100+ Names of Animals in the Bible, A to Z

Even though the names of animals in the Bible vary between different translation and sometimes these animals are extremely difficult to identify.

There are more than 100 animals like bears, leopards & lions with non human creatures and insects that have been mentioned throughout the new and the old testaments.

Animals names in the Bible
Ultimate List: Names of Animals in the Bible

Bible has mentioned about dogs more than 14 times. The only breed of dog mentioned by name in the Bible is the greyhound (Proverbs 30:29-31, King James Version).

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And while dogs figure highly in several Biblical passages, remarkably there is not 1 mention of a local cat in the complete tenet of Scripture.

Thus, based on the New Living Translation (NLT) and scriptural references we have given down a comprehensive list of animals in the Bible.

All Animals in the Bible [A to Z with References]

Below is the comprehensive list of animals in the Bible based on the old and the new testaments.

All Animals in the Bible
All Animals in the Bible

The list is based on the New Living Translation (NLT) and various other scriptural references.

Addax (a light-colored, antelope native to the Saharan Desert)Deuteronomy 14:5
AntProverbs 6:6 and 30:25
AntelopeDeuteronomy 14:5, Isaiah 51:20
Ape1 Kings 10:22
Bald LocustLeviticus 11:22
Barn OwlLeviticus 11:18
BatLeviticus 11:19, Isaiah 2:20
Bear1 Samuel 17:34 – 37, 2 Kings 2:24, Isaiah 11:7, Daniel 7:5, Revelation 13:2
BeeJudges 14:8
Behemoth (a monstrous and mighty land animal; some scholars say it’s a mythical monster of ancient literature, while others think it could be a possible reference to a dinosaur)Job 40:15
Buzzard (Name of Animals in the Bible)Isaiah 34:15
CamelGenesis 24:10, Leviticus 11:4, Isaiah 30:6, and Matthew 3:4, 19:24, and 23:24
Chameleon (a type of lizard with the ability to change colour rapidly)Leviticus 11:30
CobraIsaiah 11:8
Cormorant (a large black water bird)Leviticus 11:17
CowIsaiah 11:7, Daniel 4:25, Luke 14:5
Crane (a type of bird)Isaiah 38:14
CricketLeviticus 11:22
DeerDeuteronomy 12:15, 14:5
DogJudges 7:5, 1 Kings 21:23–24, Ecclesiastes 9:4, Matthew 15:26 – 27, Luke 16:21, 2 Peter 2:22, Revelation 22:15
DonkeyNumbers 22:21–41, Isaiah 1:3 and 30:6, John 12:14
DoveGenesis 8:8, 2 Kings 6:25, Matthew 3:16 and 10:16, John 2:16.
Dragon (a monstrous land or sea creature)Isaiah 30:7
EagleExodus 19:4, Isaiah 40:31, Ezekiel 1:10, Daniel 7:4, Revelation 4:7 and 12:14
Eagle OwlLeviticus 11:16
Egyptian VultureLeviticus 11:18
FalconLeviticus 11:14
FishExodus 7:18, Jonah 1:17, Matthew 14:17 and 17:27, Luke 24:42, John 21:9
Flea1 Samuel 24:14 and 26:20
FlyEcclesiastes 10:1
FoxJudges 15:4, Nehemiah 4:3, Matthew 8:20, Luke 13:32
FrogExodus 8:2, Revelation 16:13
GazelleDeuteronomy 12:15 and 14:5
GeckoLeviticus 11:30
GnatExodus 8:16, Matthew 23:24
Goat1 Samuel 17:34, Genesis 15:9 and 37:31, Daniel 8:5, Leviticus 16:7, Matthew 25:33
GrasshopperLeviticus 11:22
Great Fish (whale)Jonah 1:17
Great OwlLeviticus 11:17
HareLeviticus 11:6
HawkLeviticus 11:16, Job 39:26
HeronLeviticus 11:19
Hoopoe (an unclean bird of unknown origin)Leviticus 11:19
Horse1 Kings 4:26, 2 Kings 2:11, Revelation 6:2 – 8 and 19:14
HyenaIsaiah 34:14
Hyrax (either a small fish or a small, gopher like animal known as a rock badger)Leviticus 11:5
Kite (a bird of prey)Leviticus 11:14
LambGenesis 4:2, 1 Samuel 17:34
LeechProverbs 30:15
LeopardIsaiah 11:6, Jeremiah 13:23, Daniel 7:6, Revelation 13:2
Leviathan(could be an earthly creature like a crocodile, a mythical sea monster of ancient literature, or a reference to dinosaurs.) Isaiah 27:1, Psalms 74:14, Job 41:1
LionJudges 14:8, 1 Kings 13:24, Isaiah 30:6 and 65:25, Daniel 6:7, Ezekiel 1:10, 1 Peter 5:8, Revelation 4:7 and 13:2
Lizard (common sand lizard)Leviticus 11:30
LocustExodus 10:4, Leviticus 11:22, Joel 1:4, Matthew 3:4, Revelation 9:3
MaggotIsaiah 14:11, Mark 9:48, Job 7:5, 17:14, and 21:26
Mole RatLeviticus 11:29
Monitor LizardLeviticus 11:30
MothMatthew 6:19, Isaiah 50:9 and 51:8
Mountain SheepDeuteronomy 14:5
Mourning DoveIsaiah 38:14
Mule2 Samuel 18:9, 1 Kings 1:38
OstrichLamentations 4:3
Owl (tawny, little animals in the bible, short-eared, great-horned, desert)Leviticus 11:17, Isaiah 34:15, Psalms 102:6
Ox1 Samuel 11:7, 2 Samuel 6:6, 1 Kings 19:20–21, Job 40:15, Isaiah 1:3, Ezekiel 1:10
Partridge1 Samuel 26:20
Peacock1 Kings 10:22
PigLeviticus 11:7, Deuteronomy 14:8, Proverbs 11:22, Isaiah 65:4 and 66:3, Matthew 7:6 and 8:31, 2 Peter 2:22
PigeonGenesis 15:9, Luke 2:24
QuailExodus 16:13, Numbers 11:31
RamGenesis 15:9, Exodus 25:5.
RatLeviticus 11:29
RavenGenesis 8:7, Leviticus 11:15, 1 Kings 17:4
RodentIsaiah 2:20
Roe DeerDeuteronomy 14:5
RoosterMatthew 26:34
Scorpion1 Kings 12:11 and 12:14, Luke 10:19, Revelation 9:3, 9:5, and 9:10.
SeagullLeviticus 11:16
SerpentGenesis 3:1, Revelation 12:9
SheepExodus 12:5, 1 Samuel 17:34, Matthew 25:33, Luke 15:4, John 10:7
Short-eared OwlLeviticus 11:16
SnailPsalms 58:8
SnakeExodus 4:3, Numbers 21:9, Proverbs 23:32, Isaiah 11:8, 30:6, and 59:5
SparrowMatthew 10:31
SpiderIsaiah 59:5
StorkLeviticus 11:19
SwallowIsaiah 38:14
TurtledoveGenesis 15:9, Luke 2:24
Viper (a poisonous snake, animals in the bible)Isaiah 30:6, Proverbs 23:32
Vulture (griffon, carrion, bearded, and black)Leviticus 11:13
Wild GoatDeuteronomy 14:5
Wild OxNumbers 23:22
WolfIsaiah 11:6, Matthew 7:15
WormIsaiah 66:24, Jonah 4:7
Names of Animals in the Bible

What is the only dog breed specifically mentioned in the bible?

Dogs have been mentioned 14 times in the Bible. The only dog breeds specifically mentioned in the Bible is Greyhound as per the Proverbs 30:29-31, King James Version.

Dog breed specifically mentioned in the Bible
Dog breed specifically mentioned in the Bible

“There be three things which do well, yea, which is comely in going; A lion, which is strongest among beasts and Turneth not away from any; A greyhound; A he-goat also.”

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Along with the King James version, many other versions have named the Greyhound as one of the “4 things stately” in the proverbs. 

The wild and elegant greyhound was known in early times, at least 3,000 years BC. Its image gives the impression in many traditional Egyptian tombs.

Many ancient Jewish and Christian beliefs state that dogs are usually ill-tempered and therefore should not be trusted completely.

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They believe that dogs must be tolerated but not loved or admired. In several passages it has been clearly stated that dogs are considered to be the scavengers;

“Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs shall eat.” (1 Kings 14:11).

A group of dogs might lurk one’s wellbeing: “Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me.” (Psalm 22:16).

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One might need to threaten them for self-protection in a dangerous situation:

“And the Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” (1 Samuel 17:43).

A weird dog might swiftly become spiteful if peeved: “He who meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears” (Proverbs 26:17).

Christ mentions to their part as scroungers when he says, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” (Matthew 15:26).

People Also Ask (FAQs)

What animal is not found in the Bible?

Cat is the only animal that is not found in the Bible. Some advocates believe that cat was mentioned in the original version of the Bible but was later eliminated by the writers due do its association with the Egyptians.

Do animals go to heaven after death?

The ancient texts say that not only animals go to heaven after their death but they also get re-birth with all of us. Although, their wisdom and glory are much less than the sons of the creator.

What animal in the Bible is the holy spirit?

The Dove is the only animal out of the four (4) that has been given the name of the holy spirit.