North America

Updated: January 24, 2023
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Below you can find a complete list of North American animals. We currently track 1211 animals in North America and are adding more every day!

Mexico, the United States, and Canada may be the largest and most prominent countries in North America, but this continent — the third largest in the world — is home to 23 sovereign states and 23 non-sovereign territories that stretch all the way from Central America up through Greenland. The sheer scope of the continent means that practically any ecosystem on Earth can be found in North America — from the snowy tundras of Greenland to the tropics of Costa Rica. Deserts, forests, mountains, and everything in-between occupy this territory along with the rich variety of animals you’d expect to find.

While they may occupy opposite corners of North America, reindeer and spider monkeys technically share a continent. In the space between, jackrabbits and coyotes call the Mojave Desert home while alligators and beavers occupy the Okefenokee Swamp, and polar bears and moose stake their claims to Canada’s northernmost territory.

Over a hundred ecoregions have been identified in North America, and the result is an incredibly diverse spread of both human culture and animal species. But the fact that North America touches both the Pacific and Atlantic means that the marine diversity is just as broad. Creatures of the waters vary from the massive humpback whales that navigate North Atlantic waters to the manatees and dolphins that constitute just a fraction of the native wildlife in the Belize Barrier Reef.

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The Official North American National Animals

Since North America is a continent rather than a country, it doesn’t have an official national animal. But understanding the national animals of the three most populous countries can tell us a lot both about the character of North America and demonstrate some facts about the ecological diversity.

  • The American bison was once driven nearly to the point of extinction, but it was designated as the national animal of the United States in 2016. It represents a path forward that’s built on healing the destruction in America’s past.
  • The beaver became the official symbol of Canada in 1975. Beaver pelts served as a critical component of Canada’s economy in its early days as a colony — but the desire for fur nearly drove the local beaver population to extinction in much the same way as the American bison.
  • The eagle that stands as Mexico’s national symbol is a reference to the past. The legend that the sight of an eagle eating a snake supposedly led the Aztec to choose the site of a major city, and it’s a symbol that’s carried on to modern day politics in Mexico.

Where To Find The Top Wild Animals in North America

North America is huge, meaning we can’t even begin to cover the full scope of wildlife biodiversity in full. However, national boundaries can help break the continent down into smaller pieces and identify the best places for wildlife.

The United States possesses the most biodiversity in North America, and you can come across most major ecosystems traveling from one end to another. The southeast is home to swamps, mountains, and plains — and you’ll find everything from crocodiles to pumas. The deserts of the southwest draw in wildlife like rattlesnakes and mammals like hares. The southwest and west coast tend to offer an especially high concentration of wildlife, as these regions are home to the largest number of national parks.

Canada sits to the north of the U.S., resulting in a generally cooler climate. There’s a great deal of snowy tundra with mammals like moose and polar bears, but more temperate forests and grassland exist as well. Canada shares a lot of wildlife with the Northern United States like snowshoe rabbits and raccoons.

Mexico’s proximity to the equator results in a hotter clime, with ecosystems ranging from lush rainforests to arid deserts. More exotic wildlife native to Mexico includes the anteater, armadillo, and the unique tamandua.

Desert tends to give way to broadleaf forests, jungles, and grassland as you head into Central America, but the countries here also offer some of the richest marine biodiversity in North America. The Caribbean Sea is home to the Belize Barrier Reef, which is renowned throughout the world for its collection of colorful fish, dolphins, and whale sharks. But you’ll find creatures like jaguars and howler monkeys within Central America’s interior.

The Most Dangerous Animals In North America Today

While most wildlife native to North America won’t pose a threat to humans, fatalities from animal attacks aren’t unheard of. Here is a list of the most dangerous animals that call North America home:

  • Grizzly and polar bears live in very different climates, but they share a reputation for being the most aggressive and dangerous bears around.
  • The swamps of the American Southeast are rife with alligators, but these dangerous ancestors of dinosaurs live throughout North America. Alligators have been reported as the cause of 21 deaths in the U.S. since 2000.
  • White-tail deer aren’t dangerous predators, but their involvement in traffic collisions makes them one of the most deadly animals to come in contact with. They cause roughly 1.3 million U.S. car accidents in a single year.

Endangered Animals

Over 13,000 North American species are endangered. Here’s a list of the most notable.

  • Red wolf — A nearly extinct species with roughly 50 remaining members in the wild. Their last habitat is in North Carolina.
  • Pygmy raccoon — A unique breed of raccoon that’s now extinct everywhere except for the Mexican island of Cozumel.
  • California condor — The most unique quality of these birds is their 9.5 foot wingspan, but they’re nearly extinct due to a combination of poaching and habitat destruction.

Native Birds

There are over 2,000 species of birds native to North America. Because of the continent’s wide variety of habitats, you’ll find an astounding assortment of birds. From the smallest bird in North America, the calliope hummingbird, to the largest, California condor, there is something for every bird-lover.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, located in New Mexico, is one of the best birding locations in the United States. You can see greater roadrunners, great blue herons, ring-necked pheasants, marsh birds, and more year-round. The best time to visit is when migratory species are present between November to January. You’ll find sandhill cranes, sparrows, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and over 20 species of waterfowl.

Another favorite location for bird watching is Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada. Point Pelee has more recorded bird species than any other national park in Canada. The best times to visit are during spring and fall migrations. The park is especially known for its songbird migrations in the spring, starting in March and peaking in May. Birds of prey and waterfowl return at the end of summer and throughout fall.

If you’re visiting Mexico, be sure to stop by San Blas, Nayarit for some of the best bird watching in the country. San Blas has two national parks that are excellent birding areas. You can see social flycatchers, belted kingfishers, rufous-bellied chachalacas, roseate spoonbills, blue-footed boobies, and so much more. Peak birding season in this area is January through March.

Native Snakes

Snakes exist throughout most of North America, from the southern half of Canada down to Central America.

  • Rattlesnakes are a type of snake only found in the Americas. Some of the most common species of rattlesnakes include timber rattlesnakes, prairie rattlesnakes, and diamondback rattlesnakes. All species are venomous. Rattlesnakes get their name from the rattle on the end of their tails, which they vibrate as a warning to predators.
  • Garter snakes are another type of snake only found in North and Central America. There are 35 species of harmless garter snakes. They live in a variety of habitats throughout the continent and are all harmless.
  • Eastern Indigo snakes are the largest snake species native to North America. These non-venomous snakes live in the southeastern United States.
  • Slender blind snakes, also known as thread snakes, are some of the smallest snakes found in North America. Because of their size and appearance, it’s easy to mistake them for worms. The Texas blind snake reaches an average of five to eight inches long.

North American Countries Animals Lists

Click any of the countries below to see a detailed list of animals located in that country!

North American Animals

Acadian Flycatcher

Their nests are sloppily held together and have an abandoned appearance

Africanized bee (killer bee)

Will chase intruders up to a quarter mile from their hives

Airedoodle

This is a great pooch for rough-housing and one-to-one.

Akita Shepherd

The Akita Shepherd descends from a lineage of working dogs.

Alaskan Husky

The Alaskan Husky is one of the most common sled dogs in the world

Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai is very vocal and isn't shy when communicating with his family.

Alaskan Malamute

Often used as sled dogs!

Alaskan Pollock

It's one of the most commonly eaten fish in the world

Alaskan Shepherd

This dog’s Malamute ancestors once came to America across the Bering Strait.

Albatross

The largest wingspan of any bird in the world!

Albino (Amelanistic) Corn Snake

Albino corn snakes great beginner snakes.

American Alligator

They have two sets of eyelids!

Alligator Gar

The alligator gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators

Allosaurus

Allosaurus is the official state fossil of Utah because of the abundant number of fossils found in the state.

Allosaurus

Differnt Lizard” or Allosaurus weighed around two tonnes that is almost equal to a car.

Alpine Goat

Alpine goats are the most common type of goat used for milk, cheese, and other dairy products

Alusky

Alusky dogs are known for their sledding pulling skills.

Amazon Parrot

These parrots can be trained to be "talking birds" that mimic human speech

Ambrosia Beetle

The ambrosia beetle forms a symbiotic relationship with the ambrosia fungi

American Bulldog

Can jump up to 6ft high!

American Bully

Though the American bully was bred to look intimidating, it makes an extremely friendly family pet!

American Cocker Spaniel

Merry, outgoing, and eager to please!

American Cockroach

Despite its name, actually originated from Africa and the Middle East

American Coonhound

Easygoing and people-friendly!

American Dog Tick

Main vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

American Eel

Don't eat raw eel! Their blood is poisonous to humans when consumed raw.

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo has splendid all white fur and an upturned tail

American Foxhound

Sweet, kind, loyal, and very loving!

American Hairless Terrier

The American hairless terrier comes in two varieties with one having a very short coat.

American Leopard Hound

This breed is also known as the American Leopard Cur. The name was formally changed to American Leopard Hound in 2008.

American Pit Bull Terrier

These dogs are very energetic and would be up for a game at any given point of time

American Pugabull

American Pugabulls are medium-sized dogs that weigh between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height measures 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

American Pygmy Goat

Can jump up to 5 feet

American Robin

The color “Robin egg blue” is named after the hue of their eggs.

American Staffordshire Terrier

Bred to be extremely friendly!

American Toad

They secrete a milky poisonous liquid that can make many animals sick.

American Water Spaniel

Friendly and intelligent!

Amphicoelias Fragillimus

Only one fossil has been found for this dinosaur and it was lost very soon after discovery.

Angora Ferret

Was created as an accident.

Angora Goat

Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.

Anhinga

Their name means snake bird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird wings beat 40-50 times per second during normal flight

Anole Lizard

There are just under 400 species, several of which change color.

Ant

First evolved 100 million years ago!

Anteater

Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!

Antelope

Renew their horns every year!

Apple Head Chihuahua

Apple Head Chihuahuas are toy breed dogs with a history dating back to ancient Mexico. They are lovable, loyal, smart and courageous with a lengthy lifespan despite being the world's smallest canines.

Apple Moth

In Australia the LBAM causes $21.1 million annually in lost production and control costs

Arambourgiania

The Arambourgiania was not a dinosaur but instead a pterosaur!

Archaeotherium

The family Entelodontidae is commonly referred to as "hell pigs."

Archelon Turtle

Archelons are the largest turtles to have ever lived in the world

Arctic Char

Arctic char is the northern-most fish; no other fish lives anywhere further north!

Arctic Fox

Extremely thick winter fur!

Arctic Hare

Eats berries found in the snow!

Arctic Wolf

Incredibly versatile and adaptive!

Arctodus

The South American spectacled bear is its closest relative living today.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Under UV light they glow a bright blue or green, making them easy to spot.

Arizona Black Rattlesnake

Female Arizona black rattlesnakes sometimes share parenting duties.

Arizona Blonde Tarantula

They are covered in thousands of fuzzy blonde hairs.

Arizona Coral Snake

The Arizona coral snake is among the most venomous snakes of North America.

Armadillo

Can curl into a hard, protective ball!

Armyworm

They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food

Arthropleura

Arthropleura was the largest terrestrial invertebrate to have ever lived

Asian Carp

Asian carp can consume 40% of their body weight in food a day!

Asian Cockroach

Originally discovered in Japan

Asian Lady Beetle

Asian lady beetles infest indoor spaces, but they do not reproduce indoors.

Asian Longhorn Beetle

Their entire life cycle from larvae to beetle usually takes around 2 years in Asia. However, it may take longer in areas where they are an invasive species, like the UK and USA

Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic Sturgeon often leap out of the water.

Aurochs

Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!

Aussiedoodle

The breed has its own popular Instagram page (Aussiedoodles Daily)!

Aussiedor

Aussiedors come in black, brown, cream, yellow, and almost every imaginable color due to their parentage!

Australian Cockroach

The most common type outdoor roach in Florida

Australian Retriever

The Australian Retriever may have two different eye colors.

Australian Shepherd

Sweet, faithful and affectionate!

Australian Shepherd Mix

This hybrid has powerful herding skills, which come with guarding instincts, so some Aussiedors may be protective of their loved ones.

Avocet

Has a curved, upturned beak!

Axolotl

Found only in one complex of lakes!

Baird’s Rat Snake

Baird’s rat snake subdues its prey through suffocation.

Bald Eagle

Bald eagles have 20/5 vision, which is much sharper than a human's

Balinese

Playful and energetic breed!

Banana Spider

People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.

Banded Water Snake

Some water snakes defend themselves violently.

Bark Beetle

Not all bark beetles feed on a tree's bark. Some species feed on fruits, seeds, and other parts of the plant

Bark Scorpion

Glow under UV light

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Barn Spider

Common barn dwelling spider

Barn Swallow

Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.

Barosaurus

If a barosaurus were alive today, it could stand on its hind legs and look in a 5th floor apartment window.

Barred Owl

Like other owls, the barred owl swallows its prey whole.

Basilisk Lizard

Can run/walk on water.

Bass

Prized by sport fishers for their size and strength

Bassador

This dog is also known as a Bassetdor or a Basset Lab.

Bassetoodle

Basset hounds have been around since the 7th century, but the bassetoodle made its first appearance in the 2000s.

Bat

Detects prey using echolocation!

Bea-Tzu

The Bea-Tzu has a fast-growing coat

Beabull

An excellent companion for cats!

Beagador

Beagadors like to dig, so make sure your garden has a good fence around it.

Beagle Mix

Reagles are the best students as they love to learn new tricks, so training them is a breeze.

Beagle Shepherd

This dog can perform a wide range of exotic and acrobatic tricks that are not expected of a dog this size.

Beago

Beagos are good swimmers like their Golden Retriever parent.

Bear

There are 8 different species!

Beaski

Beaskis love to play, so get ready to go on plenty of long walks.

Beaver

Builds a dam from sticks and leaves!

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.

Bee

Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years

Beefalo

Beefalo meat is leaner and higher in protein than beef

Beetle

There are more than 350,000 different species

Belgian Canary

The Belgian canary is one of the oldest and most influential in its genus.

Belgian Malinois Mix

These Belgian Malinois mixes can be scary when they are threatened. But it's important to note that they know when aggression is necessary. In other words, they will not attack unless they sense danger.

Bernese Mountain Dog Mix

This Bernese mountain dog mix gets very attached to its loved ones and demands plenty of attention.

Bernese Shepherd

Bernese shepherds prefer cool climates

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn rams can run at speeds up to 40 miles per hour when fighting for dominance.

Bird

Not all birds are able to fly!

Biscuit Beetle

The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast

Bison

Largest mammal in North America!

Black And Tan Coonhound

This dog has its own unique howl.

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

They have bright pink bills.

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-capped chickadees weigh less than half an ounce!

Black Crappie

Black crappie fish can hybridize with white crappie, resulting in a closely related species.

Black-Footed Ferret

Black footed ferrets are the only ones native to North America.

Black German Shepherd

Thought to be aggressive, they are actually affectionate dogs with a protective streak.

Black Mouth Cur

From the dog's description in the book, it is believed that Old Yeller was actually a Black Mouth Cur.

Black Rat Snake

They're also called black pilot snakes due to a myth that they "pilot" venomous snakes to a den where they can go into brumation for the winter.

Black Sea Bass

Black sea bass males become fluorescent blue and green during the breeding season.

Black Wasp

The great black wasp is a species of digger wasp.

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Black Witch Moth

Some folklore associate Black Witch Moths with bad luck (and even death!), while other associates them with good fortune.

Blackburnian Warbler

They are the only songbird in North America with an orange throat!

Blackpoll Warbler

They migrate for the longest distance of any warbler.

Blind Snake

The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.

Blister Beetle

Blister Beetles are attracted to lights at night.

Blister Beetle

Blister beetles release a toxic fluid that causes blistering when they're threatened.

Blue Belly Lizard

This species can detach its tail to escape from predators

Blue Catfish

It's a strong fighter when caught on a fishing line

Blue Death Feigning Beetle

When threatened, blue death feigning beetles will pretend like they’re dead.

Blue German Shepherd

The Blue German Shepherd is not actually blue but dark gray.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Joy and happiness are the spiritual meaning of this bird.

Blue grosbeak

Blue grosbeak parents take off the head, legs and wings of an insect before feeding it to their baby.

Blue Jay

Blue jays rub ants on their feather to remove harmful acids

Blue Lacy Dog

Originated in Texas in the mid 1800s!

Blue Nose Pit Bull

Their noses are actually light bluish-gray.

Blue Racer

Some blue racers have smooth scales that are solid electric blue while others are grayish or brownish.

Blue Tanager (Blue-Grey Tanager)

They travel and forage in pairs or groups

Bluegill

The world record for longest bluegill is 15 inches.

Bluetick Coonhound

Has an uncanny knack for problem-solving!

Bobcat

About double the size of a domestic cat!

Bobolink

In spring, the male bobolink is the only North American bird who is dark below and light colored above. This makes identification easy.

Boggle

Boggles at animal rescues are often mistaken for pitbulls because they have a similar facial structure.

Boglen Terrier

Boglen terriers are also occasionally known as boggles.

Bombay

Bred to look like a black panther!

Booby

Seabirds found across the South Pacific!

Borador

Boradors make excellent police dogs and are used often on search and rescue missions.

Border Collie Mix

Because the border collsky's parent breeds were hardworking dogs, mainly used to herd animals and pull sleds, they will need proper socialization to cope with new people.

Bordoodle

Bordoodles are much quieter than other Doodles and require far less exercise.

Borkie

Most Borkies inherit the signature howl of their Beagle parent.

Boston Terrier

Friendly, lovable and very strong!

Bowfin

The bowfin is a primitive fish that first evolved in the Jurassic

Box Turtle

This reptile has an S-shaped neck allowing it to pull its entire head into its shell.

Boxador

Boxadors are extremely smart and catch onto backyard games very quickly!

Boxer Mix

If cared for properly, boxadors can live for 10 to 15 years.

Boxerdoodle

The Boxerdoodle has a strong hunting dog lineage.

Boxsky

Boxers were bred to be working war dogs, and their boxsky descendants still love to help out on ranches and other outdoor jobs.

Boxweiler

Boxweilers come in a variety of colors, but they usually feature the subtle brindle pattern that their boxer parents are so famous for.

Boykin Spaniel

Enthusiastic working dog!

Brachiosaurus

Palentologists originally believed that brachiosaurus lived in the water, but they lived on land.

Brazilian Treehopper

“Mild-Mannered Minimonsters”

Brontosaurus

Their necks had air pockets that kept them light and relatively easy to maneuver.

Brook Trout

The Brook Trout is actually part of the salmon family, making it not technically a trout.

Brown-banded Cockroach

Females glue egg cases to furniture

Brown Bear

A dominant predator in it's environment!

Brown Dog Tick

Can live its entire life indoors

Brown Headed Cowbird

Males are generally monogamous during mating season and will protect the female from other males. However, females tend to venture from their partners and mate with other males.

Brug

These small, confident dogs have no fear of approaching much larger dogs.

Buffalo Fish

The oldest Buffalo fish recorded was 112 years old!

Bull Trout

The bull trout is not actually a trout, but a member of the char family.

Bullboxer

Bullboxers have several different breed nicknames, including the pitoxer, bullboxer pit, and the American bull boxer.

Bulldog Mix

Bulladors are notorious for having the best traits and mannerisms from both parents, as they are usually friendly, playful, and sociable.

Bullfrog

Has loud cow-like calls!

Bullsnake

Considered “The farmer’s friend” because it eats mice and other vermin.

Bumblebee

The most common species of bee!

Burrowing Owl

The burrowing owl lives in underground burrows

Butterfly

There are thought to be up 17,500 species!

Cactus Moth

Cactus moths can cause serious damage to cacti in locations where they have no predators.

Cactus Mouse

In hot temperatures, they lower their metabolism and become inactive to reduce the amount of water they need to survive

Cactus Wren

It is the largest wren in the United States

Caecilian

Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin

Caiman

Can grow to up 6 meters long!

California Condor

They are the largest bird in North America

California Kingsnake

A full-grown California kingsnake can be about 3.5 feet long, though there are some cases in Mexico of the snake being almost twice this size.

California Tarantula

They can go for months without eating!

Camel Cricket

The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.

Camel Spider

Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.

Canada Lynx

They have natural snowshoes

Canada Warbler

These birds travel more than 3,000 miles during migration!

Canadian Horse

Canadian horses are believed to generate more power per pound of body weight than any other horse breed in the world.

Cane Spider

Cane spiders don't spin webs to catch prey

Cantil

Cantils heads are marked with bright white lines on each side of their heads.

Cardinal

There are 14 genera and 53 species in the cardinal family

Caribou

Males and females grow antlers

Carolina Dog

Wild dog breed discovered in the 1970s!

Carolina Parakeet

The Carolina parakeet is one of the few parrots that lived as far north as the United States

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!

Cashmere Goat

Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan

Cat

First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!

Cat-Eyed Snake

Evidence indicates that females can delay fertilization and store sperm for later years to produce eggs even in the absence of contact with a male!

Cat-Faced Spider

Female cat-faced spiders die off shortly after laying their egg.

Catahoula Bulldog

Catahoula bulldogs are a medium to large-sized breed and weighs between 75 to 100 pounds!

Catahoula Leopard

The state of Louisiana's only native dog breed

Caterpillar

The larvae of a moth or butterfly!

Catfish

There are nearly 3,000 different species!

Cavador

The Cavador is a good service dog.

Cave Lion

Unlike modern lions, cave lions didn't have a significant mane.

Cecropia Moth

Cecropia moths don’t have digestive tracts, so they can’t eat.

Cedar Waxwing

Their feathers have red, waxy tips that can be hard to identify unless you’re up close.

Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

Cervalces latifrons (Broad-Fronted Moose)

Cervalces latifrons are the largest species of deer that ever existed.

Cheagle

Some Cheagles have an excellent sense of smell.

Checkered Garter Snake

It has the ability to expel a stinky liquid from its body as a way to make predators (and humans) retreat!

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Bright and happy disposition!

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

They inhabit regrowing forests

Chickadee

Chickadees are named for the sound they make: Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee!

Chicken

First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

Chigger

Surviving on the skin cells of humans and animals

Chihuahua

Curious and devoted personality!

Chinook

A calm and friendly breed!

Chipit

While good with older children, the chipit does not like other pets unless they were socialized from a young age.

Chipmunk

There are 25 different species!

Chipoo

The Chipoo was first bred in the 1970s

Chipping Sparrow

Gets its nickname "hair bird" due to the fact that it lines its nest with animal hair

Chiweenie

Chiweenies travel especially well.

Chorkie

Chorkies are very fond of their owners and will love to sit in their laps for long amounts of time!

Chow Pom

Chow Pom dogs are susceptible to dermatitis as the density of their hair encourages fleas to increase throughout the body

Chow Shepherd

The Chow Shepherd is also known as the Sheprachow.

Chusky

While Chuskies tend to gravitate towards one person in the household, one of their best qualities is their ability to get along with children of all ages.

Cicada

Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

Cichlid

There are more than 2 000 known species!

Cinnamon Bear

A newborn cinnamon bear weighs 1/2 pound -- about the same as a large apple.

Cinnamon Ferret

A ferret’s heartrate is 200 to 250 beats a minute.

Clark’s Grebe

Clark's grebes use their bills to spear prey

Clearnose Skate

The skate with translucent nose patches

Click Beetle

Click beetles are named for the clicking noise they make to escape predators.

Clothes Moth

Clothes Moths can remain in the larvae stage for up to 2 years, but adults only live 10 days.

Coachwhip Snake

Coachwhip snakes pose little danger to people

Coati

Found in dense forests and wet jungles!

Cockapoo

Cockapoos became popular in the 1960s as a sweet, family dog.

Cockroach

Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Codling Moth

Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.

Collared Peccary

Form bands of up to 12 individuals!

Comfort Retriever

Comfort Retrievers can carry an egg in their mouths without breaking the shell because they have very soft mouths.

Common Furniture Beetle

The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood

Common Grackle

Common grackles are a pest species that damage crops and spread disease.

Common House Spider

House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.

Common Loon

Also known as the Great Northern Diver

Common Raven

A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.

Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat stays close to the ground and uses stealth to survive!

Cone Snail

Beautiful, but deadly!

Conure

They are intelligent and noisy, often mimicking sounds and learning vocabulary.

Cooper’s Hawk

Eyes change color as they age

Copperhead

Copperheads get their name, unsurprisingly, from their bronze-hued heads.

Coral Snake

There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.

Corgidor

Corgidors are herding dogs that typically help out on cattle farms.

Corgipoo

These dogs are highly intelligent and are easy to train.

Corkie

One of the Corkie’s parent breeds, the Cocker Spaniel, was thought to have come over on the Mayflower.

Corman Shepherd

Corman Shepherds can be great watchdogs and are often very protective of their owners.

Cormorant

They can fly 35 mph and dive 150 feet below water.

Corn Snake

Corn snakes are partly arboreal and are excellent climbers.

Coryphodon

The Coryphodono looked like a fancy rhinocerous, but it was more related to elephants

Costa’s Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird males have iridescent purple feathers on their heads and necks.

Cottonmouth

The cottonmouth (also known as a water moccasin) is a highly venomous pit viper that spends most of its life near water.

Cougar

The Second Largest feline in North America

Cow

There are nearly 1.5 billion worldwide!

Coyote

Also known as the Prairie Wolf!

Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

Crane

Many are critically endangered species!

Crayfish

Female crayfish aren't that maternal; they have to secrete a form of pheromone, referred to as maternal pheromones, that encourages them to take care of their offspring and prevents them from eating their young.

Cricket

Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together

Crocodile

Have changed little in 200 million years!

Crocodylomorph

Crocodylomorphs include extinct ancient species as well as 26 living species today.

Cross Fox

The cross fox’s tail is bushier than the tail of the average red fox

Crow

A group of these birds is called a Murder.

Dachsador

This hybrid dog is also known as a Doxador or a Weinerdor.

Dachshund Mix

This Dachshund mix is generally not suited for multi-pet homes because of their high prey drive.

Daeodon

Scientists don't know whether daedon had scales, feathers, fur, or something else.

Dalmadoodle

Dalmatians were originally bred to run alongside carriages, and their dalmadoodle descendents have the same long legs and high energy.

Dalmador

Dalmador breeding skyrocketed after the 16 release of the live-action 101 Dalmatians movie.

Dark-Eyed Junco

They are called snowbirds because many subspecies reappear in the winter.

Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetles have segmented antennae. Each one is divided into eleven segments.

Daug

Because the Daug is so rare, they fetch a pretty penny. Dog lovers can pay up to $3,000 for one of these pups!

De Kay’s Brown Snake

They have specialized jaws for removing snails from shells.

Death’s Head Cockroach

People buy Death's Head Cockroach nymphs and raise them as pets!

Deathwatch Beetle

The adult deathwatch beetle taps on the wood to find a mate.

Deer

There are around 40 different species!

Deer Head Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world.

Deer Tick

Commonly found on white-tailed deer

Deinosuchus

Deinosuchus was probably the biggest crocodilian that ever lived

Desert Kingsnake

The desert kingsnake rolls over and plays dead when it feels threatened.

Desert Tortoise

Lives in burrows underground!

Desmostylus

Desmostylus has no living descendant.

Diamondback Moth

Adult males make high amplitude boing noise to attract females

Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus was the largest predatory dinosaur in North America during the Early Jurassic Epoch of the Jurassic Period.

Dimetrodon

Dimetrodon was among the largest predators of the Early Permian Period.

Dinosaur Shrimp

These "shrimp" evolved to survive very harsh climates, which is one reason they have been able to live so long.

Diplodocus

Their long tales could have been used as a whip!

Diving Duck

Diving ducks can forage for food at depths of over 40 feet and stay underwater for up to one minute.

Dobsonfly

The dobsonfly spends up three years as a larva, and only a week as an adult.

Doedicurus

Deodicurus was one of the largest glyptodonts to have ever lived.

Dog

First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Dog Tick

Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals

Donkey

First domesticated 5,000 years ago!

Dorkie

Dorkies are so laid-back they sometimes need extra incentive to exercise each day.

Double Doodle

Exact origin unknown.

Doxiepoo

Doxiepoos are an unpredictable breed that can come in a variety of appearances and sizes.

Doxle

Doxles have long floppy ears

Dragon Eel

Dragon eels have double jaws and two sets of razor-sharp teeth

Dragonfly

It's larvae are carnivorous!

Dubia Cockroach

The most popular species of feeder roach

Duck

Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight

Dunkleosteus

Dunkleosteus had a bite force strong enough to cut through pirey.

Dusky Shark

The Dusky Shark sometimes eats trash discarded by humans.

Dwarf Boa

Some species can change color from dark to light, and back again.

Eagle

Has exceptional eyesight!

Eared Grebe

The most populous grebe in the world

Earthworm

They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs

Earwig

There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Eastern Bluebird

Bluebirds drop straight down on their prey from their perch, much like leopards.

Eastern Box Turtle

When injured or damaged, the shell of the eastern box turtle can regenerate

Eastern Chipmunk

The name chipmunk is derived from an Ojibwe word that means “one who descends the trees headfirst.”

Eastern Coral Snake

One of the most dangerous snakes in the USA.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

This is the biggest venomous snake in North America, with a few that reach 8 feet long.

Eastern Dobsonfly

They are quite vicious and, when provoked, will administer a painful bite that stings for a long time.

Eastern Fence Lizard

Females are usually larger than males.

Eastern Glass Lizard

When the glass lizard loses its tail it can grow another one. But the new tail lacks the markings of the old one and is usually shorter.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern gray squirrels use both memory and scent to find their buried caches of food during the winter.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern hognose snakes are venomous, but only to frogs and toads.

Eastern Indigo Snake

Eastern Indigo snakes regularly chase down and eat rattlesnakes and may be immune to their venom.

Eastern Kingbird

The eastern kingbird is a fierce fighter once known as the butcher king!

Eastern Meadowlark

They can live up to 9 years.

Eastern Phoebe

This passerine bird can sing its song without ever hearing another bird vocalize first.

Eastern Racer

Fast and Furious!

Eastern Rat snake

Rat snakes are medium-to-large, nonvenomous snakes that kill by constriction.

Eastern Turkey (Wild Turkey)

You can hear their gobbles up to a mile away!

Eastern Woodrat

The eastern woodrat mating ritual involves a potentially deadly fight between the male and female before reproduction begins!

Eel

Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!

Egret

Most species are relatively vocal, making harsh croaking sounds and squeals.

Eider

Eiders are sexually dimorphic, with males being larger and more colorful.

Elasmosaurus

Elasmosaurus is an extinct reptile species.

Elegant Tern

Have a lifespan of 20 years or more

Elephant Beetle

The males have multiple horns at the front of their bodies.

Elf Owl

The elf owl is the smallest and lightest owl in the world

Elk

Adult males can jump eight feet vertically

Emerald Toucanet

Emerald Toucanets spend their lives high in the canopy of tall forests, almost never coming to the ground!

Emperor Goose

Their calls sound like a nasally “kla-ha, kla-ha, kla-ha.”

English Crested Guinea Pig

Contrary to their name, English crested guinea pigs did not originate in the UK

English Longhorn Cattle

Although they look similar to the Texas Longhorn, they are not closely related.

English Shepherd

Highly intelligent and independent!

Epicyon haydeni

Bone crushing dogs

Equus giganteus

Equus giganteus is the largest species of horse that has ever lived.

Ermine

A very bold and ferocious predator!

Eryops

Unlike modern amphibians, Eryops had a well-developed rib cage

Eskimo Dog

Takes pure delight in cold weather!

Eskipoo

Eskipoos are called pookimos by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and Designer Breed Registry.

Euoplocephalus

Euplocephalus are the only Ankylosaurid dinosaurs with a bone plated head.

Eurasian Bullfinch

The shy eurasian bullfinch prefers to forage very close to cover.

Eurasian Collared Dove

The Eurasian collared dove has been extensively studied due to its amazing ability to rapidly colonize new territories.

Eurasier

This breed came about after Julius Wipfel, a German professor in the 1940s, crossed a chow chow with a German spitz with the hope of breeding the perfect spitz.

European Corn Borer

Female can lay up to 600 eggs in her 14-day lifespan

European Starling

European starlings are accomplished mimics, often copying songs or sounds of other birds and animals (frog calls, goats, cats), or even mechanical sounds and human speech!

Eurypterus

Eurypterus has a long tail that looks like a scorpion's stinger

Evening Bat

The evening bat is one of the few bats that regularly has twins

Evening Grosbeak

They are friendly and non-aggressive to those in their species.

Executioner Wasp 

The Executioner Wasp's sting is one of the most painful in the world. 

Falcon

The fastest creatures on the planet!

Fallow deer

The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.

False Widow Spider

False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders

Feist

The word feisty derived from this type of dog.

Fer-de-lance Snake

The Most Dangerous Snake in the Americas

Ferruginous Hawk

The ferruginous hawk comes in both light and dark morphs

Fiddler Crab

The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.

Figeater Beetle

Figeater beetles only open their wings partially when they fly.

Finch

Finches have strong, conical bills that help them break open tough seeds that many other birds cannot.

Firefly

The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world

Fisher Cat

The fisher is an agile climber and makes its home in tree hollows

Fishing Spiders

Fishing spiders have hydrophobic hair on their skin that allows them to survive on water

Flamingo

Sleeps on just one leg!

Flathead Catfish

The only predators that prey on flathead catfish are members of their own species and humans who catch them for commercial and recreational purposes.

Flea

Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air

Flea Beetle

Flea beetles can jump like fleas when threatened.

Florida Gar

The Florida gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators

Florida Panther

Florida panthers can leap more than 4.5 meters (15 feet) in the air.

Florida Woods Cockroach

Often found on palmetto trees

Flour Beetle

Flour beetles are adapted to survive in very dry environments.

Flowerhorn Fish

The Flowerhorn fish is an artificial species; it does not exist naturally

Fly

There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flycatcher

Most of the hundreds of varieties of flycatchers belong to the Tyrannidae and Muscicapidae families!

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!

Fox

Only 12 species are considered "true foxes"

Fox Snakes

In some areas, fox snakes and gopher snakes have crossbred in the wild.

Fox Squirrel

Although it is a tree squirrel, it spends most of its time on the ground.

French Bulldog Mix

If successfully socialized and trained from a young age, these pups grow into well-mannered and friendly dogs that get along with children of all ages and other pets.

French Lop

One of the largest rabbit breeds

Frenchton

Loyal small dogs, the Frenchton will keep you warm at night with loving cuddles, but also awake with their funny loud snoring!

Frengle

Frengles have a haunting howl very similar to their Beagle parent.

Freshwater Drum

These fish are very vocal, and males make a rumbling or grunting noise during breeding season to attract a mate.

Freshwater Eel

Freshwater eels are actually catadromous, meaning they migrate to saltwater to spawn

Freshwater Jellyfish

The freshwater jellyfish is native to China but is now found all over the world

Freshwater Sunfish

Four species of the freshwater catfish have gone extinct

Fritillary Butterfly

Some emit noxious defense chemicals

Frog

There are around 7,000 different species!

Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world

Fulvous Whistling Duck

They build a ramp from their nest, which leads to a nearby water source

Galapagos Shark

Galapagos sharks are cannibalistic and sometimes eat their young, so the pups stay away from the adults in shallow water.

Gar

Can grow to more than 3m long!

Garden Spider

Garden spiders bounce in their webs to confuse predators

Garter Snake

Female garter snakes give birth to live young rather than laying eggs!

Gastornis

Gastornis had a massive beak, but they probably ate plants instead of flesh.

Gecko

There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

Gerberian Shepsky

German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Gerberian Shepskies are all popular choices for police dogs.

German Cockroach

The most common type of urban roach

German Shepherd Mix

These German shepherd mixes require a lot of mental stimulation; if they don't get it, they can become destructive.

German Sheppit

The German Sheppit is well-suited for guarding and police work.

German Sheprador

There is a chance that the German Sheprador may inherit a love for water from its parent.

Giant Beaver

The Giant Beaver are not closely related to modern beaver at all.

Giant Desert Centipede

They are the largest centipede in North America

Giant House Spider

They are the fastest invertebrates in the UK.

Giant Leopard Moth

When giant leopard moths mate, their mating sessions last over 24 hours.

Giant Salamander

Cryptobranchus giant salamanders breathe mostly through their skin.

Giant Schnoodle

Both parents of the Giant Schnoodle are hypoallergenic, making this one of the Doodle breeds that's safest for dander-sensitive owners.

Gila Monster

It's tail acts as a fat storage facility!

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!

Glechon

Glechons are talented in the area of search and rescue, as their sense of smell makes them great at tracking.

Glowworm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

Gnat

Males form large mating swarms at dusk

Goberian

These dogs are great around children and are very playful around them.

Goldador

Goldadors were not intentionally bred until the early 2000s!

Goldcrest

The goldcrest never starts moving and needs to consume for most of the day to survive. Therefore, in the colder months, it's best that eat 90% a day.

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

They huddle together for warmth

Golden Dox

Golden doxes don't have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species.

Golden Eagle

Their calls sound like high-pitched screams, but they are quiet most of the time.

Golden Newfie

These dogs love to swim and instinctively know how to swim.

Golden Pyrenees

Golden Pyrenees make great therapy dogs due to their intelligence and gentle nature.

Golden Retriever Mix

While gollies make good watchdogs since they generally bark when there is a newcomer at the door, they are not the best guard dogs. Instead of intimidating the stranger, they typically run up to the intruder and greet them with a waggy tail.

Golden Saint

Golden saints come in all kinds of colors. You can find them in tan, chocolate, yellow, brindled, spotted, and almost any other pattern you can think of.

Golden Shepherd

The Golden Shepherds were first recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry in 2009.

Golden Tortoise Beetle

Golden tortoise beetles have a metallic gold color which can change to dull brown when disturbed.

Goldendoodle

Due to their breeding, no two Goldendoodles are alike.

Goliath Grouper

Massive reef fish with a strong tail

Gollie

They bark at strangers, cars, and loud noises like airplanes.

Goose

There are 29 different species!

Gopher

They dig large networks of tunnels!

Gopher Snake

Gopher snakes can reach up to 9 feet long.

Gopher Tortoise

It is the only species of tortoise native to Florida.

Gorgosaurus

Gorgosaurus probably lived and hunted in packs.

Goshawk

The goshawk is a popular choice among European falconers

Grapevine Beetle

Although they feed on grapevine leaves, Grapevine beetles hardly cause serious damage to the plant. 

Grass Snake

Use acute hearing to hunt

Grass Spider

Their fangs aren't big enough to penetrate human skin.

Grasshopper

There are 11,000 known species!

Grasshopper Mouse

The grasshopper mice attack predators using the poison of their venom.

Gray Catbird

Their songs have cat-like qualities and can mimic other birds and animals, like tree frogs.

Gray Fox

The gray fox has retractable claws and a rotating wrist that allow it to climb trees with some proficiency

Gray Tree Frog

Survives freezing temperatures by producing glycerol and maintaining slower metabolic processes

Great Blue Heron

Their wingspan is larger than an eagle’s; both males and females help hatch the eggs; rich in symbolism

Great Crested Flycatcher

This species makes use of some truly unusual nesting material, including snakeskin and garbage

Great Danoodle

Both Great Danes and Poodles are in the top 15 most popular AKC breeds - which makes Great Danoodles a shoo-in for popularity.

Great Kiskadee

The great kiskadee is a highly adaptable predator that can live in almost any habitat within its range and can hunt in the air, on the ground and in the water.

Great Plains Rat Snake

This snake vigorously shakes its tail as a way to frighten away predators.

Great Potoo Bird

At night, they make a terrifying low call that sounds like a distressed moan or growl.

Great Pyrenees Mix

The collie Pyrenees is quite expensive, with puppies from reputable breeders starting at $1000. However, depending on the pedigree, and breeder, they can fetch twice that price.

Grebe

They swim like frogs

Green Anole

It communicates with head movements, color and dewlap

Green Frog

Green frogs will eat any animal that they can fit in their mouth.

Green Heron

Uses bait to catch prey

Green Snake

There are two types of green snakes: smooth green snakes and rough green snakes

Green Sunfish

Juvenile Green Sunfish are less colorful than their parents because they need to blend in with their surroundings to avoid predators.

Green Tree Frog

Green tree frogs breathe through their skin

Greenland Dog

Strong and speedy breed of dog!

Grey Heron

Male grey herons are picky about their mates. They'll reject a female that they don't fancy.

Griffonshire

Griffonshires are so little they are easily mistaken for puppies throughout their lives.

Grizzly Bear

Less than 10% make it into adulthood

Ground Snake

It’s sometimes called a miter snake due to the marking on its head that looks like a bishop’s miter

Groundhog Tick

Groundhog ticks carry the Powassan virus which can cause brain-swelling.

Groundhog (Woodchuck)

They whistle to each other to warn of approaching danger!

Grouper

Many grouper can change their sex, and it is always from female to male.

Guppy

Also known as the Millionfish!

Gypsy Moth

One of the most invasive species in the world

Hairy Woodpecker

They are natural pest controls

Hallucigenia

The position of the Hallucigenia's head puzzled scientists for several years

Hamburg Chicken

This breed doesn't usually make nests or incubate their own chicks.

Hammerhead Worm

They are sensitive to light and prefer cool, dark, moist areas.

Hamster

Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!

Hare

Can reach speeds of over 50 mph!

Harlequin Coral Snake

Red touches yellow kills a fellow, red touches black a friend of Jack.

Harpy Eagle

Talon's the size of a grizzly bear's claws!

Harris Hawk

Their vision is eight times better than a human's

Havamalt

These pups need natural oils to keep their skin healthy; bathing them often will dry out their skin, so only wash them when necessary.

Havashire

Both of the Havashire’s parent breeds were very popular among the upper classes.

Hawaiian Goose (Nene)

They have the longest breeding season of any goose.

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian name is "Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua," meaning "the dog which runs in rough waters.

Hawk

While the Ferruginous hawk is the largest specie in the USA, Asia’s Upland buzzard is the biggest overall.

Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.

Helicoprion

Helicoprion was one of the largest cartilaginous fish of all time.

Hellbender

This giant salamander has lived in its ecosystem for about 65 million years

Hepatic Tanager (Red Tanager)

Parents and their young sing sweetly to each other

Hercules Beetle

This dynastine scarab beetle makes a weird huffing sound when it’s disturbed.

Heron

Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Herring Gull

They are loud, spirited birds with raucous cries that sound like bursts of laughter.

Highland Cattle

Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!

Himalayan

Also known as the Colorpoint Persian!

Hoary Bat

The hoary bat travels hundreds of miles south for the winter

Hobo Spider

The Hobo Spider travels city to city like an actual Hobo and is often found near railroad tracks!

Hognose snake

Prima Donnas of the Snake World

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Hooded Oriole

Hooded orioles have a strong sweet tooth that makes nectar and jelly among its favorite foods.

Hooded Seal

Hooded seal pups are called bluebacks because the color of the fur on their back is blue-gray. This pretty color made people want to make fur coats out of them and made them a target for hunters.

Horgi

Horgis have a silly side and love to be the center of attention.

Horned Beetle

These beetles are herbivores but have an intimidating appearance because of the horn-like projection on their heads. However, they are entirely harmless to humans, as they don't sting or bite.

Horned Grebe

Sleep with one foot tucked up under the wing so they lean to the side

Horned Lizard

The horned lizards are able to squirt blood from their eyes.

Hornet

Hornets are a type of wasp.

Horse

Has evolved over 50 million years!

Horsefly

Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.

Horseshoe Crab

Changed little in over 500 million years!

Houdan Chicken

The Houdan chicken has a round, fluffy crest and five toes on each foot!

House Finch

The house finch can become redder depending on what it eats

House Sparrow (English Sparrow)

The house sparrow has been introduced all over the world

House wren

The wren’s epithet, aedon, comes from a Greek queen who accidentally killed her only son. She was actually aiming for her nephew, and Zeus took pity on her and turned her into a nightingale.

Housefly

The fly has no teeth

Human

Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

Hummingbird

Beat their wings up to 80 times per second!

Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.

Huskador

Huskadors are gaining in popularity as service dogs.

Huskita

Huskitas prefer a consistent daily routine with lots of activity.

Husky Jack

Due to the mix of genes, a Husky Jack’s coat may be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, red, sable, or mixed colors.

Huskydoodle

Huskydoodles are known for their jumping abilities!

Ibex

Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill

Ibis

Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!

Ichthyostega

Ichthyostega was one of the first aquatic animals to venture on land

Iguana

Uses visual signals to communicate!

Imperial Moth

Since the imperial moth doesn’t eat, it does die shortly after it lays its eggs. Its lifespan is only about one week.

Inchworm

Inchworms have no legs in the midsection of their body.

Indigo Snake

Indigo snakes use brute force to overpower their prey.

Insect

Insects go back over 350 million years, making the creatures older than man, flowering plants and dinosaurs.

Insects

There are an estimated 30 million species!

IO Moth

The larvae of the Io Moth has a poisonous and painful sting.

Irish Elk

The Irish elk had the biggest antlers of any known deer species.

Ivory-billed woodpecker

The ivory-billed woodpecker can drill into wood with its sharp beak

Jabiru

They form lifelong pair bonds and live in groups near water sources.

Jacana

The jacana has the ability to swim underwater

Jackabee

The Jackabee has an excellent sense of smell.

Jackrabbit

They can run as fast as 45 mph.

Jackson’s Chameleon

Have jousting battles with their horns.

Jaguar

The largest feline on the American continent!

Jaguarundi Cat

These cats are expert swimmers.

Japanese Bantam Chicken

Japanese bantam chickens are the best flying chicken species

Japanese Beetle

Can clear an entire fruit tree in 15 minutes in a swarm

Javanese

Features that closely resemble a Siamese cat!

Jonah Crab

It has delicious meat with an affordable price

Jumping Spider

Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies

Kangaroo Mouse

The Kangaroo Mouse is a tiny mouse that stands and hops around on its hind legs, much like a kangaroo.

Kangaroo Rat

Merriam’s kangaroo rats literally never have to drink water

Kaua’i ‘Ō‘ō

Calls could be heard up to a quarter mile away

Keel-Billed Toucan

It's beak can reach nearly 20 cm long!

Kelp Greenling

Male Kelp Greenlings participate in an unusual mating ritual by fertilizing eggs in the nests of other males.

Kentucky Warbler

The Kentucky Warbler appears to wear bright yellow cat-eye glasses!

Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear)

The cubs are usually weaned after 6 to 8 months; however, they will remain with their mothers through their second winter until they reach 17 months old.

Kestrel

Can hang suspended on wind currents

Key Deer

Bucks grow new antlers every year.

Khao Manee

The Khao Manee is one of the rarest cat breeds in the world.

Kiko Goat

Kiko goats breed year-round, and they are not good at defending themselves.

Killdeer

The killdeer feigns injury to draw a predator away from its nest.

Killifish

Killifish are highly sought after for their peaceful nature and ability to adapt to most aquarium communities.

Kinder Goat

Best jumper of all goats

King Eider

The species name, spectabilis, is Latin for “showy” or “remarkable,” referencing the attractiveness of the adult male’s plumage.

King Quail

Females look similar to males but don’t come in shades of blue

King Salmon

Largest of the Pacific salmon

King Shepherd

This hybrid breed is the largest among the shepherd class.

King Snake

King Snakes eat other types of snakes.

King Vulture

The king vulture is the second largest New World vulture species

Kingfisher

Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

Kinkajou

The kinkajou is a nimble forest-dwelling mammal of Central and South America.

Kirtland’s snake

It is considered to be the least aquatic of water snakes.

Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs derive their name from the location they prefer to bite, which is usually close to the lips of the host

Kit Fox

The kit fox is the smallest canid in North America.

Knight Anole

When threatened, the promiscuous knight anole rises on all fours and turns bright green, and gives a menacing look.

Kodiak Bear

Kodiak bears are the second largest bear in the world after the polar bear.

Kokanee Salmon

A non-anadromous type of sockeye salmon

Labahoula

The AKC does not recognize this breed or the parent breed Catahoula

Labrabull

Labrabulls are incredibly clever, and training them is easy because they love to please and don't have a stubborn bone in their body.

Labradane

Labradanes can come with both sold-color coats and the more exciting patterns that you typically see on Great Danes.

Labraheeler

These dogs have medium-sized pendant ears.

Labrottie

Labrotties will goof around clownishly to get laughs and attention.

Lace Bug

May bite when threatened

Ladybug

There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Ladyfish

Ladyfish are aggressive fighter when hooked, making them a favorite of anglers.

LaMancha Goat

Have tiny ears named “gophers” or “elves”

Landseer Newfoundland

While Landseer's are very gentle and calm, they can sense a dangerous situation and will protect their loved ones.

Larder Beetle

Larder beetles were named based on their attraction to food storage rooms or cupboards, but they do not feed on stored food products. 

Lazarus Lizard

Lazarus Lizards can communicate through chemical and visual signals.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

They are the largest living turtle and the only sea turtle without a hard shell!

Leech

Has 10 pairs of eyes!

Lemming

Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!

Leopard Frog

They can jump up to three feet

Leopard Lizard

Can jump a distance of two feet to capture prey

Leptocephalus

Leptocephali have flat bodies filled with jelly-like substances, surrounded by a thin layer of muscle.

Lhasapoo

A Lhasapoo’s coat can be curly like a poodle’s or long and silky like a Lhasa Apso’s.

Liger

The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!

Lineback Cattle

The lineback cattle has been an integral part of rural New England society for more than 200 years!

Little Brown Bat

The little brown bat uses echolocation to quickly navigate around its environment

Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species!

Lizardfish

The lizardfish can camouflage itself against the sandy bottom to avoid predators.

Loach

Have sharp spines below their eyes

Locust

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Lone Star Tick

Only females have the ‘lone star’ marking

Long-Eared Owl

Ear tufts make it look bigger!

Longnose Gar

The longnose gar species of the gar family has potentially existed for 100 million years.

Lynx

Live in dens in rocks and under ledges!

Macaw

The largest species of parrot in the world!

MacGillivray’s Warbler

The complicated story of how MacGillivray’s Warblers got their name involves three ornithologists, a physician and a compromise.

Machaeroides

Machaeroides had large saber-teeth, much like the saber-toothed tiger.

Mackenzie Wolf

Will travel up to 70 miles in a single day.

Maggot

Will only live in wet areas

Magnolia Warbler

They line their nests with fungi strands

Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish)

It's called the rabbit of the ocean because it multiplies so quickly.

Maiasaura

Maiasaura dinosaurs can grow to 31 feet long.

Maine Coon

Folklore says it's half cat, half raccoon!

Mal Shi

They are very needy dogs and can suffer from separation anxiety.

Malchi

The Malchi is not a purebred but a crossbreed and relatively new on the scene. That’s why they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or any other canine organization.

Mallard

With an appropriate tail wind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day

Malteagle

Malteagles are one of the smallest beagle hybrids and love to follow their owners everywhere.

Maltipom

Maltipoms from the same litter may not look alike, favoring one parent over the other (Pomeranian or Maltese).

Marble Fox

The marble fox is not a naturally occurring variant; it was created through artificial selection.

Margay

Margays are one of the world’s most highly adapted cat species for climbing trees!

Marine Toad

Produces a toxin used in arrow darts!

Marmot

A marmot spends 80% of its life below ground

Masked Angelfish

All masked angelfish are female until sometime after sexual maturity, at which point some become male.

Massasauga

The name “Massasauga” comes from the Chippewa language, meaning “Great River Mouth”.

Mastador

The Mastador gets its enormous size from its Mastiff parent

Mastiff Mix

Don't let the boxmas's intimidating appearance and size fool you; they are actually gentle giants with even temperaments.

Mauzer

Mauzers tend to bond with a specific person in the home and will follow them like a shadow.

May Beetle

May Beetles are also known as June Bugs Because they’re more active during the month of June

Mayfly

There are 2,500 known species worldwide!

Meagle

The Meagle has an incredible sense of smell.

Mealworm Beetle

In 1968, the mealworm beetle traveled to space and circled the moon on the Soviet mission Zond 5.

Mealybug

They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.

Merganser

They line their nests with their feathers

Mexican Alligator Lizard

Mexican alligator lizards shed their skin like snakes.

Mexican Eagle (Northern crested caracara)

The northern crested caracara mates for life with its partner

Mexican Fireleg Tarantula

Mexican fireleg tarantulas have bright reddish-orange legs.

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

Some colonies have millions of bats

Mexican Mole Lizard

They can break off part of their tail, but it will not grow back.

Midget Faded Rattlesnake

They're also called horseshoe rattlesnakes thanks to the shape of their markings.

Miki

They can be trained to use the litter box like a cat!

Millipede

Some species have a poisonous bite!

Mini Labradoodle

The first mini labradoodle was bred in the early 1990s - almost immediately after standard labradoodles became popular.

Mini Lop

One of the cutest and most popular rabbits

Miniature Husky

The Miniature Husky has a double coat that it sheds twice annually. Also, some people confuse them with Alaskan Klee Kai, which have similar blue eyes.

Mink

The mink can swim up to 100 feet underwater.

Mississippi Kite

The Mississippi kite tends to form a monogamous pair bond for life

Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are incredible mimics that can learn hundreds of songs!

Modern Game Chicken

The Modern Game chicken is a lanky bird with legs that go for days!

Mojave Rattlesnake

"The Mojave rattlesnake is the most venomous rattlesnake in the world."

Mole

Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Mole Crab (Sand Flea)

They eat jellyfish tentacles

Mole Cricket

Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.

Mollusk

Most molluscs have more than one heart

Molly

Known for their calm and peaceful nature!

Monarch Butterfly

During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.

Mongrel

Has characteristics of two or more breeds!

Monkey

There are around 260 known species!

Moonglow Boa

Moonglow boas are the result of mixing three genetic traits.

Moorhen

Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!

Moose

Renews it's enormous antlers every year!

Morkie

A Morkie puppy can weigh as little as 4 ounces.

Mosquito

Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood

Moth

There are 250,000 different species!

Mountain Bluebird

Depending on the time of the year, the mountain bird can live as far north as Alaska.

Mountain Feist

Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game.

Mountain Lion

Has no real natural predators!

Mourning Dove

It is almost always the male who makes the famous sad sound, which is a wooing call

Mourning Warbler

The Mourning Warbler was named for its gray head, which resembles a mourning veil!

Mouse

Found on every continent on Earth!

Mud Snake

Mud snakes can lay over 100 eggs at a single time!

Mudpuppy

Mudpuppies never leave their larval stage. This is called neoteny.

Mule

The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

Mule Deer

Mule deer can run up to 45 miles per hour.

Mullet Fish

The Striped Mullet is one of the best-known and most easily identified species, with black horizontal stripes along its body.

Muscovy Duck

Unlike most duck species, the Muscovy is silent and only makes noise when excited or threatened.

Muskox

Muskox have several physical characteristics that allow them to survive in the Arctic climate.

Muskrat

The muskrat can stay underwater up to 17 minutes at a time

Mussurana Snake

Mussurana snakes help keep rodents from overrunning farms.

Myna Bird

For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.

Naegleria

Causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis

Needlefish

no stomach to digest food

Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

The Netherland dwarf rabbit is the smallest domestic rabbit breed in the world.

Newfoundland

Introduced by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago!

Newfypoo

Newfypoos have a thick oily coat that can be hard to groom.

Newt

Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!

Nigerian Goat

Produces a lot of milk for its small size

Night Heron

When they feel threatened juvenile night herons vomit their stomach contents.

Nightjar

There are 97 nightjar species across 20 genera!

Nilgai

Nilgai were hunted for their meat as far back as 8,000 years ago.

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

North American Black Bear

Short claws make them good tree climbers!

Northern Alligator Lizard

Unlike other lizards, these give livebirth to their young

Northern Cardinal

Males are a bright red color, also called "cardinal red"

Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers often make their homes in dead trees.

Northern Harrier

They can reach speeds of 25 Mph but prefer to soar low and slow.

Northern Jacana

The northern jacana is one of two species found in the Americas, from the United States to Panama.

Northern Parula

They live in coffee and citrus plantations during the winter

Northern Potoo

You can find them near golf courses in urban areas

Norwich Terrier

Though Norwich terriers are small, they have a reputation for being feisty.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Toller is one of only two breeds that hunters use as decoys while hunting.

Nubian Goat

The Nubian is a relatively large, proud, and graceful dairy goat that traces its ancestry to India and Egypt.

Nut Weevil

Bore holes in tree nuts and lay their eggs inside

Nuthatch

Nuthatches spend a lot of their time upside down.

Nutria

An invasive species, one female nutria can birth up to 200 babies in just a few years of living!

Oak Toad

The toad doesn't hop.

Ocellated Turkey

These birds are timid and hard to spot, but their noisy gobbles give them away.

Ocelot

Also known as the Painted Leopard!

Oleander Hawk Moth

Oleander hawk moth caterpillars feed on the foliage of oleander, an extremely toxic plant to which they are immune.

Olympic Marmot

The Olympic marmot is found in only one location in the United States — the Olympic Mountains in Washington

Opabinia

Opabinia had five stalked eyes on its head.

Opossum

Thought to be immune to certain snake venom!

Oranda Goldfish

Oranda goldfish are one of the most popular fancy goldfish breeds

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Often mistaken for the Tennessee Warblers, which are equally dull.

Orange Spider

Orange spiders make vertically-oriented webs for catching prey.

Orb Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males

Orchard Oriole

They use rapid wingbeats to hover over foliage as they search for food.

Oregon Spotted Frog

Oregon spotted frogs are the most endangered frogs in Canada!

Ori-Pei

Ori-Pei's are born with short noses, which causes them to grunt and make a lot of noise when they breathe.

Oriental Cockroach

Unlike other cockroach species that live indoors living off humans, oriental cockroaches are outdoor scavengers. 

Ornate Box Turtle

One of the biggest threats to the orate box turtle population is that when during extremely hot or cold breeding season a vast majority of the hatchlings are of one sex.

Ornithomimus

Ornithomimus translates from Greek to mean “bird mimic.”

Oscar Fish

The Oscar fish has teeth in its throat!

Osprey

They reuse nesting sites for 70 years!

Otter

There are 13 different species worldwide

Ovenbird

The ovenbird is named for its unusual nest, which is shaped like an oven!

Owl

The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees

Owl Butterfly

Owl butterflies derive their name from big spots on each hindwing that resemble owl eyes

Owlfly (Ascalaphidae)

Adult owlflies can capture prey while flying in the air.

Ozark Bass

Ozark Bass only live in Arkansas and Missouri

Pachycephalosaurus

The Pachycephalosaurus' head was up to 30 times thicker and stronger than a human skull.

Pacific Coast Tick

Pacific Coast ticks can go without food for two to three years without dying.

Paddlefish

Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period

Painted Turtle

Male painted turtles have longer nails.

Palaeophis

This snake was as long as a school bus!

Palm Rat

Domesticated house rats were bred in England during the 1920s, and one of these variations had a green-tinted fur.

Palo Verde Beetle

The palo verde beetle is one of the largest beetles in North America

Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

Panthera atrox (American Lion)

Panthera atrox was about 25 percent larger than modern lions

Parakeet

Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.

Parasaurolophus

The Parasaurolophus ran on its hindlegs at speeds of up to 30mph!

Parrot

Can live for up to 100 years!

Parrot Snake

The parrot snake shows off with bright green and bronze colors that cover its entire body.

Parrotlet

Parrotlets aren't the world's tiniest parrot — that would be the pygmy parrot of Australasia.

Partridge

Long-lost civilizations have immortalized male partridges in art, depicting them as a symbol of fertility.

Peacock Bass

Peacock bass is known for their aggressive behavior and predatory instincts, making them a challenging target for sport fishermen.

Peagle

Peagles enjoy being the center of attention. This can make them a very entertaining breed to own.

Pelagornis

The Pelagornis is larger than the largest living bird today.

Pelagornithidae

The biggest members of the Pelagornithidae family were the largest flying birds known.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Seeks out sources of light

Peppered Moth

Teachers in schools often use the evolution of the peppered moth as a good example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Perch Fish

Some of the most delicious gamefish in the world

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth

Petite Goldendoodle

Like their purebred parents, these dogs love the water!

Pharaoh Hound

The blushing dog of Malta.

Pheasant

Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

Piebald Dachshund

Hotdogs were originally called "Dachshund sausages" because they resembled the dachshund's wiener-like body!

Pied-Billed Grebe

Chicks stay on the parents' backs until they learn to swim

Pig

Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

Pigeon

They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.

Pika

Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Pike Fish

Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

Pileated Woodpecker

Pairs establish territories and remain all year

Pinacate Beetle

Pinacate beetles do a headstand if they feel threatened

Pine Beetle

Female pine beetles can lay up to 75 eggs at once, and the males will stay with their mates for up to 3 weeks after fertilizing the eggs

Pine Marten

A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.

Pine Siskin

When foraging, pine siskins hang upside down to pick through the leaves and bark, collecting seeds from coniferous trees.

Pink Salmon

The smallest of the North American salmon

Pit Viper

Pit vipers's fangs fold up into their mouths when they don't need them.

Pitador

There are several names for this breed, including the Labrabull or the Pitador Retriever.

Pitsky

Most Pitskies will do best as the only pet in a home. They may become aggressive with other dogs (especially two unneutered male dogs) and could try to chase or catch small pets due to their higher prey drive.

Plains Hognose Snake

The plains hognose snake gets its name from the upturned end of its snout.

Pliosaur

Pliosaurs were the short-necked version of plesiosaurs.

Plott Hound Mix

While the Plott hound is the state dog of North Carolina, it is a very rare breed and not well-known in other states.

Pointer Mix

One of the best things about owning a pointer pit is its low-maintenance requirements.

Poison Dart Frog

Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!

Polar Bear

Could be extinct within the next 30 years!

Polecat

They can run at a speed of 15mph

Polyphemus moth

The Polyphemus moth doesn’t eat.

Pomchi

A deliberate cross like the Pomchi is commonly referred to as a designer dog

Pomeagle

Pomeagles are sweet and fun dogs that like to spend time exploring their environment.

Pomsky

The howls and barks of a Pomsky can sound like singing

Poogle

The Poogle is one of 40 different doodle dog breeds (poodle mixes).

Porcupine

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Porpoise

Surprisingly, not a dolphin!

Potoo

The potoo’s eyelids have slits that let them see even when their eyes are closed.

Powderpost Beetle

Powderpost beetles prefer living in moist tree limbs, dead wood, and branches. They get into homes through infested joists, paneling, rafters, flooring, and finished wood products.

Prairie Chicken

They inflate their orange neck patches during their mating displays

Prairie Dog

Prairie dog “towns” can consists of hundreds of individuals

Prairie Rattlesnake

The striking distance of a prairie rattlesnake is 2/3rds the length of its body.

Praying Mantis

The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.

Pronghorn

While pronghorns are the fastest runner of any Western Hemisphere land animal, they are not good jumpers.

Pterodactyl

Pterodactyl is not technically a dinosaur. Although they lived during the same time as dinosaurs, they are classified as winged reptiles.

Puffin

Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!

Pug Mix

The puggle is a heavy shedder, so to control any unwanted hair, owners must brush their pug mix at least twice a week.

Pugapoo

The pugapoo is the fusion of a pug and a poodle.

Puggle

These dogs are active and are often patient around children.

Pugshire

With their incredible desire to show affection, Pugshire make great lap dogs.

Puma

Has longer back legs than front legs!

Purple Finch

The intensity of the plumage can change based on what the bird eats

Purple Gallinule

They build their nests on the water, anchoring it to nearby aquatic vegetation.

Pygora Goat

The Pygora goat is exclusively bred for their fleece, and they produce three different kinds.

Pyrador

Most popular as a companion pet

Pyredoodle

Pyredoodles can have a thick double coat or a thinner single coat.

Quail

Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!

Queen snake

Queen snakes have armor-like scales on the top of their head

Quetzal

The tail feathers of the male can be 1m long!

Quetzalcoatlus northropi

Quetzalcoatlus northropi was one of the largest flying animals ever found

Rabbit

There are more than 300 different species!

Raccoon

Known to wash their food before eating it!

Racer Snake

The racer snake can speed away at up to 3.5 miles per hour

Ragamuffin

Often referred to as "puppy-like," Ragamuffin cats are intelligent, friendly and super personable.

Ragdoll

One of the larger breeds of domestic cat!

Raggle

Raggles are known for their energy and curiosity.

Rat

Omnivores that eat anything!

Rat Snakes

Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.

Rat Terrier

Rat terriers were popular with farmers before 1930 because of their ability to kill rodents.

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes may have evolved their rattle to warn bison away from them.

Red Aphids

Aphids are called ant cows because ants herd and "milk" them to secrete a substance called honeydew!

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers will often steal the nests of other birds.

Red Diamondback Rattlesnake

A rattlesnake can shake its rattle back and forth 20-100 times per second.

Red-Eared Slider

Sliders spend lots of time basking in the sun. As cold-blooded animals, they need the sun to heat up.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Despite their spectacular coloration, red-eyed tree frogs aren’t poisonous and can be kept as pets.

Red Finch

Red finches can form flocks of over 100 birds.

Red Fox

The red fox actually has many different variations of fur, including silver and brown.

Red Knee Tarantula

Inhabits the Pacific Mountains of Mexico!

Red Nose Pit Bull

These copper-colored pups were once known as "nanny dogs" for their playfulness with children.

Red Paper Wasp

The Red Paper wasps are lazy flyers; they occasionally land on people, pets, and objects without noticing them. 

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawks reuse the same nesting area each year.

Red Squirrel

The red squirrel has one of the most impressive memories in the entire animal kingdom

Red-winged blackbird

The male red-winged blackbird can sing to attract mates

Red Wolf

Only 100 in the wild!

Redbone Coonhound

Originally bred to track raccoons.

Regal Jumping Spider

The regal jumping spider is the largest jumping spider in North America

Reindeer

Also known as the Caribou

Rex Rabbit

The King of Rabbits

Rhino Beetle

Rhinoceros beetles can lift objects 850 times their weight

Ribbon Snake

Ribbon snakes love water, but are excellent climbers too.

Rim Rock Crowned Snake

The rim rock crowned snake has mild venom that doesn't hurt people or pets.

Ring-billed Gull

The ring-billed gull feeds on vast quantities of human waste and garbage.

Ringed Kingfisher

Dives from perches to capture its prey!

River Otter

The river otter can hold its breath for up to 8 minutes

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!

Roadrunner

Roadrunners are one of the few animals that prey on rattlesnakes and tarantula hawk wasps.

Robber Flies

The female pretend they are dead if they do not find the male worthy of mating.

Robin

There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!

Rodents

The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.

Rooster

Will mate with the entire flock!

Root Aphids

Nymphs take 9 to 10 days on average to mature, with a complete lifespan of an estimated 30 days.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted grosbeaks are closely related to cardinals

Roseate Spoonbill

The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!

Rosy Boa

One of the few snakes that naturally comes in a rainbow of colors.

Rotterman

Rottermans are the perfect breed for search and rescue training, and they make excellent guard dogs.

Rottsky

Many Rottskies have one brown eye and one blue eye.

Rottweiler Mix

This Rottweiler mix is devoted to its loved ones and usually forms a strong bond with its primary caregiver

Rough Earth Snake

It has a pointed snout that is uses to burrow into moist soil.

Rough-Legged Hawk (Rough-Legged Buzzard)

Its scientific name, lagopus, is Ancient Greek for “hare” and “foot,” referring to its feathered feet and toes.

Rove Beetle

When threatened, rove beetles raise the ends of their body like scorpions, but they have no sting.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbirds can beat their wings more than 50 times per second.

Ruddy Turnstone

They flip over stones to find prey

Rufous Hummingbird

The males have a glowing iridescent orange patch on their chests.

Saber-Toothed Tiger

Canines up to 7 inches long!

Sable Ferret

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

Sable German Shepherd

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

Saddleback Caterpillar

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

Saint Shepherd

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

Salamander

There are more than 700 different species!

Salmon

Returns upstream every year to spawn

Sambar

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

San Francisco Garter Snake

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

Sand Crab

The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail

Sandpiper

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

Saturniidae Moth

Some of the largest moths in the world

Sauropoda

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

Sauropoda

Sauropods lived in herds.

Savanna Goat

Savanna goats have only existed since 1957.

Savannah Sparrow

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

Scarab Beetle

The ancient Egyptians worshipped scarabs.

Scarlet Macaw

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

Schneagle

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

Scorpion

There are around 2,000 known species!

Scottish Fold Cat

The cutest mutation in the animal kingdom

Sculpin

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

Sea Bass

Sea bass can grow up to 880 pounds in weight!

Sea Eagle

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

Sea Roach

They breathe through gills but live on land

Seagull

Some gulls are capable of using tools

Seahorse

Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

Senepol Cattle

Senepol cattle have a distinctive red color and no horns.

Seymouria

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

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

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

Sharp-Tailed Snake

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

Shastasaurus

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

Sheep

Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Sheepshead Fish

This fish has teeth that resemble a human's.

Shepadoodle

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

Shepkita

These dogs can sometimes be overly aggressive.

Shepweiler

The Shepweiler is an excellent guard dog.

Shichi

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

Shiranian

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

Shollie

Shollies are a fairly new type of crossbreed!

Short-Eared Owl

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

Short-Faced Bear

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

Shrew

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

Shrimp

There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Siberian Husky

Is adequately warm in sub-zero temperatures!

Siberian Retriever

Many husky Labs have one blue eye and one brown eye.

Siberpoo

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

Silver Labrador

The Labrador is the most popular breed in the United States and most of these dogs have blue eyes at a young age, before they turn another color.

Skink Lizard

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

Skua

Skuas will chase other birds until they give up their catch

Skunk

Also known as the Polecat!

Sloth

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

Slug

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

Smallmouth Bass

A fierce fighter!

Smilosuchus

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

Smokybrown Cockroach

Has up to 45 eggs per egg case

Smooth Earthsnake

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

Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

Snake

There are around 4,000 known species worldwide

Snapping Turtle

Only found in North America!

Snook Fish

Males change into females after the spawning season

Snorkie

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

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

They are pollinators, just like bees.

Snowflake Eel

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

Snowshoe

Thought to have originated in the 1960s!

Snowshoe Hare

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

Snowy Owl

One of the largest owl species in the world!

Sockeye Salmon

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

Soldier Beetle

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

Somali

Active, intelligent and playful!

Song Sparrow

Pumps its tail when it flies!

Southern Black Racer

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

Southern Hognose Snake

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

Southern House Spider

Large web making house spider

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

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

Spadefoot Toad

They spend most of their time underground!

Spanador

The Spanador is a good swimmer.

Spanish Goat

They have long, horizontal ears.

Sparrow

There are 140 different species!

Speckled Kingsnake

The Salt and Pepper Snake

Sphynx

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

Spider Beetle

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

Spider Monkey

Found in the tropical jungles of South America!

Spider Wasp

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

Spongy Moth

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

Spotted Bass

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

Spotted Gar

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

Spotted Garden Eel

Males battle each other over females and territory

Spotted Lanternfly

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

Spotted Skunk

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

Springador

The parental stock Labrador Retriever was nearly wiped out by home country tax policies but the breed found rescue and recovery in foreign lands, particularly in Great Britain.

Squash Beetle

Often mistaken for a ladybug

Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Stag Beetle

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

Star-nosed mole

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

Stargazer Fish

Uses an electric shock to stun its prey!

Steelhead Salmon

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

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!

Stoat

Average adults weigh about 200 grams!

Stork

They can’t sing like other birds.

Summer Tanager

They remove bee stingers by rubbing them against a tree

Superworm

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

Surgeonfish

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

Swainson’s Hawk

Their wings form a “V” shape when flying.

Swallow

swallows have aerodynamic bodies for hunting in flight

Swan

Populations have been affected by pollution!

Swedish Elkhound

Swedish Elkhounds existed in prehistoric times!

Taco Terrier

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

Tailless Whip Scorpion

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!

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.

Teacup Chihuahua

Teacup Chihuahuas are not a separate breed but result from breeding the smallest pups from litters.

Teacup Miniature Horse

Female teacup minis become sexually mature between 2 and 5 years old, but breeders typically wait until their horse is 3 before letting her reproduce to prevent complications.

Teacup Poodle

The teacup poodle is the smallest poodle breed!

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Often just called 'Teddies' by owners

Ten-Lined June Beetle

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

Tennessee Walking Horse

There's a national celebration of Tennessee Walkers each year

Termite

Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Terrier

Terriers were once the greatest dogs in the world.

Texas Blind Snake

These snakes grow to just 11 inches long

Texas Brown Tarantula

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

Texas Coral Snake

Texas coral snakes have the second most powerful venom in the world

Texas Garter Snake

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 Heeler

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

Texas Indigo Snake

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

Texas Night Snake

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

Texas Rat Snake

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

Texas Spiny Lizard

They hold push-up competitions!

Thalassomedon

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

Theropod

Some theropods had feathers and may have been ancestors of modern birds.

Thrush

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

Tick

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

Tiffany

Chantilly cats are a mixed-breed cross between a Burmese cat and a long-haired Asian cat.

Tiger Beetle

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

Tiger Moth

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

Tiger Muskellunge (Muskie)

Massive carnivorous hybrid fish

Tiger Rattlesnake

These rattlesnakes have the smallest heads of any rattlesnake.

Tiger Salamander

Found across the North American wetlands!

Tiger Trout

As tiger trout are sterile, they cannot produce offspring. However, they do have relatively long lifespans and can live up to 10 years in captivity.

Timber Rattlesnake (Canebrake Rattlesnake)

Timber rattlesnakes are the snake on the Gadsden Flag.

Tomato Hornworm

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

Torkie

The Torkie has a soft silky coat

Tortoise

Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Toucan

There are more than 40 different species!

Towhee

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

Toy Fox Terrier

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

Trapdoor spider

Ambush their prey using a trapdoor made of silk

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Tree swallow

The tree swallow can make more than a dozen distinct vocalizations

Treehopper

The colors, shapes, and intricacies of treehoppers’ helmets makes them unique and visually stunning.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Coarse baying cries during the hunt changes at the tree

Treeing Walker Coonhound

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.

Troodon

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

Trout

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

Tully Monster

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

Turkey

Closely related to pheasants and chickens!

Turtles

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

Tusoteuthis

Tusoteuthis was one of the largest cephalopods ever

Tylosaurus

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

Tyrannosaurus Rex

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

Uinta Ground Squirrel

The squirrel is named after the Uinta Mountains, which are part of the Rocky Mountain range and are found in Utah and Wyoming.

Uintatherium

The Uintatherium was an exceptionally large and exceptionally ugly ungulate that lived during the Eocene epoch

Umbrellabird

Migrates up and down the mountains!

Underwing Moth

Their colorful rear wing makes predators think that they are poisonous, however they are not it is a deceptive feature.

Upland Sandpiper

They make jerky movements as they walk through the grass, searching for food.

Valley Bulldog

These dogs cannot swim well because of their stocky build and short legs.

Vampire Bat

Have a heat sensor on the end of their nose!

Vaquita

Smallest cetacean in the ocean

Venus Flytrap

The Venus flytrap is among a group of plants that consumes animals

Vermilion Flycatcher

They have a fast song that lasts up to 10 syllables at max.

Vine Snake

A slender body and elongated snout give the vine snake a regal look.

Vinegaroon

Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted

Virgin Islands Dwarf Gecko

The Virgin Islands dwarf gecko is among the smallest reptiles in the world

Vole

Voles were heavily mentioned in a Star Trek series as a space station pest.

Vulture

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Walleye Fish

Has great night vision

Warbler

Warblers are so called because of the trills of their song.

Wasp

There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Water Beetle

Water beetles bite; they use their legs to inject venomous digestive saliva

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Water Bug

Some species of water bugs can deliver a painful bite when handled.

Wax Moth

The Wax Moth larvae are more dangerous than the adult.

Weasel

The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

Weimardoodle

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

Welsh Black Cattle

Welsh Black Cattle were once used as currency in Wales and referred to as “black gold”.

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Due to being so attached to their owners, the Welsh Springer Spaniel does not do well with being left alone and can experience separation anxiety.

Western Blacklegged Tick

Western blacklegged ticks are only found in the west coast of the United States

Western Blind Snake

Western blind snakes are flourescent in black light!

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

They replace their fangs 2-4 times per year!

Western Hognose Snake

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

Western Rat Snake

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

Western Tanager

They migrate farther north than any other tanager.

Westiepoo

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

Whimbrel

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


Whiptail Lizard

Many whiptail species reproduce asexually.

White Butterfly

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

White Catfish

White catfish can grow up to 37 inches in size.

White Crappie

Common freshwater fish in North America

White-Crowned Sparrow

Males learn distinct songs from the community they grew up in and continue to sing in the same dialect as adults.

White-Eyed Vireo

During courtship, males put on exciting displays by fluffing their plumage, spreading their tails, and letting out a whining call.

White-Faced Capuchin

One of the world's most intelligent monkeys!

White Ferret / Albino Ferrets

There are two different types of white ferrets!

White German Shepherd

It was once thought that White German Shepherds were albinos, but that is not the case. Its white coat is part of the overall German Shepherd genetic composition.

White-shouldered House Moth

The larva is the pest because a fully-grown white-shouldered house moth cannot feed; it can only absorb liquid

White Sturgeon 

They don't have any teeth!

White-tail deer

White-tail deer are good swimmers

Whitetail Deer

Although deer are herbivores, they will sometimes eat mice and birds when they can catch them.

White-Tailed Eagle

It is one of the biggest birds of prey.

Whoodle

Whoodles are good swimmers

Whooping Crane

This species is named after the loud whooping sound it makes

Willow Flycatcher

These birds live in the understory and are named for their propensity for flitting between willows and shrubs.

Winter Moth

Only the males fly and the females walk.

Wiwaxia

The body of Wiwaxia was covered by rows of sclerites and spines

Wolf

Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

Wolverine

Releases a strong smelling musk in defence!

Wood Bison

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

Wood Frog

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

Wood Tick

Almost always found above 4,000 feet in elevation

Wood Turtle

Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs

Woodlouse

This animal can roll up into a ball

Woodlouse Spider

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

Woodpecker

There are 200 different species!

Woodrat

Pack rats love shiny objects and will steal your jewelry.

Woolly Aphids

Another name for these fuzzy insects is "boogie-woogie aphids" because of their habit of lifting their posteriors and pulsing them in synchronized motions when threatened.

Woolly Mammoth

Tusks grew to 16ft long!

Worm

Doesn’t have eyes.

Worm Snake

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

Writing Spider

males pluck webs like strings on a guitar

Wryneck

They feign death by making their bodies limp and closing their eyes.

Xeme (Sabine’s Gull)

They follow after seals and whales to eat their scraps.

Xenacanthus

Smal eel-like ancient shark

Xenoceratops

The Xenoceratops is the oldest known horned dinosaur ever discovered in Canada.

Xiphactinus

Xiphactinus was the largest bony fish of the Cretaceous Period.

Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli is the national dog of Mexico

Yellow Aphids

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 Bellied Sapsucker

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.)

Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake

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

Yellow Bullhead Catfish

Bottom dwelling scavenger fish

Yellow Crazy Ant

One of the top 100 worst invasive species!

Yellow Perch

Female Yellow Perch grom larger than the males.

Yellow Sac Spider

Primarily Carnivorous, but sometimes snacks on nectar.

Yellow Spotted Lizard

Gives birth to live young.

Yellowjacket (Yellow Jacket)

Yellowjacket stings account for the majority of deaths from wasp stings

Yellowthroat

They forage near the ground, searching leaves for insects

Yokohama chicken

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

Yoranian

These dogs are very intelligent and are great with children.

Yorkie Bichon

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

Yorkie-poo

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

Zebra Mussels

A female zebra mussel can deposit 30,000 to 1,000,000 eggs each year!

Zorse

The offspring of a Zebra and Horse parents!

Zuchon

The breed often changes colors throughout its life, with its puppy coat becoming lighter over the first few years of life, then darkening as he ages.

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North America FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What animals are only found in North America?

There are numerous species unique to the United States. More prominent species include the American black bear, the gila monster, and the bald eagle.

What are the Big 5 Animals of North America?

The Big 5 animals of North America for hunting include the grizzly bear, moose, bison, gray wolf, and polar bear.

Which animal is the king of North America?

While facts alone can’t crown the king of North America, it’s a title often given to the unique American bison found in North American grassland. While it’s no longer critically endangered, this big grazer is still a threatened species.

What North American animals hibernate?

Numerous North American animals hibernate, including mammals like bears and chipmunks, as well as insects like bumblebees.

What animals live in the North American desert?

The list of animals that live in the North American desert would be long, but notable wildlife includes prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, and even wild jaguars.