Ultimate List: 40 Animals That Start with Y

Illustration of several animals, with the letter Y

The animal kingdom encompasses a beautifully diverse array of species — from mammals and birds to reptiles and insects. And we’ve got them all! Animals are an integral part of Earth’s ecosystem, playing important roles in maintaining the balance of nature.

We’ve collected the ultimate list of animal names that start with Y — all the way from Yaks to Yorkshire Terriers.

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Why did we write this article? 

  1. We share the Earth with animals — and we each can benefit from understanding and appreciating the entire animal kingdom
  2. Recognizing the importance of all creatures, big and small, can inspire us to make choices that benefit them and our planet.
  3. As a good news website — we have reported hundreds of good news stories about animals and we want it to be easier for you to enjoy them. Throughout this article, you’ll find links to good news stories about various animal species! We hope you get a chance to read a few and enjoy! 

We hope you discover something new — and maybe even share a good news story about your favorite animal with a friend. 

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Animals That Start with the Letter Y —

Animals that start with Y include mammals like the Yak, Yellow Mongoose, and Yakalo; birds like the Yellowhammer, Yellow-Eyed Penguin, and Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker; reptiles like the Yacare Caiman, Yellow Anaconda, and Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake; and invertebrates like the Yabby, Yellow Jacket Wasp, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Explore the full list...

  • Yabby
  • Yacare Caiman
  • Yak
  • Yakalo
  • Yakutian Laika
  • Yarara
  • Yellow Anaconda
  • Yellow Aphid
  • Yellow Bass
  • Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
  • Yellow Belly Ball Python
  • Yellow Bullhead Catfish
  • Yellow Cobra
  • Yellow Crazy Ant
  • Yellow Jacket Wasp
  • Yellow Labrador Retriever
  • Yellow Mongoose
  • Yellow Perch
  • Yellow Sac Spider
  • Yellow Spotted Lizard
  • Yellow Tanager
  • Yellow Tang
  • Yellow-Bellied Marmot
  • Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
  • Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake
  • Yellow-Billed Hornbill
  • Yellow-Eyed Penguin
  • Yellow-Faced Bee
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Yellowhammer
  • Yellowish Cuckoo Bumblebee
  • Yellowjacket
  • Yellowtail Snapper
  • Yellowthroat
  • Yeti Crab
  • Yokohama Chicken
  • Yoranian
  • Yorkie Bichon
  • Yorkie-Poo
  • Yorkshire Terrier

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Article Details

December 14, 2023 9:00 AM
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After 20 years of conservation efforts, the Iberian lynx population has grown from 94 to over 2,000, and has officially been taken off the endangered species list.
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