Animals that start with C! How many do you know? In this post, we’ve put together an extensive list of 50 curious animals beginning with the letter C. Below, you’ll also find a fun fact about each of these animals, a printable worksheet, and a fun quiz to help you learn these animal names. Join us as we dive into the fascinating world of animals that start with C.
Animals That Start With C List
Here’s a list of 50 common animals that start with the letter C:
- Cardinal (bird)
- Carp (fish)
- Chough (bird)
- Cod (fish)
- Coelacanth (fish)
- Collie (dog breed)
- Colobus Monkey
- Cormorant (bird)
- Crane (bird)
- Cricket (insect)
- Cuckoo (bird)
- Crab-eating Macaque
- Common Octopus
- Common Toad
- Cottonmouth (snake)
- Common Dolphin
- Collared Peccary
- Clouded Leopard
- California Condor
- Common Loon
- Canadian Goose
- Coral Snake
Animals That Start With C Worksheet
This worksheet is a fun list of animals beginning with C with images. To complete the worksheet, you must match the animal images to the correct animal names. As always, this worksheet is FREE!
Quiz – Guess The Animal Starting With C
How many animals starting with C do you know? Try this quiz and test your animal knowledge. There are ten rounds, and in each round, you must read the animal’s name and then identify the correct animal.
Animals That Start With C – Fun Facts
Caimans are reptiles that are closely related to alligators and crocodiles, and they are native to Central and South America. A fun fact about them is that they are smaller than both alligators and crocodiles, with the largest species growing up to about 15 feet long.
Camels are known for their humps, which store fat that the camel can use as both food and water when resources are scarce. Contrary to popular belief, their humps do not store water.
Canaries are well known for their singing abilities. It’s primarily the male canaries that sing, often to attract a mate.
Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. They are semi-aquatic animals and can stay submerged in water for up to 5 minutes to hide from predators.
The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps one of the most recognizable with its bright red color. However, it’s the female that actually sings the most, often while sitting on the nest.
Caribou are known for their annual migrations, where they travel further than any other terrestrial mammal, up to 3,000 miles per year.
Carp are known for their ability to adapt to various conditions, which has allowed them to spread to almost all parts of the world, often to the detriment of local ecosystems.
Cats have a communication system with humans that they typically only use with them and not with other cats: they meow.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 60-70 mph in short bursts covering distances up to 1,500 feet.
Chickens were domesticated over 8,000 years ago and are descendants of the red junglefowl from Southeast Asia.
Chimpanzees share about 98.7% of their DNA with humans, making them our closest living relatives along with bonobos.
Chinchillas have the densest fur of all land animals. In the wild, this fur protects them from the cold of the Andes mountains.
Chipmunks are small mammals with distinctive stripes, and while the common name refers to many species, only one, the Eastern Chipmunk, is found in the eastern United States.
The Chough is a bird in the crow family, and it’s known for its acrobatic aerial displays.
Clownfish are famous for their mutualistic relationships with sea anemones, where they are protected from predators and provide food for the anemone.
Cobras are famous for their threatening hood, which they display when feeling threatened or angry.
Cockatoos are intelligent and social birds that are known for their crests, which they can raise or lower depending on their mood.
Cockroaches can live for almost a month without food and two weeks without water, contributing to their resilience and widespread presence.
Cod is a popular food fish with a mild flavor. It has been heavily fished, leading to concerns about the sustainability of some cod populations.
The Coelacanth was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1938. It’s known as a “living fossil” because its fossils were found long before the actual fish was discovered.
Collie (dog breed)
Collies are herding dogs that are known for their intelligence and agility. The most famous Collie is probably Lassie
, from the TV show and movies.
Colobus Monkeys are known for their beautiful black and white (or sometimes red) coats. Unlike other monkeys, they do not have thumbs.
The Andean condor, one of the two species of condors, is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan.
Corals are not plants, but animals. They are colonial animals, which means they are made up of many individual animals called polyps.
Cormorants are aquatic birds that are excellent divers. Some species can dive to depths of up to 45 meters.
Also known as mountain lions or pumas, cougars are the biggest cats in North America. They are known for their powerful hind legs, which are larger and stronger than their front legs, and enable them to be great jumpers.
Cows have an excellent sense of smell and can detect odors up to six miles away. They are also social animals and naturally form large herds.
Crabs are decapod crustaceans. They have a very short tail and are covered with a thick exoskeleton, which they must periodically moult to grow.
Cranes are known for their elaborate, graceful courtship dances that include bows, jumps, runs, and vocalizations.
Crawfish, also known as crayfish, are small crustaceans that look like tiny lobsters. They are found in freshwater habitats all over the world.
Crickets are known for their chirping sounds, which are made by males rubbing their wings together to attract females.
Crocodiles have one of the strongest bite forces in the animal kingdom, which they use to catch and hold onto their prey.
Crows are considered some of the most intelligent birds. They can recognize human faces, use tools, and even hold grudges.
Cuckoos are known for their unique breeding behavior. Some species are “brood parasites,” laying their eggs in the nests of other bird species and letting those birds raise their young.
Cuscus is a type of marsupial that lives in the treetops of Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. They have prehensile tails to help them move around in trees.
Cuttlefish are known for their ability to rapidly alter their skin color and pattern to communicate with other cuttlefish and to camouflage themselves.
Coyotes are very adaptable animals that have expanded their range across North America, even into urban areas.
Despite its name, the Crab-eating Macaque doesn’t primarily eat crabs; they are opportunistic omnivores and eat a variety of foods.
The Common Octopus is known for its intelligence and its ability to change its color and texture to blend in with its surroundings.
Common Toads secrete a toxin from their skin as a defense mechanism against predators. They also have a distinctive long, slow hop as opposed to a quick jump.
The Cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin, is a venomous snake named for the white, cotton-like lining of its mouth.
The Caracal is a medium-sized wild cat known for its distinctive black-tufted ears and powerful hind legs that enable it to catch birds in flight.
Common Dolphins are known for their playful behavior and are often seen riding the
bow wave created by boats.
Collared Peccaries, also known as Javelinas, are not pigs, but they look similar and are often mistaken for them.
Clouded Leopards are known for their beautiful cloud-like spotted coats and their ability to climb down trees headfirst, like a squirrel.
The California Condor is one of the world’s rarest bird species. In 1987, all remaining wild individuals were captured to try to save the species from extinction.
The Common Loon, also known as the Great Northern Diver, is known for its eerie, beautiful calls that are a symbol of wild northern waters.
The Canada Goose is known for its V-shaped flight formation. One reason for this formation is to conserve energy, as each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of it, reducing wind resistance.
Coral Snakes are small, brightly colored, and highly venomous. They are known for their distinctive color pattern, which serves as a warning to predators.
Coatimundis, or coatis, are members of the raccoon family. They have long, flexible snouts and ringed tails, and they’re great climbers.
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