Some Interesting Animals Beginning With Q

The letter Q is quite obscure when it comes to thinking of animals that begin with this consonant.

Some Interesting Animals Beginning With Q

Perhaps the most popular animal beginning with this letter is the Queen bee, other than that, it is difficult to think of others that start with this less favored letter.

If you’ve found yourself feeling curious about other animals that start with this letter, take a look at the list that we’ve compiled below. 

11 Animals That Begin With Q 

Queen Bee 

Queen Bee 

Let’s start with the most obvious, the queen bee. The queen bee is the largest in the colony, known to lay up to 2,000 eggs per day which amounts to 1 egg every 43 seconds!

Any one of these eggs laid by the queen has the potential to become the next queen, the way this is determined is if the egg is fertilized or not. Fertilized eggs become either queens or workers, and unfertilized eggs become drones. 

Despite the number of eggs that she lays, the queen bee only spends 1-2 days mating in her lifetime.

After the mating has taken place, the sperm is then collected and stored in an organ that is used to lay eggs. 

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly

It is interesting to note that this type of butterfly is the largest of its species in the entire world.

The female butterflies of this variety actually reach a wingspan of 25 – 28cm.

These butterflies live in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea, which is an island off the northern coast of Australia. 

The color of these butterflies differs depending on their gender, with females displaying brown wings with white dots, and males displaying a brilliant blue or green color with black veins. 

Queen Snake 

Queen Snake 

The snake is an animal feared by many, particularly for their poisonous venom.

The queen snake found in North America, however, is not venomous at all.

They are typically brown or olive green in color and reach a medium size of around 61cm.

They like to live in areas that have running water and can be found in ponds, creeks, rivers, canals and marches. 

Quail

Quail

The quail is a highly distinctive bird possessing several different striking features.

They have incredibly stocky bodies, along with long, pointy wings.

Despite having fairly long wings, they can only fly short distances. Living in the woodlands, they originate from North America but are also known to exist in Asia, Europe, and Africa. 

In terms of diet, the quail enjoys eating a variety of different items, including worms, roots, insects and leaves.

Because they are a smaller species of bird, they are under threat from several different larger predators, including racoons, coyotes, foxes and owls. 

Quahog 

Quahog 

A more unusual item on our list, the quahog is essentially a hard clam.

Like some of the other ones on our list, they are traditionally found in North America.

They are usually white or gray in color, and can extend to up to three inches in length.

They enjoy living under the sand, and are extremely adept at absorbing different kinds of bacteria and filtering water. 

Quagga

Quagga

The quagga is sadly now an extinct species, hunted widely by 19th-century settlers in South Africa.

If you cannot already tell by their distinctive stripes, they belong to the zebra family.

The reason why they were so widely coveted by humans is because of their unique-looking skin, which was browner than the traditional white displayed by zebras today. 

Qinling Panda 

The qinling panda is now considered to be an extinct species, with only 200 and 300 now living in the wild.

As you can probably guess by their names, they are traditionally found living in the Qinling Mountains, with similar habitats to the giant panda. 

Quoll

Quoll

Quolls are carnivorous marsupials that live in Australia and New Guinea.

They have incredibly sharp teeth and very long tails, along with pink noses and distinctive snouts.

They are nocturnal animals, and so only make an appearance during the nighttime. They can be found living in burrows, rocky crevices and fallen logs. 

Queen Angelfish 

Queen Angelfish 

The queen angelfish is a type of marine fish which is found in the western region of the Atlantic ocean.

They are a warm-water species that like to live in coral. They can grow to be incredibly large, reaching up to 18 inches in length, and weighing up to 3.5 pounds!

It has been speculated that these kinds of fish tend to be monogamous, forming lifelong bonds with other fish of the same species. 

Queen Snapper

Queen Snapper

Another kind of fish that has a royal title, the queen snapper, is ray-finned fish that are bright red in color and have forceful teeth that help them to attack its prey.

They are traditionally found living in the western Atlantic ocean and like to live on rock substrates.

In terms of food, due to their larger size, they normally feast on other types of smaller fish and squid. 

Quokka 

Quokka 

The quokka is a short-tailed wallaby living in Perth, Australia. They have highly rounded bodies, and reach only 40-54cm in length.

They are herbivores that like to snack on items such as stems, bark and leaves.

An interesting fact about these animals is that they actually store a lot of fat in their tails, so if they go for long periods without any food, they can simply use the nourishment from their tails to survive. 

Final Thoughts

It is highly surprising how many different types of animals there are in the world that begin with the letter Q.

At first, you might consider Q to be a fairly obscure letter compared to others in the alphabet, not realizing that there are so many different kinds of creatures out there that share this letter.

It is interesting to read about them all and share the knowledge with your friends.

Finally, checkout the entire series of animals that begin with or start with the letter: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

Olivia Kepner