15 Animals that Start with X – See Photos and Videos

Many people have been wondering if there are many animals that start with X, They think they are just a few animals that start with X which is not true.

Thousands of animal species start with X. I know you are already curious to see the list of these animals.

We have a list for you to look through in this article, though. We have put together lists of different animals, from mammals to fish to birds. It’s fascinating. It dives right in and discovers the animals that start with X.

15 Animals that Start with X – See Photos and Videos

Let’s get started. Below are the animals that start with X:

  • X-ray Tetra
  • Xantus Murrelet
  • Xanthippe’s Shrew
  • Xenopus
  • Xingu Corydoras
  • Xiphosura
  • Xantus Hummingbird.
  • Xerus
  • Xeme
  • Xanclomys
  • Xalda Sheep
  • Xantus’ Swimming Crab
  • Xylophagous Leafhopper
  • Xanthic Sargo
  • Xenarthra

1. Xoloitzcuintli


Xoloitzcuintli is first on our list of animals that start with X. It is also known as Xoloitzquintle or Xoxo, is in the breed of dogs that are hairless and it also comes in a coated variety

The breed is in three different sizes, which are standard, miniature, and standard. It is also in two categories which are coated and hairless.

The coated category or variety is engulfed by flat and short fur while the hairless variety has firm, smooth and stiff skin.

They have the same red colors, bronze, slate, black, and grey-black. The hairless variety is commonly known as the Mexican hairless dog. Xoloitzcuintli’s origin is Mexico, is domesticated, and lives mostly in packs.

They are so clever, vigilant, aloof, friendly, light-hearted, protective, and peaceful. Their life span ranges from 12 – 15 years.

In general, they are not violent and they a companionable and family dogs. Xoloitzcuintli are endangered species due to the arrival of the Spanish colonizers.

2. Xenarthra


Xenarthra is the next on our list of animals that start from X. Xenarthrans are from South America in the time of Paleocene over 50 million years ago. Xenarthra is a mammal that is from the family of sloths and anteaters ancestry.

Presently, there are 31 Xenarthra species in existence, which are the tree sloths, armadillos, and anteaters. The xenarthrans that have vanished are the ground sloths, glyptodonts, and pampatheres.

The species of Xenarthra that are existence mostly dwell in the rainforest and Latin America is usually their abode. They are different from other mammals as they don’t have common features with other mammals.

They have extra joints that enable them to effortlessly lay hold of their food and they feed on insects such as termites.

Although some species of Xenathras feed on small animals or plants in their environment, some have a slow metabolism, which makes them eat less. Xenathras is about 100 million years old. They are categorized least concerned species to be endangered.

3. Xerus


Xerus is one of the animals that start with X. It is from the Sciuridae family, the family of squirrels an African ground squirrel. Their tails are long with spiky fur and their ears are short.

They mainly dwell in open areas like dry grassland or woodlands. They are also native to Africa, they also found in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia

They usually feed on plants like herbs, grasses, and fruit with insects and animals that are very small. They are omnivorous species.

 Xerus are not endangered. Due to the rate at which they consume farmer’s crops, they are called pests and are grouped by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as the least concern and They have a good population.

4. Xanthippe’s Shrew

Xanthippe’s Shrew

Xanthippe’s Shrew is seen mostly in Tanzania and Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a species of mammal from the family of Soricidae.

Xanthippe’s Shrew dwells in shrubland and dry savanna. They are also found in the foothills of Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains.

 Xanthippe’s Shrews are more related to moles, though they have long noses and look like rodents. Their teeth are very sharp and tiny. They are also from the group of animals that consist of hedgehogs and moles which s known as Eulipotyphla.

Xanthippe’s Shrew is concerned with an endangered species due to loss of habitat and constricted area.

5. Xanclomys


Xanclomys is one of the animals that start with X, is native to the Paleocene of North America, and is a small mammal that has gone on extinction, no longer in existence. It existed for about 65 million years in the time of the Paleocene period.

It feeds on smaller animals or pants, it was considered to be an omnivorous animal and was prey to other animals that were bigger than them.

It was also a genus( In biology a genus is a group or class, it’s the taxonomic group that consists of more than one species) in the order Multitberculata in the family neoplagiaulacidaein suborder Cimolodonta.

6. Xantus’s Hummingbird

Xantus’s Hummingbird

  Xantus’s hummingbird is a bird that is rare. They are usually green in color have black cheeks and are mostly found in Baja California, Mexico.

They have metallic voices that are very loud with a distinguishing white stripe which is behind their eyes. They are about 9cm long.

Xantus’s hummingbird is a small nectarivore (nectar-eating animal) and has the ability to hover and fly in all directions, even backward. It is not endangered but concerned least concern.

7. Xinjiang Ground-jay

Xinjiang Ground-jay

Xinjiang Ground Jay which is also called Biddulph’s Ground Jay a native to china, it has brownish-white fur feathers and belongs to the Corvidae family.

It dwells in regions with large deserts and mountains that are close to Xinjiang, that is how it derives its name and it is not bigger than the human hand. It also looks odd.

It has a thick black mustache that widens that is curved pointing to the face. It feeds on reptiles and invertebrates, and it runs faster when chasing them.

Xinjiang Ground Jay dwells in areas that have plenty of trees and the terrestrial regions where it can build nests. Its habitat is usually dry, with open places and broad scrubs.

Its voice sounds like a triad of whistles and descending clattery trill. You can find this bird mostly in elevated vantage points like snags or posts.

The most often place that you can see them is elevated vantage points such as posts or snags. 

Xinjiang Ground Jay is considered to be “Near Threatened” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed.

8. Xingu Corydoras

Xingu Corydoras

The Xingu corydoras is a tropical freshwater fish is in the subfamily Corydoradinae of the family Callichthyidae. It is found in inland waters in South America and in the upper Xingu River basin in Brazil. It derived its name from the river it was found.

Xingu Corydoras’ length is up to 3.7 centimeters (1.5 inches). It dwells and grows up in tropical climates its temperature is between 22–26 °C. It feeds on crustaceans, worms, plant matter, and benthic insects.

It lays its eggs in thick vegetation natural environment but it doesn’t protect them from harm. It is very important to the aquarium trade industry.

The body of the male species is quite different as it has a pinkish tinge on the body and is broken by speckles. It is prey to large fishes.

9. X-ray Tetra

X-ray Tetra

X-ray Tetris is a small size community fish belonging to the characin family in the genus Pristell, that is found in Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, and Brazil.

It is considered friendly because it relates with other species, is not aggressive, and is peaceful in nature. it can stay in a comfortable Community aquarium without species.

It can stay with more than 6 other species in an aquarium and live in a darkly furnished aquarium. it also has a gold variety which is available.

X-ray Tetra is commonly known as Pristella and Water Goldfinch. Its food is small insects worms and plankton.

micro pellets, frozen foods like mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, etc, and Flake are the food that should be kept at home for X-ray Tetra fish. It’s not listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

10. Xolmis


Xolmis is a genus of South American birds that dwells in tropical and subtropical shrublands and dilapidated former forests. belonging to the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae.

These are relatively large flycatchers that are in a favorable open natural environment. Most of their feathers are black, grey, and white in color. There is a rapid reduction in the population of this species.

11. Xantus’ Swimming Crab

Xantus’ Swimming Crab

This species is mostly found South of Morro Bay, It has very long claws and features a distinguished, purple single stripe.

 This crab is entirely different from native crabs and dwells majorly in muddy or sandy natural environments, such as mudflats and eelgrass beds.

12. Xantusia


Xantusia belongs to the Xantusiidae family of night lizards. They are commonly found in South, North, and Central America. They are species of reptile small and medium in size that give birth to live offspring.

They are removed from the list of endangered species. They are mostly found in southwestern North America, Central America (Lepidophyma), Cuba (Cricosaura), and Baja California (Xantusia).

13. Xiphosura


There are several different types of horseshoe crabs, but they are in the Xiphosura family. It is difficult to believe that Xiphosura is very related to scorpions and spiders than they are to crabs.

They are mostly found across the eastern coasts of both North America and Asia. Xiphosura is listed as Vulnerable to extinction.

14. Xenopus


Xenopus is an African frog that is also known as the “African clawed frog”. Is an aquatic creature that has a flat body that is covered in a slimy layer of armor.

It has three claws on each foot that enables it to wade through water. It is mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria, and Sudan to South Africa. It is by IUCN to be critically endangered.

15. Xalda Sheep

Xalda Sheep

Xalda sheep is one of the oldest sheep breeds, it has been in existence since 27 BC, and is a native to Spain. They once used wool to make the tunics worn by the Asturias people.

Xalda sheep are considered to be an endangered breed of sheep native to the Asturias province of Northern Spain.

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Precious Okafor is a digital marketer and online entrepreneur that got into the online space in 2017 and since then have developed skills in content creation, copywriting and online marketing. He is also a Green activist and hence his role in publishing articles for EnvironmentGo

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