Here are 26 animals that start with M!
Despite their other common name – the sea cow – manatees are actually closely related to elephants.
These gentle giants are aquatic herbivores found across the waters in Florida, Africa, and the Amazon.
A mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey, making for an animal built up of different chromosomes from separate species.
The opposite of a mule is a hinny, which is the result of a male horse and a female donkey.
Millipedes are long, segmented invertebrates that possess two pairs of jointed legs on most of their bodily segments. These arthropods have anywhere between 40 and 400 legs.
Also known as the giant moray, moray refers to a family of 200 eel species.
These eels are snake-like large fish found in temperate and tropical waters, residing in reefs and crevices and occasionally swimming in the water to catch prey.
Also known as an elk, the moose is the largest and heaviest member of the New World deer family.
These non-aggressive giants are found in Canada, parts of the northern United States, Russia, and parts of Europe.
Mountain lions are also called pumas or cougars, and are a large cat species native to North, Central, and South America.
This species is highly adaptable and can live in virtually any climate.
Meerkats are small, adorable members of the mongoose family found in the plains of southern Africa.
They are popularly known for standing on their hind legs, their large eyes, and pointed snout.
Mice are small rodents, most commonly associated with being pests in homes across the world.
Some mice are kept as pets, while others are bred as food for reptiles such as snakes.
Manta rays are large rays known to reach a wingspan of 7 meters. Unlike their stingray cousins, manta rays are completely harmless to humans. Instead, they spend their days cruising the waters in search of planktonic organisms.
Maned wolves are a near-threatened canine species in South America. Despite their name, Maned wolves aren’t wolves at all.
They are the only species in the Chrysocyon genus, translating to “golden dog”.
Monkey is a name given to roughly 267 species of mammals. These primates are popularly researched by biologists to better understand human life due to their role in evolution.
A mongoose is a small terrestrial mammal found mostly in Africa, as well as southern Asia and parts of Europe.
They are most infamously known for attacking poisonous snakes like king cobras.
The Mastiff is a large dog breed with a long ancestry of roughly 5,000 years.
These heavy-bodied dogs are a courageous, loyal, and gentle breed that has become a favorite among families across the world.
Mambas are notoriously highly venomous snakes consisting of four species, most notably the infamous black mamba.
These snakes are found across sub-Saharan Africa and are feared by locals thanks to legends and stories about the snakes.
Also known as the common dolphinfish, mahi-mahi are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate offshore regions of the world.
They are characterized by their large foreheads and bright coloration, consisting of vibrant greens and blues with a yellow belly.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
As the name suggests, the Madagascar hissing cockroach is a cockroach species native to Madagascar.
These cockroaches are known to hiss when they feel threatened, or to communicate amongst a colony of other male hissing cockroaches.
Magpies are chattering, intelligent common birds found across Europe, western North Africa, and Asia.
These birds are small crows that will eat anything from stranded eggs and chicks to carrion.
Man O’ War Jellyfish
Man o’ war jellyfish is a feared jellyfish species found in the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.
These jellyfish possess highly venomous nematocysts in their tentacles that provide a shock strong enough to kill fish and even humans.
Marine iguanas are a species found only on the Galápagos Islands. Their habitat means they have adapted to forage for fish and algae in the sea, making them fantastic swimmers.
Monitor lizards are large reptiles found in Oceania, Asia, and Africa. They are most famously known for their long and powerful tails, which can be used as a deadly weapon against other animals and humans.
Moles are small mammals known for living beneath the ground. Despite common misconceptions, moles actually have eyes with decent eyesight – their eyes are just very small!
The mountain gorilla is a subspecies of eastern gorilla. These endangered large primates are found in national parks that are designed to protect the species’ declining population.
There are said to be just over 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the wild.
Minke whales are the smallest species of baleen whale, growing up to about 35 feet.
They are found in temperate and boreal waters across the world – though occasionally tropical and subtropical waters, too.
There are roughly 160,000 species of moth, each of which are often referred to as butterflies, even though they belong to different orders. Moths are typically feathery and thicker than butterflies.
Macaws are brightly colored New World parrots that are native to Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Aside from their wild populations, macaws are popularly kept as pets. They are notoriously chatty and intelligent birds.
Mosquito is the name given to around 3,600 small fly species. These pesky flies are notoriously known for carrying dangerous and deadly diseases that can be transmitted to humans through biting.
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