Three Letter Animals | List of 22 Names With Facts & Image

Have a hard time looking for animal names that consist of three letters? While you may know the most common three-letter names like dog, cat, rat or farm animals like cow, pig, etc. There are some uncommon ones like an eel, kea, koi, etc.

Well, Here is the list of 22 animals with 3 letters that we found in our analysis. We have listed those animals in rank order by the alphabet and gave a small description about them with pictures and facts.

List of Three Letter Animals

NONameScientific NameDetails
1AntFormicidaeArthropod, invertebrate Insects
2ApeHominoideaMammal, ie: Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Orangutan, Bonobo, Human
3BatChiropteraBats are the only mammal that can fly.
4BeeAnthophilaBees are helpful insects, they do the pollination work.
5CatFelis catusCommon pet animal.
6CowBos taurusFram Animal, Often seen in domestic areas and fields.
7DogCanis lupus familiarisCommon Pet animal
8EelAnguilliformesFish, there are 800 species of eels.
9ElkCervus CanadensisAlso named as wapiti, the largest red deer.
10EmuDromaius novaehollandiaeA large bird, the second-largest living bird by height.
11FlyDipteraCommon insects, belong to House flies families.
12FoxVulpes vulpeslive in forested areas, mountains, grasslands, and deserts.
13GarLepisosteidaeAlso known as garfish.
14HenGallus gallus domesticusDomestic animals, also raised in commercial farms.
15KeaNestor notabilisA large Species of parrot
16KoiCyprinus rubrofuscusBeautiful multicolored fish
16OlmProteus anguinusAmphibian
17OwlStrigiformesBirds of prey
18PigSus scrofa domesticusFarm Animal
19PugCanis lupus familiarisA Dog Breed
20RatRattusRat is a mammal
21YakBos grunniensLong-haired, Short-legged ox-like mammal

22 Three Letter Animal Names With Details, Facts, and Images



Ant is the smallest of the “Order Insectivora”, a group of mammals that includes hedgehogs, shrews, and moles. The ant is so small that it is not always easy to see without proper vision.

But it has a long, slender body that extends into the ground. It is one of the most primitive mammals since it has a simple stomach, a large brain, and no lower jaw. The ant is unique in that it is known to form colonies, and, in some species, workers can eat their own kind.



Ape is a creature that is most talked about in zoos and not in the wild.  It is a species of large ape, the most well-known is the Gorilla. They are very dominant in size and strength. The Ape has an upper body strength close to that of a human.

Their arms are nearly twice as strong as a human arm.  Besides, apes can run faster than a human. Ape is also known to be some of the most intelligent species of the animal after humans.



Bats are nocturnal and one of the laziest animals. Besides, It is one of the most mysterious animals in the world. It’s a bird that flies and the only mammal that can see in the dark. Their wings are stronger than their legs.

As I have said before, Bats have an amazing ability to see in the dark. They have eyes that have a much higher sensitivity to light than our eyes. Because of this, they can see the tiny flickering light emitted by insect’s tails.

Besides, they can be found in most parts of the world where there is dense forest.



Bee is a three-letter animal. It is a mammal and can fly. Bee is a small, furry creature that likes to live in wooded areas. Bee’s have white fur and black stripes, along with long legs. Bee’s have two large, black eyes, and a long, thin nose.

Bee’s are useful, and this small creature is specially adapted to live in trees. Bee’s have long, sticky, black tongues!

You probably already know that bees produce honey. But did you know they also produce wax, which is used to make comb and honeycombs? And they use this wax to build their hives and for other purposes.

They also use it to seal up the openings of their hives after they have been filled with honey. Honey is not the only product of the bee. They also produce beeswax, which has many uses. It can be used as lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, and moisturizers.


Abyssinian Cat

Cats are known for their loving nature and their endless curiosity. When bored, they are known to find new ways to amuse themselves.

Cats are the second most favorite pets in the USA. They are very clean animals. And do not usually cause much of a problem for their owners. They are also docile and non-aggressive. 

There are many different types of cats, each with varying looks and habitats. The common cat is believed to have become domesticated around 8,000 BC in Mesopotamia.



Cows are a common sight on farms and rangelands all over the world for a very good reason.

First, cows are amazing beasts and produce nutrient-dense milk that is vital to human survival.

Second, they’re incredibly loyal, and to rely on them for your livelihood for any length of time is a huge responsibility. Thirdly, cows are intelligent and are very social.

Meanwhile, the domestic cow has been selectively bred for thousands of years by humans for the sole purpose of producing massive amounts of milk.


Greyhound Dog

The dog is the most popular animal of all time. No other has been as popular or as loved like them. All dogs are mammals, members of the Canidae family. 

Besides, Dogs are extremely loyal and so loveable. They are able to communicate with humans and respond to their feelings. 

A dog is a domesticated species that has been selectively bred over the last 10,000 years by humans for a wide variety of purposes. These purposes have included hunting, herding, protection, watchdogging, assistance, and companionship.

Dogs have five major senses: Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, and Smell. They use their sense of smell more than any other of their five senses. A dog’s hearing is also very acute.

However, Positively identifying a dog is not easy because there are so many breeds; however, if you know what to look for, it is relatively easy.



The eel is a slippery fish that lives in rivers and lakes, and it is the only fish that can swim backward. Eels have large eyes and sensitive whiskers, and they tend to be good swimmers. 

Eels have been known to eat other fish, and sometimes even frogs, birds, and small insects. 

Although eels are slimy, they are quite tasty and have been used for food by humans for thousands of years. 



Elk (wapiti) is the only species of wild reindeer in North America. 

They are among the largest of the deer family, and one of the largest land animals in the world.

Obviously, elk are extremely strong, because they can run at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Elk can live up to 20 years. And a female elk will normally have only one calf six-month gestation period. The gestation period of an elk is about nine months. 

Elk have thick bodies with slender legs and short tails. Elk are browsers, meaning they eat most of their food by moving their heads from side to side as they munch. They are generally seen in wooded habitats, where they eat grasses, leaves, shrubs, and trees. 



Well, it’s a large flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea. Its closest living relative is the ostrich. The emu is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: it’s a large, flightless bird. Besides, they can run  50 km/h.

Since they are very fast and have no fear of anything, they often run into human beings. This makes them dangerous to humans. 

It’s about 1.6m (5 feet) tall. It grows up to 1.9m (6 feet) tall and weighs between 140 and 250 kg (310 and 593 pounds). Emu meat is tasty, but it’s not tender like beef. 

It has strong legs, a long neck. The male is brownish-grey in color, and the female is much more reddish-brown. They lay around 25 eggs per year. On average, an adult emu lives about 10-20 years in the wild, and 35 years in captivity.  


Fly is a common, solitary, medium-sized, day-flying insect of the order Diptera and family Tephritidae. The fly has a brown or black body, shiny or slaty-looking wings (depending on the species), a pair of feather-like (antennae) antennae, and a pair of (simple) compound eyes.

Surprisingly, the eye gives them an almost 360-degree view of their surroundings. They are very mobile insects and can walk, run or fly over short distances using only their legs. 

The flies are capable of rapidly flapping their wings. That enables them to take off from the ground or other surfaces. The fly’s name comes from the Latin word fluere, meaning “to flow.”



Foxes are intelligent, witty, and fun animals that live and love in packs. Fox has gray fur with black tips on their tails and ears, and their eyes look like they are smiling the whole time.

Foxes live in dense forests. They prefer to live in areas of the forest where they don’t have to worry about competing for food.

They will eat almost anything that is small enough to fit in their mouth, including grasshoppers, mice, squirrels, birds, rabbits, and even snakes. 

A fox’s favorite way to hunt is by chasing its prey until the fox catches up to it. Then, the fox will pounce on its prey and take it by surprise. Foxes are social animals that enjoy playing together and will travel long distances to find a new place to live in the forest. 



Gar is one of the largest freshwater fish in North America. They can be easily identified for their torpedo-shaped body. An adult gar can be weighted 100 lbs (45 kg) and 6 ft (1.8 m) long.

However, in the proper condition, they can grow up 10 ft and about 350 lbs. 

They eat almost blue crabs, small turtles, waterfowl or other birds, and small mammals. 

They are mostly nocturnal but do come out at night to feed. Their main predators are alligators, human beings, large fish, and snakes.



The Hen (female chicken) is an animal that has been reported to have existed since the Stone Age. Hens are one of the most important of all domestic animals.

They are commonly grown all over the world. This bird is one of the most common sources of meat and egg we consume in our daily life. Though they can fly fur like other birds.

In fact, the average hen can fly about 100 yards (91 m). However, she can’t fly for very long periods of time and needs to rest every 20 to 30 minutes. They lay about a hundred eggs per year. The female hen will sit on those eggs for about 19-25 days. 

Hens are omnivores, they love to eat insects, seeds, crops, and sometimes vegetables too.


 Japanese koi fish

Koi are freshwater fish that originate from the river basin of China. However, most koi available in the market are farmed. There are many different varieties of Koi.

People raise koi as a hobby or a business.  Koi are also an excellent source of protein. While the Japanese koi fishes are colorful. So, it will make a great addition to your acclaim.



Olm is a strange animal. The olm is a blind, cave-dwelling salamander. It has spent so long adapting to life in caves. As it grows up, its eyes stop developing. 

The deeper mystery is olm’s lifespan is about 100 years. Olm’s are known for their predator-free nature. 



Owls are nocturnal birds of prey that hunt at night. The scientific name for an owl is Strigiformes.

They have large eyes and ears to help them hunt in the dark. They also have very sharp eyesight. An adult female owl can see as well or better than a human being with perfect eyesight. And, they have extremely acute hearing.



Pigs are very intelligent animals. They are also social and curious. Pigs can be very funny, and also be very cute.

They make good pets if you take the time to socialize them properly. The first pig has domesticated in China around 10,000 years ago.

Pigs have been around for a long time. From the ancient ages, people are raising pigs on farms. 

As time passed by, more and more people began to raise pigs as their own pets. And in the past few decades, people are growing them in commercial farms.


Pug Dog

The Pug (their scientific name is Canis Lupus Familiaris) is a toy dog breed that originated in China.

Soon, many people in Europe and America fell in love with this small, elegant dog. 

Pugs are active, fun-loving dogs. They have a strong will to please their owners. If you train them well, they will be loyal and loving companions for life. Pugs are excellent family pets. They are very affectionate, playful, and intelligent.


Rats are one of the most destructive pests in the world. Rats are also very social animals. When it comes to finding food, safety, or a mate. 

They will explore everywhere and go into almost any enclosed space. This makes them very hard to get rid of. They have been used as food for humans, and for medical research.

Many people love rats, and many hate rats. Despite that, they are one of the top ten most popular pets in the world.

However, not all rats are good rats. Some rats are extremely destructive. 



The Yak is a large, hairy, wild animal that lives in the forests of the Himalayas, in Asia. However, there are several breeds of Yak that are domesticated. 

You can easily identify them by their long horns and hairy appearance. Besides, Yaks are known for their huge horns shaggy hair, and forehead. Moreover, they can survive the coldest temperature.

Final Words

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