25+ Animals That Start With the Letter W | Names & Pictures

Animals that start with W has the long list to fill in below. There are many animals that can find in around the neighborhood as the pet with W and some others are found in wild. Add your dictionary with the list of animals that start with W below.  

It has wide range start from the extremely rare animals such as woylie and white tigers into the famous monkey, the white-headed capuchin. Which one that you can bring home to raise as pets?

Here is the list for you. Start from the largest mammals in the world, whale into the smallest rare marsupial’s woylie that you can find in Australia, thus making us know how much the natural heritage that we need to protect from endangered species.

1. Wolf

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Wolf is a member of dogs and becomes the largest member of this family. Their males’ measurement can range average 43-45kg and their females can reach 36-38.5 kg. Wolves and dogs are sharing some similarity and in some cases, wolves are the larger animals.

Wolves also have longer legs compared to dogs. Wolf’s weight and their size can vary depending on the species. In general, the wolf’s height average 26-37 inches and the weight are ranging from 25-65 kg. The Grey wolves are the largest canids members. Wolf’s body possesses the ideal features that perfect for long distance travel.

Wolf is howling as for some reasons, the communications to another wolf. Howling also can be a declaration for their territory or also as signs of protection for their member.

2. Walrus

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Walrus is a big size flipped mammals in marine that spread in the North Pole on the Arctic Ocean and the sub-arctic seas in the Northern Hemisphere. Walrus is subdivided into 3 subspecies; the Pacific walrus (live in Pacific Oceans), Atlantic walrus (live in the Atlantic Ocean) and the Laptev walrus (live in Laptev sea in Arctic ocean).

The adult walrus can weight more than 2000kg. Their newborn walruses are quite large with average weight can reach 33kg to 85 kg. The body of the walrus is having same features such as seal and sea lions.  Most of Walrus is life in the shallow water and spend most of their lives in sea ice. 

3. Worm


The worm is the elongated invertebrate animals that have soft-bodied. The best known of a worm is the earthworm that member from phylum Annelida. However, there are hundreds from different thousands of species that live in varies of habitats other than soil.

Worms are animals that do not have legs or bones, arms and what they have is soft and sometimes some worm species have segmented body that covered with tiny hairs or bristles that will help them for the move.

Worm breathe through the skin, therefore, they need to be kept moist all the time that will make them able to absorb oxygen from the air. The worm has many benefits to our earth soil. There are about 3000 different species of worm.

4. Wasp

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Wasp is insects that have enormously diverse arrays with more than 30.000 species have been identified.  Wasp builds their nest from wood fibers and scrapped with the hard mandibles and then chewed into a pulp. Wasps are divides into 2 basic subgroups, the solitary and social. As the name, social wasps create colonies and each colony can have up 5000 individual. The solitary wasps do not form the colonies.

5. Woodpecker

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This is a unique bird from subfamily Picinae (true woodpecker) from the Picidae family. Woodpecker is mostly able to found in worldwide except in the region of New Guinea and Australia and most abundant in Southeast Asia and South America. Woodpecker habitat is in wooded areas such as bamboo forests, savannah, woodlands, and scrublands.

The woodpecker has great diversity in tropical rainforests, even in desert and grassland; there are various colony species that habitat in there. Most of the woodpecker bird are solitary but there are spectrum behavior ranges that highly antisocial species into aggressive toward their own species.

The solitary woodpecker species will defend meanwhile the aggressive behavior includes wing flicking, vocalization, drumming, and head shaking.|

6. Whale

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The whale is amazing mammals. There are many species of whales and each has their own characteristic and unique appearance. The blue whale is the largest creature on earth where the biggest blue whale recorded in Antarctic Ocean with 30.5 lengths and weight 144 tons. From the entire whales, North Pacific whales and whales are the most endangered whale’s species.

7. Whale Shark

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The whale shark is the largest fish in the sea. The largest whale shark recorded has 12.67 m and weight 21.5 tons. Whale shark prefers to inhabit in the warm waters and thus it can be found in the entirely tropical sea. This whale has lifespan reach up to 70 years. This whale feeds are plankton and small fish and not threaten the life of the human.  

8. Wildebeest

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Wildebeest is the antelope family member. Wildebeest is also called as Gnu in Africa. This is one of two large African antelope species from Bovidae family. This antelope has large; box-shaped like head that has curving sharp horns that can be dangerous for other animals.

Recently, wildebeest in eastern Africa are facing disruption when they migration yearly that can lead into extinction because of the odd-looking beast. There are about 1.5 million wildebeest that migrate in the big loop each year.

9. Wolf spider


Wolf spider is a spider that does not spin the spider webs. They live solitude and also hunt their prey alone. Wolf spider has large and prominent eight eyes that make this spider distinguishes easily from nursery web spider and from grass spider.

Their eight eyes are arranged in 3 rows which the bottom rows consist 4 small eyes, the middle has 2 large eyes and the last top 2 rows with medium size eyes. Wolf spider is unique spider as it carries their eggs which are attached to the spinneret that located in end of their abdomen.

This ways allows the spider for carrying the eggs with them. This animal only injects their venom when they are provoked.

10. Warthog

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Warthog is animals that spend their most of time looking food, Warthog is widely spread and in recently, it has not threatened in South Africa. This animal also found in countries such as Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

Their habitat is in open savannah that located around the water holes and the marshy areas near Kruger National park. Warthog is a strong animal with their large shovel head and 4 tusks but this animal prefers to avoid the fight with other predators such as lions, hyena, or cheetah and run.

When they get cornered by predators, they will attack their enemy with sharp lower tusks that can reach up to 6 inches long. The lifespan is 15 years in the wild. The speed when they run can reach 30 miles for an hour.

11. Woylie

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Woylie is a rare small marsupial that found as endemic animals in Australia. This cute marsupial once occupied in the most of tropics mainland of Australia in south include in the arid zones in Western Australia, Victoria, new south wales, and northern territory.

But recently, this animal is only found in dryland woodland and in Upper Warren. This nocturnal marsupial has pale grey fur in below side and fur with greyish-brown the above part and at their flanks. The adult males can grow to 36 cm from head to body and reach weight 1.8kg. The females are commonly smaller than the males.

12. Wallaby

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Wallaby is kangaroo clan member and found mostly in Australia and others nearby island. There are several species of wallaby and grouped by their habitat that they belong, the rock wallabies, brush wallabies, shrub wallabies. The other Hare wallabies are named because they have a small size and they have behavior such as the hare. All wallabies are mammals with pouch.  

13. Weevil

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Weevil is also called with snout beetle. Typically, this is small beetle that less from 6mm. There are about 97.000 species has identified and they belong to several families with most of the species belong to the true weevils member.

There are many species of weevil that considered as pests because this beetle results from damage and can kill crops in the agricultural field. Weevil is no harm to human or animals.

14. Western Gorilla

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Western gorilla is large and burly individual species in the wild. There are 2 subspecies that are the cross river gorilla and the western lowland gorilla. The average height from male western gorilla is 1.55 meter and the weight is 160kg. The average weight from females can reach 80kg and the height is around 1.35 meters.

On the past, this big primate distribution is spread in almost of uninterrupted territory but in recent time, they become isolation and small populations. The primate has become extinct in the Congo Republic and the species still reside in Angola, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon.

The western gorilla will travel 1-4km for searching fruit trees. The species live in groups of 2-20 animals.

15. Wolverine

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Wolverine is kind of shy species. Wolverine is the largest species from land-dwelling in Mustelidae family. It is a carnivore and solitary animal. This strong animal has reputation for their ferocity and the strength out from the proportion in the size, as the research recorded this animal ability to kill prey that has many times bigger from their self.

This animal has average lifespan into 7 to 13 years old in the wild. The average height is about 66 to 86 cm and the average weight starts from 8 kg to 18 kg. Wolverine is able to found in the alpine tundra in the Northern hemisphere, Northern boreal forests, Alaska, Northern Canada, and in mainland of Nordic countries in Europe and western Russia and Siberia.

16. Wombat

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Wombat is native marsupial that has short legged and they are very closest to the koala. There are 2 basic species of wombat, the Bare-nosed wombat, and hairy-nosed wombat. The entire species of wombats are nocturnal and they are spending the night for foraging and digging. Wombat lifespans are 15 years and 20 years in captivity.

17. Wrasse


Wrasse is saltwater fish that have a bright color. This family has a diverse and large member with over 600 species and divided into 9 groups or tribe. Most of wrasses fish are small with most of the sizes not more than 20cm long, with the largest wrasse,

Humphead wrasse can reach up to 2.5m. Wrasses are able to found throughout the world in temperate seas and in the tropical. This fish is usually abundant in the coral reefs. Most of the species of wrasses are carnivores and their prey is the smaller marine invertebrates.

18. Woodlouse

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Woodlouse is crustacean member that has flexibility for curling their body to ball-shaped like to protect them when danger comes. This ball roller ability comes because it has 14 parts in the body. The woodlouse is able to found in dark, damp places in jungles and forests throughout worldwide.

19. Weasels

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Weasels are the mammals from the family Mustelidae. Weasel has to vary length measurement start from 173-200mm which females are smaller than males. Sometimes, weasel considered as vermin because there are some species that took poultry from the commercial farm.

This animal can be found across the world except in several places such as Antarctica and Australia and the neighboring island from both. Weasels will keep their prey even when it leftovers as it often kills much more than they can eat.

20. Wild Boar

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Wild Boar is also known as a wild pig. This is the animals that native to Greater Sunda Island, North Africa, and Eurasia. Recently, it has been spread in the world with a high number, high adaptability and wide range that make this species as invasive species.

There are about 16 subspecies that have been identified and they are divided into 4 regional groups, Indonesian, eastern, Indian and Western.  Boar is social animals and the lifespan can reach 10-14 years.

21. Waterbuck

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Waterbuck is a type of antelope that have a large size and they are widely found in sub-Saharan Africa. This antelope is not tolerated into hot water dehydration and therefore they inhabit in areas that close into the water source. Waterbuck is inhabited in areas of Savannah and scrub that located in along rivers, valley, and lake.

Waterbucks prefer sedentary in their nature and form the waterbuck herds that consists of 6 to 30. they are common to found in areas grassland.

22. White-Headed Capuchin

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White-Headed Capuchin is monkey species that native to the Central America forests and in extreme North Western part in South America. This White-Headed Capuchin is best known after the film series Pirates of Caribbean release. It has high intelligent and able to train to assist the paraplegic human.

The monkey has mostly black body, with the pink face and white color in the front part of the body which gives their common name. This monkey is live in different forests type and eats different food types.  The monkey lives in troops that able to reach up 20 animals and includes males and females.

This animal is highly social. This monkey has the long lifespan which the longest life recorded in the captivity reach over 54 years old.

23. Water Strides


Water striders are the true bug that can run on the water surface. A water strider can be seen on calm water surface such as ponds, lake, and water features calm water. The majority of water striders are inhabited freshwater areas except for several species of water striders that inhabit in marine water such as stenobates, halobates, and Asclepios.

Commonly, water striders are small with a long leg and the body length can reach 12mm. water striders are able to walk in the water surface because of several combinations. Water striders use high surface water tension and their long hydrophobic leg that will help their body stay in above of the water.

24. White-Tailed Eagle

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White-tailed eagle is the large eagle that spread widely across Eurasia. Such as all eagles, these white-tailed eagles are a member from the Accipitridae family that includes diurnal raptors such as harriers, kites, and hawk. 

White-tailed eagle is considered as the 4th largest eagle in the world. This large eagle spends much of their day to percin crags or on trees and sometimes this bird will not move for hours.

25. White Tiger

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The white tiger is the pigmentation fur of the Bengal tiger. The white tiger is a rare animal. Their white fur genetic is probably occurring 1 from 10.000 tiger white. The white tiger lifespan is able to reach 12 years in wild and longer in captivity.

The white tiger is not a sub-species from a tiger. This tiger is also not an albino. The entire white tiger is lives in captivity, as there are no white tigers in wild recently.

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