Animals That Start with A

Mammalian species like the aardvark, African bush elephant, Arctic fox, and aye-aye; reptile species like alligators, anacondas, and the alligator snapping turtle; amphibian species like the African clawed toad and axolotl; and bird species like albatrosses and auks are among those that begin with A.

Beginning with A, you’ll meet these and many other fascinating species on this page, along with images and information about each one. Links to additional information, images, and videos are located beneath each animal.

Individual species (the African wild dog) and well-known groupings of species (Angel Sharks) are included in this list, whose names begin with A. Each of the separate species has its scientific name and conservation status listed.

Use the index below to go directly to a particular animal, or scroll down to see photos and facts on all of the animals.


Aardvarks are pig-like animals that live in a variety of environments across Africa, south of the Sahara. They are tiny creatures that live in a variety of environments.

They are mostly solitary, and during the day, they slumber in subterranean burrows to avoid being roasted by the African sun. In the evening, they emerge to hunt for food.

Due to their long snout and pig-like body, they are known as Earth Pigs in Afrikaans, which means “Earth Pig.” The only living species in its animal family, aardvarks are among the most unusual animals.

They were formerly thought to be closely linked to other insectivores like armadillos and pangolins, but this is not the case with their closest living relatives, actually elephants.


The hyena family, Hyaenidae, includes four species: aardwolf, hyena, giant hyena, and brown hyena.

The aardwolf does not hunt or scavenge large creatures, unlike the other hyenas (the spotted, striped, and brown hyena). Instead, it feeds on termites and other tiny insects, making it a particular insectivore (insect-eater).

An aardwolf can consume up to a quarter of a million termites in one night, thanks to its long, sticky tongue. In southern and eastern Africa, the aardwolf can be found in grasslands and savannas.


The Alligatoridae family of reptiles includes alligators, who prey on turtles, fish, and snakes. The Chinese alligator and the American alligator are the two existing species of alligators.

A gator might live up to 60 years in captivity. A full-grown alligator may weigh up to 450 pounds and be about 4 meters long.


The Abyssinian cat’s uncertain origin may be overemphasized. What matters is that this lovely, smart, inquisitive, and sociable animal is alive and well today.

The Abyssinian’s exquisite list of traits is the perfect answer that cat fanciers can offer to those who love their dogs, as he loves high places and is always interested in monitoring what you are doing. It may do so many dog-like things, yet it understands what the litter box is for and where it should be.

Adélie Penguin

Adélie penguins are mid-sized penguins that can be identified by their distinctive white eye ring. Being the most widely distributed penguin species, it can be found along the continent’s entire shoreline.

While moving between its feeding and breeding areas, the Adélie Penguin will travel up to 8,000 miles on the ice.

Adélie Land, an Antarctica area named after Adèle, wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville, who also found the penguin, is where the species gets its name.


An omnivore is a mammal that has an armadillo as its diet. It has a leather-like shell that is appearance-wise. The armadillo, on average, grows to 75 centimeters in length. However, the enormous armadillo may grow to 150 centimeters. It can survive for around 12-15 years.


The African Desert’s Critically Endangered Antelope. This lovely antelope formerly roamed the Sahara Desert and was also known as the screwhorn or white antelope.

Poaching, climate change, overhunting, and habitat destruction have all contributed to the species’ demise. Thankfully, steps are being undertaken to reestablish the animal’s natural numbers. More information about the addax can be found here.

Addax nasomaculatus is the scientific name for the white antelope. Addax is thought to be derived from the Arabic word for “crooked horn,” while Nasomaculatus is derived from the Latin nasus meaning “nose” and maculatus, which means “spotted.” Addax nasomaculatus translates to “animal with crooked horns and spotted nose.”

African Bush Elephant

The African bush elephant is the world’s biggest land animal, with a shoulder height of almost 4 meters (13.12 feet) and a weight of almost 10 metric tons (22,046 pounds).

The African bush elephant is one of two Elephant species that live in Africa, the other being the Asian elephant, which is smaller.

The African bush elephant is endangered due to both illegal hunting and habitat destruction, and was designated as an endangered species by the IUCN in 2021.


The average lifespan of an anaconda is around ten years. A collection of huge snakes that belong to the genus Eunectes is referred to as an “anaconda.” Carnivores, such as Anacondas, exist. They measure about six to nine meters in length and weigh about 227 kilograms.

Aesculapian snake

In Europe, the Aesculapian snake is one of the longest snakes.

Although the Aesculapian snake appears formidable and deadly, it is in fact a non-venomous animal. In this particular case, the old saying that it is more afraid of you than you are of it is absolutely accurate.

The Aesculapian false coral snake, which belongs to a distinct genus and has a distinct appearance, should not be confused with this species.

Forests, hills, and other environments with abundant cover are home to the Aesculapian snake. From the Atlantic coast to the Black Sea, it has a range that spans most of Southern Europe and minor sections of Western Asia.

Although it is not endemic to the UK, populations have evidently escaped from British zoos and grown near Wales and London.

Other populations have endured, despite the fact that the London population may have become extinct. The Italian Aesculapian snake, which lives on the southern Italian peninsula, is a related species.

African Clawed Frog

In streams, ponds, and lakes across much of Sub-Saharan Africa, the African clawed frog may be found. This primitive frog uses its claws on its feet to break apart its food, lacking teeth or an extendable tongue.

A carnivore that eats either hunted or scavenged, the African clawed frog is a fascinating species. It’ll devour practically anything it can fit in its jaws.

African Buffalo

The cow family includes black buffaloes, which are stocky. While the males are mostly solitary, the females form protective herds. The direction that the herd should travel is believed to be decided by members of the herd.

The Syncerus caffer, also known as the African Buffalo, Affalo or Cape Buffalo, is a large African bovid. In comparison to females, African buffalo males are bigger. Only half the size of forest type buffaloes, Because of their unpredictability, African Buffalo pose a serious threat to humans.

Australian Swiftlet

Swiftlet Aerodramus terraereginae, a small bird native to Queensland, Australia, is found in the tropical north-east.

The Chillagoe Swiftlet (A. chillagoe) is one of two subspecies of swiftlet. t is the Hungarian letter for T. A. chillagoensis is a species of ant found in the United States. t is the abbreviation for “test”. Two separate species, terraereginae, are sometimes recognized.

The Australian Swiftlet may be found at elevations of 1,000 meters above sea level but generally less than 500 meters in tropical coastal regions and offshore islands. It forages over the edge of the Rainforests, beaches, gorges, and sometimes pastures and savannas in flocks.

African Civet

Civets of sub-Saharan Africa include the African Civet, which is a big species. The African Civet is the continent’s biggest civet-like animal, and it is the only member of its genetic group that remains.

The African Civets are not cats, but rather cousins of other tiny carnivores such as Weasels and Mongooses, despite their cat-like looks and behaviors.

The musk secreted by the African Civet to indicate its territory (called Civetone) has been utilized in the creation of perfumes for centuries, and its bold black and white patterns make it one of the easiest Civet species to identify.

African Grey Parrot

The African grey parrot, sometimes known as the grey parrot, is a parrot species with a high intelligence that has learned over 100 words while being raised in captivity.

The African grey parrot is a popular pet, but it is now extinct in the wild. The species’ main threats include illegal pet trade trapping and habitat destruction.

Dense forests are home to the African grey parrot. It forages in groups of up to 30 individuals during the day, and is primarily a frugivore (fruit-eater). It roosts in considerably bigger groups at night.

Africanized bee

Hybrid honey bees created by Africanized bees (AHB) are dubbed “killer bees” or “Africanized bees” and include a variety of European honey Bees.

Compared to the European subspecies, these bees are more aggressive. After killing the European queen, small swarms of AHBs are capable of taking over European honey bee hives by invading and establishing their own queen.

Australian Pelican

The big water bird, the Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), is one of Australia’s most captivating birds.

In many inland and coastal waters around Australia, as well as in New Guinea, the Australian Pelican may be found, although it avoids the very arid desert areas in the center of the continent.

Indonesia, as well as New Zealand and several Pacific islands near Australia, are home to these pelicans. The world’s eight species of Pelicans includes the Australian Pelican, which is the largest.

Aldabra Giant Tortoise

The Aldabra Islands in the Indian Ocean are home to the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, a huge species of tortoise. One Aldabra Giant Tortoise individual reached the grand old age of 255 years old, making it one of the world’s longest living creatures. The Aldabra giant tortoise is one of the planet’s largest species of tortoise and one of its oldest.

Several other Indian ocean giant tortoise species have become extinct as a result of Human colonization (including the Seychelles Giant Tortoise, which is now considered to be gone in the wild). The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is the only one left.

Several people believe that the Aldabra Giant Tortoise and the Seychelles Giant Tortoise are actually the same species because of their appearances and behavior.

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is a species of tortoise that lives on the islands of the Aldabra atoll (a coral island that surrounds a lagoon), which is part of the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

Several other gigantic Tortoise species formerly shared these islands with them, but in the 1700s and 1800s, they were slaughtered to extinction.

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is known to range into more sparse, rocky areas when food is scarce, despite the fact that it prefers dense, low-lying vegetation. To cool themselves down in the heat, the Aldabra Giant Tortoise may often be seen relaxing in the shade or in a very shallow pool of water.

Alligator Snapping Turtle

The alligator snapping turtle is found in the southeast US, where it lives in rivers.

With enormous adults weighing approximately 176 lb / 80 kg and measuring 2.6 feet / 80 cm in length, it is the biggest freshwater turtle found in the United States. Individuals weighing more than 220 pounds / 100 kilograms are exceptionally large.

The powerful bite and ridges on the shell of the alligator snapping turtle give it its name, which is similar to that of an alligator.

This carnivorous reptile originated from America. It uses its tongue to entice fish into range of its jaws, which has a worn contour. Preys on a wide range of other creatures, including young alligators and other turtles, and is not a picky eater.

Amazon River Dolphin

In Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, the Amazon River Dolphin is a freshwater river dolphin endemic to the Orinoco, Amazon, and Araguaia/Tocantins rivers.

The Amazon River Dolphin and the largest of river dolphins, both of which have a range that includes the True River Dolphin.

The Amazon River Dolphin’s neck vertebrae can rotate 180 degrees because they are unfused. The river dolphin brain is 40% larger than a human brain in terms of size.

Ambrosia Beetle

Without the presence of a male, some ambrosia beetle species can fertilize eggs.

The ambrosia beetle is a symbiotic association of weevils/beetles that has a loose genetic relationship with the ambrosia fungus. Both sides profit from a symbiotic relationship. Dead or dying trees are able to be burrowed by the ambrosia beetle.

They’ll then set up and grow a fungal garden to feed their larvae once it’s deep inside the wood. The beetle feeds on the cultivated fungus, which benefits them.

Even as it is fed on by the beetle, the fungus benefits from spreading into new habitats. The ambrosia beetle’s identification, diet, habitat, and life cycle will all be discussed in this article.