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Animals in Spanish

There are so many times in life when you'll want to talk about animals in Spanish. Maybe you want to talk about your pet, or point out an animal while visiting a Spanish zoo. No matter what your reason is for wanting to say animal words, luckily, this page is full of Spanish to English translations to help you out.

Look below for Spanish to English translations of many animal words and sentences. First up is a list of 141 animals in Spanish, then there's the same list, but this time organized into categories, followed by a list of 24 translated animal-related sentences to help you better understand how each word may be naturally said in conversation. There's also a video further down the page that deals with animals that can help you with your Spanish pronunciation.

List of Animals in Spanish (with English Translations)

Here is our big list of animal names in Spanish a-z. You can also view these words with translations from English to Spanish.

(Words in bold added during the last update.)

Animales ➔ The plural of animal in Spanish is Animales.

Animales salvajes ➔ Wild animals

Mascota ➔ Pet

Mascotas ➔ Pets

Zoológico ➔ Zoo

Zoológico interactivo ➔ Petting zoo

Animales de zoológico ➔ Zoo animals


Águila ➔ Eagle

Albatros ➔ Albatross

Alce ➔ Moose

Antílope ➔ Antelope

Ardilla ➔ Squirrel

Ardilla listada ➔ Chipmunk

Ardilla voladora ➔ Flying squirrel

Armadillo ➔ Armadillo

Avestruz ➔ Ostrich

Avispa ➔ Wasp

Babuino ➔ Baboon

Bagre ➔ Catfish

Ballena ➔ Whale

Ballena jorobada ➔ Humpback whale

Bisonte ➔ Bison

Búfalo ➔ Buffalo

Buitre ➔ Vulture

Burro ➔ Donkey

Caballo ➔ Horse

Caballo de mar ➔ Seahorse

Cabra ➔ Goat

Cachorro ➔ Puppy

Caimán ➔ Alligator

Calamar ➔ Squid

Calamar gigante ➔ Giant squid

Camaleón ➔ Chameleon

Camello ➔ Camel

Canguro ➔ Kangaroo

Caracol ➔ Snail

Castor ➔ Beaver

Cebra ➔ Zebra

Cerdo ➔ Pig

Cerdo vietnamita ➔ Pot-bellied pig

Chimpancé ➔ Chimpanzee

Ciempiés ➔ Centipede

Ciervo ➔ Deer

Cisne ➔ Swan

Coala ➔ Koala

Cocodrilo ➔ Crocodile

Colibrí ➔ Hummingbird

Comadreja ➔ Weasel

Conejillo de indias ➔ Guinea pig

Conejo ➔ Rabbit

Cucaracha ➔ Cockroach

Delfín ➔ Dolphin

Dragon ➔ Dragon

Elefante ➔ Elephant

Elefante africano ➔ African elephant

Elefante asiático ➔ Asian elephant

Erizo ➔ Hedgehog

Escorpión ➔ Scorpion

Estrella de mar ➔ Starfish

Faisán ➔ Pheasant

Foca ➔ Seal

Gallina ➔ Chicken

Ganso ➔ Goose

Gato ➔ Cat

Gato montés ➔ Bobcat

Geco ➔ Gecko

Glotón ➔ Wolverine

Gorila ➔ Gorilla

Gorrión ➔ Sparrow

Hámster ➔ Hamster

Halcón ➔ Falcon

Hiena ➔ Hyena

Hipopotamo ➔ Hippopotamus

Hormiga ➔ Ant

Hormigas rojas ➔ Fire ants

Hurón ➔ Ferret

Jirafa ➔ Giraffe

Lagartija ➔ Lizard

Langosta ➔ Lobster

León ➔ Lion

Leopardo ➔ Leopard

Leopardo cazador ➔ Cheetah

Libélula ➔ Dragonfly

Lince ➔ Lynx

Lobo ➔ Wolf

Loro ➔ Parrot

Luciérnaga ➔ Firefly

Manatí ➔ Manatee

Mantarraya ➔ Stingray

Mapache ➔ Raccoon

Mariposa ➔ Butterfly

Mariposa monarca ➔ Monarch butterfly

Milpiés ➔ Millipede

Mono ➔ Monkey

Mono araña ➔ Spider monkey

Morsa ➔ Walrus

Mosca ➔ Fly

Mosca de la fruta ➔ Fruit fly

Mula ➔ Mule

Murciélago ➔ Bat

Nutria ➔ Otter

Ocelote ➔ Ocelot

Orangután ➔ Orangutan

Ornitorrinco ➔ Platypus

Oruga ➔ Caterpillar

Oso ➔ Bear

Oso hormiguero ➔ Anteater

Oso negro ➔ Black bear

Oso panda ➔ Panda bear

Oso polar ➔ Polar bear

Oveja ➔ Sheep

Pajaro ➔ Bird

Pájaro carpintero ➔ Woodpecker

Pastor alemán ➔ German Shepherd

Pavo real ➔ Peacock

Peces ➔ Fish (plural)

Pelícano ➔ Pelican

Perezoso ➔ Sloth

Pingüino ➔ Penguin

Piraña ➔ Piranha

Perro ➔ Dog

Pez ➔ Fish

Pez león ➔ Lionfish

Polilla ➔ Moth

Puerco espín ➔ Porcupine

Pulpo ➔ Octopus

Puma ➔ Cougar

Rana ➔ Frog

Rana de árbol ➔ Tree frog

Rata ➔ Rat

Ratón ➔ Mouse

Rinoceronte ➔ Rhinoceros

Salamandra ➔ Salamander

Saltamontes ➔ Grasshopper

Serpiente ➔ Snake

Serpiente de cascabel ➔ Rattlesnake

Tiburón ➔ Shark

Tiburón martillo ➔ Hammerhead shark

Tigre ➔ Tiger

Tigre siberiano ➔ Siberian tiger

Tijereta ➔ Earwig

Tortuga ➔ Turtle

Tortuga baula ➔ Leatherback turtle

Tortuga marina ➔ Sea turtle

Vaca ➔ Cow

Zarigüeya ➔ Opossum / Possum

Zorrillo ➔ Skunk

Zorro ➔ Fox

Spanish Animals Listed by Category (Land, Sea, and Sky)

You can also view these categories with translations from English to Spanish.

These are the same translations that were listed above, but grouped into categories to help you better remember. I find that it's easier to remember things if they've been presented to me in different ways, but if you are just looking for a specific translation, then the list above will probably be more helpful to you.

As you might be able to tell, I had some difficulty in choosing the category sometimes - I'm not a zoologist, so I just went with my gut feelings. Please forgive any errors.

Land Animals
There are many animals that stay mostly to the land. Some translations for these include: Alce (Moose), Antílope (Antelope), Ardilla (Squirrel), Ardilla listada (Chipmunk), Ardilla voladora (Flying squirrel), Armadillo (Armadillo), Avestruz (Ostrich - I don't believe they fly?), Babuino (Baboon), Bisonte (Bison), Búfalo (Buffalo), Burro (Donkey), Caballo (Horse), Cabra (Goat), Cachorro (Puppy), Camaleón (Chameleon), Camello (Camel), Canguro (Kangaroo), Caracol (Snail), Cebra (Zebra), Cerdo (Pig), Cerdo vietnamita (Pot-bellied pig), Chimpancé (Chimpanzee), Ciempiés (Centipede), Ciervo (Deer), Coala (Koala), Cocodrilo (Crocodile), Comadreja (Weasel), Conejillo de indias (Guinea pig), Conejo (Rabbit), Cucaracha (Cockroach), Elefante (Elephant), Elefante africano (African elephant), Elefante asiático (Asian elephant), Erizo (Hedgehog), Escorpión (Scorpion), Gallina (Chicken), Gato (Cat), Gato montés (Bobcat), Geco (Gecko), Glotón (Wolverine), Gorila (Gorilla), Hámster (Hamster), Hiena (Hyena), Hipopotamo (Hippopotamus), Hormiga (Ant), Hormigas rojas (Fire ants), Hurón (Ferret), Jirafa (Giraffe), Lagartija (Lizard), León (Lion), Leopardo (Leopard), Leopardo cazador (Cheetah), Lince (Lynx), Lobo (Wolf), Mapache (Raccoon), Milpiés (Millipede), Mono (Monkey), Mono araña (Spider monkey), Mula (Mule), Ocelote (Ocelot), Orangután (Orangutan), Oruga (Caterpillar), Oso (Bear), Oso hormiguero (Anteater), Oso negro (Black bear), Oso panda (Panda bear), Oso polar (Polar bear), Oveja (Sheep), Pastor alemán (German Shepherd), Pavo real (Peacock), Perezoso (Sloth), Pingüino (Penguin), Perro (Dog), Puerco espín (Porcupine), Puma (Cougar), Rana (Frog), Rana de árbol (Tree frog), Rata (Rat), Ratón (Mouse), Rinoceronte (Rhinoceros), Salamandra (Salamander), Saltamontes (Grasshopper), Serpiente (Snake), Serpiente de cascabel (Rattlesnake), Tigre (Tiger), Tigre siberiano (Siberian tiger), Tijereta (Earwig), Vaca (Cow), Zarigüeya (Opossum/Possum), Zorrillo (Skunk), and Zorro (Fox).

Sea Animals
Certain animals are water animals (I've listed them as sea, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are only in/on the sea. They could also be in the ocean or lakes, etc.). Translations for these ones include: Bagre (Catfish), Ballena (Whale), Ballena jorobada (Humpback whale), Caballo de mar (Seahorse), Caimán (Alligator - are they more on land or in water?), Calamar (Squid), Calamar gigante (Giant squid), Castor (Beaver), Cisne (Swan), Delfín (Dolphin), Estrella de mar (Starfish), Foca (Seal), Langosta (Lobster), Manatí (Manatee), Mantarraya (Stingray), Morsa (Walrus), Nutria (Otter), Ornitorrinco (Platypus), Peces (Fish - plural), Pez (Fish), Piraña (Piranha), Pez león (Lionfish), Pulpo (Octopus), Tiburón (Shark), Tiburón martillo (Hammerhead shark), Tortuga (Turtle), Tortuga baula (Leatherback turtle), and Tortuga marina (Sea turtle).

Sky Animals
The last category is air - the flying animals. Those translations are: Dragon (Dragon - yes, it's mythical, but it flies, right?), Águila (Eagle), Albatros (Albatross), Ardilla voladora (Flying squirrel - hey it flies... sometimes :P), Avispa (Wasp), Buitre (Vulture), Colibrí (Hummingbird), Faisán (Pheasant - though I think they run more than they fly), Ganso (Goose), Gorrión (Sparrow), Halcón (Falcon), Libélula (Dragonfly), Loro (Parrot), Luciérnaga (Firefly), Mariposa (Butterfly), Mariposa monarca (Monarch butterfly), Mosca (Fly), Mosca de la fruta (Fruit fly), Murciélago (Bat), Pajaro (Bird), Pájaro carpintero (Woodpecker), Pelícano (Pelican), and Polilla (Moth).

Spanish Animal Names Used in Sentences

You can also view these sentences with translations from English to Spanish.

(Words in bold added during the last update.)

El camaleón cambió su color. ➔ The chameleon changed its color.

El elefante es grande. ➔ The elephant is big.

El niño quiere mucho a su gato. ➔ The boy really loves his cat.

El pájaro carpintero esta maravilloso. ➔ The woodpecker is wonderful.

El perro es el mejor amigo del hombre. ➔ A dog is man's best friend.

El pez es rojo. ➔ The fish is red.

Es tu la vaca? ➔ Are you a cow?

Este animal no es una mascota. ➔ This animal is not a pet.

Esta ardilla listada de peluche es tan realista! ➔ This stuffed chipmunk is so realistic!

Esto es un león. ➔ This is a lion.

Eres un mono. ➔ You are a monkey.

John tiene un perro y un gato. ➔ John has a dog and a cat.

Me encantan los animales. ➔ I love animals.

Me encantan los pingüinos. ➔ I love penguins.

Me gusta dormir con las vacas. ➔ I like to sleep with the cows.

Me gustan los animales. ➔ I like animals.

Mi gato es grande. ➔ My cat is big.

Mi perro es muy lindo. ➔ My dog is very cute.

Mi perro se comió mi tarea. ➔ My dog ate my homework.

Pelo de mascota ➔ Pet hair

Quiero alquilar un avestruz. ➔ I want to rent an ostrich.

Tengo un gato. ➔ I have a cat.

Tengo un gato en mis pantalones. ➔ I have a cat in my pants.

Yo tengo un mono. ➔ I have a monkey.


*List of Spanish animals last updated: March 28, 2018.

English to Spanish Comprehension:

Can you answer these questions about Spanish animals? Give it a try and then scroll back up to see how you did! Ctrl+F can help you find the answers even faster if you prefer.

1. How do you say animals in Spanish?
2. How do you say I like animals in Spanish?
3. Name two animals that start with M in Spanish.
4. Name two animals in Spanish that start with A.
5. Name two Spanish animals that start with B.
6. Write two animals that start with G in Spanish.
7. How do you spell the animal bat in Spanish?
8. Name two animals that start with O in Spanish.
9. Name two animals in Spanish that start with C.
10. Write two animals that start with P in Spanish.
11. How do you say polar bear in Spanish?
12. List two animal names that start with T in Spanish.
13. Name two Spanish animals that start with F.
14. How do you say bird in Spanish translation?
15. How do you say ostrich in Spanish translation?
16. How do you say cow in Spanish?
17. How do you say grasshopper in Spanish?
18. How do you say armadillo in Spanish?
19. How do you say puppy in Spanish?
20. How do you say hamster in Spanish?

Spanish to English Comprehension:

If you'd prefer to test your knowledge with translations going from Spanish first, then give these questions a try! Check the lists above to check your answers and see how you did.

1. Zorro is Spanish for what animal?
2. What does murcielago mean in English?
3. What is the English translation of tiburon?
4. Translate avestruz to English.
5. Translate zarigüeya into English.
6. What is the English translation of mi perro es muy lindo?
7. Translate vaca from Spanish to English.
8. What is the English translation of ballena?
9. What is the Spanish to English translation of mono?

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Learn Spanish Animals with Videos

Animal names in Spanish with BASHO & FRIENDS - Animales

A very good children's video with a catchy musical flair. Includes translations for several animals - Pig, Chicken, Frog, Horse, Cat, Dog, Sheep, and Bird.

The Fine Print

I don't speak Spanish myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.



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