Animals starting with H

List of animals that start with H

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Hamster

Scientific name: mesocricetus auratus

Hamsters are a small rodent that is often kept as a pet. Hamsters are originally from Syria. They have a large fur-lined pouch on either side of their face that goes all the way to their shoulders that they can fill with food. In the wild, they usually eat seeds and nuts.

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Hare

Photo of a hare
Photo by Polandeze
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Scientific name: genus: lepus

A hare, or Jackrabbit, is a small animal that is related to the rabbit. Hares are different from rabbits in several ways. Rabbits live in burrows underground, and hares do not. Rabbits live in groups, and hares do not. Hares are generally larger than rabbits.

Photo of a harvestman
Photo by Charles Lam
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Scientific name: order: opiliones

Harvestmen are a group of arachnids with long, spindly legs. They look very similar to spiders, and like spiders they come in a huge variety of colors and sizes.

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Hawk

Photo of a hawk
Photo by Mike Baird
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A hawk is any kind of small to medium sized member of the eagle family. Hawks have hooked beaks, and eat small animals like mice and other birds. They have excellent eyesight, and can spot a meal from a very long way away.

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Hedgehog

Photo of a hedgehog
Photo by Daniel Wehner
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Scientific name: subfamily: erinaceinae

Hedgehogs sleep during the day and come out at night to eat. They eat mostly insects but will also eat frogs, eggs, dead animals, mushrooms and some fruit and berries.

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Hen

Photo of a hen.
Photo by Ernst Vikne
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Most female birds are called hens. The most common female bird to be called a hen is a chicken.

Photo of a hermit crab
Photo by Tanya Hart
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Hermit crabs are not actually true crabs, but are distantly related crustaceans. Hermit crabs don't have a shell of their own, so they need to find the discarded shell from another creature to wear. As they grow, they have to find another shell to replace their old one.
Hermit crabs are found all over the world, and many people keep them as pets.

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Heron

Photo of a heron
Photo by Mike Baird
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Scientific name: family: ardeidae

Herons are wading birds, and live around shallow water. They mainly eat fish and frogs. Some members of the heron family are called egrets or bitterns.

A hippopotamus, or hippo for short, is a large animal that lives in lakes and waterways in Africa. They live in large groups, and can live to 40 years old. A male hippo is called a bull, a female is called a cow and a baby hippo is called a calf.

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Hog

Photo of a hog
Photo by Mats Lindh
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A hog is another name for a pig, boar or other kinds of swine.
It also means to take more than your fair share and not let others have anything, for example "he is hogging all the apple pie!"