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62 Animals That Start With N

By Eddie Chevrel


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Do you know many animals that start with the letter N? We’ve gathered them in this post – from the mysterious nautilus to the charming nightingale, all the way through to the Nile crocodile and the nandu.

So without further ado, let’s discover the list of animals that start with the letter N.

Animals starting with the letter N – The Complete List

  • Nabarlek
  • Naked Mole Rat
  • Nalolo
  • Nandu
  • Napu
  • Narwhal
  • Nase
  • Natterjack
  • Nautilus
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Nebelung
  • Neddicky
  • Needlefish
  • Nematode
  • Nënë
  • Neptune Grouper
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfypoo
  • Newt
  • Nicator
  • Nicobar pigeon
  • Nigerian Goat
  • Night Adder
  • Night Snake
  • Nightcrawler
  • Nightfish
  • Nighthawk
  • Nightingale
  • Nightjar
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Nilgai
  • Ningaui
  • Nkupe
  • No See Ums
  • Noctule
  • Noddy
  • Noodlefish
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • North American Black Bear
  • Northern Alligator Lizard
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Northern Fur Seal
  • Northern Inuit Dog
  • Northern Water Snake
  • Norwegian Buhund
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Norwegian Forest Cat
  • Norwegian Lundehund
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Nose-horned viper
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Nubian Goat
  • Nudibranch
  • Numbat
  • Numbray
  • Nunbird
  • Nunlet
  • Nurse Shark
  • Nurseryfish
  • Nutria
  • Nyala


Nabarleks are tiny species of macropods found in rocky areas of northern Australia, both on islands and the mainland. It has a bushy, long tail which has the same length as its body.

Naked Mole Rat

Also known as sand puppies, it is a burrowing rodent found in East Africa and spends most of its time underground. This animal has numerous adaptations for an underground lifestyle such as the ability to live in low-oxygen environments, large incisor teeth for digging, and is virtually cold-blooded.


The nalolo is a small fish found in the western Indian Ocean. It has a long, narrow body, a blunt head, a long dorsal (back) fin, and large pectoral (side) fins.


Also known as Rhea. They are large, flightless birds found in pampas and grasslands in South America. These birds are distinctly related to cassowaries, the emu, and ostriches.


It is a small, hoofed mammal and it is also known as the Greater Mousedeer. It is found on the Malay Peninsula, tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia, and parts of the wider Southeast Asian mainland.


Narwhal is a member of marine mammals called toothed whales that live in high arctic cold waters. Another name is sneep.


Found in sand dunes and heathlands throughout much of Europe. It belongs to the family Bufonidae and looks like common toads only that they have a vertical yellow line on its back.


A nautilus is a marine mollusk that has spiraled shell that has numerous chambers. The animals live in the last chamber while the other chambers assist the animal to control its buoyancy.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff is a sizeable dog that weighs between 110 to 150 pounds. They are fairly quick, confident, active, and extremely protective of their home.


Nebelung is a pedigree breed of domestic cat with wide-set green eyes, long bodies, mild dispositions, and long and dense fur. It is gray in color and it is tipped with silver.


The neddicky is a small reddish-brown and grey bird found in Africa. It belongs to the Cisticolidae family and piping cistocola species. The species is common in shrubland and savannas habitats.


This is a type of fish with streamlined bodies and narrow, long, and tooth-filled jaws. They are found near the surface of the water and they swim at high speeds.


They are also called roundworms and are the most numerous multicellular animal that is virtually in every habitat on Earth and the globe (in terms of the number of species and biomass).


It is a member of the swan, goose, and duck family and is found only in the state of Hawaii. Unlike ducks, their feet are not fully webbed.

Neptune Grouper

Neptune Grouper is a hard-to-catch and deep-water marine species, mainly found in the Western Pacific Ocean. It is known in Asia for its yellow and bright red patterns.


It is one of the few dog breeds with a water-resistant coat and webbed feet. The Newfoundland is a very talented guard and work dog and has a life expectancy of 8-10 years.


The Newfypoo is a designer dog achieved by crossing a standard poodle and a Newfoundland. It stands 20 to 28 inches tall and weighs up to 150 pounds.


A newt is a small amphibian with a long tail, two pairs of short legs, and a lizard-like body.


Nicators are shrike-like songbirds that live in Africa. They are 16 to 23 cm in length.

Nicobar pigeon

The Nicobar pigeon is a bird found in coastal regions of the Nicobar and Andaman. It is well-known for its amazing glittery feathers.

Nigerian Goat

It is an American breed of dwarf goat and it derives from the West African Dwarf group of breeds. This American breed was developed to be a small-scale, miniature dairy goat.

Night Adder

These are slender and small snakes that are actually most active during the day. They are found south of the Sahara and they belong to the genus Causus.

Night Snake

The night snake is a species of a rear-fanged colubrid and is found in the southern part of Canada. Their habitat includes rocky areas, forests, meadows, and deserts.


Nightcrawler is a species of earthworm and can reach up to 35 cm long making it one of the largest earthworm species.


The nightfish is a species of ray-finned fish that is only found in ponds, lakes, and freshwater streams in coastal Southwestern Australia.


It is an insect-eating bird found in South and North America. This nocturnal bird has a slightly forked tail and long pointed wings. It has cryptic, brown, gray, and black coloration.


Nightingale is one of the few birds names more than 1,000 years ago and it is known for the beauty of its song.


These birds are nocturnal birds and can be seen hawking for food at dawn and dusk. They have long tails and pointed wings, their shapes are the same as cuckoos or kestrels.

Nile crocodile

It is one of the second largest reptiles and it is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Like all crocodiles, the Nile crocodile lies and waits for its prey to approach and then launch an explosive attack.


This is a large antelope found in Pakistan, Nepal, and India. They weigh up to 635 lb. and have horns, which reach lengths of 9.45 in.


Ningauis are small marsupials and are among the world’s smallest marsupials. It lives in open dry habitats such as grasslands and deserts.


Nkupe is a freshwater fish that lives in lakes and rivers in Southern Africa. It feeds on snails, insects, and small fish.

No See Ums

They are biting insects that feed on vertebrate blood and are so small that they are difficult to see. There are more than 5,000 species of No See Ums.


These are bats of the genus Nyctalus with a wingspan of up to 46 cm. these bats hibernate in human-built structures and inside rock caves.


These are seabirds that catch fish such as tuna by sinking their bill into the water


Noodlefish are thin, long fish with elongated bodies. They are found in both marine and freshwater environments. They are also known as icefish or Salangidae.

Norfolk Terrier

They are loyal, and affectionate British dog breed that has a lot of energy packed in their tiny frame. They have a stubborn persistency and an independent streak that are hallmark qualities of the terrier breed.

North American Black Bear

Also known as American Black Bear. They are medium-sized bears found inhabiting forested areas in North America.

Northern Alligator Lizard

The northern alligator lizard is a species of medium-sized lizard in the Anguidae family. They have short legs and scale patterns similar to alligators.

Northern Cardinal

Also called red cardinal, redbird, or common cardinal. These are mid-sized songbird and lives in North and South America. Males are in bright red color.

Northern Fur Seal

The northern fur seal is an eared seal along the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean. They are blessed with a thick underfur, extremely dense fur and this mammal can stay warm even in freezing temperatures.

Northern Inuit Dog

These dogs look very similar to wolves but they do not have any wolf DNA.

Northern Water Snake

The northern water snakes are the most common water snake in North America and are found in the central and eastern regions.

Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is a type of dog of the spitz type. It is an all-purpose herding and farming dog that originated from the coasts of Norway.

Norwegian Elkhound

It is one of the Northern Spitz-type breeds of dog that severed as herder, guardian, hunter, and defender. 12 to 16 pounds.

Norwegian Lundehund

They are a small dog breed of the Spitz that has an elastic neck and extremely flexible body that enables it to turn around in a narrow passage when hunting.

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier is fast and small making them common sight at dog agility races and originated from the United Kingdom. They are energetic, smart, and sometimes stubborn.

Nose-horned viper

This is a viper species found in southern Europe. These snakes have fleshy horn atop their snout and lives on the outskirts of shrublands and forest.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

It is a medium-sized gundog that hunters use while hunting. It is sometimes called a “toller”. These dogs are intelligent, energetic, and alert.

Nubian Goat

This is a British breed of domestic goat that is relatively large and proud. It is famous for its long ears, rich milk, and vocal personality.


Nudibranchs are a large group of marine mollusks found in oceans and are striking-looking.


The numbat is an insectivorous marsupial. It has a long tail and body, red-brown fur, a pointed face, and white and black stripes across its back.


The spottail sleeper ray or numbray is a species of electric ray in the family Narkidae. They emit electric shock when touched.


They are 4 species of insectivorous birds found in tropical South and Central America. They inhabit woodland and forest habitats.


Nunlets are 6 species of insectivorous birds found in tropical Central and South America. They make up the genus Nonnula together, which is part of the puffbird family.

Nurse Shark

This is a yellow-brown-colored, mid-sized shark with a blunt head, elongated tail fin, and two barbels above the mouth. They inhabit coral reefs, rocky areas, shelves, and seagrass flats.


They are a genus of percomorph fishes. The male grows a hook on his forehead that they use to carry eggs.


It is a large, web-footed rodent. Somewhere between a large rat and a beaver in appearance. It lives in wetland habitats.


The nyala is a spiral-horned antelope found in the southern African countries of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. They are found in dense woodlands and their horns can reach lengths of up to 83 cm.

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About Eddie Chevrel

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.