Animals that Start with W

Read below for information on 73 different animals that start with the letter W, from the wallaby to the wrasse fish. The most popular animal that starts with the letter W is the white tiger, a rare species that hasn’t been seen in the wild in over 50 years. The least popular W animal is the water vole. Water voles are the largest vole species in the United Kingdom. Fun facts about letter W name animals include:

  • Weasels are the smallest carnivorous mammal in the world
  • Wildebeest can migrate more than 1,000 miles annually
  • Walrus can grow to weight an astonishing 3,700lbs or more, making them the second largest ocean mammal that also comes ashore (the largest is the elephant seal)

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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with W

Animals that Start with W

A Wahoo Fish
Wahoo Fish

Wahoo can change colors when they're excited and while they hunt

A Walking Catfish
Walking Catfish

The walking catfish can move on land while breathing air

A Wallaby
Wallaby

There are roughly 30 different species!

A Walleye Fish
Walleye Fish

Has great night vision

A Walrus
Walrus

Inhabits the freezing waters of the Arctic Circle!

A Wandering Albatross
Wandering Albatross

Featured in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

A Warthog
Warthog

Has two sets of tusks on it's face!

A Wasp
Wasp

There are around 75,000 recognised species!

A Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

A Water Dragon
Water Dragon

Spends most of it's time in the trees!

A Water Vole
Water Vole

The largest Vole species in the UK!

A Weasel
Weasel

The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

A Weaver Bird
Weaver Bird

The weaver constructs an elaborate nest for the breeding season

A Weimaraner
Weimaraner

The Weimaraner is nicknamed the gray ghost.

A Weimardoodle
Weimardoodle

This dog is also known as the Weimarpoo, the Weimaranerpoo, and the Weimaranerdoodle.

A Wels Catfish
Wels Catfish

The wels catfish is among the largest freshwater fish in the world.

A Welsh Corgi
Welsh Corgi

There are two distinct breeds!

A Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier has the strength and tenacity to take on foxes and badgers.

A West Highland Terrier
West Highland Terrier

Most commonly white in colour!

A Western Blind Snake
Western Blind Snake

Western blind snakes are flourescent in black light!

A Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

They replace their fangs 2-4 times per year!

A Western Gorilla
Western Gorilla

There are two sub-species!

A Western Hognose Snake
Western Hognose Snake

Primarily solitary, these snakes only communicate with one another during breeding season.

A Western Lowland Gorilla
Western Lowland Gorilla

One of the great apes!

A Western Rat Snake
Western Rat Snake

Western rat snakes have special scales on their belly that help them climb up trees.

A Westiepoo
Westiepoo

This dog is known for cocking its head in a curious manner when listening to its owner.

A Whale Shark
Whale Shark

The largest species of fish in the world!

A Wheaten Terrier
Wheaten Terrier

Originally bred as a farm dog, the Wheaten Terrier can be very protective of its domain.

A Whimbrel
Whimbrel

The fastidious whimbrel sometimes washes off its prey before it eats it.


A Whinchat
Whinchat

The whinchat can imitate the songs of at least a dozen other tpes of birds!

A Whippet
Whippet

Quiet, gentle and restful dogs!

A Whiptail Lizard
Whiptail Lizard

Many whiptail species reproduce asexually.

A White Butterfly
White Butterfly

This butterfly determines the smell and taste of a flower with its feet.

A White Ferret / Albino Ferrets
White Ferret / Albino Ferrets

There are two different types of white ferrets!

A White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros

The second largest animal on the land!

A White Tiger
White Tiger

None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!

A White-Faced Capuchin
White-Faced Capuchin

One of the world's most intelligent monkeys!

A White-tail deer
White-tail deer

White-tail deer are good swimmers

A White-Tailed Eagle
White-Tailed Eagle

It is one of the biggest birds of prey.

A Whiting
Whiting

"Whiting" can refer to certain other species of ray-finned fish

A Whoodle
Whoodle

Whoodles are good swimmers

A Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

This species is named after the loud whooping sound it makes

A Wild Boar
Wild Boar

Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!

A Wildebeest
Wildebeest

Can trek more than 1,000 miles every year!

A Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

This bird molts twice a year.

A Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier was bred from the now extinct Rough Coated Black and Tan Terrier to hunt down foxes.

A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s coat makes it look like it has a mustache and beard!

A Wolf
Wolf

Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

A Wolf Eel
Wolf Eel

Wolf Eels may become tame and interact with human in areas where people frequently dive.

A Wolf Snake
Wolf Snake

Harmless, but with fangs like a wolf.

A Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

A Wolffish
Wolffish

The wolffish has impressive canines with a powerful bite force!

A Wolverine
Wolverine

Releases a strong smelling musk in defence!

A Woma python
Woma python

Woma pythons often prey on venomous snakes and are immune to some venoms.

A Wombat
Wombat

Spends most of the day underground!

A Wood Bison
Wood Bison

The reintroduction of wood bison into Alaska is considered one of the world’s best conservation success stories.

A Wood Frog
Wood Frog

The wood frog lives the furthest north of any other North American amphibian including in the Arctic Circle.

A Wood Tick
Wood Tick

Almost always found above 4,000 feet in elevation

A Wood Turtle
Wood Turtle

Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs

A Woodlouse
Woodlouse

This animal can roll up into a ball

A Woodlouse Spider
Woodlouse Spider

Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.

A Woodpecker
Woodpecker

There are 200 different species!

A Woodrat
Woodrat

Pack rats love shiny objects and will steal your jewelry.

A Woolly Mammoth
Woolly Mammoth

Tusks grew to 16ft long!

A Woolly Monkey
Woolly Monkey

Has a long, strong prehensile tail!

A Woolly Rhinoceros
Woolly Rhinoceros

The woolly rhinoceros roamed the earth between three and a half million and 14,000 years ago.

A Worm
Worm

Doesn’t have eyes.

A Worm Snake
Worm Snake

They emit a bad-smelling liquid if they are picked up!

A Wrasse
Wrasse

There are more than 500 different species!

A Writing Spider
Writing Spider

males pluck webs like strings on a guitar

A Wrought Iron Butterflyfish
Wrought Iron Butterflyfish

Is endemic to Japan.

A Wyoming Toad
Wyoming Toad

Releases poison from neck glands for defense!


A White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros

The second largest animal on the land!

A Wolf
Wolf

Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

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A Woma python
Woma python

Woma pythons often prey on venomous snakes and are immune to some venoms.

A Whimbrel
Whimbrel

The fastidious whimbrel sometimes washes off its prey before it eats it.


A Woolly Rhinoceros
Woolly Rhinoceros

The woolly rhinoceros roamed the earth between three and a half million and 14,000 years ago.

Animals that start with the letter W, including the Walrus & Wasp