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Animals That Start With V: List With Pictures & Facts

Animals that start with v: list with pictures and facts. Discover awesome animals beginning with v, including vampire bats, vervet monkeys and vultures …

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Animals That Start With V: Pictures & Facts

On this page you’ll find a list of amazing animals beginning with v, together with pictures and interesting facts about each animal. Below many of the animals are links that you can follow for further information, pictures and videos.

Included in this list are individual species (e.g. vervet monkeys) and well-known groups of species (e.g. vultures) whose names begin with V. The scientific name and conservation status are provided for each of the individual species.

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List of Animals Beginning With V

Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat

Vampire bats are bats that feed on the blood of other animals (usually mammals). There are three species of vampire bat, the common vampire bat, the hairy-legged vampire bat and the white-winged vampire bat. They are found in Central and South America.

Vampire bats feed on sleeping animals. They use infrared radiation to locate where blood flows closest to the victim’s skin.

Unlike other bats, vampire bats can walk (and even jump), using their wings as forelegs.


Vancouver Island Marmot

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  • Scientific Name: Marmota vancouverensis
  • Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

The Vancouver Island marmot is Canada’s most endangered mammal. A 2016 survey found that there were only between 90 and 130 Vancouver Island marmots left in the wild.

The Vancouver Island marmot has dark brown fur with white patches on the face and chest. It is one of the largest members of the squirrel family (Sciuridae). The species is endemic to (i.e. only found on) Vancouver Island.


Vanga

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Vangas are a group of small and mid-sized birds that comprise the family Vangidae. They have powerful hooked bills, which are used to capture reptiles, frogs and insects.

There are around 22 species of vanga. They are found on the African island of Madagascar and neighboring islands.


Vaquita

Vaquita

  • Scientific Name: Phocoena sinus
  • Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

The vaquita is a critically endangered porpoise that is only found in the Gulf of California. It is the world’s most endangered cetacean. (Cetaceans are members of a group of animals that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises.)

A 2015 study found that there were only 59 vaquitas left in the wild. Additional monitoring performed since then suggests that in 2017 only 30 vaquitas remain.

One of the main causes of the decrease in vaquita numbers is the use of gillnets by local fishermen – a practice that continues to this day.


Variegated Squirrel

Variegated Squirrel

  • Scientific Name: Sciurus variegatoides
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern

The variegated squirrel is a species of squirrel that is common in many Central American countries. Its color varies between individuals, and ranges from dark red to yellow-gray. The animal’s long, bushy tail also varies in color.

The species spends most of its life in the trees, where it forages for seeds. Unlike many other squirrels, it isn’t known to hoard food.


Velvet Asity

Velvet asity (Philepitta castanea), Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

  • Scientific Name: Philepitta castanea
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern

The velvet asity is a bird found in the rainforests of the African island of Madagascar. It is endemic to the island, which means that it is found nowhere else on Earth.

As is the case with many bird species, there is a marked difference in the appearance of male and female velvet asitys. Males are black, and have bright green wattles (fleshy growths) over the eye. Females are pale green.


Verreaux’s Sifaka

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  • Scientific Name: Propithecus verreauxi
  • Conservation Status: Endangered

Verreaux’s Sifaka is a lemur found in southern and southwestern Madagascar. Lemurs are a group of primates that are endemic to (only found on) Madagascar.

Verreaux’s Sifaka is a mid-sized lemur, with a body length of up to 45 cm (17.7 in), and a somewhat longer tail. Its thick fur is white with patches of brown on the sides and head.

Well suited for a life spent in the trees, Verreaux’s Sifaka is an expert climber and jumper. On the ground the species moves by jumping rather than by walking.


Vervet Monkey

vervet monkey

  • Scientific Name: Chlorocebus pygerythrus
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern

The vervet monkey is a primate found in many parts of eastern and southern Africa. This grey haired, black-faced monkey is commonly found throughout most of its range, and has the conservation status ‘Least Concern’.

Vervet monkeys have four main predators: leopards, eagles, pythons, and baboons. The monkey has a different alarm call for each predator.


Vicuña

Vicuna

  • Scientific Name: Vicugna vicugna
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern

The vicuña is a hooved mammal found in South America. It is a member of the camel family Camelidae, and related to the llama.

The vicuña lives at high altitudes in the Andes. Its wool is highly valued. The species is the national animal of Peru.

The species became endangered in the 1970’s due to heavy hunting. Its comeback since then is a conservation success story. Today the vicuña’s conservation status is ‘Least Concern’.


Viper

Viper

Vipers are venomous snakes that make up the family Viperidae. They are found in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

All vipers have a pair of hollow fangs that are used to inject venom. The fangs fold backwards when not in use, and are only revealed as the animal strikes.

The world’s largest viper is the Gaboon viper, which is found in African rainforests. It also has the longest fangs and carries the highest amount venom of any snake.


Viperfish

Viperfish small

Viperfish are predatory deep sea fish. They have large fangs which can be folded back to allow the fish’s mouth to close.

Viperfish lure their prey in by producing light with organs called photophores. These are located both on the underside and the dorsal fin of the fish. When the victim is close enough, the viperfish strikes with those fearsome jaws!


Vireo

warbling vireo

Warbling vireo

Vireos are a family of small songbirds, most of which are found in the Americas. They have strong bills which are slightly hooked at the tip. Many vireo species have ‘spectacle-like’ markings on their faces.


Virginia Opossum

Virginia opossum

  • Scientific Name: Didelphis virginiana
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Virginia opossum is a cat-sized marsupial (pouched mammal) found in North America. It is the only marsupial found in the United States and Canada.

Like all marsupials, the Virginia opossum’s young are born relatively undeveloped, and undergo further development in a special pouch in the mother’s body.

Virginia opossum infants – known as ‘joeys’ – emerge from their mother’s pouch after around ten weeks. They are then carried around on the mother’s back until able to fend for themselves.

Although most of the world’s marsupials are today found in Australia, the first true marsupials appeared in the Americas.


Visayan Spotted Deer

Visayan Spotted Deer (Rusa alfredi)

  • Scientific Name: Rusa alfredi
  • Conservation Status: Endangered

The Visayan spotted deer is an endangered deer only found in the Western Visayan Islands of the central Philippines. It is well-built, with short legs. Its back and sides are dark brown, and marked with pale spots. Its undersides are white.

The primary threat to the Visayan spotted deer is habitat loss caused by deforestation. It is also hunted for food by locals.


Visayan Warty Pig

Visayan Warty Pig

  • Scientific Name: Sus cebifrons
  • Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

The Visayan warty pig is a wild pig found on the Visayan islands of Negros, Panay and possibly Masbate (where it was last seen in 1993) in the central Philippines.

The species is small, and typically pig-like in appearance, with a barrel-shaped body, long snout, short legs and a short tail. On its snout are six fleshy, wart-like growths, from which the species gets its name. It is thought that the warts provide protection from an opponent’s tusks during a fight.

The species is critically endangered due to over-hunting and habitat loss.


Vlei Rat

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Vlei rats are rodents of the genus Otymys (a genus is a group of closely-related species). Vlei rats are found in Sub-Saharan Africa (i.e. the area south of the Sahara desert).

Like all rats, vlei rats are members of the subfamily Murinae, which includes all rats and mice. 29 species of vlei rat are currently recognized.


Volcano Rabbit

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  • Scientific Name: Romerolagus diazi
  • Conservation Status: Endangered

The volcano rabbit is an endangered mammal found only in Mexico. It lives in forests and grasslands on four volcanoes just south of Mexico City.

The volcano rabbit is the world’s second-smallest species of rabbit (the pygmy rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis is the smallest). Its endangered status is caused by habitat loss due to agriculture and urban expansion.


Vole

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Voles are small rodents that, along with lemmings and muskrats, comprise the subfamily Arvicolinae. Voles resemble mice, to which they are closely-related, but have shorter, hairier tails and smaller ears and eyes.

There are around 155 species of vole. Voles are an important source of food for many predators.


Vulture

Turkey vulture

Vultures are birds of prey that specialize in scavenging carrion (the remains of dead animals). There are two main groups of vultures. Old World vultures found in Europe, Asia and Africa, and New World vultures, found in the Americas.

Whereas Old World vultures hunt by sight alone, the New World vultures also use their acute sense of smell.

Despite similarities in appearance and behavior, the members of the two groups are not closely related. This is an example of convergent evolution – the process by which species develop the same physical characteristics due to having similar lifestyles, rather than being related to one another.


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