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Animals

All around the world there are big animals, small animals, and all sizes in between. Mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and other critters are all animals living on Earth. Some animals are our friends, while others provide us with food. Let’s take a look at some of the core vocabulary words describing the types and characteristics of animals. We’ve grouped the words into four categories.

ANIMALS-Overview.pngTypes and Characteristics of Animals

There are many different types of animals. Some animals are pets and others are not. Some animals are warm blooded (like mammals) and others are not (like reptiles and fish). Different animals have different characteristics. Some animals have tails and others have tusks. There are lots words used to describe animals!

Let’s take a look at some of the words that describe types and characteristics of animals.

Animals Types of Mammals 

Types of Mammals

Mammals are animals that have fur and feed their babies milk. There are lots of types of mammals all around the world. Some types of mammals are our pets, domesticated animals, wild animals, and there are even mammals that live in water.

Let’s take a look at some of the words that describe types of mammals.

ANIMALS Types of Fish and Birds 

Types of Fish and Birds

Not all animals have fur. Some animals have scales or feathers, like fish and birds. Fish live in water and birds live mostly on land. There are also wild birds and domesticated birds.

Let’s take a look at some of the words that describe types of fish and birds.

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Types of Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Other Critters

Some people call them creepy crawlies, but insects, reptiles, amphibians, and other similar critters are important to the environment. Some are beautiful colors (like many butterflies) and others are slimy  (like earthworms). These animals can be found all around the world.

Let’s take a look at some of the words that describe types of insects, reptiles, amphibians, and other critters.

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