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65 Animals That Start With D

By Eddie Chevrel


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What animals start with the letter D? We’ve compiled them all in one post for you to have the complete list on one page – from the stubborn donkey to the clever dolphin, right through to the duck or the dragonfly.

So without further ado, here is the list of the animals that start with the letter D!

Animals Starting With The Letter D – The Complete List

  • Dabra Goby
  • Dachsador
  • Dachshund
  • Dalmadoodle
  • Dalmador
  • Dalmatian
  • Damselfish
  • Danios
  • Dapple Dachshund
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Darwin’s fox
  • Darwin’s Frog
  • Dassie Rat
  • Death Adder
  • Death’s Head Cockroach
  • Deathwatch Beetle
  • Deer
  • Deer Head Chihuahua
  • Deer Tick
  • Degu
  • Desert Locust
  • Desert Rain Frog
  • Desert Tortoise
  • Deutsche Bracke
  • Devils Coach Horse Beetle
  • Devon Rex
  • Dhole
  • Dik-Dik
  • Dingo
  • Dipper
  • Discus
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dodo
  • Dog
  • Dog Tick
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue De Bordeaux
  • Dolphin
  • Donkey
  • Dorgi
  • Dorkie
  • Dormouse
  • Dotterel
  • Double Doodle
  • Douc
  • Dove
  • Doxiepoo
  • Doxle
  • Draco Volans Lizard
  • Dragonfish
  • Dragonfly
  • Drever
  • Dromedary Camel
  • Drongo
  • Drum Fish
  • Dubia Cockroach
  • Duck
  • Dugong
  • Dung Beetle
  • Dunker
  • Dunlin
  • Dunnock
  • Dusky Dolphin
  • Dwarf Crocodile
  • Dwarf Hamster

Dabra Goby

The dabra goby is a species of fish that is always found in warm shallow waters. Dabra gobys have brownish-red and white stripes on their bodies. The dabra goby have an average size of 4 to 5 centimeters, more or less the size of an adult hand. They can be a few inches in length.


The dachsador is a species of the weasel family found in Asia, Africa, and Europe. This animal has brownish fur with black spots on its face and neck. The dachsador’s tail is long and furry as well. It has five toes on each paw and a short bobtail. Their diet consists of small mammals, birds, snakes, and eggs. They can run at up to thirty miles per hour.


The dachshund is a dog in various colors: brown, black, and cream. Doxies have short legs and long bodies with red-brown eyes.


The Dalmatian is a large dog from the Northern area of Europe that comes in various colors: brown, black, and white. Dalmatians have floppy ears, large eyes, and a long nose. They have short legs and long thick bodies with short tails.


The Dalmatian is a breed of dog from the Northern area of Europe. Dalmatians have a short coat consisting of various colors such as black, brown, and tan. They have floppy ears and large, dark eyes. They have short legs and long bodies with short, curved tails.


Damselfish are mainly found in the warmer waters around tropical islands and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They are most commonly found around Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Damselfish can be quite large, growing up to 30 centimeters long.


Danios are fish found in most freshwater habitats such as rivers and lakes. Danios have a black or silver body and yellow dorsal fins with bright red eyes. They are hard to catch because they swim so fast.

Dapple Dachshund

The dapple dachshund is a dog that comes in various colors: brown, black, and cream. It has short legs and a long body with short tails. It has five toes on each paw and a short bobtail. They can run at up to thirty miles per hour. Their diet consists of small mammals, birds, snakes, and eggs.

Dark-eyed Junco

The dark-eyed junco is a bird found in North America, Europe, and Asia. It lives in both tundra areas and deciduous forest areas. They have a white body with brown patches on their back. They are ubiquitous in most of their habitat area. The dark-eyed juncos live on bird feed that many people feed to their wild birds. Their diet consists of berries, seeds, and insects.

Darwin’s Fox

Darwin’s fox is a species of the weasel family found in Asia, Africa, and Europe. This animal has brownish fur with black spots on its face and neck. The darwin’s fox’s tail is long and furry as well. It has five toes on each paw.

Darwin’s Frog

Darwin’s frog is a species of the weasel family found in Asia, Africa, and Europe. This animal has brownish fur with black spots on its face and neck. The darwin’s frog’s tail is long and furry as well. It has five toes on each paw.

Dassie Rat

The Dassie rat is a rodent family species found in warm and dry places in Eastern Africa. On average, this animal can be about five inches long. Its fur is usually brown or gray, but some animals have black or white fur. It has a long snout and large ears. The male dassie rat grows up to four inches in length, while its females grow three inches in length.

Death Adder

The death adder is a species of the snake family. It is found in Australia and New Guinea. The death adder is gray and can be twenty-two to twenty-eight inches long. It has a large head and poisonous fangs used to attack its prey. The death adder’s diet consists of eggs, lizards, birds, and mammals.

Death’s Head Cockroach

The Death’s Head Cockroach is so-called because of the skull-shaped marking on its back. You might also come across this beetle in your pilates studio, as it’s a species that likes to crawl and feed on an animal’s skin.

Deathwatch Beetle

Also known as the Bark Beetle, the Deathwatch’s appearance is particularly striking with its dark black body and bright orange wings decorated with taillike extensions. Its Latin name gives its appearance with the species name ‘horribilis,’ meaning ‘horrible.’


Degus are small burrowing animals from South America that are most commonly found in the arid coastal regions of Peru and Chile. In the wild, they feed on dried plant material and insects. When kept as pets, they need to be fed a similar diet, mainly dog food.

Desert Locust

The desert locust is a large grasshopper species that often migrate in huge swarms and feeds on virtually every green plant it can come across. The last large multitude in the United Kingdom took place in 2004.

Desert Rain Frog

Also known as the torrent frog, the desert rain frog is found in Mexico, Arizona, and New Mexico and lives in many different habitats, including arroyos and sandy washes. Its body is completely covered in warty bumps, and it has long toes that help it when climbing.

Desert Tortoise

The desert tortoise is found mainly in the southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico, and although it can live up to 50 years, most only live for 30-40 years due to the dangers of predators such as birds of prey and wild pigs.

Deutsche Bracke

The Deutsche Bracke is a breed of horse. It originated in Germany in the 13th or 14th century and was used by German kings during the Thirty Years’ War.

Devils Coach Horse Beetle

The Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle is one of the giant beetles in the world. It is green with shiny black wing covers and can be found in Africa and Europe, feeding solely on dead animals such as dead birds and rodents.

Devon Rex

The Devon Rex is a breed of cat. It originated over 50 years ago in England, where a spontaneous genetic mutation produced the breed’s unusual curly hair. It is one of the rarest cat breeds in the world.


The dhole is a species of wild dog found in India and parts of southeast Asia. It has been described as one of the most formidable predators in Asia due to its willingness to prey on animals as large as Sambar deer and its ability to hunt in packs.


The dik-dik is a small African antelope. It has very sharp hearing and can run at fast speeds to escape predators such as hyenas.


The dingo is a wild dog that has been domesticated since ancient times in Australia and New Guinea. It’s thought that they were introduced by Aboriginals in the area years ago, who may not have got their domestic dogs until around 3,500 years ago.


The dipper is a small bird that lives near fast-flowing rivers and streams in the U.K. Apart from having a great name, it features the county badges of Cumbria and Yorkshire.


Discuses are small fish that are named after their flat shape and coloring. They first came to the U.K. in the early 90s, but due to the exotic pet trade, they’ve become established here since then.

Doberman Pinscher

A Doberman is a breed of dog belonging to the genus Doberman. The name comes from a German shepherd named Dobermann used as a guide dog for soldiers in World War I by Emil Ritter von Kurowsky.


The dodo is an extinct, flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius. Dodos lived in small social groups and were primarily ground-dwelling herbivores.


A dog is any member of mankind’s domesticated wolf subspecies, including breeds such as the Bolognese, Terrier, Mastiff, Collie, Bulldog, and many others.

Dog Tick

The tick is a type of arachnid that belongs to the order Parasitiformes and suborder Polyphaga. The tick’s mouthparts are adapted for biting through host tissues or piercing mammalian skin (hypoderm).

Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is a large, white, muscular dog bred initially in Argentina for big game hunting, including wild boar and puma. It resembles a tall, white-coated Great Dane but is leaner.

Dogue De Bordeaux

A Dogue de Bordeaux is a large, working dog of the Bordeaux type. It should be heavy and solid, with a very muscular and athletic build. Its height at the withers is approximately 68 cm (27 in) for males and 62 cm (24 in) for females.

This breed originated in France.


The dolphin is a marine mammal and the only living species in the family Delphinidae; it is named after the Greek delphinos “dolphin.”


A donkey or ass is a domesticated member of the Equidae horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African Wild Ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years.


A dorgi is a dog that is either of the breeds of dog known as a Dogue de Bordeaux (above) or Dogue de Bordeaux-inspired breed. The dorgi’s ancestors were bred for working purposes by farmers of Brittany, France, who would use them to assist the local animals on their farms.


A dorkie is a colloquial term for the Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Shepherd, or a mixed-breed dog.


The dormouse is a type of small mammal in the family Gliridae. It is common in Europe, Asia, and North America. It is nocturnal and spends its day in its extensive burrow, which generally collects under the roots of trees or in rocks.


Dotterel is a small wader of the same family, Recurvirostridae, as the godwits. It is primarily found in Australia and New Zealand. Dotterels are medium-sized birds with light brown plumage, white below, brown wings, and long legs.

Double Doodle

Double doodles are a variety of Australian cattle dogs. They have both house and herding styles. This can sometimes be confusing because the house style looks like a double-coated retriever while the herding style looks like a single-coated retriever.


The douc is an avian species native to southern China and Southeast Asia. It is named for a large bird of the family Ramphastidae, whose common ancestor was probably a sunbittern.


A dove is any of the birds in the family Columbidae. Doves are grey or bluish-grey with white, black, and brown plumage. Doves are short-necked and crop-feeding, somewhat resembling pigeons. Fruit doves have a cooing call, whereas the ringing dove, a member of the same family, has a shrill chattering call.


A doxiepoo is a cross between a poodle and a miniature dachshund, in other words, a “short-legged” poodle. The dachshund, or “doxie” for short, is one of the most popular breeds kept as a companion dog. The miniature dachshund is a smaller version of the larger dachshund. A doxiepoo, or “doxie poo,” is a cross between these two breeds.


The doxle is an Australian cattle dog. The name, which comes from the German word for owl, means that the head of this breed resembles an owl’s head. This dog was bred from an Australian cattle dog and an Australian kelpie. The doxle is an intelligent breed of dog.

Draco Volans Lizard.

The Draco Volans is a lizard that derives its name from the Latin words Volare, “to fly,” and Draco, “dragon.”


The dragonfish is a type of fish that belongs to the scombrids, a group of Scorpaenidae. They are pelagic and deep-sea dwellers, having no close relatives in terrestrial settings. The dragonfish has large eyes and an elongated body with a pointed snout.


A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Anisoptera, and the superfamily Epiprocta. Adult dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body.


The drever is a tiny, hardy animal that inhabits the mountain regions of northern Scandinavia. The body of this agile creature is stocky with short legs and a pointed muzzle. Its dense coat gives it good insulation against cold weather, while its coloration becomes lighter to cope with the heat in summer.

Dromedary Camel

The dromedary camel is probably the most well-known species of camel: it has only one hump on its back. This species is native to the desert regions of Africa. The dromedary camel has a long, slender neck and its head is quite large.


The drongo, also known as the common Crow, is one of three bird species in the genus Dicrurus. It belongs to the Corvidae family. The drongo has a distinctively hooked beak and is about 60 cm long.

Drum Fish

The drum fish (family Centrophoridae) is a freshwater fish from Africa found in the lakes, rivers, and swamps of West Africa. It is known as the freshwater drum, African drum, and African stonefish.

Dubai Cockroach

The Dubia roach (Blaptica dubia), also known as the Guyana roach, is one of the most popular feeder insects. It is an omnivore. The female can produce eggs for a long time, producing up to 500 in 3 months.


The duck is a type of bird found in most warm-climate regions worldwide, except Australia and Antarctica. There are many different duck species with many variations in color, size, shape, and behavior.


The dugong is a type of large marine mammal. It is native to the waters around Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands. The dugong lives in shallow coastal waters and coral reefs, grazing on seagrass.

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle is a beetle that feeds exclusively on feces (animal excrement). It usually lives in the manure of mammals and eats its way through it using digestive chemicals.


The dunlin is a small, wading bird found in northern temperate and boreal regions. It was once classified as a member of the cormorant family but is now considered more closely related to the turnstones.


The Dunnock is a small passerine bird in the Old World buntings and sparrows family. It is found across much of Europe and Asia. This species is a migratory bird: it goes south in the winter to warmer climates.

Dusky Dolphin

The Dusky or Pacific Dusky Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) is the most common dolphin in New Zealand. It reaches about 4.4 meters (14 feet) in length. The color of this dolphin varies from pale gray to a dark gray shade with a tinge of yellow on the belly.

Dwarf Crocodile

The dwarf crocodile is a species of crocodile found in eastern Africa. Its Latin name means “crocodile with short legs.” This species usually grows to about 3 meters (10 feet) in length but can reach 5 meters (16 feet). It has a long, narrow snout.

Dwarf Hamster

The dwarf hamster, or Syrian hamster (“Mesocricetus auratus”), is a small rodent belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. Hamsters are members of the order Rodentia and the family Cricetidae.

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Eddie Chevrel is an animal journalist and the founder of ThePetSavvy. He's very passionate about exotic pets and spends most of his free time doing research, meeting, and interviewing people working with animals. Learn more about The Pet Savvy's Editorial Process.