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Animals That Start With E: List With Pictures & Facts

Animals that start with e: list with pictures and facts. Find the animal beginning with e that you’re interested in and follow the links for further information.


Animals That Start With E: Pictures & Facts

On this page you’ll find a list of amazing animals beginning with e, together with pictures and interesting facts about each animal.

You can find out more about many of the animals (and see pictures and videos) by following the links.

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List of Animals Beginning With E

  • In this list we’ve included both individual species whose names begin with e, e.g. electric eel and well-known groups of animals that begin with e, e.g. eagles.
  • The scientific name and conservation status of individual species are provided.

If you need to find out about terms such as ‘species’, ‘family’ and ‘order’, etc., then check out our guide to animal classification.


golden eagle

golden eagle

Eagles are large birds of prey that are equipped with formidable talons, hooked bills, and eyesight that is among the best in the animal kingdom.

All eagles are members of the bird family Accipitridae, which also includes hawks, kites, harriers and old world vultures.



Earthworms are long, tubular invertebrates (animals without backbones). Their bodies are covered in bristles that anchor into the earth as the body contracts and pushes, allowing the worm to move through the soil.

Earthworms don’t have lungs (they ‘breathe’ through their skin) or eyes (they have light-sensing cells in their skin).

An earthworm is both male and female, and many earthworm species don’t need two parents in order to create offspring.



There are around 2,000 species of earwig, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. Earwigs are characterized by their flat bodies and the forceps that extend from their abdomens. These ‘pincers’ are used in defense, hunting and courtship.

Earwigs form the order Dermaptera. Earwigs live in nooks and crannies, but contrary to popular belief don’t live in the ears of other animals.

Eastern Coral Snake

  • Scientific name: Micrurus fulvius
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

Eastern Coral Snake

The eastern coral snake is a venomous snake found in the southeastern United States. On its body is a pattern of wide red and black rings that are separated by narrow yellow rings.

The venom of the eastern coral snake contains neurotoxins that affect nerve tissue. Due to the snake’s relatively small size (up to 1.2 m / 4 ft.) and the relatively small amount of venom injected per bite, attacks are rarely fatal. However, this species should be treated with caution.



Echidnas are a spiny, ant-eating animals that live in Australia and New Guinea. There are four species of echidna. The three long-beaked echidnas are only found in New Guinea. The short-beaked echidna is also found in Australia.

Along with the platypus, echidnas are the only mammals in the world that lay eggs. Together with the platypus, they form the order monotremata. Members of this group are known as monotremes.

Find out more about echidnas here: Echidna Facts


Witch Eel (Venefica tentaculata)

Witch Eel (Venefica tentaculata)

Eels are fish in the order Anguilliformes. Eels are long and snake-like. Fins run along most of the length of the upper and lower sides of their bodies.

Eels propel themselves through the water by moving their bodies in waves. They can also swim backwards in this manner. Most eels are found in the sea, but some live in freshwater and only return to the ocean to spawn.

Eider (Common)

  • Scientific name: Somateria mollissima
  • Conservation status: Near Threatened
eider duck female

Female eider on nest

Eiders are large sea ducks found in northern Europe, North America and Siberia. They breed in the Arctic. Eiders have dense down feathers that form a warm insulating layer against the cold. The female plucks her own down to make a lining for her nest. Eiderdown is also used by humans to make bedding and clothing.

Eland (Common)

  • Scientific name: Taurotragus oryx
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

animals that start with e eland antelope

The common eland is a species of antelope found in southern and eastern Africa. It is found in grassland and savanna habitats.

The common eland is the second largest antelope, the largest being the giant eland Taurotragus derbianus. Both elands have long, spiraled horns.

Electric Eel

  • Scientific name: Electrophorus electricus
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

Electric Eel

This amazing fish is able to generate electricity, which it uses to find its way around in muddy water and also to hunt its prey.

The electric eel is found in South America, where it lives in freshwater rivers and swamps. It grows to about 2 m (6.56 ft.) in length. Despite its name, it is a knifefish, not an eel.

Find out more about this animal here: Electric Eel Facts

Eleonora’s Falcon

  • Scientific name: Falco eleonorae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern


Eleonora’s falcon is a mid-sized raptor (bird of prey). Like all falcons, it is a fast and agile flyer that takes its prey in the air. Eleonora’s falcon is found on the coasts of southern Europe in the summer. It winters in Africa.


African bush elephant and baby

African bush elephant and calf

No list of animals that start with e would be complete without the elephant. There are three species of elephant. From largest to smallest they are the African bush elephant, the Asian elephant, and the African forest elephant. The African bush elephant is the world’s largest land animal.

The African bush elephant’s conservation status is Vulnerable, and the Asian elephant is endangered. (The African forest elephant has not yet been assessed.)

Find out more about elephants here: Elephant Facts

Elephant Shrew

elephant shrew

Elephant shrews get their name from their long noses, which are reminiscent of the trunk of an elephant. Despite their name however, they are not shrews. Instead they are part of a group of animals known as Afrotheria, which also includes other African animals such as golden moles, tenrecs, elephants and sea cows.


  • Scientific name: Cervus canadensis
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

bull elk

The elk is the second largest species of deer in the world, although the sambar, which is found in Asia, can reach similar sizes. (The largest species of deer is the moose.) The elk has several subspecies, and is found in North America and Eastern Asia.

Emperor Penguin

  • Scientific name: Aptenodytes forsteri
  • Conservation status: Near Threatened

Emperor Penguins

The emperor penguin is the largest species of penguin. It is found in Antarctica. The emperor penguin makes up for not being able to fly by being the world’s deepest diving bird. It is also the only species to breed during the Antarctic winter. The male single-handedly incubates the egg for two bitterly cold months.

Find out more about this animal here: Emperor Penguin Facts


  • Scientific name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern


The emu is a large flightless bird found only in Australia. It is the world’s second largest type of bird after the ostrich. The emu is found in a variety of habitats, most often in forests and woodlands. The emu eats plants and insects.

Eurasian Beaver

  • Scientific name: Castor fiber
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

Beaver pho34

The Eurasian beaver is the largest rodent found in Eurasia (the landmass that includes Europe and Asia). It is slightly larger than its North American counterpart.

The dams made by the Eurasian beaver create ecosystems that support a wide range of other species.

Eurasian Red Squirrel

  • Scientific name: Sciurus vulgaris
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

eurasian red squirrel

Also known as the red squirrel, the Eurasian red squirrel is a mid-sized rodent found throughout Eurasia. Its fur is chestnut-red, and it has distinctive tufted ears.

The introduction of the grey squirrel from North America into some areas of Europe (notably the UK) has led to the red squirrel’s decline in those regions.

Eurasian Wolf

  • Scientific name: Canis lupus lupus
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

Eurasian Wolf Pack

The Eurasian wolf is one of the 37 recognized subspecies (types) of gray wolf. All 37 subspecies are essentially the same animal; the Eurasian wolf could have pups with any of the other grey wolf subspecies.

The Eurasian wolf is one of the largest wolf subspecies, and the largest type of wolf found outside of the Americas.

Find out more about the Eurasian wolf here: Eurasian Wolf Facts

European Common Frog

  • Scientific name: Rana temporaria
  • Conservation status: Least Concern


The European common frog, also known as the common frog, is found throughout Europe. An amphibian, it spends the first part of its life in the water before developing lungs and limbs and becoming able to travel on land. The European common frog is a mid-sized frog with a body length of 6 to 9 cm (2.4 to 3.5 in.).

European Grass Snake

  • Scientific name: Natrix natrix
  • Conservation status: Least Concern

European grass snake

The European grass snake is a non-venomous snake found throughout much of Europe. It is a strong swimmer and often found near water. It preys mainly on amphibians.

Animals That Start With E: Conclusion

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