Animals starting with E

Animals that start with E

Alphabetical list of animals.

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Photo of an eagle
Photo by Just chaos
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Scientific name: family: accipitridae

Eagles are large birds of prey with strong, hooked beaks. They usually hunt small animals and other birds. There are a huge variety of eagles, and they are found all over the world.

Earwigs are a very common insect found all over the world. They eat ripe fruit, trash, other insects and the young shoots of plants.
They get their name because a long time ago people beleived that earwigs crawled into people's brains through their ears to lay their eggs. Earwigs do like hiding in warm, dark, damp places so it is possible they will hide in people's ears if they have the chance.

Photo of an echidna
Photo by Robert Young
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An echidna, or spiney anteater, is a small, spiney animal found in Australia and New Guinea. They eat mostly ants and termites.
Along with the platypus, echidnas are the only animals that lay eggs.

Scientific name: order: anguilliformes

An eel is a long, thin fish. Instead of having separate small fins on their back end like other fish, they have one big long fin that goes all the way around their long tail. Eels eat other fish.

Photo of an egret.
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An egret is a white heron. There are several different kinds of egret, all of them are white or pale.

Elephants are the largest land animals on earth (whales are the largest animal, but they live in the sea). They can live for 70 years. There are two different kinds of elephant, African and Asian (or Indian) elephants. African elephants are larger and have bigger ears. The elephant in the picture is an African elephant.

Photo of an elk
Photo by Marion Doss
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Scientific name: cervus canadensis

The elk is one of the largest species of deer. In Europe, moose might be called elks. Elks are native to North America and Eastern Asia. They live in lightly forested areas and eat grass, leaves and bark.

Photo of an emu
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Scientific name: dromaius novaehollandiae

Emus are a large flightless bird that lives in Australia. It is the second-largest bird, after the ostrich. They eat insects and some plants.
Emus lay very large, speckly blue eggs with hard shells. The male emu looks after the eggs and babies.

Photo of an English cocker spaniel
Photo by Mike Baird
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Cocker spaniels are a medium-sized dog that come in several colours, the most familiar being the golden cocker in the picture. They are a happy, loyal, affectionate dog that makes a good pet. They do not like being left alone.