Animals that Start with Y

A-Z Animals tracks 15 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

Yak

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

Fun Fact: There are only a few left in the wild!

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 yaks at least 5,000 years ago, a claim supported by genetic evidence. However, some Tibetan […] 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 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 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-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


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


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 and a […] 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


Animals that Start with Y