Mammalian species such as vampire bats, vervet monkeys, Virginia opossums, volcano rabbits, and Visayan warty pigs; avian species such as vultures and vireos; insect species such as the viceroy butterfly; and fish like the viperfish are among the animals that begin with V.
Beginning with v, you’ll meet these and other intriguing creatures on this page, along with photographs and information about each creature.
You’ll find links to further information, images, and videos below many of the animals.
Individual species (e.g., vervet monkeys) and well-known groupings of species (e.g., vultures) whose names begin with V are included in this list. Each of the separate species has a scientific name and conservation status provided.
Vultures may be found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. This medium-large bird of prey may be found in a variety of environments, including plains, savannas, open mountain regions, and even suburban regions because to its high adaptability.
The New World group (which ranges from the Americas to the Caribe) and the Old World group (which ranges from Europe to Africa and Asia) are separated into 23 vulture species.
Vultures are quite social, unlike other prey birds. In great flocks, they may be observed flying, eating, and roosting.
Vultures are carnivores that consume mostly carrion. They will eat rotting carcasses that other creatures avoid because of the toxicity, even if they prefer fresh food.
Vultures’ acidic stomach acids are what protect them from food poisoning.
Vultures aren’t just healthy, they also help to prevent the propagation of illnesses transmitted by rotting bodies because to these acids having a very low pH (almost 0!).
Botulism, cholera bacteria, and anthrax can all be dissolved in their stomach acids. Isn’t it a joy to watch such brilliant garbage collectors?
Vultures have a great sense of smell and can see from afar when potential prey is dead. Vultures do not circle dead animals, contrary to popular belief.
Even if they are able to detect corpses by smell and sight, it is exceedingly difficult for them to sense when an animal is dying.
In the pursuit of food, circling vultures do nothing but circle. They will, however, attack a wounded or sick prey if food is scarce.
Vultures have relatively bald heads and necks because they feed on rotting corpses.
Preventing bacteria and parasites from entering their feathers while eating, thus resulting in infections, is a sound motivation for it. Vultures have an average life span of 18 years, with some giant vultures living up to 50.
The Vampire Bat, which lives in Central and South America’s tropics, is a tiny bat species. Despite their apparent similarities, Vampire Bat is divided into three recognized subspecies, all of which are in their own genus.
Since they are the only known mammals that consume solely blood, the Common Vampire Bat, Hairy-Legged Vampire Bat, and White-Winged Vampire Bat are all closely related and have identical peculiar feeding habits.
With a leaf-like heat sensor on the end of their nose that detects where the warm blood is flowing closest to the skin, Vampire Bats are creatures that have perfectly adapted over time to the consumption of their sole food source.
Cephalopods (animals that include squids, cuttlefish, and octopuses) belong to the class Cephalopoda and are known as vampire squid.
The vampire squid is an eight-legged sea creature that is more closely related to octopuses than it is to true squids. It’s the sole known member of the Vampyromorphida order.
In tropical and sub-tropical oceans, the vampire squid, a deep-sea species, may be found at depths of up to 900 meters (3,000 feet).
The vampire squid has huge, blue-colored eyes and is dark red in color. It has two fins and two feelers and is connected by webbing to eight arms. The feelers may be pulled into the webbing of the cloak-like animal. A 30 cm / 1 ft vampire squid may be found. The length of the rope is around.
The vampire squid can produce a light-emitting mucous cloud if it is threatened by a predator, although it is unable to create ink like other squid. Moreover, the vampire squid’s body is equipped with light-producing organs that may be utilized defensively to confuse approaching predators.
The vampire squid propels itself through the water using its fins or a type of jet propulsion, in which water is forcefully expelled from a hole in its body. Younger vampire squid favor the jet-propulsion approach more often.
Vancouver Island Marmot
The Vancouver Island Marmot, native to Canada, is a fascinating creature found on Vancouver Island. This is one of only a few countries in the world where it is possible to find just this species of mammal. Sadly, the IUCN has designated it as Critically Endangered. There are fewer than 30 of these creatures left in the wild, according to estimates.
The Marmot species is distinguished by its darker chocolate brown coat and irregular white patches over the snout and chest region, despite their comparable appearance to other marmot species.
Marmots have a ten-year lifespan on Vancouver Island, with females outlivesduringerating for longer than males.
These Marmot species feed mostly on grasses and forbs in subalpine meadows, where they search for themself. Marmots on Vancouver Island may help distribute seeds and function as a pollinator for the various grass and wildflower species that they consume since they are herbivores.
They gather pollen from a variety of plants and disseminate seeds that they have consumed via their feces in subalpine meadows. Vancouver Island’s marmots are vulnerable to a high degree of predation, with wolves, cougars, and golden eagles accounting for the bulk of their predators.
Viperfish live at depths of up to 2.800 meters in tropical and temperate waters. This elusive species is still a mystery in many ways as a result of this.
The viperfish is a deep sea strong predator with razor-sharp fangs that it uses to attack prey while swimming at a breakneck pace.
The fangs of the viperfish will curve back, allowing it to shut its mouth, despite having a huge mouth. The photophores on the dorsal spine and sides of this fish are what make it unique.
Light-producing organs are known as photophores. The viperfish uses its astounding teeth to impale its victim and display this light.
Bioluminescence is the term for this process. Light signals seem to be used by viperfish to communicate as well.
Its color ranges from silvery blue to green, silver, or black, and it is a very tiny fish. Little fish and crustaceans are the primary sources of food.
Viperfish are primarily found in the depths of the sea. Viperfish move into shallower water at night in search of food. Vertical migration is the name given to this activity.
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 study until the 1980s, so this porpoise species was just recently discovered and catalogued.
The Sea of Cortez, at the northern end of the Gulf of California, is home to Vaquitas, which are only found in a small region. Although conservationists have little knowledge about these animals’ biology and behavior, they believe they are on the verge of complete extinction.
The extremely small stature of vaquita relative to other porpoise species is what the Spanish term means “little cow.” Other marine mammals, such as dolphins and whales, are closely related to the little cow as a cetacean.
The animal is named Phocoena sinus, which translates to “porpoise from the Gulf of California.” This gulf is the animal’s sole known natural habitat. In the Mammalia class, they are members of the Phocoenidae family.
The Vangas family of small to medium-sized birds includes approximately 15 species. The majority of vangas have strong, hooked beaks that allow them to grab insects, worms, and tiny vertebrates like lizards and frogs.
Madagascar, an African island nation, is home to vangas. Other members of the family, such as newtonias and helmetshrikes, are found throughout Africa and Asia.
Each of the vanga species has evolved to fill its own ecological niche. The adaptive radiation process is when several species develop from a single progenitor species in order to occupy diverse niches, as seen here.
Among the creatures that begin with V are the variegated squirrels. Depending on the species, its dorsal coloring ranges from dark brown to yellowish-grey. It is a medium-sized tree squirrel. With a lighter patch behind the ears that appears from time to time, the neck is generally darker than the rest of the body.
A Variegated squirrel has a faint cinnamon color under its belly.
Variegated squirrels are diurnal and both solitary and active during the day. They don’t seem to land all that often. squirrels of this species are herbivores, meaning they eat seeds, fruits, and inanimals.
Because the species is found in such large numbers throughout Central America, from Mexico to Guatemala, where it resided, variegated squirrels are not currently threatened in any significant way. The predators that killed and ate these squirrels were weasels, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes.
Due to habitat destruction and human impact, the Verreaux’s Sifaka, a primate indigenous to Madagascar, is now classified as an endangered species.
The long, silky white fur, a dark brown head crown, and grey skin of this lemur distinguish it easily. Males have a reddish-brown chest patch because of a gland found at the base of their throats.
When leaping from one tree to the next, sifakas have lengthy tails that help them maintain their balance.
Tropical dry lowland woods, humid rainforests, and montane woods are all home to Sifakas.
The sifakas of Verreaux are a communal species that dwell in groups of two to thirteen individuals. Females rule the hierarchy structure.
Females make up the majority of each group, with males and juveniles/infants composing a minority.
Flowers, bark, leaves, fruit, and nuts are the major foods of sifakas, who are herbivores. These creatures are most active in the mornings and afternoons, and they spend the majority of their time foraging.
Sifakas are territorial creatures who use scent to mark their domain and announce their presence.
Polygynous mating is their natural mating pattern. As a result, the domineering male has multiple mates.
The Vervet Monkey, which lives in Eastern Africa, is a medium to large-sized monkey. The Vervet Monkey, like the Malbrouck, is considered by some to be a sub-species of Vervet Monkey. The Vervet Monkey is thought to be a Grivet species, another tree-dwelling African monkey with similar features.
These three creatures are closely related, yet they generally live in distinct areas and are seldom seen to interact with one another. They are assumed to seldom come into touch with one another.
The Vervet Monkey is divided into six recognized subspecies, each of which is identified by its habitat and varies in coloration.
The rainforests of Madagascar’s African island are home to the velvet asity, a bird. It’s unique to the island, and no other place on Earth has it.
The look of male and female velvet asitys differs significantly, as it does with many bird species. Males have brilliant green wattles (fleshy growths) over their eyes and are black. Females have a streaked chest and are pale green.
Sexual dichromatism refers to a significant variation in the coloration of males and femenin the same species, such as that seen in the velvet asity.
The velvet asity, like the rest of the Philepittidae family, consists of just four species.
This mammal belongs to the camel family and lives in the Andes, where it is the iconic animal of Peru (shown on its coat of arms.) Alpacas, guanacos, and llamas are all closely related to them.
Vicuñas have a tawny brown coat on their backs and white hair around their chest and neck, making them the smallest camelid species.
From 3,500 to 5,750 meters above sea level, vicuñas live. They favor arid grasslands and plains with harsh, dry vegetation that are mostly semiarid.
They, on the other hand, seek out sites that have quick access to water. During the day, they graze on grassy plains and climb high up on the slopes at night.
Vicuñas are territorial creatures that dwell in family groups of one male, five to fifteen females, and their offspring. Vicuñas have rodent-like incisors since they feed mostly on harsh grasses.
Their hearts are big, and they are heavier than other species of their size, allowing them to live at high elevations. Vicuñas have superb vision and hearing.
In the wild, vicuñas survive for 15-20 years. Pumas and foxes are the enemies they despise. Condors, on the other hand, will attack young or weak vicuñas without hesitation.
The vine snake has a regal appearance due to its slender body and long snout.
Asia, Africa, and the Americas are all home to the vine snake. The vine snake species is non-poisonous, however the twig snake of Africa is poisonous to humans and other animals. Bites from other animals might cause discomfort or an allergic response in rare circumstances.
While hunting, all vine snake species rely on similar characteristics, despite their differences. They ambush their prey and take advantage of their natural camouflage. Frogs, lizards, and birds are amongst the animals that they may kill with their venomous fangs.
The viceroy butterfly looks a lot like a monarch butterfly and has dark orange wings with black veins. It is somewhat smaller than the monarch butterfly.
Predators find both the viceroy and the monarch to be distasteful. Müllerian mimicry is a phenomena in which different species with the same defensive features (i.e., butterflies’ toxicity) come to resemble one another, as seen by the similarities in the viceroy and monarch’s coloration.
Predators learn to avoid any animal with these traits, which is beneficial for all similar-looking species.
Willows are commonly infested with viceroy caterpillars. From April to December, adults may be seen.
The Nymphalidae family has approximately 6,000 species, including the viceroy. The largest butterfly family is the Nymphalidae. Butterflies of this family may seem to only have four, rather than six, legs because of their reduced front legs.
Virgin Islands Dwarf Gecko
It is thought to dwell on numerous islands in the British Virgin Islands archipelago, where it was initially discovered in 1964. This species, on the other hand, is difficult to find since it spends most of its time hidden under rocks and other obstacles. Visitors only see it on rare occasions in the wild.
It is tiny in size and lightweight, measuring 0.7 inches in length and weighing 0.15 grams.
Like all other geckos, the Virgin Islands dwarf gecko’s skin naturally sheds at regular intervals in order for it to remain healthy. Geckos of all ages lose less frequently than their younger counterparts.
It is also said that if this gecko’s tail is severed while escaping a predator, it may grow back.
Insects are the major part of this gecko species’ diet, with snakes, birds, and tiny animals serving as predators.