Animals that Start with Y

Updated: January 24, 2023
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A-Z Animals tracks 30 animals that start with the letter Y. They include the yak and yellow-eyed penguin (which is the rarest species of penguin!). AZ Animals will be covering many more Y name animals soon.


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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with Y

Animals that Start with Y

Yabby

Yabby Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Parasticidae
Genus
Cherax
Scientific Name
Cherax destructor

Fun Fact: The yabby can survive long periods of droughts by burrowing into the soil.

The yabby is a fully-aquatic freshwater crayfish native to Australia and has the widest range of any crayfish on the continent. A member of the Cherax genus, yabby typically live in slow-moving waterways across Australia and New Guinea. It has a unique survival mechanism that allows it to endure long periods of drought. Some members […] Read More


Yak

Yak Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos
Scientific Name
Bos grunniens

Fun Fact: Yaks can live at altitudes up to 20,000 feet--the highest of any land-dwelling mammal.

Yaks are heavily built animals with a sturdy frame that have long, thick hair. Yaks are animals that are native to Tibet and China but are also found in Mongolia, Nepal, and Central Asia. Scientists believe that Qiang tribespeople domesticated yak animals at least 5,000 years ago, a claim supported by genetic evidence. However, some […] Read More


Yakutian Laika

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

Fun Fact: The Yakute people were likely the first to use dogs to pull sleds, so the Yakutian Laika was probably among the first sled dogs.

The Yakute people were likely the first to use dogs to pull sleds, so the Yakutian Laika was probably among the first sled dogs. While Yakutian Laikas only recently become more well-known in other parts of the world, they are an ancient breed. As you may be able to guess based on their name, they […] Read More


Yarara

Yarara Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Viperidae
Genus
Bothrops
Scientific Name
Bothrops alternatus

Fun Fact: Females are much larger than males

Beautiful but dangerous This robust-bodied pit viper belongs, frankly, to one of the most dangerous of the snake genera. Its venom quickly and efficiently kills its prey, and even a small amount can do terrible damage to the human body. Yet this admittedly dangerous and beautifully patterned animal wants no more than to make a […] Read More


Yellow Anaconda

Yellow Anaconda Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Boidae
Genus
Eunectes
Scientific Name
E. notaeus

Fun Fact: Anacondas take prey much bigger compared to body weight than other snakes.

Yellow anacondas are generalist carnivores and will eat anything they can overpower with their massive size and strength. These are large snakes in the boa family that live in South America. While not as well-known as the even bigger green anaconda, these snakes achieve lengths of up to 15 feet long and 80 pounds. Amazing […] Read More


Yellow Aphids

Yellow Aphids Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Family
Aphididae
Genus
Aphis
Scientific Name
Aphis nerii

Fun Fact: These aphids are primarily wingless; however, once the infestation on their host gets too crowded, they develop wings, allowing them to fly to a new host plant.

Yellow aphids are parasitic insects that live on host plants like the oleander or milkweed. They are tiny and only measure between 0.059 to 0.10 inches long. As their name depicts, they are yellow in color with pitch black legs. They are generally wingless but may develop wings if the infestation becomes too large so […] Read More


Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Sphyrapicus
Scientific Name
Sphyrapicus varius

Fun Fact: The males are responsible for choosing the nesting tree most of the time. Luckily, cavity nests are often reused for multiple breeding seasons (up to 7 years.)

The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a woodpecker species native to eastern Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern United States. They take their job seriously and will drill a network of little holes into the bark of trees, which are referred to as “sap wells.” Then, they drink the sugary sap that wells up from the tree’s vasculature. […] Read More


Yellow Belly Ball Python

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

Fun Fact: The yellow belly gene is co-dominant and doesn't completely override other genes.

“Yellow belly ball pythons started as an ‘odd-looking’ normal ball python that Amir Soleymani purchased at a reptile show in 1997.“ Yellow Belly Ball Python Summary Over three million ball pythons have been exported from Africa since the 1970s. Many more are bred in captivity every year, making them one of the most popular pet […] Read More


Yellow Bullhead Catfish

Yellow Bullhead Catfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Siluriformes
Family
Ictaluridae
Genus
Ameiurus
Scientific Name
Ameiurus Natalis

Fun Fact: Bottom dwelling scavenger fish

Native to North America, yellow bullhead catfish have a super keen sense of smell, which they use to find food and navigate their surroundings. Yellow Bullhead Catfish Summary These catfish can be found in streams, rivers, and lakes throughout the United States. They are considered to be a hardy species with a substantial population and […] Read More


Yellow Cobra

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

Fun Fact: The Yellow Cobra belong to one of the most dangerous families in the world.

The Yellow Cobra, or Cape cobra is a highly venomous creature located in southern Africa. Among other names, there’s the brown cobra and koperkapel. That loosely translates, in the Afrikaans language, to copper cobra. You’ll run into the snake throughout the Northern, Western, and Eastern Cape, North West Province, Free State, and many other parts […] Read More


Yellow Crazy Ant

Yellow Crazy Ant Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Formicidae
Genus
Anoplolepis
Scientific Name
Anoplolepis gracilipes

Fun Fact: One of the top 100 worst invasive species!

The yellow crazy ant is so called because of its color, as well as the frenetic movements it makes when disturbed. Unlike other ant species, these pests don’t bite or sting – they spray acid! Yellow crazy ants may be tiny, but they have decimated ecosystems and are behind millions of dollars’ worth of damage. […] Read More


Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Percidae
Genus
Perca flavescens
Scientific Name
Perca flavescens

Fun Fact: Female Yellow Perch grom larger than the males.

The Yellow Perch is an abundant freshwater fish in the northern areas of North America. It is recognized by its gold or yellow body with dark vertical stripes. It is a popular sport and commercial fish, especially in the Great Lakes region.  The Yellow Perch has many common names, such as Striped Perch, American Perch, Coontail, Lake […] Read More


Yellow Sac Spider

Yellow Sac Spider Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Cheiracanthiidae
Genus
Cheiracanthium

Fun Fact: Primarily Carnivorous, but sometimes snacks on nectar.

A Yellow Sac Spider is a beneficial species of sac spider native to the United States, where it is found primarily in the northeastern to midwestern states. Similar species to the American version are found in many countries across the world including Germany and Australia. These spiders are active hunters who do not wait in […] Read More


Yellow Spotted Lizard

Yellow Spotted Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Xantusiidae
Genus
Lepidophyma
Scientific Name
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum

Fun Fact: Gives birth to live young.

The yellow spotted lizard has seemingly gained popularity through the book Holes, but there’s a lot of misinformation about them as a result. These nocturnal lizards prefer a warm and humid environment, primarily remaining in the same region for their entire life. They primarily eat insects, and they give birth to live young. With a […] Read More


Yellow Tanager (Black-and-Yellow Tanager)

Yellow Tanager (Black-and-Yellow Tanager) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Thraupidae
Family
Thraupidae
Genus
Chrysothylpis
Scientific Name
Chrysothylpis chrysomelas

Fun Fact: They swallow soft fruit whole

“They feed on small fruit, which they swallow whole.” Summary The yellow tanager (black-and-yellow tanager) is a small passerine bird endemic to South America. It inhabits forest canopies, edges, and clearings near the Caribbean in the foothills of central mountains. While this species is relatively common in its habitat, there is much we still don’t […] Read More


Yellow Tang

Yellow Tang Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Family
Acanthuridae
Genus
Zebrasoma
Scientific Name
Zebrasoma flavescens

Fun Fact:

You may be familiar with the popular Blue Tang thanks to the beloved Dory character in Finding Nemo, but did you know that Dori has a yellow relative? The Yellow Tang, known by its scientific name Zebrasoma flavescens, is a bright yellow color with the signature shape of a tang. It lives in reefs and […] Read More


Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake

Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Hydrophis
Scientific Name
Hydrophis platurus

Fun Fact: Sea snakes spend approximately 90% of their lives under water.

The yellow-bellied sea snake has the largest habitat range of any snake species in the world. The yellow-bellied sea snake belongs to a unique genus that inhabits marine environments. It stays in the water during its entire life and cannot even properly move or stay upright on land. The species has many unique adaptations to […] Read More


Yellow-Eyed Penguin

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Megadyptes
Scientific Name
Megadyptes antipodes

Fun Fact: The rarest species of penguin!

“Yellow-eyed penguins are uniquely characterized by their pale yellow eyes” The only penguins belonging to the genus Megadyptes, the yellow-eyed penguins are uniquely characterized by their pale yellow eyes. Usually found in Stewart, Auckland, and Campbell Islands, these penguins can also be distinguished by yellow eyeballs and yellow feathers that rest at the peak of […] Read More


Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scombriformes
Family
Scombridae
Genus
Thunnus
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares

Fun Fact: The yellowfin forms schools with other tuna species

The yellowfin is the second most commonly eaten tuna species in the world. With its yellow coloring and huge secondary fins, this species is unmistakable and easy to recognize. 3 Incredible Yellowfin Tuna Facts! As it migrates around the globe, the yellowfin tuna fish forms large schools with skipjack, bigeye, and even dolphins and whales.This […] Read More


Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Emberizidae
Genus
Emberiza
Scientific Name
Emberiza citrinella

Fun Fact: It interbreeds with the pine bunting

“Males learn songs from their fathers and develop regional dialects.” Summary The yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a large bunting native to Eurasia. It inhabits dry, open country areas with clusters of trees and wide-ranging vegetation. This species is rather social, forming monogamous pair bonds during breeding and foraging in large, mixed-species flocks. They sing their […] Read More


Yellowish Cuckoo Bumblebee (formerly Fernald’s Cuckoo Bumblebee)

Yellowish Cuckoo Bumblebee (formerly Fernald’s Cuckoo Bumblebee) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Apidae
Genus
Bombus
Scientific Name
Bombus flavidus

Fun Fact: N/A

The yellowish cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus flavidus), was until quite recently called by an entirely different name in North America. Bombus fernaldae, commonly called Fernald’s cuckoo bumblebee, was formerly thought to be its own distinct species. However, as of the spring of 2021, Fernald’s is no more. When it was determined that Bombus fernaldae and Bombus […] Read More


Yellowjacket (Yellow Jacket)

Yellowjacket (Yellow Jacket) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Vespidae
Genus
Vespula or Dolichovespula

Fun Fact: Yellowjacket stings account for the majority of deaths from wasp stings

Yellowjacket stings account for the majority of deaths from wasp stings Summary  The hardy wasps, occasionally mistaken for bees and hornets, have many fascinating traits. Yellowjackets are characterized by their vivid black and yellow stripes. They are scavengers and carnivores known to feed on other insects and arachnids. With venom stings potent enough to kill […] Read More


Yellowtail Snapper

Yellowtail Snapper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Lutjanidae
Genus
Ocyurus
Scientific Name
Ocyurus chrysurus

Fun Fact: Fast moving ocean fish with a long yellow stripe.

The yellowtail snapper is a beautiful fish with a striking yellow tail that is one of the most sought-after fish for human consumption. Yellowtail Snapper Summary As you can tell from its name, this fish is a member of the snapper family. It is a fish with a unique bright yellow tail native to the […] Read More


Yellowthroat

Yellowthroat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Parulidae
Genus
Geothlypis
Scientific Name
Geothlypis trichas, Geothlypis beldingi, and others

Fun Fact: They forage near the ground, searching leaves for insects

“Yellowthroats are curious birds attracted to repetitive noises.” Summary The yellowthroat is a common songbird from the wood-warbler family. They have an extensive range across two continents and over 40 countries. These birds inhabit marshes and wetlands in open spaces, where they stay low to the ground to avoid predators and to search for food. […] Read More


Yeti Crab

Yeti Crab Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Kiwaidae
Genus
Kiwa

Fun Fact: The yeti crab has hairy arms, which collect bacteria to feed on

The yeti crab is a family of deep-sea decapods crustaceans (essentially, lobsters and crabs) with hairy arms and a white shell. The very first species (Kiwa hirsuta) was only discovered in 2005 on a hydrothermal vent near Easter Island. Despite its reduced eyes and blindsight, the yeti crab nevertheless has several unique adaptations to survive […] Read More


Yokohama chicken

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

Fun Fact: Yokohama chickens have snow white feathers with tails reaching up to 4 feet in length.

The Yokohama chicken has snow-white feathers with an impressive tail up to four feet long! The ornamental Yokohama chicken was originally bred from Japanese long-tailed chickens that were exported from the Yokohama port in Japan in 1864. These exported chickens were known as Minohiki chickens in their native Japan. They were renamed for their port […] Read More


Yoranian

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

Fun Fact: These dogs are very intelligent and are great with children.

The Yoranian is incredibly intelligent. Yoranian Introduction Yoranians are hybrid dogs, a crossbreed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian. They are often referred to as a Yorkie Pom or Porkie Pom. They are tiny in size, growing are only six to ten inches in height. Their weight varies from three to seven pounds. They […] Read More


Yorkie Bichon

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

Fun Fact: Yorkie Bichons can come in a wide range of colors including black, white, blonde, gray, golden, or dark brown.

Yorkie Bichons can come in a wide range of colors including black, white, blonde, gray, golden, or dark brown. Bichon Yorkies are a hybrid breed created by mixing a Bichon Frise with a Yorkshire Terrier. Since both of the parent breeds are small, Bichon Yorkie mixes typically only weigh between 6 and 8 pounds. There […] Read More


Yorkie-poo

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

Fun Fact: The Yorkie-Poo originated from the hybrid poodle phase of the late 20th century

Did you know that a full grown Yorkie poo is among the smallest types of dogs in the world? Some are so small that they can fit inside of a teacup; hence why the smallest members of this mix are called “teacup” dogs! The Yorkie poo is a unique mix between a purebred Yorkshire terrier […] Read More


Yorkshire Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Highly energetic and eager for adventure!

The Yorkshire Terrier, a.k.a. the Yorkie, is the epitome of the toy-size canine. It’s a dainty thing, typically growing to no more than seven pounds and no more than nine inches at the shoulder. Though the teacup pup’s considered a purebred, his origin is from cross-breeding. He’s a mix from breeders crossing the Clydesdale terrier […] Read More


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