How many animals that start with M can you name? Monkey? Mole? Well, there’s a lot more than that! Below you’ll find an extensive list of animals that start with the letter M, together with fun facts and a free PDF worksheet to help you learn these animal names.
List Of Animals That Start With M
- Magellanic Penguin
- Mahi Mahi (also known as Dolphinfish)
- Maine Coon (a breed of domestic cat)
- Malayan Tiger
- Maltese (a breed of domestic dog)
- Manta Ray
- Manx (a breed of domestic cat)
- Marabou Stork
- Marsh Frog
- Mastiff (a breed of domestic dog)
- Monitor Lizard
- Monarch Butterfly
- Mongrel (a mixed breed of domestic dog)
- Moray Eel
- Mountain Goat
- Mountain Lion
- Mustang (a breed of horse)
- Myna Bird
- Myrmecophyte (a type of plant that lives in a mutualistic association with a colony of ants)
- Margay (a small wild cat native to Central and South America)
- Marsupial Mole
- Mexican Redknee Tarantula
- Milk Snake
Worksheet – Animals Starting With M
This free worksheet has a list of animals beginning with M with pictures. To complete the worksheet, you must read the animal name and then write the corresponding number next to the correct animal picture.
Fun Facts About These Animals That Start With M
Macaques are a genus of Old World monkeys that are known for their sociability. They are one of the few animal species that can recognize themselves in a mirror.
Macaws are known for their vibrant colors and long lifespans. In captivity, some species can live for up to 80 years!
Magellanic Penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan, who first saw them in 1520. They are native to South America – Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands.
Magpies are considered one of the most intelligent birds. They are known for their ability to recognize themselves in a mirror, similar to macaques.
Mahi Mahi, also known as dolphin fish, are among the fastest-growing fish and can live up to five years. Despite their name, they are not related to dolphins.
Maine Coon cats are one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. Some male Maine Coons can weigh up to 18 pounds or more.
The Malayan tiger is a tiger subspecies that inhabits the southern and central parts of the Malay Peninsula. They are critically endangered, with only a few hundred left in the wild.
Mallards are the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds. Interestingly, they often interbreed with other species of ducks.
The Maltese dog breed has a history that can be traced back at least 2,000 years. Artists, poets, and writers immortalized this small dog in the early great cultures of Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
Mambas, specifically the Black Mamba, are known for their speed and venom. They are among the fastest and most venomous snakes in the world.
Manatees, also known as sea cows, are vegetarian marine mammals known for their gentle demeanor. They spend almost half the day sleeping submerged, surfacing for air at intervals of less than 20 minutes.
Mandrills are the largest species of monkey. They are recognized by their colorful faces and hindquarters, which can be seen as a form of sexual dimorphism.
Manta rays are among the largest fish, but they feed on some of the smallest ocean organisms – plankton. They are known for their “somersault feeding,” where they continuously roll to capture more prey.
The Manx is a breed of domestic cat known for its lack of tail. This is a result of a natural genetic mutation that has been passed down through the breed.
The Marabou Stork is often called the “Undertaker Bird” due to its dark plumage and habits. It’s known for its scavenging nature and is often found near carcasses.
The Markhor is a large species of wild goat known for its beautiful twisted horns. It is the national animal of Pakistan.
The Marsh Frog is the largest frog native to Europe and is known for its distinctive croaking sound.
Mastiffs are among the largest dog breeds in terms of mass. Despite their imposing size, they are often known as gentle giants.
Mayflies have one of the shortest lifespans of any animal. Some species only live for a few hours as adults, just long enough to mate and lay eggs.
Meerkats are highly social animals that live in groups called mobs or gangs. They use different vocalizations to warn each other about approaching predators.
Minks are small, semiaquatic mammals known for their lustrous fur. Their dense fur is waterproof, keeping them warm in the water.
Moles are highly adapted to a subterranean lifestyle. They have powerful forelimbs that are excellent for digging.
Mollusks are a diverse group that includes animals like snails, octopuses, and clams. They are among the most numerous marine animals.
Monitor lizards have a high metabolic rate for reptiles, and some can even stand and “tripod” to look around their surroundings.
Monkfish are known for their unusual appearance. They have a flat body and a mouth that is larger than their head!
Monarch butterflies are known for their long-distance annual migration. They travel up to 3,000 miles from North America to central Mexican forests over winter.
A mongrel, also known as a mixed-breed dog, often has less inbreeding and can be healthier than purebred dogs due to greater genetic diversity.
Monkeys are found in two main regions of the world, so they are classified as either Old World monkeys (Africa and Asia) or New World monkeys (South America).
Moorhens, also known as river chickens, are water birds that are more often heard than seen, thanks to their wide range of vocalizations.
Moose are the largest species in the deer family. Their antlers can spread up to 6 feet, and they shed them each winter.
Moray eels have a second set of jaws in their throat, called pharyngeal jaws, which also have teeth.
Only female mosquitoes bite. They need the protein found in blood to produce their eggs.
There are about 160,000 species of moths, many of which are nocturnal. Some moths don’t eat anything as adults as they don’t have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.
Mountain goats aren’t actually goats. They are more closely related to antelopes and gazelles.
Mountain Lions are incredibly powerful jumpers thanks to their muscular hind legs. They can leap up to 40 feet forward in a single bound.
Mice are social animals with complex levels of communication, including the use of ultrasound for mating calls.
A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Mules are sterile, meaning they can’t have offspring of their own.
Muntjacs, also known as barking deer and Mastreani deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjacs can emit a bark-like sound when threatened.
Muskrats are named for the musky smell they use to mark their territory, not because they are rats.
Mustangs are free-roaming horses of the American West that first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish.
Myna Birds are known for their ability to mimic human speech and other sounds.
Myrmecophytes are plants that have a symbiotic relationship with a colony of ants. The plant provides shelter and food, such as nectar, for the ants. In return, the ants defend the plant against herbivores.
Mackerel are known for their slim, torpedo-shaped bodies and deeply forked tails that enable them to swim quickly through the water.
The Margay is a small wild cat native to Central and South America. It’s an excellent climber, and it’s even capable of descending headfirst, like a squirrel.
Marsupial moles are so well-adapted to their underground lifestyle that they lack visible eyes. Instead, they have a hard, protective layer of skin covering where their eyes would be.
Mealybugs are known for the waxy white substance they produce, which gives them their name. This substance helps protect them from predators and environmental hazards.
Mexican Redknee Tarantula
Mexican Redknee Tarantulas are a popular choice as pets among tarantula keepers. They are known for their docile nature and relatively long lifespan.
Milk snakes get their name from the myth that they drink milk from cows. While this isn’t true, they are known to hang around barns due to the high rodent populations.
Millipedes are arthropods that are known for having two pairs of jointed legs on most body segments. Despite the name, no known millipede has 1,000 legs.
Mudskippers are fish that spend a considerable amount of time out of water. They use their pectoral fins to walk on land, usually in muddy areas.
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