Picture of a vulture, which is an animal that starts with the letter v.

Animals That Start With V (Full List)

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Have you ever wondered what animal starts with v? It can be challenging to think of any off-hand. However, there are many options. Learn more about animals that start with v below. 


Most animals that start with v are mammals, including the following. 

Val’s Gundi

These mammals that resemble guinea pigs eat:

  • Leaves
  • Stems
  • Flowers
  • Seeds 

Vampire Bat

Vampire bats, as their namesake hints, consume: 

  • Blood

Learn more about what bat poop looks like.

Vancouver Island Marmot

Vancouver Island Marmots are omnivores. They eat a variety of plants, including:

  • Grass
  • Lupines 
  • Flowers
  • Insects
  • Bird eggs

Vanikoro Flying Fox

This critically endangered species of bat consumes foods such as:

  • Coconut flowers
  • Coconut nectar
  • Fan palm flowers

Variegated Squirrel

These tree squirrels eat:

  • Seeds
  • Fruits
  • Some insects
  • Nestlings
  • Acorns 

Learn ore about what squirrel poop looks like.


These rare sea mammals eat:

  • Fish
  • Squid
  • Crabs
  • Other crustaceans 

Velvety Free-Tailed Bat

Velvety Free-Tailed Bats forage for:

  • Moths
  • Beetles
  • Flying ants

Verreaux’s Sifaka

These foragers are herbivores who eat:

  • Leaves
  • Fruit
  • Bark
  • Flowers 

Vervet Monkey

 The Vervet Monkey’s diet consists of:

  • Leaves
  • Young shoots
  • Bark
  • Bulbs
  • Roots 


This animal with v consumes:

  • Low grasses

Vinogradov’s Jerboa

This species of rodent eats:

  • Green sprouts
  • Underground plant parts

Virginia Opossum

Virginia opossums are not picky and often eat:

  • Fruits
  • Small animals
  • Insects 
  • Garbage 

Learn more about what possum poop looks like.

Visayan Warty Pig

The diet of these animals with v includes:

  • Roots
  • Tubers
  • Fruits 
  • Cultivated crops


This dog breed should eat:

  • Ground bones
  • Vegetables
  • Healthy fats


These horses consume:

  • Hay
  • Grain 

Volcano Rabbit

Volcano rabbits feed on:

  • Grass
  • Shrubs
  • Small trees
  • Foliage 

Learn more about what rabbit poop looks like.


Voles commonly eat:

  • Grass
  • Roots
  • Insects
  • Leaves
  • Fruits 

Volpino Italiano

Volpino Italianos are dogs that eat:

  • Calorie-dense dog food


Birds that start with v can be intimidating like the vulture or delicate like the velvet asity. Read on to learn about these birds and more. 

Vampire Finch

These animals with v consume:

  • Seeds
  • Insects
  • Blood 

Velvet Asity

The velvet asity diet consists of:

  • Fruit
  • Anthropods 

Velvet Breast

These birds eat:

  • Nectar
  • Small anthropods


Verdin feed on:

  • Insects
  • Spiders
  • Nectar
  • Plant matter

Vermilion Flycatcher

This animal with v exclusively eats:

  • Insects 


Vultures mostly eat carrion but may also eat:

  • Rodents 
  • Insects
  • Birds 


Many snakes start with the letter v. Read on to learn about their diets. 


Velociraptors were carnivores that ate:

  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Insects
  • Small dinosaurs

Vine Snake

The vine snake’s diet consists of:

  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Birds
  • Small mammals


Vipers are snakes that eat:

  • Lizards
  • Eggs
  • Rats
  • Small birds

Viper Boa

This species of snake is native to New Guinea and eats:

  • Amphibians
  • Spiny bandicoots 

Virgin Islands Dwarf Gecko

These geckos are small, so they likely eat:

  • Small insects

Learn more about what snake poop looks like in our guide.


The following frogs are animals that start with v.

Vampire Flying Frog

These frogs struggle to find food and mostly eat:

  • Unfertilized frog eggs

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Vietnamese mossy frogs are insectivores that eat:

  • Worms
  • Roaches
  • Other insects


Much of the ocean has not been explored, but we do know of these fish that start with v.

Velvet Belly Lanternshark

This animal with v feeds on:

  • Crustaceans
  • Small fish
  • Squid 


Viperfish mostly eat:

  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Hermit crabs 

Viper Shark

Viper sharks are carnivores that feed on:

  • Bony fish
  • Crustaceans 

Final Thoughts

You will never have to wonder what animal starts with v again. You can choose from so many unique and fascinating species. 

Learn more about the animals that begin with other letters in our series of posts on the subject:

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