Animals That Begin with L

We know the basic animals that begin with L but what about the lesser-known animals that start with L? If you are someone who love learning about animals then here is some facts scout Animals That Begin With L.  

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Animals that Begin with L

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Labradoodles are a mix of a Labrador retriever and a poodle. Since they can be bred between a labrador and any size poodle, Labradoodles come in all different sizes. They don’t shed as much as other dog breeds so they are a great dog for someone with mild dog allergies. Labradoodles get their high energy and social behavior from their labrador parent. They need lots of exercise and love being around people. Labradoodles are water dogs and are great swimmers.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are a dog breed that was bred specifically for duck hunting. They love having a job to do outside or in the house, they are at their happiest when they are being useful. Labrador Retrievers love the water and their tail is nicknamed the “otter tail” which they use to steer, and their coats are waterproof. Labrador Retrievers are commonly only three colors: Yellow, Black, and Chocolate. Labrador Retrievers are wonderful service dogs and are trained to help people with physical and mental disabilities, such as therapy dogs, and bomb-sniffing dogs for the police and airports.

Ladybird Beetle

The Ladybird Beetle is commonly known as a ladybug. Ladybird beetle lives all over the world and has over 5,000 different species. They are harmless to people and farmers love them because they can eat up to 5,000 aphids (plant-eating bugs) during their year long lifespan.

Ladybird Beetle hibernates during the colder months, usually in rotted logs and under rocks. When the weather warms up, they become active again.

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Lamb is the name for baby sheep. They have the ability to walk within minutes of being born, this is to protect them from predators. Lambs will drink milk from their mother and then will eat only plants for the remainder of their lives. Lambs depend on their mothers for the first 6 months of their lives.

Largemouth Kangaroo Rat

The Largemouth Kangaroo Rat is also known as the Giant Kangaroo Rat. Largemouth Kangaroo Rats are the largest of the 20 known Kangaroo Rat species. Like their smaller cousins, Largemouth Kangaroo Rats live in desert areas and forage at night for food. They live in communities of other Kangaroo Rats and use rapid foot thumping to communicate. Unlike their smaller cousins in North America, the Largemouth Kangaroo Rat is currently endangered due to their native habitat being destroyed by irrigated agriculture. 

Leaf Insect

The Leaf Insect, primarily known as the Walking Leaf, is the general name for over 50 species of Leaf Insects. Leaf Insects are mainly seen in Australia, Asia, and Papua New Guinea. The female Leaf Insect is unable to fly, but the male Leaf Insect can fly. In order to blend in with their surroundings, the Leaf Insect will mimic the movement of a leaf waving in the breeze. Female Leaf Insects lay up to 2 eggs per day. The typical lifespan of a Leaf Insect is 12 months in the wild and more in captivity. 

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Laying Hen

Did you know there are more chickens on the earth than people? There are over 25 billion chickens in the world! When a Laying Hen lays a fertilized egg, it will lay on that egg for around 20 days before they hatch. Laying Hen are bred and kept specifically for the laying of more eggs. Chickens are very smart animals and are known to recognize up to 100 human faces. Chickens have an amazing set of eyes, they are able to see more colors than the human eye and can see long distances. 

Least Chipmunk

The Least Chipmunk is the smallest of the chipmunk species, hence its name. Least Chipmunks are native to North America and Canada. Least Chipmunks prefer to live in forest regions and along rivers. They are distinguishable from other chipmunks due to their long tail. Least Chipmunks are not social animals and do not live with other chipmunks unless they are raising young. During the colder months, Least Chipmunks make burrows so that they can hibernate safely. Occasionally, they will wake up early from their hibernation to eat and then go back into hibernation. 

Leghorn Chicken

Originally, Leghorn Chicken was called Italians since that is where they are native. They were brought to North America in the 1800s and renamed Leghorn Chickens. Leghorn chickens have red combs on their heads, which are actually used to distinguish between those who can withstand cold (double comb) and those who can’t (single comb). Leghorn Chickens prefer to be free-range and find their own food. If you ever visit a chicken farm, Leghorn Chickens will be the breed you see the most. They lay up to 4+ eggs a week so they are wonderful producers. 

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Lions are native to the African continent, but now only live on 8% of their original territory due to territory encroachment. Lions live in a group called a Pride, which is made up of lionesses (female lions), their cubs, and one or two male lions. They live, protect and hunt together. Baby lions are called cubs and they are raised together in the Pride. Lions hunt mostly at night because their eyes are adapted to the dark. 


There are around 6,000 different species of lizards around the world, except Antarctica. Most species of Lizards are safe to be around, except the Gila Monster and Komodo Dragon which have toxic venom.  Some species of lizards, like the Gecko and the Chameleon, can change their color to blend into their surroundings. Most lizards, when attacked, detach their tail on purpose. Don’t worry, the tail will grow back over time. LIzards do not require a lot of sleep, they often only sleep for 80 seconds at a time, which is a little longer than a minute. 


Llama’s are cousins to the camel and have been used to carry loads over long distances. Llama’s are native to Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia, but now can be found in portions of North America. The average Llama can be 6 feet tall and weigh as much as 450 pounds. Llamas are known for their unique defense mechanism, they spit instead of bite. Llamas are herbivores and actually have three stomachs. They have to regurgitate their food twice before its properly digested. Llamas’s fur is often cut and made into clothing because their fur is really soft and durable. 

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Lobsters have to live in cold water, if the water is too warm they will die. As lobsters grow, they molt their shell and grow new ones, kind of like making their own clothes. Lobsters are invertebrates, meaning they have no spine. Lobsters are not actually red, they only turn red once they are cooked. In the wild, they are mostly brown, and sometimes blue. When a lobster gets scared, it will run away in reverse! A lobster’s claws are actually two different sizes, they are called the pincher claw and the crusher claw. Lobsters are capable of living for 100 years!

Long-Eared Owl

The Long-Eared Owl is native to the Northern Hemisphere, mainly North America, Russia, and parts of Asia. Long-eared Owls are omnivores who hunt for small rodents at night. The Long-eared Owl has a wing span of 39 inches and can fly as fast as 31 miles per hour. The hoot of the male Long-eared Owl can be heard over half a mile away. The ear tufts on the owl’s head allow them to hear exceptionally well, if you look closely you will notice that one ear tuft is lower than the other.

Long-Nosed Armadillo

The Long-nosed Armadillo primarily lives in Columbia, Venezuela, and Brazil. It is the cousin to Nine-banded Armadillo that live in North America. When the Long-nosed Armadillo feels threatened it rolls up into a ball, using its scales as protection. A full-grown Long-nosed Armadillo can grow up to 40+ from its nose to the end of its tail and weighs around 23 pounds. Long-nosed Armadillo lives in burrows and usually has several burrows that they rotate between. The Long-nosed Armadillo eats mostly other invertebrates and anthropods.

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Long-Snouted Spinner Dolphin

Long-snouted Spinner Dolphins get their name from the unique ability to jump out of the water and spin 7 times! Spinner Dolphins prefer to live in warm water so they can primarily be found in the waters of the Hawaiian Islands, Central America, and Thailand. Spinner Dolphins are very social creatures and live in groups called pods, ranging from 30 to 700 dolphins. They also enjoy traveling with other species of dolphins.  Spinner Dolphins are carnivores and eat fish and squid. The Spinner Dolphin is smaller than its cousin the bottlenosed dolphin, growing to be 7 feet long compared to the 10 feet of the bottlenosed dolphin.

Zoo Animals That Begin With K

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Laughing Kookaburra

The Kookaburra is the largest in the Kingfisher family. They are distinguished by their unique beaks, the top is black and the bottom is white. Kookaburra are known for their “laugh” which is their call for family and to warn other Kookaburra that are entering their territory.  Kookaburra is a native animal to Australia and Tasmania. They are carnivorous birds, meaning to they eat meat which is made up of insects and small reptiles. Kookaburras have the same mate for life, and their children often stay with them until they find their life mate. 

Lavender Albino Ball Python

The Lavender Albino Ball Python gets its name from having a recessive gene that eliminates the dark colors from its body and gives it a blue or purple color. Initially, the Lavender Albino Ball Python was hatched in Africa. When a Lavender Albino Ball Python gets threatened they coil into a ball, hence their name.

When they hunt, they squeeze their prey and then swallow it whole. Due to their lack of pigment, they are very sensitive to the sun.  Lavender Albino Ball Python babies are hatched from eggs, and there are usually 10 eggs born at a time. 

Leaf-tailed Gecko

Leaf-tailed geckos are native to Madagascar. Like their name, their body coloring resembles the patterns found on leaves which gives them perfect camouflage. They prefer to live in forested areas and use the leaves on trees for protection. Leaf-tailed geckos are carnivorous and eat a variety of insects. Baby Leaf-tailed Geckos are born from eggs. Each female can have up to 9 babies a year. Leaf-tailed Geckos can live from 2-9 years. Like most geckos, when threatened the Leaf-tailed Gecko will drop its tail in order to get away from a predator. The tail will eventually grow back.

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Leafy Sea Dragon

The Leafy Sea Dragon is native to the oceans off Australia and prefers to live in the cooler waters of the reef. The Leafy Sea Dragon is a close cousin to the seahorse. The Leafy Sea Dragon is perfectly camouflaged to blend into the seaweed surrounding the coral reef. A full-grown Leafy Sea Dragon can grow to be 19 inches long. The main food of the Leafy Sea Dragon is shrimp, they use their straw-like mouth to slurp up shrimp as it passes by. Baby Leafy Sea Dragons are carried by their father rather than their mother. Once the babies are born, they are independent and on their own.


Lemurs can only be found in Madagascar. In the Lemur society, the female Lemurs are in charge, they have a female leader who gives direction to the family group. Commonly Lemurs have striped tails and white faces but there are variations among the over 100 different species of Lemurs. An interesting fact about Lemurs is they are the only primate, besides humans, to have blue eyes. A full-grown Lemur can be around 2 feet tall. Lemurs are very vocal creatures and enjoy singing together. Lemurs are an endangered animal since deforestation is encroaching on their habitat.


Leopards come in two different colors: light tan and black. Each color has spots, but they are hard to see on the black leopard. Their spots are called rosettes since they resemble roses. Their major habitats are in Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. Leopards are the fastest cats and can run up to 37 miles an hour. They are also able to leap 19 feet in the air, which is 3 6-foot tall humans! Leopards are carnivores and enjoy eating meat and mostly hunt at night. Female leopards give birth to 2-3 cubs at a time, and they stay with their mother for 2 years before becoming independent. 

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Leopard Seal

Leopard seals may look cute and cuddly, but they are not social animals and are very aggressive. Leopard seals are native to the Arctic and are designed for cold waters. Their body is streamlined in order to allow them to swim quickly (up to 25 miles per hour) through the water to capture their prey. Leopard Seals enjoy eating other seals, krill, and birds on occasion. Leopard seals are solitary animals and they tend to stay away from other seals. Leopard seals are the third largest seal in the world.  

Leopard Tortoise

The Leopard Tortoise is native to the African continent. Leopard Tortoises are acclimated to the climate of the Savannah, which is cooler in the morning and evening. They do not stand extreme cold weather well.  Leopard Tortoises, like all tortoises, have no teeth so they use their sharp beak shaped mouths to rip and tear the plants they find. They are herbivores so they eat plants and fruits, their favorite meal being the prickly pear cactus. With its impenetrable shell, there are not many animals that it has to worry about. If the Leopard Tortoise is picked up or feels threatened, it will spray its poop on the predator.

Lesser flamingo

The Lesser Flamingo receives its name from its smaller stature than the traditional flamingos we know, growing to only 35 inches tall.. Lesser Flamingos are native to Africa, Madagascar, and India. Lesser Flamingos prefer alkaline water sources for their hunting ground. When Lesser Flamingos are born, they are not pink but receive their pink color from the algae called spirulina, which is their primary food. The female Lesser Flamingo lays one large egg at a time, and the baby is sustained once hatched by both parents.  

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Lynx are a smaller cat found in North America, Europe and Asia. There are four different types of Lynx: Siberian, Canadian, Bobcat, and Spanish. Their thick fur is ideal for colder climates. A Lynx is not a fast runner so in order to capture its prey it will stalk and leap at it. 90% of their diet is Snow Hares, so when the population of Snow Hares declines their numbers are impacted. Lynx has the ability to jump 6 feet in the air! Baby Lynx are unable to survive without their mothers and will travel with them for months before becoming independent.

Long-Eared Flying Squirrel

The Long-eared Flying Squirrel is native to Africa, Asia and can be found in parts of North America. There are over 50 species of flying squirrels in the world. Long-eared Flying Squirrels do not fly in the traditional sense but use skin membranes to glide. They can glide for over 300 feet! Not a lot is known about its eating habits or reproduction.

Other Animals That Begin With K

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  • La Plata Dolphin
  • Labahoula
  • Labmaraner
  • Labout’s Fairy Wrasse
  • Labrabull
  • Labradane
  • Labraheeler
  • Labrottie
  • Lace Bug
  • Lace Monitor
  • Laced Woodpecker
  • Lacewing
  • Lady Amherst’s Pheasant
  • Ladyfish
  • Lagorchestes
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  • Lake Sturgeon
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lake Cumberland snake
  • Lake Trout
  • Lake whitefish
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Lakenfelder cattle
  • Lakenvelder chicken
  • LaMancha Goat
  • Lammergeier
  • Lamprey
  • Lancashire Heeler
  • Lancetfish
  • Land snail
  • Landrace pig
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  • Landseer Newfoundland
  • Langur
  • Lanternfish
  • Lanternfly
  • Laotian water dragon
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • Lappet moth
  • Lapponian Herder
  • Lapwing
  • Larder Beetle
  • Laredo striped whiptail
  • Large-billed crow
  • Large carpenter bee.
  • Large flying fox
  • Large head gecko
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  • Large White Butterfly
  • Large milkweed bug
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Large White pig
  • Largehead hairtail
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Lark
  • Lark sparrow
  • Latastia longicaudata
  • Laughing gull
  • Lawnmower Blenny
  • Lazarus Lizard
  • Lazuli bunting
  • Leach’s storm-petrel
  • Leaf beetle
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  • Leaf-Cutter Ant
  • Leaf miner
  • Leaf-scaled sea snake
  • Leafcutter Ant
  • Leafcutter Bee
  • Leaffooted bug
  • Leafhopper
  • Leafhopper assassin bug
  • Least flycatcher
  • Least sandpiper
  • Least weasel
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • Leatherjacket
  • Leech
  • Leedsichthys
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  • Leicester Longwool Sheep
  • Leichhardt’s Grasshopper
  • Lemming
  • Lemon Blast Ball Python
  • Lemon Cuckoo Bumblebee
  • Lemon dove
  • Lemon Shark
  • Leonberger
  • Leopard Cat
  • Leopard Frog
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Leopard Lizard
  • Leopard Shark
  • Leptocephalus
  • Lesser Antillean iguana
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  • Lesser Earless Lizard
  • Lesser grain borer
  • Lesser Jacana
  • Lesser kestrel
  • Lesser kudu
  • Lesser kudu
  • Lesser scaup
  • Lesser spotted woodpecker
  • Lesser stag beetle
  • Lesser water boatman
  • Levaillant’s Cuckoo
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lhasapoo
  • Lichtenstein’s sand racer
  • Liger
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  • Limpkin
  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Limousin cattle
  • Limpet
  • Lincoln sheep
  • Lineback Cattle
  • Lined day gecko
  • Lined seahorse
  • Lined snake
  • Linnet
  • Lionfish
  • Lion-tailed macaque
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
  • Lionhead rabbit
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  • Lipizzan Horse
  • Liopleurodon
  • Litter beetle
  • Litter skink
  • Little blue heron
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Little egret
  • Little file snake
  • Little grebe
  • Little owl
  • Little Penguin
  • Little skate
  • Little spotted kiwi
  • Little tern
  • Livyatan
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  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Lizardfish
  • Llama-like guanaco
  • Lleyn sheep
  • Loach
  • Loach
  • Locust
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Loggerhead turtle
  • Lohmann Brown chicken
  • Lohmann Tierzucht chicken
  • Lone Star Tick
  • Long arm octopus
  • Long arm squid
  • Long barbel goatfish
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  • Long-beaked Common Dolphin
  • Long snouted pipefish
  • Long-billed corella
  • Long-billed curlew
  • Long-billed dowitcher
  • Long-billed Thrasher
  • Long-billed vulture
  • Long-eared hedgehog
  • Long-eared jerboa
  • Long-fingered bat
  • Long-finned pilot whale
  • Long-Haired Rottweiler
  • Long-horned orb-weaver spider
  • Long-horned woodchuck
  • Long-legged buzzard
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  • Long-Nosed Bandicoot
  • Long-nosed leopard lizard
  • Long-nosed potoroo
  • Long-nosed tree snake
  • Long-snouted Seahorse
  • Long-tailed brush lizard
  • Long-Tailed Duck
  • Long-tailed macaque
  • Long-tailed marmot
  • Long-tailed mealybug
  • Long-tailed mongoose
  • Long-tailed planigale
  • Long-tailed pocket mouse
  • Long-tailed pygmy possum
  • Long-tailed shrew

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  • Long-Tailed Weasel
  • Long-Tailed Tit
  • Long-tailed tree mouse
  • Long-toed salamander
  • Long-Winged Kite Spider
  • Longfin bannerfish (a type of fish)
  • Longfin Mako Shark
  • Longfin tuna
  • Longhaired Guinea Pig
  • Longhorn
  • Longhorn beetle
  • Longhorn cattle
  • Longnose Gar
  • Longnose lancetfish
  • Longnose sucker
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  • Long-snout Seahorse
  • Longspine squirrelfish
  • Longspur
  • Longtail tuna
  • Longtooth grouper
  • Loon
  • Lop rabbit
  • Lophelia coral
  • Loris
  • Lory
  • Louisiana heron
  • Louisiana pine snake
  • Louse
  • Louvar
  • Lovebird
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  • Luminous Shrimp
  • Lowchen
  • Lowland anoa
  • Lowland paca
  • Lowland streaked tenrec
  • Lowland Tapir
  • Loxostege sticticalis
  • Luminous hake
  • Lumpfish
  • Lumpsucker
  • Luna Moth Caterpillar
  • Lungfish
  • Lunkarya Guinea Pig
  • Lurcher
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  • Lynx spider
  • Lusitano horse
  • Lykoi Cat
  • Lyrebird
  • Lystrosaurus

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