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Read below for information on 24 different animals that start with the letter H, from hammerhead sharks to hyenas. Hyenas are the most popular letter H animal. The least popular are hercules beetles, which at up to 7 inches long are the largest beetle species in the world. Some fun facts about H letter animals include:

  • The hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest land animal. It is estimated that hippopotamuses kill 500 people a year in Africa.
  • Hamsters can run as fast backwards as forwards
  • Hummingbirds beat their wings up to 80 times per second.
Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna Zygaena)Hammerhead Shark
Found in coastal waters around the world!
Hamster (Mesocricetus Auratus)Hamster
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Hare (Lepus Europaeus)Hare
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
HarrierHarrier
Cheerful, tolerant and sweet-tempered!
HavaneseHavanese
Introduced to the Canary Islands by the Spanish!
Hawaiian Crow (Corvus Hawaiiensis)Hawaiian Crow
Once believed to be a family guardian spirit in Hawaii
Hedgehog (Atelerix Albiventris)Hedgehog
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Hercules Beetle (Dynastes Hercules )Hercules Beetle
Can grow up to 7 inches long!
Hermit Crab (Paguroidea)Hermit Crab
There are over 500 different species!
Heron (Ardeidae)Heron
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
Highland Cattle (Bos Taurus)Highland Cattle
Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!
HimalayanHimalayan
Also known as the Colourpoint Persian!
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)Hippopotamus
Has pink anti-bacterial sweat!
Honey Bee (Apis)Honey Bee
There are only 7 recognised species!
Horn Shark (Heterodontus Francisci)Horn Shark
Endemic to the Californian coast!
Horned Frog (Ceratophrys Ornata)Horned Frog
Natively found in South America!
Horse (Equus Caballus)Horse
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseshoe Crab (Limulidae)Horseshoe Crab
Changed little in over 500 million years!
Howler Monkey (Alouatta)Howler Monkey
Spends 80% of it's time resting!
Human (Homo Sapiens Sapiens)Human
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus Humboldti)Humboldt Penguin
Found on the South American coast!
Hummingbird (Trochilidae)Hummingbird
Beat their wings up to 80 times per second!
Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae)Humpback Whale
There are thought to be 80,000 left in the wild!
Hyena (Crocuta Crocuta)Hyena
There are four different species!