Animals that start with A

Albatross, Anaconda, Anteater, Antelope, Alligator, Ape, Armadillo. Introduce toddlers and preschoolers to the magic of the Alphabetimals by exploring animals beginning with the letter A. Click the animal to hear its sound, and it’s name to hear it said out loud.

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Alphabetical list of animals that start with A

A full alphabetical list of popular animals that start with the letter A for toddlers and preschool kids.

  1. Aardvark
  2. Aardwolf
  3. Acorn Weevil
  4. African Wild Dog
  5. Albatross
  6. Alligator
  7. Allosaurus (Extinct)
  8. Alpaca
  9. Anaconda
  10. Anemone
  11. Angelfish
  12. Anglerfish
  13. Ant
  14. Anteater
  15. Antelope
  16. Ape
  17. Aphid
  18. Arctic Fox
  19. Arctic Hare
  20. Armadillo
  21. Axolotl
  22. Aye-Aye

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Fun facts about animals that start with the letter A for kids


The aardvark is a funny-looking animal with a long snout that it uses to sniff out its favorite food: ants and termites! It has big, floppy ears and a long, sticky tongue that it uses to slurp up its tasty treats.


The aardwolf is like a cousin to the hyena, but it's much smaller and way less scary. In fact, it's kind of cute! It eats insects instead of meat and has special teeth that it uses to crunch up its favorite snack: termites.

Acorn Weevil

The acorn weevil is a tiny insect that loves to snack on acorns. It has a long snout that it uses to drill a hole into the acorn, where it lays its eggs. When the eggs hatch, the baby weevils have a yummy acorn to munch on!

African Wild Dog

The African wild dog is a very social animal that lives in packs. They have big ears and beautiful spotted fur. They're also really good hunters, using their sharp teeth to take down prey much bigger than themselves!


The albatross is a bird that loves to fly. In fact, it spends most of its life soaring over the ocean, sometimes going months without touching down on land! They have a huge wingspan that can be over 11 feet long (3 meters)!


The alligator is a big reptile that loves to swim in the water. It has a strong, powerful tail that it uses to propel itself forward. And watch out for its big jaws—they're filled with sharp teeth that it uses to chomp down on its prey!

Allosaurus (Extinct)

The allosaurus was a big, meat-eating dinosaur that lived a long time ago. It had sharp, pointy teeth and could run really fast. But don't worry, it's extinct now!


The alpaca is like a fluffy, friendly sheep. It has soft wool that people use to make warm clothes and blankets. They also make great pets—they're gentle and like to be around people.


The anaconda is a giant snake that lives in the rainforest. It can grow up to 30 feet (9 meters) long and weigh over 500 pounds (225 kilograms)! But don't worry, they mostly eat small animals like birds and rodents.


The anemone is a beautiful sea creature with long, waving tentacles. They use their tentacles to catch small fish and other creatures to eat. And did you know that some clownfish live in anemones? They use the anemone as a safe place to hide from predators!


The angelfish is a pretty fish with bright colors and interesting patterns on its scales. They like to swim in schools and are very peaceful creatures. Just don't put them in a tank with other fish that might bully them!


The anglerfish is a strange-looking fish that lives in the deep, dark ocean. It has a long, thin stalk on top of its head with a light at the end that attracts prey. When the prey gets close enough, the anglerfish snaps its sharp jaws shut and eats it up! Some anglerfish also have a special adaptation where the male fish attaches to the female's body and stays there for its entire life!


Ants are tiny insects that live in big groups called colonies. They're very organized and work together to build tunnels and find food. They also have a special communication system where they leave chemical trails to lead other ants to food sources!


The anteater is a funny-looking animal with a long snout that it uses to sniff out its favorite food: ants and termites! It has big, floppy ears and a long, sticky tongue that it uses to slurp up its tasty treats. And did you know that the anteater doesn't have any teeth?


The antelope is a graceful animal that likes to run and jump. They have long, thin legs that help them move quickly across the savanna. And watch out for their pointy horns—they use them to defend themselves from predators!


Apes are animals that are very similar to humans. They have hands and feet that they can use to grip things, and they're very intelligent. Some apes, like chimpanzees, can even use tools to solve problems!


Aphids are tiny insects that love to suck the juice out of plants. They can be a big problem for farmers and gardeners because they can damage crops. But some other insects, like ladybugs, like to eat aphids for dinner!

Arctic Fox

The Arctic fox is a fluffy animal that lives in very cold places like the Arctic tundra. They have white fur that helps them blend in with the snow, and they're very good at catching small animals to eat. And did you know that the Arctic fox has fur on the bottom of its paws that helps it walk on the ice without slipping?

Arctic Hare

The Arctic hare is a cute bunny that lives in very cold places like the Arctic tundra. They have thick fur that helps keep them warm, and they're very good at running and jumping to avoid predators. Did you know that their fur changes color depending on the season?


The armadillo is a funny-looking animal with a hard shell on its back. They use their sharp claws to dig burrows in the ground where they can hide from predators. Some armadillos can roll up into a ball when they feel threatened.


The axolotl is a cute little salamander that lives in the water. They have big, round eyes and can regenerate their limbs if they lose them! Sometimes they are called the "walking fish" because they have tiny legs that they use to walk along the bottom of the water.


The aye-aye is a strange-looking lemur that lives in Madagascar. They have big ears and long, skinny fingers that they use to tap on trees and find insects to eat. Some people even believe that the aye-aye is a bad omen!

Wow, there are some really cool animals that start with the letter A! Each one has something special that makes them different and interesting. Which one do you like the most?

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