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Read below for information on 62 different animals that start with the letter S, from the extinct sabre-toothed tiger to swans. The most popular animal that starts with the letter S is the sloth, a slow-moving creature believed to be distantly related to anteaters and armadillos. The least popular S animal is the striped rocket frog, so named for their incredible jumping abilities. Interesting facts about letter S animals include:

  • Stellers sea cows were hunted to extinction in only 17 years
  • Servals are medium sized wild cats that can jump over 3 feet high and over 12 feet horizontally when hunting prey
  • Sea lions have specially adapted flippers which angle 90 degrees to help them walk on land
Sabre-Toothed Tiger (Smilodon populator)Sabre-Toothed Tiger
Canines up to 7 inches long!
Saint BernardSaint Bernard
Gentle, loyal and friendly!
Salamander (Caudata)Salamander
There are more than 700 different species!
Sand Lizard (Lacerta Agilis)Sand Lizard
Males turn green in spring!
Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)Saola
Only known to science since 1992!
Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx Dammah)Scimitar-horned Oryx
Believed to be the inspiration for unicorn myths!
Scorpion (Scorpiones)Scorpion
There are around 2,000 known species!
Scorpion Fish (Scorpaenidae)Scorpion Fish
There are more than 200 recognised species!
Sea Dragon (Phycodurus Eques)Sea Dragon
Inhabits tropical coastal waters of Australia!
Sea Lion (Otariidae)Sea Lion
It's flippers allow it to walk on the land
Sea Otter (Enhydra Lutris)Sea Otter
Eats over 40 different marine species!
Sea Slug (Holothuroidea)Sea Slug
Also commonly known as a Sea Cucumber!
Sea Squirt (Urochordata)Sea Squirt
There are more than 3,000 known species!
Sea Turtle (Chelonioidea)Sea Turtle
Always return to the same beach to lay eggs!
Sea Urchin (Echinoidea)Sea Urchin
Can live for up to 200 years!
Seahorse (Hippocampus)Seahorse
Highly endangered due to overhunting!
Seal (Phoca vitulina)Seal
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Serval (Leptailurus serval)Serval
Can leap more than 1 meter into the air!
Sheep (Ovis Aries)Sheep
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
Shih TzuShih Tzu
Can live for up to 15 years!
Shrimp (Caridea)Shrimp
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Originated from temple cats in Thailand!
Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta Splendens)Siamese Fighting Fish
Natively found in the Mekong Delta!
An exceptionally agile jumper!
Siberian HuskySiberian Husky
Is adequately warm in sub-zero temperatures!
Siberian Tiger (Panthera Tigris Altaica)Siberian Tiger
Also known as the Amur tiger!
Silver Dollar (Metynnis Argenteus)Silver Dollar
Closely related to the piranha!
Skunk (Mephitis Mephitis)Skunk
Also known as the Polecat!
Sloth (Choloepus Hoffmani)Sloth
It's body temperature is between 30 - 34 degrees!
Slow Worm (Anguis Fragilis)Slow Worm
Found widely throughout British gardens!
Snail (Achatinoidea  )Snail
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
Snake (Serpentes)Snake
There are around 2,700 known species worldwide
Snapping Turtle (Chelydridae)Snapping Turtle
Only found in North America!
Thought to have originated in the 1960s!
Snowy Owl (Bubo Scandiacus)Snowy Owl
One of the largest owl species in the world!
Active, intelligent and playful!
South China Tiger (Panthera Tigris Amoyensis)South China Tiger
There are less than 20 in the wild!
Spadefoot Toad (Mesobatrachia)Spadefoot Toad
They spend most of their time underground!
Sparrow (Passeridae)Sparrow
There are 140 different species!
Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos Ornatus)Spectacled Bear
Native to the Andes mountains of South America!
Sperm Whale (Physeter Macrocephalus)Sperm Whale
Each tooth weighs 1kg!
Spider Monkey (Simia Paniscus)Spider Monkey
Found in the tropical jungles of South America!
Spiny Dogfish (Squalus Acanthias)Spiny Dogfish
Found in ocean waters worldwide!
Sponge (Demospongiae)Sponge
There are more than 5,000 known species!
Squid (Teuthida )Squid
Some species are known to have 10 arms!
Squirrel (Sciuridae)Squirrel
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri)Squirrel Monkey
Lives in groups of up to 500 individuals!
Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas Maximus Maximus)Sri Lankan Elephant
Now restricted to a few parks!
Staffordshire Bull TerrierStaffordshire Bull Terrier
Known for their loyalty to their family!
Stag Beetle (Lucanidae  )Stag Beetle
More than 1,200 different species!
Starfish (Protoreaster Nodosus)Starfish
Has 2 stomachs to aid digestion!
Stellers Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis Gigas)Stellers Sea Cow
Hunted to extinction in 17 years!
Stick Insect (Phasmatodea)Stick Insect
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Stingray (Dasyatis Centroura)Stingray
It's stinger is razor-sharp or serrated!
Stoat (Mustela Erminea)Stoat
Average adults weigh about 200 grams!
Striped Rocket Frog (Litoria Nasuta)Striped Rocket Frog
Long powerful hind legs!
Sumatran Elephant (Elephas Maximus Sumatranus)Sumatran Elephant
Less than 2,000 left in the wild!
Sumatran Orang-utan (Pongo abelii)Sumatran Orang-utan
Known to make mental maps of the forest!
Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis)Sumatran Rhinoceros
The smallest species of rhino!
Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae)Sumatran Tiger
The smallest species of tiger!
Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus)Sun Bear
The smallest species of bear in the world!
Swan (Cygnus Atratus)Swan
Populations have been affected by pollution!