Animals that Start with L – It is known that we are the human not living alone on this earth. There are many wonderful creatures outside there; the plants and animals in which the viability is needed to be maintained and saved.
Aside from the animals we often see in our daily life, let’s say the birds, cats, ants, lizards, and others, there are surely many others outside there that we need to know. Well, in this article, some animals with L initial are enlisted and described. What are they?
1. Ladybird (Ladybug)
Compared to any other small insects, the ladybird or ladybug tends to be more recognizable for its shape. Yes, it has red brisket with black spots. Initially, ladybird was considered one of Hemiptera members for the sizes and the back armors. But later, it is known as a different species and included in the family of Coleoptera.
The insect can be found all around the world. Farmers commonly just love it for its habit to eat smaller insects that are disadvantageous for the farming and crops. However, some sub-species of ladybug are actually also the pests.
Llama is the member of the group of Camelidae and it is the endemic animal of South America. In the past, Llama was utilized as the means of transportation by the Inca tribe particularly to carry the stuff. Nowadays, it is one of the conservative animals.
In nature, llama can be found in the Andes Mountain with the characters as follows. The height is up to 1.8 meters and the weight is around 150 kg. They live in colonies.
Leopard is one of the big cats with a length up to 2 meters. It is known for the climbing ability. Therefore, the animals are often seen on the branches whether in the zoo or in the wildlife. The name of Leopard was created for the early assumption that the cat was the hybrids of the lion and tiger.
The spreading of leopard is around Asia and Africa continents. Meanwhile, there are many variants of the animal up to 30 sub-species. Unfortunately, the leopard is one of the species that is endangered.
Lobster is known for how it is later processed and cooked in various delicious cuisines. It is included in the family of Nephropidae and also often grouped in the Crustacean. Although people may only know it as one of the seafood, there are actually more than 30 sub-species of lobsters in the world. There are only some of them which are edible.
Generally, the main characteristics of this animal are placed on its bright red body color and the sharp thongs that are also functioned as the weapons.
Lynx is one of about 17 wild cats with the medium sizes. The term Lynx itself actually refers to the name of a genus. But since there are many contradictions in the way to group them, some scientists tend to categorize the animal in the genus Felis.
This animal has some unique characteristics compared to the other cats. The tail is short and they are little parts in black on the tips of the earlobes. The neck has some black lines and the claws are big enough to help them while walking on the snowy and icy areas.
Lion or Panthera Leo is one of the Felidae family members. In other words, it is still in the same groups with the cute animals, the cats. The difference is that this animal has a bigger size as well as it is known as the wild creature.
Lion lives in groups consisting of one male and many females. Each group protects its own area so that the other groups cannot come forward. The lifespan of a lion is from 10 to 15 years in nature. Meanwhile, for them that live in the conservative areas, the lions may live up to 20 years. Lions are good hunters but uniquely, the female tends to be more active and aggressive.
Lizard is one of the land scaled animals with four legs. It is known as the reptile and it has the closest relation to some other animals including gecko, home lizard, and chameleon. The scale itself is not similar to the fish’s scales. It tends to be more slippery.
Although people may refer the lizard to one particular species, the sub-species is actually various. They are distinguished from the size, shapes, and color patterns. Meanwhile, although it looks sparkling and slippery, the scales are actually really dry since lizard doesn’t have any pores on the skin to take out the sweat or oil.
Liger is actually the result of the hybrids between the male lions and the female tigers. In general, the breed forms a big lion known for the long hair but with the stripes just like the tiger. Commonly, the lion characteristics are more dominant here.
In term of the behavior, a liger is able to swim just like the tiger. However, it is good also in socializing like the lion. The animal is only able to survive in the particular situations since the tiger and lion habitats are quite different.
Lemur is an animal from the primate order widely found in the areas of Madagascar, Africa. The meaning of lemur itself is the ghost of the spirit. Supposedly, it is due to the animal’s eyes that can reflect the light at night as well as its very loud scream.
Physically, the height of the animals from the head to the body is approximately 28-56 cm. The tail is very long with the white and black stripes. The body itself is reddish brown with some parts in grey. Particularly the face, it is white with the bright brown eyes.
10. Lion Fish
This salt-water animal is known for its dangerously beautiful image. Physically, it is indeed really stunning with the thorns that can be bloomed when it feels threatened. This way, it makes the enemies want to be closer to them. But this is the case; the thorns contain poison that may be dangerous for the human and other animals.
Lion fish is grouped in the genus of Pterois with the appearance that is indeed quite similar to the lion. The fishes are widely found in some oceans but it was actually originated from the area of Indo-pacific. The approximate length is around 5-45 cm.
11. Long-eared Owl
The long-eared owl is one of the animals with the medium size with yellowish brown feathers and some spots all over the body. Although the bird is named that way, it actually doesn’t really have any long tail. The so-called ears are the feather tassels right on the sides of the head.
Female long-eared owls have darker colors than the males. The tassels are not only functioned as the decoration. It muffles the sound especially when it flies. Therefore, even when they pass through such a quiet area, there will be no enemy to hear their flapping wings.
12. Leatherback Sea Turtle
The leatherback sea turtle is one of the biggest tortoise species in the world. Indeed, it looks so cute when it is still a baby but when it grows into an adult, the weight is even up to 900 kg. Slightly, the tortoise’s appearance is not different from any other tortoises in general. But once it opens the mouth, you can see that there is something hidden inside.
Yes, although the leatherback sea turtle doesn’t have any tooth at all, there are many big and sharp thorns functioned to crush and smash the foods before it swallows them up. Daily, the tortoise must consume around 800-900 kg foods indeed and its favorite food is the jellyfish.
Lemming is a name of a small rodent which is quite similar to the hamster. But if the hamsters can be found anywhere all around the world, the habitat of lemming is on the poles particularly on the areas of tundra.
Just like any other polar animals, lemming’s body is covered by the fur. The back’s fur has a darker color than the fur of the other parts. The teeth continuously grow up so that it needs to grind the foods to avoid them being too long. A unique thing about this animal is regarding the behavior of the “mass suicide” by jumping to the sea. Supposedly, they do that to limit their population by themselves.
Lorikeet is known for its colorful feathers. Therefore, it is also often called the rainbow lorikeet. Being one of the Australasia cockatoo species, it can be simply found in the areas of Australia, eastern Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands.
Indeed, the habitat of this bird is mainly in the tropical rain forest areas. Originally, the term lorikeet is a general name for many types of birds. There are more than 10 sub-species with various shapes and colors.
Loris is one of the cute but deadly animals in the world. Slightly, it indeed looks so tiny, sweet, and shy with the length of only about 15-25 cm. Meanwhile, the eyes are quite large for their small faces to help them to hunt at night. Although their main foods are insects, they can also eat the fruits.
But behind its innocent look, Loris is also very poisonous. It produces the venom through the gland placed on the elbows and then it flows into the mouth cavity. If you are bitten or accidentally you swallow the venom, it causes an extreme stomachache.
16. Leafcutter Ant
From many sub-species of ant in the world, there is one of them with such an amazing ability. One of them is the leafcutter ant. Literally, the name refers to the ability of this ain’t to cut off the leaves. But if the human has been bitten by it, your skin can just be simply bleeding.
The primary strength of this ant is from the claws or tweezers. Once it bites even a hard matter, it can easily break it. Sure, the claws are indeed the main weapons of these South American animals to face the enemies.
Leech is an animal included in the phylum of Annelida and the family of Hirudinea. There are many types of leech all around the world; they live on the land, freshwater, and ocean. They have a feature namely Clitellum to keep the eggs in particular segments. Besides, it is a hermaphrodite or has double sex organs.
In general, the classification of the leech is not based on the taxonomy but the habitats. Some of the leech is able to live outside the water with the note that the area must be wet and humid. Most of the species are carnivores and even some of them are considered predators.
18. Leopard Seal
The seal is named Leopard for the black dots all over the body. Yes, leopard indeed has such a characteristic. However, quite different from the big cat in which the fur is dominated by the brown or yellow colors, the leopard seal is still similar to the other seals in general. The body colors are dominated by white and dark grey.
This animal lives in the cold areas particularly in Antarctica and the oceans of Sub-Antarctica. They eat penguins by waiting for those animals underwater. Once the penguins jump to the sea, the leopard seal can just catch and attack them.
Limpet is one of the ocean mollusks and it is famous for having very strong shells. The other physical characteristics are the beautiful appearances with the light blue stripes. The stripes are produced by the reflection of the blue light spectrum entered.
The general characteristics of limpet are indeed that way. However, there are actually some other sub-species with different shapes and colors. Those stunning colors are arranged from the solid calcium carbonate and thromboses and the thing organic layers.
Locust is a type of insects classified in the order of Orthoptera. Orthoptera itself refers to any insects with an incomplete metamorphosis cycle or known also as Paurometabolus. Aside from locus, the other insects in the category are several types of the grasshopper, crickets, lubber, acrida, and many more.
Locust and some other insects in this order have the ability to release sound by rubbing the wings one to another or with the rear legs. The wings and the legs’ surfaces are not smooth. They have rows of bum that ease them in doing many activities. The ears or Tympanium of Locust are placed on the first abdominal segments.
21. Lion Tailed Macaque
The lion-tailed macaque or Wanderoo is one of the old-world endemic primates that still survive until nowadays. Originally, it comes from the areas of the Western Ghat, South India. The naming itself is due to the animal’s hair that is quite thick and long just like the lion. The white long hair covers its small face. Meanwhile, the body’s hair is grey.
Unfortunately, this primordial species has been endangered recently. It is due to the hunting as well as the habitat that is getting more and more limited.