Welcome to animals that start with H.
Animals that begin with the letter H are pretty fascinating. I can guarantee you will discover something new on this list. Enjoy.
Overview of animals that start with H
The Hagfish is an incredibly unique animal. Its slimy body can be pinkish-gray, blue, or purple. It is an eel-like animal that has no jaw.
Hagfishes possess glands on their bodies that produce a thick, sticky slime to escape predators.
They absorb nutrients through their skin and have three hearts.
Fun Fact: They possess a skull but no spinal column.
2. Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Sharks are best known for their long, rectangular heads. Their unique heads give them an advantage when hunting as they can ram into prey.
Hammerhead Sharks love warm, coastal waters. Their size can range from 0.9 meters to 6.1 meters.
Fun Fact: The Hammerhead Shark has an almost 360-degree view with a blind spot in front of its nose.
Hamsters are small rodents with stout bodies, stubby legs, and wide feet. They are gentle and popular house pets.
Hamsters can bite, but only when their sleep is disturbed. They have many predators, but they are quick and can escape sometimes.
Fun Fact: Female Hamsters put their young in the pouches in their mouths when they sense danger.
Hares are small, furry animals with long ears, long hind legs, big eyes, and stout bodies. They are similar to rabbits, but they live above the ground, unlike rabbits.
Hares can leap 10 feet into the air, are capable of short bursts of speed between 40 mph and 50 mph, and consistent speed of 30 mph.
Fun Fact: Hares’ teeth keep growing, so they have to grind it down by eating grass constantly.
5. Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagles are one of the largest eagle species. Their most distinctive features are the crown of feathers at the top of their heads and yellow feet.
They have extraordinary visual senses and can spot prey hundreds of feet away. They also have a wingspan of 6.5 feet.
Fun Fact: The Harpy Eagle’s talons are about the same size as a Grizzly Bear’s claws.
Hedgehogs are known for the stiff and sharp spines on their coat. When they feel endangered, they roll up into a ball with the spines pointing outwards as a defense.
Hedgehogs eat some garden pests, making them good pets.
Fun Fact: Owning a hedgehog is illegal in many states.
7. Hercules Beetle
Hercules Beetles can be identified by their hard, armored shell and horn-like pincers. They can fly and are one of the largest flying insects.
Only males have horns, and they use them to fight. The Beetles spend most of their lives in larvae form, about two years.
Fun Fact: Hercules Beetles make a huffing sound when disturbed.
Herons inhabit wetlands around the world. They are long-legged birds with a sharp beak and S-shaped neck.
The largest species, called the Goliath Herons, can grow as tall as 5 feet.
Fun Fact: Herons fly with their feet dangling down. Few birds fly like this.
Hippos are large, barrel-shaped, semi-aquatic mammals found in Africa. Their eyes, noses, and ears are located at the top of their heads.
They have enormous jaws lined with sharp teeth, but they are herbivores. Despite being large and having short, stocky legs, Hippos can run as fast as 30 mph.
Fun Fact: Hippos secrete an oily, pink ‘sweat’ that is antibacterial.
10. Honduran White Bat
The Honduran White Bat can be identified by its white fur and leaf-shaped nose. Its nose, lips, and ears are orange in color.
The bat is also known for building ‘tents’ to rest in with leaves. One male and several females inhabit this tent. He mates with all the females and goes on to his bachelor colony.
Fun Fact: The Honduran white bat only eats the fruits of one type of fig tree.
11. Honey Badger
The honey Badger resembles an overgrown skunk. It has a long body, flat head, and long claws. Its tough skin can withstand all manner of injuries, including machete cuts, arrow piercing, and bee stings.
Honey Badgers are fearless, aggressive, and attack anything, including humans, when cornered. Like skunks, they also release a foul odor to repel predators.
Fun Fact: Honey Badgers are naturally immune to snake venom!
12. Honey Buzzard
The Honey Buzzard is a medium-sized raptor. Contrary to its name, it has nothing to do with honey. Instead, it’s the larvae of bees and wasps that it feeds on.
Its long, curved bill is specially adapted for catching and holding insects. On occasion, it feeds on small birds and frogs.
Fun Fact: Honey Buzzards are not kept in American zoos but can be found in European zoos.
13. Horn Shark
Horn Sharks can be identified by their blunt heads, curved snout, and sharp spines. They also possess ridges above both eyes that resemble horns.
Horn Sharks feed by sucking up prey into their mouths. They also lay eggs.
Fun Fact: Horn Sharks can live up to 50 years in the wild.
The hornbill is a brightly colored bird with a long-curved bill, and sometimes, a horn on said bill. It also has prominent eyelashes and a long tail.
It is believed that the horn is a hollow chamber used to amplify sound.
Fun Fact: Hornbills can ‘dye’ their bills themselves by rubbing it against a gland under their tails.
15. Horned Frog
The horned frog has pointy eyelids giving it the look of horny eyes. The eyelids look like leaves providing the frog with a means to hide on the forest floor.
This frog is aggressive and has a wide mouth to catch prey of its size. It would even attack animals bigger than itself.
Fun Fact: Horned frogs are popular in the exotic pet trade.
16. Horned Viper
This snake resides in the desert and rocky areas. It possesses scales above its eyes and nose to protect them from the sand.
It is venomous and travels in a sideways manner.
Fun Fact: It is theorized that Cleopatra used this snake to end her life.
17. Horseshoe Crab
Contrary to its name, this animal is not a crab. It is related to spiders and can be identified by its horseshoe-shaped shell and a long, stiff tail.
It has many eyes. There are eyes under its head and even its tail.
Fun Fact: Horseshoe Crabs are older than Dinosaurs!
18. Humboldt Squid
Humboldt Squids are large cephalopods that possess cone-shaped mantles with two spring-like fins at the sides.
They have ten tentacles with 100 to 200 suckers each.
Fun Fact: Humboldt Squids change color to communicate.
19. Humpback Whale
The whale has a hump near its dorsal fin and hair follicles on its head and jaw. It tends to live near the shores of oceans.
The albino humpback whale is extremely rare and is offered extra protection.
Fun Fact: Humpback Whales do not have teeth. Instead, they have baleen plates made of keratin.
20. Huntsman Spider
This is a large, venomous, hairy spider that holds its leg like a crab. It perches on flowers and ambushes insects on them.
Some people welcome it into their homes to help deal with cockroaches.
Fun Fact: Huntsman Spiders don’t produce webs— but they spin a cocoon out of silk.
Summary of animals that start with H
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