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Animals that Start with D
The categories are of the animals that start with d: Mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. The animals will have their name and next to their name, what species they are, where they inhabit and a description of them. And below the animal and information about it, it an example sentence.
Deerhound -very large and tall rough-coated dog bred for hunting deer; known as the royal dog of Scotland.
The Scottish Deerhound resembles much of a grey hound dog, but were bred mainly used to hunt down the Red Deer.
Desmodontidae – true vampire bats
A desmodontidae’s has a special thermoreceptors on its nose that help it find where the blood if flowing in its prey.
Diceros – most common species in Africa.
A Diceros is so blind it could find a simple butterfly as a threat and charge at it.
Dingo -wolflike yellowish-brown wild dog of Australia.
To farmers, a dingo is a pest because it attacks their livestock.
Dipodomys – kangaroo rat
The dipodmys are not related to a kangaroo, but resemble one because its large hind legs and hop just like a kangaroo.
Dipsosaurus – desert iguana
During the mating season, the dipsosaurus belly, turns into a pinkish color.
Draco -a reptile genus known as flying dragons or flying lizards.
While the Draco aren’t powered flight, they obtain lift by gliding with the membrane connecting their ribs can be extended to create a wing.
Diadophis -a genus of reptiles of the family Colubridae including ringneck snakes.
The diadophis are no threat to humans, but do look threatening when in their unique defense posture; that curls their tail showing their bright red rings on its tail.
Diamondback -large deadly rattlesnake with diamond-shaped markings.
Because of their diamond shape pattern, the diamondback snake makes it look aggressive yet, attacks on people are rare.
Drymarchon -a genus of Colubridae.
The drymarchon snakes are best known for their glossy black color; and prey on smaller animals then themselves. Even other snakes!
Daw -common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery.
The daw, like magpies, will pick up shiny objects that they use hold onto in their nests.
Dodo -extinct heavy flightless bird of Mauritius related to pigeons.
The dodo bird was quickly put to extinction by people because it was hunted very often and easily since it couldn’t fly, nor was it fast.
Dolichonyx – bobolinks
The dolichonyx is a small bird that lives in northen U.S but migrates to South America.
Dovekie -small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions.
The dovekie actually migrate south into the northern parts of the Atlantic and breed there, where they usually lay only one egg.
Drake -adult male of a wild or domestic duck.
Duck is the more common name for drake, they are related to swans and geese, but can be found in both fresh and sea water.
Insects and Critters
Dactylopiidae -cochineal insects.
The dactylopiidae has been used to make red dye carmine since as early as the 10th century.
Danaid -large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste.
The Danaid butterfly is a mimic butterfly, the female’s upper side of the wing will mimic that of a Monarch butterfly.
Dayfly-slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days.
The dayfly, lives a year in their immature stage, live only a few minutes to a day, depending on the species.
Deathwatch -bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage death.
The deathwatch beetle, makes a ticking sound to attract mates; it can be heard on summer nights
Dendroctonus -genus of small bark beetles destructive especially to mature conifers
The dendroctonus is a dark brown beetle, a destructive beetle when it comes to destroying trees.