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29 Examples of Animals With 5 Letters

How many animals with 5 letters can you name? It’s not as easy as you think, is it? You probably came up with a few, but there are a lot more that you might not have thought of. We did the research so you don’t have to.

29 Animals With 5 Letters

From mammals to insects and everything in between, we have put together a list of 29 small animals with 5 letters and a short description of each.

1. Snake

Yellow-bellied Water Snake
Yellow-bellied Water Snake | Peter Paplanus | Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Snakes are one of the most feared animals on the planet. There are more than 3,000 species of snakes that live on land and in the water. They range from tiny worm-like snakes to gigantic 20 feet long pythons.

2. Gecko

Crested gecko
Crested gecko | Image by No-longer-here from Pixabay

The gecko is a small reptile that is found in warm climates all over the world. They have sticky pads on their toes that help them to cling to and climb surfaces.

3. Skink

Little brown Skink
Little brown Skink | image by Peter Paplanus via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

The skink is a small, carnivorous lizard. It is found in many parts of the world. Some species of skinks have only 2 legs and look like snakes.

4. Coati

Coati sitting on a tree branch
Coati sitting on a tree branch | image by zoofanatic via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

The coati is a small animal that is native to South and Central America. It is related to the raccoon and has a long, bushy tail.

5. Shrew

Young Shrew forage on the ground
Young Shrew forage on the ground | Image by RPN from Pixabay

The shrew is a small, mouse-like creature with a long, pointed snout. It has a high metabolism and needs to eat about twice its own body weight each day.

6. Skunk

Skunk chasing its prey
Skunk chasing its prey | Image by Silvia from Pixabay

Skunks are small mammals that are related to weasels. They are known for their odor which is a defense mechanism they spray at threatening predators. They are usually black with white stripes down their back and tail.

7. Otter

Marine Otter in white rock
Marine Otter in white rock | image by Sakura1994 via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 4.0

Otters are very playful aquatic animals. They like to swim and play with rocks and sticks. They have a long body and a furry tail.

8. Mouse

House mouse
House mouse

The mouse is a small rodent with a pointed nose and long tail. It is one of the most common household pests. They can fit through the smallest cracks to inhabit homes.

9. Lemur

Common Brown Lemu
Common Brown Lemur | image by Charles Sharp via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Lemurs are small primates that is found on the island of Madagascar. They are known for their long tails and their tendency to live in large family groups in trees.

10. Koala

Koala in tree

Koalas are a small marsupial native to Australia that are often mistaken for being bears. They live in and feed on eucalyptus trees.

11. Leech


A leech is a small worm with suckers that lives in fresh or salt water. They use their suckers to attach itself to other animals, including humans. Leeches feed on the blood of their host.

12. Snail


Snails are small creatures that live in a shell. They are found on land and also in freshwater and saltwater. They have eyes on stalks and a slimy body.

13. Midge

Midge insect on a leaf
Midge insect on a leaf | image by gailhampshire via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

The midge is a small flying insect. They almost look like a mosquito but are more like a gnat. They can be pests in warmer climates.

14. Roach

Sea roach
Sea roach | image by Daiju Azuma via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.5

The roach is a small, nocturnal creature that is often considered to be a pest. They have two pairs of wings, which allow them to fly short distances. They also have very long antennae.

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15. Aphid

Aphid on leaf
Aphid on leaf

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that can be found on the leaves of plants. They are usually considered a nuisance to gardeners because they destroy plants.

16. Louse

Wood louse
Wood louse | image credit: Insects Unlocked via Flickr

The louse is a small, wingless insect that feeds on the blood of animals. The plural is lice. Lice are parasites that live on the skin, and in the hair or feathers of their host.

17. Siren

Siren lactina on the ground
Siren lactina on the ground | image by United States Geological Survey via Wikimedia Commons

Sirens are amphibians that are similar to salamanders. They almost look like an eel with legs. They are usually dark brown or green with long slender bodies.

18. Prawn

Prawn in artificial substrate
Prawn in artificial substrate | image by Bevis Chin via Flickr | CC BY-ND 2.0

Prawns are small, shrimp-like animals that live in saltwater. They differ from shrimp in the number of claws that they have. Prawns are a popular food in many countries.

19. Quail

Japanese quail
Japanese quail | image by wong_ken via Flickr | CC BY-ND 2.0

The quail is a small, plump bird that is related to the pheasant. They have short legs, a round body, and are usually brown or grey in color, with some having white or black markings.

20. Finch

Uniform finch
Uniform finch | image by Francesco Veronesi via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

The finch is a small colorful bird with a cone-shaped beak. There are many different kinds of finches in a variety of habitats.

21. Robin

American Robin
Image by David Mark from Pixabay

The robin is a small migratory bird that is a member of the thrush family. They are known to be songbirds and frequently visit backyard birdfeeders.

22. Tetra

Redeye Tetra
Redeye Tetra | Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 3.0

Tetras are a very popular pet fish, due to their small size and peaceful nature. They are also relatively easy to care for, making them a good choice for beginner aquarium owners.

23. Platy

Platy inside the aquarium
Platy inside the aquarium | image by Carlos Eduardo Joos via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

The platy is a small, freshwater fish that is found in streams and lakes all over the world. Platies are popular aquarium fish because they are easy to care for.

24. Perch

Perch | image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

The perch is a small, spiny-finned freshwater fish. It is found in lakes and rivers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The perch is a popular game fish and is also good for bait.

25. Porgy

Japanese black porgy
Japanese black porgy | image by Joi Ito via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Porgy is a family of fish that include over 100 different species. They have a thick body and include species like Sheepshead and Sea Breams.

26. Betta

Betta fish in aquarium
Betta fish in aquarium | image by h080 via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

The betta is a popular pet fish due to its bright colors and interesting behavior. They are a very territorial fish and will often fight with other bettas.

27. Krill


Krill are small shrimp-like animals that live in the ocean. They play a significant role in the ocean ecosystem because they are an important food source for many animals, including whales, penguins, and seals.

28. Coral


Coral is made up of tiny animals called polyps. Polyps are soft-bodied creatures that have a hard outer shell. They are connected to each other by a thin layer of tissue.

29. Guppy


Guppies are popular for aquariums because they’re easy to care for and make good pets for both beginners. They are relatively hardy and can tolerate a wide range of water conditions.

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