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37 Animals That Start With F

If you’re looking for animals that start with F, you’re in the right place! We put together an extensive list of animals that start with the letter F!

Although the complete list of animals beginning with F is far more extensive, we decided to create this blog post with many fascinating, fantastic, and fabulous creatures.

Mind you, this article is for those who want to deepen their understanding of wildlife as we’ll talk about species of animals that begin with F (as in fin whale), not groups of animals (as in fox).

Have we missed your favorite animal that starts with the letter F? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll make sure to add it to this article!

Animals That Start With F

Here are a few of the coolest animals that begin with the letter F in the animal kingdom.

False Killer Whale

False killer whale

False killer whales are rare marine animals belonging to the dolphin family. 

These huge animals can grow up to a length of 20 feet and weigh close to 3,000 pounds. They are social animals who hunt for fish and squids in groups.

Fangtooth Moray

Fangtooth Moray (Enchelycore anatina)

Belonging to the eel family, fangtooth morays are found near several islands located in the warmer regions of the eastern Atlantic Ocean. 

They can be easily identified due to their striking yellow bodies and elongated jaws filled with several shiny glass-like teeth. 

These eels are nocturnal animals that feed on smaller fishes and crustaceans.

Fennec Fox

Fennec fox staring at the camera

The next on our list of animals that start with F is the Fennec fox. 

As the smallest fox on earth, these mammals usually have a maximum height of around 7.8 inches and weigh up to 3.5 pounds. 

They have large ears and a thick layer of fur, enabling them to live in harsh Sahara Desert conditions, the largest desert in the world.

Frilled-Neck Lizard

Frilled lizard with mouth open
Frilled lizard

Frilled-neck lizards are the largest member belonging to the dragon lizard family in Australia. 

The frill-necked lizards can reach a maximum length of around 33.4 inches and have a lifespan ranging between 10 to 20 years in the wild. 

They have a thin frill around their necks which they can extend to scare away predators when threatened.

Did you know? Dilophosaurus, a dinosaur from Jurassic Park, was inspired by the frilled lizard.

Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat stalking prey

Fishing cats are medium-sized wild cats of Asia found in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China, and more. 

Their average length varies between 22 to 31 inches, and they can weigh up to around 35 pounds. 

These solitary cats feed on various prey, including small birds, rodents, fish, crabs, snakes, aquatic insects, etc.

Fin Whale

Fin Whale

Fin whales are found all over the world, although they are less common in the tropical and icy polar regions. 

These fast marine animals can travel at speeds close to 25 miles per hour and are usually seen in groups. They are migratory animals that engage in filter-feeding.

In addition, the fin whale is the world’s second-biggest animal, only behind the blue whale.

Fire-Bellied Toad

European fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina) captured close up in moss

Fire-bellied toads are small amphibians that can grow up to a length of around 2 inches. 

These pond-dwelling toads have a grayish body with fiery orange markings on their bellies, hence the animal name.

The bright markings act as a signal to predators that these amphibians have poisonous skin.

Fringed Flying Dragon

Flying lizard (Draco fimbriatus) on the coconut tree.

Found in parts of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the Fringed flying dragon is next on our list of animals that start with F. 

These lizards have membranes on either side of their body that can extend to form wing-like structures, enabling them to glide through the air.


Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), staring at the camera

This carnivorous animal found on the island of Madagascar, the Fossa, is a unique animal that shows both canine and feline features. 

These solitary animals are agile hunters who are active both during the day and night. 

Their diet consists mainly of lemurs, although they also prey on various smaller mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects.

Fox Gecko

Fox Gecko walking on wood

Fox geckos, also known as Indo-Pacific geckos, are found in several countries, including India, Australia, the Philippines, China, Indonesia, etc. 

They have a long and narrow snout resembling a fox, hence the name. They have grayish-brown bodies with lighter spots and an orange or yellow underside.

Fourwing Flyingfish

Fourwinged flying fish over water

These magnificent flying fish have elongated but thick bodies and four wings that they use to leap out and glide for long distances above the water.

In addition, these flying fish are distributed through the coast of Canada down to north Brazil and Guinea to Angola.

False Tree Coral

False tree coral (Rhinobothryum bovallii)

The next one on our list of animals that begin with the letter F is the false tree coral. 

Also known as the coral mimic snake, they can be identified by alternating red, white, and black bands all over their bodies, giving them a colorful appearance. 

These snakes are found in Central and South America.

Florida Panther

Florida Panther stalks prey through forest floor

One of the rarest mammals found in the US, Florida panthers have a total population numbering between a mere 30 to 50 individuals. 

These large animals can grow up to 6 to 6.6 feet and have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. They feed on various animals, including deers, rabbits, birds, rats, etc.

Frog-Eyed Gecko

Frog-eyed gecko (Teratoscincus roborowski) standing on rock

Also popular as the common wonder gecko, the frog-eyed gecko is native to the drier parts of Asia, including Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Oman, Iran, Kuwait, etc.

These are burrowing reptiles who have undergone special adaptations that make them suitable for desert habitation.

Fiji Crested Iguana

Fijian crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis)

Native to some parts of Fiji, the Fiji crested iguana resides in the dry forested areas of the land. 

They can be identified by their bright emerald green color and narrow white bands over their bodies. They are a critically endangered species at present.


Fisher (Martes pennanti) Balances on Tree Trunk

Native to the forests of the United States, fishers are medium-sized mammals that can grow up to a length of over 47 inches. 

They are solitary animals whose diet consists of various small animals like snowshoe hares and porcupines. They also feed on nuts, berries, insects, etc.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

Next on our list of animals starting with F is the pretty fallow deer. These are the most beautiful of all deer species found in Europe. 

They are found in various coat colors, including black, brown, red, and white. Despite having rather short legs, these deers are fast runners and have a maximum speed of around 31 miles per hour.

Fancy Rat

Fancy rat

Fancy rats are the most common species of rats kept as pets in Europe and other parts of the world. 

These are rats caught wild and bred over several generations to turn them into docile animals. These easily trainable animals come in various coat colors and patterns.


Fer-de-lance viper snake

The Fer-de-lance is a venomous snake belonging to the pit viper family. 

Found in parts of North and South America, they are the culprit behind most fatal snake bite incidents in the areas they inhabit. 

These nocturnal snakes feed on various small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Fire Salamander

A fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) in a forest

A common amphibian species found in Europe, fire salamanders, can grow up to around 11.8 inches. 

They can be easily identified by their black bodies covered with yellow spots and markings. This bright coloring helps ward off predators by serving as an indication of their toxicity.

Florida Softshell Turtle

Florida Softshell Turtle staring at the camera

The list of animals that start with F would be incomplete without the incredible Florida softshell turtle. 

These are the largest softshell turtle species found in the United States. They usually have flattened brownish or olive-green bodies and a long elongated neck. 

Their diet consists mainly of insects, frogs, fish, crustaceans, and other aquatic animals.

Freshwater Crocodile

Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) standing with mouth open

The freshwater crocodile is native to Australia, where it inhabits swamps, creeks, and rivers. 

These fresh water reptiles can be identified by their distinct snout, which is long and narrow in appearance. They have a long lifespan of around 50 years in the wild.


Fieldfare bird, Turdus pilaris

Fieldfares are migratory birds that breed in parts of northern Europe and the Palearctic and fly southwards towards the UK and other countries in winter. 

They are omnivorous birds that feed on various insects, worms, seeds, and berries.

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous hawk bird

Native to North America, Ferruginous hawks are the biggest hawk species found on the continent. 

They have a reddish-brown, almost rusty body with a whitish belly. They have strong wings that enable them to fly at a speed of close to 100 miles per hour. 

These birds have an average lifespan of 20 years.

Fischer’s Lovebird

Close up view of fischer's lovebird

Named after Gustav Fischer, a German explorer, Fischer’s lovebirds belong to the parrot family. 

These small birds are native to Africa, where they are found in small flocks. They are highly vocal and usually feed on a diet of fruits and seeds.

Finless Porpoise

Finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides)

Finless porpoises are marine mammals that can be distinguished from others of their kind by the absence of a dorsal fin. 

These animals are found near the coasts of South and East Asia. They prefer to inhabit warm waters and are often found in large rivers. 

Their diet consists of aquatic animals, including fish, squids, prawns, octopuses, etc.

Fish Crow

A fish crow hunting for fish

Fish crows are native to eastern and southeastern parts of the US, where they are found near wetlands. 

They can grow up to a length between 12 to 14 inches and be differentiated from the American crow by their slender feet and beak, as well as their distinct call. 

Their diet consists of fish, crustaceans, reptiles, fruits, grains, etc.

Florida Black Bear

Florida black bear standing on grass

The huge Florida black bear is next on our list of animals that start with F. These are the second largest terrestrial mammal found in Florida and can reach a length between 4 to 6 feet on average. 

They are omnivorous animals, with the major portion of their diet consisting of plant matter. They also feed on insects and carrion.

Fiery-Billed Aracari

Fiery-billed aracari, Pteroglossus frantzii, toucan among green leaves

Fiery-billed aracaris are slender birds who belong to the family of toucans. 

They are characterized by their distinctive bills, with the top half being a fiery orange shade and a red band on their bellies. 

These birds usually prefer to inhabit forested areas, although they are also found in gardens.

Flat-Headed Cat

Flat-headed Cat stalking prey

Flat-headed cats are small animals that resemble domestic cats in size. They have reddish-brown fur on their head and back and a whitish underbelly. 

These solitary animals have powerful jaws that help them hunt fish, rats, chickens, and other small animals.

Four-Toed Hedgehog

Four-toed Hedgehog (African pygmy hedgehog) among autumn leaves

Four-toed hedgehogs are African animals that prefer to inhabit grasslands and open woodlands. 

As can be ascertained from their name, these small mammals have only four toes on their feet. 

They are nocturnal creatures who feed on insects, snails, spiders, and occasionally on plant matter too.

Four-Horned Antelope

Four Horned Antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis) walking through prairie

One of the smallest hoofed mammals found in Asia, the four-horned antelope is next on our list of animals that start with F. 

Unlike most other bovids, these animals have two pairs of horns. These animals are native to India and Nepal, where they are also called chousingha.

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) perched on a branch

Native to the United States, Florida scrub-jays can be identified by their blue upperparts and grayish bellies. 

Endemic to Florida, these birds can reach a length between 12 to 14 inches. They are social birds who are usually found in small groups. 

The birds follow an omnivorous diet consisting of insects, frogs, snakes, seeds, acorns, etc.

Fiordland Penguin

Fiordland crested penguins on the coast of New Zealand.
These are among the rarest species of penguins on the planet.

Fiordland penguins are medium-sized birds native to New Zealand. They can be identified by the presence of a wide yellow band stretching from their nostrils to form a crest near the neck. 

These are shy nocturnal birds that feed on aquatic animals like fish, krill, octopuses, etc.

Fiordlands are among the rarest types of penguins.

Fox Sparrow

Fox sparrow standing on snow

Fox sparrows are found in parts of North America, including Alaska and Canada. These are large sparrow species, measuring around 6 to 7.4 inches in length. 

They usually prefer a solitary lifestyle, although they are often found in pairs during the breeding season. These birds follow an omnivorous diet.

Flightless Cormorant

Flightless Cormorant flapping wings

Native to the Galapagos islands, flightless cormorants are large water birds that can’t fly and can reach up to a maximum length of around 40 inches. 

While males and females of this species are similar in appearance, the former is considerably bigger. They are marine predators who feed on fish, squids, and octopuses.

False Water Cobra

False water cobra snake

Native to South America, false water cobras are named so because of their ability to flatten their heads to appear bigger when threatened, just like a true cobra. 

But unlike the latter, the false water cobra cannot rise vertically but stays in a horizontal position. These venomous snakes feed mainly on fish, amphibians, and other small animals.

Animal Alphabet List

Animals that start with A

Animals that start with B

Animals that start with C

Animals that start with D

Animals that start with E

Animals that start with G

Animals that start with H

Animals that start with I

Animals that start with J

Animals that start with K

Animals that start with L

Animals that start with M

Animals that start with N

Animals that start with O

Animals that start with P

Animals that start with Q

Animals that start with R

Animals that start with S

Animals that start with T

Animals that start with U

Animals that start with V

Animals that start with W

Animals that start with X

Animals that start with Y

Animals that start with Z

Animals With F

So that’s it for today. We hope you enjoyed this fun animal list! Feel free to share it with your friends on social media.

Have we missed any animals beginning with F? Let us know in the comments!

Leslie Bryant

Monday 19th of December 2022

Where is the Fox....or are you considering Red Fox, and Silver Foxes different species?

Wildlife Explained

Monday 26th of December 2022

Hi Leslie, great question! That's right; I'm considering species of animals that start with F. So you will find a few fox species in the letter H, letter I, letter K, letter P, letter R, letter S, and letter T. Enjoy!