Animals That Start With Q (With Pictures)

Some of the most popular animals that start with the letter Q are quail, quahog, and quokka. In this list we will look at some of the animals that uniquely start with the letter Q

  • Qinling Panda – A panda subspecies native to the Qinling Mountains.
  • Quacking Frog –  A frog that has red thighs and quacks instead of croaking
  • Quagga –  A subspecies of zebra that was hunted to extinction.
  • Quagga Catshark – A shark that has a brown body, black stripes, and lives in deep water.
  • Quahog –  An edible hard clam found in America
  • Quail – A classification of birds.
  • Quebrada Valverde Salamander – A South American salamander that has red skin and yellow spots.
  • Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing – A large butterfly native to Papua New Guinea that is considered the largest butterfly in the world.
  • Queen Angelfish – A tropical fish with a yellow body, orange fins, and a spot or ‘crown’ on its forehead that lives in shallow reefs.
  • Queen Snake – A small nonvenomous snake native to North America that is typically olive green or brownish-gray in color.
  • Queen Snapper –  A saltwater fish native to the eastern Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • Queen Triggerfish – A fish native to the Atlantic Ocean that can change its appearance to its environment.
  • Queensland Ringtail Possum –  A small possum native to Queensland, Australia that has a gray body and white patches by its eyes.
  • Queensland Tube-Nosed Bat –  A bat that lives in the rainforests of Queensland and has a long, slender snout.
  • Quelea Bird – A genus of birds that live in Africa and are known for their flocking behavior.
  • Question Mark Butterfly – A butterfly that has silver markings that form the “?” on its underside.
  • Quetzal – A bird native to Central America that has a green and crimson head, blue breast, and white tail.
  • Quillback – A carp-like fish native to North America that has no barbels on its mouth.
  • Quokka – A small marsupial that is a native of Western Australia and looks like a tiny plump kangaroo.
  • Quoll –  A small carnivorous animal native to Australia and Tasmania that has a black or brown fur with white spots.


There are only a limited number of animals that start with Q, but they are still interesting creatures worth learning about! Whether they’re birds, fish, or even marsupials, these animals all have unique characteristics that make them special.

Qinling Panda Image by: AilieHM, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Quacking Frog Image by: Jean-Marc Hero, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
Stuffed Quagga Image by: FunkMonk, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Quagga Catshark Image by: K.V. Akhilesh & C.P. R. Shanis, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Queensland Tube-Nosed Bat Image by: Mnolf, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons