Mammalian species such as vampire bats, vervet monkeys, Virginia opossums, volcano rabbits, and Visayan warty pigs; bird species such as vultures, vireos, and the velvet asity; insect species such as the viceroy butterfly and fish like the viperfish are among those that begin with V.
You can learn all about these and other intriguing creatures, as well as images and facts on each species, beginning with v on this page.
You may access more information, images, and videos via the links beneath many of the animals.
Individual species (such as vervet monkeys) and well-known groupings of species (such as vultures) are included in this list. Each of the separate species has its scientific name and conservation status listed.
Vampire Bat (Common)
The hairy-legged vampire bat and the white-winged vampire bat are the other two types of vampire bats. Central and South America are home to all three vampire bats.
The besetting habit of vampire bats is to feed on the blood of other animals. Hematophagy is the scientific term for this behavior.
Vampire bats are mammals (and as a result, although having wings, they are not related to birds), just like other bats. The elongated finger bones of a bat’s wings are spread out.
From southern Mexico to central Argentina and Chile in South America, the common vampire bat may be found. It prefers grassland and woodland environments. The bat hibernates in huge roosts in caverns and abandoned structures throughout the day.
Mammalian (particularly, livestock) are the most common victims of the vampire bat, which feeds on sleeping creatures.
The bat can locate where blood is closest to its victim’s skin using heat sensors in its nose. Its folded wings serve as legs, allowing it to walk (and even jump).
The vampire bat cuts a wound in the victim’s skin with its razor-sharp incisor teeth and drinks from it. The anticoagulant substances in the bat’s saliva prevent its victim’s blood from clotting.
The vampire bat’s bite alone causes no long-term damage to its victims, despite the fact that it takes relatively little blood. The species, on the other hand, has been known to transmit illness.
The vampire squid, a remarkable marine species that survives on Bioluminescence organs in the deep sea, is a fascinating creature. In addition, when oxygen levels in the ocean are extremely low, it is also necessary for survival and growth.
In terms of appearance, this fascinating aquatic creature is a cross between a squid and an octopus. Yet, it isn’t one of the aforementioned. The vampire squid’s black skin and skin create an almost cape-like appearance, as the name implies.
These watery creatures have gelatinous bodies with varying hues of black to light crimson. In comparison to their bodies, these sea creatures have the world’s biggest eyeballs, with eight arms and two tentacles.
Just a few feeds per week are required by the vampire squid.
Whales, huge fish, and sea lions are the primary predators of this animal, which only eats dead planktonic creatures and marine snow.
Except for Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, Hawaii, certain island groups, and the far north of the Arctic Circle, vipers may be found across the globe.
The most venomous viper species, found in tropical areas such as South America and Africa, is poisonous to each and every one.
In colder climes, vipers have less venomous bites.
Because of habitat destruction and human interference, the Verreaux’s Sifaka is now classified as an endangered primate native to Madagascar.
The long, soft white fur, a black brown head crown, and grey skin distinguish this lemur from other lemurs. Males have a reddish-brown chest patch because of a gland situated at the base of their necks.
When leaping from one tree to the next, Sifakas have long tails that aid them in their balance.
Tropical dry lowland woods, humid rainforests, and montane woods are all home to Sifakas.
The sifakas of Verreaux are sociable creatures that live in groups of two to thirteen members. Females rule the hierarchy structure.
Females outnumber males in most groups, with a few youngsters and infants thrown in for good measure.
Flowers, bark, leaves, fruit, and nuts are the main foods of sifakas. These are mostly nocturnal animals that forage for food during the morning and afternoon.
Scent is used by sifakas to proclaim their territory and to be seen.
Polygynous mating is the way of life for them. As a result, the dominant male has multiple sexual partners.
In captivity, sifakas live for about 18 years.
Among its cetacean peers, the vaquita holds several records, including the smallest and rarest of all known marine creatures. Researchers didn’t have a live specimen to examine until the 1980s, so this porpoise species was just recently found and identified.
Vaquitas are only found in a tiny region of the Sea of Cortez, which is located at the northern tip of the Gulf of California. Despite the fact that little is known about these creatures’ biology and behavior, environmentalists are convinced that they are on the verge of extinction.
Vancouver Island Marmot
The squirrel family, Sciuridae, includes marmots, which are mid to huge rodents. Marmota is the genus that includes the fifteen marmot species. During the winter, they hibernate in grasslands and highland regions of Eurasia and North America.
The most endangered mammal in Canada is the Vancouver Island marmot. The species’ natural adult population was estimated to be just 90 individuals in 2017.
The face and chest of the Vancouver Island marmot are white, with dark brown fur. It weighs about 5 kilograms (11 pounds) It is one of the largest members of the squirrel family, Sciuridae, with a total length (including tail) of roughly 72 cm / 2.36 ft.
The mouse is only found on Vancouver Island, Canada, and lives in subalpine meadows (fields just below the treeline). It is native to the island. In communal burrows, it dwells in small groups.
The Vanga, often known as the Vanga shrike, is a beautiful Madagascan bird that lives in the wild. It’s a member of the Madagascan 15 bird species and one of the creatures whose names start with the letter V.
Madagascar’s principal eastern rainforest, as well as its western wooded areas and the Comoro Islands, are home to this unique bird species. It’s a little to medium-sized bird that weighs 35 to 300 grams and ranges in length from 5 to 13 inches.
Vanga feeds on insects from the ground or directs its prey to trunks and large branches, depending on the situation. In their native environment, predators such as drongos, snakes, and brown lemurs preyed on these little birds.
Velvet Bellied Lanternshark
The Velvet Bellied Lanternsharks hunt in the bottom of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and are a common deep-sea shark.
They may, however, be found as far south as Norway and even South Africa.
Bioluminescence is the natural glow of these little sharks’ bodies, which helps them hide in the dark.
Adults will attack squid and shrimp, whereas young lanternsharks eat krill and tiny fish.
This mammal lives in the Andes and belongs to the camel family, and it is Peru’s iconic animal (represented on its coat of arms). Alpacas, guanacos, and llamas are all closely related.
Vicuñas have a tawny brown back and white hair on the chest and neck, making them the smallest camelid species.
From 3,500 to 5,750 meters above sea level, vicuñas can be found. They like semiarid grasslands with plains that are mainly covered in harsh, dry vegetation.
They, on the other hand, search for places with water close by.
During the day, they forage on grassy plains, and at night, they sleep high in the mountains.
Vicuñas are territorial, and their groups consist of a single male, five to fifteen females, and their offspring.
Vicuñas have rodent-like incisors because they primarily eat tough grasses.
Their hearts are large, and they are heavier than other mammals of a similar size in order to be able to live at high altitudes. Vicuñas have exceptional eyesight and hearing.
In the wild, vicuñas survive for 15 to 20 years. Pumas and foxes are the species that pose the greatest threat to them. Condors, on the other hand, will not hesitate to attack young or elderly vicuñas.
The Vervet Monkey, which is mostly found in Eastern Africa, is a medium-sized to large-sized monkey. The Vervet Monkey, like the Malbrouck, is regarded by some to be a sub-species of Vervet Monkey. It is considered to be a species of Grivet, another tree-dwelling African monkey with comparable traits.
These three creatures are closely linked, but they prefer to live in different areas and are believed to rarely meet.
The Vervet Monkey is currently divided into six subspecies, each of which is differentiated by its geographical location and varies in coloration.
The variegated squirrel, which can be found in Central American forests, is a kind of squirrel.
The animal’s body is covered in different colors, which is what the term “variegated” refers to. The coat of the variegated squirrel is typically brown in color, with blackish stripes that run down the back and sides.
Individual variations in coloration exist not just across geographical areas, but also across geographical areas.
The variegated squirrel sleeps in a nest made of leaves and spends the majority of its time in the trees. A drey is a squirrel nest.
The variegated squirrel, unlike other squirrels, isn’t known for hoarding food. Seeds make up the majority of its diet, which it forages in the trees. Other plant material, insects, and even young birds will be devoured by it as well.
Only Madagascar has the Velvet Asity, and it is impossible to find anywhere else in the world. With short wings and brightly colored head decorations that contrast with the bird’s black feathers, it is a visually attractive bird species.
The brightly colored head decorations of the male Velvet Asity stand out more than those of the female, who has a much duller appearance.
This bird is only found in Madagascar’s rainforest areas, where it eats mostly tiny fruits and nectar with a few arthropods thrown in for good measure. As an endemic to the country, it can only be found there.
The Velvet Asity is not considered to be endangered because to its ability to tolerate degraded habitats and the fact that it is found in protected areas. The main predators of this amazing bird species were larger wild creatures.
Visayan Spotted Deer
The Visayan Islands, located in the Philippines’ central region, are home to the Visayan spotted deer.
These are the world’s rarest deer breed because of their small habitats.
The deer used to be found on the majority of the Visayan Islands, but now they are only found on two.
Logging and civil development destroyed their habitats on the other islands.
Voles are tiny rodents that can be found all throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. They are closely connected to mice.
Open grassland to prairies, lagoons, lakes, rivers, wetlands, scrub, forests, and mountain slopes are just a few of the habitats where they may be found.
Vole species number roughly 155. Voles have narrower ears, eyes, a blunt and rounder snout, and shorter and hairier tails than mice when compared to each other. The fur might be white, brown, or grey depending on the environment.
Voles are often found in deep, intricate burrows for a long period of time.
Some vole species are nocturnal, others diurnal, and others are both active during the day and at night. Grasses, plants, bulbs, tubers, bark, and roots are the major foods of voles.
Seeds and plants are stored in their subterranean burrows. Omnivores, some species eat snails and insects in addition to plants.
Snakes, martens, lynxes, owls, hawks, skunks, bobcats, falcons, coyotes, foxes, and raccoons are their main enemies.
The lifespan of a species varies from three to six months to one year.
The spider’s scary-looking cousin. It is, nonetheless, harmless. In the warmer parts of the globe save Australia and Europe, the vinegaroon, also known as whip scorpion, has 120 species in 16 genera.
That is not to say that it isn’t a favorite animal for some people, or that it wouldn’t be a effective model for a rampaging extraterrestrial life form in a horror film if it were scaled up to be about the size of a horse.
The whip scorpion, on the other hand, is gentle with humans and an effective bug exterminator. More information on this animal may be found in the article.
The viceroy butterfly looks a lot like a monarch butterfly, with orange wings that have black veins and an additional black line running parallel to the body across the hindwing.
Predators find both the viceroy and the monarch unpleasant. Müllerian mimicry is a phenomena in which diverse species with similar defensive qualities (i.e., the butterflies’ toxicity) come to resemble one another, as seen by the similarities in viceroy and monarch coloration.
Since predators become acclimated to avoid any animal with those features, this is beneficial for all comparable-looking species.
Willows are often home to viceroy caterpillars. From April to December, adults may be seen.
The family Nymphalidae includes around 6,000 species. The viceroy is one of them. The biggest butterfly family is the Nymphalidae. Butterflies in this family may seem to have just four legs instead of six due to their shorter front legs.
One of the animals with the letter V in its name is the viperfish. It’s a deep-water fish with an unusual appearance. It’s also one of the most well-known and frequently utilized species on Earth.
This fish is easily recognized by its large mouth and fang-like teeth, which distinguish it from other species. The fangs are too large to fit into the mouth, therefore they cannot be swallowed. Instead, they appear to be protecting the fish’s eyes by curling backward incredibly close.
Despite their fearsome appearance, Viperfish are small fish that grow to be around 11 to 12 inches long. The viperfish must use its strong teeth to grasp and retain its victim while hunting in the dark, which it does using infrared vision.
Snakefish have been seen suspending motionless in the water, dangling lures over their heads in an effort to attract prey.