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78 Animals That Start With T

By Eddie Chevrel


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What animals start with the letter T? How many can you name? Here they are all in one post, along with information and facts about each species – from the hairy tarantula to the magnificent tiger, all the way through to the turkey and the trout.

So without further ado, let’s discover the list of animals that start with a T.

Animals That Start With a T – The Complete List

  • Taco Terrier
  • Taipan
  • Takin
  • Tamaskan
  • Tang
  • Tapanuli Orangutan
  • Tapir
  • Tarantula
  • Tarantula Hawk
  • Tarpon
  • Tarsier
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Tasmanian Tiger
  • Tawny Owl
  • Teddy Bear Hamster
  • Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
  • Telescope Fish
  • Tennessee Walking Horse
  • Tenterfield Terrier
  • Termite
  • Terrier
  • Tetra
  • Texas Blind Snake
  • Texas Coral Snake
  • Texas Garter Snake
  • Texas Heeler
  • Texas Indigo Snake
  • Texas Night Snake
  • Texas Rat Snake
  • Texas Spiny Lizard
  • Thai Ridgeback
  • Thorny Devil
  • Thrush
  • Tibetan Fox
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Tick
  • Tiffany
  • Tiger
  • Tiger Beetle
  • Tiger Moth
  • Tiger Rattlesnake
  • Tiger Salamander
  • Tiger Shark
  • Tiger Snake
  • Timber Rattlesnake
  • Tire Track Eel
  • Titmouse
  • Toad
  • Toadfish
  • Torkie
  • Tortoise
  • Toucan
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Toy Poodle
  • Transylvanian Hound
  • Tree Frog
  • Tree Kangaroo
  • Tree Snake
  • Tree swallow
  • Treecreeper
  • Treeing Tennessee Brindle
  • Treeing Walker Coonhound
  • Triggerfish
  • Tropicbird
  • Trout
  • Tsetse Fly
  • Tuatara
  • Tuna
  • Tundra Swan
  • Tur
  • Turkey
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Turkish Angora
  • Turtle
  • Turtle Dove
  • Twig Snake

Taco Terrier

These dogs are a mix between the Chihuahua and a Toy Fox Terrier. Tiny, friendly, and full of energy, these dogs make wonderful pets for anyone looking for adventure.


Taipans are fast, extremely poisonous snakes. They are native to Australia and New Guinea and are known as some of the deadliest snakes in the world.


This shaggy animal lives far up in the Himalayan mountains and eats bamboo shoots and other vegetation. During the winter, it grows a golden fleece to stay warm.


Don’t be fooled by the wolf-like appearance of the Tamaskan; it’s a high-energy, hard-working dog.


The Tang is actually a bright blue fish that lives in coral reefs and subsists on plankton, algae, and meat.

Tapanuli Orangutan

These Orangutans differ from their larger relatives as they have smaller heads, flatter faces and frizzier heads. They are named after South Tapanuli, the only place they are found in the wild.


The Tapir is a pig-like animal that has a large, flexible nose that allows it to grab plants that would otherwise be out of its reach.


The Tarantulas are big, hairy spiders that live in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. They mostly eat insects, though they have been known to also eat small lizards and birds on occasion.

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula Hawk is a bright blue wasp with rusty-colored wings that hunts tarantulas using a paralyzing venom.


Tarpons are silvery fish that live in the Atlantic Ocean. They sometimes grow as large as 355 pounds.


This tiny, nocturnal primate lives only on islands in the South Pacific. They have large eyes and an enhanced sense of smell to help them navigate the dark.

Tasmanian Devil

This small, fierce animal is a native of the Australian island Tasmania. It is a marsupial, which means it’s related to koalas and kangaroos.

Tasmanian Tiger

The Tasmanian Tiger is a large, dog-like carnivorous marsupial. Although it was thought to be extinct, recent sightings are raising the possibility a few still exist in the wild.

Tawny Owl

Living across the UK, Tawny Owls nest in wooded areas, where their prey, which consists of voles, mice, and chipmunks, is found in abundance.

Teddy Bear Hamster

With their big ears, small, dark eyes, and tiny noses, these hamsters look exactly like teddy bears. They make sweet, friendly pets.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

This distinct breed of terrier is friendly and intelligent as well as loyal companions. Its friendly look helps it stand out from other terrier breeds.

Telescope Fish

Telescope Fish are deep water fish found in cold subtropical water. They are named after the way their eyes are shaped, which resemble telescopes.

Tennessee Walking Horse

This horse is a hot-blooded horse used in showing, hunting, and dressage.

Tenterfield Terrier.

This hardy, energetic dog breed was first bred in Australia. Their energetic, friendly attitude makes them ideal companion animals.


Termites are extremely common hive insects that live on every continent but Antarctica. Although they’re most known for eating wood, they also eat plant litter, dirt, and dung.


These small dogs were originally bred to hunt small pests such as mice and rats but are now kept mostly for pets in households across the world.


Tetra fish refers to a large group of small, freshwater fish that have an additional fin between the dorsal and caudal fins.

Texas Blind Snake

This Texas native is completely blind, lacking proper eyes. It spends most of its time buried in loose soil where it can find its food – mainly insects.

Texas Coral Snake.

This poisonous snake is found throughout the southwestern United States. Its distinctive bands of red, black, and yellow make it easy to identify

Texas Garter Snake

This sub-breed of garter snakes is found in Texas primarily. Though harmless, they may release a bad-smelling liquid in defense when threatened.

Texas Heeler

The Texas Heeler originated from a mix of Australian Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dogs. They make wonderful family pets.

Texas Indigo Snake

Growing six to eight feet in length, the Texas Indigo Snake is the largest nonvenomous snake in the state. Despite its name, it is black in color, with a pink underbelly.

Texas Night Snake

This tan, brown snake has a mild venom used in hunting his prey – lizards, smaller snakes, and insects. Its poison isn’t strong enough to harm humans.

Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snakes are a subspecies of the common Rat Snake that eats rodents, reptiles, frogs, and birds. They can climb trees and swim.

Texas Spiny Lizard

Shy and skittish, the Texas Spiny Lizard spends most of its time hiding in trees, where its grey, rough skin helps it blend into the bark.

Thai Ridgeback

Bred in Thailand, this breed of dog is one of three known for its ridge of hair running down its back.

Thorny Devil

Covered in hard, sharp spines, this lizard has little to fear from would-be predators as it goes about its day on the Australian Outback.


These small, brownish ground birds eat insects, worms, snails, and fruit. Some thrush species migrate while others stay in the same location year-round.

Tibetan Fox

These foxes live high in the Tibetan plateaus where their grey and brown fur helps them blend into the tundra.

Tibetan Mastiff.

What sets this Mastiff breed apart is the long, double-thick coat bred to withstand the cold of the Tibetan Mountains where it originated.

Tibetan Spaniel

These small, extroverted dogs originated in Tibet. Unlike other spaniels who were originally bred as gun dogs, these dogs have always been companion dogs.

Tibetan Terrier

This medium-sized dog isn’t a true terrier. Rather it got its name from European travelers who mistook it for a terrier and the name stuck.


A parasitic insect that drinks its host’s blood. Because of this, it has the capability to transport disease from host to host, most notably Lyme Disease.


Tiffany is the name for an entire group of medium-length hair domesticated cats. As they age, their eye color becomes more brilliant.


These large felines live in the jungles of Africa and India. Their distinctive striped coat helps them blend in with the light and shadows of the jungle.

Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetles are a large group composed of beetles found in southern Africa. They are known for being aggressive predators.

Tiger Moth

The Tiger Moth is one of the most common groups of moths and has distinctive white stripes with an orange or black background on their wings.

Tiger Rattlesnake

This venomous snake lives in the southwestern United States. It’s differentiated from other classes of rattlesnakes by bands that give it the appearance of having vertical stripes.

Tiger Salamander

This spotted salamander is the largest salamander in North America. It lives by ponds and streams and its diet consists mostly of insects, worms, and frogs.

Tiger Shark

This fierce shark lives in the warm tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. The striped pattern that gives the shark its name fades as the Tiger Shark ages.

Tiger Snake

The Tiger Snake is a venomous snake known for its black and yellow stripes, though coloring can vary. Instead of laying eggs, they give birth to live young.

Timber Rattlesnake

Timber Rattlesnakes are pit vipers that live across the eastern United States, staying in the heavily wooded areas and away from humans when possible.

Tire Track Eel

This striped freshwater eel is actually an elongated fish that looks like an eel. Because of their distinctive appearance, many aquarium owners view them as valuable additions.


The name is misleading as the Titmouse is actually a small gray songbird that lives in Texas. They form flocks known as troupes or banditries.


Toads have dry, rough skin that’s covered in bumps. Contrary to popular belief, handling toads won’t give you warts.


The name “Toadfish” covers a large group of fish and refers to their appearance. Though mostly found in the ocean, they occasionally live in freshwater as well.


Torkies come from a mix between Toy Fox Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier. Though very affectionate and loyal, they may not make a good family pet as they can get nippy when irritated.


Tortoises are the longest living land animal, often living over one hundred years.

Toucan. Toucans are black birds found in Asia and parts of Africa known for their large, colorful beaks.

Toy Fox Terrier

This miniature Fox Terrier weighs in at anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds, making it a truly cute predator.

Toy Poodle

Toy poodles are the smallest poodle breed, often weighing around 5 pounds. They are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds.

Transylvanian Hound

This medium-sized dog primarily found in Transylvania and Hungary was originally used for hunting.

Tree Frog

A tree frog is any frog that lives most of its life in a tree. There are over 800 known species of tree frogs.

Tree Kangaroo

These lesser well-known marsupials live in the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea. They can run for short distances up to 44 mph.

Tree Snake

Any type of snake that lives primarily in trees. They mostly eat birds, lizards, and frogs.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallows are migratory songbirds. They can be recognized by their long, pointed wings and blue and black feathers.


Treecreepers are very small birds that live in Europe. They are easily missed because their black and grey plumage blends in with the bark of the trees they are perched in.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

These hunting dogs are loyal, affectionate animals making them perfect companions for those who love the outdoors.

Treeing Walker Coonhound

These hounds were originally bred to hunt raccoons. They enjoy the hunt and bay loudly to announce any time they’ve treed their quarry.


A tropicbird is any of three tropical seabirds with long white tails. Their legs are situated too far back on their body to allow them to walk.


This rainbow-colored freshwater fish is a favorite among fishers. Its mild flavor also makes it a favorite among fish and seafood lovers.

Tsetse Fly

Found throughout Africa, the tsetse fly is a large, biting insect best known for its ability to spread the sleeping sickness in both animals and humans.


Tuataras are reptiles native to New Zealand. Although they resemble lizards, they’re actually the only remaining specimen of a distinct lineage going back to the Jurrasic Period.


These large fish travels through the ocean, sometimes swimming up to 43 mph.

Tundra Swan

These small swans live in Canada and the northern United States. The whistling noise their wings make led to another name “whistling swan” when they were first discovered.


Resembling small, flying penguins these black and white seabirds can be found off the coast of Newfoundland where they nest in the rocky cliffs along the coast.


These farmyard birds are forever associated with Thanksgiving, and they were once nominated to be the United State’s National Bird before the Bald Eagle was chosen instead.

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vultures are large carrion birds, which means they eat dead animals. They are easily recognized by the bright red skin on their head.

Turkish Angora

This breed of cat is one of the oldest domestic breeds of cat known to man with records of them reaching back to the 17th century.


Turtles are protected by a hard shell and spend much of their lives in water, whether it’s the sea or a quiet pond. These ancient reptiles have been traversing our oceans for 100 million years.

Turtle Dove

Turtle Doves are small doves with a long migratory pattern, flying from West Africa to Europe every year.

Twig Snake

This African tree-dwelling snake preys on lizards, frogs, and birds. Although it is poisonous, its fangs are rarely able to bite humans in a way that can puncture the skin.

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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.