia

Thylacoleo carnifex is an extinct species of carnivorous marsupials that once lived in Australia. This species existed from the Late Pliocene to the Late Pleistocene Epoch (from two million years ago until about 46,000 years ago). Despite its similarities with modern-day lions in size and appearance, Thylacoleo carnifex was a marsupial (a pouched mammal similar […] Read More


Thylacosmilus

Thylacosmilus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Sparassodonta
Family
Thylacosimilidae
Genus
Thylacosmilus
Scientific Name
Thylacosmilus atrox

Fun Fact: Thylacosmilus resembled saber-toothed cats, but they’re not related

Thylacosmilus is a genus of saber-toothed mammals that once lived in South America during the Late Miocene and Pliocene epochs. Like the saber-toothed cats of North America, this animal had prominent upper canines that grew out of its mouth. Interestingly, it was not related to the saber-toothed cats. In fact, it wasn’t a cat at […] Read More


Tibetan Fox

Tibetan Fox Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Vulpes
Scientific Name
Vulpes ferrilata

Fun Fact: Tibetan foxes are not territorial and will share a hunting ground with other mated pairs.

“The Tibetan fox is a well-adapted animal that works with other predators to thrive in its natural plateau environment.” Tibetan foxes are some of the most distinguished members of the Vulpae family. These hardy plateau dwellers are chiseled out of necessary survival adaptations that make them the very best at hunting Plateau pikas and living […] Read More


Tibetan Mastiff

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

Fun Fact: Originally bred in the Himalayan mountains!

Tibetan Mastiffs are a very old dog breed, and no one knows much about their history. They were used as guard and herd dogs by nomads in Tibet and were also watchdogs for Tibetan monasteries. While this breed has grown in popularity since the 1980s, they are still a less common dog breed. Based on […] Read More


Tibetan Spaniel

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

Fun Fact: Originally bred to be a companion dog in Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries.

The Tibetan spaniel was originally bred in Asia to alert Buddhist monks of anyone who might approach their lamasery. Friendly and vocal, the Tibetan Spaniel loves to spend time with his family. This dog is sometimes called a “Tibby,” and the breed was originally bred for Buddhist monks, eventually reaching the US in the 1960s. […] Read More


Tibetan Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Tibetan terriers have round, flat, “snow shoe” feet that evolved to give them traction on snowy Himalayan paths

Tibetan terriers have round, flat, “snow shoe” feet that evolved to give them traction on snowy Himalayan paths. A Tibetan terrier could easily be mistaken for a larger version of its cousin, the Lhasa apso. Like Lhasa apsos, Tibetan terriers have a long, historic association with Buddhist monasteries, and they also have that long front […] Read More


Tick

Tick Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Ixodida

Fun Fact: They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite

The tick is a parasitic arachnid that feeds mainly on the blood of mammals and birds, but sometimes also reptiles and amphibians. Dog and deer ticks are the most well-known types of these pests. Both can cause skin irritations and diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The American dog tick and […] Read More


Tiffany

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

Fun Fact: Eye color intensifies with age!

The Chantilly-Tiffany, also known as just the Tiffany for short, is a rare semi-longhaired cat breed with a long and tangled history. It first originated in the late 1960s, when professional breeder Jennie Robinson of New York bred a pair of long-haired chocolate-colored cats of unknown origin called Thomas and Shirley. Her original name of […] Read More


Tiger

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

Fun Fact: The largest feline in the world!

“No two tigers share the same pattern of stripes.” Tigers are animals that live in both warm and cold areas of Asia. They are carnivores that hunt for prey at night. These big cats are solitary and have their own territory, and are one of the world’s apex predators. A Siberian tiger can weigh up […] Read More


Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Carabidae
Genus
Cicindela
Scientific Name
Cicindelinae

Fun Fact: The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world

“The oldest fossilized tiger beetles date back some 125 million years in a region that’s now called Inner Mongolia.” The tiger beetle is a diverse group of insects that spend most of their lives underground as larvae, waiting in ambush for prey. Upon reaching adulthood, they come up above ground to hunt and mate. The […] Read More


Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Erebidae
Genus
Arctia

Fun Fact: The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.

A tiger moth is most notable for its brightly colored wings. Their wing design can include a pattern of red, orange, green, white, and black. The tiger moth caterpillar is sometimes called a woolly bear because of its furry body. These moths live in gardens, meadows, and woodlands. Their wingspan ranges from 1.5 to 2 […] Read More


Tiger Rattlesnake

Tiger Rattlesnake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Crotalus
Scientific Name
Crotalus tigris

Fun Fact: These rattlesnakes have the smallest heads of any rattlesnake.

Tiger rattlesnakes have the smallest head and one of the most toxic venoms of any rattlesnake. It hunts for small rodents and lizards among the rocks and scrub brush. Using its small head to pull prey from tight spaces, the tiger rattlesnake is perfectly designed for its habitat. This small yet highly venomous rattlesnake lives […] Read More


Tiger Salamander

Tiger Salamander Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Caudata
Family
Ambystomatidae
Genus
Ambystoma
Scientific Name
Ambystoma tigrinum

Fun Fact: Found across the North American wetlands!

The tiger salamander is among the largest terrestrial amphibians of North America. Found almost anywhere with a suitable climate and sufficient bodies of water, the tiger salamander undergoes a remarkable transformation early in its life as it makes the transition between water and land. Although very susceptible to habitat degradation and high levels of acidity, […] Read More


Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Carcharhiniformes
Family
Carcharhinidae
Genus
Galeocerdo
Scientific Name
Galeocerdo Cuvier

Fun Fact: The fourth biggest species of shark in the world!

The tiger shark, also known as a leopard shark, maneater shark and spotted shark, is a warm, saltwater fish living in various areas throughout the world. This is the only member of the Galeocerdo genus. It is known for the vertical dark stripes on its back and the fact that it eats many types of […] Read More


Timber Rattlesnake (Canebrake Rattlesnake)

Timber Rattlesnake (Canebrake Rattlesnake) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Crotalus
Scientific Name
Crotalus horridus

Fun Fact:

The timber rattlesnake, also known as the canebrake rattlesnake in some places, is one of the most common venomous snakes in the eastern United States. Other local names besides the timber and canebrake rattlesnake include the black rattlesnake, American viper, banded rattlesnake, and eastern rattlesnake. But whatever they’re called, this species should be avoided at […] Read More


Timor python

Timor python Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Pythonidae
Genus
Malayopython
Scientific Name
Malayopython timoriensis

Fun Fact: Ironically, Timor pythons have never been found on the island of Timor.

The Timor python is the closest relative to the reticulated python and is a dwarf species. This shy and elusive snake is native to the islands around Timor, and its beautiful color pattern makes it an attractive pet snake. It is nonvenomous and not considered dangerous to people, even though its closest relative is dangerous […] Read More


Tire Track Eel

Tire Track Eel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Synbranchiformes
Family
Mastacembelidae
Genus
Mastacembelus
Scientific Name
Mastacembelus armatus

Fun Fact: They like to burrow into aquarium sand.

The tire track eel gets its name from the dark splotchy pattern on its long back that looks a lot like a tire tread. This eel lives in rivers and marshes in Southeast Asia. It’s a popular pet for people who own large freshwater aquariums. This carnivorous eel can be as long as 2.4 feet […] Read More


Titan Beetle

Titan Beetle Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Cerambycidae
Genus
Titanus
Scientific Name
Titanus giganteus

Fun Fact: Their jaws can bite through a wooden pencil.

Have you ever held a beetle that was as large as your hand? Time to meet the Titan Beetle! At over 6 inches long, the Titan Beetle is the largest beetle in the world, and one of the largest insects that we know of. They have strong mandibles and sharp spines to help them defend […] Read More


Titanoboa

Titanoboa Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Boidae
Genus
Titanoboa
Scientific Name
Titanoboa cerrejonensis

Fun Fact: The Titanoboa was a massive, 42-foot-long boa constrictor that lives 58-60 million years ago.

Titanoboa Description & Size If you think the 15-foot-long anaconda is a horror show, imagine titanoboa, a 42-foot long boa constrictor that was 3 feet wide at its widest point. There are some who even believe this snake could grow to 50 feet in length. Not only that, it could weigh as much as 2,500 […] Read More


Toadfish

Toadfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Batrachoidiformes
Family
Batrachoididae

Fun Fact: Can be heard out of water

Unlike most fish, Toadfish are very vocal Toadfish is the common name for all fish in the family Batrachoididae as well as some species in the families Tetraodontidae and Psychrolutidae. . Certain species along the Gulf coast are called dogfish. Its venom, textrodoxin, is the most dangerous poison in the world. Like pufferfish, it must […] Read More


Tomato Hornworm

Tomato Hornworm Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Sphingidae
Genus
Manduca
Scientific Name
Manduca quinquemaculata

Fun Fact: The tomato hornworm is a ferocious pest that can eat all parts of a plant, including the fruits.

The tomato hornworm is a ferocious pest that can eat all parts of a plant, including the fruits.  Summary The tomato hornworm is the caterpillar of the five-spotted hawk moth. The worm is characterized by the presence of a horn on its back which gives it a formidable look. While it does not harm humans, […] Read More


Torkie

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

Fun Fact: The Torkie has a soft silky coat

The Torkie has a soft and silky coat. Torkie Introduction The Torkie is a crossbreed between a Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Fox Terrier. The Toy Fox Terrier was bred in the 1930s as a vermin hunter and circus performer. The Yorkshire Terrier was bred in England one hundred years ago to hunt rats. This dog […] Read More


Tornjak

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

Fun Fact: Tornjaks are very adaptable and can live harmoniously in packs as they get along well with other dogs.

Tornjaks are mountain sheepdogs that originate from Croatia and Bosnia. They are a large breed but have gentle natures. Their primary purpose was to protect sheep because they were alert and protective. In addition, they are calm, obedient, easily trainable, and rarely aggressive, making them ideal for families with children and other pets. However, they […] Read More


Tortoise

Tortoise Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Testudinidae

Fun Fact: Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

The tortoise, any member of the family Testudinidae, is a reptilian vertebrate that lives exclusively on land. Also known as land turtles, tortoises are found on all continents except for Antarctica and Australia. With nearly 50 species spread across more than 15 genera, tortoises vary widely in terms of size, color, and other features. Many […] Read More


Toucan

Toucan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Ramphastidae
Genus
Ramphastos

Fun Fact: There are more than 40 different species!

“A toucan’s frog-like squawk can be heard a mile away” A toucan bird’s curved, colorful beak makes it hard to overlook. They are omnivores eating insects, eggs, and fruit. These birds can live up to 20 years in the wild. They live in the tropical forests of South America as well as in Central America. […] Read More


Towhee

Towhee Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Passerellidae
Genus
Pipilo
Scientific Name
Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Fun Fact: Most towhee species are non-migratory. However, some are partial migrators depending on their location.

Towhees are a group of songbirds containing nine different species. They belong to the family Passerellidae, also referred to as the New World sparrows. Many people struggle pronouncing their name, but it is quite simple, Tow-Hee. Their most distinctive feature is their red eyes. All species of this family reside in North America. The biggest […] Read More


Toxodon

Toxodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Notoungulata
Family
Tocodontidae
Genus
Toxodon
Scientific Name
Notounguta

Fun Fact:

Description & Size A Toxodon is an extinct genus of South American mammals. It’s a member of Notoungutata, one of several now extinct orders of hoofed mammals indigenous to South America. The Toxodon was 9 feet long and 4 ft 11 in high at the shoulder. The teeth of the Toxodon have no roots, growing forever […] Read More


Toy Fox Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Hunters still use the toy fox to go into a fox's den and flush the animal out.

The Toy Fox terrier is the 150th dog breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. This dog mix was inducted into the AKC in 2003. The toy fox terrier is a petite terrier, an amusing mix of charisma and sturdiness that belies its size. Indeed, this dog was bred to work on farms […] Read More


Toy Poodle

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

Fun Fact: The word poodle is derived from German, and it means to splash or puddle.

Toy poodles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world! You may find yourself continually laughing at your dog because their agility and intelligence let them get in and out of some situations that you will find hard to believe. Most toy poodles are very self-confident. This breed is the smallest of […] Read More


Transylvanian Hound

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

Fun Fact: The Transylvanian Hound is also known as the Erdelyi Kopo in Hungarian

The Transylvanian Hound once came in two different sizes: short-legged and long-legged. The short-legged has historically hunted small game such as foxes and hares in rocky or overgrown terrain. The long-legged version hunted big game such as bears, bison, boar, and lynxes in woodlands and grasslands. The Transylvanian Hound is a very old breed of […] Read More


Trapdoor spider

Trapdoor spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae

Fun Fact: Ambush their prey using a trapdoor made of silk

Summary One of nature’s greatest ambush hunters, trapdoor spiders create burrows that they cover with a trapdoor made of silk, hence their name. Several different families contain species commonly referred to as trapdoor spiders, although those belonging to the family Ctenizidae are often called the “true trapdoor spiders.” You can find trapdoor spiders worldwide in […] Read More


Tree Frog

Tree Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Hylidae

Fun Fact: Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Tree frogs are some of the world’s most whimsical amphibians, thanks to their cute eyes and unique legs and toes that allow them to climb trees easily. Unlike their somewhat dumpy terrestrial counterparts, these frogs generally have bright colors that make them a favorite zoo exhibit. Their distinctive calls often make them heard and not […] Read More


Tree Kangaroo

Tree Kangaroo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Macropodidae
Genus
Dendrolagus

Fun Fact: It’s the only macropod that lives in trees.

“The Tree Kangaroo is a kangaroo made for life in the trees.” The tree kangaroo is the only macropod known to live in trees. A macropod is a kangaroo or one of its relatives. These animals are found in the tropical rainforests in Queensland, Australia, New Guinea, and some nearby islands. Because they live in […] Read More


Tree Snake

Tree Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Boiga
Scientific Name
Boiga irregularis

Fun Fact: Though this snake’s venomous bite isn’t harmful to adults, it can be dangerous to children

It’s sometimes called a cat snake because of its large eyes and vertical pupils. The brown tree snake lives in the northern and eastern parts of Australia, on Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands as well as on the island of Guam. This snake is large in size sometimes growing to a length of 6.6 […] Read More


Tree swallow

Tree swallow Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Hirundinidae
Genus
Tachycineta
Scientific Name
Tachycineta bicolor

Fun Fact: The tree swallow can make more than a dozen distinct vocalizations

Easily identified by the iridescent hue of the plumage, the tree swallow is among the most common song birds of North America. Their complex sounds cut through the crisp spring air of the breeding season. The popularity of other song birds like the bluebird and house sparrow has benefited the tree swallow as well; all […] Read More


Tree Viper (Bamboo Viper)

Tree Viper (Bamboo Viper) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Trimeresurus
Scientific Name
Trimeresurus stejnegeri

Fun Fact: Pit vipers can strike accurately at moving objects less than .5 degrees Farenheit warmer than the background.

Tree vipers are venomous pit vipers that live in Southeast Asia including southern China, Northeast India, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The venomous tree viper goes by many names, depending upon its location. The most common are Stejneger’s pit viper, Stejneger’s tree viper, bamboo viper, Chinese green tree viper, Chinese pit viper, Chinese bamboo […] Read More


Treecreeper

Treecreeper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Certhiidae
Genus
Certhia
Scientific Name
Certhia familiarus

Fun Fact: Their tailfeathers help them maintain their balance on a tree trunk

“Treecreepers move in a spiraling motion around a tree trunk” The treecreeper is notable for its climbing abilities. It’s found in Europe and Asia. This bird is an omnivore that eats seeds and insects. Its long, curved feet are designed to help it hang on to a tree trunk. A treecreeper builds its nest in […] Read More


Treeing Tennessee Brindle

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

Fun Fact: Coarse baying cries during the hunt changes at the tree

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a medium-size cur-type breed that is a mix of hunting and treeing dogs, including the Plott Hound. Its records have been kept since 1995 by the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service Program. The breed is a sturdy, healthy, energetic dog with hunting and treeing skill, a keen sense of […] Read More


Treeing Walker Coonhound

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

Fun Fact: The breed has several distinctive vocalizations, such as a long, yodeling call when he is on the hunt, and a short repeating bark once he trees his prey. Whining is normal as he anticipates the hunt.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound lets out a long, yodelling call when on the hunt, and a short repeating bark once they tree prey. Whining is normal in anticipation of the hunt. Loving and confident, Treeing Walker Coonhounds, also known as Walkers, enjoy spending time with humans. Originally bred from Tennessee Leads and Walker Hounds, these […] Read More


Triggerfish

Triggerfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Tetraodontiformes
Family
Balistidae

Fun Fact: There are 40 species of Triggerfish, all with different coloring and patterns.

Triggerfish can lock the spines of their fins, then unlock like a “trigger.” If it is a Triggerfish, chances are they came from a tropical reef. These fish exhibit interesting colors and shapes, including spots, stripes, and bands. They are also very protective of their eggs and can even get aggressive with scuba divers and […] Read More


Troodon

Troodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Troodontidae
Genus
Troodon
Scientific Name
Troodon formosus

Fun Fact: Troodon formosus means "wounding tooth" in Greek, a name that describes its serrated teeth.

It’s always fascinating to learn more about dinosaur species like the Troodon that are distantly related to the feathered friends we see today. These prehistoric animals resembled and behaved like birds, making them an important link that teaches scientists more about how birds evolved. They lived in the Late Cretaceous period, around 77 million years […] Read More


Tropicbird

Tropicbird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Phaethontiformes
Family
Phaethontidae
Genus
Phaethon

Fun Fact: Nests on tropical islands and cliffs!

Tropicbirds are the common name given to one of three species of seafaring birds that are part of the Phaethontidae family. The three living species are better known as the White-tailed tropicbird, the red-tailed tropicbird, and the red-billed tropicbird. The white-tailed variety is actually Bermuda’s national bird. They live in mated pairs within small colonies […] Read More


Trout

Trout Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Salmoniformes
Family
Salmonidae
Genus
Salmo, Oncorhynchus, Salvelinus

Fun Fact: They don’t have scales for their first month of life!

A trout is not a single species. The name trout refers to a type of freshwater fish that lives in cold rivers and lakes all over the world. Trout are native to North America, Europe, and other parts of the world. Most trout species fall into one of three categories: freshwater, saltwater, and anadromous. Anadromous […] Read More


Tsetse Fly

Tsetse Fly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Diptera
Family
Glossinidae
Genus
Glossina

Fun Fact: Tsetse flies are large biting flies that live in the tropical regions of Africa.

Tsetse flies are a type of blood-sucking insect that lives in diverse locations in Sub-Sahara Africa. There are about 27 different species of tsetse flies, which have been given the scientific name of Glossina. The pronunciation of tsetse is tse-see, according to Merriam Webster. This insect’s deadly bite, which you may not even notice, kills […] Read More


Tuatara

Tuatara Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Sphenodontia
Family
Sphenodontidae
Genus
Sphenodon
Scientific Name
Sphenodon Punctatus

Fun Fact: Only found on a few of New Zealand's islands!

One of the tuatara’s nicknames among scientists is “living fossil” because of its lack of evolutionary change. Because of the fact that it is not quite a lizard and not quite a dinosaur, New Zealand’s tuatara is one of the few truly unique animals left in the world. These reptiles may look like lizards, but […] Read More


Tufted Coquette

Tufted Coquette Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Apodiformes
Family
Trochilidae
Genus
Lophornis
Scientific Name
Lophornis ornatus

Fun Fact: They are tame and easy to approach

“They are often confused with bees because of their tiny size.” Summary The tufted coquette is a brightly-colored tiny hummingbird found in the tropical habitats of South America. These adorable birds are tame and easy to approach, but they are relatively solitary and stay to themselves. You can find them hovering next to flowers, sucking […] Read More


Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Paridae
Genus
Baeolophus
Scientific Name
B. bicolor

Fun Fact:

“The tufted titmouse has a pretty simple song, but it is known to vary in at least 20 different ways.” The tufted titmouse is a relatively small songbird native to North America. It is a species of the chickadee family and related to other tits. Recently, this species was separated into several other species thanks […] Read More


Tully Monster

Tully Monster Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Genus
Tullimonstrum
Scientific Name
Tullimonstrum gregarium

Fun Fact: Tully Monsters can neither be classified as vertebrates nor invertebrates due to their ambiguous body structure.

The Tullimonstrum is more commonly known as the Tully monster or Tully’s monster. Its remains have only been found in Illinois in the United States. This relatively small creature resembled a lamprey and was a water dweller. Description & Size According to the fossil discovered, the following are the only physical attributes known to the scientific […] Read More


Tuna

Tuna Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scombriformes
Family
Scombridae

Fun Fact: The tuna has a sleek body that enables it to swim quickly through the water

Beloved by millions of people as a culinary delight for its rich, succulent taste, the mighty tuna fish roams the world’s oceans. Its sleek, streamlined torpedo-shaped body makes it one of the fastest fish in the world and a rather capable predator. The tuna fish is also a critical part of the world’s food supply, […] Read More


Turaco

Turaco Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Musophagiformes
Family
Musophagidae
Genus
Corythaeola, Crinifer, Tauraco, Musophaga, Gallirex

Fun Fact: Their name means “banana-eater,” but they rarely ever eat bananas.

Summary The turaco is a bird family endemic to Africa. You can find them in lush forests and savannas throughout the continent below the Sahara Desert. These birds are excellent on their feet; you can often find them walking and running on branches and over twigs. Unfortunately, several species are experiencing a population decline due […] Read More


Turkey

Turkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Meleagris
Scientific Name
Meleagris

Fun Fact: Closely related to pheasants and chickens!

The turkey is a fascinating bird that is directly related to dinosaurs like the velociraptor. It’s an intelligent and social animal, and it’s also related to pheasants and grouse. These birds can be found all across the United States, Canada and Mexico. An Amazing Bird: 3 Turkey Facts A turkey’s gender can be determined by […] Read More


Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Cathartidae
Genus
Cathartes
Scientific Name
Cathartes Aura

Fun Fact:

Summary “Nature’s clean-up crew.” The Turkey Vulture is also known in North America as the Turkey Buzzard, or sometimes just Buzzard. It is found from southern Canada to the tip of South America.  6,431 People Couldn't Ace This Quiz Think You Can? Take Our Brand New A-Z-Animals Birds Quiz It is a fairly large bird with […] Read More


Turkish Angora

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

Fun Fact: A breed that originated in central Turkey!

The personality of the Turkish Angora cat is as elegant as the traditional white coat that has become the most popular look for the breed. These cats, even when they are young, have a particular affinity for time with their owner, gracefully playing and cuddling with anyone in their family. While they may have some […] Read More


Turtles

Turtles Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines

Fun Fact: Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.

Over half of all turtle species are threatened by pollution and other human-caused issues. Turtles are a broad group of animals, and they’ve existed on this earth for quite some time. There are over 300 different species, and each one has unique facts about their behaviors, diets, and appearances. They can be found on land […] Read More


Tusoteuthis

Tusoteuthis Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Cephalopoda
Order
Octopoda
Family
Muensterellidae
Genus
Tusoteuthis
Scientific Name
Tusoteuthis longa

Fun Fact: Tusoteuthis was one of the largest cephalopods ever

Tusoteuthis is an extinct cephalopod genus that lived during the Cretaceous. Although it is often referred to as a squid, and although it is about the same size as a giant squid, Tusoteuthis is more closely related to octopuses. This cephalopod lived in the ancient Western Interior Seaway of North America. Although it was one […] Read More


Twig Snake

Twig Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Thelotornis
Scientific Name
Thelotornis capensis

Fun Fact: Twig snakes are among the few rear-fanged colubrids whose bite is highly venomous and potentially fatal.

“A Twig snake can swallow its prey while hanging upside down from a branch” The twig snake is also known as a vine snake because of its long, narrow body. These snakes are native to the southern part of Africa and have a lifespan of eight to twelve years. Their diet includes tree frogs, lizards, […] Read More


Tylosaurus

Tylosaurus Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Mosasauridae
Genus
Tylosaurus
Scientific Name
Tylosaurus proriger

Fun Fact: Tylosaurus was a marine reptile that is closely related to modern-day snakes and monitor lizards.

Tylosaurus is a genus of Mosasaur, a group of large, predatory marine reptiles that lived during the Late Cretaceous (about 85 million years ago). This 45-foot-long lizard-like beast lived alongside the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures of the Cretaceous period. However, it wasn’t a dinosaur. Instead, it is more closely related to modern-day snakes and […] Read More


Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Family
Tyrannosauridae
Genus
Tyrannosaurus
Scientific Name
Tyrannosaurus rex

Fun Fact: They had many air pockets in their skeleton which kept them light despite their tremendous size.

There are few dinosaurs as recognizable and fascinating as the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex. Well-known by its scientific name, T. rex, this dinosaur has been represented in everything from movies to action figures. It also makes plenty of appearances at museums and dinosaur exhibits to educate visitors of all ages about its incredible life and place […] 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 T

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

A Teddy Guinea Pig
Teddy Guinea Pig

Teddy guinea pigs resemble teddy bears, hence their name.

A Trapdoor spider
Trapdoor spider

Ambush their prey using a trapdoor made of silk

A Thylacoleo carnifex
Thylacoleo carnifex

Thylacoleo carnifex was the largest carnivorous mammal in Australia

Animals that start with the letter T, including the Toucan & Thorny Devil
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