Animals that start with N

Are you curious about animals that start with N? Alphabetimals’ Animal Dictionary has an extensive list of creatures that begin with this letter, ranging from the well-known narwhal to the lesser-known numbat. Our Animal Dictionary is a comprehensive resource that offers brief descriptions and colorful illustrations of each animal, making it a great tool for students, teachers, and nature enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re interested in learning about nighthawks, narwhals or newts, our Animal Dictionary is a fantastic place to start. Browse our collection of animals that start with N today and discover fascinating creatures from around the world!

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Alphabetical list of animals that start with N

A full alphabetical list of popular animal names that begin with the letter N for toddlers and preschool kids.

  1. Narwhal
  2. Newt
  3. Nightingale
  4. Nighthawk
  5. Numbat
  6. Nurse Shark
  7. Nutria
  8. Nuthatch
  9. Nyala

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


The narwhal is a very special whale that lives in icy waters. It has a long, curly tooth that can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters) long! This tooth looks like a unicorn horn, and it's actually a giant tooth that sticks out from the narwhal's head. Scientists think that the narwhal uses its tooth to help it catch food, like fish and squid.


The newt is a colorful lizard that can swim and walk on land. It's like a superhero animal! Newts come in all kinds of colors, like orange, red, and green. They also have a special ability to regrow lost body parts. If a newt loses a tail, it can grow a new one!


The nightingale is a tiny bird with a beautiful voice. It sings songs that make us feel happy and excited. Nightingales are famous for their amazing singing abilities. They have a special muscle in their throat that helps them sing very loudly and clearly.


The nighthawk is a cool bird that hunts bugs at night with its sharp claws. Nighthawks are often mistaken for bats because they fly around at night and have a similar shape. But they are actually birds, and they use their sharp claws to catch insects in mid-air.


The numbat is a little marsupial from Australia that has a super long tongue to eat termites. That's a silly way to eat, but it works for the numbat! Numbats are very small and cute, and they love to eat termites. They use their long tongue to lick up the termites from their nests.

Nurse Shark

The nurse shark is a gentle shark that loves to swim around and make friends with people. Don't worry, it won't bite you! Nurse sharks are usually about 8 feet (2.5 meters) long and they have a smooth, grey body. They are named "nurse" sharks because they seem to take care of other fish in the ocean.


The nutria is a big, furry rodent from South America that loves to eat plants. It's like a giant bunny! Nutrias have big, sharp teeth that they use to chew through tough plants. They are very good swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for up to 5 minutes!


The nuthatch is a funny little bird that walks upside down on trees to find yummy bugs to eat. It's like a circus bird! Nuthatches have special feet that can cling to tree bark, even when they are upside down. This helps them find tasty insects to eat.


Finally, we have the nyala, a beautiful antelope from Africa that has big curly horns and pretty stripes. It's like a magical creature from a storybook! Nyala males have big, curly horns that can grow up to 2 feet (60 centimeters) long. They use their horns to fight other males during mating season.

So there you have it, some incredible animals that start with the letter N! Each of these creatures has special features that make them unique and fun to learn about. Which one is your favorite?

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