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Animals That Start With D

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Welcome to animals that start with D.

Many animals start with the letter D. These can be found in all parts of the world, including around you. Here’s a list of twenty animals that start with D. It’s one letter from the great Animal Alphabet.

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Overview of animals that start with D

1. Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle - animals that start with d
Scientific NameScarabaeidae family
Where it LivesWorldwide, primarily in grasslands, forests, and savannas
What it EatsDetritivores, primarily feed on dung from mammals
Conservation StatusNot assessed for all species, potential threats from habitat loss and agriculture

Dung Beetles are also known as the scarab. This beetle is famous for its penchant for rolling excrement from place to place.

These animals are picky about their food, as they do not eat just any random pile of feces.

Fun Fact: Dung beetles might be able to orient themselves using the stars of the Milky Way.

2. Duck

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Scientific NameVarious species within the Anatidae family
Where they LiveDiverse habitats including lakes, rivers, wetlands, and coastal regions
What they EatOmnivorous, feeding on aquatic plants, insects, small fish, and crustaceans
Conservation StatusVaries by species, some are of least concern while others may be threatened due to habitat loss and hunting

Ducks can be found on every continent but Antarctica. Ducks have webbed feet and waterproof feathers to survive in their near-aquatic habitats.

They are omnivores that eat fish, crustaceans, insects, and seeds.

Fun Fact: Ducks can sleep with one eye open for protection.

3. Drumfish

 Drumfish - animals that start with D
Scientific NameVarious species within the Sciaenidae family
HabitatFound in coastal waters, estuaries, and along sandy or muddy bottoms
DietCarnivorous, feeding on small fish, crustaceans, and mollusks
SizeVaries by species, typically medium to large-sized fish
Conservation StatusNot assessed for all species, but some may be impacted by overfishing and habitat degradation

Drumfishes are usually found in saltwater, but some species live in freshwater. The saltwater species are generally larger than their freshwater counterparts.

The Drumfish is bottom-dwelling, and it feeds on crustaceans, fishes, and insects along lake floors.

Fun Fact: Drumfishes get their names from the loud drum-like sounds they make with their swim bladders.

4. Dragonfish

Dragonfish - animals that start with D
Scientific NameFamily Stomiidae
Where it LivesDeep-sea environments, primarily in oceanic waters
What it EatsCarnivorous, feeding on small fish and crustaceans
Conservation StatusNot assessed for all species, potential threats from deep-sea fishing and habitat disturbance

Dragonfish get their name from their fearsome appearance. Dragonfishes have large heads, broad jaws, and terrifying teeth.

Male Dragonfishes are nearly ten times the size of females. Most of them don’t have scales.

Fun Fact: Dragonfishes have red chlorophyll in their eyes, with which they attract prey.

5. Draco Volans Lizard

Draco Volans Lizard
Scientific NameDraco volans
Where it LivesSoutheast Asia, primarily in tropical forests
What it EatsInsectivorous, feeds on ants and other small insects
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but may face threats from habitat loss and fragmentation

‘Draco Volans’ is Latin for flying dragon. This lizard has a winglike membrane supported by its ribs. But the Draco Volans Lizard doesn’t really fly. Instead, it glides.

These lizards spend most of their days in trees, and the males are territorial.

Fun Fact: Draco Volans Lizards can glide for about 26 feet.

6. Douc

Douc - animals that start with d
Scientific NameVarious species within the Pygathrix genus
Where it LivesSoutheast Asia, primarily in tropical forests
What it EatsHerbivorous, primarily feeds on leaves, fruits, and flowers
Conservation StatusVaries by species, some are endangered due to habitat loss and hunting

Douc monkeys can be found in Indochina and can be called a langur. It is one of the most colorful monkeys globally, with coats in white, red, and gray shades.

Fun Fact: Douc populations were drastically affected by the Vietnam War and have yet to be replenished.

7. Donkey

Donkey - animals that start with d
Scientific NameEquus africanus asinus
Where they LiveWorldwide, domesticated in various regions
What they EatHerbivorous, mainly graze on grasses and forage
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but domesticated populations are widespread

Donkeys have been domesticated for more than 5000 years. They can be seen in almost all parts of the world.

Donkeys used to be called asses until the word fell out of use —for obvious reasons.

Fun Fact: Donkeys can bond to other farm animals, and separating a bonded donkey can lead to death.

8. Dolphin

Dolphins - animals that start with d
Scientific NameVarious species within the family Delphinidae
Where they LiveOceans worldwide, often found in coastal regions
What they EatCarnivorous, feeding on fish, squid, and crustaceans
Conservation StatusVaries by species, some are threatened by habitat loss and fishing activities

Dolphins are known to be playful, intelligent sea mammals. But if you don’t, you’re in for a treat. These animals are so smart that some have been trained to help humans even as early as the 1960s

Fun Fact: Dolphin brains are larger than those of humans.

9. Discus

Discus - animals that start with d
Scientific NameSymphysodon spp.
Where they LiveSouth America, primarily in the Amazon River basin
What they EatOmnivorous, feeding on small invertebrates, algae, and plant matter
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but may face threats from habitat degradation and overfishing

Discus are fish that mainly live in the waters of the Amazon basin. They are colorful and quite popular as aquarium fishes for that.

Fun Fact: The Discus can change colors based on environmental conditions and mood.

10. Dingo

Dingo
Scientific NameCanis lupus dingo
Where they LiveFound primarily in Australia, across various habitats including forests, deserts, and grasslands
What they EatCarnivorous, primarily hunting small mammals, birds, and sometimes scavenging on carrion
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but may face threats from habitat loss and persecution

Dingoes are indigenous wild dogs found on the Australian continent. These dogs exhibit the pack mentality and hunting styles of the wolf.

Fun Fact: Only the alpha male and female Dingoes can mate in a pack.

11. Dik-Dik

Dik-dik - an animal that starts with d
Scientific NameVarious species within the Madoqua genus
Where they LiveFound in eastern and southern Africa, primarily in savannas and bushlands
What they EatHerbivorous, feeding on leaves, shoots, fruits, and flowers
Conservation StatusVaries by species, some are of least concern while others may be threatened by habitat loss and hunting

Dik-diks can be found in Africa. The Dik-Dik is usually about 12-16 inches in height and may weigh as little as 15 pounds.

Fun Fact: Dik-Diks are territorial and mark their turf with a liquid produced in sacs near their eyes.

12. Dhole

Dhloe
Scientific NameCuon alpinus
Where they LiveFound in various regions of Asia, including forests and grasslands
What they EatCarnivorous, primarily hunting small to medium-sized prey such as deer and boar
Conservation StatusEndangered, facing threats from habitat loss and human persecution

Dholes are wild dogs that look like a cross between a gray wolf and a red fox. Dholes used to be widespread, but now, they can only be found in parts of Asia.

Fun Fact: An adult Dhole can gorge itself on meat, then regurgitate it later to feed members of its pack.

13. Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle

Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle
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Scientific NameOcypus olens
Where they LiveFound in Europe, particularly in wooded areas and gardens
What they EatCarnivorous, preys on insects and other invertebrates
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but populations may be affected by habitat loss and pesticide use

Devil’s coach Horse Beetle has a name that is indicative of its interesting history. During the middle ages, people believed that this beetle could curse someone by pointing its tail in their direction.

Its fearsome appearance and painful bite may be the source of the superstition.

Fun Fact: Devil’s Coach Horse Beetles have the ability to release an unpleasant gas as a defense mechanism against predators.

14. Desert Rain Frog

Desert Rain Frog - animals that start with d
Scientific NameBreviceps macrops
Where they LiveEndemic to the Namib Desert in southern Africa
What they EatInsectivorous, feeding on small insects and arthropods
Conservation StatusData Deficient, further research needed to assess population trends and threats

Desert Rain frogs have a distinctive and unique transparent skin.These animals usually live underneath the sand in South Africa and Namibia.

Desert Rain frogs can’t hop.

Fun Fact: Desert Rain frogs don’t drink water. Instead, they absorb it through their skin.

15. Desert Locust

Desert Locust
Scientific NameSchistocerca gregaria
Where they LiveFound in desert regions of Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia
What they EatPolyphagous, feeding on a wide variety of crops and vegetation
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but considered a significant pest species in agriculture

Desert Locusts are similar to grasshoppers with their long hind legs and compound eyes, are locusts capable of moving in swarms at speeds up to 21 miles per hour.

They can gather in groups of approximately 80 million, swiftly devouring entire grain fields within hours.

Fun Fact: Locusts change colors when they gather, going from neutral shades to bright yellow.

16. Deathwatch Beetle

Deathwatch Beetle - animals that start with d
Scientific NameXestobium rufovillosum
Where they LiveFound in various regions worldwide, often infesting timber structures
What they EatWood-boring, feeding on seasoned hardwoods like oak and chestnut
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but populations may be affected by habitat degradation and changes in timber usage

Deathwatch Beetle’s tapping in wooden walls used to be seen as an omen of death. But it is just a mating ritual.

The male Deathwatch Beetle taps on the wood and the female responds. They keep doing this till the male finds the female by tracing the direction of the taps.

Fun Fact: The lifespan of an adult Deathwatch Beetle is just two months.

17. Death’s Head Cockroach

Death’s Head Cockroach - animals that start with d
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Scientific NameBlaberus craniifer
Where they LiveNative to Central and South America, commonly found in tropical forests
What they EatOmnivorous, feeding on decaying organic matter, fruits, and vegetation
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but populations may be affected by habitat loss and insecticide use

Death’s Head Cockroach is one insect that serves as a pet to some animal lovers. The Death’s Head Cockroach is native to the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.

These cockroaches can get up to two inches long. It gets its name from the black markings on its thorax.

Fun Fact: Death’s Head Cockroaches can live up to a year.

18. Darwin’s Frog

Darwin’s Frog
Scientific NameRhinoderma darwinii
Where they LiveEndemic to Chile and Argentina, found in temperate forests and grasslands
What they EatInsectivorous, feeding on small insects and invertebrates
Conservation StatusEndangered, facing threats from habitat loss, pollution, and fungal diseases

Darwin’s frog is named after Charles Darwin, who discovered it on his ‘Voyage of Beagle.’ Darwin’s frogs are found in Chile and Argentina. But they can be hard to find, as they make themselves look like dried leaves.

Fun Fact: Male Darwin’s frogs keep their young in their vocal sacs for 50-70 days.

19. Death Adder

Death Adder - animals that start with d
Scientific NameAcanthophis genus
Where they LiveFound in various regions of Australia and nearby islands
What they EatCarnivorous, primarily preying on small mammals, birds, and reptiles
Conservation StatusNot assessed, but populations may be affected by habitat loss and human activities

Death Adder‘s are native to Australia and Papua New Guinea. These snakes are good at blending into their surroundings.

Fun Fact: The Death Adder has the longest fangs of any Australian snake.

20. Darwin’s Fox

Darwin’s Fox - animals that start with d
Scientific NameLycalopex fulvipes
Where they LiveEndemic to Chile, found in forests and grasslands of Chiloé Island and nearby areas
What they EatCarnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, and insects
Conservation StatusEndangered, facing threats from habitat loss, predation by introduced species, and diseases

Darwin’s fox can be found in some parts of South America. Darwin’s foxes aren’t foxes; they just look like them.

Fun Fact: Darwin’s fox is endangered because humans used to hunt it for its pelt.

Full List of Animals That Start With Letter D

No.Animal NameHabitat / LocationDescriptionFun Fact
1Dung BeetleWorldwideBeetles known for rolling excrement, also known as scarabs.They might use the stars of the Milky Way for orientation.
2DuckWorldwide except AntarcticaWebbed feet and waterproof feathers, omnivorous eating fish, crustaceans, insects, and seeds.Ducks can sleep with one eye open for protection.
3DrumfishSaltwater and freshwater habitatsBottom-dwelling fishes feeding on crustaceans, fishes, and insects.They make loud drum-like sounds with their swim bladders.
4DragonfishDeep seaLarge heads, broad jaws, and terrifying teeth; males much larger than females.Have red chlorophyll in their eyes to attract prey.
5Draco Volans LizardSoutheast AsiaLizard with winglike membranes supported by ribs, capable of gliding.Can glide for about 26 feet.
6DoucIndochinaColorful monkeys, also known as langurs, with coats in white, red, and gray shades.Populations were drastically affected by the Vietnam War.
7DonkeyWorldwideDomesticated for over 5000 years, used as work animals.Can bond with other farm animals, separation may lead to death.
8DolphinOceans worldwidePlayful, intelligent sea mammals, known for their acrobatic skills.Dolphin brains are larger than those of humans.
9DiscusAmazon basinColorful fish popular in aquariums, can change colors based on conditions and mood.They can change colors based on environmental conditions and mood.
10DingoAustraliaWild dogs exhibiting pack mentality and hunting styles similar to wolves.Only the alpha male and female can mate in a pack.
11Dik-DikAfricaSmall deer, about 12-16 inches in height and may weigh as little as 15 pounds.Mark territory with liquid produced in sacs near eyes.
12DholeParts of AsiaWild dogs that look like a cross between a gray wolf and a red fox.Adult Dhole can gorge on meat and regurgitate it later for the pack.
13Devil’s Coach Horse BeetleEurope and parts of AsiaInsect that was believed to be able to curse someone by pointing its tail at them.Can emit a foul gas to repel predators.
14Desert Rain FrogSouth Africa, NamibiaTransparent-skinned frogs living under the sand, unable to hop.Absorb water through their skin.
15Desert LocustAfrica, Middle East, AsiaInsects resembling grasshoppers, can form large swarms and travel at speeds of 21 mph.Change colors when gathered in swarms.
16Deathwatch BeetleEurope, North AmericaKnown for tapping sounds in wooden walls, tapping is a mating ritual.The adult Deathwatch Beetle only lives for two months.
17Death’s Head CockroachCaribbean, Central America, MexicoLarge cockroach with black markings on its thorax, can be kept as pets.Can live up to a year.
18Darwin’s FrogChile, ArgentinaNamed after Charles Darwin, able to camouflage themselves as dried leaves.Male Darwin’s frogs keep their young in their vocal sacs for 50-70 days.
19Death AdderAustralia, Papua New GuineaSnakes with long fangs, good at blending into surroundings.Has the longest fangs of any Australian snake.
20Darwin’s FoxSouth AmericaLooks like a fox but is not a true fox, endangered species.Was hunted for its pelt and is now endangered.

Summary of Animals that Start With D

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