Animals starting with W

List of animals that start with W

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Wallaby

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Scientific name: family: macropodidae

A wallaby is a name given to any small kangaroo. Both wallabies and kangaroos are from Australia. They can survive in very dry climates, and hop along on their back legs using their tail as a balance.

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Walrus

Scientific name: odobenus rosmarus

A walrus is a large animal that spends most of its time in the sea. They eat clams, sea snails and other animals from the bottom of the sea. They can live to about 50 years old, and a male walrus can grow to weigh between 1,600 and 1,900kg, and get 10-12 feet long. They are distantly related to the seal.

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Warthog

Scientific name: phacochoerus africanus

The warthog is a king of pig that lives in Africa. It has a lumpy face, hence the name warthog. Warthogs have two pairs of tusks which they use to fight and dig for food.

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Wasp

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Wasps are a group of flying, stinging insects that eat other insects. They usually eat pest insects like caterpillars, and can be very useful to gardeners and farmers who are trying to keep their crops safe. Wasp can sting many times, while bees can only sting once.

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Weasel

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Scientific name: genus mustela

A weasel is a small animal related to the ferret and otter, and are found mainly in Europe. Weasels eat smaller animals like mice, rats and sometimes rabbits. They sometimes will eat chickens. Weasels are long and thin so they can go down small holes and eat animals that live underground.

Scientific name: aquila audax

The wedge-tailed eagle is the largest eagle in Australia, and one of the largest in the world with a wingspan of around 2.5 metres. It eats any animal that is small enough for it to catch, including rabbits, small kangaroos and lambs.
Wedge-tail eagles will also eat dead animals they find, and are commonly seen eating by the roadside eating kangaroos that have been hit by cars.

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Weevil

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Scientific name: Superfamily: Curculionoidea

Weevils are distinctive looking beetles. Many kinds of weevil are pests in cereal crops. Sometimes when you buy flour you find weevils in the packet.

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Whale

Whales are a large animal that lives in the sea. They are not fish, as they need to come to the surface to breathe, the same as we do when we are swimming. There are many different varieties of whale. Some eat fish, penguins and seals, but the majority of whales have a large mouth full of tiny bristles that they use to filter tiny sea animals out from the water to eat.
The whale is closely related to the dolphin.

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Whelk

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Scientific name: buccinum undatum

Whelk is the common name given to a number of different sea snails that are caught for food. The snail most commonly called a whelk is buccinum undatum.

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Whippet

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Whippets are medium sized dogs that look like small greyhounds. They are gentle dogs, and don't snap, but they do like to chase cats. Because they have such a short coat they are not suited to be kept outside in cold weather, and with their friendly nature they make good indoor dogs.